Family Arts Festival

One of the Family Arts Festival hosts

Florence Mine one of the Family Arts Festival hosts

Families across the county have been getting creative and curious, thanks to the Cumbria Family Arts Festival, currently taking place at various venues.

The Arts Festival, organised by the Cumbria Family Arts Network, a collection of cultural organisations that re working together to increase awareness of arts activity for families in Cumbria, runs until November 8.

The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Creative and Curious’ and encompasses activities for all ages and budgets at a range of venues.

Ian Douglas, storyteller, will be performing Madam Bridget’s Caravan of Curiosity, a trick show of gypsy magic, told through stories, songs and imaginative costumes, at Howgill Children’s Centre, Florence Arts Centre and The Kirkgate.

The Festival also includes a series of unique ‘Creative and Curious Experience days with poet, Emma McGordon. These free activity days offer families the chance to explore maps, both personal and literal, as Emma encourages them to get curious about where they come from and creative about where they are going.

Venues are Highfield Community Centre in Cockermouth, Florence Arts Centre in Egremont, Keswick Pencil Museum and The Rum Story in


Anne Timpson, Chair of Cumbria Family Arts Network said “We’ve programmed lots of different activities to cater for tots, teens, parents and grandparents – we hope that everyone will find something fun to do, maybe even try something new!”

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