Lake District and Cumbria Events 2015 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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January Events 2015

January 31st – Big Chill Swim
Take to the open water for the 2015 Big Chill Swim in Lake Windermere.

February Events 2015

February 1st - Free Public Talk - Stop Worrying, Start Living
Time: 11am  - 12.30pm
Public Talk with International Teacher Gen-la Dekyong
Learn how Buddha’s teachings offer lasting solutions to our daily problems such as anxiety.
Join in a guided meditation and experience for yourself the peace and freedom
of a positive and undistracted mind.
Afterwards you can enjoy the peaceful grounds and relax in the World Peace Cafe
We offer a vegetarian lunch bookable in advance at our website below.
Address: Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, Conishead Priory, Ulverston LA12 9QQ
Contact details: 01229 584029
Register via

February 14 - 15th – Binocular & Telescopes Demonstrations
Free advice on binoculars and telescopes at RSPB Leighton Moss from 10am until 4pm. This is an ideal event for bird watchers and anyone else wanting a “close up”of the areas many varieties of wildlife. Phone 01524 701601 for details.

February 16th – Wordsworth Trust Craft Session
A half-term event for 5 – 11 year olds at Dalton Library, Dalton-in-Furness near Barrow. They will be able to make their own mini-book to take home. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The event is FREE but spaces are limited so please call the library on 
01229 462627 to book a place.

February 19th – Mothers Day Craft Session (Barrow)
A half-term event where children aged 4 – 11 years can make a card and a salt-dough keepsake for Mum on Mothers Day. The event is FREE but places are limited so please contact the library on 01229 462627 to book a place.

February 24 - 25th – Lakes Hospitality Trade Show
Takes place at the Daffodil Hotel, Grasmere.
Phone: 015394 44495.

February 25th – March 1st – World's Original Marmalade Awards & Festival
Held at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens. This year there will be some very special categories for the homemade competition. The weekend is promised to be packed with things to taste and do for all ages.

March Events 2015

March 1st – Montane Trail 10 Marmalade Run
A 10 kilometre event in conjunction with the Marmalade Festival starting from the Dalemain
Estate at 9.30am. There will also be a Trail Kidz 1 kilometre event which is FREE to enter for all children. Medals for all who finish.

March 6 - 15th – Words by the Water
Taking place alongside Lake Derwentwater,this is one of the country’s most popular festivals of literature and ideas. Some of this years festival topics will be, Mindfulness; the Peasants Revolt; Indian Railways; Judas; Television and the BBC. Talks will be given by Melvyn Bragg; Shirley Williams; Kate Adie; Michael Buerk; Michael Frayn; Ben Okin; Margaret Drabble; James Naughtie and many more.

March 7 - 8th – Kendal Festival of Food
A two day event held in Kendal town centre to demonstrate the best of local produce. It's a family friendly event starting at 9 am. on the Saturday and 10am. on the Sunday to finish at 5pm.on both days.

March 16th – November 1st – Exhibition: Wordsworth, War and Waterloo
The exhibition is held at the Wordsworth Museum to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and the relationship between Romantic authors and Napoleon whose career was followed in literature and debate during three decades of his life

March 16th – Posh Noshers Night at the Sun Inn
A themed “The Americas” celebration of food and wine at the Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale beginning at 7.30 pm. The meal consists of a 4 course dinner using in season locally sourced ingredients together with a selection of wines to match. Price £59 per person. For full details and booking, phone 015242 71965.

March 21st – Live Music in the Duddon Valley
One of several Acoustic, Traditional, Roots, Folk and Blues music events to held throughout the year at the Browfoot Room, Ulpha, in the beautiful Duddon Valley. This one features Martin Simpson who is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world  playing his interpretations of traditional songs. A mini bus leaves the Square in Broughton from near the café between 7.30pm and 7.30pm and returns at the end of the evening at around 10.40pm. The return fare is in the form of a donation and it is suggested that it is in the region of £3. For more information phone Paul on 019467 23277 or go to

March 22nd – Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive
A 60 mile event starting from Penrith Leisure Centre. The route, without any steep climbs, is along quiet country roads via Orton, Appleby, Dufton, Milburn and Langwathby. Full refreshments available at the halfway stop and at the finish.

