The magical day of rural celebration, food, fun, games - masquerade and fire in Penrith Cumbria
A right rural gathering, including a traditional Cumbrian market featuring local food and drink.
There are rural games such as tug of war and hay bale racing to win the Drovers Cup (currently held by the Penrith Fire Brigade) as well as fantastic array of street entertainment.
Then as night falls welcome the mystical masked procession...featuring fire, music, mayhem and animals aplenty, concluding with a spectacular finale in Great Dockray.
Now in its third year the Winter Droving has quickly established itself as a key event in the Cumbrian calendar, attracting thousands of people from all over the north. There are lots of opportunities to join in (carry a torch in the procession or enter a team into the Drovers Cup).
The Drover's Cup sees teams compete in races and games in Penrith's streets ie tug-o-war, haybale race, sausage eating etc(!). Teams must be mixed, and must consist of 6-8 people. To apply/register your team click here
Every year hundreds of people join in with the event by carrying fire torches - the easiest way to feel part of the Droving! Due to limitations on the number of torches available we ask people to register to carry them. You can do so by clicking this link.
Winter Droving 2014 will feature a food village curated by Taste Cumbria. To register to have a stall please click here and Taste Cumbria will respond to your request. Please note that the number of stalls available are limited!! Community groups and charities can also join in the Winter Droving through running games stalls (traditional games like coconut shy etc), please use this link to register.
Local businesses give the Winter Droving fantastic support, from direct sponsorship through to offers on the day and other ways of helping (eg a local solicitor offers their offices as a performers changing room and lounge). ALL of these things go towards making the event a success and demonstrate Penrith's warm and generous nature! get your business on the Winter Droving map click here
If you have some time and a little energy either on the day or beforehand there are all sorts of ways to help out, even if for just a couple of hours of stewarding or filling in questionaires or giving out leaflets - the more the merrier!! get in touch to join in!!
The Winter Droving is produced by Eden Arts with concept by Acorn Marketing and Eden Arts, generously funded by Penrith Chamber of Trade, Eden District Council, Arts Council England, Pride in Penrith Lottery and Penrith Business Improvement District. For general event sponsors see here – working together to celebrate this special place and special people.