Events and Workshops

Every weekend in January

This is the perfect remedy for those post Christmas blues with an Antarctic workshop full of feathered fun!

You may have already heard of Happy Feet, but prepare yourself for a plastic penguin parade like no other as we help you turn your Christmas leftover waste into a colony of scrappy seabirds!

Create one for yourself, and one to add to the Scrappy Feet penguin colony that will go on show at the museum during early January.

You are welcome to bring selected items of recycled waste to include in your creations, although material will be avaialble to support you.

£3 p.p / all ages welcome / Children should be supervised


RSPB BIG Garden Birdwatch: Create your own Feeder

 26- 27 January

Create your own recycled Garden bird feeder to help encourage bird life in your garden or yard.

You will also get a free garden birdwatching survey from an RSPB representative and be given some top tips for spotting birds in your local area. Your findings will go towards protecting our garden bird species native to the UK for years to come. 

Bird Feeder sessions cost £3 p.p. / all ages welcome / Children should be supervised.

This is a bookable session at 11am and 1.30pm each day. Please bring your own juice or milk carton to use. All other craft materials provided.

Call 01946 592302 to book.

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 15 January

A Good Liar: combining history with fiction

Cumbrian author Ruth Sutton reveals how local context and history shaped her ‘Jessie Whelan’ trilogy, which begins in Barrow in 1916 and ends with the Windscale fire of 1957. 

Tuesday 12 February

The Breweries of West Cumbria

Tony Calvin explores the history of the local beer brewing and distilling industry through the vessels that were used. Tasters of the subject matter also come included!

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. 

 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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