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Lake District Events 2015

If you're stuck for things to do when you visit the Lakes, or want some help planning your stay, we've listed some of the key events taking place over the next few months.

If you need any further help planning your trip, or want to make your stay extra special, just let us know and we'll do our best to help.

JANUARY

Peter Pan at Theatre by the Lake

Fly with Peter and Wendy on a magical adventure to Neverland and back, from the safety of the Darlings’ nursery to the underground home of the Lost Boys, the Indians’ encampment, the Mermaid’s lagoon (home of the ticking crocodile) and the pirate ship captained by the dastardly Captain Hook and his fearsome crew!

The tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up is one of the most famous childhood stories of all time. Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas production, faithful to J.M. Barrie’s original play and novel, will be an unforgettable, spectacular experience for both young and old.

For further details see www.theatrebythelake.com

Peter Pan at Theatre by the Lake

Fly with Peter and Wendy on a magical adventure to Neverland and back, from the safety of the Darlings’ nursery to the underground home of the Lost Boys, the Indians’ encampment, the Mermaid’s lagoon (home of the ticking crocodile) and the pirate ship captained by the dastardly Captain Hook and his fearsome crew!

The tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up is one of the most famous childhood stories of all time. Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas production, faithful to J.M. Barrie’s original play and novel, will be an unforgettable, spectacular experience for both young and old.

For further details see www.theatrebythelake.com

Peter Pan at Theatre by the Lake

Fly with Peter and Wendy on a magical adventure to Neverland and back, from the safety of the Darlings’ nursery to the underground home of the Lost Boys, the Indians’ encampment, the Mermaid’s lagoon (home of the ticking crocodile) and the pirate ship captained by the dastardly Captain Hook and his fearsome crew!

The tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up is one of the most famous childhood stories of all time. Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas production, faithful to J.M. Barrie’s original play and novel, will be an unforgettable, spectacular experience for both young and old.

For further details see www.theatrebythelake.com

The Tiger who came to Tea at The Forum

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr.

Direct from a smash-hit west end season.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at thedoor is a big, stripy tiger!

Following a smash-hit west end season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem...,expect to be surprised!

David Wood OBE is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. His many successes include Fantastic Mr Fox, The Gingerbread Man, BFG, The Witches, Meg and Mog, Spot and Babe the Sheep Pig.

For children aged three and above.

For further details see www.theforumbarrow.co.uk

D Day Normandy 1944 3D Imax Style Movie at The Rheged Centre

This exhilarating account of the D-Day landings using dramatic 3D cinema technology will appeal to audiences of all ages groups including new generations, who will discover a new perspective on how this landing changed the world. June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how. From the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, "D-Day: Normandy 1944" brings this monumental event to the Imax style cinema at Rheged, with original film score by the London Symphony Orchestra.

For further details see www.rheged.com

Peter Pan at Theatre by the Lake

Fly with Peter and Wendy on a magical adventure to Neverland and back, from the safety of the Darlings’ nursery to the underground home of the Lost Boys, the Indians’ encampment, the Mermaid’s lagoon (home of the ticking crocodile) and the pirate ship captained by the dastardly Captain Hook and his fearsome crew!

The tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up is one of the most famous childhood stories of all time. Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas production, faithful to J.M. Barrie’s original play and novel, will be an unforgettable, spectacular experience for both young and old.

For further details see www.theatrebythelake.com

The Tiger who came to Tea at The Forum

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr.

Direct from a smash-hit west end season.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at thedoor is a big, stripy tiger!

Following a smash-hit west end season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem...,expect to be surprised!

David Wood OBE is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. His many successes include Fantastic Mr Fox, The Gingerbread Man, BFG, The Witches, Meg and Mog, Spot and Babe the Sheep Pig.

For children aged three and above.

For further details see www.theforumbarrow.co.uk

FEBRUARY

Omid Djalili at The Sands Centre

Omid Djalili is back on tour with a new show, following a sell-out four week West End residency and a sold out season at the Edinburgh Festival.

A firm favourite with his legendary performances, Omid's comedy awards include; the 'Time Out' and 'EMMA' awards for 'Best Stand Up', and nominated for a South Bank Award.

