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. 

Special Events

Beacon Museum Christmas Events 2019

Satire in Motion: artistic residency project

From Tuesday 26 November until Saturday 10 December

Cumbria- based illustrator Susanna Harbach will be working alongside the public in a satire-themed artistic residency. During this project, Susanna will create a satirical account of Whitehaven’s history. This will appear in a bespoke moving display piece that the public will be able to interact with for years to come. 

Some of the true historical episodes are downright unbelievable whilst others have been built upon by the artist’s own satirical interpretation. So be prepared for Whitehaven like you’ve never seen it before!

Originally of Armenian decent, Sussana Harbach is an illustrator with a keen eye for storytelling. She has recently released a retelling of an Armenian folk tale entitled The Story of a Fisherman and a Talking Fish.

Susanna will be running mini drop-in workshops during her time at the museum, and a timetable of these events will be available soon. 

The residency will be accessible for all entrants to the museum during this time and will be located in the fourth floor Light and Dark Gallery. 

Eerie Cumbria at the Beacon Museum

Wednesday 4 December at 7.30pm

An evening of Cumbrian ghost stories with hauntological music by the Heartwood Institute.

Stories read by Tony Walker and Ben Brinicombe, including: A West Cumberland Coal Mine, The Woman of Wasdale and The Croglin vampire.

The evening will begin at The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven at 7:30 p.m. and is for ages above 16.

A bar will be available on the evening. Cash only.

16 and over only please

You can book tickets online by clicking on the calendar date above

Cumbrian Songs and Stories at Christmas: with Steve Wharton

Tuesday 10 December at 2pm

The return of the Talking Tuesday event offers visitors the chance to meet with friends, chat and listen to interesting local people on a range of topics.
Plus! Nibble on sweet treats with a tea or coffee at each event.

In this Talking Tuesday, performer and storyteller Steve Wharton brings a repertoire of Cumbrian folk music, spoken word and also a few Christmas folk pieces to put you in festive spirits.

All ages welcome.
Entry at door is £5 p.p. and includes all refereshments and talks.
Booking is recommended and you can book directly by clicking on the calendar date above. Alternatively, call 01946592302 or message via Facebook to book.

Regular Weekly/ Monthly Events



  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 

3rd December 2019:

Joseph Ritson and Aileen Rule: Music for Christmas with wine & mince pies

Music for Christmas

Join the Friends of the Beacon Museum for some Christmas carols and a few local stories of Christmas from years gone by. We hope everyone will be in good voice to sing the carols!

Entry costs £2 for non-members and drinks and minced pies are on offer for this event

All ages welcome

 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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