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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February 2016


March Events 2016

March 4 - 13th – Words by the Water at Theatre by the Lake
A festival of words and ideas on the shore of Derwentwater. Full details are due to appear on the website in the near future. Phone 017687 74411

March 6th – The Endurance Stone Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive
A 60 mile route starting from Penrith Leisure Centre. Riders will head south to the village of Orton, and then on to Appleby for a half-way food stop. The return section is over cycling lanes via Dufton, Milburn, and Langwathby. The route is undulating, but there are no major ascents.
See website for full details.

March 6th – Mother's Day at the World of Beatrix Potter
Mum's go FREE to this event, and, because they are so special, every child can plant a flower in a pot to take home and grow for Mum. Phone 0844 504 1233.

March 10th – Jump Racing at Carlisle Racecourse
This is the first of three meetings in March. There will be ,seven races to enjoy at this event. Full details on the website.

March 12th - Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School open day
Event Details: Prep School Open Day
Event Date: Saturday 12th March 2016
Event Time: 9am until 12 noon.
Location: Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School, Casterton, Kirkby Lonsdale,
Contact Name: Mrs M Marshall
Contact Address: Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School Casterton Kirkby Lonsdale LA62SG
Telephone: 015242 79299

March 12 - 13th – Kendal Festival of Food
Cumbria's festival of food returns to Kendal for the seventh year. There will be more than 80 stalls of local produce plus an international food court, an Ale Trail, the Brewery Arts Centre Beer Festival, lots of family activities, live music, and street entertainment.

March 14th – Posh Noshers Food & Wine Night at the Sun Inn
The theme of this celebration of food and wine is, “Flying Wine Makers”. The event, held at the Sun Inn, Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, includes a 4 course dinner using local and seasonal ingredients accompanied by a choice of 4 carefully selected wines. The price is £59 per person and begins at 7.30pm. For more details, phone 015242 71965 or visit the website.

March 18th – Burnt Horse at Threlkeld Village Hall
“Burnt Horse” is a local acoustic folk group specialising in guitar based songs by artists including Neil Young, First Aid Kit, P.O. Girl and others. The show begins in Threlkeld Village Hall Coffee Shop area at 7.30pm and finishes around 10.30pm. Threlkeld is a small village 4 miles east of Keswick at the foot of Blencathra mountain. Tickets £4. Under 18's £2

March 18 - 20th – Spring Beer Festival at Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall
FREE entry to an event at the Beer Hall, Mill Yard, Staveley, featuring over 50 beers from local independent breweries. Wines, spirits, ciders and soft drinks will also be available. Food served throughout the festival and live music on the Friday and Saturday evenings plus the usual jam session on the Sunday. Times are from noon till 11pm on Friday and Saturday, and noon until 8pm on the Sunday.

March 19 - 20th – The Worlds Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival
This years event will be held at three locations of, Dalemain, Rheged, and Penrith. The festival's main attraction will be the display of competition marmalades in the state rooms of Dalemain House together with the World's Best Marmalades available to taste and buy in the Great Barn at Dalemain. This years theme is, “Paddington Bear Loves Marmalade”. Full details of the competition categories are shown on the website.

March 19 - 20th – Marmalade Madness at Ullswater Steamers
An event helping to celebrate the Dalemain Marmalade Festival. On offer, is FREE travel on the 9.45am sailings when you bring a full jar of marmalade which will be donated to the Salvation Army. Whilst on board, you will be offered complimentary toast and collect your entry offer voucher for the festival weekend taking place at Dalemain Historic Mansion and Gardens. Dogs welcome. For details phone 017684 82229.

March 20th – Garden Tour at Beatrix Potter's House of Hill Top
Join gardener Pete McGregor for a guided tour of Beatrix Potter's farmhouse garden. Please note that there is limited car parking and no coach parking. Tours are timed for 1pm till 1.30pm:  2pm till 2.30pm:  3pm till 3.30pm:
Phone 015394 36269.

