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Meanwhile, here's what 2014 was all about.

Friday 27th June 2014, 7:30pm
@ The Kirkgate Centre
Ian Woodall: The Tao of Everest

As the first rays of dawn crept across the Tibetan plateau, Ian Woodall stepped onto the summit of Mount Everest and into history, one of a select few to have climbed the world’s highest mountain by both its north & south sides. During his first ascent from the south, Ian’s team was trapped at 8,000 metres in the worst storm in Everest history that claimed the lives of five fellow climbers. Using the power of emotional story-telling, Ian brings the triumphs and tragedies directly to his audience, in a fascinating and totally engaging performance. As featured at the Edinburgh Fringe: “Four stars – a remarkable story” Edinburgh Guide; “Insightful, entertaining, emotional and challenging” Scottish Institute. £8 all seats

Saturday 28th June 2014, 10am & 1pm
@ The Kirkgate Centre

Emily Magorrian: Unfinished Place

Exploring a landscape that you love, lose and find again. Cockermouth performer Emily Magorrian is delighted to bring this piece of theatre to the Kirkgate after a sell out run at The Arches in Glasgow. With live music, this adventure is an interactive performance and play space, developed for and with 2-5 year olds. £3 per person

Saturday 28th June 2014, 7:30pm
@ The Kirkgate Centre

The Men They Couldn't Hang

TMTCH came together in 1984 to perform at the alternative music festival in Camden town alongside the legendary Pogues and the Boot Hill Foot-Tappers. 30 years on, the folk rock rebels have released a new album and are on the road again, as part of Cockermouth Live!

Please note this is a standing concert. All tickets £16

Cockermouth Castle Visits

Friday 27th June 2014, 6pm
Saturday 28th June 2014, 2pm
Sunday 29th June 2014, 11am

The first castle was built by the Normans in 1134, with significant additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries.

This is another opportunity to look around the beautiful gardens in the castle ruins. Guided tours led by Cockermouth Civic Trust.

Free - but must be booked in advance at the Tourist Information Centre, Kings Arms Lane.

Saturday 28th June, 1-5pm

Local Performers

A free festival of local talent in the following venues:

Saturday 28th June

Open day at the FAB LAB, Derwent Mills, Cockermouth.

A Fab Lab is a place where anybody can make virtually anything. The idea was conceived by renowned scientist and inventor Neil Gershenfeld from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They are digital fabrication workshops which are set up to give people a place to design and make and to inspire and educate. There are Fab Labs opening across the world and we are lucky enough to have BEC Fab Lab here in Cockermouth at the Derwent Mills Enterprise Park.

Sunday 29th June 2.30pm, Christ Church

A Concert by the
Papcastle Community Orchestra & friends

A family concert with a varied programme including a World Premiere of "Cockermouth Postcards" by composer and conductor Phil Wood.

Tickets £5 (accompanied children free)

Tickets, Town Map & Parking

Tickets for all events (except the Castle visits) are available from the Kirkgate Box Office (01900-826448) or from Billy Bowman's Music Shop, Lowther Went, Cockermouth.

View or download a town map (pdf) of Cockermouth. This has been updated to show the road works currently ongoing in the town and where there are traffic restrictions and temporary traffic lights. Please note the one-way system in operation in Market Place which affects access to the Town Hall. However, there is currently free 2 hour disc parking available in the Sullart Street, Wakefield Road, Bitter Beck, Riverside, and All Saints car parks.

Performer Applications

Applications to perform at this year's festival have now closed.

Information for Local Performers


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