Omid was the winner of the 'Best Actor' award for his lead performance in 'The Infidel' at the Turin Film Festival (won the previous year by Bill Murray). 'The Infidel' also picked up a Loaded LAFTA award for 'Funniest Film' and Omid was short listed for the 'Peter Sellers Award' at the London Evening Standard British Film Awards.

"Right now, the Iranian Djalili is probably one of the most subversive, let alone funniest, comedians around." The Guardian

"To carve yourself out a career as the thinking person's Iranian comedian in this political climate takes a fine brain and a masterful way with the audience. There is no question that Omid Djalili possesses both." The Sunday Times

For further details see www.thesandscentre.co.uk

The Circus of Horrors: The Night of the Zombie at The Forum

The show that stormed into the finals of Britain's Got Talent & now a West End smash is back to mark its 20th Anniversary in spectacular style.

The last few of years has seen the profile of The Circus of Horrors jump tremendously after rampaging into the finals of Britain's Got Talent & to this date it is still the only circus ever to reach the finals.

Its appearances on various subsequent TV showshave turned what set out as a cult show into a household name – taking the Extreme to the Mainstream, Its TV credits now boast The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, Ant & Dec, The One Show & A Royal Command Performance.

The story twists and turns with grisly murders and sensational shock’s – all interwoven with some of the greatest and most bizarre circus acts on earth, sword swallowers, knife throwers, daredevil balancing acts, astounding aerialists, a demon dwarf and much, much more.

For further details see www.theforumbarrow.co.uk

Painted Tales with Celia Burbush at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Artist Celia Burbush invites you to join her in a practical exploration of the drive and methodology behind Anselm Kiefer’s work, in particular his use of myth and legend in relation to questions of love, borders and betrayal. What are your own personal, familial and communal legends? This workshop will guide you in working with found and artist materials, to create a mixed media piece through which you will share a sacred tale. A variety of art materials, as well as found and natural objects will be supplied.

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meeting at Fellside Centre

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) meets monthly (except December) on Sundays 2-4.30pm at Fellside Centre, Low Fellside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4NH. All welcome. Meetings led by Sangha (Community of Buddhist Monks) authorised teachers.

For further details see buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/

Tullie Textile Group at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

This is a chance to meet like minded people. With changes happening at Tullie House we are particularly interested in hearing from people who would like to volunteer and take over the running of this group.

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Literature course: Shelley and Mary Shelley at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

A series of 6 literature classes with Pamela Woof discussing the poetry of Shelley and the book 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley.

Was Shelley, in the words of the Victorian poet Matthew Arnold, ‘a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain’? Had his poetry no power at all to reform the world? Shelley had a high opinion of poets himself: ‘the unacknowledged legislators of the world’.

Certainly Shelley’s readers do not forget him. His words change the colour of the glass through which we view his subjects – politics, religion, science, love, friendship, nature, theatre, solitude, his West Wind, his Ozymandias, his Skylark, his great lament for Keats, his contempt for the later Wordsworth; all these hold our attention.

In contrast, the themes Mary explored are different from those that gave Shelley his ever-unsatisfied hunger. What does it mean for society, Mary wondered, if a man can create his own off-spring without need of a woman? How much guilt is involved in scientific exploration? Mary’s novel has rightly become a modern myth. It questions our assumptions.

We will consider Mary’s novel in the middle sessions of the course, and begin and end with Shelley’s poems. Bring a text if you have one; some copies will be provided.

Tullie Toddlers at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

A selection of drop in play based activities to involve both children up to 5 years and parents. Sessions are themed and include a relevant visit to the galleries.

Upcoming themes:
• Making a ‘Festive’ Exhibition of Yourself
• Artist Rooms
• Carlisle guilds
• Winterwatch
• Mother’s Day

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Henry V at Stanwix Theatre

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!” Shakespeare’s powerful history play takes centre stage as it sheds new light on the Bard’s legendary coming-of-age story. Against all odds, a charismatic young monarch confronted by the ferocity of war proves his worth as a man—and king. Henry V is Shakespeare’s rallying cry, celebrating the power of language to summon battlefields from thin air and ignite our souls to action.