March 20th – Brathay Belter Sportive at Brathay Hall
This is a new sportive event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Brathay Trust. The course will be a 70 kilometre signed and well marshalled course via Coniston, Esthwaite Water, and Windermere

March 24 - 28th – Easter Egg Activities at Holker hall and Gardens
Various crafts and outdoor activities for all the family. Phone 015395 58328.

March 25th – April 10th – Teddies go Free with Ullswater Steamers
A “Happy Easter” event in the beauty of the Ullswater Valley. All children are invited to take their Teddy Bears with them for a cruise on Lake Ullswater. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 years travel FREE during this period, but, must be accompanied by a full fare paying adult, and, show their teddy when buying tickets at the Pier House. Please note, only one child per fare paying adult. Phone 017684 82229 for full details.

March 25th – Spring Fun in the Park at Fell Foot
Lots of Easter fun with a Beatrix Potter themed trail at Fell Foot Park near Newby Bridge. From 10am till 4pm.

March 25th – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Buttermere Valley
This is a guided walk event in one of the most picturesque areas of the Lake District and Cumbria. It begins at Croft House Farm Cafe and follows a route to the shores of Buttermere. Discover a world of worms and tunnels, and, all are invited to wear black velvet. However, whatever you choose to wear, please remember to claim your Cadbury Chocolate Egghead prize at the end of the walk.

March 26th – Brampton Farmers Market
Held on this date and the last Saturday of each month throughout the rest of the year. Visitors will discover a wide selection of fresh local produce at affordable prices. Free range meats, fish, eggs, cheese, breads, vegetables, cakes, jams, honey, chocolates and more.  Times 9am till 1.30pm.

March 26th – Easter Saturday Race Meeting
An Easter Saturday event at Carlisle Racecourse with seven jump races.

March 26 - 27th – Kirkby Stephen & Brough Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally
A Lake District and Cumbria Easter event which is FREE to both exhibitors, and the public. Organisers are expecting over 200 examples of working commercial vehicles from the last century which will be on display at several locations in and around Kirkby Stephen, and Brough. For the convenience of visitors, all locations, which can be up to 5 miles apart, will be connected by a FREE regular classic bus and coach service. There will also be an Edwardian Fair with carousels, a steam shooting gallery, catering, and trade stalls.

March 27th – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Ennerdale
Follow the Easter Egg Trail in the wild beauty of the Ennerdale Valley. You will find many activities along the route as you progress to the lake-shore. Come along between 11am and 2.30pm to take part in this family Easter event in one of the most unspoiled areas of the Lake District and Cumbria. Children £2.50.

March 27th – Mini Egg Hunt at the World of Beatrix Potter
An Easter Sunday event where children's entry tickets will include a mini treasure hunt in the  garden. There will also be a chocolate egg and stickers to be won for every child.

March 27 - 28th – Easter International Market
An opportunity to sample a range of continental flavours at Carlisle's International Food Market in the pedestrianised city centre. Catalan Tapas, Greek Gyros, German Bratwurst and Curry Wurst, French Crepes, Thai Noodles, and Ostrich Burgers are just some of which will be on offer.
Alongside this celebration of food, will be a wide selection of unique crafts including South American jewellery and knitwear, Italian silk scarves, handmade amber, crystal, and gemstone jewellery, a Dutch Flower Market, bulbs, plants and much more. There will be more to enjoy in the Market Place with a FREE Easter Egg Hunt on  Easter Sunday for all visiting families.
Phone 01228 598596 or email:

March 28th – Easter Food Market
An Easter event held at the Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, from 10am till 4pm. Lots of Easter treats from local producers, which will include, cheeses, chutneys, chocolates, bread.
FREE entry.

March 28th – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at National Trust Lakeside Shop
Meet at the Lakeside Shop on the foreshore of Derwent Water between 11am and 3pm for a Squirrel Nutkin themed  Cadbury Chocolate  Egghead hunt on the shores of of the lake. Last admission at 2.30pm. Price £2.50.

March 28th – Get Cooking in the Kitchen at Wordsworth House and Garden
Beatrix Potter is said to have loved her porridge, so go along and try your hand at making this to a traditional Cumbrian recipe. Times 11.30am till 3.30pm. Phone 01900 824805.

