Events 2021

In line with government guidance the Village Hall is now open for most events, including for children and adult exercise classes,  for any enquiries about bookings please contact – the Farmers Market returns outside on Saturday April 17th and every third Saturday of the month after that.

Actors needed!

We’re looking for six actors to tread the boards in a production of the political comedy, Handbagged, written by Moira Buffini. We need actors to play older and younger versions of Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth, and various supporting roles.

The production will run for three nights on 2-4 December at Stainton Village Hall.

If you are interested or just want to know more, come to the Village Hall at 7pm on Friday 6 August, or 2.30pm on Sunday 15 August, for a read-through with Director Bruce Armstrong-Payne.

Rehearsals will be held in October and November with dates and times to be agreed with the cast.

Our virtual events continue over the summer with the monthly book club and virtual quiz, the next Zoom event is on Friday, August 20th at 8pm when the monthly virtual book club will take place. Please contact or message @staintonvhall Facebook page for the ZOOM link.

If you enjoy our events, please consider donating to help support the Village Hall.

Monthly Book Club – Next month’s book is Hungry by Grace Dent for the meeting on Friday August, 20th
The book club is an informal friendly opportunity to share our love of reading meeting once a month as part of the Stainton Virtual Village Hall programme.
Email us at or message us on facebook @staintonvh for the Zoom access link and sign in just before 8pm this Friday..

Friday August 27th at 8.00pm

With the benefit of Zoom Breakout Rooms join together with friends and family from anywhere in the world to take part as a team of upto six people in our Virtual Village Hall Quiz Nights.

Email: or message us on facebook @staintonvh to register your team by no later than Thursday 27th May for the next virtual quiz night

The Stainton Farmers Market is outside the village hall every third Saturday of the month from 9.30 – 12.30. The next market is on August 21st. Details of stall holders can be found below and on facebook @staintonfarmersmarket

FOOTSTOOL COURSES – Next one weekend of July 17th/18th. Learn to make and upholster your very own footstool in this weekend course. All tools and materials included – except the cover fabric which you will choose yourself. Max four students on a course all with your own workstation. Tea, coffee and cake provided! Come and get creative, have a giggle and leave with a professional looking footstool and the confidence to make more. For more details and to book please call Jacqueline on 07786271147 or email

Get in touch for details to join via Zoom
Virtual Village Hall
or message us on facebook for the ZOOM link
To make a donation please visit

Stainton Garden Gadabout, Stainton Nr Penrith Cumbria. Location Cumbria CA110ES

Dates 3rd and 4th July 12-5pm – Approx 16 Gardens, A varied selection of village gardens including four new garden entries and a display at the Village School. All sizes, many styles and something for everyone. You can find sweeping views and sheltered corners, vegetables and fruit, ponds, wildlife havens and of course, many beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees.

Other attractions include refreshments at the Village Hall, Cake Stall, Book Stall, Bric a Brac Stall and a Lucky Dip. Proceeds to Stainton Community Activities. – A Plant Stall will run in one of the open gardens. Cost £5 Adults, accompanied under 16’s free. Tickets bought on Saturday are valid on Sunday. How to get event passports: Tickets on the day from the Village Hall (CA11 0EP) or in advance from the Village Shop or Brantwood Hotel. Contact Phone 01768 868614 email:

Friday, May 14th at 8pm
Body Balance Taster Session with Emma Lynch

A dynamic yoga flow class incorporating elements of Pilates and ending with an optional guided relaxation/meditation which is set to music
E-mail for the Zoom link or message us on Facebook @staintonvh

Friday, May7th at 8pm
Stainton Remembered; The Churches present and ‘past’

An exploration of the history past and present of Stainton and Dacre churches will be supported by 3 short presentations on Friday May 7th – everyone welcome to add their memories.
E-mail for the Zoom link or message us on Facebook @staintonvh

Friday, 30th April at 8pm
Eycott Hill: A nature reserve where wildlife and farming coexist

Kevin Scott of Cumbria Wild Life Trust will give an illustrated talk on Friday April 30th on the nature reserve at Eycott Hill.
E-mail for the Zoom link or message us on Facebook @staintonvh

Friday, 9th April at 8pm
The Plight of the Red Squirrel

Ian Jack of the Penrith Red Squirrel will give an illustrated talks on Friday March12th on the red squirrels in our aread.
E-mail for the Zoom link or message us on Facebook @staintonvh

Friday, 12th March at 8pm
Experiencing the Difference: Mountain treks in Bhutan and China

Liz Beaty and Joan Armstrong will describe their expereinces of the different cultures and landscapes of Bhutan and China in illsutrated talks on Friday March12th .
E-mail for the Zoom link or message us on Facebook @staintonvh

Friday, 5th March at 8pm
A Year with the Stainton Bees by Pat Norris

Pat Norris of the Penrith and District Beekeeping Association will take us through a year of Bee Keeping during her illustrated talk on Friday March 5th .
E-mail for the Zoom link or message us on Facebook @staintonvh

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Friday, 12th February, 8pm
Taster Session on Zoom with Emma Lynch

Techniques for releasing anxiety and tension in the neck, shoulders and hips comprising some simple breathing techniques, stretches and a relaxation whilst seated.
Participants can do as much or as little as they like or even just sit and observe

Friday, 5th February, 8pm “Stainton Remembered” People and Places – from Townhead to Townend
Join us for an evening exploring more about our village, whether you have memories and knowledge to share or you would like to know more about where you live – e-mail for the ZOOM link for the evening to or message us on FaceBook @staintonvh

