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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May Events 2015

May 1-2nd, June 12th, June 19th, July 16-17th -  Antique and Collectors Fair
10am to 5pm
Skiddaw Hotel, Main Street, Keswick
Contact 07841145692

May 1 - 4th – Cartmel Antiques Fair
Held in Cartmel Village Hall from 10am till 5pm. Quality antiques and collectibles of ceramics, jewellery and coins.
Phone: 01229 583495 or 07908 839252.

May 2 - 3rd – Cockermouth Georgian Fair
Held in the medieval and Georgian streets of Cockermouth. Musicians; Maypole Dancing; Sedan Chair Racing; Redcoats; Street Theatre; a Costume Parade and guided tours around historic Cockermouth.

May 2nd – Navigation Skills for Beginners
To take part in this event, meet at the Stock Lane Car Park, Grasmere, at 10am for a basic navigation skills course. Map and compass will be provided. Walking boots and lunch are essential and booking is required. The event is over a distance of about 8 kilometres and will last approximately 6 and a half hours. Take waterproof and windproof clothing and sufficient food and drink for the duration of the walk.
This event also takes place on: May 16th and 30th , June 13th and 27th , July 11th and 25th , August 8th .
Phone 0845 272 0004 for details.

May 2 - 3rd – Roman History Weekend on Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
The event will feature a Roman soldier from DeJa Vu crew and activities will include making your own Torc bracelets, Roman Army dogtags plus a children's “dressing up” box. To book, phone 019467 23192 or email:

May 2 - 3rd – Printfest
A print making festival featuring the exhibition and sale of contemporary prints. There will also be an art trail; workshops and demonstrations taking place before, during, and after the exhibition. Phone 01229 587140 or 07812172193 for more information.

May 3rd – Touch a Truck Show
A chance for young and old to get up close to Fire Engines; Trucks; Cranes; Council Vehicles; Limos and much more. Refreshments, stalls, and childrens activities. Held on the James Walker Site, Gote Road, Cockermouth from 10am till 4pm

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 – Bleasdale Special School Bay Walk
The walk, led by Queens Guide, Cedric Robinson, is to help raise funds for Bleasdale School based in Silverdale near Arnside.
Bleasdale is a school for children aged 2 – 19 years with severe disabilities. It begins from Ash Meadow, Arnside.
For more information email:

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 9th – The Kentmere Trail
There are three Kentmere Trail Challenges consisting of the shorter distance 10 kilometre; a 17 kilometre challenge for less experienced runners and fitness walkers and the more demanding 17 kilometre Trail Race for competitive runners plus a Children's Fun Trail.

May 9th – The Star Walk
A 5 kilometre or 15 kilometre walk, run, or jog event in support of local families affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions. It begins  at 9pm from Kendal Leisure Centre on Burton Road. For details phone 01524 381 820 or go to

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 15 - 16th – Western Lakes Home and Garden Show
This years show involves four celebrity theatres for cooking; gardening and homes advice together with a mobile touring cinema. There will also be  a mini-garden contest; a Continental Market and “Made in Cumbria” produce. Phone 01946 65334 for more information.

May 16th – Cumbrian Challenge 2015
A Lake District and Cumbria challenge event in aid of “Walking with the Wounded” with the aim of helping up to 200 wounded veterans back in to employment. This is an invitation for teams  to compete against wounded servicemen and women on “The Tough” 20 kilometre route or the “The Tougher” 29 kilometre challenge over the fells of the Lake District and Cumbria.

May 16th – Sedbergh Gala and Fell Races
An afternoon of family entertainment in the popular walkers town of Sedbergh. There will be the crowning of this years Gala Queen; Fell Racing; Fun Dog Show and competition; Donkey Rides; Mini-Motorbikes; Archery; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting; Children's Sports; music; refreshments and a beer tent. The event takes place on Lupton Field, Back Lane, Sedbergh from 12.30pm till 5pm. Email: or phone 01539 20733.
Tickets at the gate £4. Under 16 years FREE.

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 23rd, July 4th, August 29th, October 10th - Antique and Collectors Fair
10am to 4pm 
United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth
Contact 07841145692

May 23rd – Hutton Roof Country Fair and Fell Race
A Spring Bank Holiday event held in the small village of Hutton Roof situated between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales about 4 miles from Kirkby Lonsdale. It's a complete family day out with many attractions of children's sports; displays of traditional crafts; tasty home baking; animals; face painting; a bouncy castle and much more including this years 30th anniversary of the Hutton Roof Junior and Senior Fell Races.