March 22 - 28th – South Cumbria Music Festival
The festival is an annual event held in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston. The schedule of morning, afternoon and evening sessions are expected to consist of Brass; Speech; Piano; Instrumental; School Choirs; Youth & Adult Choirs and a Gala Night on the final day

March 26th – A Taste of Townend
Beginning on this date, recipes from the 17th C  will be recreated on Thursday afternoons throughout the season from 1.30pm to 4pm at Townend, Troutbeck near Windermere.

March 27th – Call Mr Robeson at The Beggars Theatre
Life and times of Paul Robeson as singer, actor and activist and how his radical activism caused him to be disowned even by leaders and descendants of the Civil Rights movement.
The Beggars Theatre, Market Square, Millom from 7.30pm till 9.30pm. Phone 01229 775677 or Email

April Events 2015

April 3 - 6th – Squirrel Nutkins Easter Egg Trail
Follow the Allan Banks red squirrel Easter Egg Trail from 10am until 4pm

April 4th – Jonny & The Baptists “Rock the Vote” at The Beggars Theatre
Musical comedians Jonny & The Baptists offer a blend of songs, satire and silliness from 8pm till 10pm at the Beggars Theatre, Millom.

April 4 - 6th – Cadbury Easter Egg Trails
Located at Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill, Temple Sowerby near Penrith. Opening times are 11am until 4pm.

April 4 - 5th – Kirkby Stephen & Brough Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally 2015
An Easter weekend event with around 250 examples of commercial vehicles from the last century displayed on several site locations in and around Kirkby Stephen. All locations, which can be up to 5 miles apart, are connected by a free regular classic bus and coach service. There will be an Edwardian themed fairground with roundabouts, steam shooting gallery, refreshments, charity stalls and much more.

April 25th – May 4th – Ulverston Walkfest
The programme consists of a series of walks led by experienced volunteers over distances from 1 to 8 miles. Details of this years walks will be available on the website and at Ulverston Tourist Information Office in Coronation Hall and various other outlets in the town. The organisers promise a festival with a range of walks for all abilities and interests together with several other events.

April 26th – Askham Hall Wedding Fayre
An opportunity for those thinking of holding their wedding reception at Askham Hall near Penrith to go along and have a look at this attractive venue.
Phone 01931 712348.

May Events 2015

May 4 – 6th – Keswick Jazz Festival
A pre main festival three day event featuring among others, Ray Gelato & the Giants; The Big Chris Barber Band; The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra.

May 9th – Fell Pony Society: Stallion & Colt Show
Held on the front parkland of Dalemain House & Gardens. Although the house and gardens will be closed, visitors can enjoy a traditional family day out in this beautiful Eden Valley attraction.

May 10th – Fred Whitton Challenge
A 112 mile sportive starting at Grasmere and following a challenging route over Kirkstone Pass, Honister, Newlands, Whinfaller and the Hardknott &Wrynose Passes. Route information and entry details at

May 10th – Fred Whitton Challenge Sportive 2015
This event is dedicated to the memory of Fred Whitton, a member of the Lakes Road Club who died aged 50 in 1998. It's a tough challenging route, but very popular and sells out quickly.

May 7 - 10th – Keswick Jazz Festival
Traditional New Orleans, Swing and mainstream jazz following the three extra days of special jazz concerts. Organisers promise that this year will be a vintage one with fabulous international guests together with an array of U.K. talent. Artists will include, Mike Owens Woodsland Band; Martin Littons Red Hot Peppers; Clarinet Maestros; Barnhart/Spats Duo; Nick Wards Classic Jazz Band and the Carl Sinclair Boogie Band.

