Whitehaven gets set for Summer Festival with Celebrities, Cars and Cooking

The producer and food market will showcase food from the best Cumbrian suppliers

It’s Summer Festival time at Whitehaven as the town gets ready for the the Taste Cumbria Summer Festival.

This year’s event takes place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July – the same weekend as the eighth annual Whitehaven Harbour Motor Show.

A producers market with more than 40 stalls packed with stalls selling Cumbrian food and drink will take place in King Street and Market Place with live demonstrations taking place in St Nicholas Church and Gardens as well as a hot food picnic with flavours ranging from spicy street food to the tastiest Cumbrian meat.

Down on the harbourside, the motor show will feature the biggest and best car dealers from across the county. There will also be classic cars, competitions and children’s entertainment which includes street theatre from the Fairly Famous Family and arts and crafts with Rainbow Jelly.

Under the Hub on the harbourside, there will also be a beer and fizz festival, courtesy of Tractor Shed Brewing of Workington and The Tipsy Filly from Carlisle, and live entertainment from local musicians.

Comedian, broadcaster, presenter, author and chef Hardeep Singh Kohli returns to Rosehill on Saturday, July 28 after a very popular visit in January. Tickets cost £35 and will include a two-course spicy supper and the stage show.

During the festival itself, Whitehaven wine expert Gerard Richardson will be hosting a gin tasting in St Nicholas Gardens on the Saturday at 1pm. Tickets cost £10 and guests will be able to sample seven different gins.

The Gaiety Cinema in Tangier Street is the venue for a comedy night on the Saturday, while there’s family fun at The Beacon where Lego dinosaurs prowl the Brick Dinos exhibition.

Event organiser Anna Chippendale, of CN Events, said: “This is only the second year we’ve held this summer festival and it’s already getting bigger and better. We think we’ve got a great line-up with something for everyone – we just need the heatwave to hold until the end of the month.”

The Whitehaven Summer Festival has support from Whitehaven town council and Copeland Council and builds on the growing success of the Taste Cumbria events around the county.

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