Winter Droving Penrith 2015

Fun & frolics aplenty at Winter Droving 2015

Penrith, in the heart of Cumbria, is busy gearing up to host the town’s Winter Droving Festival on 14th November. The festival now in its fourth year, celebrates the town’s rich agricultural heritage, both as the area’s market and its place at the heart of the ancient cattle droving routes that criss-cross the county.

Winter Droving draws on the rich history of rural British festivals, which often feature fire, masks and strange games…
As you will discover Penrith’s festival is no exception…during the day teams will compete against each other through the town in a bid to win the coveted ‘Kyloe’s Drovers Cup’. Competing teams pit themselves against each other in a unique relay race featuring four special disciplines: Pint Carrying, Sausage Eating, Hay Bale Racing and a good old fashioned Tug-o-War!

There will be six stages across the town, including the aptly named Chicken Run Stage and the Victorian inspired Melodrome Stage, where festival goers can catch live music and street performance throughout the day.

Top acts will include carnival street band BLAST Furness, Paka Johnson’s amazing fire breathing horse, and PanGottic’s Thingamabob a ball-slinging, self-firing chain reaction machine built out of bits and bobs, inspired by the famous Rube Goldberg Machines… where the audience, become part of the machine!

Festival goers will also be able to take in the sights and smells of Penrith’s largest yearly market, with over 60 stalls showcasing some of Cumbria’s finest food producers, as well as a wealth of arts and crafts.

There’s lots to keep the kids entertained too… with the fantastically fab fun fair where the wee ones can enjoy traditional games like ‘Bash a Rat’ and ‘Hook a Duck’, as well as enjoy top sliding fun on the Helter Skelter, and fab views aplenty from The Little Big Wheel… as well as loads more to keep them busy.

The real fun starts as night falls and the ancient town is transformed… as hundreds of artists, performers and musicians process through the streets accompanied by flame, music and fantastical masked humans in livestock form…

As the ‘Drove’ procession quietens the mayhem is set to continue with a fantastical NEW ADDITTION… The Masqued Mash Up After Party… A big indoor gig with music and dancing to entertain the masked masses.

The stellar line-up includes, The Baghdaddies with their astounding and infectiously danceable Balkan beats, Caribbean grooves and Middle Eastern rhythms. The Electric Swing Circus with their fusion of saucy 20′s swing and stomping electro beats…Holy Moly and the Crackers offer up gypsy folk ’N’ roll, delivering a unique mash-up of folk / blues, waltz tempos, hoe-downs and French zazou in totally wicked outlandish carnival style…Ladies and Gents, hold onto your hats… tune in, turn on and party!!!

Tickets for The Masqued Mash Up After Party are on sale now priced at £15 each. They are available from Penrith Leisure Centre, 01768 863450 and Eden Arts at The Old Fire Station, Penrith or online from: all profits raised will go to creating next year’s Winter Droving.

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Notes to Editors:

Picture enclosed Winter Droving Parade, Penrith

For further information contact Heather Walker on 01768 899444 or email

The Winter Droving is funded by Eden District Council, Arts Council England, Penrith BID, Penrith Lottery. Main Sponsor AST Signs.

Eden Arts is a charitable arts organisation. Charity no. 1139215 based in the Eden District, Cumbria funded by Eden District Council and Arts Council England. Eden Arts promotes, invents, dreams and cooks up all sorts of creative projects from commissions to participatory to gigs and cinema.

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