April Events

12th January – 28th April 2018 – `Monet’ – A World Masterpiece in Kendal – Abbot Hall Art Gallery

For more information visit www.abbothall.org.uk

26th January – 10 May 2018 – Katie Spragg – Ceramics – Blackwell , The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness on Windermere

Free parking, open daily, kids go free, 5 mins by car from Bowness-on-Windermere.  Visit www.blackwell.org.uk


Saturday 31st March to 1st April 2018 – Classic Commercial Vehicle Easter Rally – various locations in and around Kirkby Stephen and Brough

Starts at 11.00 on Saturday and ends 18.00 on Sunday.  Entrance is free.  Charges for parking where applicable.

Classic Commercial Vehicles exhibited, a regular classic bus route between sites and from the station, market stalls, Saturday evening road run through the Westmorland Dales, entertainment for all the family.

For more information please visit our website www.encountereden.com


Saturday 31st March to 2nd April 2018 – Art Exhibition – The Masonic Hall, Kirkby Stephen

10am to 4pm each day.  Brough and Stainmore Art Group present their Art Exhibition.  Affordable originals, prints & cards.


Tuesday 3rd April – Easter Family Stomp – Jubilee Park, Kirkby Stephen

Join us at our Easter Family Stomp, two hours of Woodland Fun in Jubilee Park.  With woodland crafts, slacklines, den buiding, mud kitchens and more, children and grown-ups of all ages are welcome to come and play out in the woods.

10am to 12pm.  Cost £3.50 per person (under 1’s free).  What are you paying for? Two experienced practitioners, use of their amazing kit, two hours of fun and a cup of tea!

Spaces are limited so call Kate on 017683 71885 or email [email protected] to book your places.


Wednesday 4th April – Repair Cafe – Kirkby Stephen Local Links

From 2 – 4pm.  Kirkby Stephen Repair Cafe helps to reduce waste sent to landfill, saving money and resources by using expert volunteers to fix everyday household items.

We have a friendly team of DIY and sewing experts ready to take on your repairs.  Bring along any clean clothes, electricals, jewellery, toys, small items of furniture etc…that are in need of attention and we will do what we can to help!

The Repair Cafe is run by Kirkby Stephen Community Arts and Kirkby Stephen and Upper Eden Good Neighbours Scheme, with support from Kirkby Stephen Town Council.  For more information contact Kate on 017683 71885 or visit www.kirkbystephencommunityarts.co.uk or contact Kirkby Stephen Local Links on 017683 71775 or visit www.kirkbystephen.com


Thursday 5th April – Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers Are Welcome – Dawdles Walk Stenkrith Park

Meet the Cloisters 10.30am.

Weather permitting we will walk down Bollam Lane and across the fields to Stenkrith Park and see if we can find some red squirrels, black rabbits and heron along the way.  The highlight of the walk is the Millenium Bridge and Stenkrith Gorge, Coup Karnan.  Boots please.  Optional refreshments in Kirkby Stephen.

Please wear boots or shoes suitable for some uneven surfaces, mud and standing water where stated, subject to the day’s weather.   We will go whatever the weather – please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the day – we will adapt walks when essential.  Everyone welcome, suggested donation £1 per walk towards expenses.  Find us on facebook https://facebook.com/wawks visit http://www.walkeden.org/ [email protected]


Thursdays 5th & 19th April – Upper Eden Memory Club – Longway, New Road, Brough

10.30am to 12 noon

Following the success of the Upper Eden Memory Club at Kirkby Stephen we have decided to start a second group in Brough to enable us to continue to accept Clients and Carers into our Kirkby Stephen family. We enjoy fellowship over tea and coffee followed by guided activities and usually end with singing some favourite songs of old.

We are always ready to accept newcomers and volunteer helpers.  For more information contact Heather Simpkins on 017683 42476.


Saturday 7th April 2018 – Rag Hook Wall Hanging – Appleby Heritage Centre

1 day workshop 10.00am – 4.00pm Tutor – Pam Bolton Cost – £40.00 (+ £20 for materials)
Come and join our `make in a day’ Rag Hook Wall Hanging Workshop at Appleby Heritage Centre! For more information, please contact 017683 53350


Monday 9th April –  Cumbria Wildlife Trust – `Bats of Cumbria’ – The Friends Meeting House, Kirkby Stephen

7.30 – 9.30pm

Rich Flight, from the South Cumbria Bat Group, will give a talk on the nocturnal world of bats.  Cumbria is home to a host of these mammals whose lives are as fascinating as they are secretive.

The CWT Upper Eden Support Group runs a variety of activities to support the Trust’s work.  Everyone is welcome to join us for our talks,  which take place at The Friends Meeting House, 48A High St, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4SH.

