“Come rams and lambs, heifers and hens and dance throughout the town!”
The Winter Droving is the headline event of the Penrith Winter Festival, which celebrates Penrith’s rich agricultural heritage.
DAY LIGHT – a right rural gathering...
Join us all day for some Droving inspired fun. There are a whole host of activities going on throughout the day including a traditional Cumbrian market featuring local food, drink and other produce, rural games - tug of war, hay bale racing. A fantastic array of street entertainment - drama, dance and music and rides . There will also be a Helter Skelter in Great Dockray, Cranston's food stage, poi workshops, vintage farm vehicles and fire engine, balloon making and much, much more. Fun for all the family. See the main schedule of events below...(download here)…please note times are subject to change.
10am: Traditional, rural market featuring some of Cumbria's best food producers and artisans. Throughout the day in all areas of the town.
12pm: Fancy dress competition – There will be a droving themed fancy dress competition at this year’s event for adults, children and dogs too! Come along to the event wearing a mask or dressed as an animal or drover for a chance to win prizes and a sought after ‘ Best in Show’ rosette. There will also be a prize for the best dressed dog – a wolf in sheep’s clothing! Judging will take place outside the Penrith Tourist Information Centre (Middlegate)
12pm: Bill Lloyd (Cornmarket)
12.30pm: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School drama performance (Clocktower)
12.45pm: Steve Grundy (Cornmarket)
1.15pm: Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra (Cornmarket)
1.30pm: Street Theatre – Other Half Productions: Tea for Two (Clocktower)
2pm: The Kyloes Inn Drover’s Cup - Penrith Leisure Centre take teams through their paces with a Hay Bale races, Tug of War, Cranston’s sausage eating competition (Middlegate, Clocktower and King Street)
2.15pm: Macaroons (Cornmarket)
3.30pm: Ullswater School Dance performance (Clocktower)
3pm: Kentucky Cow Tippers (Cornmarket)
4pm: Phil Saunders (Cornmarket)
NIGHTFALL - A fiery celebration of Winter
5pm:The mystical masked procession - featuring fire, music, mayhem and animals aplenty. The procession will wind its way through the streets of Penrith, featuring music from the Macaroons, Bill Lloyd, Kentucky Cow Tippers, Penrith Town Band, Blue Jam –Bjamba. The event concludes with a spectacular finale in Great Dockray. Join the Herd for a spectacular celebration of Winter and Penrith’s agricultural heritage.
6pm: The Winter Droving finale takes place in Great Dockray featuring a specially commissioned film Yan Tan Tethera and rip roaring band Tankus the Henge.
7.45pm: Carry on the party at the Evergreen Hall with the Winter Droving Ceilidh. Dancing 8pm - 11.30pm. £5.00 admission. Tickets available from Penrith Tourist Information. Click here for info
COME ON DOWN!
The Winter Droving is a celebration of all things rural, magical, traditional and fun. Join the herd – dress up, have fun and don’t forget your droving inspired mask! Your mask can be anything you like, but we encourage all things traditional, rural and animals aplenty.
Masks available on the day from the Eden Arts stall and Tourist Information Centre
THE PROCESSION – Be at the heart of the magic and sign up to take part in the procession! Before the event we will e-mail instructions on when and where to gather – the procession will set off at 5pm. Torch bearers are encouraged to come dressed as a drover or wear an animal mask, fire torches will be issued at the meeting point (over 16s only). Young ‘uns should wear an animal mask and come as a sheep, goose, cow, pig, deer, chicken or a sheepdog. Spread the word, gather in the herds!”
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.
Feeling creative? Why not come along to one of The Winter Droving workshops:
Sheep Lantern & Mask Making with Eden Arts
23rd November at Rheged Centre: 10am – 1pm sheep lanterns, 2pm – 4pm sheep masks £2 per lantern or mask. Drop in workshops – children must be accompanied
Mask making is also available at Crafty Monkeys in Penrith throughout November.