Lake District and Cumbria Events 2016 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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June Events 2016

June 1st – North West Evening Mail Picnic Day
This is the last day of the Whit Bank Holiday meetings at Cartmel Racecourse, and, another day to take your picnic blankets. The fairground will still be in full swing providing entertainment for all. First race at 2.20pm and the last race at 5.35pm.

June 1 - 12th – Sedbergh Music Festival
Something for everyone with daily performances in St Andrews Parish Church.
Full programme details on

June 2nd – Owl Day at the World of Beatrix Potter, Windermere
Go along to the World of Beatrix Potter between 11am and 4pm to meet real owls of all shapes and sizes. An event for all the family to enjoy.

June 2nd – 50 Things Activity Day at the Coast
A FREE half-term event for all the family. There will be den building, mud-pie making and kite flying. Meet at Haig Car Park, Solway Road, Whitehaven. Times 11am till 3pm. No need to book; just turn up.
Phone 017687 74649.

June 2 - 8th – Appleby Horse Fair
Appleby's traditional and unique gathering of Gypsies and Travellers  has taken place since it was introduced in the reign of James 11. ( 1633 – 1701) As always, this annual event in the heart of the Eden Valley attracts thousands, especially on the main days  of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with horses being washed in the river and raced along the streets. Upwards of 30,000 visitors can be expected, and so please ensure that accommodation is booked early if you intend to stay overnight or longer.

June 3 - 5th – Garden Festival at Holker Hall and Gardens
A three day Lake District event showcasing the best in gardening, countryside, food & crafts. There will be special rates for groups of 10 or more with FREE entry for the organiser and driver and, FREE parking. Lots of interest for the kids also.

June 4 - 5th – Country Fest
A weekend of wide ranging activities and entertainment for all the family at the County Showfield, Crooklands, near Kendal. It's a traditional Lake District and Cumbria event celebrating the regions high quality food and drink where visitors can both “try and buy” in the festivals Food Zone. Here, there will be a sausage making workshop and a “Bake a Cake” competition for all ages. A Companion Dog Show is planned for the Saturday (entrants are needed) and Terrier Racing will take place on both days. The Lakeland Historic Car Club will be there together with a vintage tearoom. There will be Open Sheepdog Trials; Maypole Dancing; Live Music; a Beer Hall; a Kite Flying display; Teddy Bear Parachuting; a Stunt Show with historic motor cycles; a Military Vehicle show;  and lots of activities for the kids.

June 4th – Grasmere Gallop Trail Races 2016
There are five events available consisting of a 17 kilometre Trail Race, a 10 kilometre Trail Race, a 10 kilometre Nordic Walk, a 5.7 kilometre Family Fun Run and a Teddy Dash for the children. All events begin at 11am at the Sports Field, Grasmere. This year, the money raised will be used to help preserve Grasmere's red squirrel population which is one of the few locations left in the U.K. where they still thrive.

June 5th – The Yomp Mountain Challenge
Run, walk in a team, or go solo over the fells in Cumbria's Eden Valley. This event, starting from Kirkby Stephen Grammar School is in support of various charities is entered by hundreds of runners and walkers each year and despite the numbers, (limited to 800) the routes are not crowded due to the staggered start times. Choose from a demanding 23 mile Full Yomp; a Half Yomp of 11.5 miles, or the Short Yomp which provides a great challenge for children aged 5 or over who are accompanied by parents or teachers. Full details are shown  on  Please book on line via Si-Entries if possible.

June 5th – The Epic Lakes Swim Series: Derwent at Crow Park
This is the first of 3 open water swimming events held at three different locations in the Lake District and Cumbria. Entrants have a choice of 3 distances. There is the 500 metre swim, which is an ideal distance for first timers and youngsters, plus the “Classic Mile” of 1600 metres and the challenging 3.8 kilometres for accomplished long distance swimmers. Prices on the website.

June 5th – Lo Scorpione at Bardsea Malt Kiln Village Hall
This is described as a “hard” cycle event but competitors are promised plenty of support. Organisers say the route has been improved, and, a shorter route of Piccolo Scorpione has been added as an option to the longer route. Price £26 and £33. Phone 07536103499.

June 8 - 19th – Ulverston International Music Festival
Top stars and ensembles perform a diverse programme in venues throughout the town including two concerts at the historic Swarthmoor Hall. This years event begins at the Coronation Hall with the return of English Touring Opera. The opening weekend  concludes with a performance by Ulverston's own star saxophonist, Jess Gillam.  TV personality Alistair McGowan, a keen pianist, will be there together with Jennifer Pike, the BBC's youngest ever “Young Musician of the Year”; young Russian pianist Alexander Panfilov; soprano Raphaela Papadakis and the Haffner Orchestra. The final day is for the participation and music making by talented amateurs in and of St Mary’s Hospice.

June 9th – Beatrix Potter's Landscape Cruise and Walk at Steam Yacht Gondola
Booking is essential for this cruise and walk beginning from Coniston Pier at 11am to learn how the life of Beatrix Potter influenced the area in and around Coniston. The walk, guided by a National Trust Ranger, takes a route via Monk Coniston Estate to the beauty of Tarn Hows and returning via Monk Coniston Hall for afternoon tea before re-boarding Steam Yacht Gondola for the short cruise back to Coniston Pier.

June 9 - 12th – Boot Beer Festival
Take a ride from Ravenglass station on board the La'al Ratty Railway to the Boot Beer Festival where three family friendly pubs welcome you to an event with over 120 Real Ales on offer. Even if you are a non drinker, there's a choice of paths and tracks to take you through some of the most  dramatic scenery of the Lake District and Cumbria. A nearby working watermill is well worth a visit and the kids can enjoy themselves at the Boot Inn play area. This is one of the biggest and most popular beer festivals in the region. Please note, Saturday is always a busy day at all three venues, so be sure to make an early booking for meals. For details of the pubs taking part, go to

June 10th – Counterfeit Sixties Show in Workington
This event will be held in the town of Workington, mid-way between Whitehaven and Maryport. The Sounds of the Sixties return to the Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre as the “Swinging Sixties”, Britain's number one tribute show, present the music magic of that era from 7.30pm. till 10pm.
Box Office 01900 602122.

June 11th – Barbon Speed Hill Climb
This very popular event is a qualifying round for several local and regional championships and attracts many “Club” competitors to this exciting venue. Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of cars including single seat racing cars; powerful saloons and rally cars together with a selection of historic cars. The 675 metre Barbon Hill Climb Course is in the grounds of Barbon Manor near Kirkby Lonsdale. Spectator gates open at 8am and the first practice runs are due to begin around 9.30am. Hot and cold refreshments will be available on site.  Disabled visitors are welcome but the farmland terrain is not particularly suitable for those with limited mobility or in wheelchairs. Toilets will be situated in the lower paddock and on the hill

June 10 - 12th – Stepping Stones Festival 2016 at Kirklinton Hall and Gardens
Music, drama, food, beer, and fun at the Stepping Stones Festival, Kirklinton, near Carlisle. This is a traditional family friendly event with plenty of on-site parking, camping and camper-van space, level access to the Hall, disabled toilet facilities and a full programme of children's activities. FREE entry for children under the age of 16 when accompanied by an adult with a weekend ticket.

June 11th - The Heavenly Thrillbillies @ Lakeland Music Penrith On Saturday 11th June from 1.30pm
The Heavenly Thrillbillies will be carrying out an interactive music session at Lakeland Music, 20 - 21 Little Dockray, Penrith. Come along to listen to some fantastic music, ask any questions you may have of the band and try out the bands instruments! Any queries please contact Amanda on 01768 864024.

June 11 - 12th – Coniston Triathlon and Open Water Swims
Standard Triathlon.  1500 metre swim, a 35 kilometre bike ride and a 10 kilometre run.
Old Man Triathlon.  2,000 metre swim, a 70 kilometre bike ride and a 20 kilometre fell run.
Open Water Swims. 1,500 metres or 3,000 metres.
Plenty of FREE parking and lots of open space for spectators to enjoy this event on the shores of Coniston Water. Phone  07738077710.

