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

The Spookulele Radio Show: musical workshop


Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 October 11am and 1pm

Join storyteller and musician Steve Wharton for a unique experience. The Spookulele Radio Show is a mix of spooky stories performed with ukulele sound effects.

In this workshop you can learn to play the ukulele as you enjoy spooky stories performed by Steve. You’ll then get a chance to create your own spookulele story that the rest of the group will perform.

No experience of playing or writing are needed. The ukulele’s are provided. Please note that these are specially adapted ukuleles and you do not need to bring your own.

Suitable for all ages.
Workshop duration 1h45m.
This workshop involves some vocal participation. Please bring a drink with you and make sure that you have slowly sipped at least two glasses of water in the two hours before the workshop.

Cost is £10 p.p. plus eventbrite booking fees of £1.14 per booking

Click your chosen date on the calendar above to book directly today

Whitehaven Festival of Satire: Dr Christopher Donaldson- Satire from Georgian Whitehaven to Spitting Image

Tuesday 12 November at 2pm

Academic and historian Dr Chris Donaldson has written a book about the cultural and literary landscape of Western Cumbria. To celebrate the British Museum’s Georgian satire exhibition Chris will give a fly through history of political and social satire in Britain, including some local episodes from some well known characters from Cumbria.

£5 per person including refreshments and lite bites.

Whitehaven Festival of Satire: Dr Martin Farr talks modern satire

 Saturday 16 November at 4pm

Renowned academic and political commentator Dr Martin Farr talks about modern day satire from the last century. Dr Martin Farr is the senior lecturer in Contemporary British History at Newcastle University, and specializes in all things satire. He has frequently contributed for television and radio for the BBC and other media channels, and has most recently provided a go-to voice of dissent on recent media-based Brexit discussions.

In this talk Martin will light-heartedly touch upon satire as it is today, and how it has evolved during the twentieth century. Satire had a long history, but was catalysed in Britain by a coincidence of technology and attitudes in the 1960s. The growth of television and the decline of deference combined to cause a sustained outburst of debunking, parody, and ridicule. Intentions could be humorous or political, but the most powerful satire tended to combine both. The effectiveness of satire, however, is harder to judge, and the longer term impact on politics and public life is under-appreciated. This talk will be heavily illustrated with examples of satire from print, television, radio and cinema, and, in a later interaction between technology and attitudes, the internet, where everyone can be a satirist.
Be prepared to laugh, frown and most importantly think!

The talk will last approximately 1.5 hours with a Q&A opportunity at the end.

Suitable for all ages, although some adult themes may be raised.

We encourage you to visit the British Museum Spotlight Loan exhibition The Golden Age of Satire? Late-Georgian satirical prints as a precurser to the talk. Free entry is available to the exhibition for Copeland residents with a Copeland Pass during this time.

Click the relevant date on the calendar above to book tickets directly

Regular Weekly/ Monthly Events



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The Life of John Kent: Britain's First Black Police Officer

Tuesday 8th October at 2pm

Author Ray Greenhow talks about the amazing life of John Kent, who served as a police officer in Maryport and Carlisle during the 1830’s and 40’s. The son of a freed slave, Kent’s story serves as a pioneering example of human endeavour and talent prevailing.

Satire: From Georgian Whitehaven to Spitting Image

                      Tuesday 12th November at 2pm

                                              Historian Dr Chris Donaldson has published on the cultural and literary history of west                                                      Cumbria. To celebrate the British Museum’s Georgian satire exhibition he will be exploring                                              local links with the ‘golden age’ of satire, and considering how Georgian satire relates to the satirical culture of today.

How to attend

When: The 2nd Tuesday of each Month, 2 to 3.30pm.
Where: The Beacon Portal, West Strand, Whitehaven.
Who: 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? £5 per session. Includes all refreshments and talks. Booking recommended.

Talking Tuesday is a daytime meeting for those intrerested in expanding their knowledge of local history, culture and even science and art. Entry includes hot drinks and nibbles for each session.

No matter what your interests, you will find something of interest during our yearly programme.

Scroll above to see what’s on in autumn/ winter 2019

  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

 1st October 2019: AGM and the Director of the Beacon Museum (regarding the Beacon programme and updates for 2019/20)

5th November 2019: Alan Cleaver & Lesley Park – West Cumbria’s Ancient Pathways

3rd December 2019: Joseph Ritson – Music for Christmas with wine & mince pies.


 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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