Welly Top 5
1. Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, Rheged Centre, Penrith.
Sunday 9th October, 10am -4h30pm
Fancy a bit of vintage glam? The largest vintage fair of its kind is coming to Cumbria! Featured in ELLE, VOGUE, THE TELEGRAPH AND MARIE CLAIRE, Judy’s Vintage Fairs take place all over the country and offers a selection of vintage, re-worked and hand-made stalls all carefully selected by fashion experts and then price checked to ensure that we’re paying at least 75% less than the high street – nice! 30 traders will be selling a variety of fashion, homewares and accessories. Expect coats, leather, suede and jumpers, prints, blouses, vintage sparkle, old-school annuals, vinyl and collectibles. Get over to Rheged and immerse yourself in some old-world glamour. Entry fee £2 – under 12s free.
Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DQ
Tel: 01768 868000
2. Time Regained Exhibition, Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere
until the end of October. Gallery open Monday to Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Get your art fix at the fabulous Heaton Cooper Studio with an exhibition of past and present work of the painter Linda Ryle. Described by the Studio’s Director, Becky Heaton Cooper as ‘completely removed from anything that’s usually on show here in the gallery’ – some of the pieces are samples of the painted leather belts which Linda designed and produced for the shop Ace on Chelsea’s King’s road. Its clientele included celebrities such as Elton John, Lulu, Bianca Jagger and Brit Ekland who all bought her belts. Linda was born in Newcastle and trained at Goldsmiths’ School of Art, London in the 1960s. Her painting focuses on animals, in particular cats but often farm animals too. Definitely worth a visit to truly appreciate her eclectic range of art.
Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9SX
Tel: 015394 35280
3. The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal
Fri 14th to Sat 15th October
Mad about Manga? It’s all about art this month with the Comic Art Festival taking over the town of Kendal mid-October. Featuring international comic artists and creators as well as live drawing, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, and performances, check out the Festival’s website for more details on venues and events taking place throughout the two day event.
4. Producers’ Market, Holker Hall & Gardens
Sunday 23rd October, free entry
This month’s foodie pick has got to be the Holker Food Market where fans of organic and fresh can meet artisan producers and get some fabulous recipe ideas to tickle your taste buds. Set in Holker’s stunning grounds, sample a variety of food and drink in sumptuous surroundings on a fine autumn day (fingers crossed!) PS free parking
Holker Estate, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7PL
General Enquiries: 015395 58328
5. Mark Radcliffe… Should You Be Interested, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
28th October, 7h45 for 8pm. Tickets £15
The gruff northern lad takes to the stage at the Brewery to regale us with tales of fame, angst and general dry satire. If you fancy a wry insight into Radcliffe’s transient world of fame and misfortune, then book your ticket now.
The Brewery Arts Centre, 122a Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
Box Office: 01593 725133 www.breweryarts.co.uk
Other Top Picks:
It’s October folks which means two things. Firstly, the Indian Summer, albeit brief is over. Autumn beckons with shorter days and colder climes. Coats and hats will soon be the norm and the colours of the landscape dramatically change to beautiful hues of oranges and browns.
Secondly, kids throughout the county will be counting down the days until the witching hour of Halloween is upon is. Year on year this macabre festival of all that is gruesome and scary seems to get bigger and bigger. The supermarkets dedicate whole aisles to all manner of goulish decorations and fancy dress. So I thought I’d dedicate Welly’s Other Top Picks to the vast array of stuff going on for kids and adults to help celebrate the night of zombies, ghouls and vampires etc etc… I rather think that our eery Cumbrian landscapes help to set the scene for the scariest month of the year…
Half-Term Halloween Haunts, Hayes Garden Centre
Sat 22nd to Sun 30th October, hourly from 9h30am, 10h30am Sundays
Wake up kids! This is no regular boring amble round the garden centre with Mum and Dad on a Sunday morning. This half-term it’s all about you! There’ll be pumpkin-making, apple-bobbing and a spooky halloween graveyard hunt with treats for all. Admission is only £8 each for Kids club and BYG members. £10 for non-members. You can join on the day to keep the cost down. Oh and Hayes can also host your children’s Halloween party for minimum groups of 20 kids at £12,50 per child.
Halloween for Kids at Rheged:
Fri 28th October, 11am, 1.30pm & 3pm
All budding witches and wizards are invited to carve up your own pumpkin lantern with resident artist John Stokes. Tea lights, tools and pumpkin provided.
Ages 4 plus, lasts 1 hour and costs £5.50
Sat 22nd to Mon 24th October, 10am to 5.30pm
If you’re done with the carving and seeking a less messy alternative, take the kids on Rheged’s Pumpkin Trail. Grab a leaflet from reception and get finding the hidden pumpkins whilst solving some clues to claim your prize. At a staggeringly all-inclusive 20p per person, this is a cut-price half-term activity that’s NOT going to break the bank.
Wed 26th October, 2pm
Back by popular demand, the enthusiastic Ullswater-based Reach Beyond Adventure will get kids involved in cooking up their own spooky snacks.
Ages 6 plus, costs £6
Halloween Masks with Creation Station
Tues 25th October 2016, 11am to 3pm
So they’ve got the pumpkins carved and lit – now for the costume…. and every Halloween costume needs a mask. Kids can get designing, painting and collaging their own masks with feathers, and a choice of fabrics… even horns! Scary or what!
Age 2 plus, costs £3 (nice and cheap!)
Pumpkin Carving, Wray Castle
Mon 24th to Sun 30th October, 12.30pm to 1.10pm
Alternative pumpkin carving to fit in with your half-term plans, kids can carve their own spooky lanterns every day at Wray Castle for a slightly cheaper £5 per person. Let’s hope the Jack o’Lantern is well and truly out of their system by the 31st!
Wray Castle, Low Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0JA
No age stipulated, costs £5
Tel: Rachel Hunter (not the celeb) 015394 33250
and for the adults…
Oktoberfest at Carlisle Barracks
Thurs 6th to Sun 9th October
– well not quite Halloween but you’ll certainly be seeing some ghosts after downing the stronger varieties of beer on offer at Carlisle’s newest event which takes place at Carlisle Barracks (sounds scary).
Note that I amend this list throughout the month as I come across other interesting and fun events happening around the county. It’s a curated list of all the stuff I feel is #wellycool – if you would like me to include your own event details please email me: email@example.com