The Impossible Gentlemen at Brewery Arts Centre

The Anglo-American jazz ‘supergroup’, The Impossible Gentleman features internationally acclaimed British piano sensation Gwilym Simcock, Salford guitarist and UK treasure Mike Walker and American bass and drums superstars Steve Swallow/Steve Rodby and Adam Nussbaum. The result is nothing less than remarkable with four unique talents, all superb players in their own right, coming together to create something new and powerful. Their acclaimed second album “Internationally Recognised Aliens” has been described as “a triumph”, “sophisticated”, “awesome”, “quite brilliant” and “destined for year-end "best of" lists”.

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

Henry V at Stanwix Theatre

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!” Shakespeare’s powerful history play takes centre stage as it sheds new light on the Bard’s legendary coming-of-age story. Against all odds, a charismatic young monarch confronted by the ferocity of war proves his worth as a man—and king. Henry V is Shakespeare’s rallying cry, celebrating the power of language to summon battlefields from thin air and ignite our souls to action.

Henry V at Stanwix Theatre

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!” Shakespeare’s powerful history play takes centre stage as it sheds new light on the Bard’s legendary coming-of-age story. Against all odds, a charismatic young monarch confronted by the ferocity of war proves his worth as a man—and king. Henry V is Shakespeare’s rallying cry, celebrating the power of language to summon battlefields from thin air and ignite our souls to action.

Orton Farmers Market at Orton

At Orton Farmers' Market over 35 local farmers, growers, producers & artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts. The market takes place on the second Saturday of every month all year round.

For further details see www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

Phil Beer at Brewery Arts Centre

Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west country's award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances, which are an eclectic mix of traditional tunes, covers of Springsteen or The Hollies, together with his own compositions and songs from his contemporaries.

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at The Sands Centre

The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra have been famous throughout the world ever since they gave the historic performance of Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony during the siege of Leningrad in 1942. We’re very pleased to welcome the orchestra back to Carlisle performing Beethoven’s Symphony No.1. Natalie Clein, one of the UK’s most popular young musicians, then takes centre stage for a performance of Saint-Saens’ lyrical Cello Concerto No. 1. The second half of the concert opens with Sibelius’ rousing Karelia Suite, a great hymn to Finnish nationalism, before concluding the evening with the searing dramatic music that Tchaikovsky wrote on the theme of Romeo and Juliet, the perfect ending for Valentine’s Day.

For further details see www.thesandscentre.co.uk/default.asp

The Illegal Eagles at The Forum

Now established as the world’s official No.1 Eagles tribute, the Illegal Eagles continue to amaze crowds everywhere with their extremely tight harmonies and acute attention to detail.

Their ability to capture the emotion of Don Henley’s vocal deliveries have won mass audience acclaim both at home and overseas.

This latest production brings you all the classics – Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado, Life in the Fast Lane, Take it to the Limit, Love will keep us Alive, Tequila Sunrise and a whole lot more to boot!

"The band were flawless in their delivery both musically & vocally” – The Express

For further details see www.theforumbarrow.co.uk

Snow White on Ice at The Sands Centre

The original story of an enchanted mirror, a beautiful girl, the ultimate Prince Charming and a shiny red apple comes alive on ice, with ballet, gymnastics and aerial acrobatics to create a breathtaking and mesmerising experience.
This spell-binding show promise to be both lavish and spectacular, dazzling with it's sheer beauty and elegance that will thrill the whole family.
www.snowwhiteonice.com

The Smyths at The Brickyard

An outstandingly accurate and thrilling tribute to The Smiths, capturing the band at their best, live, from 1982 - 1987. Now in their eleventh year, The Smyths are the UK's longest-established tribute to the one of the greatest bands of all time.

"Amazing...just like The Smiths" - XFM.

"The Smyths give you just what you want" - Rob Hughes (Uncut/BBC Radio 6).

"The Smyths are indeed the BEST Smiths tribute band in the world" - Phil Gatenby, Author, 'Panic on the streets of London'.

Ages 14+ (ages 14-15 to be accompanied by an adult).

For further details see www.thebrickyardonline.com

Cara Dillon at Brewery Arts Centre

Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your whole life. Her staggeringly beautiful voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song and imbue material with not only profound sweetness but also poignancy and depth.