June 11th – Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity Cross Bay Walk
This event is to raise funds for the Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity. Starts from Arnside Promenade at 10am. Phone 01524 516064.

June 11th – Summer Country Fayre
A family event at Sedbergh Prep School in the village of Casterton near Sedbergh from 10am. till 4pm. There will be a range of outdoor activities to enjoy including kite demonstrations, and clay pigeon shooting, plus live music, country clothing and gift stalls and a choice of local produce and delicacies. All activities are FREE. Parking £5 per car.
Phone 015242 79200.

June 11 - 12th – Silloth Vintage Rally
Held on Silloth Green, the Silloth Vintage Rally is one of the town's biggest events of the year. There will be displays of vintage steam engines, stationary engines, commercial and military vehicles, classic cars and motor cycles, vintage tractors, vintage fairground organs, and lots more for the enthusiast to enjoy. All this together with the fun of Joseph's Amazing Racing Pigs consisting of six rare breeds racing over hurdles in a contest to be the first to reach a bucket of food, a juggling show and comedy, music played on jerry can guitars, donkey rides, a fairground, and a wide range of refreshment stalls.

June 17th – Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Fish Supper
Take an evening ride from Ravenglass on the famous La'al Ratty narrow gauge railway through some of the most scenic landscape in the Lake District and Cumbria for a fish supper at the Fell Bites Cafe, Dalegarth. Tickets cost £10.50 which includes the price of the supper. To book, call 01229 717171. For details of this event and others throughout the year, visit the website.

June 17th – Cartmel Food Market
This popular food market features some of the very best of Cartmel specialities and Lake District foods. It's held at Unsworth's Yard, Cartmel from 10am till 4pm. For full details, call David Unsworth on 01395 36025 or mob: 07966 681706.

June 17 - 19th – Cumbria Social 7's and Millom Rugby Union Beer Festival
A weekend at Millom Rugby Club Campsite. There'll be a choice of more than twenty Real Ales and cider throughout the event plus live entertainment on the Saturday. Camping is available.
Venue Wilson Park, Haverigg, near Millom.
Phone: 01229 770401.

June 17 - 19th – Rock on Windermere
This music event is central to the theme that “Cumbria is Open for Business” as the region recovers from the huge losses and devastation of last winters floods. It has been organised by Windermere Rotary Club and The Bay & Lakeland Radio with all money raised going towards the Cumbria Flood Appeal. It will be the biggest music event the area has seen. The aim is to demonstrate that the Lake District & Cumbria's traditional hospitality and welcome are as warm as ever and ready to receive as many visitors as possible. Rock On Windermere will take place over the whole of 17 – 19 June on the grassed area of the Glebe overlooking Lake Windermere in Bowness. The main focus will be the Saturday performances when Status Quo are billed to appear supported by Toploader and the Blues Festival favourite, Sean Webster. Friday will provide a gentle introduction to the weekend with Gordon Hendricks as Elvis appearing together with PLATINUM as a live Abba tribute show. Finally on Sunday, 10cc will be performing as a headline act together with a full supporting programme. Visit the website for the following ticket options.
General Admission Ticket. Provides access to the main arena.
Golden Circle. Access to main arena and a special enclosure.
V.I.P. Enclosure. Access to arena immediately in front of the stage together with a separate bar and catering included in the full package.
Weekend Tickets. Access for all 3 days.
Phone the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal (01539 725133) for more ticket details.

June 17th – Arnside Country Market
This event is just of those one held every Friday from 9.30am till 11.30am at the W.I. Hall, Orchard Road, Arnside. It features selections of home baking, preserves, jams, chutneys, crafts, plants and vegetables. Refreshments of coffee and biscuits available. For more details, contact Jill Smith on 01524 762522. Entry FREE.

June 18th – Sedbergh Cycling Festival
This is Sedbergh's first cycling festival. There will be much to see and do including a range of cycling activities, displays, food stalls, a bouncy castle, live music and a film. Begins at 10am at Lupton Field, Back Lane, Sedbergh. FREE admission.
Email:  for more details.

June 18th – Sedbergh Artisan Market
A variety of stalls in Joss Lane Car Park selling a wide range of crafts and foods all made by the local stall holders. Times 9.30am till 3pm.

June 18th – St Bees Village Fête
A FREE event held in St Bees Village Primary School from 11am till 4pm.

June 19th - An Evening with Nashville Artists Buddy Mondlock and Mike Lindauer
The event starts at 7PM at the Unitarian Church Schoolroom, Branthwaite Brow, Market Place, Kendal.
Raising funds to support Manna House Charity.
With support from: Pandora's Handbag, Carolyn Francis, Donald Gisbey, Carol Sunter and Peter Otto, Smith Corona and Chris Stern.
Tickets £8.00 on the door including refreshments. (The schoolroom is behind the Chapel).
Make reservations by e-mailing: including subject reference " Buddy Concert 19/6" or ring Chris on 07916111305/Carol 07817079172.
Raffle prizes very welcome.

June 19th – Food for Thought Continental Evening at Conishead Priory and Buddhist Temple
This is a special night, where, after a simple guided period of meditation, there will be a home prepared vegetarian meal of recipes from around the world. Reception will open at 6.30pm, drinks served at 6.45pm followed by meditation and the meal at 8pm. Due to the popularity of these evenings, please book early. Cost £20.

June 19th – Sedbergh Cycling Sportive
This Lake District and Cumbria Sportive offers two distances of 30 and 70 miles. It forms part of the Sedbergh Cycling Festival of 18 - 19th with a Grass Track Meet, mountain bikes, food stalls, trade stands, music, bar, film shows and camping. Venue is Sedbergh School, Loftus Hill, Sedbergh. Racing for seniors, women and youth riders

June 19th – Lakesman Triathlon
A long distance sporting challenge, based in Keswick in the heart of the English Lake District, consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle ride, and a full marathon run. Full details and race entry are shown on the website.

June 19th – Lakes Charity Classic Vehicle Show
From 10.30am till 4.30pm, visitors to Grasmere can enjoy a display of more than 200 classic cars and motor cycles together with a range of trade stands on Grasmere Sports Field. For more details and to register a vehicle, email:

June 19th – Alston Sheepdog Trials
Held on the Playing Fields in Alston.

June 19 - 26th – Lanercost Festival of 2016
The festival takes place a Lanercost Priory near Brampton. Full details are not yet available but visitors can expect dramatic and creative activities, music and more. Please see the organisers website where full information of the festival programme will be shown soon.

June 21st – Whitfield Lough Walk
A strenuous walk of about 8 miles along paths and open moorland. Meet at Linthey Car Park at 9.45am for a 10am start. Grid Ref NY686511. Phone Guy Harmer on 07515881548 for more details.

June 24th – The Mighty Corinthian at Coronation Hall
A one day event of a long distance ride on your vintage steel bicycles through some of the very best Lake District landscapes. Price £78 - £98. Phone 07536103499.

June 24th – Friday Raceday
Another Cartmel Racecourse event packed with plenty to enjoy on a day at the races. Local micro-breweries will be there offering a selection of Cumbrian Real Ales. Entertainment from 11am onwards. First race at 2.10pm and the last race at 5.30pm.

June 24 - 26th – Silverdale and Arnside Art and Crafts Trail
Open studios, group exhibitions, workshops, in venues in and around the villages of Arnside and Silverdale.
Key Venues:
The W.I. Hall. Arnside
The Educational Institute. Arnside
Silverdale Golf Club
The Silverdale Hotel
Silverdale Village Institute
The Gaskell Hall. Silverdale
St John's C of E School. Silverdale
Leeds Holiday Camp. Silverdale.

June 24 - 25th – Woolfest at Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre
The event showcases the very best of wool and wool crafts There will be around 170 producers together with demonstrations of rare breed animals. Lots to see, and, an opportunity to buy creative and quality products. Woolfest is held in Mitchell's Livestock Centre just outside Cockermouth and close to the A66 between Keswick and Workington. Plenty of FREE parking on site and a shuttle bus connection with Cockermouth town centre.

