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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.

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 1st November 2016

Twenties Themed Life Drawing

Our alternative life drawing class returns with artist Alex Jakob-Whitworth. A mixture of 20’s themed models, music and bar on site. Bring your own equipment for this informal session. Doors 7pm, £10. 

Let us know you are coming along

Wednesday 16th November 2016

Film and Discussion: DISRUPTION


In association with Cumbria Action for Sustainability, a screening of Disruption.  With discussion to follow.

“When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?” That’s the question posed by ‘Disruption’, a documentary film that explores the role of grassroots action and activism in tackling climate change.
“We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it,” the film’s synopsis compellingly states. It makes a call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.
The film’s around an hour long, giving ample opportunity to discuss the themes it raises afterwards, and how they might apply, here in Cumbria.

Doors at 7pm, film starts 7:30pm

This event is FREE but seats are limited so please reserve your spot on the sofa here.

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.


profile2Wed 30th November 2016


Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colourful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art’s hottest trends.

7pm Doors, 7:30pm Film.

£5, Under 16 £3





Thursday 1st December 2016

Georgian Themed Life Drawing

Our alternative life drawing class with artist Alex Jakob-Whitworth. A mixture of themed models, music and bar on site. Bring your own equipment for this informal session. Doors 7pm, £10. 

Let us know you are coming along

Thursday 26th January 2017

I, Daniel Blake (15)


A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack, befriends a single mum and her two kids as they navigate their way through the kafkaesque impersonal benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair. Heartfelt and emotional until the end.

7pm Doors, 7:30pm Film.

£5, Under 16 £3