Lake District and Cumbria Events 2017 by Date

Cumbria has many special events, some of which can only be found in this area. Scroll down the page to view both modern and traditional Cumbrian events in chronological order. Submit your Lake District Event to our free Cumbria Events listings.
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February Events 2017

February 3rd – CurryNationHall
An event in aid of St. Mary's Hospice held at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston. Curries and beers, what could be better to support such a worthwhile cause. Beers from Biggarbank;  Foxfield; Cartmel; Coniston; Ulverston; Greenodd Breweries plus local entertainers.
www.facebook.com/currynationHall

February 5th – Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre A Public Talk & Meditation based on the book, How to Transform Your Life, with International teacher, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong. Learn how meditation & mindfulness are essential aspects of living a happy, peaceful and meaningful life. http://manjushri.org/gsd-courses

February 9th – Social Run – Great Langdale Athletics Club
 These are free events for all abilities to join a casual friendly group of like minded people to take part in a social run of between 7 and 10 kilometres around the beauty of the Langdale Valley beginning at Sticklebarn Pub in Great Langdale. Booking is not required. There will be further runs on 16 and 23rd of February. Phone Sticklebarn for more details and timings on 015394-37356. For this and other similar events visit the National Trust website.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

February 10th – Valentine Cabaret Night At The Pheasant
A cabaret night at the Pheasant Inn, Allithwaite, near Grange-over-Sands. Entertainment will feature Duncan Heather, an international tenor who has performed all over the world in musical theatre plus a superb 3 course meal. Begins 8pm. Tickets £29-95. A £10 deposit is required and pre-ordered one week in advance.
Phone 015395 32239.

February 10 - 11th – Rockmantic 2017 At The Brickyard
A very special Valentine Rockmantic weekend with a truly international flavour.
The Cruel Intentions will fly in from Sweden for their début U.K. show; PsycHolies from Italy, and Snake Bite Whisky from Australia will also be there. A total of sixteen bands over the Friday evening and all day on the Saturday will make this a memorable Valentine weekend  at 14 Fisher Street, Carlisle. CA3 8RN. See the organisers website for the full line-up.
www.brickyardonline.com

February 11th – The European Union Chamber Orchestra
Russian virtuoso pianist Nicolai Demidenko and trumpeter Huw Morgan join the Chamber Orchestra for Piano and Trumpet by Shostakovitch. Also featured will be music by Elgar and Haydyn. There will be a free talk with the musicians at 6.30pm. Location. Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road. LA9 7HX. Times 7.30pm till 10pm. Phone 0333 666 3366.
www.lakelandssinfonia.org.uk

February 14 - 16th – Tornado On The Settle Carlisle Railway
An opportunity to celebrate Valentine's Day on the world famous Settle to Carlisle Railway. On these dates, Northern Rail Services will operate twelve 8 carriage trains between Appleby and intermediate stations to Skipton (and return) hauled by “Tornado”, Britain’s newest steam locomotive. The trains will cross the classic structure of the Ribblehead Viaduct on the journey across Cumbria's Eden Valley and the Yorkshire Dales. This is the first time in 50 years that steam has been used to haul scheduled passenger trains in Britain. Visit the website for a list of stations en-route and arrival/departure times.
www.settle-carlisle.co.uk

February 16 - 19th – Keswick Film Festival
This event takes place in the beautiful lakeside setting of The Theatre by the Lake. Organisers promise this years festival will take you all over the world and in the process, cover a series of themes which will include differences in race, sexuality and religion plus thought provoking documentaries. All the very best from film festivals worldwide and special guests  in one of the most delightful parts of the Lake District and Cumbria. Phone 017687 74411.
www.keswickfilmfestival.org

February 17th – Highlights Rural Touring Scheme: Italian Short Stories
A music event in a spectacular Eden Valley village location at the foot of Hartside Pass. Here in Melmerby Village Hall, London based saxophonist Tommaso Starace and his quartet will give a concert inspired by images of one of the greatest Italian master photographers, Gianni Berengo Gardin. Doors open 7.30pm at Melmerby Village Hall, Church Road. CA10 1HE.
www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

February 17th – Fish & Chip Evenings at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Take the scenic 7 mile journey from Ravenglass on board the Lake District & Cumbria's famous narrow gauge railway on it's route along Cumbria's glacial Eskdale Valley to Dalegarth for a tasty fish and chip supper at the Fellbite Cafe. The diesel hauled train departs from Ravenglass at 6pm. The ticket price inclusive of the supper is £10-50 per person. Call Dalegarth on 019467 23192 to book. This is a recurring event on the dates shown below.
April 21st
May 19th
June 16th
September 15th
October 20th
www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk

February 17 - 27th – Walking Festival
A range of walks for all ages and abilities accompanied by local guides on routes in and around the beautiful Eskdale Valley.
www.woolpack.co.uk/events

February 17th and 24th – Snowdrop Weekend at Holker Hall & Gardens
This is an opportunity to enjoy early Spring's carpet of snowdrops under the tree's and on the lawns of Holker Hall & Gardens near Grange-over-Sands. Adults £8-50. Children under 6 years FREE.
Phone 015395 58328.

February 18th – Little Howard's Big Show for Kids
A show for the family at Ulverston's Coronation Hall. It's a mix of interactive stand-up; live on-stage animation, and jokes and songs featuring Little Howard and real human, Big Howard. The show begins at 2pm. Price is £10 for adults. Children £7. Family ticket £30.
Phone 01229 588 994 or go to www.corohall.co.uk

February 19th – Beatrix Potter Guided Walk – Love of a Lifetime
Join a National Trust Ranger for a guided walk of about two and a half miles around Hawkshead and the nearby countryside of Near Sawrey. Booking is essential for this walk in an area described by Beatrix Potter as a “Perfect Little Place”. Children over 5 years are welcome. Begins at 1.30pm and ends at 4.30pm. Meet in front of the Ticket Office in the car park at Hill Top. Phone the office on 015394 – 36269.

February 19th – North Westmorland Arts
The Britten Oboe Quartet play at Appleby Public Hall, Boroughgate. Begins 7.30pm. FREE on street parking. No charge after 6pm in the car park. Phone 01768 483777.

February 23 - 25th -  Wray Castle Bird Box Safari
Build a bird-box to place in the grounds of Wray Castle near Ambleside. Booking is essential for this National Trust event. Start times vary. Children over 5 years are welcome. Assistance dogs only.  Phone 015394-33250 for details.

February 25th – Megacon at Richard Rose Morton Academy
Stalls, competitions, tournaments, shows, and a host of activities for all ages in Cumbria's capital city. Xbox dualo, WiiU Gaming Tournaments, climb the TCG Tournament Mountain with Magic, Yu-Gi-O and Pokemon, X-Wing Miniatures. Be crowned Megacon adult or children's Cosplay champ and show everyone you are King of the Nerds by taking part in a quiz. All this and much more with an end of the day FREE raffle. Times Noon till 7pm.
www.facebook.com/megaconcarlisle

February 25th – Braebach
Braebach were voted Best Live Act 2013, and Best Folk Band 2012 at the Scots Traditional Music Awards and twice nominated Best Band at the BBC 2 Folk Awards. They will present their unique brand of contemporary folk music at the Brewery Arts Centre, Highgate, Kendal beginning at 7.30pm. Phone 01539 725133.
www.breweryarts.co.uk

March Events 2017

March 3 - 12th – Words by the Water Festival of Words and Ideas
This Lake District event at The Theatre by the Lake is England's premier festival of words and ideas. Here for 10 days on the edge of Derwentwater, writers and readers meet to share the enjoyment and pleasure of books and ideas. There will be talks; lectures; discussions; workshops; book launches, and special exhibitions in a wonderful setting encircled by stunning examples of the Lake District and Cumbria's incomparable scenery.
For tickets to this very popular event call 017687 74411 or visit the website.
www.wordsbythewater.org.uk

March 3rd – Cumberland & Westmorland Music
An evening of Cumberland and Westmorland music by Ed Heslam and Jean Altshuler in Threlkeld Village Hall near Keswick. Bar and Box Office open from 7.15pm. Tickets £7. ( £4 under 18's) from the Village Hall Coffee Shop; the Post Office, or on-line. Phone 07733 790308.
www.threlkeldvillagehall.org/whats-on

March 4th – Alston Indoor Market
An event on this first Saturday of the month and the first Saturday of each month throughout the year in Alston Town Hall. Times 11am till 3pm.

