Summer Pudding In Appleby, Anyone?Live Music, Circus Acts, Crafts Market, Cake Contest, Family Fun!



Saturday 20th August COME ALONG, SHOW YOUR SUPPORT  Daytime: 1 Fairytale Castle,  3 Live Music stages, 4 Performance Stages, Funfair, Jaw-dropping Circus Acts, Crafty Vintage Market, Cake Competition, Children’s activities, woodland walk and more.

Night-time: Top festival bands on the inner bailey stage The Correspondents, Gypsy Hill & Sam and The Womp



supported by Eden District Council, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Appleby Town Council, Cumberland & Westmoreland Herald, Country Puddings. An Eden Arts event.

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Come to Britrocks Music Festival, Saturday 13th Sept. 2 pm to 7 pm at the Auld Acquaintance Cairn, Gretna

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According to a message from Rory Stewart MP and Hands Across The Border, this Saturday at the Auld Acquaintance Cairn, Gretna, behind the Old Toll House DG16 5JD. you will be welcome to join the free Britrocks Music Festival, bring a picnic and enjoy some great music. See the Britrocks web page .

The Cairn is now the focal point for people who want a united Britain.

In his latest letter Rory says:

“Dear Friends of Hands Across the Border,

We are 6 days away from a decision which could quite simply destroy our country. We cannot let a country that our ancestors sacrificed for so long to build, simply drift away through apathy, complacency and indifference. Instead, let us prove that when our country was at threat, our citizens were still prepared to stand and work together.

The event will be preceded by poetry readings at one o’clock from our especially commissioned poets: Charlotte Higgins and Magnus Dixon. Charlotte won the poetry society’s 2011 competition and has written a remarkable poem about the cairn. At just thirteen years old Magnus was named the 2013 Foyles Young Poet of the Year. He will read about his identity as a Scot and the referendum.This Saturday, we will gather English, Welsh, Irish and Scots, young and old, in solidarity –with optimism, showing, by our presence at the cairn, what a family of nations can mean.

Then at two o’clock we will host the extraordinary BRITROCKS! free music festival.  We will hear everything from Afro-Jazz act the Waaw Waaws based in Edinburgh to the Opera singer Millie Underwood reflecting the diversity of our union. Other acts include The Alleys, Robby Boyd, Reuben Loftus and Christian Moss.  Take a look at the BRIT ROCKS! website ( to find out more details.

Please join us.  Be a cairn-builder. Be a builder of the Union.

Very best wishes, and I very much hope to see you  there,


Also Rory Stewart MP says:

“on Wednesday 17th, the night before the vote, we will be lighting a ‘Beacon for Britain’ at the Cairn. Everyone is also welcome to join us for our candle-lit vigil from 8 until 10 pm on the night of the 18th as we await the result of the referendum after polls have closed.

Let us unite and save our country!

Very best wishes,


P.S. Here are some thoughts on the strength and flexibility of Scottish identity:


FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014
Eden Rivers Trust and the
Salmon & Trout Association
(Cumbria Branch)

invite you to a



Children under 12 free
(all proceeds to Eden Rivers Trust and Salmon and Trout Association)

                                                                                                                 6.00pm ONWARDS

ERT Charity BBQ FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014

ERT Charity BBQ FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014

Tickets available in advance from Eden Rivers Trust
(cheques payable to Eden Rivers Trust)

Eden Rivers Trust, Dunmail Building, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH
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Message From Eden Arts: Woollen Woods! Great Crafts Activities In March and April

Woollen Woods Workshop at Sizergh

5th April 1pm – 4pm
Come along and help create artworks for the upcoming Woollen Woods exhibition at Sizergh. Hundreds of woollen artworks will be on display in the Knoll at Sizergh from 12th April – 1st September and your creations will feature in the installation!

We will be making felt artworks such as flowers, acorns, tree wraps and butterflies – materials will be provided and activity is suitable for all skill levels. Or bring along your knitting or crochet needles and have a go at one of our patterns!

Drop in – no booking required
Children must be accompanied by an adult. For venue details visit
Up for Arts Cumbria have been busy encouraging people to take part in The Woollen Woods as part of their BBC Radio Cumbria Up for Arts Campaign. During March they will be running a number of workshops in Cumbria that you can get involved in:
Sat 8th & Sun 9th March: 10.30-1pm at the Ulverston Scrap Store
Join felting tutor Sara Charlesworth of Ulverston’s Stables Gallery to make needle-felted birds to perch in The Woollen Woods or for younger participants, wet-felt a caterpillar and a juicy leaf to hide behind away from those beady-eyed birds. Drop-in workshops – no booking required, donations to cover materials costs – £3 for a small bird or £5 for any super-sized owls.

Sat 15th March: From 10.30am at Westmorland Shopping Centre, Kendal. 
Up for Arts will be at the Westmorland Shopping Centre showcasing Grizedale Forest’s ginormous Knitted Tree! Adrienne Williams from Williams Wools will be running a knitting workshop 10-30am-1pm and the Up for Arts team will be there all day encouraging people to get involved in the project, knitting leaves, flowers and felting acorns too. Drop-in, no booking required.