March 29th – Bunnies and Chicks in the Garden at the World of Beatrix Potter
This is a fun Easter event especially for the kids. The World of Beatrix Potter will be welcoming fluffy bunnies,chicks, and ducklings to the Peter Rabbit Garden. Be sure to be there between 11am and 4pm to have your photograph taken with one of these cute animals.

March 29th – Easter Animal Encounters at the Rheged Centre
The kids and families will love this Easter event. Go along to the Rheged Centre and join the Llama Karma Kafe to meet their Giant Rabbits and Easter Chicks. Phone 01768 868000.

March 29th – Rather Special Face Painting from Making Children at the Rheged Centre
Kids, have your face painted with your favourite super hero, cartoon character, or Easter animal, at this face painting event from 11am till 4pm at the Rheged Centre.

March 30th – Easter Parents and Kids Workshop at Fab Lab Cockermouth
An invitation to Cockermouth's Fab Lab for a fun Easter activity suitable for parents as well as the kids where you will be able to create your own customised Easter Treat Boxes. The workshop will provide you with hands-on experience of basic CAD, and a basic introduction to laser cutting felt. Go along, and create digitally fabricated decorations for your chocolate treats.
Times 10am till 12.30pm. For this and more about forthcoming events, phone Mrs Zoe Crossan on 01900 825080m or visit the website.

March 31st – Derwent Island House Open Day at National Trust Keswick Lakeside Shop
The event begins with a gentle paddle by canoe across a short stretch of Derwent Water to Derwent Island House and Gardens. Once there, you will be able to appreciate the wonderful views, gardens and grounds of Pocklingtons Georgian House. The first canoe leaves at 10.15am and then every half hour until 2.30pm with the final tour returning at 5pm. Each visit lasts approximately two and a half hours. There will be further tours with the same timings on June 1st, July 24th , August 10th , “and August 24th.
Admission adults £14.25. Child £4. Family £32.55 (2 adults & 3 children) or £28 50 for 2 adults and 2 children

April Events 2016

April 1st - Sock bunnies and Suncatchers
ARTventurers workshop for 4-10yr olds at The Lofthouse Cafe, Stainton near Penrith.
Create your own colourful and squishy sock bunnies and egg shaped suncatchers. Starts 11:00 am
Places are £6 and must be pre-booked. All children booked onto the workshop can stay and play in the playbarn for a reduced rate of just £2!
To book your space visit:
or email: for more information.

April 6th – Force Crag Mine Open Day at National Trust Keswick Lakeside Shop
Join a guided tour to learn the history of the last mineral mine to be worked in the Lake District, where, for over two hundred years, the mining of lead, zinc and barytes took place. Meet at Force Crag Mine at the head of the Cobdale Valley (Grid reference 198 216) OR, for a lift on National Trust transport, meet at Noble Knott car park which is located part way up Whinlatter Pass opposite the Bassenthwaite Lake viewing lay-by. (Grid reference 223 244) Transport from there leaves at 10 minutes past the hour starting at at 10. 10 am. Last pick up at 3. 10 pm. Please call in advance to book a time slot and guarantee a seat on the vehicle. This event is not suitable for small children or children which need to be carried. Dogs are welcome but they are not allowed on the tour of the mill building. All tickets cost £6. Phone 017687 74649.
This event will be repeated on May 8th , June 12th , August 7th , and September 1st .

April 7th – 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.

April 8th - Design Your Own 3D Lego Figure
ARTventurers workshop for 5-10 yr olds at The Lofthouse Cafe, Stainton, near Penrith - Design and then paint your own 3D lego minifigures. Starts 11:00 am.
Places are £6 and must be pre-booked. All children booked onto the workshop can stay and play in the playbarn for a reduced rate of just £2!
To book your space visit:
or email: for more information.

April 9th – Born Survivor
This is a very tough and challenging event. It's a military obstacle course, designed by the British Royal Marine Commandos. Held at Lowther Castle and Gardens, Lowther, near Penrith. Visit the website to sign up.

