Winter Droving

26/27 Oct 2018


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.

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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!

All Day

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

Big finale - Electric Swing Circus

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.

During the day

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.

Line Up

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.

Torch Parade

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.

Parking Suspension and Road Closures in Central Penrith

Fri 26th & Sat 27th October 2018

Parking Suspension

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.

Road Closure

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 Ullswater Droving
Friday evening by the Lake

Join us in Pooley Bridge to welcome the start of the Droving week-end. A spectacular start will see the Droving begin with our special guests Mr Wilson’s Second Liners arrive by Ullswater Steamer at Pooley Bridge pier at 6pm, before processing through Pooley Bridge to the big bonfire and Melodrome stage.

Join in the fire torch procession by coming early to the pier (torches £2 - over 16's only).

Parking may be difficult! Arrive early and be directed to the massive car-park at Park Foot Caravan & Camping Park, Howtown Rd, Pooley Bridge, Penrith CA10 2NR (FREE)

Rolling Road Closure

Friday 26th Oct: There will be rolling road closure through Pooley Bridge, from Pooley Bridge Jetty, to Pooley Bridge Roundabout from 5.45pm – 6.45pm for the Procession.

Mr Wilson's Second Liners

New Orleans meets 90s club classics… a rave funeral without the body.

In New Orleans, funerals are celebrated in style, with noisy brass bands processing through the streets. The main section of the parade is known as First Line, but the real fun starts with the Second Line, those who follow the band to enjoy the music, marching with the musicians and twirling parasols or waving handkerchiefs.

Welcome to Second Lining.

A rabble of mischievous northerners, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners form a traditional New Orleans Second Line. However, this is no sombre occasion: Mr Wilson’s expend their collective musical talent paying homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda, 90s club culture and its greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson.

These revolutionary genre bashers knock the First Line sideways, opting for upbeat dance tracks over traditional slow hymns. Proudly stepping out in uniformed style, they channel the spirit of the 24 hour party people and get audiences dancing wherever they play.

The vision is an anarchic, street extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, rallying impromptu raves on street corners and rousing audiences young and old into a joyful frenzy.

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Ullswater Droving supported by


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