Taste Cumbria

Cockermouth Christmas

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 December 2021

Cockermouth Christmas Taste Cumbria festival

Festive cheer is definitely on the menu at this year’s Taste Cumbria Christmas festival in Cockermouth.

The event takes place in the heart of the town on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December. There will be mince pies and mulled wine, colourful gifts and crafts, all served with a hefty helping of sparkle and glitz amid some of the prettiest Christmas lights in the county.

Throughout the two days there will be a packed producers’ market, a hot food court with meals and snacks, and live music on the festival stage. There will also be plenty of family activities with a fairground and children’s arty workshops. All around the town, the shops will be offering a fabulous array of gifts, food and drink, with everything visitors need for the festive season.

Now firmly established as the biggest and, arguably, the best foodie events in Cumbria, Taste Cumbria began in Cockermouth following the floods of 2009. Since then, events have taken place all over the county – the most recent being held in Maryport and Wigton for the first time this year.

For more information about Taste Cumbria email ellie.jones@allerdale.gov.uk.

Timetable of events

  • Event runs from 10am – 5pm 
  • Kids Entertainment in Market Hall – 10am – 5pm 
  • Live performances in Water Street Car Park from:

11am – 12pm – Coco and Donna

12:10 – 12:20 – Carlisle Dance Troop 

12:30 – 13:30 – Lol & Dave

13:45 – 13:50 – Carlisle Dance Troop 

14:00 – 15:00 – Andrew Blithe 

15:10- 15:20 – Carlisle Dance Troop

15:30 – 16:30 – Misfitz 

  • ‘In conversation with’ Tom Mahon – Cornerstone Methodist Church – 3pm – 3:50pm 
  • Tours of Redmayne 1860 premises – 30 High Street, Wigton, 4pm, 4:20pm and 4:40pm 
  • Workshops – John Peel Theatre – 10:30am – 12:30pm 
  • Art Auction and sale – John Peel Theatre – 2pm – 3pm 

Event tickets

'In conversation with Redmayne'

As part of the inaugural Taste of Wigton event, we are offering an afternoon with Redmayne 1860, based in Wigton, Cumbria’s oldest tailors.

Tour of Redmayne's historic premises

A chance to have a look around and a chat with Tom and Claire Mahon.

Trader pitches are still available for the Producers’ Market and Hot Food Court. For more information, email ellie.jones@allerdale.gov.uk.

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Taste Cumbria is organised by Allerdale Borough Council and supported by Cockermouth Town Council and The Coffee Kitchen Bakery of Market Place, Cockermouth.

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Taste Cumbria Christmas in Cockermouth – 11 & 12 December 2021

Getting here

The nearest mainline train station is Penrith the Lake District. Connecting buses take about an hour to transport you to Cockermouth. Alternatively, arrive via Carlisle Railway Station, then take the train to Maryport, then the number 68 bus or a taxi. If you are travelling by car, leave the M6 at junction 40, take the A66 west and you should be here in 40 minutes. 


If you’re coming to our festivals by car, here’s a handy link to some of the car parks in Cockermouth. If you’re parking on the street, please check local signs for restrictions. You’ll need a timing disc for many of them – these are available from many local businesses.


Make a weekend of it by booking some accommodation. Allerdale has an excellent range of accommodation from hotels, campsites and B&Bs to self catering. And don’t forget to visit the wealth of independent businesses in Cockermouth.

Book tickets

Most of the attractions at the Taste Cumbria festivals are free to enjoy. A small number of events are ticketed and we’re keeping a close check on coronavirus restrictions to ensure these are planned in line with the very latest guidelines. Keep up to date on Facebook or Twitter

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