March 5th - Join Snowdrop Walk in aid of bereaved families
Families are invited to enjoy a walk in the beautiful grounds of Brockhole in Windermere, plant snowdrops and then enjoy tea and cake afterwards.
The snowdrop walk is being held from 12pm to 3pm on Sunday, March 5. It is a special event to raise funds for Child Bereavement UK, a charity which supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
Individual snowdrops will be on sale on the day and a book of remembrance donated by a bereaved family will also be available to sign.
Alan Titchmarsh, the charity’s patron, said: “The snowdrop walk is a special day to remember the babies and children who have died and the many children bereaved each year. It is an opportunity to admire the stunning Lake District in the winter months.”
There will also be a children’s treasure hunt where youngsters can explore Brockhole before receiving a fun-filled goody bag at the end, and refreshments will be available from the onsite café that has stunning views of Lake Windermere.
Entrance to the event is free. However donations for the snowdrops will be gratefully received.
So join us at Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LJ and help us to support people rebuilding their lives.
Child Bereavement UK has staff based in Cumbria who offer pre and post bereavement support to bereaved children, young people and families. For more information about the charity’s support, training, volunteering or fundraising visit childbereavementuk.org.
Child Bereavement UK has a national helpline for families looking for support after bereavement. If you need support or information, please call 0800 02 888 40 or go to our website: www.childbereavementuk.org

March 5th – Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive
A cycle ride of almost 60 miles starting from Penrith Leisure Centre. The route does not have any major ascents and follows quiet roads and lanes through Cumbria's peaceful Eden Valley via Orton, Appleby, Dufton, Milburn and Langwathby. Refreshments will be available at the half way point and a hot meal awaits you at the finish
www.epicevents.co.uk/cycle-sportives-2/the-eden-valley-epic-cycle-sportive

March 12th – Screening of Swallows and Amazons
A screening of the film based on Arthur Ransome's classic Lake District tale. Doors open 4pm for a 4.30 pm start in Skirwith Village Hall, Church Street. Skirwith. Near Penrith. CA10 1RQ.

March 18th – Daffodil Run and Walk from Pooley Bridge
Run or walk the 20 kilometres from Pooley Bridge along scenic trails to Hallin Fell and back again. Please offer your support to the village pubs and cafés who are still recovering from the damaging floods of last year
www.facebook.com/events/779904528809577/

March 18 - Penrith Goes Orange
Marmalade, bears and all things orange! Join us as Penrith Goes Orange to celebrate the World’s Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival. The town centre is festooned in orange for this FREE day out, and fizzing with market stalls, music and entertainment. It’s quite simply the stickiest day out in Cumbria – for humans and bears alike!
10am to 4pm. www.discoverpenrith.co.uk/penrithgoesorange
March 18 - 19th – The World's Original Marmalade Awards
An event to promote the idea of preserving and widening one of the most traditional British customs of making marmalade. Awards will be presented to small scale makers, and for homemade varieties which will include “Children's Marmalade” and “Merry”, a recipe with added alcohol.
Location. Dalemain House & Gardens. CA11 0HB. Phone 017684 86450.
www.dalemain.com/marmalade-awards

March 18 - 19th – Winter Skills Day Course
An Ullswater Valley event providing the opportunity for you to spend a day with Fell Top Assessor, Graham Viney as he climbs to the summit of Helvellyn to record weather readings. It is an informative and challenging event who wants to learn the basic skills for safe winter walking. Go to the website for details of equipment needed for this demanding event over a distance of 10 to 15 kilometres lasting around 8 – 9 hours, cost, and timings.
www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/events/lake-district/general-events/winter-skills

March 18 - 19th – Ambleside Spring Flower Show
Colourful displays of Spring flowers, cookery, handicrafts, children's classes and refreshments. The show is held at Kelsick Centre, St. Mary's Lane. Ambleside.  Phone 015394 32252.
Email: davidcapstick@etherway.net

March 18 -  19th – Marmalade Festival at Ullswater Steamers
Take a jar of marmalade and join the FREE 9.45 am cruise from Glenridding on the Lake District's and England's beautiful Lake Ullswater. Complimentary toast will be provided to go with your marmalade, plus,  a discounted entry to the Worlds Original Marmalade Awards and Festival also taking place this weekend at Dalemain House and Gardens near Penrith, will be offered to passengers. Phone 01768 482229.
www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk 

March 18 - 19th – Cumbria Life Home  and Garden Show 2017
An exhibition covering all aspects of Home and Garden design together with talks and demonstrations throughout both days. Price £6 at the doors. £5 in advance. Children FREE.
Phone 01768 868000. Times 9am till 5pm Saturday and 9am till 4pm Sunday.
www.rheged.com

March 24 - 26th -  Northern Craft-Beer Festival
A celebration of the craft of brewing in Britain. Over 50 cask and keg beers from independent breweries are expected. Location. Hawkshead Brewery, Mill Yard, Staveley. LA8 9LR.
www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk

March 24 - 26th – Gin Festival
Samples of around 35 gins together with a range of accompaniments; some you would never have thought of, at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale. Phone 019467 23230.

March 25th – Coniston 14 Road Race
Prices from £25 to £27 to enter this annual road race around Coniston Water. All proceeds to charities and clubs. Venue: John Ruskin School. Coniston LA21 8EN.
Phone Geoff Cooper on 015394 41291 for full details or visit the website.
www.coniston14.com

March 25th – Brathay Cycling
This year, there's new routes, distances and challenges suitable for a whole range of cycling experience and fitness. Starting and finishing at Brathay Hall near Ambleside, there will be  choices of a 15 mile Brathay Breeze; a 46 mile Brathay Belter, and the demanding 58 mile Brathay Brutal. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a serious challenge or just prefer a leisurely bike ride together with friends and family along quiet Lake District lanes, then, this is the vent for you. Refreshments, food and a beer tent awaits you on your return to the grounds of the beautiful Brathay Hall Estate. Some on-site accommodation will be available.  It's all in a good cause with proceeds helping to support Brathay's work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.  Phone 015394 33041 for details.
www.brathay.org.uk/event/brathay-cycling

March 31st – April 2nd – Scottish Country Dancing Weekend
 A fun event for beginners and intermediates who want to have a go at Scottish Country dancing. Your instructor will be the well qualified Geoff Entwhistle from Carlisle. Visit the website for the timetable of events which begins with a meal at Newby End Farm at 6pm on the Friday and concludes with a final dancing session from 1.30pm till 3pm on the Sunday.
Phone 01931 714338. Newby End Farm, Newby. Near Penrith
www.newbyendfarm.co.uk/courses-events

April Events 2017

April 1st – October 29th – Steam Yacht Gondola Full Lake Cruise
Tranquil steam yacht cruises on Coniston Water at 11am each day throughout the summer months aboard the Steam Yacht Gondola.
Adult £20-50. Children £10. Family £51.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondola

April 1st – October 29th – Steam Yacht Gondola Walkers Cruise
A cruise combined with 2 recommended walks which offer a choice of 12.1 kilometres or 7.5 kilometres. The longer route takes you up the western side of Coniston Water across Beacon Fell to join a section of the Cumbria Way and return to the starting point. The shorter Parkamoor Trail passes through woodland up to the eastern fells and along Brantwood where you can board Gondola for the return sailing to Coniston Pier. Phone 015394 432733.
For information and prices of each walk email: gondola.bookings@nationaltrust.org.uk

April 2 - 8th – South Cumbria Music Festival
A competitive music event at Ulverston Coronation Hall. All aspects of the performing arts are catered for in many and varied selections of classes in music and speech. It is open to individuals, schools and groups of all ages. The Coronation Hall is one of the town's main buildings with seating for over 600, a fully equipped theatrical stage, full disabled access, and all facilities.
www.southcumbriamusicfestival.co.uk

April 7 - 9th – DERT
The annual Dancing England Rapper Tournament comes to Kendal. Rapper is a traditional dance from the North East of England's mining communities which is performed using double handled flexible swords.  The competition will be held during the day in 5 Kendal pubs and in the Town Hall. In the evening, there will be a ticketed event of all 28 teams and prize giving at Kendal Leisure Centre. Phone Sam Mason on 07864 748594 or email info@dert2017.co.uk
www.dert2017.co.uk

April 7 - 9th – Bowness Bay Blue's
Headlining music acts will be performing at the Hydro Hotel and several other venues including The Quayside, Lake District Boat Club, Beresford's Restaurant and local pubs. A Blue's lovers event based on the stunning lake side setting of Bowness-on-Windermere.
www.breweryarts.co.uk/bowness-bay-blues-2017

April 8th – September 10th – Hadrian's Cavalry 2017
Hadrian's Wall Heritage Site hosts this new major exhibition to celebrate the cavalry regiments which once guarded this famous north west frontier of the Roman Empire. It will explore the role  and daily life of the army's cavalry forces in a unique wall-wide exhibition which stretches the full 150 miles of the Hadrian's Wall Heritage Site area from Maryport in the west, to South Shields in the east. Visitors will be able to see a range of Roman Cavalry objects including cavalry helmets and ornate armour together with a series of re-enactment events and attractions along the complete length of the Wall. For sites taking part, noteworthy dates and highlights, see the website.
www.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/events/hadrians-cavalry-2017

April 14 - 17th – Easter Activities For All
This is a Real Easter Egg Hunt. Join a Pace Egg Rolling Competition down Hardknott Pass plus an Eco Duck Race and Fish & Chips n' Rock & Roll with live music. Phone the Woolpack Inn situated at the foot of the Hardknott Pass in beautiful Eskdale for details. 019467 23230.

