With the welcome news that the Winter Droving event is going to take place in Penrith again on 30th November, organisers Eden Arts are once more looking for the local community to get involved and make the event an even greater spectacle.
The inaugural Winter Droving in Penrith in 2012 saw thousands of people come into town to witness and take part in a magical fire, lantern and mask procession celebrating Eden’s community, businesses and agricultural heritage. Eden Arts want to make this year’s event even bigger and better but need the support of local community groups, schools, businesses and individuals. There are loads of ways people can get involved, from taking part in the procession, running a stall or activity or sponsoring the event.
Eden Arts want as many children as possible to represent droving sheep in the procession by carrying lanterns and wearing sheep masks. If any community groups or schools are interested in having a ‘flock’ of sheep in the procession Eden Arts can also offer them a lantern or mask making workshop in preparation.
“thanks so much @WinterDroving WHAT A FANTASTIC EVENT! Felt very honoured to be part of an iconic celebration for Penrith – many more to come…”
The 2013 Winter Droving will see Penrith’s town centre closed to traffic for the whole day in order to allow organisers to create a food and drink market throughout and animate the town with entertainment, music and traditional games. The Winter Droving 2013 will be a day for all the family – a special Cumbrian celebration of fun and food and games – followed by the magical procession.
“….this is the beginning of a 1000 year tradition!!!” Rory Stewart MP
Eden Arts were overwhelmed at the success of last year’s event and feedback received has been fantastic. They hope that more people will want to be involved in 2013, not only from penrith, but the surrounding area.
Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts comments,
“The Winter Droving is not just an event which Eden Arts produces; it is an event for the community – the whole community to get involved in. It is our opportunity to collectively say ‘come to Penrith, see what a fantastic place we live in and what we can do! We want to hear from anyone who wants to get involved, businesses, charities, community groups, individuals. The idea of the Winter Droving is to celebrate our town, our heritage and our traditions in a new and fun way and we invite everyone to come and join us!”
Eden Arts want to hear from Sport clubs or gyms who may want to battle against each other in Tug of War or hay bale racing, community groups and schools who want to carry lanterns in the procession or run a rural game or activity, Musicians who might want to provide music entertainment in the day or businesses who could sell masks, dress up or who might want to sponsor a lantern or the event as a whole.
A new Winter Festival and Droving website will be launched in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, to find out more information about the Winter Droving and how to get involved please visit www.edenarts.co.uk or call Eden Arts on 01768 899444. The Winter Droving has received support and vital funding from the Pride in Penrith Lottery, Business Improvement District, Eden District Council and the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald.