Taste Cumbria


Saturday 23 October 2021

Cockermouth Christmas

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 December 2021

Taste of Wigton

What’s on where at the next Taste Cumbria event – Wigton, Saturday 23 October 2021

A peek behind the scenes of a Savile Row tailor, an art auction, treasure hunt, street theatre and live music, and a fabulous food market – there’s lots in store for visitors to the new Taste of Wigton festival.

From 10am to 5pm, Water Street Car Park will host the Producers’ Market with street food, crafts, ‘have a go’ street art workshops, a fairground and a live music stage with a showcase of local bands and entertainers.

There will also be a story-telling tipi with Dominic Kelly and Jessie McMeekin who will be telling tales for all ages throughout the day.

The Market Hall will have a Children’s Activities Village with crafts and dressing up from Rainbow Jelly Productions and circus skills workshops with UseFool Entertainment.

Acclaimed tailor Tom Mahon from Redmayne 1860 will take part in an ‘in conversation’ event with BBC Radio Cumbria’s Helen Millican from 3pm at Cornerstone Methodist Church – book here

The John Peel Theatre will hold backstage tours and free workshops from 10:30am until 12:30pm, and then an art auction from 2pm to 3pm.

The Fountain Gallery in King Street will have an exhibition from town artist Brian Campbell.

All around town there will be street theatre from the Fairly Famous Family, a heritage trail quiz and a Find Wigton Ted treasure hunt through the High Street.

Thanks to our sponsors & supporters. The Taste of Wigton event is organised by Allerdale Borough Council with the support of Cumbria County Council, Wigton Town Council, North Allerdale Development Trust, John Peel Theatre and Free 4 All community group.

Timetable of events

  • Event runs from 10am – 5pm 
  • Children’s Activity Village in the 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’ master tailor Tom Mahon of Redmayne 1860 and BBC Radio Cumbria’s Helen Millican – Cornerstone Methodist Church – 3pm – 3.50pm 

Tours of Redmayne 1860 premises – 30 High Street, Wigton, 4pm, 4.20pm and 4.40pm (Sold out)

Backstage tours and free 20-minute workshops at the John Peel Theatre from 10.30am until 12.30pm, and then an art auction from 2pm to 3pm.

  • Lighting and Sound – a demo and a chance to try your hand – led by Technical Director Aaron Cockbain
  • Theatre Skills and Drama Techniques a brief taster session – led by Connie Jensen
  • Backstage Tour and Stage Management – what happens behind the scenes – led by Stage Technician Robin Wilson

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. (Sold out)

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.

More Taste Cumbria dates for your diary

Taste Cumbria Christmas in Cockermouth – 11 & 12 December 2021

Getting here

The nearest mainline train station is Carlisle where you can connect to the Cumbrian Coast Line and catch a train direct to Wigton Station. If you are travelling by car, leave the M6 at junction 41, take the B5305 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 Wigton. 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. Read more about Wigton’s local businesses here

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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