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.

Artisan Market - 10th September - sample products from near and far: cheeses, artisan  bread, cakes, olives, fruit and vegetables, crafts and so much more.  Relax in the cafe or courtyard while listening to live music.

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

9th September to 10th December 2017 - An exhibition of paintings by David William Morris - The Ruskin Museum Coniston 

`Along the lane, across the dale.........'

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.

Wednesday 6th September 2017 - Repair Café - Kirkby Stephen Local Links

Do you have a toaster which doesn't toast?
A coat pocket with holes in it?
A mug with a broken handle?

Costs of repairs - a voluntary donation!  Teas, coffees and yummy cakes from Augill Castle also available.

If you're a whizz at fixing things and would like to get involved please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Organised by Kirkby Stephen Community Arts and Kirkby Stephen and Upper Eden Good Neighbours Scheme

Autumn repair café dates: Wed 6 Sept 2-4pm Wed 4 Oct 2-4pm Wed 1 Nov 2-4pm

Friday 8th Sept to Sun 10th Sept - Lakes Alive - various venues in Kendal

Kendal's fantastic festival - visitors will experience vibrant illuminations, digital delights, intimate performances, amazing installations and spectacular happenings.  

Hi-lights will include a spectacular light installation covering Kendal Castle hill, with sound, dance and experiences like no other over three days.  Lakes Alive is free.  The festival will appeal to art lovers and families alike.  The event will also be the celebration of World Heritage Site Status for the Lake District.

You are invited to Kendal's unique and enchanted dining experience ......... alongside the River Kent on Friday 8 Sept 6-10pm.  Jacob's Join is a community feast and get-together for food, music and merriment which launches Lakes Alive 2017.  Bring your own picnic or buy from one of the delicious street vendors.  Hosted by Desperate Men, music provided by Cumbrian folk band Mazurka and Worldbeaters Spark!  The event is free.  Music, dancing and an explosive finale from Spark! who will lead the party to Kendal Castle for the spectacular intallation, Shipping Forecast.  In case of wet weather you will be directed to a nearby alternative venue.

For more information visit

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 - The Arts Society, Appleby in Westmorland - Appleby Market Hall

`Art UK: Uncovering the Nation's Hidden Oil Painting'. 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.

AGM at 10.30 prior to lecture - all welcome.  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 September - Kirkby Stephen Community Arts presents `The Graduate (15)' - Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

The Classic comedy drama remastered for the 50th anniversary

Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.  Adults £5 - Children (U18) £3.  Tickets available on the door or call Kate on 017683 71885

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.

Saturday 16th September - Brough Farmers' Market - Memorial Hall, Brough

9.30am to 2pm.  3rd Saturday, each month.  No admission charge.

Summer is nearly over but we always have something to suit the season.  Buy lamb, beef, pork, vennison, fish, poultry, eggs, bread, cheeses, cakes, vegetables, photography, jewellery and much much more, from our regular stalls.

Enquiries - Jane 01768 480069

Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th September - Cumbria Green Build Festival - various locations

Get ideas, inspiration & skills to green up your home, office or community.
A week of events, visits, workshops & bus tours for self builders, householders, building professionals, community groups, businesses.  Events free unless stated.  Booking essential for most events: - 01768 210276

Sat 16th Sept - Using lime mortar - Full day - Great Musgrave, Kirkby Stephen - £40 - when and how to use lime for breathable floor systems, insulation, pointing, plastering, lath work, parging and skim work.  Hosted by Eden Hot Lime Mortar.

Sun 17th Sept - Renovation of 1951 bungalow - 1.30-3pm - Penrith - Highly insulated, airtight building with MVHR and thermal water heating.

Mon 18th Sept 2-4pm - How to draught-proof your home - Penrith - Learn how to find draughts and seal them up with the right products.

Wed 20th Sept - Materials and techniques for eco builds - 9.00am-4.45pm - Penrith - £11- Upskill on natural insulations and ideal products for solid walls, with Ecological Building Systems (includes lunch and refreshments).