April 9 - 10th – Traditional English Longbow Making at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
A two day course where you will be shown how to make a medieval longbow used both in hunting and warfare.

April 14th – Dawn Photography Cruise at Ullswater Steamers
Join award winning photographer Mark Littlejohn on board a private charter departing at 5.30am from Glenridding. Price is £45 per person and includes the cruise, tea, coffee, and croissant. Please note that tickets are limited and must be booked in advance. Dogs not allowed. This is an opportunity to photograph the dawn over Ullswater with expert guidance on how to get the best results.

April 15th – British Cycling 15 mile Guided Bike Tour
This event provides the opportunity to take a guided cycle ride along the quiet roads of Cumbria's  Eden Valley. The event sets off from Greystoke village and follows a route via Johnby to Eycott Hill Nature Reserve. From here, there will be a guided walk through Cumbria Wildlife Trust Upland Nature Reserve. After the walk, it's back to the Greystoke Cycle Cafe for tea and cake. Times 10am till 1pm.

April 15th – Lake and Landscape Tour at Wray Castle
On this date, and every Friday until and including May 27th, there will be a guided walk through the grounds of Wray Castle. Booking essential. Times 2pm till 3pm.

April 16th – Damson Day
A Country fair for all the family at Low Farm, Crosthwaite in the beautiful Lyth Valley, near Kendal. Go along and see the damson orchards in glorious blossom and sample a variety of food and drink made from the damson fruit.

April 16th – Cross Bay Walk in Aid of the Prince's Trust
Starts from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank at 1.30pm. Organisers are David and Catherine Fatkin. Phone 01524 64755 or 079 552 108.

April 16 - 17th – Introduction to Rock Climbing at the More than Mountains
This is the first of a series of courses based in the stunning scenery of the Langdale Valley for single pitch rock climbing for beginners. All equipment will be provided FREE of charge including specialist climbing shoes. For full details of this course and others which take place monthly until September are shown on the website. Booking is essential.

April 16th - June 6th - Design for Life
Design for Life is a new exhibition by contemporary designer Stuart Walker at Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin in Coniston, Cumbria. The exhibition runs from mid-April into June & includes a public forum with talks, debates & a digital performance.
Design for Life is supported by Arts Council England and is curated, managed and produced by Suzy Jones.
For more information visit

April 17th – Garden Tour at Beatrix Potter's House of Hill Top
Join gardener Pete McGregor for a guided tour of Beatrix Potter's farmhouse garden. Please note that there is limited car parking and no coach parking. Tours are timed for 1pm till 1.30pm:  2pm till 2.30pm:  3pm till 3.30pm:
Phone 015394 36269.

April 17th – Kendal Colour Dash Kirbie Kendal School
This event is a 5 kilometre family run around the ruins of Kendal Castle in aid of, and to raise funds for St John's Hospice in Lancaster. If you are over 5 years old, are able to walk, dance, jog, skip or run, then you are eligible to enter this worthwhile fun run in support of people in the community who are living with life-limiting conditions. 

April 17th – Kendal Sprint Triathlon 1 and 2 at Kendal
An event which is suitable for both experienced and novice triathletes. It begins with a swim in the Leisure Centre pool followed by an 18 kilometre bicycle course and finishes with a 5 kilometre run. Times 8am till noon.

April 21st – Sedbergh Spring Show
Go along to the People's Hall between 1pm and 4.45pm to view exhibits, listen to the town band and enjoy homemade refreshments. Adults £1. Under 16's FREE. Call Marion Wood on 015396 21385 for more information.

April 22nd – Gin Tasting Evening at Waterhead Hotel
An evening event organised by Pickering's Gin. If visitors wish to dine from the hotel dinner menu, then the gin tasting is free. For those not wishing to dine, and have come along just to learn more about gin, the cost is £10 per person to be paid at the time of booking.
Phone: 015394 30705.