April 14 - 17th – Easter at Muncaster Castle
It's free entry for every child with a Teddy at this Teddy based Easter Weekend event at Muncaster Castle. There'll be lots to see and do throughout the three days but get ready for the Muncaster Giant Easter Egg Hunt at 12.30 pm on Easter Sunday and Monday. Full details on the website.
www.muncaster.co.uk/easter-muncaster-castle

April 15 - 16th -  Kirkby Stephen and Brough Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally
Something for everyone at this family friendly Easter weekend event in Cumbria's Eden Valley.
It is expected there will be about 250 examples of commercial working vehicles from the last century on display at around 7 locations spread between Kirkby Stephen and Brough. Although the locations may be several miles apart, they will be connected by a FREE classic bus and coach service. This event has developed over the years to become one of the largest and most popular commercial vehicle rallies in the country attracting entries from nationwide. Adding to the entertainment , there will be Edwardian fairground roundabouts, a shooting gallery, catering and trade stalls, and more.
www.cumbrianclassiccoaches.co.uk

April 20 - 23rd – Sausage and Cider Festival (TBD)
A celebration of the very best local ciders and around 25 flavours of sausages. Live music, games and entertainment for all at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale. CA19 1TH.
Phone 019467 23230.

April 22nd – Gourmet Wine Tasting
Food lovers and connoisseurs are invited to a gourmet 5 course meal with a wine selected for each course by Paul Collins, Sommelier for the hotel's wine merchants. The price is £59 per person which includes the food, recommended wine, and a glass of champagne greeting each arrival. Phone 0844 502 7587.

April 22 - 23rd – Garden Open Day at Conishead Priory & Buddhist Temple
Families are especially welcome to this unique Buddhist Temple and Romantic Gothic  Mansion surrounded  by gardens and parkland. Visitors are invited to walk the Temple Garden; Wildlife Garden; Arboretum Cottage Gardens and  take woodland strolls to the beach on the edge of Morecambe Bay. There will also be a free simple 15 minute guided meditation and free guided tours of the Temple available. FREE parking. Times 11am till 5pm. The Priory is 2 miles south of Ulverston on the A5087 scenic coast road linking Barrow and Ulverston.
www.manjushri.org

April 25th – May 1st – The Settle – Carlisle Walking Festival
 A Ride- 2- Stride festival event of walks, talks and music taking place in the countryside following the route of the Settle – Carlisle Railway. Visitors to Cumbria's Eden Valley can take part by joining walks led by experienced guides starting from the railway stations of Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Langwathby, Lazonby and Armathwaite. The festival is made up of  a large number of interesting and fun activities. There will be speakers sharing their local knowledge and love of this beautiful unspoiled area, and pubs along the way will be there to provide music and song. Please note that  no dogs other than registered assistance dogs will be accepted  on Ride-2-Stride Walks in the future. This is due to this event taking place in the Springtime which is a crucial time of year for wildlife and livestock. The fields along the routes will be full of young lambs, newly turned out cattle, and the fells are home to ground nesting birds. However, this ruling does not affect walks led by participating organisations for the remainder of the year.
Full details of the new draft festival programme will appear on the organisers website soon. In the meantime email info@ride2stride.org.uk

April 27 - 30th – Print Fest At Coronation Hall
This Lake District and Cumbria event is the UK's leading artist led print- making festival which is dedicated to the sale and exhibition of contemporary prints. It is held in Ulverston's Coronation Hall where visitors will have the opportunity to view and buy art works and meet with the artists in person. Please note that booking is essential for the 27th and the private viewing on the 28th is by invitation only.
Thurs: 6pm-7.30pm. Fri: 7pm-9pm: Sat: 10am-5pm: Sun: 10am-4pm:
For an invitation mail: printfest@gmail.com

April 28 - 30th –Beer and Music Festival
Visitors are promised a great selection of Real Ale & Ciders at this event organised by Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club. Camping will be available for the whole of the weekend at a cost of £30 for a tent or caravan. A limited number of electric hook-up's are on offer for an additional fee. Bands will be playing all weekend. Find more information on Facebook “Kirkby Lonsdale Beer & Music Festival”.
FREE entry. Phone 015242 71780.

April 29th – May 1st – Cumberland Sausage Festival
Three days of a May Bank Holiday celebrating the good food and drink of the Lake District and Cumbria at Muncaster Castle. Together with sellers of the famous Cumberland Sausage, visitors will have a chance to discover a whole range of specialist and gourmet food and drink suppliers from Cumbria and other parts of Northern Britain.

May Events 2017

May 6th – A Spring Concert at Keswick
Keswick Choral Society together with Carlisle Cantate Children’s Choir present a Spring concert at St John's Church, Keswick. It will include music by Andrew Carter, Lili Boulanger,
Faure, Franck, and selections from Gilbert and Sullivan choruses. Phone 017687 75277. Begins at 7.30pm.
www.keswickchoral.org.uk

May 6th – Keswick to Barrow Walk 2017
Join Team Cancer Care for the Keswick to Barrow iconic walking challenge to raise funds for pioneering work in Barrow-in-Furness. For details, phone Richard on 01539 735800.
Email: Richard.Cogger@cancercare.org.uk

May 7th – The 2017 Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge
A charity cycling event in memory of Fred Whitton who was a great advocate of cycle sport in the Lake District and Cumbria. The ride is one of 112 miles starting in Grasmere and taking in the steep challenges of Kirkstone; Honister; Newlands; Whinlatter; Hardknott and Wrynose Passes.
www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk

May 10th – Chris Barber And Band at Theatre By The Lake
A celebration of Chris Barber's 68 years of blues and jazz. Visitors are promised a night of great  foot tapping music and an event not to be missed. Begins 8pm. Admission £15 - £20.

May 11 - 14th – The 26th Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival 2017
This years event features the music of New Orleans; UK Trad Jazz;  Jelly Roll Morton;  Louis Armstrong; Duke Ellington; Gypsy Jazz and much more to please the jazz enthusiast. The festival takes place in several venues in and around Keswick for which one valid ticket gives access to all. A dance floor will be prepared in at least one of the venues where bands will play for dancing and tutors will be on hand during the mornings for beginners and intermediates to improve their footwork.
www.keswickjazzandbluesfestival.co.uk

May 12th – Dutch Swing College Band at Theatre By The Lake
One of the great traditional jazz bands play for you. Begins at 8pm. Admission £15 - £20.

May 12 - 13th – 2017 Cumbrian Challenge
This event is a “Walking with the Wounded” major fund raising appeal. Teams of  four take on beneficiaries and expedition team members over one of three courses to be followed by prize giving, a hearty meal and an inspirational talk. Each team is asked to raise in advance £1,000 (£250 per team member) which will go toward supporting vulnerable veterans back into work. The venue is Grasmere Sports Ground on Stock Lane, Grasmere. Begins 4pm
www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk

May 13th – The Cumbrian 200
A cycling event over a distance of 203 kilometres starting from Troutbeck Bridge near Windermere. It's a scenic anti-clockwise tour of the Lake District and Cumbria providing wonderful views of lakes and fells en-route via Caldbeck, Buttermere, Wasdale Head,  Duddon Valley and Coniston. Begins at 8am to finish by 9.30pm. A fee of £7 when paying by Paypal and entries should be received  at least 2 weeks before the event. The organiser is
Paul Revell. Kirklands, Brow Edge, Backbarrow. Ulverston. Cumbria. LA12 8QL.
www.aukweb.net/events/details/17-95

May 13 - 14th – The Cumbria Photography Show
A chance to learn more of how to get the best results from your camera. Rod Ireland, of the Penrith & District Camera Club will be there to offer advice, and many leading photography brands will be represented. Talks, trade stands, demonstrations, films, and an exhibition of pictures from some of Cumbria's leading Camera Clubs.
Takes place at the Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith. CA11 0DQ. Times 10am till 4pm.
www.rheged.com

May 14th – Cumbria International Motor Show
A chance to view hundreds of the best cars ever  at Westmorland Show Ground, Crooklands, near Kendal. It's promised to be a great day out with a Music Marquee; Kids Zone; Entertainment Zone; local food and drink plus a talk by Dr Keith Mitchell on Donald Campbell's Bluebird KZ. Times 11am till 5pm. Phone 07801 557648.
www.espcarclub.co.uk

May 14th – Carlisle Colour Run
A popular fund raising event starting at 1pm on Carlisle Racecourse. It's a 5 kilometre run with family, friends, colleagues, and thousands of fund-raisers who are not there to try for the fastest time, but are there just to have a fun and worthwhile day. So, whether you can run, walk, jog, dance, or even conga around this gentle route, this is the event for all to go along and enjoy and raise money for a very good cause.
Adults (16 plus) £20
Children (5 to 15 years) £10
Under 5's. FREE
Family of 2 adults + 2 children. £45.
Group of 4 adults. £60.
Contact Katrina Sander on 01228 817 613 between 9am and 5 pm for details
www.edenvalleyhospice.org/support-us/events/event/colour-run-2017

May 20th -  Nenthead Gala
A day of family entertainment in Nenthead, one of England's highest villages situated in the north of Cumbria's Eden Valley a few miles from Alston. Lots to do and see with live music; food stalls; a barbecue and traditional amusements.

