The Winter Droving Returns to Penrith!


Festival season may be at an end for 2018, but if you’re still looking for a weird, wonderful and entertaining day out in the Lakes as winter approaches, look no further than Penrith’s Winter Droving event on October 26th-27th!

The festival, attracting crowds of over 20,000 people each year, was created by Eden Arts as a celebration of culture, food and contemporary arts centred on the theme of moving animals over long distances, otherwise known as ‘droving.’

This must-see event takes place in Penrith town centre and features the biggest market in Cumbria, followed by street entertainment and accompanied by live music and the wonderful ‘Drover’s Cup’ - a competition involving pint carrying, hay bale racing, sausage eating and much more.

A fire and light procession complete with unsettling fancy dress tops off the Saturday evening and starts at 6.30pm from St Catherine’s School, but not before a separate fancy dress competition just for dogs! The dogs’ event, sponsored this year by Vets 4 Pets, starts at 12pm at the Clocktower.

With a range of local sponsors also playing their part throughout the day, you can also take home a personalised momento of the event at the Compare Cover photo booth, which provides dressing-up opportunities to all visitors.

With a full day and night of entertainment, drama and fun, this year’s Drover’s Cup has the potential to be the region’s biggest to date.

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