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16th November, 2019, 10.00am-12 noon


Just drop in – Don’t forget to bring your empty jam jar
Location: Eden Valley Artistic Network Gallery, 4 Corney Place, Penrith, CA11 7PX
Categories: Family

Join Deborah from Debs Art Zone to decorate your jam jar and turn it into a Lantern ready for the Penrith Sparkle parade on 30th November.

Just bring along your cleaned empty jam jar (any glass jar or clear plastic jar will do)

Debs will help you create a festive lantern which you can then bring along to the parade.

Save up your 50 pence pieces in the jar and donate them to our charity collection on the day.

The parade will meet at 3:00pm behind the town hall and we’ll head down Middlegate towards the Market Square ready for the lights switch on at 4:0pm

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Eden Volunteering Fair

Wednesday 6th November 2019 12noon-1.30pm, at Penrith Methodist Church, 10 Wordsworth Street, Penrith

Volunteers can chat to a large range of different organisations that are looking to recruit volunteers and can drop in at any time to this event. The event is informal for anyone who would like to find out more about local volunteering opportunities and becoming a volunteer – open to all.

Organisations attending the Volunteering Fair include:

Citizens Advice Carlisle and Eden,  4EDEN (Formally Eden Mencap Society), Blind Veterans UK,  National Trust,  Eden Carers,  The Royal British Legion, British Heart Foundation, National Youth Advocacy Service, Lowther Castle and Gardens, Child Bereavement UK, CADAS, Cumbria CVS, Cruse Bereavement Care, People First Independent Advocacy, Guide Dogs and Alzheimer’s Society.

Come along, meet local organisations and find out about local volunteering opportunities and how you can become a volunteer!

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Created by Eden Arts, 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.


Fire, Music, Masks and Mayhem in Pooley Bridge & Penrith Town Centre.

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.



Long weekend of Arts and Culture, Thursday 29th August – Sunday 1st September, 2019


Artisan Market and Demonstrations

  • New Squares

Being the Artist you want to be, Artist Workshop with Vega Brennan

  • 10.30am-12.30pm/1.30-4.00pm
  • EVAN Gallery

At Eternity’s Gate Film Screening + social/discussion

  • 5.00pm
  • Alhambra Theatre

Plug and Play: The New Season Begins

  • 7.00pm
  • Penrith Playhose


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
  • 10.00am-12pm

In The Loop: Local Films

  • Location: Alhambra Cinema
  • 10am-2pm

Upfront Puppet Show

  • Location: New Squares
  • 10.30am/12.30pm/2.30pm/4pm

Top Hatter Gathering – for a communal photograph and judging

  • Location: Town Centre
  • 1.00pm

Spoken Word: The Price of Land – Geoff Cox

  • Location: Penrith Library
  • 11.30am

Picturing Penrith Exhibition – Judging and Prize Giving

  • EVAN Gallery
  • 5,30pm

Penrith Players Fringe Performance

  • Penrith Playhouse
  • 7.30pm


  • 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

Pastels Workshop

  • with Margaret Shaw
  • 2-5pm

EVAN Music Collective

  • The George Hotel
  • 7.00pm

Penrith Players

  • Penrith Playhouse
  • 7.00pm

29th August, 2019

Ian McMillan & Luke Carver Goss ‘ Between You and Me’

  • 7.30pm
  • 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.

Competition entries 2018 “Strange fruit / Strange fruit bowl”

Competition entries 2017 “Bird-bath …Flight of fancy”

Competition entries 2016 ” Dinner for One”


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


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
  • Speakers
  • Information Stalls
  • Blood pressure Checks
  • Leisure Centre Tours

Free Refreshments


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;
  • Trampoline;
  • Bouncy Castle;
  • Traction Engines and Miniature Steam Engine Rides;
  • Face Painting;
  • Ballon Modeller;
  • Punch & Judy;
  • Children’s Magic Show;
  • Stu-Di-Doo;
  • 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;
  • Absolutely;
  • Rock ‘n Roses;
  • Soul Survivor’s Band;
  • Benchmaster;
  • 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)

TIME: 11.00am-3.00pm

VENUE: Cornmarket Bandstand


Suicide Alertness Training, 10th December 2018

Free Training. 9.30am at Penrith Fire HQ

Carol Festival at St Andrews Church

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.

Winter Droving Procession Route 27th October 2018

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.