September Events

Sunday 18th June to end September - Jurassic Jubilee - Jubilee Park, Kirkby Stephen

Children of Kirkby Stephen and surrounding villages have been creating brightly coloured dinosaurs and murals in workshops with artist Sarah Hicks.  These will be hidden in the woods of this nature reserve for local families and visitors to find throughout the summer months.

Project inspiration by Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome and Kirkby Stephen Community Arts.

Part funding by Cumbria Community Foundation.

Also to look out for in Kirkby Stephen this summer................

Silver Street Gardens have been yard bombed with knitted flowers.

Boots have been planted by children with vegetables, herbs and salad crops to welcome walkers and have been dotted around the town alongside the usual spectacular floral arrangements.

Pick up a historic town trail leaflet from the Upper Eden Visitor Centre or download and discover the back alleys of the Conservation Area where history stands still.

The Kirkby Stephen Family Adventure 3K Trail has lots to look out for along the route plus a long list of free and inexpensive family activities to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather. The trail starts at an old fashioned sweet shop and finishes at one of two play parks. Free leaflet from the Upper Eden Visitor Centre or download

There is a new display of Saxon stones in the Kirkby Stephen Parish Church, Cathedral of the Dales alongside the world renown Viking Loki Stone.

Add in the art galleries and antique shops to complete the picture.

This Summer at Lowther  Castle and Gardens............

The story of Lowther exhibition is now open.  The Story covers from 1150 to present day.  It's a visual and original production with a splash of humour, some stunning items and plenty of wit. From viking hogback tombs to the original Lowther Park imparkment seal (dating from 1283) through most of the family's unrivalled collection of silver, the exhibition includes many stunning items previously unseen.  These include the bracelet given by Kaiser Wilhelm II to Gracie Lonsdale when he visited in 1895.  

Born Survivor - 9th September  - Test your inner Bear Grylls over a gruelling 10km obstacle course.  Open to teams and individuals.

Monday 14th August to Sunday 10th September 2017 - Eden Artists working in Mixed Media - The Old Court House, Shap

Three Eden based artists are currently exhibiting work in the gallery at the Old Courthouse, Shap.

Kay Leech uses paint, print and collage coupled with hand and machine embroidery to create highly textured works inspired by nature - landscape, trees and flowers, shells, minerals.
Linda Stainton includes books, music, films, the wonderous outdoors and Hiroshige and Hokusai (Japenese block painters) among the things that inspire her.  Recently she has found inspiration in the work produced by children's illustrators she has found on Twitter.
Eileen Anderson paints in a loose style in mixed media, especially acrylics, inks, watercolour, crayon and charcoal.  She enjoys the challenge of depicting movement in her work and likes to draw birds and animals from life rather than from photographs.

Visit for opening times

Saturday 2nd September 2017 - Appleby Training & Heritage Centre's 21st Birthday Celebrations - Station Yard, Appleby-in-Westmorland

With a Vintage Theme,  10.00 - 16.00.  Kirkby Stephen Town Councillors

Please join us for a community open date to celebrate the 21st Birthday of Appleby Training & Heritage Centre.  Tel: 017683 53350.

Kindly sponsored by Out of Eden Ltd.

Sunday 3rd September 2017, 10.30am - 4.30pm, The Moorcock Show

Why not come to a traditional Yorkshire Dales Sheep Show and see the best local breeds competing against each other.There will also be lots of local crafts and food stalls, together with the usual beer tent. For the children there is a bouncy castle and other games. Music will be provided by Hawes Silver Band and then later in the afternoon by a local singer.

Sunday 10th September 2017 - Jill Crossland, Piano - Appleby Public Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland

7.30pm.  Admission £10 at the door.

Selection of music including J S Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin

Wednesday 13th September 2017 - Westmorland Decorative and Fine Arts Society 2017 - Appleby Market Hall

`Discover the Paintings You Own: The Public Catalogue Foundation & Your Paintings Project'. Lecture given by Mrs Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac BA MA

Starts at 11am (coffee is served from 10.15am - 10.45am) There is a small cost of £8 to non-members. For more information about our society please visit our website

Thursday 14th September - Westmorland County Show - Lane Farm, Crooklands, LA7 7NH

Located on the fringes of the Lake District, Westmorland County Show is a fantastic day out - voted as one of the UK's favourite shows and joined by 30,000 visitors each year.  A major livestock Show with classes for cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and alpacas, heavy and light horses too, there's plenty to see.

Come and meet the foxhounds, get up close to magnificent cattle, marvel at the show jumping, discover the interactive displays in our Learning for Life Marquee, get inspired by the WI's crafty creations, or cheer on your favourites in the Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling.

Be tempted by artisan chocolates, cheeses, pies, gins, and much more in the North West's largest local Food Hall, or drop the children off at our creche and enjoy the Show at your own pace.

With the chance to discover the best of farming and the countryside, as well as seeing some of the Country's top quality livestock, shop til you drop amongst hundreds of trade stands or get involved with our rural craft have-a-go areas, you'll be spoilt for choice at this year's Show.

Winner of the Tourism Event of the Year in the Cumbrian Tourism Awards, Westmorland County Show is not to be missed.

Friday 15th to 23rd September - Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour - `Luminosity' at The Old Courthouse, Shap

Contemporary works by UK and International artists and makers including glass, sculpturial textiles, film, electronics, jewellry and neon.  Opening times vary, visit to avoid disappointment.

Fri 15th Sept - Demonstrations by Statira Jazayeri, Sculptural Textile artist
Sat 16th Sept - Masterclass workshop in 3D textiles with Statira Jazayeri.  Fee £40.  Places limited - for booking contact Karen 017683 53954 or buy on ticketsource.

Sunday 17th September - Makers Market - Shap Memorial Hall 

11 to 4.30.  Admission Adults £1 by raffle ticket.  Proceeds for the Old Court House, Shap

Lots of stalls - Arts, Upcycled goods, Crafts, Food, Demonstrations, Plants, Refreshments

Friday 22nd September 2017 - `Live your Life - living with and beyond lymphoma' workshops - Caldbeck room, Newton Rigg College, Penrith 10am - 4pm

Our `Live your Life' workshop will:

-  equip you to take control of how you decide to live with and beyond lymphoma
-  help you find ways of dealing with the physical challenges - finishing treatment and the after effects
- address the emotional aspects of living with this form of cancer
-  make sure you know where to go to get further help and support

This workshop is free to attend and lunch will be provided.  To find out more or to register to attend please call 01296 619406 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.