The Sands Centre is one of the leading entertainment hubs in the north west. Sitting on the banks of the River Eden in Carlisle city centre, the venue is easily access from local transport links. Welcoming over 700,000 visitors every year, The Sands Centre hosts a wide variety of events from comedy and the arts, to sporting competitions and local events. The venue also proudly hosts touring musicians and stage productions as well as annual pantomimes and tribute acts.

Refurbished in 2022, The Sands Centre boasts state of the art sporting and theatrical facilities. The re-development project has allowed the venue to establish fantastic gym facilities for a range of disciplines, as well as a 25m swimming pool with a moveable floor for Water Workout sessions. Additionally, The Sands Centre is also furnished with The Riverside, a bar and bistro that provides quality, freshly made breakfasts, lunches and drinks all day.

To see the full calendar of events, click here.

To explore the range of sporting and leisure facilities, see here.

Things to do and see:

  • Stage productions and entertainment including, international ballet productions, seasonal theatre productions and touring comedians.
  • Musical shows from bestselling artists to high quality tribute acts.
  • State of the art sporting facilities and classes.
  • The Riverside Bar and Bistro.


The Sands Centre is wheelchair accessible throughout the whole building with lifts available between the ground and first floors.

There is a large car park directly outside the venue with disabled parking available.

Hearing induction loops are available at certain seats in the auditorium. To access, please make the venue aware at the point of booking.

For the visually impaired or sensitive; the LED lights running throughout the whole building can be dimmed upon request. There are also contrast markings on the main glass doors.

For more information on the venue and detailed descriptions on how to navigate the building, please see here.

For another theatre in the north, explore Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Theatre Royal.

Q How much parking is available?

There is a large car park in front of the venue as well as a nearby overflow car park. There is also access to an underpass that takes you into the city centre where more parking is available. There is also space by the entrance for drop offs.

Q Is the building wheelchair accessible?

The whole building is wheelchair accessible and on level ground. There is a lift onto the first floor.

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