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The Rum Story, Whitehaven. For over 200 years the Jefferson family were involved in Whitehaven's rum trade and it's in their original 1785 cellars, courtyard and bonded warehouse that you'll find the Rum Story. The attraction explores the making of rum, its association with the navy, prohibition, smuggling and the slave trade. 
A tableaux depicting the conditions in which African slaves were transported across the Atlantic brings home the terrible cruelty visited on them while the names and ages of a number of slaves can be found on a copy of an indenture opposite the replica slave ship. The clerk’s office, almost unchanged in 100 years, doubled as the office of solicitor William Heelis, husband of Beatrix Potter, in the making of the film Miss Potter. 
The Rum Story, Lowther Street, Whitehaven CA28 7DN: 01946 592933. Courtyard Café, shop. Wheelchair access: accessible, lifts to floors. 

St James Church, Whitehaven. Completed in 1753, the church of St James reflects the prosperity of a thriving trading town. It was designed by a mining engineer called Carlisle Spedding and has one of the best Georgian interiors of any church in Cumbria. There is an apse at the east end and galleries on three sides. 
The galleries are supported by Tuscan columns, with Ionic columns then rising to the ceiling where there are two fine stucco roundels. The altar painting in this Grade I listed building is The Transfiguration by Guilio Procaccini, presented to the church by the 3rd Earl of Lonsdale in 1869. St James stands on High Street, overlooking the town.

Rosehill Theatre. Built in 1959, this rather special theatre was the creation of Sir Nicholas Sekers who had left Hungary 22 years earlier and then founded the West Cumberland Silk Mills (later Sekers Fabrics) at Hensingham, Whitehaven. 
The auditorium was originally lined in red silk and re-lined in similar material when refurbishment took place in 1997. Major refurbishment and re-development of the theatre - almost £3 million’s worth - took place again in 2016. The Green Room Restaurant, with its great views to the sea, is a new addition.
The famous theatre designer Oliver Messel originally designed the interior of the auditorium and foyer while Sekers’ connections in the art world ensured that top class performers like Yehudi Menuhin, Peggy Ashcroft, Emlyn Williams and George Solti appeared on its stage in the early days.
Today Rosehill continues to programme quality classical music, opera, drama and comedy, and a range of activities for schools and community groups. Rosehill Theatre, Moresby, near Whitehaven CA28 6SE: 01946 692422.

Egremont. About four miles (6.4km) south east of Whitehaven is Egremont where a detour off the A595 takes you down the wide main street, passing Lowes Court Gallery and the tourist information centre at one end and Market Place at the other. 
Just off Market Place are the ruins of Egremont Castle which began life in the 1120s as a simple timber keep. A stone building later replaced it, with some of the walling bearing a distinctive herring bone pattern. 
In the early 14th century the castle was attacked by the Scots under Robert the Bruce and by the end of the 16th it was in a fairly sorry state. 
One of Egremont’s great traditions is the Crab Fair, a September festivity which involves hound trailing, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, terrier racing, gurning and more. The World Gurning Championship sees competitors pulling the least attractive face they can while sticking their head through a horse collar or a braffin.

RSPB, St Bees Head. West of St Bees is a large sandy beach from where the Cumbria Coastal Way leads northwards up the cliffs to the RSPB reserve at St Bees Head. This is one of the largest sea bird colonies in north west England, packed with guillemots, kittiwakes, herring gulls and fulmars. 
There’s a choice of three viewing points on the north head, with the best time to see the nesting birds being between May and July. 
Between the south and north headlands is Fleswick Bay, home to the only breeding black guillemots in England. It can be something of a scramble to get down to the beach, so it’s best to look at them from the steps leading to the north head.

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