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 12 March

War on Life: Bosnia and Beyond

Artist Kevin Weaver recounts his steps as a reporter in 1990’s Bosnia, scene of one of modern history’s darkest chapters. With access to his exhibition ‘War on life’ and music from Kevin himself. 

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. 

Michael’s Magical Menagerie: Family Theatre

 Saturday 30 March    1pm & 3pm

Michael always wanted a pet, but living in a little house on a busy road in the middle of town, the answer was always NO!

However, a chance encounter with an old gardener sends Michael on an epic adventure in a magical world full of weird and wonderful animals, creatures and unusual features.

Join Storyteller Jeff Wallcook and Musician Sarah Kekus as they tell the tale with, song, music, puppetry and lots of laughter.

This is a special event to coincide with the opening of the early years exhibition Time to Get Up. Visitors can access both this performance and the museum (plus extra special events) for a reduced rate by booking ahead. See below for details.

There will be 2 performances on the day.

Performance lasts approx 90 mins.

Suitable for Children age 2+

Standalone Prices

Adults £7 p.p.
Children age 3+ £5 p.p.
Children age 2 £2 p.p.
Under 2’s Free

Joint ticket with access to Time to Get Up (Opening Day)

Adults £13 p.p.
Children age 3+ £8 p.p.
Children age 2 £2 p.p. (entry to museum included for free)
Under 2’s Free


Printmaking for Beginners 

1 – 7 April:       11.30am & 2pm


For all budding Andy Warhols who want to learn the basics of artistic printmaking. Using simple materials, this fun accessible introduction to the artform is suitable for ages 7+

Cost is £5 p.p. Session duration approximately 1 hour.
Please wear clothes suitable for working with paint.

Admission to the wider museum is required to take part in this activity on the day.

Pre booking is strongly advised by calling 01946 592302

(Please note that free entry via the Copeland Pass is not available during the period 30 March- 29 September 2019)

 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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