About the club

Penrith & District Camera Club runs weekly from September to April.  We meet on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm-9.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Penrith CA11 7TR.  There is a car park on site, though this is small and spaces are limited, and refreshments are available for 50p which is paid on the door.

We are a friendly, relaxed Club and all are welcome as members, guests and visitors.  There is always someone to help with any problem, whether you are a beginner to photography or an experienced member struggling with a particular detailed digital problem.  If you’d like to try us out come along to any meeting as a guest – there is a £3 charge on the night.  If you would like to join the club an annual £45 membership fee applies.

Main Club Programme

Our programme is wide and varied including speakers, software evenings, competitions, member’s nights and social events.   We also take part in social and competitive events with other Camera Clubs in north Cumbria and Southern Scotland.  Click here to see our programme.

Summer Events Programme

During our summer break Club members still have the opportunity to socialize, meeting up monthly at various locations to take photographs usually followed by refreshments at the nearest pub!   Our Summer Events programme is available here.

Members wishing to take part are reminded to check with the Programme Secretary that each event is still taking place and to let her know they will be attending.  Non-members who would like to come along to a summer event with a view to joining the Camera Club please use the Contact Form putting ‘Summer Programme’ as the subject.

Tuesday Club

Are you new to photography?  Have you recently upgraded your camera to a DSLR or CSC and don’t know where to start with the buttons and dials?  Are you envious of the photos you see on the internet and wonder how they’ve been captured?  Do you want to improve your photography skills?

We run beginner’s workshops every 3 weeks from September to January.  They take place on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm-9.00pm at the new Fire Station, off Kemplay roundabout, Penrith (access via Carleton Hall Police HQ turnoff).  There is ample parking on site and a drinks machine is available for refreshments.  The workshops are open to both existing Club members and the public for a one-off free of £10 which covers the whole season, and include topics such as:

  • Camera basics
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • Composition
  • Free editing software (Topaz Studio & FastStone Viewer)

The information is aimed at budding amateur photographers and in order to make the most of the workshops you will need a camera which allows you to take control of settings, preferably have access to basic equipment such as a tripod and a laptop or computer with which to edit your images.  The sessions are not suitable for phone or pocket cameras.  Click here to see the Tuesday Club programme or use the Contact Form to reserve your place or ask a question putting Tuesday Club in the subject field.

Audio-Visual Group

Audio Visual (AV) is about combining a series of photographs to tell a story, enhancing the images with music, narration and/or other sound effects.  Our AV Group is open to Club Members and meets on the last Monday of every month, except when it falls on a bank holiday.  The AV programme is available here or Contact us for more information putting ‘AV Group’ in the subject field.

Location Map

All Club meetings are at Friends Meeting House, unless the programme says otherwise. This map shows 2 locations: our main meeting place (the Friends Meeting House in Penrith) and the New Fire Station on the outskirts of Penrith where we have the Tuesday Club and some events and workshops.


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