Winter Droving & Ullswater Droving

25th & 26 OCT 2019

Ullswater Droving

Turn back your clock four centuries

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 and will take place on Friday 25th October with a special torchlight procession through Pooley Bridge led this year by The Baghdaddies.

On Sat 26th October Penrith is transformed with its busiest market of the year, bustling streets, roaming street performances around every corner, and top quality local, regional and national musical acts across 5 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 a 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. Now in its 8th year, 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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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, Vets 4 Pets Fancy Dress for Dogs Competition, magical Fire & Light procession and much, much more!


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


Follow the procession through the town to Great Dockray for a final act on the main stage. To Be Announced!


From 10am - Penriths Biggest market featuring Crafty Vintage. A mixture of delicious food, crafts, gifts, art and charity games.
12noon - The Vets 4 Pets Fancy Dress for Dogs competition at the Clocktower.
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.


From 11am music kicks off across the five stages in town, bands and street performers entertain the crowds...

Line up coming soon


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.

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.

The Ullswater Droving is back! This magical event marks the beginning of the two days of droving celebrations and will take place on Friday 25th October with a special torchlight procession through Pooley Bridge.

This year The Baghdaddies’ will arrive by Ullswater Steamers to Pooley Bridge where an awaiting torchlight welcoming party will greet them.

The Baghdaddies' exuberant and rampant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour, making them as unforgettable on stage as they are when performing as wandering brass troubadours. They take themselves incredibly seriously so you don’t have to…

The Baghdaddies will then lead the torch light procession through Pooley Bridge to the field behind the Sun Inn, for a final performance on stage. This year the band will be accompanied by The Wolf animal lantern which was sponsored by Ullswater Steamers in 2017.

Further exciting announcements and full event details to follow.

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