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. 

Norse Object Handling Sessions

 Daily from Tuesday 2 July – On the hour between 10am 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. 

How to Discover a Norse Silver Hoard 

13/ 15/ 27/29 August – 1.30 to 2.30pm each day

Drop in Session- No pre booking required

Detectorists Justin Bell and Daniel Boakes have been scouring the landscape of west Cumbria for numerous years, trying to uncover the many layers of history that rest beneath the surface of the ground. In 2014, they discovered the Beckermet hoard, a nationally significant collection of Norse silver that revealed a new window into Cumbria’s past.

In this session, find out about metal detecting and see some of the pair’s favourite discoveries.

Entry to this talk is included with admission to the Discover the Vikings exhibition. 

Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a responisble adult. 

The Legend of Loki: An Evening of History, Mystery and Mead!

Saturday 17 August- 7.30 to 10pm 

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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)


Peter Fox: Hidden Vikings at Home – The Wolves of Dumnonia

24 July, 7 August, 21 August, 28 August at 1.30-3pm

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Peter Fox is a historian, archaeologist and author. Peter’s talk for families will begin with a short extract from the audiobook version of his upcoming novel The Shadow of Fenrir. In an interactive session sparked by this extract, together the group will go on a myth-busting adventure to question stereotypes and misconceptions – and learn surprising new facts about what life was really like for everyday Vikings.

Peter will reveal some of the amazing Viking heritage hidden in plain sight all around us in Cumbria – from the names of places to the local language and counting system. Families will also learn more about Viking sites and experiences that they can visit close to home.

Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a responsible guardian.                                                                                                    

Entry is included for those paying admission to the Discover the Vikings exhibition. For those only wanting to visit this session, tickets are £2.50 per person (£3.15 when including booking admin fee of 65p) and are bookable via Eventbrite by clicking the calendar above.  


World’s Largest Brick Periodic Table

Monday 19 – Friday 23 August – 1.30 to 4pm each day

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Join scientist Stephen Wilson as the Beacon Museum goes XXL on science. This is an event brought to you courtesy of funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

In celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table, the Beacon Museum needs over 100 participants to help build the structure from over 7000 plastic building bricks.

Combined with fun games and learning sessions delivered by volunteers, the bid recognizes the impact of the periodic table of elements

Sessions cost £2.50 per person participating on the day (plus 65p booking fee), Visitors must book spaces via the online Eventbrite Portal. Click your date on the events calendar above to register.

Suitable for ages 6+ Children must be supervised at all times.

Please allow 45 minutes for build time and activity.

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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