BBC Radio Cumbria’s Up for Arts project will also be broadcasting live from the workshops. Follow for updates or

Up for Arts is an exciting project which aims to get people involved in the arts and crafts and increase community engagement. – find out more at

Enter the Exhibition

If you can’t make it along to workshop then why not create artworks at home or with your craft, school or friends group.

Participants can use any technique to create their woollen artworks but are encouraged to use ‘real’ wool, ideally 100% natural. Wool is a remarkable fibre, which is able to withstand the elements! Previous creations have included owls, bats, insects, flowers and birds and people of any skill level can get involved.

Full details, including the entry form and a selection of free patterns are available on the project website HERE 

The exhibition is non-selective and the deadline for entries is 4th April 2014. The Exhibition will run from 12th April – 1st September 2014 at Sizergh, Nr Kendal – visit their website HERE for venue details.

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Christmas Market at Askham Hall, Sunday 8th December 11am to 4pm

Christmas tree decorations

Prepare for Christmas at Askham Hall Christmas Market

Askham Hall’s Christmas Market is firmly in our sights this Sunday! It’s hard to imagine a nicer venue for a market than the grounds of a lovely old stately home like this. The event will be held in the open air and the converted barn from eleven until four, and there’ll be a wide range of locally made produce on offer at reasonable prices including:

  • locally sourced food and drinks,
  • locally made arts and crafts suitable for gifts,
  • Christmas wreaths and other decorations

Just what we need for our Christmas preparations.

Children will be excited at the prospect of meeting Santa Claus. Yes, Father Christmas will be coming and if you want to meet the old gentleman, this is the place to be on Sunday.

There’s free parking for market shoppers and Askham Hall’s cafe will be serving lunch, mince pies and mulled wine.

For more information click here to see Askham Hall’s  website.

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The author Charles Paxton has received no financial inducement for writing this feature, but he will be doing some Christmas shopping here and he will be offering for sale the new Prehistoric Sites of Cumbria Trump Card packs, great stocking stuffers at the 2013 Askham Hall Christmas Market!

Things to do in September: Cumbria’s largest Toy Fair On Sept 29th in Carlisle

There is always a great variety of model vehicles and figures at Carlisle's biannual Toy Fair.

There is always a great variety of model vehicles and figures at Carlisle’s biannual Toy Fair.

Consider visiting Carlisle Toy Fair this year. It could be a very nice day out whether you are an avid toy collector, want to indulge your nostalgia for beloved toys and models that you used to have, or if you’re just looking for something a bit special for someone’s stocking this Christmas.

Or perhaps you have something taking up space and gathering dust in your attic that you’d like to swap or sell? You could also make a useful sum of cash from the contents of your old toy box, especially if you were the kind of child who didn’t put too many dents in your Dinky vehicles or your Hornby locomotives, or give your Action man a Viking funeral.  The chances are reasonably good that someone would be very happy to play with or simply treasure your old toys.

The Carlisle Toy Fair is one of the biggest events in the Northwest for buying, swapping and selling toys. It’s held twice a year in the historic city of Carlisle, bringing together stall holders and toy / model collectors from the North of England, Scotland and the Borders. The railways have always been important to Carlisle and there are always a nice selection of model trains and accessories at the toy fair. Enthusiasts can also explore a range of high quality, collectable vintage and current models, figures and diorama backgrounds in the H&H Borderway Exhibition Hall at Rosehill, Carlisle.  Find the Hall just off the M6 junction 43, set your Sat Nav to Borderway Centre, CA1 2RS. The fair opens to all at 10.30 am, stall holders can set up from 07.30.

For more details plus information for stall holders, please see the Carlisle Toy Fair website.

Treasured toys await your discovery!

Big Breakfast

Residents of Maulds Meaburn will be hosting a Big Breakfast event at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute this Sunday morning, June 30 from 10.30 to 12.30. All profits will go to sustaining the Institute

Maulds Meaburn will be hosting a Big Breakfast event at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute on Sunday morning, June 30 from 10.30 to 12.30. £6 for adults, £3 for children under 10. Cooked breakfast, toast, juice, tea and coffee.
All profits  go to sustaining the Institute which  enriches the lives of local residents and visitors with organised talks, events and regular classes.
If you are in the area and you appreciate a hearty English breakfast, come along and bring some friends if you want.

Maulds Meaburn Village Institute, site of  a Big Breakfast event
Maulds Meaburn Village Institute, site of a Big Breakfast event


Doug Scott will present on The Three Peaks: Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga 3 Dec Maulds Meaburn Village Institute

Poster for Doug Scott's Presentation on the 3 peaks

Doug Scott Presentation on the 3 peaks

Doug Scott Presents “The Three Peaks: Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga” at MMVI 3/12/12 at 7.30 pm
Doug Scott will be presenting an illustrated lecture “The Three Peaks: Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga” at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute on Monday 3rd December 2012 at 7.30 pm to raise awareness and raise funds for Community Action Nepal and Maulds Meaburn Village Institute Tickets £15 – advance booking only – from Ron & Sheila Smith […]