May 20th – Fell Pony Society Stallion and Colt Show
An event for all ages in a picturesque Lake District setting close to Ullswater. The aim of the organisers is to promote and keep pure the old breed of pony which it is believed has roamed the Northern Fells of Cumbria since pre-historic times.
The event location is on the large field past Dalemain House on the road to Pooley Bridge near Ullswater.
www.fellponysociety.org

May 26 - 27th – Ireby Festival 2017
A  Lake District and Cumbria music event considered to be amongst the best for those with a real love of live music. It takes place in the small farming village of Ireby about 6 miles from Caldbeck. There'll be  a range of music to suit most tastes performed in small cosy venues and on a main stage. Full details of the artists, venue locations, ticketing, and camping and caravan facilities are on the website.
www.irebyfestival.co.uk

May 27th – Wigan & Leigh Hospice Morecambe Bay Walk
A Cross Bay Walk from Arnside Promenade to Kent's bank near Grange-over-Sands.
For details phone Yvonne on 07539 354232.

May 27 - 28th – Taste Cumbria Ulverston
A Spring Bank Holiday event in the Furness Peninsula's festival town. Visitors can expect around 60 food and drink businesses from across the Lake District and Cumbria to be there displaying their products. These will range from cakes; chutneys; meats; cheeses; bread; vegetables and drink. There'll be “hands on” activities for families plus live demonstrations by chefs and experts.
www.tastecumbria.com/ulverston

May 27th – Fell Race and Country Fair
Traditional Lake District and Cumbria games and sports, stalls, crafts, children's activities, adult and junior Fell Races at Hutton Roof, near Kirkby Lonsdale. Visitors to this event will discover that Hutton Roof is an ideal base for walks, cycling, and horse riding along miles of quiet country lanes and bridleways surrounding the village.
www.huttonroof.org.uk

May 28th – Classic Cars In The Park
Held at the historic Cumbrian House of Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith. Auto testing, displays, an autojumble, trade stands, cars for sale, refreshments. Location is 6 miles NW of Penrith and 2 miles from J41 of the M6 on the B5305 Penrith to Wigton. Times 10am till 4pm.
www.hutton-in-the-forest.co.uk

May 28 - 30th – Muncaster Festival
Join the carnival atmosphere on the front lawn of Muncaster Castle. The full line-up of entertainment is yet to be announced but the organisers promise a full programme of family entertainment culminating with International Jesters Tournament and Fool of Muncaster Competition 2017.

June Events 2017

June 3rd – Grasmere Gallop 2017
What better setting than the surroundings of Grasmere and Rydal for one of the friendliest trail races in the Lake District and Cumbria. An increasing number of first time runners, Nordic Walkers and families are taking part in this event each year to race alongside experienced fell runners. You can choose a 5.7 kilometre; 10 kilometre; or 17 kilometre run, or, join the 10 kilometre Nordic Walk.
www.grasmeregallop.co.uk

June 4th – Blue Skies Hospitals Fund Morecambe Bay Walk
One of the Lake District & Cumbria's most popular walking events of about 8 miles welcomes family, friends, children, dogs (on a lead) and groups to the iconic Cross Bay Walk from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank. It will be led by Cedric Robinson, Queen's Guide To The Sands, and expected to take around 4 hours to complete. The event is for the Blue Skies Hospital Fund which supports Blackpool Teaching Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust.
Times; 2pm for a 2.15pm start.
Phone Ann Hedley/Nicci Hayes on 01253 957381 or email: blueskies@bfwhospitals.nhs.uk

June 4th – Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim
An open water swimming event in the English Lake District's second largest lake. The only rules for competitors are age limits and the requirement to wear a wetsuit (there are no exceptions to this rule) The age categories are a minimum age of 14 years for the 1600 metres swim and 17years for the 3.8 kilometre event, and, all entrants should be capable of swimming 1 mile in a swimming pool without stopping.
Venue: Jenkins Field. Near Ullswater Steamers/St Patrick's Boat Landings. Glenridding.
Opening Time: 9am.
www.epicevents.co.uk

June 4th – The Yomp Mountain Challenge
The Yomp Challenge is an event in aid of charity. It's  a combination of a fell race, trail race and a long distance walk. Competitors, who  may enter as a member of a team or go solo,  have   a choice of either the Fell Yomp of 23 miles; the Half Yomp of 11.5 miles or the 6.5 mile Short Yomp. All routes are over fell land where in places the full course rises to over 700 metres and for long sections continues at over 600 metres. The nominated charity supported this year is “Blood Bikes Cumbria”, part of a National Association of Blood Bikes. Blood Bikes provide a 365 days a year out-of-hours service to transport urgently required blood, drugs, and human tissue and other requirements between hospitals and blood transfusion banks They also supply the Great North Air Ambulance with fresh blood for their “Blood on Board” service every day of the week. A sponsorship form can be downloaded from the website together with all other details of this event.
www.yomp.org

June 8 - 11th – Boot Beer Festival
It's an event for all the family to enjoy. Visitors can of course arrive by car, but why not park up at Ravenglass Railway Station and make the 7 mile journey on board the La'al Ratty Railway to Dalegarth. Once there, take a drink at Brook House Inn and then it's just a short stroll to the Boot Inn where non-drinkers can visit the working watermill and the kids can enjoy themselves in the Play Area. There's still plenty of time to take the path up to the Woolpack Inn, one of the most remote pubs in the Lake District and Cumbria. This event is described by the organisers as “three nights of superb beer”. The Boot Beer Festival is one of the biggest in the region with over 140 beers available together with a wide range of soft drinks for drivers and children. The Friday and Saturday nights are always busy at each of the venues and so booking a table for dinner early is advised.
www.bootbeer.co.uk

June 8 - 14th – Appleby Horse Fair
Welcome to the biggest traditional Gypsy Fair in Europe. It's a hugely popular annual event held in the historic Eden Valley “walkers are welcome” town of Appleby. The main days of the event are the Friday, Saturday and Sunday when there is more to see including  the ritual washing of the horses in the river and then trotted up and down the Flashing Lane.  It's worth noting that visitors are not encouraged to enter the Lane, especially the carriageway, but barriers will be in place on the verge to provide some protection from the flashing horses.  It's not an organised event and so there is no set programme for anything happening, but there's always plenty of interest. This is a unique Lake District and Cumbria event attracting thousands and so please be prepared for congestion on roads approaching the town, street closures, parking difficulties, and finding accommodation within comfortable walking distance of the event. In the case of accommodation, try and make a booking well in advance. Contact the Tourist Information Office on 017683 51177 for parking information.
www.applebyfair.org

June 8 - 11th – Keswick Mountain Festival
A Lake District and Cumbria event which over the years has developed into one of the UK's best loved and biggest events for outdoor enthusiasts. As always, visitors will discover there's a wide mix of activities on offer including sporting events; guided walks; live music; speakers and plenty of family friendly entertainment. Camping facilities will be available.
www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

June 10th – Great North SwimRuns
This is Europes biggest open water swimming event which, for 2017, has announced the introduction of the inaugural Great SwimRun event to the Lake District and Cumbria. There will be something for all entrants from beginners to experienced competitors. There will be a short distance challenge of around 10 kilometres; a mid-distance of 21.3 kilometres and a very testing 36.5 kilometres. The courses, which must be completed in pairs, will consist of a mix of short runs and swims whilst carrying everything needed from start to finish. Entries cost £150 per team. Full details on the website.
www.greatrun.org/great-swim

June 10th – The Coniston Combo
A fund raising sporting challenge in support of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. The event consists of a 20 kilometre ride through Grizedale Forest;  an ascent of Coniston Old Man; hike the rim of the old volcano to Dow Crag, Buck Pike, and Brown Pike before descending into the valley for the Canyon Challenge where, if brave enough, jump in to the waterfall. All the equipment you need including wetsuits, mountain bikes and safety gear will be provided. The entrance fee is £100 and participants are requested to raise a minimum of £400 in sponsorship.
For more information email: jo.berry@bluebellwood.org or phone 01909 508 113.
www.bluebellwood.org/support-us/coniston-combo-2017

June 10 - 11th – Silloth Vintage Rally
Hundreds of exhibits including vintage steam engines; classic cars and motor-cycles; vintage tractors and commercial and military vehicles at the annual Silloth Vintage Rally. It's held on Silloth Green, one of the largest “Greens” in the north of England. The grassy link between Silloth town and the promenade, provides plenty of space for visitors to gather and enjoy the wide range of attractions at this popular seaside resort on Cumbria's West Coast. So much to do and enjoy especially the Grand Parade of steam engines and all other types of vehicles on the Sunday.
www.vintagerally.co.uk

June 17th – Alston Sheepdog Trials
An annual Alston event held on the Tyne Willows Playing Field, Station Road, Alston. Here, in the early summer in Cumbria's unspoiled Eden Valley, you can gather to applaud and marvel at the skill of the Border Collies, who, while responding only to the whistles of their handlers, these highly intelligent dogs attempt to guide a group of sheep around a field, through gates, and into an enclosure in the shortest possible time.