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

Tullie Toddlers at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

A selection of drop in play based activities to involve both children up to 5 years and parents. Sessions are themed and include a relevant visit to the galleries.

Upcoming themes:
• Making a ‘Festive’ Exhibition of Yourself
• Artist Rooms
• Carlisle guilds
• Winterwatch
• Mother’s Day

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Rigoletto at The Sands Centre

After the successful performance of La Boheme last year, The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back with another world-class opera - Rigoletto - a tragic tale of misunderstanding, revenge and sacrifice. An opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, and based on the play ‘Le Roi s’amuse’ by Victor Hugo. The tragic story revolves around the hunchbacked court jester, Rigoletto, his beautiful daughter Gilda whom he loves and the Duke of Mantua whom he serves. One of Verdi’s best-loved masterpieces, Rigoletto is considered as standard repertoire. The opera includes the Duke's much loved cynical aria 'La donna e mobile'.

For further details see www.thesandscentre.co.uk

Decopatch with Sooz Simmons at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Decopatch (or decoupage), is the craft of applying papers to objects to create something new and wonderful. It is a great technique for up-cycling old items such as vases, chairs, tables, the possibilities are endless. In this class you will start by patching a simple mache trinket pot, using the papers of your choice and learning about how to apply neatly and cleanly.

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle at Brewery Arts Centre

Master of flutes, whistles and Uilleann pipes Mike McGoldrick is a founding member of Flook and Lunasa and is a current member of Capercaillie. Regarded as one of the greatest flute players of all time, Mike has toured Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler, as well as with The Afro Celts, RTE Orchestra and Kate Rusby. He has collaborated with the likes of Jim Kerr, Youssou N’Dour, John Cale and Zakir Hussian amongst many others.

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

The World's Original Marmalade Awards at Dalemain Historic House & Gardens

Since 2005, Dalemain has hosted The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival firmly placing it at the centre of the marmalade map.

From 50 jars in 2005, the Awards have grown each year and in 2014, nearly, 2400 jars of marmalade were entered and judged.

We have a varied and interesting programme of events planned including a Food Fair, Speciality Foods, Crafts, Music, Children's Activities, and of course Marmalade and more marmalade in the beautiful surroundings of Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens.

For further details see www.marmaladeawards.com

MARCH

North Westmorland Arts: JRNCM Concert at Appleby Public Hall

In the past, we have enjoyed performances by young musicians from the Wells Cathedral School and Chetham’s in Manchester and now it is the turn of the JRNCM, whose 200 students attend on Saturdays, travelling great distances for the opportunity to receive tutoring from around 100 RNCM staff. Many JRNCM alumni have gone on to win the top prizes and positions in the music world and after this concert, you will understand why.

For further details see www.appleby-concerts.org.uk

Literature course: Shelley and Mary Shelley at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

A series of 6 literature classes with Pamela Woof discussing the poetry of Shelley and the book 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley.

Was Shelley, in the words of the Victorian poet Matthew Arnold, ‘a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain’? Had his poetry no power at all to reform the world? Shelley had a high opinion of poets himself: ‘the unacknowledged legislators of the world’.

Certainly Shelley’s readers do not forget him. His words change the colour of the glass through which we view his subjects – politics, religion, science, love, friendship, nature, theatre, solitude, his West Wind, his Ozymandias, his Skylark, his great lament for Keats, his contempt for the later Wordsworth; all these hold our attention.

In contrast, the themes Mary explored are different from those that gave Shelley his ever-unsatisfied hunger. What does it mean for society, Mary wondered, if a man can create his own off-spring without need of a woman? How much guilt is involved in scientific exploration? Mary’s novel has rightly become a modern myth. It questions our assumptions.

We will consider Mary’s novel in the middle sessions of the course, and begin and end with Shelley’s poems. Bring a text if you have one; some copies will be provided.

Words by the Water at Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria is the centre for this exciting literature festival organised by Ways With Words. For 10 days writers and readers get together to share the pleasure of books, words and ideas.

