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Penrith ‘Paint the Town Red’ Winners Revealed!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Winners have been revealed for the window dressing competition which was held as part of the Penrith Winter Festival. Each year businesses in the town are invited to dress their windows and get into the Christmas spirit. This year the theme, as set by Penrith Chamber of Trade was ‘Paint the Town Red’ with businesses encouraged to have fun, add sparkle and be as imaginative as possible!

This year’s judges, Amyn Fazal and Heidi Marshall representatives from Penrith Chamber of Trade were certainly greeted with sparkle and imagination. The judges were impressed to find the two categories, Service Provider and Independent Retailer had received a fantastic response with around 40 entries, a higher uptake than in previous years.

Competition judge Amyn Fazal, President of Penrith Chamber of Trade commented  ‘Walking around Penrith town for a couple of hours is something we should all do regularly. The spirit that exists in the businesses and the huge variety of offerings out there is inspiring. I have a list of new places I want to visit and experience as a result!’

The judges wish to thank all businesses involved in this year’s competition and congratulate the winners. The award for Service Provider went to the Kiddlywinks Nursery display at Tim Roebucks Opticians for their fabulous tribute to ‘Save Lazonby Fire Station’, complete with mock flames, flashing lights and even a fire engine.

Kindlywinks Tim

The award for the Independent Retailer category went to Lakeland Music who created a modern and eye catching display with every single instrument perfectly showcasing the theme. With ruby red drums and crimson guitars, judges commented that sourcing this vast collection of red instruments ‘was a truly impressive feat. As a relatively new business to the town, shop owner Amanda Holiday was ‘simply delighted’ to have won.

Lakeland Music

This year a special Highly Commended award was introduced and awarded to the Ice Cream Garden and Tea Room who totally embraced the theme and quite literally ‘painted the town red’ giving their entire shop front a lick of red paint for the festive season. Other stand out entries included; Styleline for their giant Christmas cracker, Foundry 34 and Cartmell Shepherd for their impressive use of red ribbon, WCF for their fully accessorised festive model horse, Acorn Guest for recreating a mini Penrith winter scene and Maggie’s Bakery for their creative cake characters. While previous winners the Unicorn and Greenwheat Florist and Fika continue to deliver, providing strong competition with their beautifully decorative displays. A full list of all businesses who were involved in the window dressing competition can be found at www.penrithwinterfestival.co.uk

Ice Cream Garden

The Penrith Winter festival is organised by Penrith Chamber of Trade in conjunction with Acorn Marketing and Discover Penrith, funding from the Penrith Business Improvement District, the Pride in Penrith Lottery and sponsorship from the Lakes & Dales Co-Operative, Cumbrian Homes and Penrith Building Society.

Feeling Festive in Penrith

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Penrith Chamber of Trade is delighted to announce that the Penrith Winter Festival will be taking place again in 2015.  Vital funding and sponsorship has been received from Penrith Business Improvement District and The Lakes and Dales Cooperative, also supported by Discover Penrith, Penrith Building Society and Cumbrian Homes.

The Festival, which takes place from 28th November to 24th December is in its fourth year and aims to add some festive cheer to Penrith and encouraging people to shop local and support independent businesses.

Over the past few years there have been significant changes to the way in which people do their Christmas shopping.  1 in 5 shoppers now choose to do the majority of their shopping online from the comfort of their own Home*.  2014 also saw some new trends such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday sweeping the market in Britain, which are set to have even more of an impact in 2015.  However, there is very strong evidence to suggest that people have a better “feelgood factor” when they shop at individual shops the Winter Festival is about bringing the whole community together to show what a great town Penrith is and to encourage people to do a little bit of their Christmas shopping here.  Buying just the vegetables for the Christmas Dinner can have a significant impact on the local economy.

Amyn Fazal, President of Penrith Chamber of Trade comments,

A lot of hard work goes into the planning of the Winter Festival and every year, businesses come up with some great ideas and there are some great ones in place for 2015.  We hope even more businesses will really get on board and join in with the Festival and that people from Penrith and right across Cumbria come and experience some of the great events, activities and promotions we have to offer.”

