Winter Droving 2023

28th October 2023

Whats On Festival Info

The Winter Droving 2023

The annual town celebration that is The Winter Droving: a magical celebration of rural life, food, fun, masquerade, and fire in Penrith.

This the Winter Droving was in it's 12th year! On the 28th October 2023, the magical torchlight procession rounded off a day of music, masquerade and magical carnivalesque goings on.

There was food, there was music, and of course the parade!

2023 saw the return of the Ullswater Droving on Saturday 21st October where we Welcomed the Wolf with Worldbeaters Spark! and collaborated with Walk the Plank on a giant piece of landscape are with their geolights.

You will find a programme with timings on the WHATS ON tab and a map of the event and the procession route under FESTIVAL INFO

If you came to the Ullswater Droving or the Winter Droving we'd love to hear from you. Fill out the feedback form here and you will be entered into a prize-draw to win £100. Closes Monday 13th November.

We look forward to seeing you next year on Saturday 26th October 2024 for the Winter Droving. Dates for the Ullswater Droving 2024 TBC.

Full album below on the Winter Droving Facebook page;


21 - 28 October 2023

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Winter Droving Programme
Winter Droving Programme

How to Get Involved


Click here for how to make your own - get creative!

Masks are on sale in shops across Penrith including Seagraves and Dixon, Natures Health Store, Tattie Tim, The Lion and Unicorn Galleries, Moon on the Hill, Arragons Cycles, Penrith Tourist Information Centre.


Sign up to the torchlight procession here We ask for a £2 contribution for fire torches


Your dog could have a natural dog-walk style (way better than a cat-walk). Join the fancy dress for dogs here!


Fancy competing in the epic Drovers Cup? Get your team together and enter here to be in the chance of winning the coveted cup.

Event Maps

Information Stand

Located by the Clock Tower the information stand will be selling masks and offering information about the day.

Market and Funfair

The market will be open from 11am as will the fun fair in Great Dockray.


Penrith has excellent transport links via public transport and we urge visitors to use public transport where possible

Bus information can be found here (please note there will be road closures in place so some bus routes may vary on the day)

Penrith Train Station is 5 minute walk from the town. Information about trains can be found here

Why not consider one of the amazing carshare websites such as

There are plenty of plenty of places to park your bike in town- just avoid those street performers!

If you are traveling by car Penrith is junction 40 off the M6 and can be accessed from the A66 and A6.


Parking is available in the towns car parks- a list of which can be found here (excluding Mansion House Car Park).

Additional parking will be available free of charge at Ullswater Community College, Wetheriggs Ln, Penrith CA11 8NG

Please find the access statement here. Contact if you have any additional access questions

2016 Winter Droving procession credit Graham Wynne 37
2014 Winter Droving other half productions credit John Burrows51 low res
2019 Winter Droving drovers cup credit Cathy Masser 32
2018 Winter Droving dog fancy dress credit Richie Johnston 14
2019 Winter Droving procession masks credit Cathy Masser 76
2019 Winter Droving dick danger credit Tom Pope 35
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2018 Winter Droving procession lantern credit Graham Wynne 230
2018 Winter Droving procession lantern credit Graham Wynne 212

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