Rheged.

Last weekend we bobbed into the Rheged centre near Penrith to buy a gift. It was a flying visit so I can’t tell you a huge amount. But from what I did see there~ it certainly looks like an interesting place to spend some time.

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It combines art galleries, shops, cafe, spa, craft work shops and even a 3D Cinema all inside a grass covered exhibition centre.

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It looks a great place to take the kids as we noticed an outdoor play area near the entrance called Turrets and Tunnels. Inside there is a pottery painting workshop and a childrens soft play area. Around Rheghed there were various giant paper lantern like animals. 🙂

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We had a quick look in a couple of the shops. The other half liked the Outdoor store with its branded walking gear. I must admit I would like one of these Fjallraven bags. Only for the cute fox!

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We noticed a toy shop, a sweet shop and a food hall too. But I was mostly drawn to Splash Out which as the name suggests made me want to splash out.  🙂

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Splash Out sells lovely clothes from brands including Joules, Seasalt and French Connection. Also lots of pretty paper, cards, stationary and books. The perfect place to browse. 🙂 I treated myself to the Nordic Bakery Cookbook.

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Also had a speedy look round one of the free exhibitions. Cumbrian Alchemy explores the links between the areas industry such as nuclear energy and mining with archaeology, monuments and traditions of the region.

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So if your ever in the area take a look around. Hopefully next time I will have a little more chance to explore. 🙂

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