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Carlisle Hawker Festival

Published on 08 June 2021

Carlisle Hawker Festival

Carlisle will host its first ever Hawker Market later this week.

The city centre event will take place between Thursday 10 and Sunday 13 June. It will be the first of its kind will feature street food, seating areas and entertainment from local performers and musicians.

Organised by Carlisle City Council, with support from the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, it aims to encourage shoppers to return into the city centre post lockdown, give visitors a safe outdoor space to reconnect with friends and family, and bring the community together. Local Cumbrian businesses have been invited to take part free of charge.

Live music will be held in the city centre from 12pm on both Saturday 12 June and Sunday 13 June. Performers will include The Postcard Band, Marblmoon, Cosmic Cat, Mylittlebrother, Dan Mason, Christian Moss, Gemma Bell, Ste Harkins, Jazz(ish), We Are Quasars, Spud, Joe Lush and Slaves of Venus. For a running order, visit

Cllr Stephen Higgs, Portfolio holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure, said:

“I am delighted that we are able to re-start our events programme. It is encouraging that local businesses are taking part and supporting this first of a kind event in the city. The weekend music and entertainment are a welcome platform for some great local talent, and the forecast for the weekend looks good too. I hope that as many people as possible come out to enjoy the Hawker Festival and show their support for our high street.”

Shoppers will have four days to treat themselves to a huge array of street food and drinks.

A Covid Safety Management Plan will be implemented with provision for social distancing. Hand sanitising stations will be provided, and stewards will be on site to ensure queueing systems at stalls are kept to a minimum and to help customers maintain social distancing.

The project has received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund and the UK Government through the Welcome Back Fund.

European Regional Development Fund

The project has received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

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