April 23rd – May 2nd – Ulverston Walkfest 2016
A 10 day celebration of the culture and history of the town of Ulverston and the surrounding areas of the Furness Peninsula. A programme of walks and activities for this year are still in the planning process but many of last years popular activities may well be included. Some of these are likely to be, an introduction to Nordic Walking, map reading skills, circular walks of the Yewdale Fells, the Dunnerdale Horseshoe, Tarn Hows, Black Combe, sunset on North Walney Island and much more.

April 23rd – May 7th – Ulverston Flag Fortnight
Ulverston, the festival capital of the Furness Peninsula, is a colourful visitor attraction during these two weeks. Unique hand made flags are flown from public buildings and shops throughout the town.

April 24th – Prom Art
This event is the largest outdoor arts and crafts fair in the North West of England. Visitors can look forward to browsing around 80 stalls displaying paintings, prints, photography, jewellery, and all types of crafts. There's something for everybody on the promenade at Grange-over-Sands complete with buskers and sideshows from 10am till 4pm.

April 24th – The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive Sunday
This event is over a challenging 69 mile route along,  and through, some of the very best Lake District scenery including sections of strenuous ascents. Experienced cyclists will need a gear ratio of 39/27, and a compact chainset, or triple chainset, are strongly advised.
 Starts from New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel between 8am and 10.30am.

April 26th – May 2nd – Ride2Stride Walking Festival
A festival of walks showcasing the culture of the Eden Valley with talks and music at venues along the Eden Valley section of the Settle to Carlisle Railway.
Walks will be led by experienced leaders not only from the Kirkby Stephen station but from other Eden Valley stations on  the line.  Walkers can look forward to a wide range of activities and speakers will be there to share local knowledge of this fascinating area with pauses at pubs en route for  music, song, and refreshments. Email

April 27th – Appleby Castle Tour
This event forms part of the Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival. It consists of an easy 1 mile walk from Appleby Railway Station for a one hour guided tour of Appleby Castle. Start time approximately 11.40am. Cost of £5 payable on the day. Advance booking recommended.
Phone 07754 993483.

April 27th – Music Sessions in the Pub
Music at the Midland Hotel, Appleby from late afternoon till late in the evening. No charge for admittance but collections will be made toward musicians expenses.
Phone 017683 51524.

April 28th – Kirkby Stephen Circular via Lammerside and Eden Viaducts
This is an easy 8 mile walk of the Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival. Starts from Kirkby Stephen Railway Station at approximately 10.40am.

April 28th – Nine Standards Rigg
A strenuous 13 mile walk included in the Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival from Kirkby Stephen Railway Station to Standards Rigg via Nateby and Birkett Fell. Returns to Kirkby Stephen for music and refreshments in the Black Bull Pub. Starts at approximately 10.40am.

April 28th – Appleby to Kirkby Stephen on Lady Anne's Way Walk
A strenuous 17 mile walk retracing Lady Anne's Route via Brough Castle and Little Ormside to Kirkby Stephen. Start time approximately 10.40 am from Appleby Station. Please carry enough food and drink for the day. This is just one of the events and activities included in the Settle- Carlisle Walking Festival programme. Walks are led by experienced leaders and speakers will be there along the route to share their local knowledge plus music and song in local pubs.

April 30th – May 1st – Dalston Green Horse Trials (1 and 2) at Dalston Green
Top competitors compete in dressage, show jumping, and cross country tests at Dalston Green, a few miles to the south west of Carlisle. It's a non-stop event from 8am till 6pm on each day with on-site catering around the main arena. Phone 01931 713245.

April 30th – May 1st – Pirelli Carlisle Rally
This Lake District May Bank Holiday motoring event is included in the U.K.'s top rallying series. There will be a collection of fast and exciting cars presenting two days of pleasure for the fans of motor sport. Full details will soon appear on the organisers website.

April 30th – May 1st – Printfest 2016 in Ulverston
This Lake District and Cumbria event is the U.K.'s only artist- led printmaking festival. Visitors will be able to meet artists, view and purchase art work, and discover more about the process of printmaking. The event is held in the Coronation Hall, County Square, from 10am till 5pm. For more details, call 07812 172193.

