Bringing a wealth of international talent to south west Scotland, the Sands Centre supports a diverse programme of events. From orchestras to recording artists, comedians to comic actors, many have performed on stage, while the venue has also been the site for national exhibitions, conferences and meetings. Its verstilie bill is matched by its multi-purpose space, where the main auditorium is also a sports hall. The space caters for up to 1,400 seated, with an extra 400 in standing capacity, and the venue has seen over 735,000 visitors in its years. The centre is easily reached from Carlisle city centre, situated in the peaceful surroundings of the River Eden. There are many amenities and historical attractions nearby, which further make the Sands a great stop off for a day out with the family.