Introducing The Winter Droving’s NEW sister festival…‘The Appleby Summer Pudding’

One of the North’s leading arts organisations, the award winning Eden Arts, is busy whipping together all the ingredients for a brand new boutique summer festival, to be staged at the magical 12th century Appleby Castle on Saturday 20 August 2016.

It’s a delicious recipe full of the finest ingredients of live bands and street circus acts with a medley of foodie treats and a sprig of vintage funfair. The Appleby Summer Pudding is a fruity, gooey, indulgent one-day family festival, best served up a generous second helping of evening ‘after party’.

The team at Eden Arts have checked out big festivals such as Glastonbury, WOMAD and Bestival, in order to hand pick some of the best from across the UK’s festival scene – including the massively popular live acts – The Correspondents and Gypsy Hill – for a special evening gig deep inside the medieval castle.

During the day, the castle grounds will host up to 7,000 people for an array of quality street performers from across the country, featuring a special new performance piece called Project_Vee commissioned by the Salisbury Festival. Project_Vee sees two jugglers spinning around 10ft in the air as they pass juggling clubs to each other.

Other performers are all things retro, from acrobatic balancing acts to Lewis Caroll-esque animal characters. Two music stages during the day will feature retro blues and jazz and on the Melodrome Stage, a saucy mix of indie-rock and dance bands from near and far, including local boys Hardwicke Circus, The Postcard Band and more.

Across the site amongst the weird and wonderful walkabouts and magicians there will also be a vintage funfair and big tented retro crafty vintage market.

The event comes as the historic market town between the Lake District and the North Pennines continues to bounce back from the after effects of Storm Desmond, and it is all taking place with support from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Eden District Council and Arts Council England as part of Appleby’s flood recovery programme.

To give the local community as added boost, up to 2,000 local people will benefit from hugely discounted daytime tickets for the event.

Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts, says, “Anyone who has been to the Winter Droving will know that we know how to organise a great day – and party! We want this to be another stand-out event in the Cumbrian festival calendar, one which will continue year after year. We have got a fantastic line-up – only some of which we have revealed so far, so watch out for further announcements. It’s a fantastic opportunity not only to do something special for the people of Appleby, but also to showcase the area to tourists and bring people in from outside the county.”

He adds, “Appleby Castle itself is a hidden gem, a quintessential fairytale castle rarely open for public events in the past. There are lots of hidden pathways, nooks and crannies to discover, so it is a perfect setting for nostalgic family fun. Local people have been incredibly supportive and welcoming and we are really excited about the potential for this event to take off!””

David Hymers, Economy Portfolio Holder for Eden District Council adds, “We are really keen to support this new event for Appleby following the devastation of the floods in the area. Eden Arts have a history of producing very successful events in Eden, such as Penrith’s Winter Droving, so we look forward to yet another, and we encourage local people and businesses to get involved wherever possible to maximise the benefit for Appleby and the surrounding area.

For a limited period, 2000 daytime tickets for residents with a CA16 or CA17 postcode will be £2 for adults and free for children under 16. The Appleby residents’ tickets are exclusively available at Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

Standard tickets for the daytime will be £10 and £1 for children. The evening gig will be £15 per ticket. There is also a joint day/evening ticket available at £20. There are also some ‘Early Bird’ offers. All tickets (except Appleby residents’ offer) are available online:


Notes to Editors:

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1. Project_Vee: danger, skill and unpredictable moments as roulette wheel meets juggling.
2. MarkMark: one of Britain’s leading festival and street theatre companies.
3. Gypsy Hill play an intoxicating mix of Balkan brass, Mediterranean surf rock, ska and swing.

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