May 14th – Shappi Khorsand at The Beggars Theatre
A performance by a star of programmes such as “Live at the Apollo”: “Michael MacIntyre Comedy Roadshow”: “Have I Got News For You”: The Beggars Theatre, Millom from 8pm till 10pm.

May 14 - 17th – Keswick Mountain Festival
A weekend of challenging sporting events comprising of Trail Races; a Sportive; Open Water Swimming in Lake Derwentwater and two triathlons

May 16th – Cumbrian Challenge 2015
An annual Lake District event to raise funds for “Walking with the Wounded”. Entrants can choose from the “Tough” 16 kilometre or the even tougher 25 kilometre route over the Lake District fells. Join everyone in Grasmere on the 15th for a pre-race feed the night before the big event and then a post race celebration feast and prize giving. Book your accommodation early.

May 16th – Gelt Gladiator
This event is described as a test of grit and determination, stamina and teamwork. Take your pick from three Gladiator events of the 16 kilometre Wood Trail Run & Extreme Mud Obstacles; the 5 kilometre Wood Trail & Plenty of Mud or the 1 kilometre fun but challenging route for families. The location is Gelt Woods about two miles from Brampton.

May 17th – Brathay Windermere Marathon
The sponsorship raised by runners will help to improve the life chances of children and young people. A Family Fun Run will be held in association with the main event providing visitors and the local community the opportunity to enjoy the Brathay Hall Estate. There will be a wide range of activities and games suitable for children of all ages including canoeing; a climbing wall; a bouncy castle and a circus skills workshop. Relax on the lawn with a barbecue, tea and refreshments, a beer tent and a jazz band. Disabled facilities available

May 17th – Hutton-in-the-Forest Plant & Food Fair
Displays of perennials plus specialist nurseries, a wide range of food stalls with local meats, cheeses, breads, cakes, preserves and wines. Held at Hutton-in-the-Forest, the admission of £5
(children FREE) includes access to the extensive gardens and grounds with ponds, cascades, woodland walks and a tour of the garden with the Head Gardener. Opening times are 10am until 4pm.

May 25th – Cartmel Races
Join thousands of picnickers for a fantastic afternoon of family fun - with the fairground,  trade-stands and seven fascinating races.
Full details will be appearing on the organisers website soon.

May 27th – Cartmel Races
The second day of the May meeting, Wednesday is a slightly more relaxed afffair and you'll find a bit more room to spread out the picnic blanket.
Full details will be appearing on the organisers website soon.

May 30 - 31st – Country Fest
Two days of entertainment and activities including agricultural displays; music & dance; a beer festival; food demonstrations; trade stands and much more at Westmorland Showground, Lane Farm, Crooklands, near Kendal. In addition, the IWA Trailboat Festival 2015 will form part of this Country Fest event.

June Events 2015

June 4 - 7th – Boot Beer Festival
Take a ride on the La'al Ratty Railway from Ravenglass to one of the biggest Real Ale festivals in Cumbria. Held at three traditional pubs surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Eskdale Valley, visitors will find a selection of more than 100 beers, many of them locally brewed, plus ciders and a range of soft drinks for children and those who have to drive. The range of beers will be listed shortly before the festival begins so keep checking the organisers website.

June 4 - 10th – Appleby Horse Fair
The annual traditional gathering of Gypsies and Travellers has taken place since 1685. It's a unique Eden Valley event attracting around 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers and up 30,000 visitors. The events main days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday when the popular sight of the horses being washed in the river and raced along the streets always brings large crowds of spectators. Please note that this is not an organised event and visitors attend at their own risk.

