image for Outdoor Event item typeCarlisle Fringe at Carlisle City Centre

festival, Fri 18 - Mon 28 Aug 2017, free entry

Carlisle Pageant (©Stuart Walker Photography)

Carlisle Pageant (©Stuart Walker Photography)


Carlisle Tourist Information Centre

01228 598596




Following the success of previous Carlisle Pageant events, this year’s 11-day Carlisle Fringe programme will be held in the city centre between Friday 18 August and Monday 28 August. The free festivities will celebrate the city’s history and heritage and will link in with the ancient proclamation of the Great Fair, to be held at the Market Cross on Saturday 26 August at 10:00.

The Proclamation is a declaration of Carlisle City Council’s rights to hold an annual Fair in August, originally granted to the citizens of Carlisle in 1352 by Edward III. A procession including The Mayor of Carlisle, Sword and Mace Bearers and other Civic Dignitaries will make its way from St. Cuthbert’s Church to the Market Cross in the city centre.

The Pageant Puppet Parade and a Street Party are planned within the city centre’s pedestrianised area on Saturday 19 August between 11:00 and 16:00.

The community parade will be the exciting centre-piece of the event. Giant puppets depicting key historic characters will parade through the city centre, starting at 14:00 from Tullie House and finishing in the city centre outside the Old Town Hall.

The eleven-day Pageant programme will also include Best of Carlisle Market stalls from Saturday 19 to Tuesday 22 August, a Fringe Street Festival from Saturday 19 to Tuesday 22 August and an International Market from Market Place Europe, which will run from Thursday 24 to Monday 28 August.

Some Fringe events will also take place in city centre venues. For full details on all Fringe events and performances, visit the Carlisle Fringe website (see contact details).

The Best of Carlisle Market will include a diverse range of stalls each day. The open-air market is organised in partnership with Food Carlisle and will include a variety of local producers, businesses and organisations. There will also be street entertainment for the whole family.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 18 - Mon 28 Aug 2017


Free entry

Some Fringe Street Festival events will be ticketed. For full details, visit the Carlisle Fringe website (see contact details).



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