Are you ready for The Winter Droving, the annual town celebration in Penrith? It’s a magical event celebrating rural life, food, fun, masquerade, and fire. Get excited because The Winter Droving is returning for its 12th year on the 28th of October 2023!
Picture this: a magical torchlight procession to cap off a day filled with music, masquerade, and all sorts of carnival delights. You won’t want to miss the delicious food, the amazing music, and the vibrant parade. Now, it’s your chance to unleash your creativity and make your own mask.
2023 promises to be the biggest year yet, and we have a little surprise in store for you, soon to be announced.
Get ready for a fantastic celebration of art, music, and culture. You’ll be entertained by street performers, stage performers, and talented musicians. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
11.00 The market opens with mulled wine alongside the finest local produce including a wide range of world foods, vegan and vegetarian cuisine, giftware, local artists’ works, quirky clothing and charity stalls.
- 12.00 The funfair opens with traditional rides and stalls
- 12-12.30 Fancy Dress Dogs Competition sponsored by Vets for Pets
- 12.30 Music and street performers start across the town with 5 fantastic stages plus the return of the Disco Tractor
- 13.45 Drovers Cup
- 18.30 Procession
- 19.30 The Finale- Baghdaddies
Located by the Clock Tower the information stand will be selling masks and offering information about the day.
Make a Mask!
How to make your own – get creative! Or, you could always buy one, we will have some on sale in town in Seagraves & Dixon’s, Aragon’s and also at Tattie Tim’s (they all ask if you could pay in cash if you go to them).
Fancy Dress for Dogs
Your dog could have a natural dog-walk style (way better than a cat-walk). Join the fancy dress for dogs here! Sign Up
Fancy competing in the epic Drovers Cup?
Get your team together and enter to have the chance of winning the coveted cup.
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
- There are plenty of plenty of places to park your bike in town- just avoid those street performers!
- If you are travelling by car Penrith is junction 40 off the M6 and can be accessed from the A66 and A6.
- Parking is available in the town’s 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 [email protected] if you have any additional access questions