Letters to the Moon transfers from the Hampstead Theatre to Ennerdale

Fascinating wartime letters sent between Brief Encounter actress Dame Celia Johnson and her husband are being brought on tour in Cumbria.  Their daughter Lucy Fleming and her actor husband Simon Williams are set to perform Posting Letters to the Moon in venues in Keswick, Ennerdale and Glenridding.  They will take to the stage to tell the wartime relationship between Celia and her husband Peter, brother of James Bond author Ian Fleming.

The letters provide an account of Celia’s experiences during the war and of her dual life – dealing with rationing and learning to drive a tractor, while juggling her role as a film star.  Dame Johnson had visited the county while filming Brief Encounter in 1945, describing the location as “simply lovely” and a part of the country she didn’t know “was so beautiful.”

Lucy and Simon, who are at the centre of a love triangle in BBC Radio 4’s series The Archers as Justin and Miranda Elliott, with Justin’s assistant Lillian, are bringing the story of her acting life during the war back to the county next month. We are thrilled to host the show Upstairs @ The Gather on Tuesday, 7th March – 7pm for 7.3pm.

Tickets available at The Gather Cafe, Ennerdale or online at: 




28th October:  Herdwicks, farming and the conservation of our local culture.                      Talk by Will Rawling, Chair of the Herdwick Association. 


7.00pm:  Welcome reception with raffle. Win ‘Two for One’ meal at The Fox and Hounds Inn, or Afternoon Tea for Two at The Gather.

7.30pm: Performance Upstairs @ The Gather

Tickets available at The Gather Cafe, via phone 01946 862453 £4 or online £5 including booking fee:


Basket Weaving Afternoon Workshop open to over 12s and Adults 25/10

Our Half Term Kids’ Workshops are nearly booked.
Basket Weaving with Helen Elvin at 1.30pm Tuesday, 25th October:
The afternoon session is now open to over 12s AND Adults! Those customers, at The Gather, who have expressed interest in Basket weaving, please go ahead and book either in person at The Gather, via phone 01946 862453 or via this link:


Basket fish-dish!

22nd October:  Balbir Singh Dance Company – Solos and Duets

Courtesy of Arts out West and Dance Across the North. 

7.00pm:  Welcome reception with raffle. Win one night B&B at Beckfoot Retreat, Ennerdale Water.

7.30pm: Performance Upstairs @ The Gather


“Dazzling and gorgeously imaginative… A tidal wave of creative genius…a wonderous spectacle.” Metro ★★★★

If you love a bit of atmosphere coupled with hypnotic dance routines then this is the show for you! Solos and Duets is a mesmerising programme, featuring four classical Indian dance solos, followed by a musical interlude between tabla player, beatboxer and dancers.

Balbir Singh Dance Company comes to Ennerdale via Arts Out West.

The company is in partnership with Dance Across the North – a project which will see over 10,000 people across the North of England experience world class dance and music within their local communities.

Tickets for Balbir Singh Dance Company’s Solos and Duets Upstairs @ The Gather on Saturday, 22nd October are now available:


October Update at The Gather & Upstairs

Thank you to all that came to our Macmillan Coffee Morning -An impressive £331.10 was raised and this amount is kindly being matched by Argos.  So the very generous customers of The Gather Cafe in Ennerdale should feel incredibly proud with the GRAND TOTAL of £662.20!

The launch of our Afternoon Teas at the weekend was a great success.  Afternoon teas are available every weekend – please book in advance on 01946 862453 or email bookings@ennerdalecentre.com with your name and contact details and how many you are booking for.

Here are our forthcoming events:

6th October: 10am to 1pm

Helen’s Herbs – Cooking with Herbs  £17.50

Cookery demonstration – join in the preparation and enjoy lunch at the end.

Herb Scones, Healthy Herby soup and Lemon Verbena Layered Pudding.

Buy tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cooking-with-herbs-by-helens-herbs-tickets-27647576646 or book your place and pay at The Gather Cafe.

7th October – 6.30pm

Madam Bridget’s Caravan of Curiosities – A show for all the Family!


Ian Douglas Story Teller with Cumbria Family Arts Network.

Hidden deep within the recesses of Madam Bridget’s caravan are many objects of antiquity and mystery, and none more so than Madam Bridget’s golden orb. Lost in the vales of time but unearthed in a random spring clean, the golden orb is bursting at the seams with stories and songs of past times and hidden futures. Madam Bridget invites you to join her for a slap stick show of gypsy magic that will reveal the many secrets of this ancient treasure and you never know…..it might reveal your fortune!!

Tickets:  Adults: £7, Kids: £4 and Family ticket: £20

Online ticket link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/madam-bridgets-caravan-of-curiosities-tickets-28329566496 or book your place and pay at The Gather Cafe.