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Two of the north’s coolest outdoor events combine to create a boutique weekend at Lowther Castle

[T]he North’s No.1 Outdoor Cinema, Picnic Cinema, join forces with Award Winning Crafty Vintage to stage a weekend of entertainment in the spectacular grounds of Lowther Castle on 4th – 5th August.

Not one but two of the North’s award winning outdoor event companies will be hosting the weekend, with a range of entertainment throughout the day, and the opportunity to camp in the grounds of Lowther Castle like never before. Combine that with Lowther Castle grounds, gardens and new cycle hire and trails and it really is full a weekend of activity.

Starting on Saturday 4th August, Crafty Vintage return to Lowther Castle for the second year, after a successful weekend in 2017. Entry to the fair is free and runs from 11am – 7pm on Saturday and 10am – 5pm Sunday. Their eclectic mix of creators, makers, collectors, hunters, gatherers and vintage folk who will be bringing their creative crafts, art, retro wares, vinyl, knits, woodwork and more, promises a weekend of fantastic and unique handmade and vintage purchases.

Owner of Crafty Vintage Laura Johnson said “We cannot wait to return to this stunning location after a hugely successful and busy event last year, collaborating with Eden Arts Picnic Cinema will certainly make this weekend even more spectacular and means the castle can stay open later and offer the opportunity to watch a movie, camp or glamp under the stars in the magnificent grounds.

In Crafty Vintage style alongside the crafts there will also be live music and DJs throughout the day, pop up magic shows, plus crafty corner and face painting for the youngsters, before the evening’s entertainment gets underway.

Far more than just outdoor cinema, Picnic Cinema have been taking picnickers and movie lovers to iconic locations including castles, forests and national trust properties over the years. This year Picnic Cinema will be bringing their big screen to the spectacular setting of Lowther Castle for a showing of Sightseers (15) on Saturday 4th August.

Regularly featured in the national top 10 guides such as The Guardian and The Telegraph as one of the best outdoor cinemas and summer events in the UK, the full Picnic Cinema experience includes dressing up, camping over and letting your hair down with fun and games before the film, music, dancing and many more surprises throughout the evening. Their iconic ‘cinema parties’ which over the years have garnered a cult like following.

You can also glamp it up with Belle Hotel, who offer a range of 4m Belle tents complete with all the trimmings, pitched and ready for when your arrive at the cinema site. Information about glamping can be found on the Picnic Cinema website.

Picnic Cinema is organised by Eden Arts, the award winning team behind Penrith’s Winter Droving, C-Art Festival and proceeds go towards funding their activities including Cine North, a rural touring cinema project that enables rural communities to put on cinema screenings in village venues.

Tickets to Picnic Cinema start at £15 for non camping and £25 for camping tickets and can be purchased through their website at More information about Crafty Vintage can be found on their website at

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