Santa’s Elves have been working hard over the past few months on plans for the 2014 Penrith Winter Festival, sponsored by Cumbrian Homes Ltd & Discover Penrith, ensuring the town will be full of festive sparkle and Christmas cheer from the 29th November to 24th December – including new and improved Christmas lights, back by popular demand!
Once again each weekend of the Winter Festival will have a theme and an event, which is hoped to draw more people to the town. Organisers are encouraging community groups, schools, musicians, businesses and individuals to get in touch with their own ideas, events and activities which can be part of the festival and make it even bigger and better in 2014.
The main weekend events scheduled so far include:
- Saturday 29th November – Elfin’ about with Razzamatazz
The first weekend of the Penrith Winter Festival will be truly festive as the town comes alive with a plethora of Santa’s Helpers taking to the streets. There will be programmed activity throughout the day as Razzamatazz theatre school Penrith entertain with song and dance, to get everyone in the Christmas spirit whilst doing their Christmas shopping.
Also, in 2014 there has been significant investment from the Penrith Business Improvement District into some stunning new Christmas Lights for the town, which will be switched on at 4pm on the 29th November.
- Saturday 6th December – Totally Locally Fiver Fest & Small Business Saturday
Penrith is well known for its cobbled streets and hidden gems and the Totally Locally scheme celebrates all local businesses, from Penrith’s florists to accountants, from clothes shop to gift shops. These small businesses support many other local businesses, which keep the local economy alive. It’s what the whole fabric of a town like Penrith is built on. Lots of independent shops and your favourite ‘hidden gems’ are coming together to celebrate Christmas with a unique Fiver Fest, which will run from 15th November and end on Super Saturday – visit the town for lots of special offers in the run up to Christmas.
- Saturday 13th December – Gifted, Arts, Crafts and Gifts Market (11am to 4pm)
Penrith’s festive craft market, GIFTED returns to the town for a second year. An undercover market, full of artisan arts and crafts created by ‘gifted’ people. A great opportunity to find unique Christmas treats and precious presents…helped along by a glass of mulled wine to really get us in the festive mood.
- Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th December – Brunswick Yard Christmas Fayre
The very popular Brunswick Yard Christmas Market makes a welcome return to Penrith this year and promises the last minute Christmas shopper a unique chance to purchase locally handcrafted and sourced products, vintage goods & antiques all within a fusion of festive food and entertainment.
- Saturday 20th December – Festive Family Fun, with Churches Together and community groups.
Working with Churches Together and other community groups the final weekend of the Winter Festival will be a fantastic opportunity to really celebrate the meaning of Christmas. Town will be filled with festive tunes played by the town band and of course the final weekend for Christmas shopping and grabbing a last minute gift in some of the town’s independent shops.
The Winter Droving will be taking place earlier this year on the 15th November – so even more reasons to visit Penrith this festive season.
For local businesses there is the opportunity to enter the Window Dressing competition, Sunday opening, free listings in the events programme and website, join in an ‘elfin’ about’ social media campaign or to run your own event or activity in the run up to Christmas. Event organisers want as many people to join in as possible – all ideas are welcome.
The Penrith Winter Festival is possible thanks to funding, sponsorship and support from Penrith Business Improvement District, Pride in Penrith Lottery, Cumbrian Homes, Discover Penrith, Elite Fitness and Penrith Building Society.
Further announcements are due to be made about the Festival in the coming months. Visitwww.penrithwinterfestival.co.uk to see a full schedule of events or find out how to get involved.