May 23 - 24th – Taste Cumbria Ulverston Food Festival
The best of food and drink that Cumbria has to offer will be on sale throughout the Furness Peninsula town together with cookery demonstrations by local chefs and a wide selection of family entertainment. Live music and the opportunity to take part in a  locally brewed “Ale Trail” to showcase the quality of Cumbrias local ales and beers.

May 24th – Coniston Gift & Craft Event
A local crafts and goods sale at John Ruskin School, Lake Road, Coniston from 10am till 5pm.
Email: for more details or phone: 015394 41394.

May 24th – Silloth Green Day
An all day event on Silloth Green with plenty of entertainments for the family. These will include Face Painting; displays of Circus Skills; a Dog Show; Donkey Rides; a display of Vintage Vehicles; a Reptile Display; Wood Carving and much more.

May 24th – Cumbria's Colour Run
An event in aid of Jigsaw, Cumbria Children's Hospice and Eden Valley Hospice. For full details visit

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 – Food Growing Fun with Peas and Beans
Held at the Walled Garden, Ford Park, Ulverston.
Email: for details.

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 29 - 30th – The Bassenthwaite Festival
Three concerts performed by Ensemble Buxtehude of Baroque music for voices over two days in St John's Church, close to Bassenthwaite village, and in the 10th C St Begas Church on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. Refreshments and toilet facilities will be available at all the performances. More details

May 29 – 31st – The Sun Inn Beer & Music Festival Hawkshead
Visitors are promised over 20 Real Ales on tap together with a Hog Roast and live music featuring 12 acts during the weekend.
Phone 015394 36236 for details.

May 29 - 31st – Holker Garden Festival
The festival is held in the grounds of Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel, near Grange-over-Sands. It will feature the best of gardening; countryside food and crafts; horticultural displays; show gardens; country crafts; celebrity appearances and more.

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.

May 31st – Seedy Sunday at Staveley Recreation Ground
A selection of of organic vegetables and herb seedlings; tea; coffee and homemade cake. Bring your surplus vegetables and flower seeds and spare plants to swap or sell. From 2pm till 4pm. Entry FREE.
More details:

June Events 2015

Until the end of June - "Winter Light"
An exhibition of paintings by Lake district Artist Amanda Watson is on show at the School Room Tea shop, Rydal Hall nr Ambleside until the end of June.
Open daily 10 - 5pm.
For details visit "Amanda Watson Artist" on Facebook or

June 1st-7th - Lakes Collective Summer Showcase
25 talented local artists, will be coming together to present the ‘Summer Showcase’ of the Lakes Collective of Artists and Designer Makers with this year’s theme of ‘Family Dynamics’.
On show will be the results of a year’s artistic endeavour from various artists, painters, printmakers, sculptors, woodworkers, ceramicists, textile artists, silversmiths, jewellers, glassworkers, bookbinders, milliners and cabinet makers.
The Showcase will run from Monday 1st June to Sunday 7th June at the Bishop Bulley Barn, Rydal Hall, Rydal LA22 9LX and is open to the public from 10am – 5pm every day and until 9pm on Thursday 4th June.
Admission is free and the Rydal Hall Teashop, Heritage Gardens and Sculpture Trail featuring new installations by Lakes Collective Artists will also be open 10am – 5pm every day.
Every day several artists involved in the show will be on hand to answer questions about the work and explain the artistic techniques involved. 
From Monday to Friday, experts in their field will be offering workshops at the Showcase, in Silk Painting, Unusual Folded Bookmaking Techniques, Traditional Bookbinding, 3D Felting Techniques, and Wirework Jewellery.  These workshops need to be booked in advance via the Rydal Hall office.  On Monday and Saturday a silversmith will also be offering a drop-in opportunity to make yourself an impressed silver pendant.
For more information please go to: or

June 4 - 7th – Trek the Lake District
A walking challenge for individuals or as part of a group to reach the summits of eight Lake District fells above 3,000 feet in two days. The route of 31 kilometres is over two days allowing competitors time for rest and sleep. The challenge is to raise money by sponsorship for  “Meningitis Now” and costs £75 to enter.  or call 0345 120 4530.