Fri 22nd Sept - 9.45am-3.30pm or 11.15am-4.45pm Eden Valley & Yorkshire Dales National Park, start/finish Appleby:
- Eden Insulation Passivhaus factory - airtight, insulated frames for low energy buildings and eco office pod.
- First certified Passivhaus in Cumbria at Crosby Ravensworth
- Building renovation in Kings Meaburn - lime for insulation and pointing, with Lake District lime.

Fri 22nd Sept - 6-8.30pm - Kendal - Transforming Energy in Cumbria
Hear from international and regional experts on the future of energy use and generation in Cumbria.
- Battery storage now and in the future (Tesla)
- The future of energy distribution (Electricity North West)
- Energy, business and community - where does Cumbria stand? (James Cropper PLC)
- Developing community-scale energy (Quantum Strategy and Technology)
- Selling locally generated energy to local consumers (Renew Wales)
Hosted by CAfS.  Funded by Electricity Northwest & South Lakeland District Council

Sat 23rd Sept - Passivhaus factory tour - Appleby 10-11.30am - see how Eden Insulation makes sealed, insulated panels for energy-efficient timber-framed homes and buildings.

Sun 24th Sept - Freegle Give & Take - 10am to 12pm Appleby - Drop off things you don't need and pick up things you do!  Tools, items for the home and garden, toys and clothes all change hands free.

Sunday 24th September 2017 - Richard Durrant, Concert Guitarist - Appleby Public Hall
Stringhenge - Acoustic music inspired by the British Isles

£12 at the door, Students half price/Accompanied children FREE
Tel: 017684 83777 Venue postcode: CA16 6XB

Supported by Westmorland Arts Trust, The Hadfield Trust and The Bryan Lancaster Trust

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. 

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September - Westmorland Dales Heritage Workshop - `Traditional Farm Buildings' - Ravenstonedale Community and Heritage Centre

10.00am to 4.00pm

- Discover more about these man-made historical features
- Develop recording skills to carry out condition surveys of walls, traditional farm buildings and small scale historical features such as lime kilns, stone troughs, sheep folds, dew ponds and boundary markers.

If you would like to get involved contact David or Nicola on 01539 720788 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit 

Sunday 24th September - `Conversations in Castles' - an evening with three authors - Kirkby Stephen Sports & Social Club

6.00pm - Mark Richards, Castles of Eden.  Outdoor writer Mark Richards talks about Castles of Eden, the long distance walking trail he devised in 2017.  Exploring the Eden Valley, the trail travels 42 miles from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith through a gently undulating landscape enlivened by castles, ancient stones, earthworks and ruins.
7.15pm - Adrian Rogan, Northern Warrior.  Northern Warrior and 1314 are epic adventures based on historical fact about 14th century knight Sir Andreas de Harcla.  Author Adrian Rogan recreates for us the tension as locals gather in Hartley Castle on the eve of another battle.
8.15pm - Simon Temple-Bennett, Home is My Castle.  Twenty years ago Simon Temple-Bennett bought a near derelict 18th century folly close to Kirkby Stephen, Augill Castle, turning it into the successful, idiosyncratic boutique hotel it is today.  Simon shars tales from his colourful castle life, as featured in his witty and engaging books Undressed for Dinner and Stop for Breakfast.

Tickets £3 per speaker or £6 for the evening.  Books available to buy and have signed by the authors.  Bar open, plus there will be short intervals between speakers if you would like to pop and get some food.

Starts 6.00pm.  Tickets available on the door, to book tickets in advance call Kate on  017683 71885 or call into The Bookshop, Kirkby Stephen.

Monday 25th September - Harvest Soup & Puddings - The Masonic Hall, Kirkby Stephen

12.00 to 1.30pm.  £6.00 - funds in aid of Kirkby Stephen Parish Church

All again very welcome to this most sociable of occasions

Thursday 28th September - Puppet State Theatre Company present JRR Tolkien's `Leaf by Niggle' - Kirkby Stephen Sports & Social Club

Peformed by Richard Medrington.  With a soundtrack composed by Karine Polwart and MJ McCarthy

Starts 7.30pm.  Tickets £10/£7.  To book tickets call: 017683 71885