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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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No shortage of things to do

THE whole country will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next weekend – and Cumbria is no exception. Here is your guide to just some of the best events and festivals taking place across the region.

BRATHAY FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

TAKING place over the course of the jubilee weekend, the inaugural Brathay Festival of Music will see renowned classical performers visit Brathay Church, near Ambleside.

Martin Roscoe, one of Britain’s foremost pianists, will be among those musicians of international repute performing amid the stunning backdrop of the Lake District throughout the weekend of Friday June 1 to Monday 4.

The line-up of performers, also featuring The Fitzwilliam String Quartet on the opening night, will be taking part in the first festival, which comes about after the extensive refurbishment of the Church and Church Hall.

Saturday evening’s performers will be Voces8; on Sunday, Carlisle Cathedral Choir sing, and the four-day festival concludes on Monday, with a lunchtime recital by Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang and an evening performance by Martin Roscoe.

Full details and ticket information is available at www.musicatbrathay.org.uk

FORD PARK

As part of Ulverston’s Diamond Jubilee festivities, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are coming to Ford Park House on Sunday June 3 with their production of Shakespeare’s gripping tragedy Macbeth.

The two-hour performance will offer local crowds the perfect opportunity to see Shakespeare’s play performed to the very highest standard, in the way the Bard first envisioned it – with an all-male cast, traditional costume and Elizabethan song and dance.

Following the original plot, when the triumphant soldier Macbeth discovers he is destined to be the next King of Scotland, he and Lady Macbeth decide to risk everything in a desperate attempt to gain the throne. However, Macbeth’s violent dream of power quickly becomes a paranoid nightmare.

The play starts at 6.30pm and tickets are available from Ulverston Tourist Information, at the Coronation Hall, or by contacting Jackie at Ford Park on 01229 581845.

MUNCASTER FESTIVAL OF FOOLS

Muncaster Castle’s world famous five-day Festival of Fools starts on Sunday June 3, and offers an impressive range of fun, educational and downright foolish experiences.

Launching with an open air evening of entertainment, the event promises exciting activities ranging from conservation ‘walk and talks’ from the World Owl Trust, a climbing wall, clay pigeon shooting and cookery demonstrations through to arts and crafts, children’s jousting and even an interactive time travelling story teller.

The festival finishes with the International Jesters Tournament when the Fool of Muncaster 2012 will be crowned by last year’s winners, Witty Look, all the way from Japan.

On Monday 4, there will be an open air concert on the front lawn of the Castle to raise funds for Cumbria Young Carers. Gates open at 5pm and the show will be followed by the lighting of the castle’s jubilee beacons at 10.30pm.

RAVENGLASS AND ESKDALE RAILWAY

The La’al Ratty is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation with the patriotic sound of Egremont Brass Town Band.

The Brass and Bunting event at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway will take visitors back to yesteryear with the event at Dalegarth Station on Tuesday June 5.

The Turntable Café will be serving its very special Diamond Jubilee Tea, which includes a sandwich and a homebaked scone, while limited edition English Lakes Diamond Jubilee Ice Cream will also be on sale.

ROXY CINEMA

The Roxy in Ulverston has its own special anniversary on the horizon.

The town centre cinema turns 75 in June, and to celebrate it is showcasing a series of films of that era.

Opening on Monday June 21, 1937, the iconic building was built at the junction of County Street, as it was then called, and Brogden Street, on the site of the old County Mews.

The Roxy still remains one of the town’s historic landmarks.

Opened during the Coronation year of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the art deco cinema on Brogden Street is the last surviving film house in Ulverston.

It will be shown once more to mark the occasion on Thursday, June 21.

Tickets for the screening and reception are available from the box office and proceeds go to St Mary’s Hospice.

WHITEHAVEN DIAMOND JUBILEE FESTIVAL

Some of the UK’s biggest bands and artists come together for a special three-day music festival in Cumbria next weekend.

Welsh soprano singer Katherine Jenkins will open this year’s Whitehaven Diamond Jubilee Festival, on Friday, June 1.

The following day will see a return to the 70s with six acts performing their collection of number one hits. Acts include The Real Thing, Odyessey, The Three Degrees, Showaddywaddy, Lee McKeown’s Bay City Rollers and Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel.

Headlining on the Sunday evening and ending the celebrations will be The Enemy, fresh from their gig on the roof at Wembley Stadium prior to the FA Cup final.

There will be a host of celebrities over the weekend, including chefs Jean Christophe Novelli and Ainsley Harriott, Coronation Street barmaid, Michelle Collins and Strictly star Anton Du Beke. There will be street entertainers, tall ships and markets and the Red Arrows will be performing their famous air display.

For more information or to book tickets go to www.thewhitehavenfestival.co.uk

THE WORLD OF BEATRIX POTTER

Peter Rabbit will be making special VIP appearances at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, in Bowness, on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5, to celebrate the jubilee.

There will be free cupcakes and balloons for every child ticket purchased.

Joining in with the national celebrations, a classic Peter Rabbit model from the attraction will be travelling 300 miles to London to be part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

Next Sunday afternoon, a thousand boats will gather on the Thames in the largest flotilla in modern times on the river, with rowing boats, working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes, beautifully dressed with streamers and union flags, stretching for around 12 and a half miles.

The Lake District will be represented by The Queen of the Lake, owned by Windermere Lake Cruises, and the model of Peter Rabbit will be one of the guests on board.

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