Events and Workshops

Events and Workshops are Bookable online via the calendar.

Simply click your chosen day to see what is on, and select your chosen event to reserve your spaces via Eventbrite. 

Special Events

Norse Object Handling Sessions

Saturdays and Sundays On the hour between 11am and 3pm.

Drop In Session- No pre-booking required.
Discover Norse artefacts, replica clothes and armour, as well as items used in the everyday life of a Viking. Our host will reveal some history behind the objects, and some objects will be passed around to touch and hold. Located in the third floor gallery.
This activity is included with admission to Discover the Vikings at the Beacon Museum. No booking neccessary although size limits on group size may apply.
All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a responsible guardian.

The Legend of Loki: Another helping of History, Mystery and Mead!

Saturday 27th September at 7.30pm

** New Date Added **

Loki – A Norse God, born of giants, often helpful but mostly a trickster. He has captured audience’s imaginations from the 8th century to the present day.
Steve Wharton, the English Lake District World Heritage Site storyteller turns his attention to this enigmatic character, who is depicted in stone carvings in Gosforth and Kirkby Stephen. Featuring storytelling and music, Steve reveals why Loki features in so many of the Vikings’ stories and how Cumbrian funeral customs preserve a link to the god of mischief. This is an informal evening of Norse themed fun, with a Viking themed bar stocked with mead and ales a plenty alongside non-alcoholic alternatives.
Audience strictly aged 12+ (Under 18’s must be accompanied by a responsible guardian/ Challenge 25 will be applied)
Tickets are £8 p.p. available via Eventbrite by clicking the calendar above. (Image courtesy of Michael Hirst)

Regular Weekly/ Monthly Events



Click Left & Right to see Talking Tuesday Events this autumn

Understanding Posture and Movement

Tuesday 10th September at 2pm

                                                              Karen Douglas de Fenzi is one of the leading movement educators in the UK.                                                                          Hanna Somatics ® is a discipline that  teaches how to combat injury, tightness and                                                         bodily stress.  In this intro session learn some steps to help give yourself  better posture, less stress and more freedom of movement.

The Life of John Kent: Britain's First Black Police Officer

Tuesday 8th October at 2pm

Author Ray Greenhow talks about the amazing life of John Kent, who served as a police officer in Maryport and Carlisle during the 1830’s and 40’s. The son of a freed slave, Kent’s story serves as a pioneering example of human endeavour and talent prevailing.

Satire: From Georgian Whitehaven to Spitting Image

                      Tuesday 12th November at 2pm

                                              Historian Dr Chris Donaldson has published on the cultural and literary history of west                                                      Cumbria. To celebrate the British Museum’s Georgian satire exhibition he will be exploring                                              local links with the ‘golden age’ of satire, and considering how Georgian satire relates to the satirical culture of today.

How to attend

When: The 2nd Tuesday of each Month, 2 to 3.30pm.
Where: The Beacon Portal, West Strand, Whitehaven.
Who: Anyone over 16 welcome.
What is it? Meet with friends, chat, and listen to interesting local people on a range of topics.
Plus! Nibble on sweet treats with tea and coffee at each event.
How much? £5 per session. Includes all refreshments and talks. Booking recommended.

Talking Tuesday is a daytime meeting for those intrerested in expanding their knowledge of local history, culture and even science and art. Entry includes hot drinks and nibbles for each session.

No matter what your interests, you will find something of interest during our yearly programme.

Scroll above to see what’s on in autumn/ winter 2019

When : First Tuesday in the Month at 7.30pm (Unless otherwise stated)

Where: The Beacon Portal, West Strand, Whitehaven CA287LY

Who: All ages welcome + non members pay £2 upon entry 

Events by Month

2nd July: Anne Marie Moffat: The Work of the Cumbria Blood Biker

6th August: Bill Myers: West Cumbria’s Swinging Sixties

3rd September: Cheese and Wine evening 

 If you would like to reserve a space on any of these events, please contact

01946 592302 to reserve a place, or press the ‘contact us’ link in the menu above to send an email.

Please be aware that all events for children must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian unless otherwise stated. Personal details will be retained for the purposes of the event only, and unless specified will be disposed of once the event is complete. Please see our privacy policy for further details 

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