BBC’s Rickshaw Challenge

The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge is coming to Penrith! This year’s team will pedal an epic 500 miles to raise money for BBC Children in Need. In a first for the challenge, the team will embark on their journey from London, riding north to Glasgow.

The team will be coming to Penrith on Tuesday 14th November and we would like to welcome into the town in the best way we know how.

During their live broadcast from Penrith, we will line the streets with torch bearers in traditional Winter Droving dress (think masks, animals, horns, farmers…), and drove our fantastic Winter Droving animal lanterns into town to light up Market Square.


Sign up to hold a torch or help steward the lanterns (and be on TV!)

(We will be using full length fire torches, and are not requesting donations as we would like all proceeds to go to Children in Need. You can find details about how to donate here and also Penrith Rotary, and Eden Mencap will be raising money on the evening)

Spectators are welcome to come and join us in Market Square and King Street. Please arrive between 6pm – 6.30pm. The Live Broadcast takes place between 7pm – 7.30pm.

Please note: Torchbearers must be over 16.
Torches are extremely limited so sign up early to secure your space!
You will need to be available from 6.30pm – 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th November.

You can follow The Rickshaw Challenge from 9th November as they travel from London – Glasgow. 
Cycling alongside the team is The One Show’s Matt Baker, who will go on the road offering support and advice throughout the journey, whilst co-presenter, Alex Jones, will follow their every move and cheer the team on, live from the studio.



ROAD CLOSURES: Please note Devonshire Street will be closed from 11am and King Street will close at 3pm.
Parking will be available in town center car parks (charges may apply) and Sainsburys New Squares also offer 3 hours free parking.


Thanks again to the generous support of Burnetts Solicitors and Beacon Fire Protection