For further details see www.wayswithwords.co.uk

Kendal Festival of Food at Kendal

Listed in the top 5 food festivals for 2014 by Country Living Magazine, Kendal Festival of Food is a 2 day celebration of all things food and drink; a chance to experience the best the region has to offer from artisans and producers, to world class chefs and fresh new talent.

The 2015 event is set to be tastier than ever before with a new Food and Drink Craft Village and the launch of Wainwright’s Drinks Yard. England’s North Country Food Market, the Family Festival Village and the Brewery Vat's Bar Beer Festival are back by popular demand. All that alongside a packed programme of food demonstrations, talks, tastings and pop up restaurants by some of Cumbria’s food heroes.

Over the weekend we will have guest appearances from a few famous festival friends. Food critic, Jay Rayner will be joining us on Sunday evening hosted by the Brewery Arts Centre for his live show “My Dining Hell”. Peter Sidwell from ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery and the Simply Good Taste Cookery School will also be joining us over the weekend.

Kendal town centre will also play host to food inspired street entertainment, music and art over the two days so there is sure to be something for everyone, from a serious foodie to those seeking a fun-filled day out.

For latest news and a chance to win one of many prizes sign up to our e-newsletter through our website below. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @KendalFoodFest and like us on Facebook.com/Kendalfoodfest for all the Food Festival action.

For further details see www.kendalfestivaloffood.co.uk

Tullie Textile Group at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

This is a chance to meet like minded people. With changes happening at Tullie House we are particularly interested in hearing from people who would like to volunteer and take over the running of this group.

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found at Stanwix Theatre

The award-winning play that follows one man's desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century.

When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in the form of a seafront fortune teller in Southend. Haunted by visitations from a pathologist who swears he is already lying flat out on her slab, he begins a nightmarish journey to the edge of existence that sees him stripped of everything that made him who he was.

The Laramie Project at Stanwix Theatre

Laramie, Wyoming, population 26,687. Laramie, often referred to as the ‘gem city of the plains’ was the site of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old, gay, University of Wyoming student. On October 6 1998, he was found tied to a fence, beaten and unconscious. He died 5 days later from his injuries. On November 14th 1998 members of Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie and conducted interviews with people of the town about their reactions to the attack.

The Laramie Project is the unflinching collection of those interviews as well as journal entries by members of the company.

Tullie Toddlers at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Tullie Toddlers at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

A selection of drop in play based activities to involve both children up to 5 years and parents. Sessions are themed and include a relevant visit to the galleries.

Upcoming themes:
• Making a ‘Festive’ Exhibition of Yourself
• Artist Rooms
• Carlisle guilds
• Winterwatch
• Mother’s Day

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found at Stanwix Theatre

The award-winning play that follows one man's desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century.

When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in the form of a seafront fortune teller in Southend. Haunted by visitations from a pathologist who swears he is already lying flat out on her slab, he begins a nightmarish journey to the edge of existence that sees him stripped of everything that made him who he was.

Three Sisters at Stanwix Theatre

In a small Russian town at the turn of the century, three sisters (Olga, Irina, and Masha) and their brother Andrei live but dream daily of their return to their former home in Moscow, where life is charming and stimulating meaningful. But for now they exist in a malaise of dissatisfaction, as the sisters grapple with frustrated love and disappointment until finally, tragedy strikes.

The Laramie Project at Stanwix Theatre

Laramie, Wyoming, population 26,687. Laramie, often referred to as the ‘gem city of the plains’ was the site of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old, gay, University of Wyoming student. On October 6 1998, he was found tied to a fence, beaten and unconscious. He died 5 days later from his injuries. On November 14th 1998 members of Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie and conducted interviews with people of the town about their reactions to the attack.

The Laramie Project is the unflinching collection of those interviews as well as journal entries by members of the company.

Three Sisters at Stanwix Theatre

In a small Russian town at the turn of the century, three sisters (Olga, Irina, and Masha) and their brother Andrei live but dream daily of their return to their former home in Moscow, where life is charming and stimulating meaningful. But for now they exist in a malaise of dissatisfaction, as the sisters grapple with frustrated love and disappointment until finally, tragedy strikes.

How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found at Stanwix Theatre

The award-winning play that follows one man's desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century.

