25th November
24th December



Penrith Winter Festival Window Dressing 2016


Judging took place on Saturday 26th November of the Penrith Christmas window dressing competition.
Each year businesses in the town are invited to dress up their windows and get into the Christmas spirit. This year the theme set by Penrith Chamber of Trade for the competition was “Make Penrith Sparkle”.

This year’s judges were Heidi Marshall; Partner of Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants and President of Penrith Chamber of Trade, Karen Harvey; Acorn Guest House and Vice President Penrith Chamber of Trade, Peter Hilton; Cumbria Mailing Services and Penrith Chamber of Trade Member and Stephen Connelly; M&Co and Penrith Chamber of Trade Member.

With over 40 entrees scattered all around Penrith town centre and Gilwilly Industrial Estate being judged between Retail and Non-Retail, a new in-depth scoring form and so many fabulous windows to judge, it took the judges nearly 4 hours to view them all. The winners in each category are:

2nd Finesse Jewellery, Middlegate
3rd Greenwheat Flowers & Fika, Brunswick Road

2nd Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, Bishop Yards
3rd Eden Healthy Lifestyle Studio, Gilwilly Road

The judges were impressed with the effort that businesses had gone to to ‘Make Penrith Sparkle’ with their windows and thought it was great to see so many businesses getting involved and supporting the initiative this year. The high standard of entrees could be seen from the results, as there were only a couple of marks between the top few windows.
Below you can see all the businesses who are taking part so far in the window dressing competition.
Window Dressing Entries

Birtle's Sports, Cornmarket / Cards n Things, Burrowgate / Coach House Flowers, Burrowgate / [email protected], Little Dockray / Fellside Carpets, Sandgate / Finesse Bridal, Middlegate / Finesse Jewellery, Middlegate / Flower World, Great Dockray / Greenwheat Flowers and Fika, Brunswick Road / Just Sew, Poets Walk / Lakeland Music, Devonshire Street / Maggies Bakery, Sandgate / Muster, King Street / NDY Boutique, Cornmarket / Natures Health Store, King Street / Poppins, Middlegate / Sands, Devonshire
Street / Sassy Nix Boutique, King Street / Seagraves and Dixon, Cornmarket / Strolling 4 Shoes, Cornmarket / The Lion Gallery, Little Dockray / The Unicorn, Little Dockray / Townhall Treasures, Middlegate / Twentyone8, Middlegate / Victoria, Castlegate

Non Retail:
Acorn Guest House, Scotland Road / Armstrong Watson Accountants, Duke Street / Arragons Cycle Centre, Brunswick Road / Bluefin, Middlegate / Blue Rose Tea Rooms, Middlegate / Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, Bishop Yard / Cumberland & Westmorland Herald, King Street / Dodd & Co, Clint Mill / Eden Estate Agents, Little Dockray / Eden Healthy Lifestyle Studio, Gilwilly Road / Ice Cream Gardens & Teas, Cornmarket / Penrith Library, St. Andrews Churchyard / Penrith Building Society, King Street / Salon Rouge, Cornmarket / Styleline, Middlegate / Three Crowns Tea Shop, Bluebell Lane


The Pot Place, Plumpton

Christmas is on its way! Take a walk through our enchanted forest to visit Santa and his helpers Santa’s Grotto will be open in December on:

*Saturday and Sunday 3rd & 4th
*Saturday and Sunday 10th & 11th
*Saturday and Sunday 17th & 18th

11am - 3pm each day
Entry £3 per child


Light up a Life - Hospice at Home

Light up a Life Service at St Andrew's Church, Penrith on Sunday 18th December at 10am

Remember a loved one who cant be with you this Christmas


Our green Elf is on the move

He has spent a week looking at kitchens at Marshall Masons on King Street and has now decided he needs some advice as he is thinking of investing long term in Penrith high street, so he is off to Cartmell Shepherds Solicitors, Bishop Yards until Christmas Eve.

While he is getting advice at Cartmell Shepherds Solicitors he will still have plenty of time to have a selfie taken with you, so pop along and get your ‘selfie elfie’ taken with him.


