Winter Droving announces most spectacular line-up yet


CUMBRIA'S biggest celebration of fire, music, masks, and revelry has announced its most spectacular line-up to date.

The Winter Droving returns to Penrith on Saturday October 28, with live music and entertainment taking place right across the town.

Festival favourites such as funky hip hop outfit DopeSickFly, folk rock collective Dansi, and carnival brass act The Baghdaddies will all be taking to the stages keeping the party going late into the night.

The entertainment for the day starts at noon with The Fancy Dress Dogs Competition - previous entries have included dogs dressed as highland cows, morris dancers and a watchdog!

Once the winner has been awarded, the Mart Stage comes into its own, with a rolling timetable of rhythmic drums, horns and street performers from the likes of Blue Jam’s Youth Jazz and B Jamba, Boom Dang’s hard hitting drum beats, Scandinavian folk rock from BAAB, high octane tunes from Blast Furness, cheeky, danceable sets from More Music’s BayBeat, and The Dick Danger Show, where the star dives from a very high pole headfirst into a bucket of water.

The Bandstand will be featuring folk and rock and blues vibes with Carlisle's WeAreQuasars serving up their punk rock vibes, The Black Guards will be playing their unique amalgamation of country, reggae and Irish folk with a dash of rock, energetic European grooves from The Balkanics, Cumbrian folk comedy from The Wierdstring Band, memorable melodies from Price of My Pig and Penrith-based, folk trio Green Man’s Apprentice finish off before the procession.

 Phil Saunders

Phil Saunders

The unique Melodrome Mobile Stage returns for the third year, bringing funky beatsfrom The Fire Beneath the Sea DJ and MC set, jazzy dub madness from Rumjig, soulful vocals and instrument-based beatboxing from Lyons and La Zel, and headliners DopeSickFly are one not to miss.

Roaming performers this year include Same Difference Arts Periscope, Madame Sybilis and Other Half Productions.

The day-long free festival in Penrith Town Centre opens with an extensive market of foodie and craft delights, from traditional offerings such as steak sandwiches, artisan burgers and roasts sourced from Cumbrian farmers, to fire cooked pizzas and fabulous vegan and vegetarian street food.

Crafts and gift stalls include mulled offerings from Foundry 34’s stalls in Market Square and Devonshire Street, and Kyloes Inn’s in Cornmarket.

Fancy dress will be rife throughout the town, with Crafty Monkeys in Corney Sq hosting mask making activities, Great Dockray being transformed into a funfair complete with big wheel, carousel and other games, and traditional spun candyfloss available from the Candy Bar.

Charities will be providing fairground games throughout the town, and RSPB providing craft activities, learn poi spinning with The Flying Colours in Great Dockray and Little Fawn Caravan invite visitors into their puppet show in Devonshire Street, with 20 mins shows throughout the day.

 The Kyloes Drovers Cup

The Kyloes Drovers Cup

The Kyloes Drovers Cup is another highlight taking place in King Street from 1pm and Great Dockray from 2pm. Reigning champions and Winter Droving main sponsor Ast Signs returning to defend their title across the five events, including hay bale racing, pint pass, egg throwing, Cumberland sausage eating and tug-o-war.

New this year will be the Wango’s Travelling Stage, making its way into Great Dockray and featuring a rocking line-up, with blues from Phil Saunders’ Uncle Carbuncle, Dansi bring their mixture of dance carnage and songs from the heart, before The Baghdaddies return to the Winter Droving for the second time with mixture of exuberant Balkan and Latin beats.

The spectacular fire and light lantern procession will feature the new community lantern this year - a leaping wolf created by Cole of Beaconside Primary School, who entered Eden Arts' Winter Droving lantern competition and whose design garnered the most support from the four schools involved.

The Baghdaddies will be leading the procession through town, followed by a menagerie of animal lanterns, music, fire and masked revellers

Full programme information can be found online at and Winter Droving masks will be available to buy from Penrith Shops in the coming weeks.

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