To support communities and businesses affected during the floods of December 2015, the UK's biggest Mountain Festival will be reaching out beyond its award-winning November event to create two FREE pop-up events this summer, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District.
Framed by Cumbria's most dramatic natural scenery as a backdrop, the 'big screen' will visit open-air locations in Grasmere (24th & 25th June) and Ullswater (23rd July) where audiences can expect to be wowed by the best action adventure films from around the world framed by Cumbria's most dramatic natural scenery as a backdrop.
Each evening will also feature top speakers, live music, food and drink providing plenty of fun for all the family.

June 24 - 26th – The Dentdale Music and Beer Festival
Three days of FREE music and entertainment at a family event a few miles from Sedbergh in the beautiful Dentdale Valley. There'll be music by more than twenty artists, and throughout the festival, parents will have the opportunity for their kids to enjoy their own festival fun in a specially designated safe area on the festival field. A wide selection of Real Ales and home baked food will be available plus plenty of toilets and baby changing facilities. Dent Village is just a short walk from the festival field where there'll be music and street entertainers performing late into the evening. See the website for details of a festival bus service which will pick up and drop off for most train arrivals/departures from Dent Station.

June 25 - 26th – Carlisle Under Siege
Carlisle Castle, the most besieged castle in the history of the British Isles. Visit the castle on this weekend to learn the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie's attack on Cumbria's capital city in 1745.
Phone 01228 591922.

June 25th – Triathlon X at Ambleside YHA
A sporting event described as the worlds toughest extreme triathlon with over 300 competitors from worldwide expected to take part. There will be a lake swim of 2 miles, a cycle ride of 112 miles of the Fred Whitton Challenge route, and a mountain marathon run to the summit of Scafell Pike and back. All this, beginning at dawn, (4 am) will take place in one day. Please note that those wishing to take part must enter on the official form on the website.

June 25th – Armed Forces Day at Carlisle City Centre
A FREE city centre event to celebrate UK's  armed forces, past and present.

June 25th – Coast to Coast in a Day Cycle Sportive
This is a cycling challenge not for the faint hearted. It starts from Seascale, a small town on the West Cumbrian coast, and finishes at Whitby on Yorkshire’s east coast. The well signed route goes via the the passes of Hardknott and Wrynose, the valleys of the Yorkshire Dales, the Vale of York, the North Yorkshire Moors, and on to the picturesque town of Whitby

June 25th – Beatrix Potter Walk at Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Ride the narrow gauge La'al Ratty Railway from Ravenglass to Dalegarth for a midday start of a walk to Penny Hill Farm which stands on one of the prettiest spots on the River Esk. The farm, now owned by the National Trust, is the only one in the Eskdale Valley to have been owned by children's author, Beatrix Potter. It's a walk of a little more than a mile each way, and, because it's along rough countryside paths, do take strong footwear. Take also a packed lunch to be eaten in the the farm garden. Return to Dalegarth at 3pm. FREE entry but booking is essential.
Email:  or phone 01946 723463.

June 25th – Tour of Appleby Brewery
Visitors will be treated to arrival drinks in the Brewery Bar followed by a tour of the Brew House. Fred, the brewer, will be there for a Q & A session. Then, it's lunch and unlimited ale back in the Brew Bar. To make a booking, contact:  or phone 01931 714348 Mob: 07747 033239. Times 1pm till 4pm.
Appleby Brewery.
The Stables, Morland House.

June 25th – Bolton Field Day
A “Back to the Fifties” themed event held in the Village Hall of the small village of Bolton about 4 miles from Appleby. This promises to be a wonderful family day of entertainment with floats, craft stalls, vintage tractors, cake and flower stalls, Tombola, raffles, and races for all ages. Evening BBQ. Begins 1.30pm.

June 26th – Annual Duck Race
A fun event at St Oswald's School, Burneside, near Kendal to raise funds for the local community. One thousand plastic ducks will be launched in heats (£1 per duck) The Burneside Brass Band will be playing, the Dance Group Atik will perform, and there will be lots of traditional games to keep everyone entertained. Times noon till 3pm.
Phone 01539 73815.

June 26th – Shakespeare Festival at Appleby Castle
A matinee performance of “Romeo and Juliet” begins at 2pm.
An evening performance of “As you Like It” begins at 7pm.
Tickets available from Appleby Tourist Information Office.
Adults £18. Seniors £16. Children £10.

June 26th – Fun Run & 10 Kilometre Race
A scenic one lap road race event together with the ever popular Fun Run in the very heart of Cumbria's Eden Valley. The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Appleby with all money going to local schools and charities. Fun Run starts at 10.30am from the Sports Hall and the 10 kilometre race at 12 noon.

June 26th – “A Day in the Lakes” Distance Triathlon
Organisers describe this sporting event as “probably the most beautiful half iron-man distance triathlon in the country”. The venue is Park Foot Campsite close to the shores of Ullswater. Contestants will swim 1.2 miles of the lake, cycle 56 miles on a route including Kirkstone Pass, Shap Fell and the grounds of Lowther Castle, and finally, a 13 mile run, mainly off-road, along low level fell paths overlooking the lake. Starts 8am. Race entry £55.

June 26th – Sunday Funday
A day of racing and entertainment  beginning at 11am on “Circus Sunday” at Cartmel Racecourse.  First race at 2.10pm and the last race at 5.15pm.

June 27th – September 4th – Where is Peter Rabbit?
A series of twice daily stage shows inspired by the stories of Beatrix Potter. The authors most famous characters are brought to life with the aid of special effects, music, dance, and song. Show timings are 11am and 4.30pm with each show lasting approximately 55 minutes.

June 27th – Sedbergh Walking & Cycling Group-Singing Walks
A talk with singing and walking by David Burbage  in People's Hall, Sedbergh from 7.30pm till 9pm. This event is organised by the Sedbergh Area Walking & Cycling Group. To receive more details email Robert Powell at  who will add you to the mailing list

July Events 2016

July – Every Day – Tours Around Appleby Castle
Tours of the castle are planned for each day of the month, but please check with Appleby Tourist Information Office on 017683 51177. A tour will last for about one hour and includes a tour of the grounds, the Great Hall, and a meet with Kenneth, who will show visitors the collection of armoury. Times 11.15am and 1.15pm. Tickets from Appleby Tourist Information Office.

July 1st – Alistair Barrie: No More Stage Three
A stand-up love story about cancer, but, much funnier than it sounds. The show has played to packed audiences receiving  great reviews across the U.K. and at Perth Fringeworld and the Edinburgh Festival where it was nominated as one of the 10 best shows at The Fringe.
Beggars Theatre, Millom. Times 8pm till 10pm. Phone 01229 775677.

July 2nd – Fell Foot Park Run
A National Trust organised keep-fit fun event of a 5 kilometre run around this beautiful park close to Lake Windermere on this Saturday and every Saturday in July. There will be a get-together for a brew and chat afterwards in the boathouse. Times 9am till 10am. Newby Bridge.
To enter, register first at or phone 015395 31273 (Park Office)

July 2nd – British Hill Climb Championship
This event is held just outside the village of Barbon near Kirkby Lonsdale. It includes 2 rounds of the exciting British Hill Climb Championships and features virtually all the top drivers in the British Championship.

July 2nd – Musgrave Rush Bearing Festival
An ancient custom dating from the times when churches had earthen floors. Villagers would go to the moors and collect bunches of rushes to lay on the floors and so provide  pleasant smelling coverings and extra warmth underfoot. A procession of girls with crowns of flowers, boys with crosses together with adults walk from the village to St Theobald's Church for a service. Musgrave is one of only 5 Parishes in Cumbria to continue this colourful tradition.
Phone Kirkby Stephen Tourist Information for timings. 017683 71199.

July 2nd – Skelton Agricultural Show
This event is held at, Old Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest, near Penrith. It is the largest village show in Cumbria, and one of the regions best attended traditional agricultural shows, which has earned a reputation as a day of great family entertainment. There will be cattle, sheep, horses, show jumping, dogs, vintage vehicles, and, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling.
Phone 01768 484122.

