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The Winter Droving 2021

The Winter Droving is BACK for 2021 – Dazzling but different (due to you know what)...and you need a wristband!

The Winter Droving 2021 event.

Event Date

28 October 2021

This event occurs from
28 Oct 2021 to 30 Oct 2021


For the first time in The Winter Droving’s 10-year history the event will be held over 3 days, celebrating music, art, culture and light. Rocking musicians, fire breathing performance and larger-than-life illuminated lanterns, will once again brighten Penrith’s town centre, for the annual masquerade.

This year’s Winter Droving will be different because it has to be. With the potential problem of returning COVID restrictions remaining a real possibility, Eden Arts have curated a festival that will abide by social distancing rules.

If COVID restrictions are reintroduced, the volume of the crowd may create problems that could see the event being called off.  So, by holding the festival over a 3-day period, visitor numbers in Penrith will be more evenly spread. Eden Arts encourage people to come along on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th October, instead of just focussing on the usual Saturday. The fun-filled line-up will remain the same over the 3 days.  So there is no need to come on the Saturday in the expectation that it will be the highlight, each day will largely be the same.

Visitors can still expect spectacular music and street theatre performances, but in a more relaxed, cosmopolitan, piazza-style setting. As with previous years, the town centre will host a food and craft market.  This will showcase works from local artists, producers and there will be an abundance of entertainment from midday until dark. Repeat visitors will notice that the layout has changed. This is to allow for greater social distancing, eg tables and chairs in the central area to encourage separation between groups enjoying the food and the entertainment (and taking a rest!) 

To help monitor the ‘droves’ of people flocking to the town centre each day, organisers have implemented a new registration system. Visitors are asked to register online, with the date they will be attending, in order to get a wristband. Visitors are then asked to wear their wristband as they enter the site. Organisers have said that this new system may be the only way that the festival can go ahead.

The wristband scheme will also help raise contributions towards a charitable carbon offsetting fund for the festival. The Winter Droving is gathering data on the carbon impact of the event and how best to reduce and offset carbon, in line with the Government’s net-zero target.

In addition to the local funding support from Eden District Council, Penrith BID, Penrith Lottery and the Arts Council England, this year's event has been made possible due to additional funding gained via the Government's Culture Recovery Fund. Business sponsors will be announced shortly.

Eden Arts - the organisers of The Winter Droving - are passionate about supporting the arts community through the pandemic and hope to gain more sponsorship to make sure the festival is part of Penrith’s future.

This year’s Winter Droving will be held on Thursday 28th October, Friday 29th October and Saturday 30th October. 

Markets will be open from 11 am and festivities will continue into the evening.

WEAR A MASK!!! a fun mask!!!

Register online for a wristband.

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