Winter Droving

2012 - Current

Droving 2022

Turn back your clock four centuries?

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

The Winter Droving Returns! It’s been three unavoidable years in the waiting, but on the 29th October 2022, the torchlight procession is BACK to round off this, the 11th year of music, masquerade and magical carnivalesque feels.

That’s right, this October the Winter Droving will return better than ever. There will be food, there will be music, there will be a parade! It’s everything you’ve missed and more!

It's time to get creative with your mask making

2022 is gearing up to be our biggest year yet. There will be Art, Music and Culture. There will be Street Performers, Stage Performers and Musicians.

Please see our 2022 event page for information about this year's festival.

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The Winter Droving, the story so far...

For more than a decade, Fire, Music, Masks and Mayhem have descended on Penrith Town Centre.

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

This year we are working hard to put together a programme of events to rival all other years, but what we really need is you. The Droving needs drovers!

We encourage people to come along on Saturday 29th October, stalls will be open from late morning. The Penrith Winter Droving transforms the town centre with its busiest market of the year, bustling streets, roaming street performances around every corner. Plus, top-quality local, regional and national musical acts across several stages. This all leads up to the highlight of the day - a magical fire and lantern procession throughout the town, where thousands of people would line the streets to watch the spectacle.

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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Please see our 2022 page for the most recent updates

The Winter Droving 2022 will be taking place on Saturday 29th October in Penrith Town Centre. We are anticipating high levels of energy, loud music, people wearing masks, market stalls, funfair rides, street performances and (most importantly) the torchlight parade!

After 2 years of being parade-less, we have the triumphant return of our lanterns to illuminate the streets. If you are interested in being involved with the parade, watch this space! More information will be coming soon.

For market traders, the application form can be found here

For artists and performers, the application form can be found here


Trader application

Performer application

Previous Years:




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2019Winterdroving Kog Creditcathymasser 167
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2019Winterdroving Helena Credittompope 69
2019Winterdroving Drovers Cup Credit Cathymasser 221
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2019Winterdroving Dopesickfly Creditcathymasser 1
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2018Winterdroving Crowds Creditgrahamwynne 2
2019Winterdroving Procession Boudicca Credittompope 136
2019Winterdroving Gandini Creditcathymasser 1
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2018Winterdroving Procession Creditgwenquillere 19
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2018Winterdroving Bad Trasmission Creditgrahamwynne 4
2016Ullswaterdroving Procession Creditunknown 628

Winter Droving Public Sector Funders

Winter Droving Partner

Winter Droving Event Sponsors

Winter Droving Lantern Sponsors


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  • Supported using public funding by Arts Council England