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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Penrith's Winter Droving will be biggest yet

This year’s Winter Droving event in Penrith is set to be the biggest and best yet.

Winter Droving photo
Winter Droving

The day-long celebration featuring street entertainment, music, food, crafts, rural games and a market climaxes with a spectacular fire and lantern procession.

Attendances have risen dramatically since the inaugural event two years ago and this year it will feature a food village in collaboration with Taste Cumbria.

Organised by Eden Arts, more than 10,000 people are expected to attend the celebrations on November 15.

The Winter Droving is a rural celebration based on the ancient tradition of driving animals to market from outlying farms.

Often these days would also see some fun and games in the market town as farmers and drovers let their hair down.

Eden Arts director Adrian Lochhead said: “We are really thrilled that Taste Cumbria is joining us with a big food village this year.

Their focus on quality local products will really enhance the day and absolutely fits with our theme.

“Eden and Cumbria produces some of the finest products in the UK and to have these brought together by Taste Cumbria in Penrith will prove to be immensely popular.”

As well as the new food market, organisers have promised more fun and entertainment.

Each Winter Droving has featured something new – be it a giant helter skelter or giant animal lanterns or outstanding musicians from Cumbria and further afield.

But Mr Lochead isn’t giving any clues about what might happen this time round, adding: “We are not in the habit of announcing what’s going to be happening – that’s part of the fun of the day.”

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