July Events

Wednesday 4th July to Saturday 7thJuly – Penrith Players present a Variety Show – Penrith Playhouse

Step right up!  Penrith Players have something spectacular for you this summer!  We are immensely proud to present the most remarkable, wondrous and astonishing theatrical venture our town has ever seen!

Showcasing the delectable smorgasbord of talent we have in Penrith Players, this fantastic feast of entertainment is certain to enthral old and young alike!  Whether you love the magic of music, the delight of drama, the charisma of comedy or the marvel of music we have something for absolutely every taste, all sandwiched together in a delicious old time music hall knees-up.  So get the whole family together and head to Penrith Playhouse for a fabulously fun evening.

Tickets – £9 adults, £8 concessions, £5 students can be purchased from Penrith Tourist Information or from the website http://penrithplayers.org.uk/variety-show

Thursdays 5th & 19th July – 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]

Friday 6th July – Nateby & Wharton WI present Anne Taylor on `Spinning a yarn: the vital step between fleece and knitter’ – The Friends Meeting House, Kirkby Stephen

Starts 7pm.  Non members, come and join us at and enjoy a good speaker, excellent company and a delicious buffet supper at £3 ppn.  For further information visit our website at http://www.natebyandwhartonwi.wordpress.com

Saturday 7th July – Musgrave Rushbearing – St Theobald’s, Great Musgrave

This tradition dates back to the time when churches had earthen floors and rushes were used as a form of renewable floor covering for cleanliness and insulation.  Rushbearing had fallen into decline following the flagging of Church floors but was revived at St Columba’s in Warcop and St Theobald’s in Great Musgrave by the Rev. Septimus Collinson in the late 19th Century.  Boys carry crosses made out of rushes and the girls wear crowns decorated with flowers.  The children meet in the village and form a procession around the villages behind beautifully embroidered banners.

Children from the local area are all welcome to come along to take part. Everyone meet at Musgrave’s village institute at 2pm.  Once everyone is assembled and photos taken everyone will walk down to the church for the 2.30pm service.  After the service afternoon tea will be at the village institute.  Crowns for the girls will be available for collection from St Theobald’s from Tuesday 3rd July.

Saturday 7th July – St Stephen’s Church Summer BBQ – South Stainmore

after coffee morning at 12.30pm.  £7.50 per adult £3.50 per child.  Wine £1.00 per glass. 
Raffle –
closing date for tickets Sunday 1st July – for tickets call Carol on 42428 or Karen on 42633.  All welcome (please bring a chair)

Wednesday 11th July – Kirkby Stephen Dementia Action Alliance Launch – Kings Arms Hotel, Kirkby Stephen

5pm to 7pm. Speakers are at 6pm.  All Welcome.

Kirkby Stephen Dementia Action Alliance invites you to our official launch event to celebrate working towards making Kirkby Stephen a dementia friendly community.

Whether you are an idividual resident of the Kirkby Stephen area who is living with dementia, a volunteer, or a business or organisation wanting to become more understanding of, and friendly to people living with dementia – then we’d love to meet you.

Please come along to find out more about the Group and how our community can make a difference.  Free refreshments and buffet will be available.

If you are a shopkeeper, shop assistant, hairdresser, cafe and restaurant owner, carer, publican, banker, pharmacist, GP, taxi driver or any interested member of our community – then please do pop along any time from 5pm to find out more.

Thursdays 12th & 26th July – 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.

Thursday 12th July – Mini Stompers – Frank’s Bridge, Kirkby Stephen

Kirkby Stephen Community Arts are partnering with Stomping Ground this Summer to deliver AT THE RIVERSIDE, a programme of free events to celebrate a new river trail for Kirkby Stephen, and supported by Eden Rivers Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund.  Events are open to all ages unless otherwise specified.  For more information visit http://www.kirkbystephencommunityarts.co.uk

10am to 12pm.  Stomp your way to Frank’s Bridge, as KSCA’s monthly Mini Stompers enjoy some muddy fun on the riverside with Eden Rivers Trust.  For ages 0-5 years and their parents/carers.  At Frank’s Bridge.  Booking essential: email [email protected]

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th July – Kirkby Stephen Steps UP – Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A live spectacle performed by pupils from Kirkby Stephen Grammar School,  Appleby Grammar School and several local Primary Schools working with nationally renowned theatre company Tangled Feet to create a bespoke theatrical performance.  Pupils will work across all aspects of the production: acting, music, design, backstage, scriptwriting, media, marketing and catering.

Performance times and prices will be released on Monday 9th July.  For more information contact Kate Lynch at [email protected]

Sunday 14th July – A Strawberry Tea – Low Broomrigg, Warcop

3pm to 6pm – in aid of World Vision Syria Crisis Appeal.  The plight of millions of Syrian families and children is almost impossible to grasp.  We can feel so helpless.   So here is a small effort to raise money for the essential needs for families who have lost everything: food, water,  health care, sanitation, safe places for children to play, some basic schooling …..all the things we so easily take for granted.

Saturday 14th July – Undiscovered Westmorland Dales – Free Guided Walk – Meet at Raisbeck Village Green (approx 1 mile east of Orton on B6261)

Meet 11.00am.  All welcome.

