In January 2012, almost 100 years to the day after Captain Scott reached the South Pole, Felicity Aston became the first woman in history to ski across Antarctica alone. For 59 days Felicity dragged 85kg of supplies 1744km across the coldest continent on earth, enduring temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees and storm force winds. Find out what it took to spend two months alone in this extreme, treacherous, yet beautiful environment. In recognition of Felicity's expeditions and polar exploration she was this year awarded an MBE and the Polar Award.
This is an illustrated talk with footage and images from Felicity's expedition.
Tickets £8 all seats
Based on the best selling book by acclaimed children's author Jez Alborough, this funny, silly, yucky, mucky show will have you giggling away, singing along and laughing out loud. Ducklings aged 3-7 years old will love this hilarious tale, but for those grown up ducks who waddle along, they'll have lots of fun too. It's totally quackers! Join duck and his friends in this happy new adventure with puppetry, sing-along songs and plenty of opportunities to join in along the way.
Inspired by the BBC Ten Pieces project which has been inspiring children from local schools to make creative responses to 10 pieces of classical music. Help decorate our Ten Pieces bunting and celebrate this wonderful musical journey using your imagination.
A free festival of local talent in the following venues:
View or download the full line-up of local talent (pdf) here
Tockets in advance from The Linden Tree (Main Street) or on the day from Riversmeet (afternoon teas) or participating gardens. For more information contact Jane Proniewicz (01900-824064).
Eric Cass presents another fascinating collection of historic slides of Cockermouth in bygone days.
FREE event (donations welcome)
A folk / acoustic open mic session for everyone, led by members of tonight's Irish band, The Jeremiahs.
A carpenter, a farmer, a Frenchman and a teacher walk into a bar and the barman says, "is this some kind of a joke?"
The Jeremiahs combine traditional and contemporary sounds to create their own brand of urban folk music. Since founding on 2013, the quartet have trailblazed across Ireland and Europe playing some of the top venues and festivals.
All tickets £12
Crow Dog plays an innovative mix of classic, contemporary, and original blues, and prides itself on performing exceptional blues material and well-crafted original songs with stunning guitar work, a tight rhythm section and clean vocal harmonies.
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.
Please note - these visits are all now fully booked.
It's the future, right here in Cockermouth, but what's it all about? Come along and see for yourself - and have a go! FREE event - over the footbridge to Memorial Gardens and follow the signs.
Would we lie to you? Tall stories and true tales performed by our own Kirkgate Youth Theatre groups. Can you tell if they are telling the truth or spinning a yarn? Come along and find out at this special performance created for the festival by the young people themselves, under the direction of Jeff Wallcook from Trellis Arts.
Mozart & Haydn, conducted by Ian Thompson,
with the Lonsdale Baroque Orchestra
Tickets £15 (£5 for students)
The Magic Flute to the Ugly Duckling
conducted by Dr Philip Wood
A family concert with music for everyone.
Tickets £5 (accompanied children free)
View or download a Festival Flyer (pdf) here
View or download the full Festival Programme (pdf) here
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.
All tickets are for un-numbered seats. Right reserved to substitute artists and vary the advertised programme if necessary. All infomation correct at the time of going to press.
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