Events and Workshops

2nd Tuesday of each Month, 2 – 3.30pm.

The Beacon Portal, West Strand, Whitehaven.

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?
£4.50 per session. Includes all refreshments and talks. Booking recommended.

 2019 Programme


Tuesday 9 April 

The Science behind a Liquorice Allsort

Science enthusiast Stephen Wilson will guide us through some unique applications of scientific discovery.  Mysteries of science will be brought to life such as the story of Napoleon’s toxic wallpaper,  and discover the science behind Stephen’s favourite sweet – the esteemed Liquorice Allsort. To underpin the theory, he will reverse engineer a sweet to understand the current science – finishing with poetry by John Betjeman.

Tuesday 14 May

Why Beatrix Potter visited my bathroom- spinning Herdwick Wool

Susan Denham Smith of Wild Wool Barn provides a hands-on and informative talk about life as a spinner in the Ennerdale Valley. Participants will find out about the history of Herdwick Sheep in West Cumbria, life as a traditional spinner and weaver, and the connection Wild Wool Workshop has with Beatrix Potter. They also get chance to have a go at spinning and weaving using ancient methods with the Herdwick wool.

Tuesday 11 June

St Bees Man and the Priory

St Bees resident Chris Robson has been at the heart of a long running project to preserve, identify and promote one of West Cumbria’s most exciting and mysterious finds. In 1981, the mummified remains of what was thought to be a medieval knight were found in the grounds of St Bees priory. This talk brings us up to date with the ongoing conservation project, and other goings on in the preservation of the ancient priory. 

Time to Get Up: Storytelling

30 March- 14 April:      Hourly between 11am & 3pm

Bring your favourite stories to life with a fun interactive session for all ages that includes storytelling and visual stimulus. 

Free with admission

Subject to capacity          No booking required. 

LEGO (c) Robotic Frogs

Saturday 30 March- Sunday 15 April

& Friday 19 April – Monday 22 April

Create your own robotic frog using our LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits this spring at the Beacon Museum!

Follow the instructions and programme your frog robot to hop, skip and jump its way into spring.

Suitable for ages 5+

There are only 4 places per session at £3 per person.
Running the length of the spring break and over Easter weekend. Sessions are between 10 and 4pm each day.

Parents or guardians who wish to participate must book spaces. This activity is not included in museum admission.

Please book by calling 01946 592302.
Essential bookings as these activities sell out quickly.

Free entry via the Copeland Pass is not available during this period. (30 March- 29 September 2019)

Life Cycle Hats with The West Cumbria Rivers Trust 

Monday 8th April drop-in 11am – 4pm

Join us and learn all about the amazing life cycles of animals that live in and around West Cumbria’s rivers. You can also get creative and make your very own lifecycle hat!

Free with admission to the Beacon Museum. No pre booking required.

Beacon Museum Spring Fair

 Saturday 27 April 10 to 4pm in the Beacon Portal


Featuring local crafts, foods, competitions and lots more, all locally sourced from the West of Cumbria. 

Free entry for visitors to the Beacon Portal. Museum admission not included. 

 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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