Led by Kyle Blue, this circular walk of approx 5 miles will follow some of the wide Drovers Lanes of Old Westmorland crossing open moorland and returning on footpaths through unspoilt countryside.  Visiting a Dame’s School, Sunbiggin Tarn and prehistoric remains with a particular focus on the rare flora associated with this unique limestone landscape.  A walk not to be missed!

Please bring packed lunch.  Wear good shoes or walking boots (pack a waterproof just in case).  All welcome (no need to book but advance notice appreciated) – including accompanied children and well behaved dogs on short leads.  Ends approx 4pm.  See http://www.friendsofthedales.org.uk or email [email protected] or phone 01756 749400.

Monday 16th July – Public Meeting to discuss the Appleby Horse Fair 2018 – Public Hall, Appleby

7pm – 8pm, speakers include Matthew Neal, Chairman of Multi-Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group for Appleby Horse Fair and Chief Inspector Ben Swinson, Appleby Horse Fair Gold Command.

For further information contact Eden Community Development Office on 01768 812660

Tuesday 17th July – 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.

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

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

At the height of summer, the range of foods on sale cannot be bettered.  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

Monday 23rd July – Summer Stomp – Jubilee Park, Kirkby Stephen.

A full day of going wild in the woods for ages 6+.  Booking essential. Contact Kate at [email protected] or call 017683 71885.

Monday 23rd July –  Cumbria Wildlife Trust – A walk in Swindale with the RSPB – Meet Swindale Foot Cattle Grid, Brampton, Penrith (neearest Post Code CA10 2QT), GR: NY 521 142


Lee Schofield, Site Manager at RSPB Haweswater will lead a walk through species-rich hay meadows alongside the recently restored beck in Swindale, highlighting the RSPB’s wildlife friendly management of this Lakeland hill farm.  The walk is 4 miles on mainly quite flat but uneven and occasionally wet terrain.  Stout footwear necessary.

Booking required – email Richard Arrowsmith on [email protected]

There is a recommended donation of £3 for Cumbria Wildlife Trust for each walk.  All walks require outdoor clothing – please remember the weather may change and the terrain may be rough.  Walking boots are recommended.    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 25th July – Parkinson’s Cafe – The Eden Emporium, Kirkby Stephen

Parkinson’s UK – Change attitudes.  Find a Cure.  Join Us.  We continue to meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10.30 to 12.00.  For more information call Andrew or Robina on 017683 41997.

Wednesday 25th July – Citizens Advice Drop in Session – Kirkby Stephen Local Links

10am to 12.30pm.  If you’d like advice on housing issues, getting the most out of your energy, money or benefits, why not come and speak to our adviser.  Sessions are on the 4th Wednesday each month.

Wednesday 25th July – The Wordsworth Singers – Kirkby Stephen Parish Church

3.30pm.  An afternoon recital of unaccompanied song directed by Mark Hindley.  Unaccompanied choral music spanning six centuries.  `….the most accomplished choir in the north of England’.  (Review in The Cumberland News Spring 2018).

Admission free.  Retiring Collection.

Friday 27th July – ‘Taste Appleby’ part of Eden Food & Farming Festival – Appleby Town Centre – FREE event

10am – 4pm

Local food fair, entertainment and family fun.  Meet the animals at the Farm to Fork Roadshow, cookery demos and brewery talk, tasting and samples. Vintage Tractors.  Stacks of special offers at the food fair and from many local businesses.

Saturday 28th July – Gin Festival – Kirkby Stephen Cricket Club

2pm to 7pm.  Adult tickets £10 – exchange ticket for tokens worth 2 drinks.  Kids Free.

Food & bar also available.  Includes kids activities and games.  Follwed by Ipod Shuffle night at KSSSC from 9pm.

In aid of The Ankoma Dream and Kirkby Stephen Cricket Club.  Tickets available from Jessica Dillon (07456839607), Asha Richardson (07525746130) and Anthea Bowman (07588574179).  Supported by Happy Days.

Sunday 29th July – Kirkby Stephen River Trail – Frank’s Bridge, Kirkby Stephen

Kirkby Stephen Community Arts are partnering with Stomping Ground this Summer to deliver AT THE RIVERSIDE, a programme of free events to celebrate a new river trail for Kirkby Stephen, and supported by Eden Rivers Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund.

10am to 3pm.  Celebrate Westmorland Dales Day with the launch of our River Trail, and join Stomping Ground and Eden Rivers Trust for a day of messing about by the river.  At Frank’s Bridge, drop-in.

Tuesday 31st July – `Animate’ – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club (upstairs)

11.00 am – 4.30pm.  Join renowned animator Cadi Catlow for a full day stop-motion animation workshop.

Cadi is a versatile stop-motion animator with a particular interest in unusual projects.  Having survived two decades as a professional freelance animator, working across the UK and Europe, she is a fast-thinking, fast-working problem solver with a broad knowledge and kick-ass attitude to getting the job done.  She has animated a range of projects – Claymation, trad puppet, origami, real objects, 2D rostrum, pixellation.  Cadi’s credits include Harry Potter, Rastamouse and BBC’s Ooglies.

Places are limited so booking is essential – email [email protected] or phone 017683 71885.  Cost £15 (please bring packed lunch).  All ages from 14+ welcome.