October Events

Friday 4th October – Tetra-decathlon – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

Having never even been for a jog around the park, Lauren signed up to compete in the Tetra-Decathlon World Championships; committing to learn 14 different athletic events and then compete on the World stage, all in just 600 days.  Mixing humorous storytelling with athletic physicality, Lauren runs, jumps, hurdles and throws herself into a world of serious amateurs and comedic coaches where winning is not simply about crossing the line first.  Tetra-Decathlon is a joyous exploration of coming last, and then coming back for more.

7.30pm.  Cost £10/£7 under 18’s.  For more information or tickets please phone Kate Lynch on 017683 71885 or visit http://www.kirkbystephencommunityarts.co.uk

Saturday 5th October – Fun Palace – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

Join us at our Fun Palace – a FREE day of fun activities for all ages to take part in. 10am to 4pm.  Donations welcome.

For more information or tickets please phone Kate Lynch on 017683 71885 or visit http://www.kirkbystephencommunityarts.co.uk

Sunday 6th October – Multi-instrumentalist Zoya Vyazovskaya – Appleby Public Hall

Zoya, a product of Moscow’s exacting music conservatoire regime and later the Royal Academy of Music in London, plays solo flute, piano and harp.

£12 at the door.  Students half price, accompanied children free. Visit http://www.appleby-concerts.org.uk or ring 017684 83777

Monday 7th October – `The future of conservation in Cumbria’ – by Cumbria Wildlife Trust

14.30 to 16.30.  Stephen Trotter, Chief Executive of CWT, will reflect on his first year in the job and consider the future of conservation in Cumbria and the role the Trust should seek to play in it.  The talk will be preceded by a short AGM.

There is a recommended donation of £3 to Cumbria Wildlife Trust for each talk, to include refreshments, children free.  Local contact: Richard Arrowsmith 017683 71182

Tuesday 8th October – Walkers Are Welcome Walk – Lady Anne’s Way, Aisgill to Pendragon Castle approx. 5.5 miles

Meet at The Pennine Hotel bus stop 11:15 or Pendragon Castle NY 782025 (B6259) 11:30ish for the Cumbria Classic Coach bus to Hawes alighting Aisgill Moor Cottages, concession cards accepted, fares £5/£2.50

We have a treat by initially joining the Cumbria Classic Coach vintage bus taking us up to Aisgill Moor overlooking Wild Boar Fell, the Mallerstang Valley now in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, at the Settle to Carlisle railway’s highest point.

This is a spectacular section of the popular long-distance trail, the Lady Anne’s Way by Sheila Gordon, guide pages 48 to 53. https://www.ladyannesway.co.uk/ The trail links the properties of this 17th century indomitable woman around her, hard fought for, northern estates.  We will walk down the valley stopping to marvel at Hellgill Force before joining The Highway passing The Watercut sculpture by Mary Bourne.  Reaching the bottom of the valley, the walk continues along the infant River Eden to Pendragon Castle, the legendary home of Uther Pendragon, King Arthur’s father. We are delighted to be joined by author Sheila Gordon and publisher Chris Grogan of Skyware Press.  Cars will be left at Pendragon Castle for the return journey for this linear walk.

Easy, mainly downhill, boots essential, bring a packed lunch. Walkers are Welcome Annual Get-Together walks – booking essential [email protected]

Wednesday 9th October – Walkers are Welcome Walk – John Strutt Conservation Foundation circuit 5.9 miles

Meet at The Cloisters, Kirkby Stephen 10:00

This special walk has been designed by this conservation charity to the east of Kirkby Stephen, near Winton and Hartley villages.   Permissive paths including a stretch of disused railway with fine views from a limestone escarpment.

Moderate, height gain 350 metres, boots essential and bring a packed lunch. Learn more about this charity and founder the late John Herbert Strutt https://jscf.org.uk/ Walk app. is available http://walks.walkingworld.com/walk/John-Strutt-Foundation-circuit.aspx Walkers are Welcome Annual Get-Together walks – booking essential [email protected]

Thursday 10th October – Walkers are Welcome – Dawdle walk Greenrigg Farm circular 2 miles

Meet at The Cloisters 10:30

This is an invitation to join Kirkby Stephen’s Dawdle walkers, a weekly health walk of about an hour.  Today’s walk is the route of the Kirkby Stephen Family Adventure Trail designed by Kirkby Stephen WaW for families with children.  Free leaflet provided or downloadable from  http://www.walkeden.org/Things-to-do.aspx

Easy, boots advisable, 1 or 2 stiles. Optional refreshments after the walk at one of our favourite haunts as part of this social gathering.Booking advisable [email protected] 

Thursday 10th October – Middleton-in-Teesdale Low Force, High Force and Bleabeck Force with optional Gibson’s Cave 6.2/6.7 miles

Meet Tees’pot 10:00 on Bridge Street, Middleton-in-Teesdale (parking available at the Social Club: (946 255)

This is an invitation to join Middleton-inTeesdale Walkers are Welcome group.

https://www.teesdalechallengewalks.net/ which is a beautiful car journey of 19 miles away from Kirkby Stephen across moorland, allow at least 45 mins.  Own car or we will try to arrange car share if needed.

This walk takes place deep in the North Pennines AONB, County Durham.  High Force is a spectacular waterfall of 71 feet dropping into a plunge pool. http://www.highforcewaterfall.com/visiting-us Route map will be provided to those booking.