June 6th – The Cumberland Show
A traditional County Show held on Carlisle Racecourse. Plenty of family entertainment including animal displays; countryside skills; Lake District & Cumbria sports; cookery demonstrations; a Shetland Pony Grand National; Titan the Robot and much more.
For more details visit

June 6th – Grasmere Gallop
Take part in a choice of scenic trail runs of 10 kilometres, 17 kilometres, or the 5.7 kilometre more leisurely Families & Children Fun Run. All entry fees will be invested in caring for this beautiful area of the Lake District & Cumbria.
Enter online at

June 12 - 13th – Stepping Stones Festival
Maddy Priors' Stepping Stones Festival is to be held again among the ruins of Kirklinton Hall on the Scottish borders near Carlisle. Acts are not yet confirmed but organisers say that visitors can look forward to three folk/rock music and dance concerts together with open mic events. Camping for tents and camper vans will be available on site at a cost of £5 per person per night. The site will be open from 4 pm on the 13th.  No dogs permitted on site. Check website for more details nearer the date

June 13th – Coniston Picnic Swim
This is the first of the 2015 MyTriEvents open water swims. It's an opportunity to swim Coniston Water in either the long 3 kilometre or the 1.5 kilometre short distance event. Both are open to swimmers of all abilities. An additional attraction this year will be an area set aside for family picnics with rugs and bunting and a bouncy castle for the kids.
Full details from

June 13th – Barbon Speed Hill Climb
This popular annual event is held close to Barbon village a few miles from Kirkby Lonsdale. An interesting variety of cars including single seat racers together with saloons, rally cars and a selection of historic vehicles compete for the fastest time over a short but extremely quick course.

June 13th – Three Rings of Shap Walks
The H.Q. and start and finish point of the walks is the Memorial Hall in Shap village on the border between the Lake District National Park and the Eden Valley.
RING 1 is a walk of 18 miles and approximately 900 metres of ascent via Wet Sleddale Reservoir, Mosedale Cottage, Branstree & Selside Pike, the Swindale Valley, the hamlets of Rosgill and Keld and finally Shap Abbey before returning to the start point.
RING 2 is a walk of 24 miles with approximately 700 metres of ascent. This is a low level route through farm and parkland.
RING 3 is a walk of 20 miles with approximately 750 metres of ascent. The route initially follows several miles of Wainwrights Coast 2 Coast Walk before diverting to  Great Asby Scar, Crosby Ravensworth and Oddendale on the return to Shap. Full details and entry rules on the website

June 13 - 14th – Silloth Vintage Rally
A 2 day family event where visitors can expect hundreds of exhibits comprising of vintage steam engines; stationary engines; commercial and military vehicles; classic cars and motorcycles; vintage tractors; vintage fairground organs and lots of other machinery. There will be a football tournament for the kids on the Saturday and a grand parade of steam engines; historic lorries and classic cars on the Sunday. Refreshments will be available both on the Green and close by in the town.

June 14th – Elton John & his Band at Westmorland County Showground
An appearance as part of Elton Johns' European Tour and his first performance in the Lake District. Tickets are now on sale. Visit

June 14th – Coniston Old Man Triathlon
A sporting challenge comprising of a 2000 metre swim; a bike ride of 70 kilometres and finally, a 20 kilometre fell run. Competitors will find this is one of the toughest challenges in the country

June 20th – Alston Sheep Dog Trials.

June 20 - 21st – Hutton Horse Trials
Dressage, cross country and show-jumping at the home of Lord & Lady Inglewood at Hutton-in-the-Forest.

June 26 - 28th – Silverdale & Arnside Art & Craft Trail
Exhibits of a wide range of styles and techniques of metal and glass work; paintings; sculptures; jewellery; textiles; photography; ceramics and furniture and more at various venues throughout this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Workshops and demonstrations are planned to give visitors an insight to how the exhibits are produced. Timings are 1pm till 8pm on the first day and from 10.30am till 5.30pm on the last two days. For more information contact Debbie Copley on 01524 702563 or Clare Martin on 01524 701271.