When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in the form of a seafront fortune teller in Southend. Haunted by visitations from a pathologist who swears he is already lying flat out on her slab, he begins a nightmarish journey to the edge of existence that sees him stripped of everything that made him who he was.

Orton Farmers Market at Orton

At Orton Farmers' Market over 35 local farmers, growers, producers & artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts. The market takes place on the second Saturday of every month all year round.

For further details see www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

Rag Rugs with Lynne Stein at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

In this creative and experimental workshop with textile artist Lynne Stein you will learn the traditional hooking and prodding techniques of rag rug making, and many additional ways of decorating and embellishing your designs, all with an emphasis on creative recycling. By the end of the workshop, during which you will have created several textile sample areas and made a start on a small pictorial project, you will be able to embark on both large and small projects, from a small brooch to a rug to brighten up your hearth.

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

The Laramie Project at Stanwix Theatre

Laramie, Wyoming, population 26,687. Laramie, often referred to as the ‘gem city of the plains’ was the site of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old, gay, University of Wyoming student. On October 6 1998, he was found tied to a fence, beaten and unconscious. He died 5 days later from his injuries. On November 14th 1998 members of Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie and conducted interviews with people of the town about their reactions to the attack.

The Laramie Project is the unflinching collection of those interviews as well as journal entries by members of the company.

Three Sisters at Stanwix Theatre

In a small Russian town at the turn of the century, three sisters (Olga, Irina, and Masha) and their brother Andrei live but dream daily of their return to their former home in Moscow, where life is charming and stimulating meaningful. But for now they exist in a malaise of dissatisfaction, as the sisters grapple with frustrated love and disappointment until finally, tragedy strikes.

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meeting at Fellside Centre

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) meets monthly (except December) on Sundays 2-4.30pm at Fellside Centre, Low Fellside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4NH. All welcome. Meetings led by Sangha (Community of Buddhist Monks) authorised teachers.

For further details see buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/

Alan Davies: Little Victories at The Sands Centre

Following the sell out success of his long-awaited return to stand up, Alan Davies returns with his highly anticipated follow up show, ' Little Victories'.

Much lauded as resident dunderhead on 'QI' or the charming but reticent crime solver 'Jonathan Creek', Davies virtuosic story-telling and whip-smart funny bones combine to make this a show not to be missed.

"Had the audience in stitches - hilarious" The Age

"Alan Davies has lost none of his appeal, heart-tugging and deeply funny" Big Issue

"One of the best stand-up comics out there, packed with deft silliness and shrewd observation" The Guardian

Age Recommendation +15

For further details see www.thesandscentre.co.uk

Showaddywaddy at The Sands Centre

Formed in the 1970s in Leicester from several local bands, Showaddywaddy have sold more than 20 million records and have toured the world. Their live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all of their biggest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop charts of Europe. ‘Under The Moon of Love’, ‘Three Steps to Heaven’, ‘Hey Rock & Roll’, ‘When’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ and many, many more.
So come along to The Sands and join the ‘Dancing Party’… ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’!

The Watch at Brewery Arts Centre

The band’s unique approach together with a vocalist considered by all the most Gabriel-esque ever, will give the opportunity to hear the magnificent songs of the first Collins era in a totally unexpected way, as if Gabriel would have carried on with the band !!

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

Tullie Toddlers at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

A selection of drop in play based activities to involve both children up to 5 years and parents. Sessions are themed and include a relevant visit to the galleries.

Upcoming themes:
• Making a ‘Festive’ Exhibition of Yourself
• Artist Rooms
• Carlisle guilds
• Winterwatch
• Mother’s Day

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Bowness Bay Blues 2015 at Bowness on Windermere

about windermere and bowness on windermere:
 

Windermere is the perfect Lakeland destination all year round. With the shores of the lake so close, you are never short of fantastic scenery or leisure activities. Several local viewpoints offer panoramic views of both the lake and more distant mountains.

Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most popular holiday locations in the Lake District. With immediate access to Windermere Lake, it is an excellent base for water activities, including boating and leisurely water attractions. As well as boat hire or family watersports. From the lake shoreline visitors can experience the lake by lake steamer or open-top bus..