June 23 - 24th – Woolfest 2017
A winner of the Cumbria Tourist Event Of The Year Award celebrates once again the best of wool and woolcrafts. Sales of raw fleeces together with displays of wool producing animals including sheep breeds of Black Welsh Mountain; Jacob; Herdwick; Rough Fell; Swaledale, and Blue Faced Leicester. The event is held at Mitchell's Livestock Centre not far from the centre of the busy market town of Cockermouth. Hot meals, salads, sandwiches, drinks, ewes milk ice-cream, live music, FREE parking and toilets with disabled access on site. A FREE shuttle bus connection operates between the Woolfest and Cockermouth main street. The organisers advise this is not a suitable venue for dogs. Phone 016974 78707.
www.woolfest.co.uk

June 23 - 25th – Kendal Street Choir Festival
The main events of the festival will be held in Kendal Leisure Centre. Busking, and a massed sing and workshops will take place in various venues throughout the town. There will also be some smaller pre-event festivals in the Langdale Valley on the Thursday evening (22nd) with local choirs, and, an after festival event on the Sunday afternoon and evening (26th) close to Rydal Water and Grasmere with singing in a Lake District cave and a country pub.
Phone David Burbridge on 015396 21166 or email:  davidburbridge@hotmail.com
www.lakelandvoice.co.uk/2016/02/street-choirs-festival-2017.html

June 24th – Alston Gala
The Gala Parade of floats and fancy dress will begin as usual from Alston Primary School at 1pm. From there, it will proceed down Front Street and on to Tyne Willows Playing Field for an afternoon of family fun. Entertainment will include the always popular spectacle of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and more. Licensed bar and refreshments available.

 

July Events 2017

July 1st – Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk
An event which takes place annually on the first Saturday of July. Funds raised go toward the support of Saint Patrick's Church in Patterdale and the Patterdale Church of England Primary School. There's a choice of 3 walks over distances ranging from 7 miles to 30 miles. The main one is of 30 miles including about 10,000 feet of ascents. Less strenuous is the 14 mile trek starting at Kirkstone Top and following a route over John Bell's Banner; Stony Cover Pike;
Thornthwaite Beacon; High Street; The Knott; Place Fell, and finishing on Ullswater below Kilbert Howe opposite Aira Force. The 7 mile option is an attractive choice for families. It's mainly downhill starting from Kirkstone Top and finishing at Patterdale School. Everyone taking part must belong to a team of 3 or more. See website for full details of entry, advice and sponsorship.
www.helvellyn.com/parish-walk.html

July 1st – Skelton Show
An agricultural show which is said to be the largest village show in the north of England which attracts around 10,000 visitors each year. There's always plenty to see and do with a wide variety of exhibiting classes including cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, poultry, children's pets, plus vintage vehicles, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, music, food, and a bar. A family event in the picturesque setting of Hutton-in-the-Forest in Cumbria's Eden Valley
www.skeltonshow.com

July 1st – Whitehaven Carnival
A popular family event organised by the Whitehaven and District Lions Club. It begins at 1.30pm with a parade of colourful floats and dance troupes. There will be a funfair on Castle Park with all the traditional amusements and a range of charity stalls selling a variety of goods in aid of good causes.
www.whitehavenlions.org.uk

July 1 - 2nd -  Lord Birkett 55th Memorial Trophy
A sailing event described as the most spectacular of it's kind in the North of England attracting enthusiasts from countrywide. Competitors ranging from national champions to novices race on both days the full 9 mile length and back of Ullswater. Spectators will find there are many excellent viewing points along the lake shores. On the Saturday, Ullswater Steamers will operate a special cruise from Pooley Bridge Pier to follow the competitors as they race giving passengers a close-up of all the action. The Saturday race is planned to start at 1pm and at 11am on the Sunday.
www.ullswateryachtclub.org

July 2nd – Bampton Sports
This is an old style event of true Cumberland & Westmorland traditional games and sports. There'll be duvet races for the family; obstacle races; fell races; sprints; side-shows; entertainment for the kids; W.I. teas and cakes; a burger bar and a beer tent. This is a great family outing in the small village of Bampton which stands in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to Haweswater at the southern end of Cumbria's Eden Valley. Venue is Bampton Memorial Hall
CA10 2RQ. Gates open at 12.30pm. Adults £2.50. Children under 16 years FREE.
Phone 01931 713392 for more information.

July 8 - 9th – Derwentwater Regatta
This is a family fun event where visitors will find many activities and a very good chance that everyone will find something they want to have a go at. There'll be kayak sessions; coracle building; a group motorised trip around the lake; catamaran sailing; a Viking Longboat; dinghy sailing and much much more. The Derwentwater Regatta has an interesting history. It was first held 200 years ago when eccentric landowner Joseph Pocklington, known locally as “King Pocky”, created out of the ordinary but full of fun regatta activities on Derwentwater together with a fair on Crow Park the like of which continues to this day.

July 15th – The Mighty Corinthian at Ulverston Town Centre
This is the opening event of Ulverston's Velo Retro Weekend. It's the longest one day classic bike ride in the world. Riding vintage steel bikes of 1987 or older (or a replica), the riders, dressed  in period clothing follow a 301 kilometre route via Coniston, Ambleside, Thirlmere, Keswick, Caldbeck, Hartside, Appleby, Ullswater, and Kirkstone. It's a truly grand epic tour through the full range of the Lake District and Cumbria's wonderful landscapes.
www.sportivelakes.co.uk

July 15th – Man Vs Lakes 2017
An event of 26.2 miles and 3037 feet of total ascent is described as “the most adventurous marathon-distance running journey in Britain”. It begins with a run across  the quicksands of Morecambe Bay and then on through the countryside to the foot of Windermere, Englands largest and most visited lake for a shore to shore crossing at the lakes narrowest point. The route continues with short swims and wades, slides, jumps, a floating assault course and more. Although this is a running event, entrants must be able to swim short sections in order to fully complete the course but the swim sections can be bypassed if you wish. Competitors are asked to raise £250 for the organisers official charity partner and get a FREE Rat Robe. The start point,  shown on the website route map, is the shoreline at the small village of Silverdale not far from Arnside. For the route and full details go to www.ratrace.com/manvslakes

July 16th – A L'ancienne Classic At Ulverston Town Centre
Day 2 of Ulverston's Velo Retro Weekend. It's an 84 kilometre route including Coniston Water, Windermere, Esthwaite Water and Wray Castle, and, if you have the energy, a final section up the track to St John Barrow Monument overlooking Ulverston. There'll be food stops along the way and plenty of fun in one of the most beautiful areas in the UK. Don't forget your goggles and cycling cap, and, together with your vintage bike, you are ready for the Velo Retro Festival.
Phone 07536 103499.

July 16th – Le Loafeur At Ulverston Town Centre
This part of the Retro Festival is, as the title says, a relaxed ride of a 47 kilometre loop around Coniston Water. Whatever you choose to ride, be it a historical or heavy town bike, this is a wonderful non competitive ride around one of the Lake District and Cumbria's most visitor friendly lakes. Phone 07536 103499.

July 20 - 22nd – Northern Craft Beer Festival
Featuring over 80 cask and keg beers from independent breweries. Begins at  mid-day in the Mill Yard, Staveley. Phone 01539 822644.

July 20 - 23rd – Music On The Marr
A weekend of music, dance, and song at a festival described as Cumbria's most friendly music event.  It takes place on the Village Green of Castle Carrock, a small village about 10 miles from Carlisle. Line-up and ticket prices are to be confirmed but the price is expected to be £75 plus £30 for camping.  Phone 01228 670329.
www.musiconthemarr.com

July 21 - 23rd – Crafts & Gifts Fair at Dobbies garden World
An event promoted by The Creative Arts Association takes place at a well established Garden Centre close to the village of Dalston within easy travelling distance of Carlisle. There'll be lots for the kids to do including a “patting zoo” with Llamas; Sheep; Ducks; Rabbits; Chickens, Goats and more. FREE on site parking. Opens 9.30am till 5pm on the Friday and Saturday and 10am till 4 pm on the Sunday.
Venue. Dobbies Garden Centre, Orton Grange. CA5 6LB. Phone 07966 – 499748.
www.creativecrafts-online.co.uk

July 21 - 22nd – Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge
The event begins with entrants arriving at the hostel by 8pm at the latest to meet the leaders and for a full safety briefing. The challenge begins next day with ascents of Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags. Then, it's on to Esk Pike and the tough two final peaks of Great End and England's highest mountain of Scafell standing at 978 metres. The return to the starting point at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in the Langdale Valley is by a more direct route where it's time to relax and celebrate the day.
www.charitychallenge.com/expedition/2533/lake-district-5-Peaks-Challenge