June 30th – The Caldbeck Fells Walk
A 21 kilometre hard walk but easy underfoot and no exposure. It starts at 10am and follows a route along the ridges of the Caldbeck Fells including High Pike and Carrock Fell. It is expected to take about 7 hours. Full details from the website.

July Events 2015

July 1st – Islands of Barrow Walking Festival
A full programme of walks throughout the month of July. The festival will feature “Stories behind the Stones”; walks to Piel Island; walks around Walney Island; the “Widows Crossing” and walks around local Nature Reserves and heritage sites. Dates and times to be confirmed and leaflets published nearer to the date. Phone Anne Taylforth on 01229 876389.

July 4th – British Hill Climb Championship
An event including 2 rounds of the British Hill Climb Championship at Barbon Manor near Kirkby Lonsdale.

July 4th – Skelton Agricultural Show
The largest village show in Cumbria. It's a traditional agricultural event which has something of interest for everyone. Held at Old Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith.

July 4th – Ambleside Rushbearing
A celebration  of the ancient custom of the annual replacing of rushes over what were at the time, earth floors of the churches. The procession begins at 2.30 pm. from the  Primary School in Vicarage Road accompanied by the Burneside Brass Band and expected to arrive at St Marys' Church about 3.15pm. Here, there will be a short service before participants move on to take part in a traditional sports afternoon which includes a junior fell race to the top of Todd Crag and back

July 4th – Lord Birkett Regatta
A sailing event on Lake Ullswater in memory of Lord Birkett, who in the 1960's, successfully opposed turning Ullswater in to a reservoir.

July 4th – Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk
An event to celebrate the days when local people walked along the parish boundary to mark Patterdales border. Held each year, it helps to raise funds for St. Patricks Church in Patterdale and the Church of England Primary School

July 5th – Windermere Triathlon
A family friendly event in the heart of the Lake District and  centred around Englands largest lake. Starting from Cockshott Point, the event begins with a 1500 metre swim in the lake followed by a 43 kilometre bike ride via the villages of Windermere; Ambleside; Hawkshead and Newby Bridge and ending with a 10 kilometre run round the parks of Bowness-on-Windermere.

July 11 - 13th – Appleby Carnival
This years carnival theme is “Music through the Decades”. Visitors will be able to enjoy music, song and dance from the 50's, 60's, 70's, Punk, New Age 80's, Girl & Boy Bands of the 90's and the Noughties

July 12th – Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim
This event is one of three open water swim events at three different locations in Cumbria. They are over distances of 500 metres; 1600 metres and 3.8 kilometres. The 1600 metre Classic Mile is the most popular and provides a great challenge for all levels of ability.

July 12th – Historic Vehicle Show
A display of several hundred classic cars, motor-cycles, commercial vehicles and tractors in the grounds of Hutton-in-the-Forest.

July 18 - 19th – The Lakes Chilli Fest
Celebrating chilli and food from around the world plus a selection of “Made in Cumbria” produce. Entertainment, licensed bar with real ales, wines and cocktails.

July 19th – Coniston Country Fair
A traditional Lake District & Cumbria event held at Coniston Hall on the shores of Coniston Water. Visitors will find there's something of interest for everyone with displays of Foxhounds; Terriers; Lurchers; Beagles and Sheepdogs; plus a range of traditional sports including Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; a fell race to the summit of Coniston Old Man and back and a local Young Farmers Tug of War Competition. There'll be Terrier Racing; Falconry Displays; a craft marquee; trade stands; refreshments and plenty of family entertainments such as a Childrens' Pet Show and the ever popular Egg Throwing Competition. Weather permitting, hang glider enthusiasts will jump from Coniston Old Man to land on the showfield. The show begins at 11.30am. FREE parking. Coniston Hall is 2 miles from the village on the A593.

