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Stone Letter Carving 3 Day workshop with Pip Hall1184

Stone Letter Carving 3 Day workshop with Pip Hall 17/09/2014 - 19/09/2014

Stone Carving 3 Day Workshop for Beginners with enthusiasm and a little patience! Intermediates' Course in July - please see our website for details. Many of us who have walked in the various corners of Cumbria and some of our cities have noticed the wonderful work produced by this very talented lady, poetry, pictures and words flow from and are totally at one with the stone in which they are carved, her pieces are unique and beautifully reflective, in every sense. Please look at her website www.piphall.co.uk Consisting of an introductory slide show is followed by demonstrations of lettering styles, drawing techniques and methods of carving with chisels, followed by individual tuition. Students are welcome to bring their own stone and project. The Course Fee includes use of tools and equipment. Stones are available for a small charge.

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/workshops.htm#stone

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 19/09/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Old Times1719

Old Times 19/09/2014

When two friends reunite after twenty years apart, sparks begin to fly. Anna returns to visit her old friend Kate and meets Deeley, Kate’s husband. What begins as a reunion reminiscing about their early years soon turns into something more sinister. An emotional battle commences where conflicting memories clash, sexual tension mounts and the lines between the past and the present, reality and imagination begin to blur. Pinter’s most passionate and mysterious of plays leaves you questioning where the truth really lies. Don’t miss this electrifying, enigmatic and gripping masterpiece.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Green Wood Spoon Carving: Bushcraft Day1160

Green Wood Spoon Carving: Bushcraft Day 19/09/2014

Long before many of us were inspired by Ray Mears to learn about Bushcraft, David Alty was in the woods! Having been an outdoor child, but then subsequently confined to the limitations of a working life on the road, he had the opportunity ten years ago to revisit his lifelong interest in nature and he rediscovered the appeal of living and surviving in the natural environment. The Wild food expertise, bushcraft and green woodworking skills he has acquired he enjoys sharing with all those who would like to (re)discover the wilder side of life. He currently works in woodland management and green woodworking and runs courses and demonstrations to introduce people to spoon and bowl carving, wild food preparation, cooking and bushcraft. David will bring a variety of samples, teaching and reference materials and a selection of greenwoods for you to choose from. You will learn how to choose, prepare and split timber and the various methods and styles of carving you could incorporate into your piece which will entail using a variety of specialist tools. Once your piece is made David will make sure you understand about preserving and treating your greenwood piece of art for optimum life. Students should all be able to create a finished object in a day and you will have acquired from David the necessary skills to recreate more at home. These are natural forms, in tune with nature and reminiscent of how we formed our first eating implements. It is a widely accepted fact that the actual carving of the spoon is incredibly relaxing and therapeutic.

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/workshops.htm#spoon

 
The Winterling1715

The Winterling 20/09/2014

From the acclaimed writer of Jerusalem comes a brilliantly twisted thriller about living on the edge. It’s winter on Dartmoor and in a derelict farmhouse West waits for former associates from the city. The wine has been poured and he’s put on his suit. This could be his chance to get back in the game: a reunion and a return from exile. But there’s a mysterious girl upstairs, an axe by the door, and the dog is missing. Nothing is quite what it seems and going home will come at a price. “Like Harold Pinter crossed with Guy Ritchie plus Withnail and I” The Independent

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Rookery Nook1714

Rookery Nook 20/09/2014

She’s pretty, wears pink pyjamas and turns up unexpectedly at Rookery Nook, a rented holiday home in Somerset. Local tongues begin to wag in the quiet seaside town of Chumpton-on-Sea and so begins a chaos of embarrassments, excuses and evasions, minor deceptions and major misunderstandings. Throw in a ferocious German stepfather (with an equally ferocious dog), a retired drunken Admiral, a hen pecked husband and a malevolent charlady and you have the perfect line-up for a funny, fast-moving farce by master of the genre Ben Travers. Simply great fun for the whole family.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Discover Pole Lathe Wood Turning1142

Discover Pole Lathe Wood Turning 20/09/2014

Green Pole Lathe Wood Turning - making items for the Kitchen & Garden! We welcome renowned Yorkshire "bodger" Chris Helliwell to Greystoke to instruct you for the day in lathe wood turning. The day will be fairly physically demanding, you may not even notice all the calories you'll be burning as you'll be concentrating so much! Lathe wood turning strikes in interesting balance between using leg power to turn the wood and steady arm control to shave away at your work. Chris has up to 8 lathes that he can bring with him. In addition to the lathes, Chris will also provide instruction on how to prepare you work from freshly cut log sections and how to use the saw horse and draw saw. In the past people have made fantastic candlesticks, seed dibbers, rolling pins and spinning tops! Come and learn an exciting skill in the lovely surroundings of Greystoke!

