Cockermouth LIVE 2016

James Rebanks @ The Kirkgate Centre Friday June 24th at 7.30pm

The best-selling author and “Twitter’s favourite shepherd” talked about his life and writing. The Shepherd’s Life became a surprise best-seller when published last year, and was recently turned into a highly successful play at Theatre by the Lake. James Rebanks, who achieved a double first at Oxford, but returned to his farming roots is passionate about his position as “part of a chain which has been part of the landscape for generations”.

In association with the New Bookshop.



Three Half Pints are Bad Guys @ The Kirkgate Centre,
Saturday June 25th at 11.30am & 2.00pm

A hilarious new slapstick misadventure for everybody aged 5+ from the stars of CBeebies’ Spot Bots. Follow three hapless brothers as they valiantly try to become feared villains! Derek, Ernie & Dick are really bored of being good. It's just GOT to be more fun being a baddie. The only trouble is, the Three Half Pints are much too stupid to be bad guys, and being an evil scientist, pirate or cowboy is trickier than they thought. Can the bumbling brothers learn how to stay out of jail and become real Bad Guys?

“hilarity to the point of exhaustion” The Stage



Saturday June 25th - Workshops for Children & their Families



Saturday June 25th - Let Us Entertain You!

40 groups, ensembles and solo artists performed in pop-up venues all over town during the afternoon.



The Bevvy Sisters @ The Kirkgate Centre Saturday June 25th at 8pm

A luscious marriage of classy harmonies and finger-licking instrumental work, The Bevvy Sisters bring swing and sass to everything from golden Americana oldies to soulful self-penned ballads.

"Imagine the Andrew Sisters with switchblades" FATEA

The sound centres on the spellbinding vocal chemistry between Heather Macleod, Gina Rae and banjo-wielding Cera Impala, with guitarist David Donnelly also providing bass-y backup vocals.

They present an artfully wide-ranging repertoire in live performances brimming with verve and humour.

"Luscious. Lovely. Tuneful. The Bevvy Sisters can mix the dirtiest martini in town, then sing it." Eliza Carthy.



Sunday June 26th, Christ Church, 2.30pm
The Papcastle Community Orchestra

The traditional closing concert from this 50-strong orchestra, conducted by Phil Wood and included a new medley based on World War One songs.


Cockermouth Castle Visits

By kind permission of Lord & Lady Egremont

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

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



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