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wdroving19.jpg Not waving but droving

Snapped undercover in Cumbria this image can mean only one thing: Winter Droving is back.

I’m not saying that Winter Droving is the best thing going on in the north this month, but it’s definitely in the top one. The two-day festival of masks, magic and mayhem has established itself as one of THE best loved events around and will once again thrum with top European street theatre, festival bands and street markets. It all kicks off on the Friday night with a torchlight procession through Pooley Bridge led this year by brilliant local band, The Baghdaddies. Then on Saturday crowds will be able to browse the biggest street market in Cumbria at Penrith, which will also feature six music and performance stages. Both days will see performances from Catalonian act Kamchatka (described as ‘near perfect’ street theatre) and the evening finales will feature the big hit from this year’s Shambala Festival: K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade. And then there is the ever-popular fire and lantern procession. Last year over 8,000 masked people lined the town’s streets to welcome the Drovers and, as ever, visitors will be encouraged to don a mask themselves. Add in circus performers, a vintage fair and cuisine from around the world and you’ve got the kind of weekend that gets talked about forevermore.

Winter Droving & Ullswater Droving, Friday 25 & Saturday 26 October, Pooley Bridge & Penrith, Cumbria, free. More info: winterdroving.uk