Winter Droving

26 OCT 2019

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Turn back your clock four centuries

Created by Eden Arts, The Winter Droving has become one of Cumbria’s iconic cultural events seeing 20k+ attend annually. The event is a festival of food, culture, contemporary art set around the theme of the tradition of Droving animals. In 2018 the event takes place over two days, the first an enchanted evening at the lake at Ullswater followed by the day in Penrith.

Street entertainment, live bands, slightly stranger things like a fancy dress for dogs competition and the and the clearly ‘its a knockout’ inspired Drover’s Cup games; all accompanied by the biggest market in Cumbria; and topped off by a magical torch parade through the town leading to a free gig on the mainstage form a headline act.

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


26 - 26 October 2019

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Winter Droving Maps and Schedule 2018

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WHAT'S ON 2018

The Winter Droving is bursting with fantastic live music and street performers across 5 stages plus vintage funfair, Penrith’s largest local food and craft market, The Angel Lane Chippies Drovers Cup, Dog’s Fancy Dress Competition, magical Fire & Light procession and much, much more!


Stages, performers and a big market - a BIG market! - featuring a new addition the Crafty Vintage market.


They rocked the Winter Droving After Party in 2015 and we just had to have them back… Electric Swing Circus will be taking to the stage for the finale of the Torch Light Procession.

Electric Swing Circus are a live 6-piece fusion of saucy 20's swing and stomping piece fusion. With an explosive sound that reverberates back through time, the ESC hotfoot their way through everything from breakbeat and house to reggae and dubstep, all with their own unique style of swing.


1.30pm - The Angel Lane Chippie Drovers Cup

King Street

Hay Bale Racing, Pint Pass, Egg Throwing, Tug-O-War & Sausage Eating

With thanks to Angel Lane Chippie for their sponsorship of the Drovers Cup.

12noon - The Vets 4 Pets Fancy Dress for Dogs competition

at the Clocktower.


All day on the five stages (including the new DISCOTRACTOR) across town bands and street performers entertain the crowds...

The full line up of bands and acts includes... (deep breath)... Ponyland, Deatbeats, Logan and Manley, Bad Transmission, Supa and Da Kyrptonites, Rimski’s Piano and Handkerchief, Ask my Bull, Blast Furness, Hadrian’s Union, Wearequazars, BAAB, The Windy Bottom Boys, Gaita Band, Blue Jam, Nula Hula, Poiromaniac, Baybeat, The Flying Colours, Pete Moser’s One Man Band. There are new spectacles like Peddlars Pack plus regular and favourites such as Mary the Faerie and Dick Danger. A special mention should be made for Penrith’s own Eliza Gutteridge who reached the knock-out stage in ITV’s The Voice.


Starting from St Catherine's School Playing School at 6.30pm, the procession of drumming and street bands, giant animal lanterns and around 200 drovers carrying fire torches will lead the way to Great Dockray and Electric Swing Circus.

6.30pm: St Catherine’s School Playing Field
7.00pm: Market Square
7.15pm: Great Dockray


Limited free parking is available at Ullswater Community College, Wetheriggs Ln, Penrith CA11 8NG

Penrith Council Carparks are available at Bluebell Lane, Mansion House and Sandgate, charging as normal.

Please note; parking is limited this year, please consider using Public Transport or walking if appropriate.


Fri 26th & Sat 27th October 2018


Fri 26th October from 5.30PM: Closure will begin with all of Great Dockray Car Park and roads on each side to set up the funfair and the main stage. Parking Suspension in Middlegate will begin at midnight on Fri 26th October and will remain until 10pm on Sat 27th October.


Sat 27th Oct: There will be full road closure through Middlegate, Devonshire Street, King Street, Market Square, Castlegate and Great Dockray from 7am – 10pm. All parking in these areas will be suspended from midnight 26th October.

The Winter Droving Market

Trader Call Out

The Winter Droving market in 2019 is set to be even bigger and better. We continue to expand the site and work with market providers Crafty Vintage to build on the success and increase the offer and attract even bigger crowds (the previous few years have seen 20,000 people attend).

The Winter Droving is bespoke and stylish, full of street entertainment and music, about good food and great produce, things with a ‘difference’, ecologically sound – more Borough Market than silly string and tack!

We are seeking food and drink traders, take home produce and gift stalls. If you think your business fits the bill then we welcome your application for a pitch.

You will find out more info on the form here.

Community Stall Call Out

Each year we also offer stalls to community groups, charities and organisations raising funs for worthy causes. These pitches are free of charge.

We do ask that you provide a game or fun activity- think vintage summer fetes, coconut shys, splat the rat and the like! We are happy to help with ideas- just get in touch.

If you would like to apply for one of these stalls you will find more info here.

Bring your magic to the Winter Droving…

Artists, Musicians, Bands, performers and DJs register your interest to perform at this year's Winter Droving.

We are on the lookout for new and exciting musicians and street acts to animate the fairyland that is The Winter Droving throughout the day such as masked and mystical performers, strange creations and contraptions and fairytales crossed with carny.

Fire and masks are always on the menu.

Previous performers have included anything from local up and coming acts such as Ponyland, Baab, Dope Sick Fly, Dansi, Deatbeats and national acts such as Electric Swing Circus, The Baghdaddies, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, Gypsy Hill, Holy Moly and the Crackers, Pangottic Circus and Opera Anywhere.

Have you got the right stuff for the Droving?! The masked and magical stuff? Register your interest in performing at this years event here

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