Where are the twin towns of Cumbria and what is their history?

Twin towns are cities or towns in different countries that are twinned to foster human contact and cultural ties.

Here in Cumbria we have a number of different towns and villages which have formed partnerships with settlements around the world. Twinning became popular in Britain after the Second World War, with the aim that creating links and exchanges between individual towns would bring reconciliation and prosperity after years of conflict.

Here are some of the places in Cumbria twinned with other places.

After: The picturesque Lake District village where cars are prohibited


Brampton is twinned with Marmagne, Cher and Berry-Bouy (as one twin town) in France. Berry-Bouy is a small French village in central France.

The village is located in the Cher department of the Center region. The village of Berry-Bouy belongs to the district of Vierzon and the canton of Mehun-sur-Yèvre.

The population of Berry-Bouy was 934 in 1999, 1,092 in 2006 and 1,113 in 2007. The population density of Berry-Bouy is 36.05 inhabitants per km².

Brampton celebrated 20 years of town twinning in 2019.

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Cockermouth has had a long and successful twinning with the town of Marvejols in the south of France. In 2018, they celebrated their 35 years of twinning.

While Cockermouth now has Marvejols Park, the twin town has a Cockermouth roundabout, with a traditional red telephone box, a sign showing the distance to Cockermouth and a display of daffodils.

A celebration is planned this year in Cockermouth to celebrate the town’s twinning.


Coniston is twinned with Illiers-Combray in France as well as with Solto Collina, Riva di Solto and Fonteno in Italy.

Illiers-Combray is a commune in the Eure-et-Loir department in north-central France.

Solto Collina is an Italian commune in the province of Bergamo in the Italian region of Lombardy, located about 80 kilometers northeast of Milan and about 30 kilometers northeast of Bergamo


Carlisle is twinned with Flensburg in northern Germany and Slupsk in Poland, with each town reaping the benefits of cross-cultural links through music concerts, sporting events and school exchanges.

Founded by Danes in the 12th century, the city became part of Germany in 1864 and today proudly displays evidence of both cultures. With their similar geographic and historical origins, Carlisle and Flensburg were ideal partners for the twinning – an event made official on June 29, 1961.

Slupsk is a city in the Pomeranian Voivodeship, in the northern part of Poland. Prior to January 1, 1999, it was the capital of Slupsk Voivodeship. It is also part of the historical region of Pomerania. Slupsk shares many similarities with Carlisle, being a northern city with a historic old town, rich heritage and enjoying a mix of cultural influences.


Kendal was paired with Rinteln since 1991. Rinteln is located on the river Weser in the region of Lower Saxony about 60 kilometers west of Hanover and 25 kilometers northwest of Hamelin.

The historic center with its market square is embellished with magnificent bay windows, gables, shell ornaments, fan rosettes, scrolls, cornices and numerous frameworks.

Association Kendal Rinteln works tirelessly to promote Kendal to the people of Rinteln and surrounding villages. Several hundred residents of Rinteln have visited Kendal, repeatedly developing close family friendships that last a lifetime.


Since 1989, Penrith has had a sister city agreement with the Australian town that bears its name in New South Wales.

Penrith is a suburb and major center of the Sydney metropolitan area in New South Wales, Australia. It is located in Sydney’s Greater West, 50 kilometers (31 mi) west of Sydney’s central business district, on the banks of the Nepean River.


Workington City Council continues to maintain a friendship with the twin towns of Workington, Selm, Germany and Val de Reuil, France.

Workington City Council supports the Workington and District Twinning Association as the driving force behind the twinning. Membership is open to anyone from Workington and surrounding villages, who loves to travel and has a passion for building and maintaining international connections.

The Workington and District Twinning Association is committed to raising the interest and importance of twinning among young people in the area and wishes to participate in school projects and exchanges, with the possibility of helping financially.


Windermere is twinned with Diessen in Germany. There is a regular annual school exchange with Lakes School and activities take place each year. This includes visiting the Diessen Blassergruppe, who play for them at the Glebe Bandstand.

The representative of the city council in the twinning group is the mayor, Leith Hallatsch.