We can’t get enough of Penrith’s Winter Droving festival which raises a toast to the change in seasons and its rural heritage. It’s a brilliant time of year to take an alternative Lake District trip for this completely out of the ordinary total town takeover by the clever cultural captains at Eden Arts.
Each year, Penrith is transformed for one magical day into a spectacular wonderland of outdoor arts, music, mayhem, fire and masquerade with an always impressive line-up of performance on stages and streets across the town.
An impressive programme for Saturday includes six stages across the town (with an after party). A stonking live music line-up is to be announced and we hope new “stage” for last year the DISCOTRACTOR is back.
Large scale and intimate performance will be everywhere you turn.
Don’t miss the fire and light procession where masked torch bearers “drove” colossal animal lanterns through the streets at dusk, fine Cumbrian market of artisan local food, drink and stylish goods in partnership with Crafty Vintage, and the bonkers Drovers Cup competition which includes Pint Passing, Egg Throwing, Sausage Eating (Cumberland of course) and Hay Bale Racing.
Expect to see sights that will blow other outdoor arts experiences out of the water. Join in, dance and, above all, smile and laugh. A lot. Events are spread across the town so leave time for exploring.
We love that this weekend is steeped in tradition, timed near the centuries old festival of Samhain, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the “darker half” of the year.
The Winter Droving is hands down one of the best events of the year.