At The Old Courthouse

Monthly Market – Save the dates!

23rd October, 27th November, 18th December

Food/Art/Craft stalls plus much more -  indoors and outdoors

 at Shap Memorial Hall and The Old Courthouse

Refreshments served in the Memorial Hall - proceeds for Shap charities

(Oct - Shap Playgroup    Nov -  Shap Swimming Pool   Dec - 106 Bus )    

Music on the Terrace 1030 - 1230

23rd October – Morland Ukelele Group and Mark ‘Stivvy’Stephenson

27th November  - The Lidos, 3-piece  50s and 60s cover band

18th December - tbc

The Shap monthly markets are a joint initiative between Shap Parish Council, Shap Memorial Hall, Shap Community CIO

Follow Shap Market

Shap Farmers’ and Makers’ Market

Takes place on the fourth Saturday of the month March to November and the third Saturday of the month in December.

It started as a new venture in 2021 and hosts a good variety of quality food, plant, art and craft stalls making it an excellent place to shop for produce and gifts.  Live music takes place on the terrace at The Old Courthouse which regularly hosts exhibitions in its Exhibit ‘A’ Gallery. The Market is a joint initiative between Shap Parish Council, Shap Memorial Hall and Shap Community CIO (The Old Courthouse) who aim to provide local producers and artisans with an opportunity to showcase and sell their goods and to stimulate the local economy by attracting local residents and visitors to the markets.

Lying between the eastern fells of the Lake District, including High Street, and the limestone pavements and Howgills scenery of the Westmorland Dales, Shap is a great location from which to explore the area. The A6 passes through the village and the village is only 3 miles from the M6 (Jctn 39).  The market is held centrally in Shap village and is based at two sites in close proximity to one another – Shap Memorial Hall and The Old Courthouse.  SAT NAV: CA10 3NL

Both venues have disabled access and toilet facilities.  There is free parking in the public car park and additional road side parking.  

At our last market we had the following stall-holders:

Shap Farmers’ and Makers’ Market  

Indoor and Outdoor stalls at the Memorial Hall

Cake-a-licious, home baking  
Creative Seafood, fish
Fat Flour Bakery, breads 
Heartwood Chickens 
Kitridding, meat, sausage, meat pies
Nitktas Bistro, bakery goods 
Piper Hole, goats’ cheese 
Roots Organic Vegetables
Winter Tarn Dairy, artisan cheeses
Ali’s Aromatics , candles/wax melts
Emma Rose, goatsmilk soap
Kind & Loving, soap and body products
Rosebank Crafts, beeswax bags and wraps
Amanda Suttie, antique linen and curiosities
Thornship Treasures, textiles/homewares
Refreshments served inside the Memorial Hall (eat in or take away)
Indoor and Outdoor stalls at The Old Courthouse
Ellen Pogson Ceramics, stoneware
Jane Chantler, silver and gold jewellery, silver items, art
Neelzexpressionz/Allerton House Studio, arts/crafts original designs
Pine Tree Nurseries, perennials and shrubs 
Preserves, Irene’s /Claire’s Handmade, jams and chutneys
Alan Roberts, Photography, Cards, Mugs (Rural Eden, scenes and farm animals)
Shabby Pallets, recycled wooden items

Live Music on the Terrace at The Old Courthouse



Meet the Makers

Thursday 14th Oct 7-9pm

'Shap Shape - an exploration of the manmade structures and stories surrounding Shap Summit', Jamie Barnes - Printmaking, Colin Reynolds - Photography, Geoff Cox - Poetry

The artists will explain the background and method for how the collaborative 'Shap Shape' exhibition was created. Individually each artist will explain and demonstrate their artistic process. Col will demonstrate his use of antique photographic processes, Jamie will explain a short history of etching and demonstrate how they are printed on a press, and Geoff will explain and perform some of his 'Shap Shape' poetry. There will also be time for questions and to look round the exhibition itself.

The exhibition continues until 31st October

Friday Music Nights at The Old Courthouse

Performances will start at 7.30pm.  No interval.  Admission £5   BYOB

 Seats limited. To book email:


Eden Valley Touring Network in association with Eden District Council presents


15th October   Neil McHardy -   old, bipolar, luthier, guitarist, singer songwriter

“Neil has been playing off and on for quite a few years and likes to play songs which are not mainstream but still very recognisable adding his own twist to them. He makes his own instruments from recycled materials and likes to promote the recycled aspect as it is a strong belief of his.”

