What’s on near Waitby in Winter

From Marmalade to cycling, from film festivals to local walks, from classic vehicles to modern art, there’s a lot going on near Waitby School in the next few months. Here’s some highlights…

Wonderful views, whatever the weather

Wonderful views, whatever the weather


For the past eight years, Dalemain has created and hosted The World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival, firmly placing it at the centre of the marmalade map. From 50 jars in 2005, the Awards have grown each year to become an international competition and, last year, nearly 2,000 jars of marmalade were entered and judged from all over the world. The “Winning” marmalades are sold at Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly.

In 2013, the event raised £23,441.24 for charity; to date, the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival have raised over £120,000 for Hospice at Home.

The event takes place on March 1 – 2, 2014.

Dawdles Walks

Kirkby Stephen and District Walkers are Welcome group holds weekly walks on every Thursday in the month.

Everyone is welcome on these short, guided walks, which last approximately one hour. Meeting at the Cloisters in Kirkby Stephen at 10:30am, the walks take place whatever the weather, and a donation of £1 per walk to cover costs is suggested.

Gavin Turk at Bowes Museum

Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight is the exact number of people who will be alive at the moment Gavin Turk’s solo show opens at The Bowes Museum in January 2014 and is also the title of this exhibition. His large-scale neon lightwork will broadcast this number on The Bowes’ iconic chateau-style façade.

The Bowes Museum could not be a more fitting setting for Turk’s neon works which he has made throughout his career:  the Museum’s permanent display of decorative and fine arts reflects cultural history and technological change. Its collection was the passion and creation of the 19th century Parisian actress Joséphine Coffin-Chevallier and her husband John Bowes and this along with the theatricality of art history and the revolving myths and narratives, will set the stage for Turk’s exhibition.

Situated in the Museum’s main gallery, this exhibition will bring together all of Turk’s neon works for the first time. Set within a darkened chamber, his luminous symbols beckon with occult effect: an egg, a banana, a lobster – the spirit-presence of Magritte, Warhol, Duchamp; art’s essence distilled as channelled gas, efficiently packaged as Turk’s own-brand logos.

Two pieces in this exhibition hold special significance: A red star, made in conjunction with his Che Gavara series, is a replica of the actual signage on the façade of Turk’s London studio, the point of origin for his entire artistic output. This is juxtaposed with an eight-pointed Maltese cross – a symbol dating back to the First Crusade and a subject of intrigue for the artist Yves Klein. The points of the cross represent the eight lands of origin, the origin of languages, and the values of truth, sincerity and faith – the shared provenance of humanity, each of the 7,201,964,238 of us.

Ethereal representation of the famous silver swan

Ethereal representation of the famous silver swan

But there’s much more to see at Bowes Museum as well – take time to visit the childhood history section, spot the strange porcelain monkey, admire the stained glass (see picture) and, of course, don’t forget to visit the legendary silver swan…

Feeling active?

The Endurance Store Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive on March 2 will test your fitness. The route, which is just short of 60 miles, starts from Penrith Leisure Centre.

The route initially heads South towards Orton village before looping North to Appleby in Westmorland for the half way food stop. Following the food stop the homeward leg then weaves its way through fantastic cycling lanes, via Dufton, Milburn and Langwathby.

The route is undulating, but does not climb any major hills or mountains. Still – 60 miles?!

Entry for the Eden Valley Epic is £20 and is only available online by following the link below. You will be sent a confirmation via email coupled with appearance of your name on the entry list. If you are able to enter online, places are still available, the ability to enter will be removed when the event is full. 

Fifteenth Keswick Film Festival

If films are more your thing, then don’t miss this year’s event, which will take place at the Alhambra Cinema, the Theatre by the Lake and Rheged IMAX. The Alhambra will be celebrating its Centenary by showing films from each decade, which should make for a great week for film enthusiasts.

The event takes place between February 27 and March 2.

Go below ground
Amazing underground waterfalls at White Scar Caves

Amazing underground waterfalls at White Scar Caves

A new favourite of Waitby School is White Scar Caves – we won’t tell you too much about it, other than to say these caves are awe-inspiring. Perhaps what is most impressive is the knowledge that you are only seeing a small part of a much larger structure… Discover it for yourselves, and beware the Cave Witch! And don’t watch The Descent the night before you visit.

Classic vehicles

The 13th Easter Classic Car Rally will be held in Kirkby Stephen and Brough on April 19 – 20.

As ever we seem to be bursting at the seams so please get your entry forms in early. Due to lack of space we are reluctant to accept entries of vehicles younger than 1978  unless they are ‘unique’. We will also not be accepting entries after 19th March.

The categories are Public service vehicles, commercial vehicles, vans, military vehicles, fire appliances, tractors, stationary engines and related stalls. If you have any pre-1978 vehicles, get an entrance form! If you don’t come along to see what’s on show, and to enjoy traditional fairground equipment, circus and Meccano models and displays.

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