There is a recommended donation of £3 for Cumbria Wildlife Trust for each talk, to include refreshments.  Children free.  Local contact: Richard Arrowsmith 017683 71182.  To find out more about the Trust and how to get involved visit www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk You can also find information about local events, together with a range of books and gifts, at our stand in the Upper Eden Visitors Centre in Kirkby Stephen.


Wednesday 11th April 2018 – The Arts Society, Appleby in Westmorland – Appleby Market Hall

`Elephants and Archbishops: Matthew Parker and his Medieval Manscripts’

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  www.taswestmorland.org.uk


Thursdays 12th & 26th April
 – Upper Eden Memory Club – The Friends Meeting House, High Street, Kirkby Stephen

10.30am to 12 noon.

We continue to meet alternate Thursdays at the Friends Meeting House (opposite the Spar Shop), where we enjoy fellowship over tea and coffee followed by guided activities and usually end with singing some favourite songs of old.

We are always ready to accept newcomers and volunteer helpers.  For more information contact Tony Taylor on 017683 42702 or [email protected]


Saturday 14th April – `Baby and Beyond’ Event in support of #theAdream – Appleby Hub

  • Baby Photoshoot – 15 mins slots with life portraits £15 (including 1 free print)
  • Stalls – book a stall to sell baby, tots & kids pre-loved clothing, toys etc.   £5 a table
  • Raffle
  • Refreshments available in the Hub Cafe

Book your photoshoot slot and/or table now! Call Asha on 07525 746130


Monday 16th April – Upper Eden History Society Winter Programme 2017 -2018 – Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

The Evolution of Commercial Barnard Castle – Carol Dougherty

Enquiries – to Chair Anne Taylor [email protected]


Tuesday 17th April – Eden Hearing Services Drop In Session – Kirkby Stephen Local Links

Eden Hearing Services hold a drop in clinic from 10.00am to 12 noon 3rd Tuesday of every month.  Services include advice on hearing aids and specialist equipment, hearing aids cleaned and retubed, batteries supplied.


Tuesday 17th April – `Introduction to Desktop Publishing’ – Appleby Heritage Centre

FREE Course over two weeks from 9.30 to 12.00.

Numbers are limited on free courses, book early to secure your place.  You are only eligible for a maximum of four free courses per person.


Friday 20th April – Kirkby Stephen Community Arts presents `Shakespeare’s Globe’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” (2008)’ – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

Gutsy, colloquial and bustling with vivid characters, a brilliantly constructed farce.

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


Saturday 21st April – Kirkby Stephen Spring Freegle – Kirkby Stephen Sports & Social Club

Join us for another Give and Take in Kirkby Stephen – a free jumble sale so you can give away any unwanted items and pick up anything that’s there – all for nothing!  Please do not bring large items such as furniture.  Any items left over may be freegled or given to a charity shop to sell.

10.30 to 12.30pm.  Light refreshments available and kids corner with colouring and games.


Saturday 21st April – Brough Farmers’ Market – Memorial Hall, Brough

9.30am to 2.00pm.  3rd Saturday, each month.  No admission charge.

We have returned to our later closing time, which gives you more time to shop! Buy lamb, beef, pork, fish, poultry, eggs, bread, cheeses, cakes, photography, jewellery, textiles and much much more, from our regular stalls.

Enquiries – David 015396 26040

Saturday 21st April – Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Forum – Market Hall, Orton

The Westmorland Dales boasts some stunning geology, archaeology, meadows, villages, drystone walls and other landscape features.  The forum gives you a chance to find out more about the area’s heritage and what our preliminary studies have revealed.
Including the geology of the Potts Valley, archaeology of Great Kinmond, and landmarks of Pendragon Castle and Smardale’s Lime Kilns.
10.00am to 12.30pm Morning Talks and Presentations
12.30pm to 1.30pm Lunch
From 1.30pm Afternoon Heritage Walks & Archaeological Test Pitting around Orton

Booking not essential but please let us know if you are planning to attend; it helps us plan for lunch activities.  If you would like to attend please contact David or Nicola on 01539 720788 or email [email protected] 


Wednesday 25th April – Parkinson’s Cafe – The Eden Emporium, Kirkby Stephen

10.30 to 12.00.  Parkinson’s UK – Change attitudes.  Find a Cure.  Join Us.  Join us to celebrate the success of the Kirkby Stephen Parkinson’s Cafe which has been running for one year.   Pop in for coffee and a chat.  A volunteer will greet you at a reserved table.  For more details about this venture call Andrew or Robina on 017683 41997.