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Welcome to the home of Arts and Culture in Penrith

Penrith is an historic town in Cumbria which boasts a variety of cultural attractions. From historic buildings, a grade 1 listed church and castle dating back to the 14th century to a museum, community theatre and a thriving music scene. It also is home to award winning, nationally acclaimed festivals, creative arts, galleries, cinema and Rheged – a multi-purpose centre offering: cinema, retail, exhibitions, arts, and conference spaces.

Penrith has a lot to offer, and with so many fantastic organisations putting on a variety of different events / activities throughout the year it can be hard to find exactly what you’re looking for.

That is why Penrith Town Council have brought Penrith’s cultural and artistic groups together, to provide a one stop shop for events in Penrith and more information about the organisations running those events. 

Our aim is to develop a programme of high-quality sustainable community inspired and tourism-based events, activities, resources, and festivals to provide inclusive community, economic, and social benefit.

What's on in Penrith...

EVAN

EVAN Art

5-26 Apr

EVAN Spring Open Exhibition

Featuring a fresh and vibrant display of 2D and 3D work from over 70 local artists.
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Penrith Players

Theatre

10-13 Apr

Macbeth

A fresh and modern look at the classic Shakespeare play where the witches are vloggers and many of the soldiers are women.
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PACT

Nature

14 Apr

Penrith Repair Cafe

If it's broken, don't bin it - fix it - at the free Penrith Repair Café. Our volunteers will try to help you repair your item if possible.

Drop in for a chat over tea, coffee and cake - free but donations welcome.

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Stomping Ground

Nature

16 Apr

The Outside Club at Pategill Park

Play games, Climb trees, Make cool things and Make dens! Every Tuesday at Pategill Park between 4:30pm and 6:30pm

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Penrith Players

Theatre

20 Apr 24

NE Street Band

The NE Street Band plays the songs of the legendary Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band.

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Stomping Ground

Nature

23 Apr

The Outside Club at Pategill Park

Play games, Climb trees, Make cool things and Make dens! Every Tuesday at Pategill Park between 4:30pm and 6:30pm

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Penrith Players

Theatre

27 Apr 24

North Cumbria Scriptwriters

The North Cumbria Scriptwriters present ​a series of ten minute plays

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Penrith Players

Theatre

28 Apr 24

The McDougalls

Join stars of stage and screen, Auntie Aggie and Max, as they fly past the planets on an intergalactic musical expedition!

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Plug n' Play

Music

5 May

Plug & Play presents Jack Badcock plus open mic

Live Music (Folk)

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Penrith Lions

Music

6 May

May Day Carnival 2024

A free and inclusive street festival which includes a variety of activities such as street stalls, funfair, musical entertainment, cultural demonstrations, static displays and a celebration of the May Queen.

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PACT

Nature

11 May

Penrith Repair Cafe

If it's broken, don't bin it - fix it - at the free Penrith Repair Café. Our volunteers will try to help you repair your item if possible.

Drop in for a chat over tea, coffee and cake - free but donations welcome.

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Penrith Players

Music

11 May

Viva La Vida: The Greatest Hits Of Coldplay

A full scale tribute production jam packed with incredible and awe inspiring recreations of some of the biggest hits in music history, performed by some of the nations most talented and experienced professional musicians.

You will sing, dance, laugh and love VIVA LA VIDA - The Greatest Hits Of COLDPLAY.

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Penrith Players

Theatre

17 May

Eltonesque

As seen live on Channel 4s The Last Leg and played on Virgin Radio’s Chris Evans breakfast show.
If you want the most realistic Elton John experience then look no further than ELTONESQUE.

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Penrith Players

Theatre

18 May

Support Your Local Library: A Gothic/Pub Rock Opera!

A love letter to literature and libraries, this comedy musical two hander celebrates the written word and the power it gives us. A laugh out loud satire, Ruth and Keith mix song, word play and wisdom to bring you this twisted tale. But be prepared, these two also have their own tale to tell; just as hilarious as the musical they are performing.