19th November   Ian Cumpstey - oldtime inspired acoustic and fingerstyle music, beautifully crafted songs

17th December    Errant Thieves - four good pals taking great pleasure in playing rootsy, acoustic music together.

 Errant Thieves are four good pals taking great pleasure in playing rootsy, acoustic music together. Their name partly comes from the fact that they have 'borrowed' members of other bands and that they are quite fond of a quirky 'borrowed' cover version too. Their style includes flavours of old-time folk, amerciana, blues and jazz. They mix their own songs with all manner of 'borrowed' music, including the odd re-working of a rock classic or two! Expect lots of vocal harmonies along with guitar, stand-up bass, ukelele, fiddle, glockenspiel and all manner of things that get hit or shaken! Always up for some good heckling / banter too!


Environmental Group

We shall be discussing Paul Behren’s “The Best of Times, The Worst of Times”, which is subtitled “Futures from the Frontiers of Climate Science”.

As before, people are encouraged to bring food to share, and a £1 donation to cover hall costs would be welcome. 

7pm Tuesday 12th October

The Old Courthouse


email: for more information

Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

Highlights Rural Touring Scheme at Shap Memorial Hall

Please check the website for up to date information or to book tickets

Please note that due to COVID precautions the number of tickets available has been reduced. 

You are asked to book tickets online if at all possible. If you are unable to book online then please contact Janet tel. 01931 716273.

Special offer for performances  * 2 for 1 ticket offer 16-35yr olds  (2 admitted  for £10)

Adult: £10   Child: £5  Family: £24 (2adults + 2 children,  1 adult + 3 children)




Friday 22nd October ‘Twisted Tales for Terrible Children’   7pm

(a one hour show suitable for adults and children age 6+) 



In a jam-packed show full of nonsense and nastiness, morbid sing-a-longs and lots of audience participation for those that want to join in, Twisted Tales for Terrible Children is for grown ups and children who enjoy their history horrible or nonsense nastier.


Kate Lynch, Director at Highlights says:

“We know that it may have been quite some time since families, particularly those living in rural areas, have been able to enjoy attending an arts performance together.  Shap is the only venue in Eden to be hosting this show as part of our autumn programme.


“Twisted Tales for Terrible Children is a fantastic opportunity for families to share a hugely entertaining and innovative show on their doorstep. Gav Cross is a brilliant performer with a rare ability to engage children and adults alike in his anarchic fun. Audiences are in for a real treat.”





Sunday 12th December 3.30pm    The Holly and the Ivy Midwinter Roadshow


Kate Lynch, Director at Highlights says:


“We are very pleased to be able to bring this fun and energetic show to rural venues for families to enjoy together. I am sure it will get everyone in the festive spirit and they may well learn a few things about our Christmas traditions along the way.”


The Holly and Ivy Midwinter Roadshow is performed by David Oliver, accordion player and one of Britain's most experienced folk educationalists; Stewart Hardy an internationally-acclaimed fiddle performer, teacher and composer and Laura Connolly a superb dancer and graduate of Newcastle University's Folk Music Degree who has featured in the BBC4’s Come Clog Dancing.




Check the website  for events at other local venues

Stories and rhymes that we all know from our childhood are being vividly brought back to life and retold in an unconventional stand-up storytelling show for families at Shap Memorial Hall.


Storyteller, comedy performer and professional show-off Gav Cross reveals the terrible, the silly and the downright incredible ’truths’ hidden in plain sight in his show Twisted Tales for Terrible Children


The performance, which is part of the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme, sees Gav scratch the surface of old fables and rhymes to reveal their dark, nasty and dubious intention with hilarious and magical results. You’ll have heard these stories before but certainly not told this way.


With Christmas just around the corner, a folk music trio will be performing

traditional songs; stories and dances celebrating the festive season

The Holly and Ivy Midwinter Roadshow will see nationally acclaimed folk performers share the significance of many of our Midwinter, Christmas and New Year traditions.


The performance, will include traditional festive music, clog dancing and lots of audience participation as the three seasoned performers shed light on traditions including Yule logs, wise men, carol singing and wandering stars.


The lively, informal evening will showcase the talents of David Oliver, Stewart Hardy and Laura Connolly in their very merry seasonal celebration featuring accordion, fiddle, flute, song, dance and not forgetting the jingle stick, buckets, shovels and colanders.