St Andrew’s & Christ Church Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services 2016

Christmas Eve 24th December

4.00pm Plumpton Christingle Crib Service
4.00pm St Andrew’s Penrith Christingle Service
6.00pm Newton Reigny Christingle Service
6.00pm St Andrew’s Penrith Christingle Service
11.00pm St Andrew’s Penrith Midnight Christmas Holy Communion
11.00pm Christ Church Midnight Christmas Holy Communion

Christmas Day 25th December

8.00am Christ Church Christmas Holy Communion (with carols)
9.30am Plumpton Christmas Parish Communion
10.00am St Andrew’s Penrith Christmas Parish Communion


Tree Dressing Day

Saturday 3 December, 10:30-3pm

Our event is a free drop-in community event at Penrith and Eden Museum on Saturday 3 December, 10:30-3pm. No booking required. We are inviting people to help create a felted mistletoe garland to decorate our tree outside the museum.

This event is also the start to our ‘Tree Tales’ community project and exhibition. Over the next few months, we are collecting ‘Tree Tales’ – stories and personal memories linked with local trees in the Eden Valley. People can send us their Tree Tales on [email protected] and some of them will be included in the exhibition. We will also work with a local artist to create illustrations for the Tree Tales


Eden Healthy Lifestyle Studio - CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Saturday 3rd December 10.30am to 2pm (FREE ENTRY)

With Herbalife, Pretty Pressies, Face painting and so much more


Acorn Guest House, Scotland Road

Christmas Afternoon Teas, groups welcome from 2 to 20
Booking advisable, call 01768 868696 or email [email protected]


Cartmell Shepherd Christmas Coffee Morning

Date: Thursday 15th December

Time: 10:30am to 12pm

Location: Bishop Yards, Penrith, CA11 7XS

They will be serving Tea, Coffee, Mince Pies and Christmas Cake. Why not go and see their 'Make Penrith Sparkle' window display while enjoying some sweet treats.

There is no need to RSVP, just pop along to our office.


M&Co Penrith Christmas Opening Times

• Friday 25th November, Black Friday and charity fashion show 6-8pm in aid of Eden MS Society, open until 8pm
• Saturday 26th November, Christmas lights switch on, open until 6pm
• Sundays up until Christmas, trading 10am to 4pm
• Thursdays up till Christmas trading 9am to 7pm
• Christmas eve trading 9am to 5pm


Upfront Gallery

• Winter Exhibition 2016 of The Lake Artists Society, 10.30am to 4.30pm
• Cumbrian Ceramics Exhibitions, 10.30am to 4.30pm
• PINOCCHIO - Puppet Show, December 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th at 1pm & 3:30pm, Tickets: Children £8.50 & Adults £10.00

December 2015

Penrith Paint the Town Red Winners Revealed!

Winners have been revealed for the window dressing competition which was held as part of the Penrith Winter Festival. (continue reading.

Penrith taken over by 4ft Elves

Yes, you heard right...Penrith has been taken over by a plethora of 4ft Christmas Elves as part of the Penrith Winter Festival organised by Penrith Chamber of Trade. (continue reading.

We herald a New Christmas market in Penrith

A new Christmas market is to open this weekend as part of the Penrith Winter Festival. (continue reading.

September 2015

Feeling Festive 2015

Funding has been received for us to run the Penrith Winter Festival in 2015 - find out more about our very kind funders and sponsors and what we're up to this year...continue reading

November 2014

Window Dressing Entries

We have a full list of all the entries who took part in the Penrith window dressing competition. Continue reading...

Festive Window Winners Revealed

Winners have been announced in the Penrith Christmas window dressing competition, which was held as part of the opening weekend of the Penrith Winter Festival. Continue reading...

Elfin' about in Penrith

This year’s Penrith Winter Festival kicks off on Saturday 29th November with a weekend of festive fun and entertainment as the town comes alive throughout the day with a plethora of Santa’s little helpers taking to the streets. Continue Reading to find out more...

Holidays are coming, Holidays are coming...

This year sees even more activities and events taking place in the town centre, as well as the famous Coca Cola Truck, which will make its only stop in Cumbria in the town on the 3rd December as part of the celebrations. Continue reading...

