A Ghostly Galleon on Ullswater and The Penrith Winter Droving.

It’s that spoooooky time of year when ghosties and goblins come out to play. I joined in with some Halloween fun at the weekend. Ullswater Steamers put on a Ghostly Galleon and myself , Wil, our friend Jo and God daughter Lydia enjoyed a cruise on the lake with a marvelous magic show and dressing up masks . Definitely aimed at children , but we adults had fun too. πŸŽƒπŸ¦‡


After our spooky boat trip we spent an hour or so at the Rheghed centre near Penrith, where Lydia found a Halloween treasure hunt and an outdoor adventure playground, before heading into town for the annual Winter Drovers Festival.

The Penrith Winter Droving started eight years ago and is a celebration of all things rural. There’s a Drovers Cup with team events such as Hay Bale Racing, Egg Throwing, Tug O War and Sausage eating. Throughout the day various musicians and street performers entertain  the crowds and a huge Cumbrian Food Market fills the streets. As dusk descends a fantastic torch lit procesion takes place around the town. The animal lanterns look so effective , all lit up against the darkening sky. Later back at the caravan, out came the monopoly. It had been a long but enjoyable day. πŸ™‚

23 thoughts on “A Ghostly Galleon on Ullswater and The Penrith Winter Droving.”

    1. Not sure who the red people were. They kept popping up everywhere. Maybe druid or pagans, I’m not sure. Yes its a pretty cool monopoly board.There are some great themed ones out there nowadays. πŸ™‚

  1. Looks like you have had a great day out in my corner of the world. Despite living just down the road we have never been to the Winter Droving, when the children were little they hated big noisy crowds of people, or anyone wearing a mask, but now that they are older maybe we should go and join in the fun!

  2. I’d seen the signs out for the Penrith festival and wondered what would be going on there, the parade looks very good. Shame we had to leave on the Friday, the day before, so missed it all.

  3. The red may possibly represent blood, as the ‘droving’ was the driving of the cattle and sheep from the fields to slaughter when there was no longer enough grass in the fields to sustain them over the winter months. I was a bit worried about reading this post from its title, so was very happy to see that the animals were just lovely lanterns instead of the real things πŸ™‚

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