Boots essential and packed lunch. Booking essential [email protected]

Thursday 10th October evening – Kirkby Stephen Horrible Histories 1.5 miles

Meet The Cloisters, Kirkby Stephen 18:30

Kirkby Stephen doesn’t have many ghosts but we can find you some “Horrible Histories” to experience on this walk round the alleys and byways of the town.  Learn about Jangling Anas, Sir Andreas de Harcla and the fire at the candle factory plus lots more.  About 1.5 hours with lots of stops.  Can be made suitable for wheelchairs.

Booking essential [email protected]

Friday 11th October morning – Kirkby Stephen Poetry Path 2.5 miles

Meet at The Cloisters 10:30

Our nationally acclaimed Poetry Path was devised by Dick Capel with East Cumbria Countryside Project and local residents in 2004.  There are twelve stones inscribed by lettering artist Pip Hall with poems by Meg Peacock associated with a year in the life of a hill farmer.  Today, the stones are gloriously camouflaged into the landscape.  https://www.edenbenchmarks.org.uk/poetry-path.htm  We are delighted that Dick will be joining us on the walk to answer any questions. The Poetry Path booklet priced at £2 is available at the volunteer run Upper Eden Visitor Centre.

Easy, boots recommended, allow extra time for stopping to read the poems. Booking essential [email protected]

Friday 11th October – Kirkby Stephen Community Arts presents `Fisherman’s Friends'(12A) – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

Inspired by a true story, Fisherman’s Friends is a feel-good film about ten fishermen from Cornwall who achieve a top ten hit with their debut album.

Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.  Adults £5 – Children (U18) £3.  For more information or tickets please phone Kate Lynch on 017683 71885 or visit http://www.kirkbystephencommunityarts.co.uk

Saturday 12th October – Little Red Riding Hood and Friends – Kirkby Stephen Parish Church

Kirkby Stephen Silver Band presents this family friendly concert for all ages.  Starts 3.00pm. Admission £3, under 16s free

Sunday 13th October – Telling the Story of your footpaths at Belah Valley, 4 miles with frequent stops.

Meet Mouthlock Centre NY837120 10:00

From Kirkby Stephen to Brough take the first turning to Barras. Follow road through Kaber and on to Barras. Mouthlock Centre is on right after passing Barras village sign. (5.5 miles)

Following on from the Saturday session, David Stewart of Walkingworld  will show you the delights of  local historical footpaths at Belah Valley.  Boots essential, uneven terrain. We will try to arrange car share if required.  Bring a packed lunch. Pathways book, kindle and related articles see http://www.walkingworld.com/Articles/Pathways/Pathways.aspx     Booking essential [email protected]

Monday 14th October – Alston circular with Alston Moor Walkers are Welcome

6.5 miles.Meet at Gina’s Top Café, Front Street, Alston CA9 3SE 11:00                                        

This circular walk will take in part of the South Tyne Trail and the Pennine Way, past Epiacum Roman Fort.

Epiacum  (or Whitley Castle)  https://www.epiacumheritage.org/history/  which at 330 metres above see level, is the highest and best-preserved Roman fort in Britain.  It still lays virtually undisturbed under farmland surrounded by other heritage sites from many centuries. The walk will finish at Guy’s The Cumberland Inn.  See the route  https://www.facebook.com/Wedigfrontier/posts/1284611578356864

Alston is approximately 38 miles from Kirkby Stephen along the Eden Valley A66 and turning off before Penrith to climb into the Pennines. You can make this a beautiful circular ride returning via other WaW town Middleton-in-Teesdale and Brough.

Booking essential [email protected]

Monday 14th October  – Upper Eden HIstory Society presents `Limekilns of the North Pennines’ talk given by Alastair Robertson – Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

The Upper Eden History Society meets October to April 7.30pm, in the Coffee Bar, Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, for a series of monthly lectures, usually the third Monday in each month.  Visitors very welcome.  £3 per meeting.

Tuesday 15th October – 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.

Friday 18th October – The Herd Theatre presents `Slime’ – Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club

Being a slug is hard.  Everyone thinks your disgusting.  Slug and Caterpillar are starving, and the only leaf left in the garden is just out of reach.  Slug thinks they should work together.  Get the leaf, eat the leaf, play a game, be friends.  Caterpillar has other ideas.  Slugs are gross, they’re covered in slime and they have terrible taste in music.  Things get sticky.  Enter the undergrowth to squish, squelch, and play your way through this hilarious, surreal show, told with a handful of words and lots of slime.

2.00pm. For children aged 2-5 and their families.  For more information contact Highlights Rural Touring Scheme at [email protected] or visit http://www.highlightsnorth.co.uk or ring 017683 53954

Saturday 19th October – Men’s Breakfast – Kirkby Stephen Methodist Church

Served from 9.00am at Kirkby Stephen Methodist Church for Kirkby Stephen Churches Together.  Speaker – Mr Ian Hartley from Out of Eden.  All Welcome.  For more information contact Rev Stephen Radford on 017683 71202.

Saturday 26th October – Kirkby Stephen Community Commemorates 135 years of the candle factory fire 

Featuring Kirkby Stephen Silver Band and Local History Displays.  Time 10.30am to 3.00pm.  Evening vigil 6.30pm at Kirkby Stephen Parish Church.

Sunday 27th October – Brough Remote Cinema presents `Rocket Man’ – Brough Memorial Hall

A sequin encrusted delight, exploding with the colour and energy only Elton John can invoke.

Doors open 2.30pm, starts 3.00pm. Tickets on door £5 (in advance £4.50)  under 16’s £3. Phone 017683 42390 or 41221.  Home baked refreshments on sale during the interval. For more information ring 01768 899444 or see http://www.edenarts.co.uk