Planning has been happening for several months now as Penrith Chamber of Trade and the Festival team, led by Acorn Marketing have been working with and looking at new ways to get more businesses involved and to attract more people to the town.  Current plans include an #ElfieSelfie Competition, ‘Paint the Town Red’ event where you will be able to upload your images to Discover Penrith’s Festival Galleries online, Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas themed Park Run, Santa’s Post box with Virgin Trains, Totally Locally’s Fiver Fest & Small Business Saturday and festive music from the town band.

This year will also see ‘Penrith Sparkle’ with more Christmas Lights, including a Carol Concert involving local schools and community groups and also a new Christmas Market that will run in the two weekends leading up to Christmas all made possible by Penrith BID and promoted by Discover Penrith.

Penrith Chamber of Trade is encouraging schools, community groups and businesses to get in touch and get involved with the Festival to make it even bigger and better than previous years.

“The funding and sponsorship we receive for the Festival really helps get things going, but participation from the local community and businesses is what really makes an event like this special, shows off the town and encourages people to visit time and time again.”  

Further announcements are due to be made about the Festival in the coming months.  To find out more or to get involved in the Festival visit www.penrithwinterfestival.co.uk

Penrith Winter Festival funding secured

Holidays are coming, Holidays are coming…

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

From 29th November to 24th December Penrith will be hosting the third Winter Festival, sponsored by Cumbrian Homes and Discover Penrith.  This year sees even more activities and events taking place in the town centre, as well as the famous Coca Cola Truck, which will make its only stop in Cumbria in the town on the 3rd December as part of the celebrations.

The iconic Truck sets off on its UK tour on the 28th November, visiting Penrith on the 3rd December from 12pm to 8pm in Devonshire Street.  Stopping at 45 locations up and down the country, the Coca-Cola truck will give fans the opportunity to take part in a unique experience by getting up close and personal to the famous vehicle. On each stop, people have the chance to take pictures with the truck as it lights up (just like the advert), whilst enjoying a winter wonderland setting and a refreshing Coca-Cola or Diet Coke as a choir sings Christmas hits.

The aim of the Penrith Winter Festival is to showcase the town and promote all the fantastic businesses and independent shops there are in the town;

Richard Utting, President of the Chamber of Trade comments,

‘’We would like to think that people would do most of their Christmas shopping in the town but appreciate that the draw of the larger towns and cities and the internet is undeniable. However would like to encourage people to spend some of their hard earned money in the town, supporting, in particular, are small independent businesses and in turn helping our town to thrive.’’

What’s on offer?

There is activity planned for each weekend of the Festival.

  • Saturday 29th November – Elfin’ about in Penrith

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 including Razzamatazz Theatre School Penrith, Beaconside Primary School, Lloyd Mini Carlisle, Mary the Faerie, Lake District Paddle Boarding, Bread and Butter Theatre, the Creation Station and the town’s lights switched on.

Santa’s Post Box will also be open in Penrith Train Station courtesy of Virgin.  Santa himself will be collecting his letters on Saturday 20th December and catching the 13.03 train back to the North Pole.

  • Saturday 6th December – Totally Locally Fiver Fest & Small Business Saturday

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 Small Business Saturday 6th December.  People are encouraged to support as many small businesses as they can on Small Business Saturday whilst visiting the town for lots of special offers in the run up to Christmas, with the town band playing festive tunes throughout the day.

  • Saturday 13th December – Gifted: Arts, Crafts and Gifts Market

Penrith’s festive craft market, GIFTED, makes a welcome return 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.

  • Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th December – Brunswick Yard Christmas Fayre

The very popular Brunswick Yard Christmas Market promises the last minute Christmas shopper a unique opportunity to purchase locally handcrafted and sourced products, vintage goods & antiques all within a fusion of festive food and entertainment.

  • Saturday 20th December – Churches Together Christmas Nativity trail

Working with Churches Together the final weekend of the Winter Festival will be a fantastic opportunity to really celebrate the meaning of Christmas.  Join the nativity trail around the town and seek out the different characters from the famous story of Christmas.  Penrith 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.

There will also be FREE Parking from 11am on each Saturday of the Festival i.e. 29th November, 6th, 13th and 20th December in all of the Council’s town centre car parks.

The town’s shop windows will be decorated again in the popular window dressing competition, as well as many of the shops opening on Sunday 14th and 21st December for those last minute shoppers.   People are encouraged to follow the Winter Festival online to spot Santa’s little helpers each day of the festival for even more special offers and promotions.  Check out the listings in the Winter Festival programme online or around town for events and activities in many of the town’s shops and businesses throughout the festival.

www.penrithwinterfestival.co.uk

Plans afoot for the Penrith Winter Festival

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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.