July 22nd – Penrith Show
An event for all the family and friends in the heart of Cumbria's Eden Valley. It's a traditional agricultural show featuring a wide range of competition classes for farm animals, horses, rabbits, poultry, show jumping, horticulture, a food hall, rural crafts, trade stands and more. There will be something of interest for all at Brougham Hall Farm, near Penrith. CA10 2DE
FREE  Park and Ride from Penrith town centre. Parking available on site.
www.penrithshow.co.uk

July 23 - 24th – Rock The Fells
A family focussed  Art's and music festival featuring a line up of already well established young bands including musicians from the local area. The festival's café and bar will be providing a tasty selection of food and drink including Real Ale direct from the Foxfield Brewery near Broughton in Furness. There'll be lots to keep the kids amused plus a nursery for the really little ones will be provided. The location is The Big Flat Field, Bootle Village Hall, not far from Millom, and mid-way between Silecroft and Ravenglass. Times 11am till 11pm.
www.RockTheFells.com

July 23rd – Coniston Country Fair
This event takes place in a beautiful setting alongside Coniston Water. It's a richly typical traditional Lakeland Show giving visitors a valuable insight into the Cumbrian way of life. Visitors will find something of interest for all with displays of Foxhounds; Terriers; Beagles; Lurchers;  Herdwick Sheep; Sheepdogs; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, and a fell- race to the summit of Coniston Old Man and back starting from the showfield. A range of drink and refreshments will be available and lots of entertainment to keep the kids amused.
www.conistoncountryfair.co.uk

July 26th – North Lonsdale Agricultural Show
Categories of Cattle; Sheep; Horses; a Dog show; Horticulture; Poultry; Working Sheepdog Demonstrations; Vintage Motor Cycles; a Kid's Zone; a Food Hall; Cookery demonstrations and much more. Location is, Loughrigg Farm, Urswick, near Ulverston. LA12  0ST.
www.ulverstonandnorthlonsdaleshow.com

July 27 - 30th – Kendal Calling
A contemporary music & art multi-award winning festival and traditional family entertainment in Lowther Castle Deer Park a few miles from Penrith. This year the festival is crammed with events and is one which the organisers promise will be the most vibrant and colourful of any that have come before. For full details of all which will be on offer, visit the website.
www.kendalcalling.co.uk

July 29th – Hearing Dogs Morecambe Bay Walk
An event in aid of the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. It starts from Arnside Promenade where you'll find shops and cafés, parking, public toilets (20P) and is only a 10 minute walk from Arnside Railway Station. The entry fee is £10 per adult and £5 for children. Fit and active dogs on a lead are welcome but no pups please. Sponsorship is not required but would be appreciated. Times; 9.15am for a 9.45am start. To register, contact Sophie Meadows, Community Fund Raising Manager on 07769 901297.

July 29 - 30th – Cumbria Steam Gathering
A hugely enjoyable colourful fun weekend event on Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands. For vintage lovers, there will be displays including those of classic cars; motor-cycles;  steam engines; bicycles; agricultural machinery; commercial and military vehicles. As well as this, there’s lots more to see and do with magic shows for the kids; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; lawn mower racing; sheep shearing demonstration; traditional fairground; miniature remote controlled car racing; chainsaw carving display; (weather permitting) and a ploughing demonstration are just a few of the events attractions. Wheelchair accessible toilets, FREE parking with ample spaces for Blue Badge holders. Times 9am till 5pm each day.
www.steamgathering.org.uk

July 30th – Westmorland Dales Gathering
A weekend of walks centred on the “Walkers are Welcome” Eden Valley historic market town of Kirkby Stephen. Highlights of this Sunday event include an ascent to the Nine Standards, the summit of Hartley Fell, and a walk through the Smardale Nature Reserve. Smardale, one of the regions “hidden gems” has wonderful displays of orchids; birds-eye primrose; rare flora; birds, and butterflies. For times and meeting place phone Upper Eden Visitor Centre 017683 71199.

July 30th – The Swim to Devil's Chimney
A fully guided open water swim in Ullswater to Devil's Chimney. It's an event suitable for swimmers who can comfortably swim 2 miles in open water. Times 9.30am till 12.30pm.
Cost £55. Phone 015394 33826
www.swimthelakes.co.uk/product/the-swim-to-devils-chimney-ullswater

August Events 2017

August 3rd – Derwentwater Island Hop
A challenging but manageable open water swim around the islands of Derwentwater. It's an event suitable for swimmers who can comfortably swim at least one mile in open water. The cost for this fully guided swim, followed by tea and cakes, is £55. Phone 015394 33826.
www.swimthelakes.co.uk/product/derwent-water-island-hop

August 4 - 6th – Potfest in The Pens
This event is an opportunity to view the work of around 130 potters at the oldest potters market event in the country. Together with demonstrations and free one hour classes, the event takes place under cover at Skirsgill Auction Market, Penrith. CA11 0DN.
www.potfest.co.uk

August 5 - 13th – Bassenthwaite Regatta
An outstanding opportunity for sailing within the spectacular natural beauty of the English Lake District. It's a well respected annual regatta event which ranks as one of the most popular in the north of England. Venue: Bassenthwaite Sailing Club. Dubwath. Bassenthwaite. CA13 9YD.
Phone 017687 76341.    www.bassenthwaite-sc.org.uk
For visitor information, Dubwath, is a small village on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake between Keswick and Cockermouth, and home to Silver Meadow Wetland Reserve. It's one of the best sites in the Lake District and Cumbria to see the plant and animal  wildlife of wetland and other habitats.

August 5 - 6th – Total warrior Challenge
Participants from all over the world come to the home of Total Warrior to compete in this rugged sporting challenge. They will be faced with 30 punishing obstacles including the feared  “Plunge” of wading 100 feet through 4 feet deep water loaded with 10 tons of ice. This and much more combine to make  Total War the toughest 10 kilometre to 10 mile challenge of all.
The venue is Shap Abbey close to Shap village on the A6 at the southern end of Cumbria's beautiful Eden Valley.
www.totalwarrior.co.uk

August 8th – Lunesdale Agricultural Show
The show is held at Underley Park, the home of Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club. It's another of the Lake District and Cumbria's long summer programme of traditional shows throughout the region. On show will be cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, poultry, show jumping events, birds of prey, vintage vehicles, a craft marquee, a food hall, a parade of hounds from the Vale of Lune Harriers, a mounted fancy dress competition together with entertainment for the kids, plenty of food, a licensed bar and FREE car parking. Phone 015395 67618. Post Code LA6 2DS.
www.lunesdaleshow.org.uk

August 10th – Ease into Easedale
A very popular open water swimming event in, and surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Lake District Fells. Meet and end your outdoor adventure in the village of Grasmere. The price of £69 – 99 includes hot chocolate and a slice of the famous Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread Cake.
Times; 9am till 3.30pm. Phone 015394 33826.

August 11 - 13th – The Lake District Folk Weekend
Early booking is advised for this great festival of folk music. It takes place in Staveley, a small village situated between Kendal and Windermere at the entrance to the picturesque Kentmere Valley. The line-up includes;
The Giggleswick Temperance Band
Greg Russel & Cieran Algar, BBC Folk Award Singers
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, voted “Best Duo” BBC 2 Folk Awards
Jacqui McDonald, Staveley resident and former member of The Spinners
J.C. & The Moonshine Band.
Afternoon and evening performance venues are;
The Hawkshead Brewery, Mill Yard. Staveley
Staveley Village Hall
The Roundhouse Theatre in Staveley
Wilf's Cafe, Mill Yard. Staveley
Cafe Eclec. Main Street, Staveley
The Eagle & Child Pub.
See the website for full details at www.thelakedistrictfolkweekend.com

August 12 - 13th – The Lowther Show
A full programme of family entertainment in the picturesque grounds of Lowther Castle. Visitors will appreciate the skills shown in the Lowther Driving Trials; the wide choice of food and drink presented in the Taste of Cumbria & Beer Festival; a Fishing Island; Arts; Crafts; Gun Dog retrieve; top class demonstrations; main arena shows, and much more in some of the most beautiful surroundings in the Lake District & Cumbria.
www.lowthershow.co.uk

August 12th – Howgills Pool Triathlon
A challenge suitable for beginners through to top class athletes. The event consists of a 400 metre pool swim at Sedbergh School followed by a 33.5 kilometre cycle ride and finishing with an 8.3 kilometre run. Begins at 9.30am. Full details on the website
www.epicevents.co.uk/triathlons/howgills-pool-triathlon-august-2017.html

August 20th – Lakeland Country Fair
A delightful setting overlooked by Coniston Old Man, close to Coniston Water, low priced admission, and free car parking at this typical Cumbrian show. It's a family friendly event featuring the traditional skills and activities of the region. There will be shows of terriers; lurchers; whippets; fox hounds; family dogs; fell ponies, and Herdwick sheep. Junior and senior fell runners will be taking on the challenge of the race to the summit of Coniston Old Man and back again; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling contests; a Young Farmers tug-o-war; a horn blowing competition; have-a-go archery; lots of children's activities with a bouncy castle, climbing wall, a roundabout and more, plus homemade refreshments, a licensed bar and a barbecue. Begins at mid-day. Full details of entertainment and activities are on the website.
Torver is a small community 3 miles from Coniston at the junction of the A593 and A5084
www.lakelandcountryfair.co.uk

