Building fun…


Eden Arts are based in Penrith’s Old Fire Station. Where there used to be four fire engines, there’s film, comedy, theatre and live music in our Engine Bay venue. In the old fire officers’ Mess, we’re hosting talks, meetings and smaller events.  And around the building you’ll find artists and makers using old offices as studios, the Eden Arts team hard at work (and they’re all artists in their own right, too), and spaces being used for things like guitar lessons and first aid workshops. The Old Fire Station also has a spare room available for artists who want to visit the Lake District.

The Old Fire Station is on Bridge Lane, Penrith CA11 8HY on the edge of the Penrith Hospital site. It’s 17 minutes walk from Penrith Station.

Sat 1st October 2016,

Elements Festival Launch + Film: Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement


Doors 6.30pm, Film from 7:00 pm9:00 pm, £3 / £5,  £10 for all three Elements Festival screenings at Penrith Old Fire Station

The launch event of Elements festival – Elements is a brand-new inclusive arts festival for a mature population. The festival commissions and incorporates high-quality arts productions and programmes across Cumbria, involving local artists, organisations and communities as well as attracting visitors from around the UK.

Come and find out more about the ethos of the festival and its programme. Meet Pascale Petit, Elements first writer in residence and Adele Patrick, the co-founder of influential Glasgow Women’s Library who selected three incredible films for Elements’ film programme.

The event will start with an introduction and talk by Pascale Petit, Pascale will then be joined by Adele to talk in conversation about one of Adele’s selections – Salma, a documentary film about the Indian activist and poet. Adele will also introduce the screening of the evening: Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement and will stay on for discussions after the screening.

Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009) Dir. Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir, USA, 67min

After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married. From the early ’60s to the present day, the tireless community activists persevere through many battles, both personal and political. As Edie says, We just went on with this talent we have for wrestling joy from the shit. Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir return with a love story of two remarkable women whose commitment to each other is an inspiration to us all.


Sunday 2nd October 2016,

Fun, Hope and CommUNITY

Celebrating diversity within our community, Free Event, 3pm – 7pm

Everyone welcome. Creative workshops, music, dancing, free tea, coffee and cake.

If you would like to be involved in offering a donation for the raffle, music, dance or running a workshop please contact Jessie on 07930019974.


Fri 7th October 2016,

Elements Film: Margarita with a Straw (18)


Doors 7pm, Film 7:30 pm9:20 pm, £5,  £10 for all three Elements Festival screenings at Penrith Old Fire Station

A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York. She unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.



Thurs 20th October 2016,

 Moving North: Rural Cumbria

A Selection of Archive Films from the Local Area

Postman Plus 2

Doors 7pm, Films & Talk from 7.30pm £5 / £3

Drawn from their collection of amateur travelogues to public service documentaries, the North West Film Archive will take you on a journey through familiar terrain around  the historic town of Penrith, through Eden District and beyond, via a delightful compilation of footage from over the past 100 years.

The breathtaking landscapes that have drawn visitors for so many years will be revealed via a collection of home movie footage and archive broadcasts; from a documentary tracing the journey of the River Eden from its source to the Irish Sea, to a post war travelogue through many of the Lake District’s picturesque villages, revealing much that remains unchanged over the past century.

Contrasting footage captured at local events reveal how pastimes have changed over the last century, from a police sports day and boundary riding in early silent footage from 1914 to footage of a Penrith Postman who sets off from the towns sorting office to deliver in his minibus to Martindale and returns with members of the community to do their shopping in town before being taken back to the dale at the end of the day.
The footage will be presented by the North West Film Archive, who will take the audience on a journey through Eden’s rich history as seen through the lenses of both amateur and professional filmmakers.

‘Moving North: Rural Cumbria’, a touring programme of archive screenings and events in communities across Yorkshire, the North East and Cumbria, delivered by the North West Film Archive and Yorkshire Film Archive in partnership with Film Hub North & Cine North as part of the BFI’s UK-wide Britain on Film project.


Tuesday 25th October,




Words out loud – that’s the brief for performers. Spoken word, short readings, poetry and more from Cumbrian writers and occasional guests in this new, monthly event – on the fourth Tuesday of every month. An intimate event, upstairs in the Old Fire Station’s Mess Hall.

Doors open at 7pm

Ticket prices: £3 admission/£2 performers (pay on door)

Let us know your coming along.



Thurs 27th October,

Elements Festival Film Double Bill: Women Like Us & A Last Farewell


Doors 6.30pm, Film 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, £3 / £5 £10 for all three Elements Festival screenings at Penrith Old Fire Station
Women Like Us (1990) A pioneering amateur documentary showing lives of lesbians over 60, which has not been surpassed in terms of introducing older lesbians and making space for them to speak for themselves.

A Last Farewell (2013) A Last Farewell is both a calm and upsetting portrait of an aging author’s sorrow over the death of his long-term partner. Haunted by visions of his late husband, and in conflict with his daughter who is trying to renew the ties between them, he must tackle the impossible task of moving on and finding peace in the wake of a devastating loss.


Tuesday 22nd November 2016,

Mark Thomas – The Red Shed


8pm | £16

Lakin McCarthy and Mark Thomas
In association with West Yorkshire Playhouse
Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

Directed by Joe Douglas

The Red Shed is the third part in a trilogy of multi award winning shows (Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed)

A story of strikes, dinner ladies and commies. Crap beer, great beer, burgers and burger slingers. Pickets, placards, friendship, love, history, dreams and above all remembering.

Mark returns to where he first performed, a red wooden shed in Wakefield, the labour club, to celebrate its 50th birthday. Part theatre, stand up, journalism, activism, it’s the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community.




Sat 26th November 2016,

Jo Caulfield – The Customer is Always Wrong


8pm | £14

Have you ever noticed that even when you’re right, you’re wrong? From the potential minefields of dating, relationships and divorce, to the simple things, like booking a holiday, or joining a pub-quiz team – nothing is ever as straightforward as it should be. Jo Caulfield is determined to get things back on track…
Award-winning Stand-Up comedian Jo Caulfield takes a humorous look at life’s potential traps, what can go wrong and how to deal with them. Sharp, witty and insightful, Jo will make you think as much as she makes you laugh.
As seen on The John Bishop Show, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You.