July 2nd – Ulverston Carnival
The festival capital of the Furness Peninsula continues it's 2016 programme of events with a Brazilian themed carnival. The venue is Ford Park Field where visitors will be treated to a day of family entertainment. Phone 01229 580640.  More details will be shown on the website nearer the date.

July 2nd – Patterdale Boundary Walk
An annual Ullswater Valley event to raise money for St Patrick's Church in Patterdale and Patterdale Church of England Primary School. There are three walks to suit all abilities. The main, and most strenuous, is over a distance of 30 miles, together with a total of 10,000 feet of ascents. It starts at Glencoyne Bay and does “The Round” via Helvellyn to the mid-way section of the route at the summit of Kirkstone before returning on the eastern side to Patterdale. The second route is one of 14 miles, and the third option, a favourite with the kids, is the 3 mile all downhill walk from Kirkstone to Patterdale.

July 2nd – Ambleside Rush Bearing
This annual event is a re-enactment of a four centuries old tradition when fresh rushes were taken to put on the earth floors of the churches and other important buildings. The rushes for this modern day ceremony are cut from nearby lake shores and decorated with mosses, flowers, and greenery. The procession, led by the Burneside Brass Band, starts at 2.15pm from outside Ambleside Primary School and ends with a short service at St Mary's Church. Children, who have taken part in the procession, will be rewarded with a slice of locally baked Gingerbread.
Celebrations then move on to the sports ground for traditional children's sports of races for each age group.

July 2 - 3rd – BBQ Demonstration
Master BBQ Chef, Richard Holden, will be demonstrating the art of barbecuing at Hayes Garden Centre, Ambleside. Times 11am till 2.30pm.
Contact phone 015394 33434.

July 3rd – West Cumbria Vintage Vehicle Show
Vintage vehicles and machinery displays plus horse and pony show jumping at Hayes Castle Farm, Distington, near Workington. CA14 5YB. There will be market stalls, cars and commercial vehicles, motor-cycles, owners clubs, a fairground, stationary engines and collectables. FREE car parking. Opens 10.30am. Phone 01946 831135 for more details.

July 5th – Welcome Walks in and around Appleby
A one and a half hour easy walk around the “Walkers are Welcome” Eden Valley historic town of Appleby accompanied by Blue Badge Guide, Ron Smith. No need to book, just turn up and meet at The Cloisters, St Lawrence Church, Appleby. Adults £5. Children £2,50. Under 11's FREE. For times and more information, phone Ron on 0781 790 1832 or 017683 51811.
Groups can also be catered for.

July 8th – Live Music: South Quay
Superb local talent including 4 piece rock band, South Quay, performing at Florence Arts Centre, Egremont, a few miles from St Bees. Doors open 7.30pm. Admission £5.
Phone 01946 824946.

July 8th – Bats, Glow Worms, and Creatures of the Night
Join a National Trust Ranger for an evening on Arnside Knott and enter the world of nocturnal nightlife from 9.30pm till 11.30pm

July 8 - 10th – The Lake District Vintage Cycling Festival
A two day vintage cycle festival with food, music, refreshments and plenty of fun. The cycling takes place on the Sunday over 50 kilometre and 83 kilometre routes.

July 8 - 10th – The 2016 Furness Tradition Festival
Plenty of entertainment for all in Ulverston town centre. Featured performers will include:
Ross Cooper & Tom Oakes
Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson
Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson
Thieving Magpie
Redcar Sword Dancers
Hornbeam & Molly
Furness Clog Dancers
Furness Morris
More will be announced on the website later in the year.

July 9 - 10th – Derwentwater Regatta
The regatta takes place at Crow Park on the edge of Lake Derwent Water. It provides a huge choice of outdoor activities which include family kayak sessions, a chance to to build your own canoe, sail a catamaran, sail a dinghy and even a Viking Long Boat. These are all low cost “starter sessions” and all are under the guidance of qualified instructors. There will be activities for visitors who prefer entertainment on dry land with a traditional fairground, live music and drama, FREE sports and games, family activities and lots of food and drink.

July 9 - 10th – Appleby Carnival
This year's theme for walkers and floats is “Carnivals around the World”. The Grand Parade starts at 1pm at Garth’s Head Road, Appleby, and will progress through the town to finish at Appleby Castle.

July 9th – A Summer Serenade
An informal musical evening with Pimm's and Canapés at Flass, Maulds Meaburn, a few miles from Appleby by kind permission of Mrs Christine Holmes. The event is in aid of “Hospice at Home”. Licensed bar, Silent Auction, and Raffle. Begins 7pm. Tickets costing £15 are available from Jackie Lambert on 017683 51723 or from Appleby Tourist Information Office.

July 15th – Egremont Farmers Craft and Fairtrade Market
The market is held on the third Friday of the month at the Market Hall, Egremont, a few miles from St Bees. A range of stalls will be selling a selection of locally produced meats; Fairtrade food; smoked fish and meats from Haverigg; wooden items; homemade cakes; pies; preserves; handmade jewellery; handmade cards together with a choice of gifts. Each month, there is a demonstration at 11am from one of the stall holders. FREE entry. Refreshments are available.

July 15 - 16th – Wearable Arts
Costumes, Music, and Choreography. Design and make your own costume and display it to music on the stage. Friday will be devoted to Children's Wearable Arts and it will be the adults turn on Saturday. For more information call Shelley on 07866747685.

July 15th – August 17th – Cider & Perry Festival
Approximately 25 different products featured at the Prince of Wales, Foxfield, near Broughton-in-Furness. Details from Lynda Johnson on 01229 716238.

July 16th – Cumbria Crystal Cup Day
It's a great family day out to an event featuring the most valuable race on the Cartmel Racecourse calendar. Racegoers are encouraged to take a barbecue, or, order a BBQ pack in advance together with their tickets. Entertainment from 10am. First race at 2.05pm and last race at 5.30pm.

July 16th – Ghost Night at Appleby Castle
Join the Ghost Night Team for an exploration of this ancient building between the hours of 9.30pm and 2.30am. You will be guided by a team of Mediums, paranormal investigators and historians. This is a unique opportunity for both new and experienced ghost hunters to have access to this location for the first time. Please note you must be aged 18 years  or over.

July 16 - 17th – Lakes Charity Classic
A two day informal para-gliding competition and coaching sessions. The two competitions will be divided between experienced pilots and those less experienced. The programme begins early on the Saturday morning with a briefing before leaving for the flying sites. In addition to the flying activities of the Saturday and Sunday, the Club is planning to run extra events on the Friday and/or, the Monday. More details nearer the date. Venue Grasmere Sports Ground.

July 16 - 22nd – Eden Food and Farming Festival
A week long event showcasing the tastes and range of food and drink produced in Cumbria's Eden Valley. Visitors to the event will find fun for all ages together with the opportunity to sample and buy the very best of the regions fayre.

July 17th – Cycle the Solway
Another event in support of Eden Valley Hospice. There will be three fully signed routes of 100 kilometres, 50 kilometres, and a family fun ride of 10 kilometres. En-route feed stations, refreshments at the start and finish, and convenient parking.

July 17th – Ambleside Sprint Triathlon
This open water triathlon event comprises of a swim in Lake Windermere, a cycle ride around the lake and a sprint challenge up and down the steep Kirkstone Pass followed by a run around the school grounds to complete the event. Prices £22 - £30.
Details from

July 18th – BetFair Barbecue Raceday
Take your own barbecue and cook your lunch before the first race starting at 2.15pm.

