Winter Droving & Ullswater Droving

2012 - Current

Droving 2020

Turn back your clock four centuries

The annual town celebration that is the Winter Droving has to be different this year due to the impact of Covid-19. However that doesn't mean that we just give up and do nothing.

Perhaps more than ever we should be celebrating our place and community and businesses, showing that we are still vibrant and active.

So we are doing various things around the town to coincide with the Winter Droving time - things that enhance the town but don't get everyone to come at once. Please see our 2020 event page for information about this years festival.

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Fire, Music, Masks and Mayhem in Pooley Bridge & Penrith Town Centre.

The two day festival encourages visitors to dress up and 'join the herd' by donning a mask, dressing up as a farmer and enjoying the entertainment.

The Ullswater Droving marks the beginning of the two days of droving celebrations with a special torchlight procession beginning on the fantastic Ullswater Steamers Jetty and making its way through Pooley Bridge led by a street band, before a performance and bonfire. Pooley Bridge businesses share their winter warmers with a mixture of hot food, drinks and ice creams available.

The following day Penrith is transformed with its busiest market of the year, bustling streets, roaming street performances around every corner (in 2019 including KAMCHÀTKA, all the way from Spain) and top quality local, regional and national musical acts across 6 stages. This all leads up to the highlight of the day - a magical fire and lantern procession throughout the town, where thousands of people line the streets to watch the spectacle, finishing with our headline act on the main stage.

Created by Eden Arts, The Winter Droving has become one of Cumbria’s iconic cultural events seeing 20k+ attend annually. The event has grown exponentially with audiences making the journey from all corners of the UK.

Shortlisted: Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2019

Highly Commended: Cumbria Tourism Awards Event of the Year 2017

Winner: Star of The Community Award, Penrith Stars of Business Awards 2017

Shortlisted: Cumbria Tourism Event of the Year 2016, 2015

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We are pleased to be able to bring you news about plans for this years Winter Droving

St Andrews Churchyard Projections

A celebratory feature taking place in St Andrews Churchyard across four nights in October half term.

The projection display will feature members of the Winter Droving community intertwined with footage from the Winter Droving past events. Based around the subject of care, you can now nominate people in the community for the display.

To view the projections you must book a timeslot, tickets will be available to book soon.

We are looking for people in Penrith & Eden who bring a smile to peoples faces through acts of kindness or care to feature in a celebratory light projection in Penrith.

We are looking to feature people in the community who care, and we know thousands of you will fit the brief! This can be for something as little as the neighbour who always keeps the weeds in check, a child who always says hello to their elderly neighbour or someone who has done great things with a wider impact. So if you know the perfect caring host, a key worker who never fails to put a smile on your face, someone who cares in the local community, for the environment or its animals then we want to hear from you!

This celebratory work will take place across four nights in October half term and we are looking to feature members of our Winter Droving community with and without their masks as part of the projection display. Participants will be photographed by socially distanced appointment in late September. We welcome your nominations for this special (socially distanced) projected light piece.


Mask Time

A public art gallery will be scattered throughout Penrith Town Centre, with shop windows transformed into a photographic display of Droving supporters in homemade, highly sought after, and bespoke masks and fancy dress, giving the town a flavour of the usual festival fun.

Each year the streets of Penrith & Pooley Bridge are transformed by people wearing amazing masks and fancy dress. This year The Winter Droving would like to photograph those masks and the people wearing them to feature in a photographic display on shop windows throughout Penrith from mid October.

We are looking for the best masks, the best looks, the people who show off the Droving at its strangest and best. Send us a picture of yourself, you and your significant other or your family group all wearing Winter Droving masks and perhaps even costumes. The more outrageous, animal like, feathery, furry, glittery the better.... If you are selected you will then be asked to come and be professionally photographed in a socially distanced manner at Eden Arts near the end of September.



When will tickets to the projections be released?

Tickets for the projection display in St Andrews Churchyard will be released in early October.

What Covid-19 Guidelines are in place for the projection display?

There will be a limited audience capacity for the event with timed entry tickets. Distancing information and guidelines will be in place around the event site. One way systems on entry and exit will guide you through the site. More information and maps for the event will be made available soon.

Are traders pitches available?

Unfortunately for the 2020 event there will be no traders pitches available at The Winter Droving events.

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