September 2014

Events announced for the Penrith Winter Festival

Santa’s Elves have been working hard over the past few months on plans for the 2014 Penrith Winter Festival, sponsored by Cumbrian Homes Ltd & Discover Penrith, ensuring the town will be full of festive sparkle and Christmas cheer from the 29th November to 24th December – including new and improved Christmas lights, back by popular demand! Continue reading...

Funders & sponsors announced

Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce has announced it will host the Penrith Winter Festival once again from 29th November to 24th December 2014, after securing vital funding and sponsorship. Funders include BID, Pride in Penrith Lottery, with sponsors Cumbrian Homes & Discover Penrith. Read more here...

August 2014

Winter Festival 2014 dates announced

After the success of the Penrith Winter Festival last year we are delighted to announce that this wonderful festive event is returning for the third consecutive year. This year the Winter Festival will begin on the 29th November and run right up until the 24th December. Read more here...

December 2014

Festive family fun day 21st December - details announced

The Churches and community groups in Penrith are coming together to celebrate the ‘true meaning of Christmas’ in a special series of events planned for the town on Saturday 21st December.

This weekend, as part of the Festival, the Churches Together group have joined forces and will bring the town to life as they invite members of the public to join their festive nativity trail. Dotted around the town will be characters from the well known scenes of the nativity such as Mary and Joseph, the three wise man and even the donkey! Those taking part on the nativity trail will find various actors throughout the town and it is their mission to identify who they all are. Read more here...

Festive windows bring businesses to life

Over 30 windows have been decorated in the annual Penrith Winter Festival window dressing competition, which was judged on Saturday as part of the launch of the Festival, which runs until the 31st December.

Business owners, whose windows were unveiled on Saturday were given the brief to create seasonal displays along the theme of ‘Festive Sparkle’ – the theme was open to interpretation, but needed to include lots of imagination, creativity, some form of lighting and bags of enthusiasm. Read more here...

November 2013

Winter Droving Schedule released

With just over a week to go until the highly anticipated Winter Droving on 30th November, plans are coming together for 13 hours of rural entertainment, over 200 lanterns are being built, 250 fire torches have been delivered and the team of over 100 volunteers and 100 artists, performers and musicians are preparing for the big day. Read more here...

The animals are coming

Mask and lantern making workshops are gaining momentum in the run up to the Winter Droving, which takes place on the 30th November, as the headline event of the Penrith Winter Festival, with 6 schools and community group taking part in the creative sessions run by event producers Eden Arts. Read more...

Preparing for Christmas

As you probably know we are in the midst of organising this year’s Penrith Winter Festival. There are events and activities taking place all over the town to not only make Penrith a nicer place to visit, but the key aim is to encourage people to come and do their Christmas shopping here. Read more...

Bands announced for Winter Droving

This year’s Winter Droving will see even more activity on Penrith’s streets to build on the huge success of the 2012 event. Alongside street entertainment there will be three music stages from 12 noon before headliners Tankus the Henge bring the day to a climax on stage in Great Dockray in the evening. Read more...

October 2013

FREE parking announced for Penrith Winter Festival

Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce is delighted to announce that Eden District Council has kindly given a boost to Christmas shopping for the town by providing FREE Car parking on the Saturdays leading up to Christmas. Read more...

The Drovers Cup: Hay Bale racing, Tug of War....

The Drovers Cup will take place during The Winter Droving on Saturday 30th November, which is a spectacular rural gathering in the centre of Penrith. The Drovers Cup, sponsored by Kyloes Inns and run by Penrith Leisure Centre is a light-hearted bit of fun for teams to compete in rural games including tug of war, hay bale relay, pint pass plus a meat eating competition supported by Cranstons. It’s a kind of rural ‘Its a Knockout’ and it’s free to take part in and there are prizes to be won! Read more...

September 2013

Winter Droving team invite the community to join in!

With the welcome news that the Winter Droving event is going to take place in Penrith again on 30th November, organisers Eden Arts are once more looking for the local community to get involved and make the event an even greater spectacle. Read more...

August 2013

Penrith Winter Festival gets the go ahead

Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce has announced it will host the Penrith Winter Festival once again in 2013 after securing vital funding from the Penrith Business Improvement District and the Pride in Penrith Lottery. Read more...




We love to hear your ideas, thoughts and feedback on what we do, how you want to get involved or how we can make the Winter festival even bigger and better, so please drop us a line!


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