July 20th – Allan Bank and Grasmere – Harps North West
An afternoon of live harp music performed by Harps North West at Allan Bank, Grasmere. Times 1pm till 3pm. Booking not required. For more details phone Elaine Taylor 015394 35143

July 21 - 24th – Music on the Marr at Castle Carrock
A small festival of music with shows featuring local and international musicians and comedians with performances by young upcoming talents from local schools. The cost of visiting the concert is a unique “pay what you can afford” for adults and FREE entry for under 16's.
Find full details on

July 21st – Beatrix Potter Walk at Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Ride the narrow gauge La'al Ratty Railway from Ravenglass to Dalegarth for a midday start of a walk to Penny Hill Farm which stands on one of the prettiest spots on the River Esk. The farm, now owned by the National Trust, is the only one in the Eskdale Valley to have been owned by children's author, Beatrix Potter. It's a walk of a little more than a mile each way, and, because it's along rough countryside paths, do take strong footwear. Take also a packed lunch to be eaten in the the farm garden. Return to Dalegarth at 3pm. FREE entry but booking is essential.
Email:  or phone 01946 723463.

To support communities and businesses affected during the floods of December 2015, the UK's biggest Mountain Festival will be reaching out beyond its award-winning November event to create two FREE pop-up events this summer, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District.
Framed by Cumbria's most dramatic natural scenery as a backdrop, the 'big screen' will visit open-air locations in Grasmere (24th & 25th June) and Ullswater (23rd July) where audiences can expect to be wowed by the best action adventure films from around the world framed by Cumbria's most dramatic natural scenery as a backdrop.
Each evening will also feature top speakers, live music, food and drink providing plenty of fun for all the family.

July 23rd – Penrith Agricultural Show
Competition classes for farm livestock, horses, rabbits, poultry, show jumping,  horticulture, a food hall, and a rural crafts marquee. All this, and many main ring attractions for all ages. The show is held at Brougham Hall Farm, Brougham, near Penrith. CA10 2DE.

July 23rd – August 29th – How to be a Roman Soldier at Birdoswald Roman Fort
A programme of school holiday weekend events organised by English Heritage between the dates shown. You will be able to take part in a range of activities and learn about the life of a Roman soldier and citizen at Birdoswald Roman Fort on the historic Hadrian's Wall close to the pretty Cumbrian town of Brampton.
Beginning on the weekend of July 23 – 24, there will be an event on each of the following weekends until and including  that of August 27 – 29. Times 11am till 5pm.
Visit the website for details of pre-booked tickets and prices, or, purchase from the shop on site

July 23 - 24th – Castle Kings and Queens at Carlisle Castle
Go along to the castle to meet the kings and queens who have links to Carlisle Castle including Henry11, Richard 111 and Mary, Queen of Scots. On this, and every weekend up to and including August 20 – 21st, a duo of costumed actors will let you enter the story of the Carlisle Castle's long and turbulent history. Times 11am till 5pm

July 23 - 24th – Art in the Hills
A selection of art on show and for sale from 10am till 4pm in the Village Hall in the picturesque village of Dufton a few miles from Appleby. There will be a workshop for young people on the Saturday and music on the village green over the weekend.

July - 24th – Sticky Wicket Beer Festival
The Penrith Cricket Club presents a weekend of beers, bands, food, and fun.

July 24th – Coniston Country Fair
An event held on the shores of Coniston Water featuring traditional Cumbria life. Visitors can look forward to something of interest for everyone including lots of fun and activities for children. There will be shows of Foxhounds, Terriers, Beagles, Lurchers, Herdwick Sheep, Sheep Dogs, fell racing to the summit of Coniston Old Man and back, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, Falconry displays, Birds of Prey, an Archery exhibition, trade stands and refreshments. A Lake District and Cumbria event in one of the regions best loved beauty spots.

July 28 - 31st  - Kendal Calling
This music festival held in the beautiful surroundings of Lowther Deer Park on the edge of the Eden Valley near Penrith, has been described as “one of the best small festivals in everyway and anywhere”. Visitors will find a huge range of attractions and facilities together with a great line-up of musicians performing on 11 stages. Full details  on the festival website.

July 28th – Beatrix Potter Birthday Party in the Garden
Birthday celebrations from 11am till 3.30pm in the garden of Wordsworth House, Main Street, Cockermouth. Take your favourite Beatrix Potter toy and a picnic lunch to get in FREE. Phone 01900 824805.

July 28th – Beatrix Potter Birthday Picnic Celebrations
Celebrate Beatrix Potter's birthday at Hill Top, from 11.30am till 5.30pm. Take your favourite Beatrix Potter toy and a picnic lunch to get in FREE.
Phone Kirsty Fairhead 01900 824805.

July 28th – Ambleside Sports Day
A traditional Lake District and Cumbria event held at Rydal Park, Ambleside. There will be the centuries old contests of Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, said to have been introduced by the Vikings 1,000 years ago: Guide Races for the very fit, who pit their stamina and endurance against a steep ascent and descent of the nearby fells: Hound Trails, where hounds follow a laid trail: Junior and Senior track races over a range of distances. Visitors will find lots to browse in the “Made in Cumbria” craft marquee, many trade stalls, plus juggling displays, ju-jitsu displays, and more. Whatever the weather, this promises to be a great day out.

July 28th – Beatrix Potter's Birthday party at Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
A Railway Tea Party to celebrate the 150th year since the birth Beatrix Potter. There will be lots of activities with special guest, Peter Rabbit, and a chance to learn more about the Lake District's famous children’s author. Tickets are FREE. More details to appear on the website soon.

July 29 - 31st – Maryport Blues Festival
Bands and musicians from around the world perform once again for three days of the best in  in “blues” in and around a range of venues at the small historic coastal town of Maryport on Cumbria's West Coast. This event is now recognised as one of the most important blues festivals of the year. For more information, phone Mrs Debra Park 07990662551.
Full details will be shown soon on the organisers website.

July 30th – Live Music in the Duddon Valley
Anthony John Clarke, Irish born singer songwriter performs at the Browfoot Room in Ulpha, a few miles from Broughton-in-Furness.
7.30pm. Doors and licensed bar open.
8.15pm. Performance first half.
9.00pm. Interval & Raffle.
9.45pm. Performance second half.
10.40pm. End.
Car parking on the Browfoot site is limited but tidy roadside parking is acceptable. Disabled parking,  but please make arrangements prior to the concert.
Transport from Broughton by Kepplewray Community Bus is available. It leaves Broughton Square near to the Square Cafe at 7.15pm – 7.30pm and returns at the end of the evening. A donation of around £3 for the return journey can be bought from Broughton Tourist Information Office. Concert tickets available from Ulpha Post Office (closed on Tuesdays) and the Tourist Information Office.
Phone 019467 23277.

July 30th – Bendrigg Trust Cross Bay Walk 2016
This walk is in support of disabled and disadvantaged people. It starts at 2.30pm from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank. Phone 01539 723766.

July 30th – Cockermouth and District Agricultural Show
There's lots of interest for all at this Lake District event. Visitors will find Sheep Dogs, Foxhounds, Terriers, Sheep, Goats, Cattle, Horses, Poultry, sheep-shearing demonstrations, working sheep dog demonstrations, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, a Grand Parade, and much more. Park and Ride will be available from 10am at Lakeland Livestock Centre to the Show Field with a FREE bus running all day. Shuttle bus also available from Cockermouth Main Street to the Show Field from 10am.   email:  Phone 01946 692798.

July 30 - 31st – A Medieval Re-Enactment Weekend
An Appleby Castle event with an authentic encampment.
Medieval people from all walks of life
Medieval domestic equipment
Authentic cooking and crafts
Archery demonstrations with a Long Bow
Arms & Armour
A Trebuchet
Mumming Plays
Demonstrations of military life
All this and much more with the opportunity to view and handle reproduction weapons together with taking part in some of the events such as “Knight School” and “Have a Go” archery.
Gates open 10am. Tickets from Appleby Tourist Information Office.

July 30 - 31st – Cumbria Steam Gathering
This is a main attraction in the list of Lake District and Cumbria events. Each year, thousands arrive at Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands to join in a celebration of wonderful old steam engines, vintage commercial vehicles, classic cars, motor cycles, bicycles, tractors, farm machinery, and much more. As usual, a traditional fairground will be in full swing together with a wide range of stalls, and plenty of food and drink with several new events added and the return of old favourites. This is a noisy, colourful fun packed weekend for all in South Lakeland close to the coastline of West Cumbria.