August 20th – Coniston Epic Lakes Swim
This event is part of a swim series which consists of either 2 or 3 open water swimming events at 3 different Lake District and Cumbria locations. Coniston Water is the third and final venue of this years series. Competitors are offered a choice of two distances which allows novices, intermediates and elite swimmers with a challenge to match their abilities. The “Classic Mile” of 1600 metres is usually the most popular choice of the event leaving the 3.8 kilometre distance for experienced long distance swimmers. Wetsuits are compulsory for all. Starting times are 8.30am for the 3.8 kilometre and 11am for the 1600 metres. There will be car parking  available at John Ruskin School (£3). Parking on the verges of Lake Road will not be allowed.
Cost of entry is £20/25 dependent on swim distance
www.epicevents.co.uk/open-water-swims/coniston-epic-lakes-swim-20th-august

August 24th – The Wordsworth Wild Swim
This is an ideal event  providing a safe introduction to Adventure Swimming. After meeting for an initial briefing, it's just a short stroll to the waters of Grasmere for an initial swim of about 1600 metres. This is followed by another short walk to the River Rothay for a  swim into Rydal Water and circuit of Heron Isle. Meet at White Moss Car Park for a 9am start. Finish at approximately 1.30pm. The cost of this fully guided swim plus hot chocolate and cake is £59-99. Wetsuit hire is available. Phone 015394 33826.

August 25 - 27th – Wannasee Music Festival
A line-up of the best of Europe' tribute bands to artists past and present at this August Bank Holiday event. It's a weekend of live music and attractions for all at an easy on the pocket price in the beauty of Hutton-in-the-Forest in Cumbria's Eden Valley. Camping facilities will be available where your car, caravan or motor-home can be parked next tp your tent; FREE car parking for day visitors; a wide choice of food and refreshments; a fully licensed bar; a FREE shuttle bus  service to and from Penrith, and kids, if accompanied by an adult are given FREE entry.
www.wannaseefestival.com

August 25 - 27th – Solfest 2017
A Lake District and Cumbria music event for all gran's, granddads, brothers, sisters, mums, dads,  aunts and uncles. They will find a line-up of 90 acts (names to be confirmed soon) covering a wide mix of genres and eras of music for the pleasure and enjoyment of all generations. It takes place on a well organised safe site close to the Solway Coast and just a few miles from Maryport and within easy reach of Wigton and Silloth. There's plenty of facilities and attractions on site including a Kids Arena; Walkabout Performers; Kite Displays; Teddy Parachuting; Solfest Garden; Healing Garden; Site Art, and a wide range of food from worldwide with vegetarian and vegan options and meaty treats. Camping options of “Noisy Places”;  “Family Camping” ; “Quiet Townside Camping”;  “Posh Camping”, with Yurts and Squrts, plus on-site medical services and an information tent/one-stop shop.
Location. Tarnside Farm, Tarns. Near Aspatria. CA7 4NQ.
www.solfest.org.uk

August 26th – Patterdale Dog Day
The beauty of the Ullswater Valley is the setting for a Lake District Bank Holiday event dedicated to the skills of sheepdogs and their handlers. The trials will continue throughout the day together with a Terrier Show; Gun Dog Show; Ullswater Foxhound Show; Hound Trails;  Children's Pet Classes; Fell Racing;  and lots more. Refreshments available all day with a catering tent.
www.patterdaledogday.co.uk

August 26 - 28th – Medieval Muncaster 2017
A Bank Holiday event when the Red Wyvern Re-Enactment Society will return to Muncaster for another year to present scenes from the life and times of the medieval period and the War of  the Roses. Further details of the full programme of events will appear on the Muncaster Castle website closer to the planned date.

August 31st – September 3rd – German Beer Festival
Oompah Music, Bratwurst, Schnitzels, Steins, and over 20 different lagers at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale. Phone 019467 23230 for details.

September Events 2017

September 2nd – Race For The Sun Lake District 2017
A team challenge event for teams of 4. Starting from Newton Rigg College, near Penrith, the teams are faced with a 50 mile cycle ride, a climb of Helvellyn, and canoe circuit of  Thirlmere Reservoir. The event to be completed between sunrise and sunset. All funds raised will help to support the work of Children's Charity Action Medical Research. Registration fee is £195. Minimum sponsorship target £1800. Phone 01590 677854
www.actioncharity.co.uk/eventdetailsnew2.php/urlsearch/Race-the-Sun

September 2nd – Alston Agricultural Show
A typical Cumbrian country show for all the family to enjoy featuring cattle; sheep; sheepdog classes; dog classes;  terrier racing and more. Licensed bar and refreshments.

September 2nd – Coniston Chill Swim
A fully supported open water swim along the full 5.25 miles length of Coniston Water.
Entry includes:
Transport to the start and from the finish back to the race HQ car park.
Safety support throughout the swim.
Five feed stations en-route.
Free parking on race day for participants.
Medal to each participant.
Chill Swim participation certificate.
A goody bag.
Minimum age 16 years
Standard entry costs £100 (February1 to June 15)
Late entry costs £105.
www.chillswim.com/the-swims/coniston-end-to-end

September 2nd – Lowick Show
Lake District and Cumbria country shows are one of the regions top visitor attractions. This is one of the smaller but always well attended. Also known locally as “La'al Royal”,it takes place at the southern end of Coniston Water alongside the A5084 Greenodd to Coniston road on Church Field. There are competitions for cattle; horses; ponies; sheep; sheepdogs, together with Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; local crafts and lots for the kids. Licensed bar and food. The Cumbria Way Walk passes through here, and so if anyone is en-route on this day, why not stop over for a few hours. After the show, there's dancing to live music from 7.30pm until 1am. For information about this, phone Kathy Edmondson on 077658555557 or, Kayleigh Dixon on 07767057395.
www.lowickshow.com

September 9th – Born Survivor
Described as one of the toughest and most innovative obstacle events in the country. It's a challenge designed by members of the Royal Marine Commandos and will test to the limit your personal fitness, determination and ability to work as a team member. It's held at Lowther Castle and Gardens near Penrith in Cumbria's Eden Valley. Find more details and how to enter this tough 10 kilometre sporting challenge on the website.
www.born-survivor.com 

September 9 - 10th – Holker Chilli Fest
A group of well known chilli companies gather at Holker Hall and Gardens near Grange-over-Sands for a 2 day festival. Local specialist food suppliers will also be there plus cookery demonstrations, chilli eating competitions, children's activities and selections of cuisine from around the world. Times 10.30am till 5pm. Phone 015395 58328. Ticket information on website.
www.holker.co.uk/holker-estate/holker-chilli-fest/

September 10th – LA Sportive Lake District Mountain Trial
This is a stern trial of fitness and endurance. Entries to the main course are restricted to men and women over the age of 18 years, but over 14's are allowed to compete as part of a pair on the short course providing the other runner is their parent or legal guardian. Experience  of long mountain races and mountain navigation is a must and applicants will be vetted. The trial begins from the Newfield Inn, Seathwaite, in the Duddon Valley a few miles from Broughton in Furness. All entries will be by online bookings and will open in April 2017.
www.ldmta.org.uk/entry.html

September 10th – Tour de Furness
If you are over 10 years old and of average fitness with a roadworthy bike, you can enter the 13, 23, or 50 mile cycling routes. Or, there's a 5 mile Family Fun Ride to include kids of 5 years and over. This is not a race, but an event to enjoy and soak up the delights of the Furness Peninsula while at the same time helping to raise money in support of St. Mary's Hospice, Rotary Charities, or a charity of your choice. The organisers preferred method for you to enter is by registering on-line. However, paper entry forms will be available from early May 2017 at many outlets in the Furness Peninsula area. Address for entries is, C/O Topmark, 108, Greengate Street, Barrow-in-Furness. LA14 1BG.  Please note, anyone under 16 years must be accompanied by and adult.
www.tourdefurness.co

September 15th – Kendal Torchlight Carnival 2017
This is one of the Lake District and Cumbria's biggest one day events attracting crowds of over 25,000. For a few hours, the town is traffic free and given over to a colourful procession of bands, floats, street performers, and dance groups as they make their way through the streets.
The procession starts from Kirbie Kendal School at 7.30pm and proceeds via Lound Road, Aynam Road , Miller Bridge, New Road, Stramongate, Blackhall Road, Sandes Avenue, Stricklandgate, Highgate, Kirkland, Nether Bridge, and return to the starting point on Lound Road. Kendal's streets will be closed to incoming traffic from around 6.30pm and to outgoing vehicles at 6.45pm.
www.kendaltorchlightcarnival.co.uk

September 16th – Coniston Challenge
An extreme challenge event for teams of 4 - 6 consisting of a 10 kilometre walk to the summit of Coniston Old Man; a 12 kilometre mountain bike ride, and finishing with a 1 mile kayak on Coniston Water. Breakfast, lunch, and hot drinks will be provided to all team members throughout the day and each team will be offered camping facilities over the event weekend.
There will be a team registration fee of £60 and a team fund-raising target of £2000 in support of Guide Dogs for the Blind. To register phone 0345 143 0200.
www.guidedogs.co.uk/microsites/events/find-an-event/extreme-challenge