April 30th – May 2nd – Cumbria Life Sausage Festival
A weekend of good food and drink, demonstrations, competitions, crafts, and lots of Bank Holiday fun at Muncaster Castle, near Ravenglass. There will be a competition for “The 2016 Favourite Butchers Cumberland Sausage”, with the top voted sausages tasted by visitors attending the festival. On the Sunday of the event, a “Cumberland Sausage Eating Competition” will be held. General Admittance Tickets available online at 15% discount. 

May Events 2016

May 1st – Whitehaven Sprint Triathlon
This is a novice and sprint distance triathlon. It comprises of a sprint distance of a 400 metre pool swim, a 20 kilometre bike ride, and a 5 kilometre run. The novice events are a 400 metre pool swim, a 15 kilometre bike ride, and a 3 kilometre run.

May 1st – Maryport Music and Mayhem
An event featuring music of the 60's and 70's. Full details not yet published but will appear on the organisers website in the near future.

May 2nd – Penrith May Day Carnival
The festivities will take place in central Penrith and feature a range of family entertainment including a colourful Grand Carnival Parade.

May 8th, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th – Life in the Past; a Monk's Life at Furness Abbey
These four events explore the key periods in the history of Furness Abbey from the 13th C to the 1920's. Times 10am till 5pm.
Manor Road, Barrow-in-Furness.
Phone: 01229 823420.

May 8th – Fred Whitton Challenge
This is one of the most demanding cycling challenges in the U.K. Starting from Grasmere, the event consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District. The route takes in ascents of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott, and Wrynose Passes. It's an annual Lake District event organised in honour of Fred Whitton, who died in 1998 aged just 50. Fred , was an extremely popular member of the Lakes Road Club. Visit the website for full details and entry forms.

May 8th – Cumbria's Colour Run
A fund raising event in support of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria's Children's Hospice. You do not have to be an athlete to take part in this event; just jog along at your own pace. As you progress, a rainbow of colour will be created as runners are showered in safe powdered paint at paint stations  positioned along the route. This worthwhile event does not end at the finishing line. It will be followed by a party where entrants can dance the afternoon away,  enjoy live entertainment, and if you wish, shower in even more paint. Venue is Carlisle Racecourse. Time 1pm. Cost for adults £15. Children 5 to 15 years £7.50. Under 5's FREE.
Family £35 (2 adults and 2 children) Group entry £45 (4 adults)

May 12th – 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.

May 12 - 15th – Jennings Keswick Jazz Festival
A programme of world class traditional and mainstream jazz will consist of 90 concerts plus an additional three days of concerts at the Theatre by the Lake before the main concert begins. There will be “Jam” sessions, jazz talks, jazz services, music in local pubs and cafés, a parade through the town, and much more for all to enjoy. This event is organised by Theatre by the Lake.
Phone 017687 74411.

May 13 - 14th – Cumbria's Challenge at Grasmere Sports Field
This challenge event is the “Walking with the Wounded” main annual fund raising event in the Lake District and Cumbria. Each team taking part is supporting another wounded veteran back in to work. So, if you and  your friends and colleagues are ready for a challenge against teams of our wounded servicemen and women, including expedition teams such as the “Walk of Britain” team, then visit the organisers website for details of entry or phone Andy Sloan on 01263 863900.

May 14th - “Push the Boat Out” Open Day at Ullswater Yacht Club
FREE entry to Ullswater Yacht Club between 11am and 3pm. Visitors will find plenty of activities on offer including an opportunity to try their hand at sailing accompanied by one of the Club's experienced sailors or instructors. The Club will supply everything you need to prepare you for the water. All you need to take is a change of clothes, a towel, a pair of trainers and, a windproof jacket is recommended. There will be a range of boats to suit all ages from 8 years upwards. The Yacht Club welcomes everyone to this special Open Day in the beauty of the Lake District's Ullswater Valley.

