Winter Droving FAQs


This year's Winter Droving is different from previous years, so we thought it would be best to answer some of your questions. From wristbands, access, the procession, and everything in-between.

Our overriding goal is to provide a fun, inclusive and safe event for the whole town to enjoy.

Do I have to buy a wristband?

Pre-purchased wristbands will help us monitor visitor numbers at the event, each day. This will help with our safety planning, especially if COVID restrictions come back into play. Wristbands are not compulsory; however, we really need your support with this.

You can get your wristband here

Where does the money go?

Your £2 contribution (after deducting costs of around £1) will go towards funding the Droving. It’s costing a lot more to run over three days, so help us out! PLEASE get a wristband, and encourage your friends to get one too!

Can I still access the centre of town if I don’t have a wristband?

Yes, absolutely. The wristband system will not be policed at the entrances to the festival. Residents of the town centre can come and go during the festival, as can those who wish to shop in the local stores. You will still be able to go about your day-to-day business.

If I’m coming on multiple days, should I get multiple wristbands?

We encourage everyone to get a wristband for each of the days they wish to attend. This year we need your support more than ever.

Why is The Droving on for 3 days?

In 2019 over 25,000 people filled the streets of Penrith for the Winter Droving. This year, we hope to spread the crowds out over three days, to help keep everyone safe. Each day will be equally as memorable and fun.

Is there a parade?

Unfortunately not. We understand this is a disappointment and it was a difficult decision to make. Our priority is to keep all visitors to the Winter Droving safe, especially in regards to COVID. One of the ways in which we plan on doing this is to discourage large crowds from gathering. Therefore, the parade and Drovers’ Cup will not be on the program this year. However, a beautiful lantern display will illuminate the church grounds throughout the event.

What can I expect?

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. Including, rocking musicians, fire-breathing performance art and larger-than-life illuminated lanterns, and don’t forget to wear a mask, A FUN MASK!

Is the festival coming back to Pooley Bridge?

Not this year, but hopefully in the future!

Do children need Wristbands?

Children do not need wristbands. As they are one size (adult) we are recommending for ages 16 and over.

When will I receive my Wristband?

For those who have purchased wristbands before the 14th October they will arrive in the post approximately a week before the Winter Droving. If you have purchased wristbands after this date, you will need to pick them up from the Infomation Point at the festival.

If for some unforeseen reason your Wristbands have not arrived before you set off to the festival, please print out the ticket on your confirmation email as proof of purchase. You can then pick up your wristbands at the Infomation Point.


If you have any other questions regarding this year's Winter Droving, please send them to

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