July 24th – The Lakeland 100
A long distance 100 mile trail almost entirely on bridleways and footpaths. Beginning in Coniston, competitors follow a route via the Dunnerdale Fells, Eskdale, Wasdale, Buttermere, Keswick, Haweswater, Kentmere, Ambleside, Elterwater and back to Coniston. This spectacular event takes in the whole of the Lake District fells with ascents of around 6,300 metres. Starting at 6pm on the Friday,the overall time allowed is 40 hours with a cut off time at 10am on Sunday. It's expected that race winners will complete the course in about 23 hours. This is the longest distance trail race to take place in the U.K.

July 25th – Potfest in the Park
Clay makers from all over the U.K. and Europe gather at Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith. A ceramics display is held in and around marquees at the front of the castle and the potters competition pieces shown on the lawn.

July 25th – Penrith Agricultural Show
Livestock, horses, rabbits, poultry, show-jumping, local trade stands, a food hall, a rural craft marquee together with many main ring attractions.

July 30th – August 2nd – Kendal Calling
A contemporary music and arts festival held in the beautiful surroundings of Lowther Deer Park near Penrith. It has been described as “one of the best small festivals around attracting a diverse crowd ranging from adolescents to families”.

August Events 2015

August 1 - 2nd – Total Warrior Challenge
The organisers describe this event as a “challenge” and not a race. The choice of either the 10 kilometre or the 10 mile events are for the very fit. Entrants are advised to be prepared for steep hills, mud, water and possibly ice on the specially designed gruelling course. Entry  can be as an individual or as part of a team. Discounts are given for teams of more than four. The event location is Shap Abbey. Participants come from far and wide to compete and many stay for the weekend and so it's wise to book accommodation as early as possible

August 13th – Rydal Sheepdog Trials & Hound Show
Takes place on Rydal Park between Ambleside and Grasmere. Together with the main event of the Sheepdog Trials there will be a show of Foxhounds; a Beagle Show; a Harrier Show; a Gun Dog Demonstration; a Puppy Hound Trail; a Working Terrier Show; a Shepherds Crooks & Sticks Competition; trade stands;  bar and refreshments and plenty more family entertainment in a beautiful setting in the heart of Wordsworth Country. Starts at 9am.

August 15 - 16th – The Lowther Show
Takes place in the grounds of Lowther Castle near Penrith. It features a food festival, local food products, countryside sports, picnic areas, a crafts & antiques fair, and countryside stores selling clothing and accessories.

August 15 - 16th – Western Lake District Kite Festival
Kite display teams from across the north of England will be in Haverigg for the two days of  the festival. The event takes place alongside the safe sandy beach together with on-site entertainment; a Teddy Bear parachute drop; kite making workshops; kite & toy retailers plus visitors will have  a choice of a range of excellent food, drink and licensed bar.

August 15th – Appleby Agricultural Show
A great day out for the family with FREE entry for children on The Barley Field near Appleby Golf Course. There'll be a variety of classes for sheep, cattle, poultry, dogs, children's pets, local produce, handicrafts and vintage machinery. Equestrian classes will feature Veterans, Fells, Dales, Driving, Shetlands, Mountain & Moorland, pony riding and a gymkhana. FREE car parking and a FREE taxi service from the centre of Appleby.

August 16th – Lakeland Country Fair
The fair is held a few miles to the west of Coniston in the village of Torver on the A593. It's a show typical of Cumbrian traditions featuring displays of Herdwick and Swaledale sheep with demonstrations of hand clipping; a Terrier Show; Lurcher Show; family dog shows; a Sheepdog Show; Beagle Show; Ferret Show; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; Fell Racing and Falconry displays. There will also be show be shows of traditional skills which are hoped to include stickmaking; swill basket making; fly tying; bee-keeping; taxidermy; weaving; spinning; leatherwork and cookery. For the children, there will be donkey rides; a bouncy castle; face painting and more. Licensed bar; homemade refreshments and barbecue. A popular family event in beautiful Lake District countryside starting at midday. FREE parking.