May 14th – Fell Pony Society: Stallion Show
A traditional Lake District and Cumbria event for all ages. It will be held on the large field, a short distance past Dalemain House, in the direction of Pooley Bridge, near Lake Ullswater. On-site catering will be available, but, take a picnic if you wish.

May 15th – The Montane Trail 26 and Trail 13 Howgills
This event offers a choice of two trail running races starting and finishing from People's Hall Playing Fields in the picturesque old town of Sedbergh at the foot of the Howgills. Competitors can enter the Howgill's Marathon or the Howgill's Half Marathon beginning at 9.30am.

May 15th – Garden Tour at Beatrix Potter's House of Hill Top
Join gardener Pete McGregor for a guided tour of Beatrix Potter's farmhouse garden. Please note that there is limited car parking and no coach parking. Tours are timed for 1pm till 1.30pm:  2pm till 2.30pm:  3pm till 3.30pm:
Phone 015394 36269.

May 15th – Hutton-in-the-Forest Plant & Food Fair
Specialist nurseries will include, primula, rose, peony and rhododendron growers, a range of alpines, herbs, trees and shrubs. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a wide range of food stalls selling selections of locally reared meat, cheeses, yoghurt’s, breads, cakes, wine, preserves , and much more. A great day out for all, in Cumbria's Eden Valley.
Phone 017684 84449.

May 16 - 22nd – Free Range Comedy Festival
Visitors can expect plenty of laughs when some of comedy's biggest names appear at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. There will be live draw events, comic marathons, workshops and drawing master classes.

May 17th – The South Tyne Trail Walk
An 11 mile walk classed as “moderate difficulty” from Haltwhistle to Alston along the South Tyne Trail. Meet at 2pm at the Cumberland Inn in Alston prior to catching the bus to Haltwhistle.

May 19 - 22nd – Keswick Mountain Festival
A wide choice of outdoor activities, world class speakers, sporting events, camping, live music, concerts, and a festival village. There's something for all at this fun festival on the shores of Lake Derwentwater, including bushcraft, climbing, hiking, paddle, biking, navigation, and Wainwright Walks.

May 20th – Blencathra: See It: Feel It: Experience it at George Fisher
An outdoor screening of “Life of a Mountain” featuring the landscape and people of the iconic mountain of Blencathra. The event, beginning at 9pm, will be hosted at Threlkeld Cricket Club. Only 200 tickets are available, and please note that the confirmation email you receive will act as your ticket on the night and so please remember to take it with you. There are spaces for 100 cars in the cricket club car park, and, as you will be sitting on the grass, wear suitable clothing and take something to sit on. The Cricket Club bar will be open for refreshments. No dogs allowed. All proceeds from this event will go to “Nurture Lakeland” to help with support and maintenance of this majestic Lake District fell. Phone 017687 72178.

May 21st – Sedbergh Gala
Sedbergh's Gala has been a popular Lake District and Cumbria visitor attraction for many years. It's an event of great family appeal with a range of fun and activities including;
A colourful procession through the town with Gala Queen and her attendants
A Fancy Dress Competition
Sedbergh Town Band
Maypole Dancing
A Dog Show
Fell Racing
Children's Sports
Birds of Prey Display
Fairground Rides
Donkey Rides
Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling
A Beer Tent, refreshments and much more

May 21st – A Summer Miscellany at St Andrews Church
This years concert features the Alhegri Singers and Players who will present a varied programme of works for choir and orchestra. FREE entry. Begins 8pm.
Phone 01539 621261.

May 22nd – Brathay Windermere Marathon and Fun Day
The marathon starts from Brathay Hall near Ambleside at 10.30am. The route takes the main road to Hawkshead and continues on to Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere, and returns to Ambleside and the finish line on the front lawn of Brathay Hall. For those not taking part in the race, a FREE Family Fun Day will take place on the Brathay Estate from 11am till 4pm with many games and activities suitable for children of all ages. This is a charity raising event with all proceeds  from the Fun Day going towards improving the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Parking charge £5.