Penrith Winter Festival funding secured

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce has announced it will host the Penrith Winter Festival once again from 29th November to 24th December 2014, after securing vital funding and sponsorship.

Plans have been a foot for several months, with members of the Chamber pulling together ideas for this year’s Festival.  However, securing funding, sponsorship and support from local businesses was vital to ensure the Festival could take place.  Festival organisers are delighted to announce funding has been secured from the Penrith Business Improvement District and the Pride in Penrith Lottery for the second year running, with sponsorship from Discover Penrith.

Kelvin Dixon, Chairman of the BID comments,

“Penrith Business Improvement District is keen to support the Penrith Winter Festival again and ensure its future success.  It is an excellent platform to raise the profile of the town and promote the businesses in the BID area.  We are keen to support further events like this which really help the local economy and showcase Penrith as a forward thinking town and nice place to visit.”

The Penrith Winter Festival has also secured headline sponsorship from Cumbrian Homes Ltd, who is keen to see the Festival continue to flourish

Nigel Pallister, Managing Director of Cumbrian Homes comments,

“It is fantastic to see an event which celebrates our wonderful town, brings the whole community together and encourages people to visit Penrith to do their Christmas shopping.  We are delighted to be supporting the event and are looking forward to joining in with some of the great activities planned.”

The Festival was introduced in 2012 as a way of attracting more visitors to the town and giving businesses a platform to promote themselves.  The Chamber’s aim is to encourage people to come to Penrith to do their Christmas shopping and spend their money here instead of heading to larger towns and cities.  Over the years support has grown for the Festival and it is continually developing.  The Chamber hopes more and more businesses will get involved this year, to really help put Penrith on the map, show people what a great town we have and promote our fantastic independent shops at Christmas.

A lot of hard work goes into the planning of the Winter Festival and the Chamber needs support to ensure the future sustainability of the event – not only from funding, but from businesses, traders, organisations, community groups and  individuals to really make it work and improve on what has been done in previous years.

 

The money granted from the Business Improvement District and Pride in Penrith Lottery will be used to create another popular events programme promoting businesses in the town and a marketing campaign to help promote the Festival and the town at this key trading period, as well as going towards some of the key operational costs of putting the Festival together and ensuring it can build upon the success of previous years.

Richard Utting, President, Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce, comments

“We are delighted we have received such great support this year already from BID, the Lottery and Cumbrian Homes ltd.  It ensures our Festival can continue to take place and we can do some really positive PR and Marketing at Christmas time.  We want people to come to our town, visit our great shops and come back time and time again.  It is about the long term effect this type of event can have on a town like ours.  We have to look over the parapet to get noticed and that is what we’re trying to do with the Winter Festival.”

The Chamber has a long way to go in generating even more funds to make the impact of the event even bigger and is seeking additional sponsors or advertisers to come forward to be part of the event.  They are also encouraging businesses, community groups, shops…anyone to get involved; plan activities, events, workshops, special offers which will strengthen the whole event.

Further announcements are due to be made about the Festival in the coming months.  To find out more keep visit www.penrithwinterfestival.co.uk

Free parking announced for Penrith Winter Festival

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce is delighted to announce that Eden District Council has kindly given a boost to Christmas shopping for the town by providing FREE Car parking on the Saturdays leading up to Christmas.

The Festival, which is in its second year, runs from 30th November to 31st December and is a way of attracting more visitors to the town and giving businesses a platform to promote themselves.  The Chamber’s aim is to encourage people to come to Penrith to do their Christmas shopping and spend their money here instead of heading to larger towns and cities.

Saturdays – there will be FREE Parking from 10.30am on each Saturday of the Festival i.e. 30th November, 7th, 14th and 21st December.

Fridays – there will also be “FREE after 3” parking on the following Fridays i.e.6th, 13th and 20th Dec

After various meetings and a period of consultation, Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce is developing a “Festive Friday” initiative which will complement the “Free after 3” parking scheme.  They hope shops and other businesses will get behind the initiative and remain open until 7pm, making the town really festive on Friday evenings and complementing the evening trade in town over Christmas.