August 18th – Hawkshead Dog Show
An event held in the picturesque Vale of Esthwaite close to the pretty Beatrix Potter village of Hawkshead. There will be horse classes ranging from Heavy Horses to Miniatures; horse and  small carriage driving; sheepdog and cattle displays; home produce of flowers; vegetables; arts & crafts; hound trails; a falconry display; lots of trade stands, food and drink. FREE car parking.

August 20th – Brough Agricultural Show
A traditional Cumbrian show featuring classes for Fell; Dales; Shetland; Piebald coloured ponies; Veteran horses; riding ponies and a mounted fancy dress competition. In addition there will be sheep classes; horticultural classes for vegetables; flowers; floral art; confectionery; art; handicrafts & photography plus vintage tractors and classic cars. Held in the Show Field, Kaber near Kirkby Stephen

August 27th – Crosby Ravensworth Show & Vintage Rally
This show is a celebration of a rural way of life which will be enjoyed and appreciated by people of all ages. There'll be livestock, sports and games including Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, home grown flowers, fruit and Vegetables, and an appetising selection of home baking. All this will take place on Crosby Ravensworth Showfield, Low Bottom, near Barnskew Farm, Maulds Meaburn.

August 29th – Patterdale Dog Day
Sheepdog trials, hound trails, hound show, terrier show, adult and childrens fell races, stick show and much more to see in the craft tent. The event is held on King George Playing Field, Patterdale.

August 29th – Dufton Agricultural Show
This is one of Cumbrias longest running traditional local shows. Displays of sheep; sheepdog trials; cattle; riding ponies; fell ponies; mountain & moorland ponies and a gymkhana. Carriage driving; horticulture; fell racing; childrens sports; vintage vehicles and more. Dufton is 3 miles to the north of Appleby.

August 29th – Wigton Dog Agility Show
Held on the Showfield at Hutton-in-the-Forest.

August 29th – Millom & Broughton Show 2015
See the best of local traditions where there's something for everyone including Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; vintage machinery displays; livestock; arts and crafts; childrens entertainment and much more. The event is held at West Park, Broughton-in-Furness. LA20 6AA

August 30th – Grasmere Sports 2015
Throughout its' long history, Grasmere Sports has been a showcase of traditional Lake District sporting trials including Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, fell running and hound trailing. Together with displays of local arts, crafts, pets, livestock, home cooking, childrens' entertainment and much more, make this Bank Holiday event one of the regions most popular family days out. This year, the show will be opened by the Adamson Band who will present marching displays at various times during the day.
Held on The Showfield, Stock Lane. Grasmere from 10am till 5pm.

August 31st –  Keswick Show
An August Bank Holiday event at Pump Field, Braithwaite, near Keswick. A wide range of livestock including Herdwick and Swaledale sheep, cattle, ponies & horses together with sheep dogs, terriers, fox hounds and childrens pets. Exhibits of home baking, leather crafts, paintings, photography, jewellery, hand spun woollen items and more plus the ever popular Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling contests. Begins at 8.30am.

August 31st – Silloth Carnival
A Summer Bank Holiday event on the Green. It begins with a parade around the town led by local dignitaries and the carnival organisers. Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of family entertainment including floats; fancy dress; sideshows, stalls and more  on one of the largest, longest and best equipped village greens in England. Full details will appear on the organisers website nearer to the date.

September Events 2015

September 5th – Hesket Newmarket Agricultural Show
A traditional agricultural show  featuring top class livestock in a show said to be one of the finest exhibitions of animals anywhere in the North of England. There’ll be Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; a Tug of War, a vintage vehicle display and lots more to complete a perfect family day out in one of Cumbrias most scenic areas.

September 5th – Alston Agricultural Show
Sheep classes; dog classes; terrier racing. Licensed bar, refreshments; childrens sports and rides. A day for all the family.

September 5th – Coniston Chill Swim
This is an opportunity to raise money for charity by taking part in a fully supported mass participation swim over the full 5.25 mile length of Coniston Water

September 5 - 6th – Hutton Horse Trials
Dressage, cross country and show jumping at Hutton-in-the-Forest. A great day for all.