May 27 - 28th – Ireby Festival 2016 at Ireby
This music festival is considered to be among the best of Lake District and Cumbria music events. Organisers promise a range of music to suit all tastes which will be performed at several venues around the village and on a main stage. Ireby is a small farming village situated on the north west edge of the Lake District mid-way between Keswick and Cockermouth and only 18 miles from Carlisle. More information from Charles Devlin on 016973 71645.

May 28th – Keswick Market: 740 Years Celebration
A family event of a Local Market Special celebrating 740 years in Keswick. A Pirate Parade, will  give the kids the chance to dress up as pirates, together with face painting, a magician, stilt walkers, group dancing and more.

May 28th – Hutton Roof Country Fair and Fell Race
Traditional games, stalls, crafts, children's activities, junior and senior fell races and homemade food served all day at Hutton Roof near Kirkby Lonsdale. This Spring Bank Holiday event starts at 1pm. FREE entry with a donation requested for the car park.

May 28th – Simply Red at Cartmel Racecourse
A post racing concert by Simply Red, the British Soul and Pop Band. Tickets for the event, including both the race meeting and the concert, are available through the race course website. Please note that spaces for camper vans and caravans are now sold out.
May 29th – Jools Holland at Cartmel Racecourse
Jools and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are the second big name music act to perform at Cartmel Racecourse 2016 programme of events. The gates will open at about 3pm with the concert starting at approximately 6pm.

May 28 - 29th – Taste Cumbria Ulverston Festival of Food
This is Ulverston's second year of hosting a taste festival of some of the very best food and drink produced in the Lake District and Cumbria. There will be chef demonstrations, a Pop- Up restaurant and stalls where visitors will have the chance to meet the regions makers and bakers.

May 29th – Prom Art
This is the second of this years open air arts and crafts event held on the promenade at Grange-over-Sands. There will be plenty of interest with stalls displaying items of original art, photography, crafts, performing arts, and much more including live music. Times 10am till 4pm. Prom Art is a recurring event held on the last Sunday of each month up to and including September.

May 29th – Silloth Green Day
Live music, a fun fair, face painting, donkey rides, circus skills, a family dog show, vintage vehicles, birds of prey demonstrations, the ever popular dog and duck display team, a mobile zoo, and lots more on Silloth Green. This is an ideal family day of entertainment overlooking the Solway Firth on Cumbria's West Coast from 11am till 4pm.

May 29 - 31st – Muncaster Festival at Muncaster Castle
An event to welcome Spring at Muncaster Castle close to the village of Ravenglass. Visitors will find plenty of fun for all on the front lawn of the castle. There will be a circus skills workshop, street entertainers, face painting, story telling, archery, chainsaw carving demonstrations and lots more including a last day of an International Jesters Tournament. Adults £11.50. Children £7.

May 29th – Classic Cars in the Park at Hutton-in-the-Forest
An event for all classic car enthusiasts at Hutton-in-the-Forest, CA11 9TH. More than 500 classic cars are expected to be on display, plus an area of, cars for sale, auto - testing, auto-jumble, trade stands, refreshments.

May 29th – Sprint Triathlon at Appleby in Westmorland
An event suitable for beginners as well as  experienced competitors. The novices course consists of a 400 metre swim in a 25 metre pool, a bike ride of 8 miles, and a 2.7 kilometre run.
Experienced entrants face an 800 metre swim, a bike ride of 16 miles, and a 5.2 kilometre run. See the website for full details and entry fees.

May 30th – Upperby Gala at Hammond Pond
FREE entry to a family event held in parkland to the east of the city. Face painting, professional entertainers and a range of other fun activities. Hammond Pond is around 3 miles from Carlisle Railway Station and accessible by public transport. FREE parking. Main entrance is from Blackwell Road. Phone 01228 598596.

May 30th – May Bank Holiday Cartmel Races
Take your picnic hamper for an afternoon of seven races and fairground entertainment. First race scheduled to begin at 2.25pm and the last race at 5.45pm. The main feature of this event is the Burlington Stone Grand Veterans Chase.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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.

July Events 2016

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 - 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 – 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 – 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 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 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 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 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 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 – 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