During the Second World War, a strategically important electric steel furnace which produced steel for aircraft engine ball bearings was moved to Workington from Norway to prevent it falling into Axis hands.

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Workington Comets are the town's professional speedway team,[40] which competes in the British Speedway Premier League.[41]

A Viking sword was discovered at Northside, which is believed to indicate that there was a settlement at the river's mouth.[4]

Workington North railway station opened on 30 November 2009 as a temporary means of crossing the river following the closure of road bridges due to flooding.[26] A free train service operated between Workington (Main) and Maryport and was funded by the British Government.

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The Carnegie Theatre and Theatre Royal are still open and put on performances all year round. The Workington Opera House is currently closed after its last use as a bingo hall. The "Opera Action" group plan to restore the Workington Opera House into a working theatre to revitalise the economy of Workington and provide top quality entertainment for the people of West Cumbria.

The Cumbrian Coast Line provides rail connections from Workington railway station to Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness, with occasional through trains to Lancaster and Preston.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 5pm  (Closed for Lunch 1.00pm to 2.00pm) Saturday 10am to 1.00pm

Between AD 79 and AD 122, Roman forts, mile-forts and watchtowers were established along the Cumbrian coast.[2] (p10) They were coastal defences against attacks by the Scoti from Ireland and by the Caledonii, the most powerful tribe in what is now Scotland.[2] (p11) The 16th-century Britannia, written by William Camden describes ruins of the coastal defences at Workington.[3]

In 2009 several bridges were damaged or destroyed by the River Derwent during the 2009 floods

The town has a professional rugby league team: Workington Town located at Derwent Park stadium.

In 2008, the Paint Your Town Red Festival invited Liverpool comic and actor Ricky Tomlinson. Described as 'The biggest free festival in Workington's history', the 2008 festival included a free children's fun fair in Vulcan Park and stage and street entertainnment. Attractions included "Jimmy James and his Soul Explosion", "Dearham Band" and the all-girl band "Irresistible". Keswick's "Cars of the Stars" museum provided a stunt driving display.

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The former bus plant, located in Lillyhall, is now a depot for the Cumbrian-based Eddie Stobart road haulage company, who bought the then derelict factory in 1995.

Art work from Workington Academy GCSE students is well represented in an exhibition currently running in the Circle Gallery at The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

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Workington is a town, civil parish and port at the mouth of the River Derwent on the west coast of Cumbria, England. Historically in Cumberland and lying in the Borough of Allerdale, Workington is 32 miles (51.5 km) southwest of Carlisle, 7 miles (11.3 km) west of Cockermouth, and 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Maryport. At the 2011 Census it had a population of 25,207.[1]

Workington and District Sea Angling Club takes part in regular monthly matches. It meets every month in the Union Jack Club, Senhouse Street, Workington. It also arranges tuition for its anglers.[47] Freshwater anglers are active on local rivers, especially the River Derwent.[48]

Monday, Wednesday 9am to 6pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 5pm Saturday 9am to 2pm 

Workington is the seat of Allerdale Borough Council. Sue Hayman is the MP for the constituency of the same name that includes other towns in Workington's hinterland.

  Workington has a railway station on the Cumbrian coast line, from Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle.   One start of the Sea to Sea cycle route is at Workington. (The other is at Whitehaven).

The town once had four cinemas (the Carnegie; the Hippodrome; the Oxford; and the Ritz), all of which have now closed and have been replaced with the Plaza Cinema at Dunmail Park. During the 1950s, films were also shown at the Opera House.

Primary schools have a well organised inter-school programme.[54] Secondary schools focus especially on the Allerdale District School's Championships, which lead on to the Cumbria Schools Championships. The results of Cumbria's championships guide selection of the county teams to compete in the English Schools Athletic Association Championships. Over the years, Workington athletes have earned English Schools Championship honours.

The area around Workington has long been a producer of coal and steel.

Workington is home to three theatres. The Carnegie Theatre, Theatre Royal and the Workington Opera House. In the past Workington was a big town for variety acts and theatre and hosted many top acts including Tommy Cooper and Shirley Bassey. Workington Opera House has also hosted many circus shows which included elephants and other circus animals performing on stage.


Several works of public art were installed in the town centre, including:

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Workington is linked by the A596 road to Maryport, to Whitehaven via A595 road, by the A66 road to Penrith and continues to Scotch Corner in County Durham. The town has bus connections to other towns and villages in Cumbria, such as Cockermouth, Keswick, Penrith, Carlisle, Wigton, Maryport, Whitehaven, Frizington, Egremont and Thornhill.

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Workington lies astride the River Derwent, on the West Cumbrian coastal plain. It is bounded to the west by the Solway Firth, part of the Irish Sea, and by the Lake District fells to the east.

The town has a football team, Workington A.F.C., with their stadium at Borough Park, formerly a professional football team it now competes as non-League club.[35] Dronnies formed the nucleus of the original Workington F.C. in 1888.[36] (p109)

On 19 September 2009, Valentine Rock took place; a 19 band charity music festival. It was staged at the Ernest Valentine Ground home of Workington Cricket Club. Artists include: The Chairmen, Novellos, With Lights Out, Volcanoes, Breed, Colt 45, Relics, Telf, Thir13een, Slagbank, Hangin' Threads and Hand of Fate. Profits went to the RNLI and West Cumberland Lions.[27]

In 2006, Washington Square, a £50 million shopping centre and 275,000 sq ft (25,500 m2) mixed use complex, was opened to replace the run down St John's Arcade, built in the 1960s and 70s.[5][6] In 2007, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors named Washington Square as the 'best commercial project' in North West England.[7]

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There is a Cumbria Coalition of Motorcycle Clubs.[55] The West Cumbrian motorcycle club, the Roadburners.[56] was established in 1989 and regularly attends local and national motorbike rallies, and charity road runs. It welcomes new members interested in multi cylinder machines.[57] The National Chopper Club also has local members.[58]

Research has shown that there is a direct correlation between attendance and achievement. It is common sense that if a student is not in class then he or she is not learning.

While successful efforts have been made to find appropriate local names for the major streets of the new shopping centre, the initial planning title of Washington Square has been retained; there is concern over the use of the word Washington, an Anglo-Saxon word meaning the settlement of the people of 'Wash' for the new square in Workington, which means settlement of the people of 'Weorc'.[15]