September 6th – Classic Vehicle Drive In Day
An event when proud owners of classic vehicles take them for display at the Lakeland Motor Museum. There will be cars, vans, trucks and motor cycles together with the museums own indoor collection. Food and drinks available in the café from 9.30am. till 5.30pm.
Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow, near Newby Bridge. LA12 8TA.

September 6th – The 9 Bar Helvellyn Triathlon
This is a very challenging event which has been rated in Europes Top 10 Toughest Races on the Planet. Beginning from Glenridding, this years relay option consists of a 1 mile swim in Ullswater; a 38 mile cycle ride including the Kirkstone Pass and a 9 mile run up the 3118 feet of Helvellyn, the Lake Districts third highest fell.

September 10th – Westmorland County Show
This is one of the best attended agricultural shows in the Lake District & Cumbria attracting around 30,000 visitors each year. Sections will feature cattle; sheep; goats; horses; pigs; heavy horses; alpacas; dogs and poultry. There will be marquees for Learning for Life; Cumbrian Arts & Crafts; food from local produce; trade stands and the ever popular Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling with many of the competitors in traditional costumes. All this together with ongoing arena events ensures an entertaining day at Lane Farm, Crooklands, near Kendal.

September 12th – Alston Flower Show

September 20th – Borrowdale Shepherds Meet
This is a show of Herdwick and Swaledale sheep who have been carefully washed and brushed by their owners to look their best for the best in class competitions. There will also be sheepdog trials; a Shepherds Crook and Stick Show; a sheep shearing demonstration; a senior fell race; childrens' sports for the under 11's and much more to keep young and old entertained throughout the day. The venue is Yew Tree farm, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale near Keswick.
Post Code CA12 5XB.

October Events 2015

October 2 - 4th – The Broughton Festival of Beer
At least 90 ales will be on offer at several festival venues in and around Broughton-in-Furness on the Furness Peninsula. Pubs taking part will be open all day and buses will be running between some of the venues

October 4th – The Ride for Michael Bonney Cycle Sportive
A choice of two routes beginning from Penrith Leisure Centre. One is the long route of approximately 60 miles and the other is of around 30 miles. Both are along quiet scenic roads without any major ascents. Michael Bonney fell from his bicycle during a sportive event in 2013 and suffered severe spinal injuries which left him paralysed from the neck down.

October 10th – Lakes in a Day Walk
A journey of 50 miles on foot with 4,000 metres of ascent from the head of the Lake District at Caldbeck to Cartmel. The route includes the Helvellyn Ridge and the western shore of Lake Windermere.

October 10th – Wasdale Head Show & Shepherds Meet
This Lake District & Cumbria traditional show is held in the spectacular scenery of Wasdale overlooked by Englands' highest mountain of Scafell Pike and alongside Englands' deepest lake of Wastwater. It's an authentic traditional event featuring fell racing; hound trails; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; a sheep shearing competition; vintage classes of tractors and agricultural machinery, cars and motorbikes; trade stands; refreshments and a bar; childrens' sports; terrier racing and more. At the heart of the show are the Herdwick sheep and, just for fun, the Best Beard and the Best Shepherds Boots competitions. FREE car parking available. For Sat Nav users the Post Code is CA20 1EX.

October 24 - 25th – Kendal Wool Gathering
The event will be held at Lakes Outlet, K-Village, Kendal. It's a mix of activities linked to the “Kendal Green” cloth on which Kendal's early prosperity was built. Some of the activities will be held in the towns shopping precincts. For details and timing of events over the two days go to

November Events 2015

November 21st – Switch On Barrow Christmas Lights
An afternoon of entertainment and the switch-on of Barrow Christmas Lights. Times and artistes to be confirmed nearer the date. Phone Anne Taylforth on 01229 876389 or email:

December Events 2015