August Events 2016

August 4th – Lake District Sheep Dog Trials
This popular event takes place at Hill Farm, Ings, between Staveley and Windermere from 9am till 5pm. It's a family day out full of interest, where, together with the trials, there will be Hound Trails, Fox Hound and Terrier show, craft displays and demonstrations, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, and more, plus a large selection of food and drink. Admission £3. Children FREE. Car parking.

August 5 - 7th – Potfest in the Pens
This is said to be the oldest potters market in the U.K. Visitors will be able to see the works of around 130 potters, some of whom will offer FREE hour long classes for adults. The event will take place under cover at Skirsgill Auction Mart, 100 yards west of Junction 40 off the M6.

August 5 - 6th – Picnic Cinema
An outdoor event, with showings of two classic films on the front lawn of Muncaster Castle. The evenings entertainment begins at 7pm with the film shows screened as it turns dark (usually after 9.15pm) The films will be shown regardless of weather, so, please be prepared with suitable clothing should it rain. Camping pitches will be available in the castle gardens for picnic cinema goers. Campers can pitch from 5pm and must leave the site by 11am the next day. Full details on Muncaster Castle website.

August 6th – Maryport Trawler Race
A charity fun day featuring visiting boats and trawlers from around the Solway Firth and the Isle of Man. This is a family day for all at Maryport's Marina on Cumbria's West Coast.

August 6 - 7th – Total Warrior Challenge
Only enter this challenge if you are fully prepared for steep hills, mud, water, possibly ice, on a specially designed gruelling course. Entry can be as an individual or as part of a team. Discounts are offered for teams of more than four. The event location is Shap Abbey. Be sure to book your accommodation early, as participants come from far and wide to compete, and many will be staying for the complete weekend.

August 9th – Wild Time at Arnside Knott from 1pm
An invitation to join the National Trust Rangers for an afternoon of woodland adventures. This will include den building, lighting camp fires and more. Something for everyone to enjoy.

August 9th – Lunesdale Agricultural Show
This is another of the Lake District and Cumbria's annual traditional agricultural shows. It's held at Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale. Visitors will find plenty to see and do with displays of sheep, cattle,horses, poultry, wildfowl, dogs, rural crafts, horticulture, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, birds of prey, home baking, children's entertainment plus a wide selection of food and drink. The Rugby Club Bar will be open during the day. Admission is £8 for adults. Concessions £6. Children 15 years and under £4. Children under 5 years FREE. Parking at Hillside is FREE. Ringside parking £5.

August 11th – Vale of Rydal Sheep Dog Trials
Together with the trials there will be shows of beagles, Coniston fox hounds, harriers and fell foxhounds, hound trails, a stick show, a gun dog demonstration, young dog handler competition, trade stands offering clothing, art, and displays. A licensed bar will be open from 11am till 7pm with food prepared from local produce. Phone 015396 21413.

August 13th – Butterflies and Wild Flowers of Arnside Knott
Arnside Knott is one of the most important butterfly habitats in the whole of the country. Go along from 2pm till 4pm to learn how conservation grazing and woodland management ensures that the Knott remains the perfect habitat.

August 13th – Dalston Show
Entertainment for all on the Village Showfield in Dalston a few miles from Carlisle. The days programme includes equestrian events, a show of stock and horses, terrier racing, vintage vehicles and machinery, a pet show, fancy dress, a grand parade, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and much more. The show field opens at 8am. Phone 07703354466.

August 13 - 14th – Western Lake District Kitefest 2016
Plenty of entertainment and interest to be found at this event at Cumbria's West Coast village of Haverigg. The fest, held alongside a safe and sandy beach, offers FREE entry and parking, displays by specialist kite teams, a teddy bear parachute drop, kite making workshops, kite and toy sales, on site entertainment, food, drinks, ice-cream and licensed bar. Phone 01229 719680

August 13 - 14th – Lowther Show
An event with a whole family appeal, held in the lovely grounds of Lowther Castle, near Penrith. The show will feature clay pigeon shooting, gun- dog championships, main arena acts, demonstrations, crafts & antiques, a food festival of home grown products, a picnic area, sports, refreshments, bar, and much more.

August 14th – Dales and Lake's Historic Vehicle Day
There will be around 250 cars and motor-cycles dating from the 1920's through to the 1990's displayed in this beautiful setting overlooking Morecambe Bay. A wide range of auto-jumble stalls, food, drinks, a licensed bar plus many other attractions make this a perfect family day.

August 18th – Brough Agricultural Show
Fell, Dale, and Shetland Ponies together with children's riding classes, sheep, horticultural & flower classes, confectionery, poultry, rabbits, dogs, hamsters and guinea pigs plus special attractions of a vintage tractor display, classic cars and commercial vehicles. There will also be a mounted Fancy Dress competition, a pony gymkhana, and a demonstration of the art of dry-stone walling. Find us at Popping Lane, Kaber, near Kirkby Stephen. Show Field opens 8.30am

August 20th – Gosforth Show
Various breeds of sheep are the main entries in this traditional Lake District and Cumbria show including of course the Herdwick, a familiar sight to walkers on the regions fells. In addition, there will be displays of cattle, horses, dogs, poultry, goats, children's pets, terrier racing, vintage steam machines, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, a local history tent, horticulture, handicrafts and much more. Gosforth is a small village a short distance from the coastal town of Seascale and close to the Lake District's deepest lake which is overlooked by the grandeur of the regions highest fells.

August 21st – Lakeland Country fair 2016 at Torver
A traditional country fair held at the small village of Torver near Coniston. It features terriers, lurchers, foxhounds, beagles, a novelty dog show, children's sports, ferret racing, birds of prey displays, a stick show, working horses, Herdwick and Swaledale sheep, sheep shearing displays, a horn blowing competition, a tug-of-war,  a para-gliding display, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. A good range of children's entertainment include swingboats, a roundabout, donkey rides, a climbing wall, a mechanical rodeo bull and a bouncy castle. There'll be lots of homemade refreshments, a bar and a barbecue. All this from mid-day till 5.30pm. FREE car parking. Adults admission £5.

August 23rd – Hawkshead Agricultural Show
A long established Lake District and Cumbria agricultural show featuring displays of:
Heavy Horses, Light Horses, Working Hunter, Shetland Ponies, Fell Ponies , Show Jumping, Hound Trailing, Wild Bird Display, Sheep Dog and Duck Driving, Horticulture, Falconry Display and more.
The show field is half a mile from Hawkshead village in the scenic Vale of Esthwaite.

August 25th – Crosby Ravensworth Show and Vintage Rally
This is one of the Lake District and Cumbria's most delightful traditional events. It takes place in the heart of the Eden Valley close to the picturesque and ancient village of Crosby Ravensworth within easy travelling distance of Penrith and Appleby. It's a show which highlights all that is best in country life. Visitors will find a wide and varied presentation of local produce which ranges from growing our own flowers, fruit, vegetables, home baking, jam making, flower arranging, equestrian events, livestock, sports and games including Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. The show is held on Crosby Ravensworth Showfield, Barnskew Farm, Maulds Meaburn. Directions are on the website.

August 26 - 28th – Solfest 2016
The three day Solfest Music Festival welcomes all generations to enjoy a relaxed family atmosphere in beautiful surroundings and listen to great music from around the world. The organisers promise that this years event will be the best ever. Visit the website for details of the line-up, tickets, and all the attractions and facilities available. Venue Tarnside Farm.

August 26 - 28th – Wannasee Festival
An open air live music festival with performances by tribute bands dedicated to many of the world's most popular acts past and present. It takes place in the grounds of Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith. A FREE shuttle bus to and from the festival will operate from Penrith throughout the weekend. A camping option will be available with full facilities where visitors can park next to their tent, caravan or motor home. FREE car parking for day visitors, kids attractions, fully licensed, food and drink. Visit website for more details and to buy Early Bird tickets.

