Lady Anne Clifford in the Westmorland Dales
A theatrical performance, in two parts

To celebrate Westmorland Dales Day, Lady Anne Clifford visits Kirkby Stephen for the very first time, journeying from Pendragon Castle, Mallerstang.

Take a Cumbria Classic Coach from Kirkby Stephen to Mallerstang, to see Lady Anne and her gentlewomen catch up with the local news from her relations, Lord and Lady Wharton. She’s delighted to be back in the area she loves and eager to share her plans for restoring the Castle.

Returning on the coach join the festivities in Kirkby Stephen, where Lady Anne will mingle with the crowds. She’ll sample local produce and chat with stallholders and craftspeople, picking up the odd gift and distributing money to the children. Impressed with its shops, flags and ambience, she’ll take to the stage in Church Green to thank the town for the warmth of its welcome and toast the proud future of the Westmorland Dales.

This two part promenade performance at Kirkby Stephen’s Westmorland Dales Day on 28 July 2019 will celebrate the remarkable life of Lady Anne Clifford. The brainwave of local resident Sue Capel, the play will be devised, written and performed by professional actor and director Lisa O’Hanlon, aided and abetted by members of the Lune Spring players and musician Carolyn Francis.

The first part of the play will be performed at Pendragon Castle by kind permission of the owner, John Bucknall. Places will be ticketed and limited to an audience of 50. The second part will take place on Kirkby Stephen’s Church Green, and will be non-ticketed and open to all.

Westmorland Dales Day is now in its fourth successful year. This is the first time drama will feature on the programme.

Approximate timings:

12.30pm – Cumbria Classic Coach pick-up at Market Square, Kirkby Stephen (booking essential) for performance at Pendragon Castle, Mallerstang
3.15pm – Performance in Church Green, Kirkby Stephen (no booking required).


Booking is essential for the return bus trip and performance at Pendragon Castle. Tickets are free but we ask for a small donation to secure your space. All donations raised go to Kirkby Stephen Community Arts, registered charity no. 1175507, helping to programme and promote high-quality arts events and activities for the community of Kirkby Stephen and the Upper Eden Valley.

Please note that there will be no seating available at Pendragon Castle. If you have any access requirements please email and let us know.

This project is supported by Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Sustainable Development Fund.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund is open to individuals, businesses, community groups or voluntary sector bodies. It provides an accessible source of money for a range of projects that result in positive benefits for the National Park’s environment, economy and communities, while enhancing and conserving local culture, wildlife and landscape.