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Daff Fest 2017

This April Daff Fest returns to the Ullswater Valley for a second year. Enjoy a colourful series of that encourages everyone, both young and old, to delight in daffodils and enjoy spring time just as our local literary greats once did. From guided walks with Lake District National Park Rangers to garden tours, daffodil trails and a spot of theatre – there are plenty of reasons to visit England’s most beautiful lake over the next few weeks.

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The Dalemain Marmalade Festival

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 March

Get yourself to Penrith & Dalemain Mansion in majestic Cumbria on 18th & 19th March to help us celebrate the glory that is marmalade in all its brilliance. There will be demonstrations, talks, fun exhibitions and shows that will inspire you, your family and friends to take the nation’s marmalade to your heart.

A free ‘Orange Express’ Shuttle bus will operate between the venues. Please Note: You can arrive by car and park at each venue too.

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Iconic lake to come alive with dramatic procession of fire & light

One of England’s most beautiful lakes is to host the new ‘Ullswater Droving’ event on the evening of Wednesday 26 October – complete with a procession of fire, masks and music which will take in a 8 mile sailing through the Lakeland nightscape.

Staged by the award-winning Eden Arts, this colourful new event will get underway with the unique spectacle of Newcastle-based street performers ‘Spark! jumping on board a traditional steamer at Glenridding. The illuminated drummers will combine light, sound and movement as they sail up the lake, arriving at Pooley Bridge just as darkness falls to meet a multitude of masked torch bearers.

As the procession winds its way through the historic village, Spark! will take to the main stage to entertain the crowds, where everyone can gather around the bonfire.

Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts, says, “We are very excited about this special one-off event to mark the recovery of flood-hit Ullswater. Taking place at half-term, this ‘mini-droving’ is great for all the family and will combine all the elements we love – light, colour, music, dressing up and above, plenty of fun. 

 

“The sight of the LED lit drummers arriving to a torch-lit procession will definitely be a special moment and it will be the perfect warm-up for Penrith’s main Winter Droving event, which takes place on 12 November.”

Rachel Bell, Group Marketing & Events Manager at Ullswater ‘Steamers’ says, “We are really looking forward to welcoming the new Ullswater Droving, it will be a fantastic display of colour and light and the perfect opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the valley during the half term break.”

The timetable for Wednesday 26 October includes:

  • 4.40pm – Short performance from Spark! Glenridding steamer jetty
  • 4.55pm – Spark! leave Glenridding on board Ullswater Steamers
  • 5.15pm – Torchbearers gather at Pooley Bridge steamer jetty for arrival of Spark!
  • 6.00pm – Torch procession begins, from jetty through Pooley Bridge

Fire torchbearers are being encouraged to wear animal masks or to dress as a drover/shepherd (with flat caps or a touch of tweed).  Register online as a masked torchbearer. Donations of £2 per fire torch are requested.

The Ullswater Droving is a flood recovery event funded by Eden District Council, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership. Thanks to The Lions, Ullswater Steamers, the Ullswater Association and Fellbites Café in Glenridding.

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

For media enquiries including images and interviews, please contact: Heather Sewell, 07795 487003 / hsewell@cumbriatourism.org

 

Eden Arts is a charitable arts organisation (charity no. 1139215) based in the Eden District, Cumbria, and funded by Eden District Council, Arts Council England and The Big Lottery. Eden Arts promotes, invents, dreams and cooks up all sorts of creative projects from commissions to participatory to gigs and cinema.  www.edenarts.co.uk

Go Herdwick Public Art Trail – Until Sun 4 September 2016

Go Herdwick is a fun public art trail running through the centre of the Lake District between Keswick and Windermere. Throughout Summer 2016 you will find 60 beautifully decorated life-size Herdwick ewes and 48 lambs in a variety of locations, all paying homage to the Herdwick’s iconic status in the landscape and history of Cumbria. Each has been sponsored by a local business and decorated by artists of local, national and international repute. Herdwick spotting is a fun activity for adults and children alike and with dedicated ewe and lamb trail maps to help you find the whole flock, the Go Herdwick team hope that the public take and share as many selfies of our flock as they can! Maps are available to buy fromgoherdwick.co.uk All funds raised help the Lake District Calvert Trust to deliver challenging outdoor activities for those with disabilities, through the development of a new rehabilitation centre in Keswick.

Happy Herdwick spotting!