August 27th – Cartmel Cup Day
This is the opening day of the August meeting, and, one of the most popular. As always, there will be lots for all the family to enjoy including a huge funfair in the course enclosure. Gates open at 10am. First race at 2.05pm and the last race at 5.30pm.

August 27th – A Walk from Cumbria Centre Caravan Club
This is a Cancer Research fund raising event. It starts from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank at 1.30pm. There is a non-refundable charge of £10 per adult. FREE for accompanied children under 16 years. You will need a registration form so that you can be checked off on the day. Phone 07850 735117. Email:

August 27th – SBU 35 St Bega's Ultra at Dodd Wood
A 36 mile off road Ultra running race which is suitable for first time and experienced runners.

August 27th – Patterdale Dog Day
Sheep dog trials, hound trails, hound show, terrier show, a fell race, children's fell race, stick show, craft tent, trade stands. This event is held on King George Playing Field, Patterdale, in the heart of the beautiful Ullswater Valley.

August 28th – Grasmere Lakeland Sports
This is one of the most popular traditional events in the Lake District and Cumbria. It has long been a showcase of the regions sporting trials, and features Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, fell running, hound trailing, together with displays of local arts, pets, crafts, livestock, home baking, children's entertainment and much, much more. All this combines to produce a Lake District and Cumbria event of an ideal day out for all the family in particularly beautiful surroundings. Starts at 10am on The Showfield, Stock Lane, Grasmere.

August 28th – Roof of England Cycling Sportive
A choice of 90; 56; or 30 mile routes over and through glorious countryside.
For details of “The Winking Sheep 90 mile Course”;  “The Durham Dales 56 miles Course”; 
“The Short & Steep 30 miles Course”; visit the sportive website. All surplus monies will be divided between Great North Air Ambulance and the Mountain Rescue. Food at the start; end; and 3 points en route. FREE parking for sportive riders and support. Broom Wagon and mobile mechanics available. Lots to do in the area to keep the family entertained

August 29th – Garrigill Gala
An annual Bank Holiday event on Garrigill's village green with entertainment for all the family including a greasy pole competition and duck racing. Garrigill is a small village in a sheltered valley 3 miles south of Alston close to Cumbria's border with Durham.

August 29th – August Bank Holiday Monday at Cartmel Races
This is the last day of the season. It's an event which attracts top jockeys and trainers together with highly rated horses. Plenty of family fun, picnics, a fairground, and a Grand Finale. Entry from 10am. First race at 2.15pm and the last race at 5.45pm.

August 31st – Ennerdale Show
An agricultural show held close to the wild beauty of the Ennerdale Valley. The show is based on traditional traditional sports and pastimes of the Lake District and Cumbria. Visitors to this scenic area of the region will also be able to enjoy displays of sheep, horses, dogs, poultry, vintage machinery, hound trailing, fell racing, children's sports, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, amusement areas, and a selection of food and drink including locally brewed ales.

September Events 2016

September 1 - 3rd – Ulverston CAMRA Beer Festival
Visitors to the Coronation Hall can expect over 80  Real Ales and 20 Ciders to be available.

September 3rd – Chillswim Coniston
A fully supported mass participation swimming event over the full 5.25 miles length of Coniston Water. The route starts at the south end of the lake and finishes at the north shore alongside Monk Coniston Car Park. Four boat based feed stations will be positioned along the route. FREE parking on race day for competitors. Transport to the start and from the finish to the race H.Q. Entries now open.

September 3 - 4th – Hadrian's Wall Live
A weekend of historical flavour at Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall. This year, the event will feature;
A large scale Roman Battle when the Romans take on  Barbarians
Roman Falconry Display
Theatre Performances
Gladiator Shows
Kids Sword Drills
Kids Chariot Racing
Roman Pottery
Learn more about Hadrian's Wall and Roman history with English Heritage curators.

Hot Air Balloon rides (subject to weather conditions) The rides are not suitable for under 7's and  children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Only 2 people plus pilot at any one time. The rides will last 4 – 5 minutes. Queues are likely, so please arrive early. Event times 11am till 5pm. Tickets can be bought from the shop at Birdoswald or, visit the website for tickets in advance.

September 3rd – Alston Agricultural Show
Sheep classes, dog classes, terrier racing, children's races and rides, bar and refreshments. Lots to do and enjoy in England's highest market town in Cumbria's Eden Valley.

September 3rd – Hesket Newmarket Agricultural Society Show
A typical Cumbrian agricultural show a mile or so from Caldbeck on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park between Hesket Newmarket and Newlands Mill.
 It's a celebration of years of local traditions with displays of top class livestock, horses and dog sections, a local crafts fair, side stalls poultry, sheepdogs, gun dogs, terrier racing, vintage vehicles, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and much more. Show field opens at 8.30am.
Follow signposted directions from Hesket Newmarket. Phone 016974 78213.

September 4th – The 100th Moorcock Show
A traditional Dales Sheep Show at Mossdale farm, Hawes (on the A684 Hawes to Sedbergh road) Learn of the different local breeds of sheep including the best of Swaledale, Blue Faced Leicester, and Texal. There will be lots to see and do for all with a variety of music throughout the afternoon, and plenty of amusements to keep the kids entertained. Catering facilities and beer tent. Times 10.30am till 4.30pm.

September 5th – Tour of Britain
The Carlisle to Kendal stage of the Tour of Britain completes the 195 kilometre leg with a tough finishing climb of Beast Banks in Kendal town centre.

September 8th – Westmorland County Show
This Lake District and Cumbria event is one of the largest one day shows in the country. It's a major show of livestock with emphasis on agriculture of the region. Included,will be cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, poultry, show jumping, alpacas, hounds, terriers, craft marquees and of course the popular contests of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. Visitors will find the largest food hall in the North West entirely devoted to local produce and a wide range of main arena events designed for the entertainment of everyone. Find us on the County Show Field at Lane Farm, Crooklands, near Kendal. The organisers recommend that you follow the County Show signage and not Satellite Navigation.

September 8th – Beatrix Potter's Landscape Cruise and Walk at Steam Yacht Gondola
Booking is essential for this cruise and walk beginning from Coniston Pier at 11am to learn how the life of Beatrix Potter influenced the area in and around Coniston. The walk, guided by a National Trust Ranger, takes a route via Monk Coniston Estate to the beauty of Tarn Hows and returning via Monk Coniston Hall for afternoon tea before re-boarding Steam Yacht Gondola for the short cruise back to Coniston Pier.

September 8 - 11th – Silloth Music and Beer Festival
Four days of entertainment for all on Silloth Green. There will be headline acts and talented local bands will be invited to enjoy the experience of “the big stage”. About sixty Real Ales, many locally brewed,  twenty two draft ciders, lager, perry ciders, alcopops and soft drinks will be available. This event is organised by a not for profit committee and any profit made goes back into improving future local events on The Green. Please note that children are only allowed in to the event on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons FREE of charge if they are accompanied by a responsible adult. Early Bird weekend tickets priced at £35 will be available for a limited period. See website for ticket information.

September – 9th – Kendal Torchlight Carnival
This years theme is “Celebrating Kendal's Spirit”. Local schools, teams and organisations combine to create a wonderful torchlight procession starting at 7.30pm through the streets of the town.

September 10th – Triathlon at Buttermere
A challenge to swim Buttermere Lake, cycle the steep climbs of Whinlatter and Honister Passes, and finally, run around the shoreline of Crummock Water. The swim is 1.5 kilometres, the cycle road route 44 kilometres, and the run 13 kilometres

September 10 - 11th – Holker Chilli Festival
Another popular Holker Hall festival. This one features specialist Chilli Companies from all over the country together with local specialist food suppliers and catering highlighting foods from around the world. There will be plenty of entertainment, cookery demonstrations, chilli eating competitions and children's activities.