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/workshops2.htm#lathe

 
Royal Northern Sinfonia1741

Royal Northern Sinfonia 21/09/2014

Pre-concert talk by Ian Hare at 6.45pm Always a sell-out and now with the ‘Royal’ seal of approval, Northern Sinfonia is internationally recognised as one of the UK’s finest chamber orchestras. With their charismatic director they aim to breathe new life into well-loved pieces, performing them ‘as if the ink was still wet on the page’. Come and hear, as if for the first time, Elgar’s lyrical Serenade for Strings, Haydn’s second Cello Concerto, Mozart’s Prague Symphony and more.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Lino Cut Printing with Angie Mitchell1145

Lino Cut Printing with Angie Mitchell 21/09/2014

Angie will bring all equipment along and show you how to design and carve your own lino piece to create the feeling of texture and detail. You will learn about printing and rolling and mixing colours and leave at the end of the day with your own pieces of printed artwork of your own. Angie's work is inspired by the drama and colour of the Lakeland hills and the Morecombe Bay Estuary with its ever changing weather and moods. She uses various mark making and printing techniques to add detail and information about the texture and pattern. Materials Charge: This will very between £5 and £10 per person payable directly to the tutor based upon the lino, inks and paper you use - there are various options.

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/workshops.htm#linoprint

 
Beginners Artistic Blacksmithing & Metal Forging13

Beginners Artistic Blacksmithing & Metal Forging 21/09/2014

Adrian & Bill arrived early with all the kit and set it up on the cafe lawns. During first coffee & biscuits he went through some of the exciting work he'd been involved with and showed the group what they might expect to make during the day. Enter six potential arty blacksmiths c/w enthusiasm and a lovely calm day in the garden and you have the ingredients for an inspiring and creative blacksmithing day. After a safety talk and with furnaces lit Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task. The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. After practice, you should be able to make at least one of several items including toasting fork fire poker, candle-stick etc. A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience.

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/workshops.htm#blacksmith

 
Seeing the Lights1717

Seeing the Lights 22/09/2014

A brand new hilarious comedy about family relationships, rivalries and responsibilities. Terry is a nurse by day and full time carer for his mum by night. As her 75th birthday approaches, the family descends and the siblings start to bicker. Should mum be in a home? Who’s done the most for her and who knows best? Terry wants things to stay as they are, but his sister Marion has other ideas. And then there’s the will… As the pressure builds and her favourite son Kenneth still hasn’t arrived for the party, mum’s left wondering if she’ll ever get to see Blackpool Illuminations just one more time.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Dracula1716

Dracula 22/09/2014

Desire and terror abound in this spine-tingling, sensual dramatisation of Bram Stoker’s famed Gothic novel. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help a mysterious Count with the purchase of a new property, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents start to unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the looming arrival of his ‘Master’. Explore your darkest dreams with one of the greatest horror stories ever told.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 23/09/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Poetry reading: Jean Sprackland & Katrina Porteous1402

Poetry reading: Jean Sprackland & Katrina Porteous 23/09/2014

Jean Sprackland returns to Grasmere to read from her fourth collection, Sleeping Keys. Her new poems explore transitions, the move from loss and separation to new beginnings. With clear-sighted objectivity and remarkable imagery, she turns her gaze towards physical objects to reveal unexpected meanings in them. Katrina Porteous launches her new collection Two Countries. Her poems focus on place, and on the relationship between landscape and community. Much of her work was written for radio; it contains many voices, draws on Border ballad, storytelling and song, and is often rooted in direct oral testimony from, among others, hill-farmers and Northumbrian fisherman.

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

https://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/09/23/poetry-reading-jean-sprackland-amp-katrina-porteous.html

 
Old Times1719

Old Times 23/09/2014

When two friends reunite after twenty years apart, sparks begin to fly. Anna returns to visit her old friend Kate and meets Deeley, Kate’s husband. What begins as a reunion reminiscing about their early years soon turns into something more sinister. An emotional battle commences where conflicting memories clash, sexual tension mounts and the lines between the past and the present, reality and imagination begin to blur. Pinter’s most passionate and mysterious of plays leaves you questioning where the truth really lies. Don’t miss this electrifying, enigmatic and gripping masterpiece.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 24/09/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Old Times1719

Old Times 24/09/2014

When two friends reunite after twenty years apart, sparks begin to fly. Anna returns to visit her old friend Kate and meets Deeley, Kate’s husband. What begins as a reunion reminiscing about their early years soon turns into something more sinister. An emotional battle commences where conflicting memories clash, sexual tension mounts and the lines between the past and the present, reality and imagination begin to blur. Pinter’s most passionate and mysterious of plays leaves you questioning where the truth really lies. Don’t miss this electrifying, enigmatic and gripping masterpiece.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Ceramics: Make a Beautiful Porcelain Vase1172

