A Droving We Go!

A Droving We Go! 

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

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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 performances 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.

Eden Arts encourages 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 showcasing works from local artists, producers and an abundance of entertainment from midday until dark.

“Things may look a little different this year”, explains Eden Arts Director Adrian Lochhead, “due to discussions with the event Safety Advisory Group, we have made the decision not to go ahead with the parade.

However, we plan to showcase the stunning lanterns in an alternative way in St Andrew’s churchyard along with more fire and light.”

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 wristbands as they enter the site.

Organisers have said that this new system may be the only way that  the festival can go ahead.

Event Manager, Nikki Dawson said, “It has been challenging to ensure this fun, family festival can go ahead in a manner that is safe and responsible. The wristband system is essential to help us manage attendee numbers and achieve a safe and well-organised event. We really don’t want to see it cancelled due to numbers being unknown.”

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!!

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