When: 28th October 2017
Where: Penrith, Cumbria
What is it?
A unique celebration of masks, magic and mayhem, Penrith’s Winter Droving event will take place on Saturday 28th October; featuring the annual Kyloes Drovers Cup, street entertainment, and quirky games to truly welcome in the winter on the final day of British Summer Time.
With a quintessentially British eccentricity at its heart – that harks back to the days of a wild land and perhaps wild people – the Winter Droving event is programmed to take place on the old festival of Samhain, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the ‘darker half’ of the year. This year’s event promises fancy dress, a mixture of local and regional bands and an end of procession finale from firm droving favourites The Baghdaddies.
Spread across Penrith’s town centre, the festival boasts four stages filled with local and national acts playing a range of music from horns, balkan beats, folk, blues and drums to keep visitors dancing throughout the day, along with a specially curated programme of street acts roaming the town.
Visitors are encouraged to don their masks and dress up in the theme of animals, drovers, fire and winter. Fancy dress is not just for the humans either, with the event kicking off with a Fancy Dress Dogs Competition, complete with a doggy fashion show and prizes for the winners.
Following this will be one of the quirky highlights of the event with the return of The Kyloes Drovers Cup, where local teams compete across traditional events, including Hay Bale Racing, the Pint Pass, Egg Throwing, Tug-o-War and Cumberland Sausage Eating.
The sausages are not just for the competitors; there will be a range of food stalls including vegan and vegetarian options, plus lots of craft and gift stalls. There will also be a retro funfair for added entertainment.
As darkness falls, the fire and lantern procession will fill the night air with mayhem and fun, with locals and visitors alike lining the streets throughout the town.
This year sees The Baghdaddies leading the way through the town, before taking to the stage in Great Dockray, with their energetic Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass, as a finale to a rich day of bumpkin revelry.
More info: www.winterdroving.uk