A castle is preparing to welcome a brass band for a summer performance, bringing the historic site to life with music.

Tubas, trombones, horns, and trumpets will come from across Cumbria to take part in a mass rally of Cumbrian brass bands at Lowther Castle on July 13 and 14.

The event, called Brass at the Castle and organised by Kirkby Stephen-based Drum and Brass in collaboration with the Cumbria Brass Network, is funded by the Arts Council.

A spokesperson from Lowther Castle said: “From Eden to Copeland, from Allerdale to South Lakeland, the boroughs of Barrow-in-Furness and the city of Carlisle, there are bands the length and breadth of the county.

“Their roots are multiple – from colliery bands to marching bands, to bands with military ties.

“All of them have proud links to their communities, many of them have been going since the 19th century and together they weave a fascinating tapestry of local history and culture.”

Julie Hoggarth, the event coordinator, said: “We are looking forward to a great family-centred event.

“Besides open-air performances by individual bands, there will be participatory workshops suitable for all ages.

“From beginners to seasoned musicians, everyone will be invited to pick up an instrument. “‘Brass at the Castle’ will not just be a momentary affair but a commitment to preserving a unique slice of our social and cultural heritage.”

The event is free and takes place at the gardens beside the castle, from 10am to 5pm.