As well as “Festive Fridays” there will be something going on each weekend in the run up to Christmas:

Saturday 30th November – The Winter Droving event (from 12 to 7pm)
Saturday 7th December – Gifted, Arts, Crafts and Gifts Market (In Great Dockray from 11am to 4pm)
Saturday 14th December – Brunswick Yard Christmas Fayre
Saturday 21st December – Festive family fun, with Churches Together and community groups.

Organisers of the Winter Festival are encouraging businesses to really get on board with the initiative not only to make it great for the town, but also for each individual business.  Opportunities to get involved include the Window Dressing Competition, Christmas tree packages and sponsorship opportunities.  To be included in the Winter Festival programme businesses are encouraged to submit information about their own events, activities and Christmas offers by the 11th October – the deadline is tight, but the event begins in only 9 weeks time!

If you are interested in registering for any of the above please contact Lisa Coates on secretary@penrithchamberoftrade.co.uk or visit www.penrithchamberoftrade.co.uk.  A new Winter Festival website will be launched in the next week.

Penrith Winter Festival gets the go ahead

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce has announced it will host the Penrith Winter Festival once again in 2013 after securing vital funding from the Penrith Business Improvement District and the Pride in Penrith Lottery.

The Festival was introduced in 2012 as a way of attracting more visitors to the town and giving businesses a platform for promotion over this key trading time.  The Chamber’s aim is to encourage people to come to Penrith to do their Christmas shopping instead of heading to larger towns and cities, but to also come back time and time again throughout the year.  The Chamber has received positive feedback about the Festival.  People thought it was a big improvement on previous years; however the key message came out that traders need to really get behind this event and be more involved in planning of it to make it really effective.

Richard Utting, President, Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce, comments
“It is fantastic we have received funding for the Penrith Winter Festival again in 2013.  It was a steep learning curve in the first year, but we hope to go forward with improvements and new ideas.  We have already started talking to various organisations about pulling the main events together for the Festival, which will include the Droving event, gifts market and lots of family fun.  However, we urge businesses to get involved again; we do this for them and the benefits of joined up thinking and joint marketing could have a significant impact on our town and encourage more and more people to visit Penrith.”

There will be four main events taking place in the weekends running up to Christmas in addition to the many activities individual businesses will host.  The headline event will once again be The Winter Droving, produced by Eden Arts, which will take place on the 30th November.  This event has also secured funding from BID, the Pride in Penrith Lottery and also Eden District Council.

It was unknown how the event would be received last year, as it was something totally new for the town and people didn’t know what to expect.  However over 4,000 people turned out for the event and feedback received has also been encouraging, some of the comments received included:

“Superb, classy and shone the right sort of light on Penrith as a town and its heritage”

“This was such a lovely evening, such an enjoyable change to the traditional ‘Lights night’ and the feeling of community spirit was great! Well done all involved!!

“Absolutely fantastic! Thank you sooo much to everyone for making Penrith a magical place with The Winter Droving.”

“It was brilliant! So proud of Penrith tonight; a fantastic spectacle, lovely to see all ages taking part in a real community event. A lot of hard work has gone in to this, thanks to the organisers. Looking forward to the 2013 Droving.”

Eden Arts, who are producing the Winter Droving are once again encouraging artists, musicians, community groups and schools to come together to join in with the event.  They are particularly keen to hear from farmers, agricultural businesses, Young Farmers groups or people who may have been involved in the Droving of animals in years gone by.

Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts comments,
“We want The Winter Droving to be bigger and better than in 2012 and to put Penrith on the map as being somewhere fantastic to visit and a place to see something extraordinary!  We encourage everyone to think about how they can be involved, from coming down on the day wearing a mask, dressing up or joining the procession carrying your own fire torch.  We want more community groups to come forward, get involved and be part of this spectacular event.  It is an event for the town to embrace and we encourage people to get in touch and work with us to make it even more special”

The fire procession, with burning torches, giant lanterns, light effects and music will be the focal element of the Winter Droving again this year, however there will be more to see and do and a few surprises in store.

Further announcements are due to be made about the Festival in the coming months, with information on how businesses and community groups can get involved.  There will be a series of open meetings and focus groups in September in the planning of the event.  To find out more keep visit www.penrithchamberoftrade.org.uk