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Penrith Players

Theatre

5-8 Jun

The Dresser

THE Dresser by Ronald Harwood is a witty and poignant play about a touring theatre company in wartime Britain. As bombs fall around them the show must go on. The action takes place backstage where the domineering actor -manager, Sir, is propped up by his long suffering wife, and Norman his devoted dresser, so he can perform his final King Lear.

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Penrith Players

Theatre

14 Jun

The Dresser

Following five years of touring theatres across the UK, Made in Motor-City are recognised as one of the UKs leading Motown tributes.

Their performances recreate the classic music & sounds of Motown Records during the 1960s/70s. The band comprises high quality musicians dedicated to recreating the authentic sounds of Detroit, (the motor-city) fronted by the incredible talents of the bands three female vocalists, Christine Gregory, Amber Kuti & Lesley Ball McCoy (The MiMettes).

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Penrith Players

Theatre

22 Jun

The Dresser

Follow Sherlock Holmes and his incomparable sidekick Dr John Watson on this riveting, hitherto unpublished case...

Damsel in distress Lucy Matravers engages Arthur Conan Doyle's famous sleuth Holmes and his partner Watson to resolve a dispute over a family will.
Little do they know that this small case brings Holmes straight into the clutches of his arch enemy, James Moriarty!

This hilarious spoof is taken on by four actors, minimal furnishings and a ton of jolly-good fun!

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EVAN

EVAN Art

7-22 Sept

EVAN Open Studios and Art Trail

Artists across Cumbria throw open their doors. The artists will be delighted to welcome you, chat about their work and hopefully you will support them by making some purchases along the way!

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Penrith Players

Music

14 Sep

Anthems Of Rock

Some people just wish they lived in another era, the era of classic rock!

Anthems of Rock takes you back to the heyday of 80’s rock. Telling the story of how 3 men born in the 90’s grew up listening to what they define as ‘real music’ and have to come to terms with the fact that not only were they born too late to experience it but the music industry has moved on; or has it?

This rock opera is like nothing you’ve seen before!

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Penrith Players

Theatre

21 Sep

The Jerseys

Join The Jerseys as we celebrate the timeless music of the 100 million album selling Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Incredible falsettos, beautiful acapellas - the authenticity of the sublime harmonies of the 60s and 70s - with a huge repertoire! This is much more than just another tribute show - this is a celebration of fantastic music performed by an array of incredible talent.

This hilarious spoof is taken on by four actors, minimal furnishings and a ton of jolly-good fun!

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Penrith Players

Music

27 Sep

Masters Of The Scene - ABBA The Show

Calling all Mamma Mia fans!

Masters of the Scene - ABBA the Show is an internationally acclaimed ABBA tribute show touring theatres across the UK and Europe.

Based on ABBA's phenomenal 1979 tour - "Live at Wembley Arena", and with a fully live band, Masters of the Scene create a unique and exquisitely accurate tribute to ABBA.

This show truly is one not to be missed!
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Penrith Players

Theatre

26 Oct

Death At Sea

A small theatre company are performing their new murder-mystery play 'Death at Sea', but despite their best efforts, everything goes wrong!


Their play, 'Death at Sea', is a thrilling murder mystery set on a small ship carrying just five passengers and its Captain.

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Penrith Players

Music

8 Nov

Fleetwood Shack

Established in 2021, FLEETWOOD SHACK are a band of professional musicians who have come together to pay tribute to one of the best bands to ever grace the charts… FLEETWOOD MAC!

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Penrith Players

Music

9 Nov

The Music of Simon and Garfunkel

As seen on BBC The One Show!

The Sounds of Simon is a tribute to the wonderful music of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, through the years as Simon and Garfunkel, to the successes of both their solo careers.

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The Penrith Arts and Culture Group are always looking for more groups to bolster our membership. If you would like to get involved and to have your groups information and events on this website please email: cso@penrithtowncouncil.gov.uk