Ceramics: Make a Beautiful Porcelain Vase 24/09/2014

During this workshop, under Gwen's guidance, you will create a tall porcelain vase embellished with your own beautiful textures and patterns from lace and embroidery. You will be shown how to incorporate 'spriggs' within your vase to create your own lavishly decorated but functional piece of art. There will be an additional cost for materials used (including both clay and 2 firings of the clay) of £10, payable to the tutor on the day. If you are very prolific and do more than one vase a small extra charge will be made to cover the extra materials. Much of Gwen's work is defined by the unique incorporation of textile pattern into her porcelain, making her work so delicate, unique and sought after. You will be served with a delicious Aga cooked lunch and be able to enjoy the creative treat, being independently absorbed while working alongside each other in the company of other like minded people. The pieces you take home will be a happy reminder of your special day! Spaces are limited.

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/workshops.htm

 
Traditional  Stick Making Workshop: Wood or Horn1195

Traditional Stick Making Workshop: Wood or Horn 25/09/2014

Marion Woolcott is an experienced spinner, weaver, dyer, knitter and crocheter as well as being a tutor and designer. She has taught many individuals and groups different aspects of spinning, specialising in producing exciting fancy yarns. Marion is also a founder member of The Wool Clip co-operative. We will explore the world of dyeing wool with: Natural dyes - covering mordanting the yarn the process which ensures the dye adheres to the wool, and seeing the different colours produced from one dye bucket. We will be using Weld, Logwood, Madder and some local plants. If the weather is fine we shall also be able to have an indigo dye bath. Everyone will go home with sample cards (of yarn?)from each dye bath. Total cost of materials will be the cost of a fleece – under £10 payable directly to Marion on the day please. Please do not wear your best clothes and bring rubber gloves.

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/workshops2.htm#stickmaking

 
The Winterling1715

The Winterling 25/09/2014

From the acclaimed writer of Jerusalem comes a brilliantly twisted thriller about living on the edge. It’s winter on Dartmoor and in a derelict farmhouse West waits for former associates from the city. The wine has been poured and he’s put on his suit. This could be his chance to get back in the game: a reunion and a return from exile. But there’s a mysterious girl upstairs, an axe by the door, and the dog is missing. Nothing is quite what it seems and going home will come at a price. “Like Harold Pinter crossed with Guy Ritchie plus Withnail and I” The Independent

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Rookery Nook1714

Rookery Nook 25/09/2014

She’s pretty, wears pink pyjamas and turns up unexpectedly at Rookery Nook, a rented holiday home in Somerset. Local tongues begin to wag in the quiet seaside town of Chumpton-on-Sea and so begins a chaos of embarrassments, excuses and evasions, minor deceptions and major misunderstandings. Throw in a ferocious German stepfather (with an equally ferocious dog), a retired drunken Admiral, a hen pecked husband and a malevolent charlady and you have the perfect line-up for a funny, fast-moving farce by master of the genre Ben Travers. Simply great fun for the whole family.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Winterling1715

The Winterling 26/09/2014

From the acclaimed writer of Jerusalem comes a brilliantly twisted thriller about living on the edge. It’s winter on Dartmoor and in a derelict farmhouse West waits for former associates from the city. The wine has been poured and he’s put on his suit. This could be his chance to get back in the game: a reunion and a return from exile. But there’s a mysterious girl upstairs, an axe by the door, and the dog is missing. Nothing is quite what it seems and going home will come at a price. “Like Harold Pinter crossed with Guy Ritchie plus Withnail and I” The Independent

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Rookery Nook1714

Rookery Nook 26/09/2014

She’s pretty, wears pink pyjamas and turns up unexpectedly at Rookery Nook, a rented holiday home in Somerset. Local tongues begin to wag in the quiet seaside town of Chumpton-on-Sea and so begins a chaos of embarrassments, excuses and evasions, minor deceptions and major misunderstandings. Throw in a ferocious German stepfather (with an equally ferocious dog), a retired drunken Admiral, a hen pecked husband and a malevolent charlady and you have the perfect line-up for a funny, fast-moving farce by master of the genre Ben Travers. Simply great fun for the whole family.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Glass Fusing and Jewellery with Marilyn Hale1149

Glass Fusing and Jewellery with Marilyn Hale 26/09/2014

Marilyn will tell you all about fused glass before you start - the safe and most successful ways to cut, and what can be done with glass in a kiln in terms of fusing, stacking, tack fusing and slumping. Once you have been shown what is possible Marion will let you loose for the rest of that day to make what you can under her guidance. You will be able to make jewellery, coasters, candle holders and plaques – as in the pictures. Obviously if you wish to make some Xmas Decorations (below) in spring or summer then that’s fine too! Additional charges are £15 per student and this includes the glass you use and the firing fee back at Marilyn's studio plus redelivery of the glass back to the Cycle Cafe. If you wish to have your pieces posted to you Marilyn may need to add a small extra charge of £2 - as with certain other small items on a 'use by' basis i.e. jewellery hangers, extra dichroics as well as any additional sheets of glass you may wish to use at cost. Each student will have enough glass to make around 12-15 different items (obviously depending on the sizes).

Annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/workshops.htm

 
Silver Clay Workshop1214

Silver Clay Workshop 27/09/2014

Make your very own personalised jewellery from Silver Clay. Be inspired by the natural world to create truly original pieces.

annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

 
Taste Cumbria Food Festival1020

Taste Cumbria Food Festival 27/09/2014 - 28/09/2014

The first Taste Cumbria Food Festival was in 2010 and saw Cockermouth's shop's restaurants, hotels and pubs join forces in the weekend-long Cumbrian culinary celebrations. We are now in our fifth year of Taste Cumbria and 2014 looks to be the biggest festival yet. Not only are we offering workshops, courses, menu planning, kid's activities and tastings, but more businesses and producers than ever before are taking part. Famous names and chefs will be sharing their talents and secrets and we will be offering the warmest and tastiest welcome to locals and visitors alike. Our objectives remain the same; to position Cumbria as a world class food tourism destination; provide a high quality food tourism experience; improve visitors' access to and awareness of Cumbria's local produce, food heroes and food culture; and stimulate demand for Cumbrian produce and quality local dining experiences. Join us on 27th-28th September 2014 for a real foodie festival which is fast gaining a reputation as the destination where you will find the real producers with real local produce packed full of real taste.

www.tastecumbria.com

 
Waiting for Godot: Rehearsed reading1758

Waiting for Godot: Rehearsed reading 27/09/2014

Vladimir and Estragon are standing by a road. They’re bored; bored to death. They’d like to leave, but they can’t – they’re waiting for Godot. He’s going to change their lives for the better… if he ever turns up. They’ve contemplated religion, suicide and the human body. But now night is closing in and their patter is running out. On the horizon, they see a figure leading another by a leash. Is this what they’ve been waiting for? Waiting for Godot was voted in the top 20 of the nation’s favourite plays in a recent poll by English Touring Theatre. This rehearsed reading is a great chance to see it stripped back to the bare essentials. Without sets or costumes and with actors using scripts, you can focus on the truth and beauty at the core of the play – its humanity. Beckett discovered a way to speak to our hearts – finding comedy in tragedy, hope in despair and friendship in cruelty. He celebrates the human spirit’s ability to endure almost anything. Or nothing.

enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Dracula1716

Dracula 27/09/2014

Desire and terror abound in this spine-tingling, sensual dramatisation of Bram Stoker’s famed Gothic novel. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help a mysterious Count with the purchase of a new property, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents start to unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the looming arrival of his ‘Master’. Explore your darkest dreams with one of the greatest horror stories ever told.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Morris Federation AGM1505

Morris Federation AGM 27/09/2014

We are siting the 2014 AGM in Keswick which is on the edge of Derwentwater in the Lake District. Arrive via the M6 (J40 at Penrith) and the A66 from almost anywhere in the country. The AGM weekend will be centred on Rawnsley Hall just 200 metres from the town centre. We have chosen a number of pleasant sites around the town for sides to dance at in the morning: all are within walking distance of about 5 minutes of the town centre, but it will be a Saturday so the busy market will be going on there. It is our custom to raise money for local charities, and during the dances, buckets will be with the stewards to collect for Keswick Mountain Rescue. In the afternoon there will be a showcase when the sides may present one or two dances for all to see, and this will be either outside Rawnsley hall, or within, if wet. Late in the afternoon will be the AGM when Morris Federation business will be conducted. After a chance to relax and have a meal, we shall be presenting a ceilidh with local band Striding Edge, in Rawnsley hall.

m.wiltshire08@btinternet.com

http://www.belfagan.blogspot.co.uk/p/morris-federation-agm-27-sept-2014.html

 
Seeing the Lights1717

Seeing the Lights 27/09/2014

A brand new hilarious comedy about family relationships, rivalries and responsibilities. Terry is a nurse by day and full time carer for his mum by night. As her 75th birthday approaches, the family descends and the siblings start to bicker. Should mum be in a home? Who’s done the most for her and who knows best? Terry wants things to stay as they are, but his sister Marion has other ideas. And then there’s the will… As the pressure builds and her favourite son Kenneth still hasn’t arrived for the party, mum’s left wondering if she’ll ever get to see Blackpool Illuminations just one more time.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 

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