September 11th - Dragon Bay
Join us for a day of dragon boating for a good cause!
The third annual Dragon Bay will be held on Sunday 11 September 2016. It is a fundraising event in partnership with Paddlers For Life, a charity that supports cancer survivors, and English Lakes Hotels.
Entry for each dragon boat of 17 team members is £595 (£35 per person). Corporate and family teams welcome.
The event will be held at the Low Wood Watersports Centre, Ambleside at 08:30.
Visit our website for more details and to register:
You can also contact Sophie Lockyer on 0333 241 2890 ext. 208 or email:

September 11th – Ladies of the Lake Women Only Cycling Event
Ladies only. Ride any bike you like, wear any outfit you want, and have a wonderful time. The venue is Swarthmoor Hall, one mile from Ulverston railway station. FREE parking.

September 11th – Open Water Swim in Buttermere
A swim in one of the Lake District's most picturesque settings. You can choose to swim the whole circumference of this beautiful lake once on a 5 kilometre course, or, twice, on a course of 10 kilometres. The longer course will have a half-way cut-off time of 2hours and 15 minutes. If you do not reach the 5 kilometre marker within this time, you will be retired from the sportive.
Details on the website or phone 07535818107.!open-swim/c1kz1

September 16th – Take On The Lakes
This event offers teams of 4 to compete in three Walk, Cycle, and Canoe Challenges in the heart of the Lake District.

Challenge 1. Complete a 12 kilometre trek in the Furness Fells to the summit of Coniston Old Man in 5 hours.

Challenge 2. Cycle a 25 kilometre trail in the Grizedale Forest in 4 hours.

Challenge 3. Paddle across Coniston water in under 3 hours.

The event is in support of Whizz-Kidz. The monies raised will go towards the cost of providing a powered chair for a disabled child. Sign up for this good cause on the website.

September 17th – Ulverston Lantern Festival
The lantern processions will start from from four assembly points before merging in to one at County Square between 8.25pm and 8.35pm. From there, the procession will continue to Ford Park where there will be a Grand Finale of a firework display and a gathering of all the lanterns accompanied by music and family entertainment. Lantern making sessions will be held in late August/early September. (call 07761-930627 for more information) In addition, lantern kits will be available from town centre locations of “Boogle & Bumps”; Appleseeds; Laurel & Hardy Museum; The Book Shack in the Market Hall and Costa Cafe.
Assembly points are;
The Parish Church. Start time 7.50pm
Croftlands Community Centre. Start time 7.45pm
Auctionmart Yard. Start time 7.55pm
Hillfoot Hotel. Start time 8.05pm.

September 22 - 25th – Festival of the Fells
This is the country's first festival of it's kind. Organised by “Ambleside Together”, it's an event to celebrate the wonderful landscapes, seascapes, traditions, culture, history, and outdoor activities of the Lake District and Cumbria. During the four days, there will be guided walks over Loughrigg and Wansfell, Red Screes, and the Fairfield Horseshoe, swimming in the lakes and tarns, food from local produce, music, and much more.

September 24 - 25th – Taste Cumbria Cockermouth 2016
For the 7th year, the very best of Lake District and Cumbria produce will be on show in Cockermouth's Main Street. There'll be lots of activities for the kids together with food and drink demonstrations and the ever popular “Master Classes”. On the Friday night, the Trout Hotel will provide entertainment of comedy, and dancing to live music on Saturday night. Look out for the return of the Beer Festival being held in a “secret location”. Phone 01228 612740.

October Events 2016

October 2nd – Great Cumbrian Run at Carlisle Castle
A 13.1 mile half-marathon starting from Carlisle Castle. The route passes through the city centre before entering open countryside and on to the picturesque villages of Cumwhinton, Wetheral, and Scotby. Starts 10am prompt and all runners should be at the start at least 30 minutes before.

October 6 - 9th – RSPB Red Deer Cruise at Ullswater Steamers
An RSPB escorted private cruise from Glenridding to Howtown and then transfers in to Martindale to witness Natures spectacle of the Red Deer Rut. This is a wonderful day out for all ages and one of Natures special events. Please wear suitable clothing and take a packed lunch as only light refreshments will be available on board. This is one of the Lake District and Cumbria's most popular events so please book early as there are only limited spaces available. Dogs are not permitted. Departs from Glenridding Pier at 10.30am and returns at 3.30pm.

October 8th – Lakes in a Day Ultra Run
A run of 50 miles with ascents totalling 4,000 metres from Caldbeck on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park via Helvellyn Ridge to Cartmel, “the home of Sticky Toffee”, in the south of the region. You don't have to be a fast runner,but, there are “cut offs” based on a slow jog of 6 kilometre per hour plus one hour per 1,000 metres of ascent. A £500 cash prize will be offered to the first lady or first man to set a new course record. See the website for full details of the route, registration, prices, camping, car parking, and coach transfer service.

October 8th – Wasdale Head Show and Shepherds Meet
This event maintains the long history and traditions with an annual show which began as just a small gathering of farmers more than a century ago. It's a wonderful day out with something of interest for everyone surrounded by the most imposing fells in the Lake District and Cumbria. The programme of events includes;
Herdwick Sheep, Dogs, Hound Trails, Fell Racing, Children's Sports, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, Vintage Machinery, Terrier Racing, Judging of Shepherds Crooks, The Best Beard, The Best Shepherds Boots, Sheep Shearing Demonstrations.
All this and more together with plenty of homemade food, a licensed bar, trade stands, a Craft Barn and FREE car parking.

October 13th – Beatrix Potter's Landscape Cruise and Walk at Steam Yacht Gondola
Booking is essential for this cruise and walk beginning from Coniston Pier at 11am to learn how the life of Beatrix Potter influenced the area in and around Coniston. The walk, guided by a National Trust Ranger, takes a route via Monk Coniston Estate to the beauty of Tarn Hows and returning via Monk Coniston Hall for afternoon tea before re-boarding Steam Yacht Gondola for the short cruise back to Coniston Pier.

October 26 - 31st – Halloween Week at Muncaster Castle
Fun for all throughout the week at one of Britain’s most haunted castles.
Crafts for Kids in the Ghostly Grotto
Evening Castle Tours (must be pre-booked)
Fire Juggling
A Cannon Blow-out
Muncaster Monster Cabaret
Owl Display (not Sunday 30th)
A Scary Maze
A Live Theatre Experience
A Firework Extravaganza on the 30th.
Times 10.30am until 8pm.

October 29 - 30th – Kendal Wool Gathering
The Wool Gathering Festival is a mixture of fun activities, displays and demonstrations connected to the famous Kendal Green Cloth on which the town's prosperity was built. A wide range of stalls and stands representing all aspects of wool products including carpets, looms, spinning wheels and crafts will be on display at K Village plus livestock, walks and talks at Netherfield Place. Linked fun events will also take place throughout the town.

November Events 2016

November 5th – Fireshow Fun Day
An afternoon of FREE family friendly entertainment from 2pm till 5.30pm in Carlisle city centre
before the main event of the evening at Bitts Park.

November 5th – Carlisle Fireshow at Bitts Park
This spectacular Lake District and Cumbria event, attracting around 35,000 visitors, is listed in the top 10 firework and bonfire displays in the country. Pre- entertainment begins at 6.30pm with the show starting at 6.45pm and the lighting of the bonfire at 7pm. 

November 17 - 20th – Kendal Mountain Festival
The festival is said to be the biggest of it's kind in the world. Held at the Brewery Arts Centre, it's an event for outdoor enthusiasts both from this country and overseas. There will be a programme of lectures by well known guest speakers, film makers, athletes, plus hundreds of film screenings.

November 19th – Ambleside Lantern Procession & Christmas Lights Switch On
It's a day of street entertainment including a morning and afternoon Christmas Cruise departing from Waterhead Pier with Father Christmas on board to meet the kids. At dusk, young and old form a procession and parade through the town carrying hundreds of paper lanterns. The “Switch On” follows together with a firework display in Rothay Park.

November 20th – (Provisional date) Kendal Christmas Lights Switch On
K Village; the Market Place and Finkle Street. Phone 01539 793390.

November 26th – Appleby Sparkle Day
Street entertainment, stalls and a visit from Father Christmas together with the Christmas Lights  switch on.

December Events 2016