Penrith Arts Festival

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  • Penrith Arts Festival

    Aug 29 - Sep 1st

Date: Thursday 29 August to Sunday 1 September

Location: Various

Synopsis: The Festival is financially supported by Penrith Town Council and Penrith BID. The aim is to showcase local talent and build a festival where artists meet in Penrith and share, knowledge. This will create a great event for locals and tourist alike whilst at the same time creating a festival owned by the local artistic community.


  • 17th  – Hat Makers Workshop  10-4  – Maggi Toner-Edgar
  • 24th –  Hat decorators workshop / Family Hat decorate workshop – Maggi Toner-Edgar
  • 29th  7.30 Ian McMIllan + Luke Carver Goss – Between you and Me – Penrith Playhouse
  • 30th
    • 2-5 Margaret Shaw   Pastel’s Workshop  – EVAN Gallery
    • Workshop with Ian Beesley and local Dementia Group
    • 7pm EVANMusicians and Poetry Project2 – The George Hotel 7.30pm Penrith Players – Fringe Performance – Playhouse
  • 31st
    • Picturing Penrith – All day artists competition
    • Photography Exhibition – The Magic of Penrith
    • Penrith Textile Postcards with Kay Leech – Daffodils Cafe
    • The Spoken Word – Penrith Library Penrith
    • Players Perform short performance –
    • The Price of Land – Geoff Cox
    • Heather’s Hat Trail – look out for hat images around the town
    • Dementia Awareness banners, throughout the town, follow the trail map to collect postcards at each venue.
    • Upfront Puppet Theatre come to Town
    • Buskers on street  in the town throughout the day
    • Penrith Cinema – In the Loop local Films on the big screen
    • Blue Jam and UCC Street Band and Gamelean playing
    • Womens Jazz weekend – Blue Jam
    • 10.00 – Family Hatter workshop
    • 1.00 – Top Hatter Gathering in the centre of Town for a communal photograph and judging of the Top Hatter of Old Penrith Town
    • 5-7pm – Artists in Penrith Exhibition and judging at the EVAN Gallery
    • 7.30pm – Penrith Players – Fringe Performance
    • 8pm – Live Music – Foundry 34 – General Wolfe


  • 1st
    • 10.30am -3pm
      • Artisan Market, Street Party and Demonstrations
      • Artists workshop – “being the Artist you want to be” Vega Brennan 10-12.30 and 1.30-4   EVAN Gallery
      • Penrith Cinema Alhambra 5.00 Film – AT ETERNITY’S GATE    and Social at the
  • 7.30 Plug and Play


Details of competitions/exhibitions etc

Picturing Penrith

Artists arrive in Penirth and have from 8am until 4pm to create a work of art depicting Penrith, now in its 3rd year. Prizes and exhibition at the EVAN Gallery

The Magic of Penrith

  • Entries open – Closing date Aug 31st
  • Photographers are invited to submit entries for ‘The Magic of Penrith
  • Can you find the magic in Penrith?’ Unusual angles on familiar places, quirky shots, hidden gems, characters, arty ideas, you decide at least one image from each participating photographer will be included in the show. The exhibition will be displayed in Penrith until Sunday 1st September.
  • Entries can be made on the day. – £3 Entry fee

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For bookings ring 01768 428627 or email