Broughton is a small town by the Duddon Estuary close to the Duddon and Lickle Valleys, ideally situated to visit the rest of the Lake District yet near to the coast and beaches.
Broughton was granted a Market Charter in Elizabethan times. This is celebrated on 1 August every year when the Charter is read out from the steps of the Obelisk in the Square. Pennies are thrown for the children and free drinks and cake are provided at one of the local hostelries.
A strong farming community surrounds Broughton and one or two of the annual events have a farming flavour. The Millom and Broughton Agricultural Show takes place on the last Saturday in August in Broughton Park. This is a thriving local show with sheep, cattle, horses, flower & produce competitions. In the Autumn, the Shepherds’ Meet takes place at one of three Pubs in the surrounding valleys. Traditionally, this is when the local farmers meet to bring stray sheep to be identified and claimed by their rightful owner before tupping time.