TURN BACK YOUR CLOCK FOUR CENTURIES
The two day festival encourages visitors to dress up and ‘join the herd’ by donning a mask, dressing up as a farmer and enjoying the entertainment.
The Ullswater Droving marks the beginning of the two days of droving celebrations and will take place on Friday 25th October with a special torchlight procession through Pooley Bridge led this year by The Baghdaddies.
On Sat 26th October 2019 Penrith will be transformed with its busiest market of the year, bustling streets, roaming street performances around every corner (in 2019 including KAMCHÀTKA, who have come all the way from Spain) and top quality local, regional and national musical acts across 6 stages. This all leads up to the highlight of the day – a magical fire and lantern procession throughout the town, where thousands of people line the streets to watch the spectacle, finishing with our headline act, KOG and the Zongo Brigade on the main stage.
Created by Eden Arts, The Winter Droving has become one of Cumbria’s iconic cultural events seeing 20k+ attend annually. Now in its 8th year, the event has grown exponentially with audiences making the journey from all corners of the UK.
Long weekend of Arts and Culture, Thursday 29th August – Sunday 1st September, 2019
SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER, 2019
Artisan Market and Demonstrations
- New Squares
Being the Artist you want to be, Artist Workshop with Vega Brennan
- EVAN Gallery
At Eternity’s Gate Film Screening + social/discussion
- Alhambra Theatre
Plug and Play: The New Season Begins
- Penrith Playhose
SATURDAY 31st AUGUST, 2019
Picturing Penrith Artists Competition.
- All Day – Various Locations
Penrith Players perform short playlets
- Location: CORMARKET
Textile Postcards with Kay Leech
- Location: Daffodils Cafe
- TIME: 10.00am/11.30am/2pm
Family Hatter Workshop
- Location: Penrith & Eden Museum
In The Loop: Local Films
- Location: Alhambra Cinema
Upfront Puppet Show
- Location: New Squares
Top Hatter Gathering – for a communal photograph and judging
- Location: Town Centre
Spoken Word: The Price of Land – Geoff Cox
- Location: Penrith Library
Picturing Penrith Exhibition – Judging and Prize Giving
- EVAN Gallery
Penrith Players Fringe Performance
- Penrith Playhouse
- 8.00pm onwards – Various Public Houses
Picturing Penrith Competition
8.00am until 4.00pm Saturday on 31st August. Create an artwork depicting Penrith. Prizes and exhibition at Evan Gallery
The Magic of Penrith Photography Exhibition
Exhibition until 1st September. At least one image from each participating photographer will be included in the show.
Friday 30th August
- with Margaret Shaw
EVAN Music Collective
- The George Hotel
- Penrith Playhouse
29th August, 2019
Ian McMillan & Luke Carver Goss ‘ Between You and Me’
- Penrith Playhouse.
August 2nd – 4th, 2019
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10am – 5pm daily
Adults £4.50, Seniors £4, Accompanied children free.
Refreshments on site. Free parking.
Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome.
Please be aware that many of the exhibitors are unable to process credit card transactions, and the nearest cash machines are two miles away in Penrith.
Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, 2019
Date: 30th July, 2019
Venue: St Andrews Hall
After several successful european and overseas tours in 2017 and 2018 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Germany) is coming back to United Kingdom and Ireland in summer 2019 with a powerful and lovely new programme.
“Classical music the world over” – this is the motto of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. It is irrelevant for our musicians whether they are playing in a little village church, in the open air, in Cologne Cathedral or in the Sydney Opera House – their enthusiasm to play music is the same every time.
Tea in Castle Park
FUN FAMILY EVENT – ENTRY IS FREE FOR ALL!!
Organised by Penrith Lions
- Location: Castle Park, Penrith
- Time: 2PM to 6PM
- Entry: Free Entry
Come along and enjoy afternoon tea, cream teas, picnics, cocktail bar, children’s play in Penrith’s iconic park.
Celebration of National Dementia Action Week
Venue: Penrith Leisure Centre
Date and Time: Wednesday 22nd May 10.00am-1.00pm at
- Singing and Craft Taster Sessions
- Information Stalls
- Blood pressure Checks
- Leisure Centre Tours
May Day Carnival, 2019
6th May 2019: 10.00am – 17.00. FREE ENTRY
The Carnival starts at 10am with street entertainment, charity stalls, food stalls, a funfair and many attractive and interesting displays.
May Queen crowned at 2.30pm. Grand parade starts at 3pm at Penrith Leisure Centre
Entertainment is provided for all ages and musical tastes. The highlight of the day is the crowning of the May Queen and Grand Parade through the town when many local groups participate accompanied by bands and youth musicians.
- Charity stalls;
- Children’s Art and handwriting Competitions;
- Fun Fair;
- Bouncy Castle;
- Traction Engines and Miniature Steam Engine Rides;
- Face Painting;
- Ballon Modeller;
- Punch & Judy;
- Children’s Magic Show;
- Joel the Jester;
- Grand Exhibition Show;
- Stilt Walker;
- Roaming Mascots;
- Bishopyard’s School of Dance; Eden Dance Troupe;
- Langwathby Maypole Dancers;
- Razzamataz Dance;
- The Big Fun Bus;
- Greystoke Handbell Ringers;
- Penrith Town Band;
- G + M,M + M;
- Harry King;
- Salvation Army Youth Band;
- Milnthorpe Steel Band;
- Bjamba Ceiidh Band + Piper;
- Dumfries Pipe band;
- Rock ‘n Roses;
- Soul Survivor’s Band;
- Pete Lashley;
- Cumbria Gaiter Band;
- Tarzan’s Nuts;
- Street Jazz.
In aid of Salvation Army Eden Valley Dementia
Great Dockray Medieval Display
DATE: Saturday 20th April (Easter Saturday, 2019)
VENUE: Cornmarket Bandstand
Suicide Alertness Training, 10th December 2018
Free Training. 9.30am at Penrith Fire HQ
Carol Festival at St Andrews Church on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th December 2018, at 7.00pm
Penrith Schools’ Music Association Carol Festival
Featuring: Beaconside, Armathwaite, St Catherine’s Kirkoswald, Lowther, Ullswater Community College, Queen Elizabeth Grammar
Winter Droving Event Penrith 26th-27th October 2018
Penrith’s Winter Droving ‘free’ event has become one of Cumbria’s iconic cultural events seeing twenty thousand plus people attending annually. The event is a festival of food, culture, contemporary art set around the theme of the tradition of Droving animals. In 2018 the event takes place over two days, the first an enchanted evening on 26th October at Ullswater Lake followed by the day in Penrith, 27th October.
Street entertainment, live bands, slightly stranger things like a fancy dress for dogs competition and ‘its a knockout’ inspired Drover’s Cup games; all accompanied by the biggest market in Cumbria; and topped off by a magical torch parade through the town leading to a free gig on the main stage form a headline act.