Winter Droving

2012 - Current

Droving 2023

Turn back your clock four centuries...

The annual town celebration that is The Winter Droving: a magical celebration of rural life, food, fun, masquerade, and fire in Penrith.

The Winter Droving is back for it's 12th year! On the 28th October 2023 (find out more here), the magical torchlight procession will round off a day of music, masquerade and magical carnivalesque goings on.

There will be food, there will be music, there will be a parade!

It's time to get creative with your mask making.

2023 is gearing up to be our biggest year yet (with a little surpise for you soon to be announced). There will be Art, Music and Culture. There will be Street Performers, Stage Performers and Musicians. CLICK ON THE TAB ON THE RIGHT 'WINTER DROVING 2023' for details of schedule and how you can join in.

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The Winter Droving, the story so far...

For more than a decade, Fire, Music, Masks and Mayhem have descended on Penrith Town Centre.

The festival encourages visitors to dress up and 'join the herd' by donning a mask, dressing up as a farmer and enjoying the entertainment.

This year we are working hard to put together a programme of events to rival all other years, but what we really need is you. The Droving needs drovers - wearing masks!

Stalls will be open from late morning on Saturday 28th October, the creative activity kicking off at 12 noon. The Penrith Winter Droving transforms the town centre with its busiest market of the year, bustling streets, roaming street performances around every corner. Plus, top-quality local, regional and national musical acts across several stages. This all leads up to the highlight of the day - a magical fire and lantern procession throughout the town, where thousands of people would line the streets to watch the spectacle.

Created by Eden Arts, The Winter Droving has become one of Cumbria’s iconic cultural events seeing 20k+ attend annually. The event has grown exponentially with audiences making the journey from all corners of the UK.

Shortlisted: Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2019

Highly Commended: Cumbria Tourism Awards Event of the Year 2017

Winner: Star of The Community Award, Penrith Stars of Business Awards 2017

Shortlisted: Cumbria Tourism Event of the Year 2016, 2015


2012 - Current

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The Winter Droving 2023 will be taking place on Saturday 28th October in Penrith Town Centre. We are anticipating high levels of energy, loud music, people wearing masks, market stalls, funfair rides, street performances and (most importantly) the torchlight parade!

If you are interested in being involved with the parade, SIGN UP FOR A TORCH, WEAR A MASK!

Wear a MASK!!

Full programme:

Event schedule will be released soon- please check back soon- the market is up and running from 11am.



click here for how to make your own - get creative! or you could always buy one, we have some on sale in town in Seagraves & Dixon's, Aragon's and also at Tattie Tim's (they all ask if you could pay in cash if you go to them).


Sign up to the torchlight procession here



Your dog could have a natural dog-walk style (way better than a cat-walk). Join the fancy dress for dogs here!

sign up


Fancy competing in the epic Drovers Cup? Get your team together and enter here to be in the chance of winning the coveted cup.

Previous Years:





2019Winterdroving Nula Creditcathymasser 9
2019Winterdroving Kog Creditcathymasser 167
Winter Droving 2018 Previews Gw 13 Large
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2019Winterdroving Helena Credittompope 69
2019Winterdroving Drovers Cup Credit Cathymasser 221
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2019Winterdroving Dopesickfly Creditcathymasser 1
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2018Winterdroving Crowds Creditgrahamwynne 2
2019Winterdroving Procession Boudicca Credittompope 136
2019Winterdroving Gandini Creditcathymasser 1
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2018Winterdroving Procession Creditgwenquillere 19
Winter Droving 2018 Previews Gw 12 Large
2018Winterdroving Bad Trasmission Creditgrahamwynne 4
2016Ullswaterdroving Procession Creditunknown 628

Winter Droving Public Sector Funders

Winter Droving Partner

Winter Droving Partners

Winter Droving Lantern Sponsors


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  • Supported using public funding by Arts Council England