September 16th – World Gurning Championship
This event is the highlight of the annual traditional Egremont Crab Fair. Contestants in this most unusual and now famous competition take to the stage in front of a large appreciative audience, and, with a horse collar (braffin) around their necks, attempt to  “pull” the most grotesque face. A winner in recent years was able to cover his nose with his lower lip. The level of audience applause decides the winner. The Crab Fair itself is named after the seasonal crab apples. Visitors will find a wide range of entertaining events some of which include, Climbing The Greasy Pole; Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; Flower and Vegetable Shows; Equestrian Events; a Hunting Horn Blowing Competition; a Pipe Smoking Competition, and Dialect Singing. The showfield can be muddy underfoot and so it's wise to take your wellies just in case.
www.egremontcrabfair.com

September 17th – (to be confirmed) Borrowdale Shepherds Meet 2017
One of the Lake District and Cumbria's most popular traditional shows surrounded by the quite amazing landscapes of the Borrowdale Valley. Shepherds from all over the region come together for displays of sheep; show the skills of their working sheepdogs; terrier racing; Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; sheep shearing; traditional craft demonstrations; fell racing; children's sports and more to complete an enjoyable family day out in the beauty of the English Lake District.
www.borrowdaleshow.org.uk

October Events 2017

October 1st – Urswick Rushbearing Festival (date to be confirmed)
Urswick, a few miles from Ulverston is the setting for an annual Rushbearing service held at the Church of St. Mary and St. Michael. A procession with bands and banners sets off from the local school at 1pm. Children, led by the Rushbearing Queen and her attendants, carry rushes and flowers to the church for a special service to commemorate the times when rushes were spread on what were the cold and damp earth floors of the age.
www.urswickchurch.co.uk

October 5 - 9th – Red Deer Rut at Ullswater Steamers
This is a very special event providing the opportunity to view the Red Deer Rut, one of Natures  greatest natural spectacles. The event begins with an RSPB escorted private cruise from Glenridding Pier to Howtown and then transfer by a short walk to the Deer Reserve in the remote Martindale Valley. Here, from around the end of September to the middle of November, the stags lock antlers, roar and bellow as they fight for a mate. This is a wonderful day out for all. The cruise departs Glenridding at 10.30am and returns at 3.30pm. The cost is £16 for non RSPB members and £14 for members. Children 5 to 15 years half price. Early booking is essential as places are limited. Light refreshments will be available on board but take a packed lunch. An Ullswater Steamers event. Phone 017684 82229.
www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/events

October 13 - 15th – The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
An event to praise selections of comic art from all over the world. It's the only event of it's kind  in the UK and for a couple of days there will be performances; film; exhibitions; comic trails; workshops; master classes; live drawing, and much more. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with leading comic artists and writers; see them draw, and discuss their work.
www.comicartfestival.com/the-festival

October 14th – Wasdale Head Show and Shepherds Meet
This is a mix of typically Lake District and Cumbrian traditions and more contemporary and quirky attractions. The sheep show, mainly of the Herdwick breed, remains at the heart of this event together with craft demonstrations, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; terrier racing; sheepdog trials; hound trailing; fell racing, sheep shearing displays; and a range of children's sports. To add to the fun, visitors can look forward to the judging of The Best Beard; the Best Shepherds Boots; Shepherds Crooks;  and a range of vintage classes of tractors; agricultural machinery; cars and motor cycles and plenty of food and drink selections. This takes place in a wonderful setting overlooked by England's highest mountain; close to the regions smallest church of St. Olaf’s, Wastwater, the deepest lake, and not forgetting it's the once home of pub landlord, Will Ritson, on whom the “Biggest Liar in the World” Lake District  November event is based.
www.wasdaleheadshow.co.uk

October 16 - 29th – Forest Foray
Mud – pies, conkers, and games for the kids. For the adults to enjoy, there's Harry's Homemade Gin tasting, and for all,  a Spooky Walk and Ride finishing at the Woolpack Inn for a bonfire and roast chestnuts. Venue. Woolpack Inn. Eskdale. Phone 019467 23230.

October 20th – Autumn Colours Photography Cruise & Walk
Join photography expert Mark Littlejohn to capture on film the stunning Autumn colours around the Aira Force Waterfall. Meet up at Glenridding Pier for a 10am sailing to Aira Force and returning the 3.5 miles on foot at approximately 2.30pm. Take a packed lunch.
The cost of £30 includes the photography tuition and guide, single cruise to Aira Force, and complimentary tea/coffee and muffin or Danish Pastry. Dogs on leads welcome.
This is an Ullswater Steamers event. Phone 017684 82229.

October 28th – The Winter Droving
This all day event is in recognition of Penrith's place which it has held for centuries as the most important market for the sale of livestock and produce in the local area. All things of the countryside will be featured together with traditional fun; a masquerade; rustic food; mulled drinks; an evening procession of torches and a “Winter Droving After Party”.
www.winterdroving.uk

October 28th – Halloween Ghostly Galleon
A 90 minute cruise on Lake Ullswater with Halloween entertainment for all. For the price of £13 per spook (under 3's free) there will be an enthralling magic show, a sweetie goodie bag for the kids, a monster balloon to take home, tattoo's and Halloween colouring.
Cruise times are 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Dogs not permitted.
An Ullswater Steamers event. Phone 017684 82229.

October 28 - 29th – Kendal Wool Gathering
Free entry and free parking to Kendal Wool Gathering at K. Village, Lound Road, in Kendal. Retail stalls from all over the country selling every type of woollen product; spinning and knitting sessions; children's workshop; talks; farmers livestock displays.
www.kendalwoolgathering.co.uk

November Events 2017

November 4th – Walna Scar Shepherds Meet
An event held in one of  three alternating venues of Torver, Broughton Mills and Seathwaite. This year the Meet is at Torver where the Herdwick and Swaledale breeds will be in competition for rosettes and silver cups at Brigg House Field, Torver, a couple of miles from Coniston. There will be hound trails; decorative crooks and sticks and more plus an after event gathering at  the nearby Church House Inn for singing and poetry readings.
Phone: 015394 41395.

November 4 - 5th – Holker Winter Market
A great family day out at Holker Hall and Gardens. Visitors will find stalls offering a wide choice of crafts,  foods, and gifts with the approaching Christmas celebrations in mind. There will be street entertainers, live music, hot food, warming mulled wine, plus plenty to keep the kids amused. FREE entry. Phone 015395 58328.

November 11 - 12th – Brantwood Winter Craft Fair
An event overlooking Coniston Water displaying Cumbrian quality crafts at Brantwood House, once the home of John Ruskin, a leading English art critic of the Victorian era. Crafts will include pottery; jewellery; fused and stained glass; felt bags; swill baskets; art works and prints; lampshades; vases; cakes; Christmas puddings and preserves. Demonstrations of fly-tying; pole lathing; spinning; rag rugs and baskets. Admission £2. Children FREE. Times 10.30am till 5pm.
Phone Helen Wharton on 015394 41396 for more details.

November 16 - 19th – Wine Festival
Celebrate the world of wine at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale. Tutored wine tasting, Fish n' Chips and Rock and Roll, live music. Phone 019467 23230.

November 16 - 19th – Kendal Mountain Festival
This is the U.K's premier award winning international festival. Lecture programmes of guest speakers; film makers; athletes and hundreds of film screenings are just part of this event for outdoor enthusiasts.
www.mountainfest.co.uk

November 18 - 19th – Workington Model Railway Exhibition
This is the biggest model railway exhibition in Cumbria. It's held at the Energus Building, Lillyhall, between Whitehaven and Workington. CA14 4JW. A full list of traders attending and layouts are shown on the website below. There's plenty of FREE parking; fresh meals and toilet facilities. On the Saturday, the bus service from both Workington and Whitehaven stops outside the door. Times 10am till 5pm on Saturday and 10am till 4pm on Sunday. Phone 01228 522118.
www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/13920-solrailLtdExhibition

November 20th – Cumbrian Cracker Cycle Sportive
Competitors will be faced with a route of almost 60 miles. It starts from Grasmere and proceeds via the shores of Coniston Water, the Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, and Ambleside. Food stops at Cartmel Scout Hut for sandwiches, cakes and hot or cold drinks. The entry fee is inclusive of the food stop, entry pictures, and hot food at the finish. Start times are between 7.30am and 10.30am from Grasmere Village Hall, Broadgate. Grasmere LA22 9TA.
Contact Jo McWilliams on 01257 251217. Email: events@epicevents.co.uk

December Events 2017

December 2 - 3rd – Hawkshead Christmas Fair
Festive food and drink, stalls, live music, street entertainment, a lantern procession at 4pm on the Saturday, a Santa's Grotto, and more. Times Saturday 10am till 5pm. Sunday 10am till 4pm.
Phone 015394 36544.