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What's on this Bank Holiday Weekend in Cumbria?

Updated: May 9, 2023


With the bank holiday weekend coming for the King's coronation, we're looking at ways you can spend it in Cumbria.



John Cooper Clarke at The Forum in Barrow -May 6th


A portrait of John Cooper Clarke taken in 1979 by photographer Tim Duncan.


John Cooper Clarke is a Mancunian performance poet who rose to fame in the late 70s as one of the founding fathers of punk poetry.


This is no surprise as John Cooper Clarke has previously performed with the likes of the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Souxisie and the Banshees and more legendary punk acts.


Punk poetry derives from the musical genre punk rock and its ideologies which gives rise to distinctive characteristics in the writing it manifested.


A lot of John Cooper Clarke's work is informed by his working class roots and often features comedy, romance and coming of age culture in his beloved hometown of Salford.


John Cooper Clarke is such a talent that one of his most famous poems ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ popularised by the Arctic Monkeys is featured in secondary school poetry anthologies.


You can get your tickets to see him at The Forum in Barrow here.


‘Lost’ exhibition by Folded Zine at Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

May 2nd - June 11th


Lauren Hine’s piece from the exhibition you can find her on Instagram here.

Photo credit: Lauren Hine


Folded is a bi-monthly zine run by a collective of young Cumbria creatives that’s mission is to be a place and space to share, connect and uplift rural voices and creatives.


According to Theatre by The Lake’s website Folded was created in response to the feeling of ‘Lost’ as many young creatives in Cumbria either up and leave and those that remain often express feelings of isolation.


Folded exists to platform those in the county and the exhibition brings together creatives from all backgrounds and abilities to showcase their work that is a response to the theme of ‘Lost’.


Previous issues of Folded have tackled themes of Identity, Space, Movement and reflection featuring creatives we’ve previously covered for Hollr such as Marisa Crane, Katrina Gill and Arran Wylde.


Gifts Ungiven by Marisa Crane, you can find Marisa’s work here.

Photo credit: Marisa Crane


This exhibition is free to attend and you can find Theatre by The Lake situated right next to Derwentwater at Lakeside, Keswick CA12 5DJ



54 Degrees North Festival at Into the Woods in Little Salkeld

May 5th - 7th


Into the Woods Glamping pods. Photo credit: Into the Woods


54 Degrees North is a Food and Drinks festival that takes place in the breathtaking Glamping campground Into the Woods in Little Salkeld just outside of Penrith.


The festival brings together some of the biggest names in food and drink from across the county that showcase only ingredients that are sourced in the surrounding area.


The culinary festival will feature live fires roasting heritage breed meat cooked by the counties most high profile chefs and drinks supplied by the award winning Lakes Brew Co .


As well as produce provided by More? The artisanal bakery we featured in our South Cumbrian Village review earlier this year.


Amongst all this there will be live music, DJ sets, Yoga, and masterclasses from some of the top chefs in our region.


This is all in aid of raising funds for Patterdale mountain rescue and Great North Air Ambulance.


54 Degrees North Festival Flyer. Photo credit: 54 Degrees North Festival


Tickets for the festival start from just £4 for those under 17 and £10 for those over 18 and you can buy them here.



Full Moon Women's Circle - Flower Moon at Whinlatter Forest -May 5th


This is what the full Flower Moon looks like over Whinlatter.

Photo credit: Full Moon Women’s Circle


To kick off the start of May to be your best self there is Full Moon Women’s Circle taking place in the heart of the Lakes in the mesmerising and magical forest of Whinlatter.


The event organisers describe the retreat from civilization as celebrating and working with the energy of the full moon to manifest our dreams and desires to live our best life!


Get your energies, chakras and manifestations in order in a warm and welcoming group of like minded people by taking part in Mindful meditation, visualisation, drumming and fire rituals in a supportive and nurturing circle.


Best of all tea and cake is provided and all you have to do is be yourself, bring some warm clothes for the ever inclement cumbrian weather and maybe a journal to jot down this experience in nature.


You can buy your tickets here.



Anything Goes! Silent Disco at The Brickyard -May 6th


Illustrations dancing at a silent disco. Photo credit: Public Domain


Stapled by the Brickyard as one of the weirdest nights in Carlisle, get into the groove and have a boogie this bank holiday weekend at this unique event which brings together three different DJ’s all playing different genres of music past and old at this silent disco.


The Brickyard is an iconic music venue that was once a century old church based in Carlisle that provides an intimate and chilled atmosphere to dance with friends, family and most importantly other music lovers so get your dancing shoes on.


With tickets starting from £9 and the event is likely to sell out you’ll have to be quick to snap them up in this 300 capacity venue and you can buy them here.

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