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. 

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 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

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays:      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. 

Foil Fish – Drop In Session

Monday 27 May between 11am & 4pm

Create your own foil fish from recycled materials, whilst learning about the wildlife in our Cumbrian rivers. Free session for all ages in the Beacon Portal. No booking neccessary. 

Recycled Elephants: Best in Herd Competition

Every Saturday & Sunday in May, and every day between 25 & 30 May 11am- 4pm in the Beacon Portal


To help celebrate Copeland Borough Council’s successful recycling anniversary, we have launched our Best in Herd competition to run right through May.

We are making baby elephants out of recycled milk containers (please bring them with you), there will be loads of sparkly bits and bob to glue, sprinkle and stick.

This is a free drop in session which will run from 11am to 4pm.

These sessions will run at various times during May and will be judged at the “Model day” in St Nicholas Gardens on 31st May

LEGO (c) Robotic Recycling Trucks

Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays:  Hourly between 11am & 3pm

 Build your own recycling truck using the latest LEGO WeDo technology.

Suitable for ages 6+, this hour long session will highlight the success of Copeland’s local recycling programme, alongside an innovative design and programming workshop, where participants will build their own controllable recycling truck.

Spaces are limited and must be booked by the table. Max 2 participants per table and guardians/ supervisors will have free entry, but must include themselves in those bookable spaces if wanting to actively participate.

 Please book by calling 01946 592302 or via the booking calendar above.

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

4th June: Pat Hall: Helen Thompson Museum- The Way We Were

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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