On Friday January 29th we will welcome Jane Hassel-McCosh to give a Centenary virtual talk on the Dalemain Gardens and the Marmalade Festival held each year at Dalemain. All are welcome to join what will be a very interesting talk by Jane for certain – please e-mail for the ZOOM link for the talk from or message us on FaceBook @staintonvh

Will now play on Saturday December 19th

“Mike Turnbull is a singer-songwriter from the Lake District, UK whose main instruments are tenor guitar & octave mandola. Their sound coupled with the sources of his songs suggests Seth Lakeman and, in truth, that isn’t a bad comparison. He certainly has the same drive and energy.”
Dai Jeffries –

E-mail us at for Zoom link
Mrs Knox and the Goodtime Boys on Friday October 9th
E-mail us at for Zoom link
Saturday October 17th – Further details at

With apologies we have to announce that Jane Hasell-McCosh’s talk will not now take place until early 2021. There will however be an EVANS music event with Jordon Worsfold in the Village Hall on September 11th as the Hall has now re-opened for most activities with special conditions of hire in place to comply with COVID 19 regulations

We’ve been enjoying Andrew Cotter’s videos of Olive and Mabel and we thought it would be fun to discover what all of our pets have been up to during lockdown; see If you have been inspired to share your pet’s antics – contact us for details on how to upload your videos for sharing during our Virtual Pet Show. All pets welcome.Email us at

Community Farmers’ Market, Craft Fair and Cafe every third Saturday of the month restarts July 18th – supplying local produce and crafts (predominantly made in the village) for sale although without the pop up cafe for the time being – serving drinks, cakes and snacks organised and run by members of the Village Hall Committee and volunteers to serve the village residents and draw visitors into the village to support the local businesses.

Courtesy of Stainton Garden Club

The first regular monthly live music event was on Friday Nov 8th featuring Green Man’s Apprentice. The monthly music events are hosted in collaboration with Eden Valley Arts Network and supported by Eden District Arts Network. Tickets £5 are available from Stainton Post Office

Live Music at Stainton Village Hall Friday March 13th with Peter Michael Rowan NOW CANCELLED!

Friday Feb. 14th will feature Burnt Horse

Music Evening Friday January 10th featured Errant Thieves

Friday Dec 13th was Ian Cumpstey (and support)

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Friday March 6th at Stainton Village Hall Tickets are £10 from

The Price of Land is a drama production written by South Lakes poet and writer Geoff Cox as a response to the Lake District being awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Tellingly, the award documentation entirely failed to mention the working people of Cumbria whose efforts have resulted in the Lake District landscapes we see today. Directed by the award-winning Kevin Dyer, the production ranges widely across the Cumbrian landscape, brilliantly captured in a shifting projection of stills and film, and set against a location-made soundtrack composed by Barrow born sound artist Damian Rose.

The verse-drama gives a voice to these forgotten people from 500 years of Cumbrian history, allowing nine characters, miners, quarry workers, peat cuttters, charcoal burners and farmers etc. to tell the stories of their lives and their industries. From the earliest experiences of immigrant copper miners in the time of Queen Elizabeth 1st, to the challenges facing modern day upland farmers, these are stories that remind us that our experience of living and working in the rural North today has its roots in a shared and often uncompromising history. The performances at Stainton is supported by the Lake District National Park Authority and The Farmer Network. Tickets are £10 from

Flowers by Valerie Jayne on Thursday Nov 28th and Dec 5th

Community Flower Class; Christmas Table Design Thursday 5th December Stainton Village Hall 9.45am —12.30pm Bring own pot, foliages and materials £7 (or pots will be available in class at £2.00 each) Mince Pies from J & J Graham For more details or to book contact Valerie Jayne on 07944623196 or email

         Modern Wreath Making £35 Thursday 28th November 9.45am — 12.15pm Stainton Village Hall Mince Pies from J & J Graham   Bring a pair of wire cutters for each class                

Stainton Village Hall Christmas Fare Friday Dec 6th 5.30 – 9.00

Come and join us for an evening of festive celebrations and Christmas shopping in our new VIllage Hall. Carols with Stainton School Choir from 5.30pm followed by a Christmas Fair  showcasing locally made gifts and produce 6pm-9pm. Seasonal refreshments and a raffle in  support of the Village Hall will be available  

70s and 80s Disco Saturday June 22nd – 19.30 to midnight Tickets £6 each including a retro cocktail on entry – fancy dress optional but advised!! Bar by Kings Arms + Disco by Touch of Class All proceeds to Stainton Village Hall Fund.
Tickets available from Kings Arms Pub, Stainton Post Office or telephone Louise 01768 868616

Stainton Garden Gadabout 2019

Stainton Village Hall will be open for all to discover on Saturday 23rd March between 10am and 3pm.
Drop in for a brew, explore your new hall and discuss how you might use it.

We are inviting interested clubs, societies, operators of classes or groups to join us and discover what interest there is in your proposed activities. If you have not already discussed ideas with us, please get in touch to understand what slots we have and options for use.

OPEN DAY 2 – Sunday 24th MARCH
If you cannot join us on Saturday, we will have the hall open for viewing on Sunday


Saturday 23rd March 2019 –
dancing & singing with SOUL JUNCTION

Tickets £6 (bring your own drinks and nibbles)