Events coming up…

Update: Please note, this blog entry was written in 2012 – some events are regular, others were one-offs. In the latter cases, links may no longer be live.

We have just received the latest newsletter from Kirkby Stephen’s Walkers are Welcome, which is full of information about things that are going on. The new Museum of Costume at the Temperance Hall in Kirkby Stephen has opened – it will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays and Bank Holidays and will be serving tea and cakes.

Autumn light from Waitby School

Autumn light from Waitby School

Stainmore Railway at Kirkby Stephen East Heritage Centre is running frequent steam trains now that the Peckett 0-4-0 Saddletank ‘F C Tingey’ engine has been overhauled. The station offers a range of attractions for all, with free entrance.

The Upper Eden Visitor Centre is stocking a Search and Rescue Children’s Summer Activity Sheet priced at only 10p which includes free entry into a prize draw. There are lots of cheap and free suggestions for the school holidays and weekends for visiting families.

Other events, now that thoughts are turning to Autumn, include the Great Northern Cheese Festival on October 7 at Rheged. This will feature lots of cheese, chutney, demonstrations and, intriguingly, “Cheese-related entertainment.” At 13:30 Hawkshead Brewery will be matching the perfect beer to cheese. Mmmmm…

But before that, there’s the taste Cumbria Food Festival in Cockermouth on September 29 – 30.

And if all this is beginning to sound a bit foodie (as we often do), the Kirkby Stephen Silver Band is holding its Grand Gala Concert which, say the organisers, is going to be the: “Most special concert in living memory,” and will feature other bands for a spectacular massed bands finale. The concert is on October 13.

Finally, from the sublime to the ridiculous. The 2012 Egremont Crab Fair takes place on Saturday, September 15 and will feature puppets, street racing, parades, quad bikes, archery displays, a fancy dress pony competition, pig’s bladder football (yes, really) among an eclectic assortment of other amusements. Yes, there’s a greasy pole and horn blowing too! But, of course, the main highlight is the globally-renowned world gurning championship.

Roll on Autumn.

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