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droving18.jpg Indulge your dark side

Over the last few years The Winter Droving in Penrith has become one of THE events of the calendar so be prepared to turn your clock back (at least four centuries) and dive headlong into the darker half of 2018…

The Winter Droving always takes place on the weekend nearest to the old festival of Samhain, which this year means Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October. It all happens in Penrith in Cumbria, a town that takes on a very peculiar hue around this time of the year, pitched somewhere between the Wicker Man, Hot Fuzz and The League of Gentleman.

Five stages will be set up in the town to showcase live musicians, street performers and carnival street shows, before this year’s headline act, Electric Swing Circus, takes to the stage with their glorious fusion of 20s swing and stomping electro beats.

And throughout the day the crowds will build to the highlight, a fire and light lantern procession, where over 200 masked Drovers will carry fire torches and lead the parade through the town accompanied by giant animal lanterns and marching bands.

And the streets will take on a real medieval air with traditional mulled wine available alongside hot chestnuts and the finest local produce such as Cumberland sausage and local beers. The whole thing has been expanded this year to include events on Friday, with a special evening preamble around the beautiful Ullswater lake and Pooley Bridge, along with a torchlit procession and big bonfire.

The Winter Droving, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October, Penrith. Arriving early on both days is advised. Full programme from: winterdroving.uk