The Winter Droving is a new event for Penrith and Eden taking place 6pm – 9pm on 24th November 2012. …Come rams and lambs, heifers and hens and dance throughout the town!
Featuring fire, masks, music, food and mayhem the Winter Droving is a celebration of all things rural, magical, traditional and fun.
The event is a celebration of Penrith and its age old role as the market place for the local area, the place where for centuries livestock and produce has been brought for sale (Droving is the practice of moving livestock over large distances by walking them “on the hoof”); how those market places were always an opportunity for a social get together – maybe a few jars and some match-making too!
Inspired by the droving tradition a fire, light and music procession will make its way through the town, followed by live bands and fire performers and entertainment in Great Dockray. There will also be a mask making workshop and a winter food & craft market in the afternoon.
HOW TO JOIN IN
Carry a torch, wear a mask. Come and join in the procession
If you would like to volunteer in any other way (helping steward etc) give us a call on 01768 899444
There are also specific opportunities for musicians through BlueJam Arts (particularly brass and percussion) see here for info
Whether you are watching or joining in with the procession and entertainment we want everyone to get into the festival spirit by WEARING A MASK (like these on this here page). Your mask can be anything you like, but to help you we’d suggest:
- Half face rather than full (easier for smiling, chatting, eating and drinking)
- Theme it to the event: Cattle, sheep, geese, chickens, sheepdogs, horses, stags, fire, winter……
- Use one you already have!! particularly those beautiful renaissance style ones!
We have a Pinterest board here that we use for flavours and ideas – have a look; we are using #thedroving as the twitter hashtag should you be that way inclined.
Keep up to date by following news here and in The Herald!!
The WINTER DROVING is a collaboration between Eden Arts and Penrith Chamber of Trade, generously supported by Eden District Council, Penrith Lottery and The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald – working together to celebrate this special place and special people.