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Stefan Grossman at Brewery Arts Centre

One of the world's foremost authorities on acoustic blues guitar, the New York guitar wizard hold a very special place in the hearts of music fans across the globe. Hugely influential and an utter joy to witness live - expect genius playing at this long overdue Brewery show.

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

An Evening with Gretchen Peters at Brewery Arts Centre

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Twice Grammy-nominated, CMA Song Of The Year winner (for the groundbreaking “Independence Day”), Gretchen Peters has cut her own artistic path, touring continually in North America and Europe and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums on the way. She has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Her latest album, Hello Cruel World, described by NPR's All Things Considered as ""the album of her career”, appeared in numerous Best of 2012 lists including No Depression, AllMusic.com and Performing Songwriter. Of her music, the Associated Press said, “this is not jukebox music - the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

The Bootleg Beatles at The Sands Centre

Re-live the sights and sounds of the sixties with the world's premier Beatle's tribute band and their spectacular two hour multi-media stage production featuring all the classic Beatle hits.

Using film footage of the period and 'with a little help from' their regular brass and string ensemble the show traces the history of the Fab Four from Liverpool's Cavern Club through Sgt Pepper to The Apple Rooftop in what has now become one of the 'not to miss' annual traditions of the seasons calendar.

It's not the Beatles but you simply won't believe it!

For further details see www.thesandscentre.co.uk

North Westmorland Arts: Bones Apart Quartet at Appleby Public Hall

Bones Apart Trombone Quartet

We are delighted to welcome back the highly acclaimed trombone quartet Bones Apart which has established itself as one of the world's leading chamber ensembles.

Since forming in 1999, this unique group went on to win the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Competition, Rio Tinto Ensemble Prize and Miller Trophy, and has performed at major venues including London's Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, Royal Festival Hall, St. James's Palace, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Bones Apart has also appeared on television and radio, and been featured in articles in Muso Magazine and the Brass Herald among others.

The quartet has appeared as a guest artist at many national and international music festivals including the Cayman Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, International Belgian Brass Academy, International Trombone Festival, Leicester International Music Festival, Lieksa Brass Festival, Music In The Round, Royal Over-Seas League Arts, Sauerland Herbst Festival and the Vilnius Festival. This has involved touring throughout Europe, the United States, Japan and the Caribbean.

The group is keenly involved in education and outreach projects and is often invited to give masterclasses and ensemble coaching at schools and conservatoires. Recent masterclasses have been given at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, Rutgers State University in New Jersey, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Bones Apart has recently become an ambassador for pBone, a new plastic trombone designed to encourage more interest in the trombone and making music. Through this initiative Bones Apart has given a series of highly successful schools workshops demonstrating music and the pBone to primary school children.

Their hugely diverse recital programmes incorporate music of all styles and genres including baroque, classical, latin, jazz, popular and contemporary music. Bones Apart has commissioned many works for trombone quartet from composers such as Gary Carpenter, Matthew Taylor, Christian Lindberg, Dan Jenkins and John Kenny.
Bones Apart has recorded a number of CDs - All We Want For Christmas (2012), ten (2009), four4four (2009) and Enigma (2006).

For further details see www.appleby-concerts.org.uk

Literature course: Shelley and Mary Shelley at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

A series of 6 literature classes with Pamela Woof discussing the poetry of Shelley and the book 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley.

Was Shelley, in the words of the Victorian poet Matthew Arnold, ‘a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain’? Had his poetry no power at all to reform the world? Shelley had a high opinion of poets himself: ‘the unacknowledged legislators of the world’.

Certainly Shelley’s readers do not forget him. His words change the colour of the glass through which we view his subjects – politics, religion, science, love, friendship, nature, theatre, solitude, his West Wind, his Ozymandias, his Skylark, his great lament for Keats, his contempt for the later Wordsworth; all these hold our attention.

In contrast, the themes Mary explored are different from those that gave Shelley his ever-unsatisfied hunger. What does it mean for society, Mary wondered, if a man can create his own off-spring without need of a woman? How much guilt is involved in scientific exploration? Mary’s novel has rightly become a modern myth. It questions our assumptions.

We will consider Mary’s novel in the middle sessions of the course, and begin and end with Shelley’s poems. Bring a text if you have one; some copies will be provided.

