Eden Arts promotes, invents, dreams and cooks up all sorts of creative projects from commissions to participatory to gigs and cinema. Eden Arts are also behind the annual Winter Droving Festival which takes place in Penrith.
Penrith and Eden Museum
Penrith and Eden Museum collects, preserves and displays material reflecting the history and culture of Penrith and the Eden area. Exhibits include pottery from the Roman fort near Plumpton and prehistoric 'cup and ring' stones from Little Meg Stone Circle. There is also gallery space which provides a year-round programme of exhibitions of both historical and contemporary arts interest.
The museum is free admission and opens all year.
For centuries, farmers made the trek into a town or village to sell their produce at market. The lively markets provided essential food supplies and were an important focus for the local community.
Today, Eden's colourful farmers markets are helping to revive that tradition, by providing quality local produce, sold by the people in the know - the farmers, growers, bakers and makers themselves.
Monthly farmers markets take place in Orton, Penrith and Brough.
Winter Droving is a spectacular celebration of winter and Penrith’s agricultural heritage – illuminating Penrith with fire, animation, music and merriment. The event takes place annually in November and the highlight is a torch lit procession through the town featuring fire, lanterns, and masquerade and concluding with a spectacular finale in Great Dockray.
Eden Food and Farming Festival
Eden Food & Farming Festival is an annual week-long celebration of local food and drink produced in Eden which is kicked off with Penrith on a Plate - a full day of homegrown stalls, a farmers' market, food demos and tastings, along with a big helping of entertainment for all ages
Kendal Calling is an award winning annual independent music festival. Despite its name suggesting otherwise, the festival takes place in Lowther Deer Park just outside Penrith.
Taking place within the beautiful grounds of Lowther Castle, the Lowther Show is celebration of rural life and a highlight of the agricultural year. The show features world-class sporting championships, quality local exhibition stands, crafts and antiques fairs and a superb Food Festival.
Outdoor Challenge Events
The area hosts a calendar of nationally recognised outdoor challenges including Total Warrior, No-Ego challenge, Born Survivor and the Ullswater Ultra-Marathon. All these events attract vast numbers are participants and often sell out months in advance of the event.