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Feast of Fiddles at Brewery Arts Centre

It’s a feast by nature and a feast by name which is guaranteed to be enjoyed even by the most doubting of friends dragged along! Be prepared for laughter, tears, dancing and an all round evening of fabulously entertaining live music.

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

Introduction to Rock Climbing at More Than Mountains

For total beginners or for those who have only climbed indoors this is a two day introduction to single pitch climbing on real rock. The course is based in Langdale, one of the most scenic parts of the Lake District and only fifteen minutes by car from Ambleside.

You will cover all of the basics of rock climbing including warming up and bouldering, tying on to the rope, movement skills, belaying (i.e. holding the rope for another climber) and abseiling. Each day will be run at a different venue to give you the opportunity to try as many climbs as possible at different grades and on different rock.

No prior experience is needed for this course: just lots of enthusiasm to try out a new challenge. We will meet in Langdale at 09.30 each day and will finish by 16:30. We will be outside all day. There are a number of suitable cliffs that can be climbed on in all conditions so the course will go ahead whatever the weather.

Here's what one of our customers said about the course: "Nick came across as being very approachable and experienced. This combination helped us feel totally at ease whilst attempting to climb the rock, we both agree that we felt comfortable in putting our trust in Nick". (Kevin, Introduction to Climbing)

Swede Dreamz at The Sands Centre

Following the sell-out success of the last 'Jersey Boys Sing Along Party', The Sands presents another 'Ultimate Party Night', this time featuring everything ABBA! Starring Swede Dreamz, one of the UK's busiest and most popular tributes, there'll be giant screens displaying the lyrics, so there's no excuse not to 'Sing It Out Loud!'

Damson Day at Low Farm

Damson Day is a country fair aimed at all the family. Come and see the orchards in blossom and to try the variety of food and drink made from damson fruit.

For further details see www.lythdamsons.org.uk

Orton Farmers Market at Orton

At Orton Farmers' Market over 35 local farmers, growers, producers & artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts. The market takes place on the second Saturday of every month all year round.

For further details see www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

The Hollies at The Sands Centre

The Hollies perform their classics – ‘The Air That I Breathe’, ‘Carrie Anne’, ‘Bus Stop’, ‘Just One Look’, ‘Stop Stop Stop’, ‘On a Carousel’, ‘Long Cool Woman’, ‘In a Black Dress’, ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ and many more hits in a brilliant Hollies celebration lasting more than two hours.

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meeting at Fellside Centre

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) meets monthly (except December) on Sundays 2-4.30pm at Fellside Centre, Low Fellside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4NH. All welcome. Meetings led by Sangha (Community of Buddhist Monks) authorised teachers.

For further details see buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/

Hallé at The Sands Centre

We’re delighted to welcome the Hallé orchestra back to Carlisle for two concerts. The first of these, conducted by Jamie Phillips, starts with Strauss’s delightful Suite for Winds. This is followed by Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, which is heavily influenced by jazz, and the opening theme is said to have come to Ravel on a train between Oxford and London. The second half features Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, showcasing a new style in the composer’s writing where classical elements intertwine with romantic ones. Beethoven himself thought it one of his best works – see what you think!

Nathan Carter in Concert at The Sands Centre

Nathan Carter is one of the biggest names on the Irish music scene and is fast becoming a big name all over the UK with his fine performances that include the mega hit songs ‘Wagon Wheel’. Nathan and his six man band perform a great variety of country, Irish, pop and ballads - music for everyone of all ages. Nathan is an expert accordion player so you can expect a bit of an hand clapping, foot tapping hooley as well and this friendly and good looking young man will perform a superbly entertaining show that will make you want to see him again. Special guests on the show will be The Haley Sisters who have been very popular for a number of years. Jo-Ann, Becky and Brian perform some great songs and the sisterly harmonies of the two ladies have achieved wide recognition.

The Full Monty at The Sands Centre

In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers took the world by storm! Now they’re back and this time they really have to go The FulL Monty...live on stage.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar winning writer of the film has gone all the way with this hilarious and heartfelt adaptation that’s getting standing ovations every night. With songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, The Full Monty is one huge package of laughs and emotion.

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