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 – Brampton Film Club
A showing of the Indian film “The Lunch Box”. A story of a mistaken delivery of a lunch box connects a housewife to an older man in the late years of his life. Doors open at the Irthing Centre at 6.45pm and refreshments will be available prior to the film starting.
Tickets are £6 for non-members and £4 for members.

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 6th – and throughout the summer – Films at Thorney How Independent Hostel
Regular film screenings on Saturday nights beginning at 8.30pm. Film titles will be announced on Thorney How website. Food and drink available from 6.30pm.
Please call in advance to reserve a place. 015394 35597 or see

June 6 - 7th – Beginners Rock Climbing Course
This is just one of a series of events which include Intermediate Navigation Courses; Ghyll Scrambling; Gorge Walking and Multi Activity Days based in the beauty of the Langdale Valley a few miles to the west of Ambleside.

June 7th – Guided Solway Shore Walks at Allonby
An informal ramble starting at Dubmill Point led by Ann Lingard along the southern shore of the Firth near Allonby and Beckfoot. A chance to find out about whelk eggs; worm built reefs; sand dunes; sea potatoes; submerged forests and much more. The walk begins at 9.45am with a maximum of 10 places available.
Ann will lead further walks on July 5th and August 31st beginning at 8.45am and 7.45am respectively. Full details from Ann on 016973 21967 or email:

June 7th – Coastal Wildflower Wander at Whitehaven Coast
A guided walk from 1.30pm till 4pm starting from the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven. The route will take you to the cliff overlooking Whitehaven Harbour to discover a range of meadow wild flowers. Booking is not required and families are especially welcome. Take your cameras, drawing pads and pencils.
The walk is around 2 miles over tracks which are pushchair friendly. There are no steps on route but there's a fairly steep climb up to the meadows. Dogs on a lead welcome

June 7th – Sealife Safari at Whitehaven Coast
This is a short walk of around 400 metres starting from the Beacon Museum to explore the coastal rock-pools. The route includes 8 steps, soft sand and rocky areas. Take your wellies and waterproofs. Booking not required. Times 10am till Noon. Phone 017687 74649 for details.

June 7th – Borrowdale Trail Run
Races over distances of 13 and 21 kilometres along lake-shore trails and the Borrowdale Valley plus a Trail Marathon incorporating Scafell Pike. Full details from the website. or email:

June 10th  - Steam Hauled Fellsman Excursions
On this date and every Wednesday until August 26th.
Contact Statesman Rail on 0845 310 2458 or visit to book either this or an excursion option of a Cumbria Classic Vintage Coach and a one hour cruise on Ullswater.
Phone 017684 82229 for more details.

June 12 - 14th – Weekend Meditation Retreat
An event to refresh the mind in the relaxing surroundings of the Manjushri Meditation Centre situated alongside the scenic coast road between Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness on the Furness Peninsula.

June 12 - 14th – Great North Swim 2015
Join the thousands of entrants of in the U.K's  biggest open water swimming event in Lake Windermere, Englands biggest lake. It's a challenge for all abilities over distances of half mile; one mile; two mile and a five kilometre course. Expert kayakers will accompany swimmers all the way. New for this year, 2015, will be the Challenge Wave which is aimed at club swimmers  and experienced open water swimmers who are looking for a sub 30 minute time for the one mile distance. This is one of the Lake Districts best attended competitor and spectator events and accommodation is always in high demand so please make your reservation as early as possible.

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 - Kendal Unitarian Chapel Islamic Sufi Nuh Nazir 2015
Islamic Sufi Nuh Nazir and colleagues will bring the Travelling Zikr to Kendal Unitarian Chapel for their annual visit on Saturday 13th June 2014.
The Unitarian Chapel is in the Market Place Kendal LA9 4TN. The Chapel will be open from 6pm.
His previous visits to Kendal have been arranged by the Unitarian Chapel, SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum and KEG Kendal Ecumenical Group.
Free donation to cover expenses welcome.
Photo of him at the Unitarian Chapel Multifaith Memorial Garden.

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 and every Saturday to August 29th – Buffet Cruise
Live music and a freshly prepared buffet on a cruise for two and a half hours along the full length of Lake Windermere. The resident band will play a selection of Latin rhythms; mainstream jazz and tasteful pop as you enjoy a 2 course cold buffet; a fully licensed bar and some of the Lake Districts most spectacular scenery. These cruises will also be available every Wednesday from July 8th to August 26th . All sailings depart Bowness-on-Windermere Pier at 7pm

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 18th – Beginners Bike Maintenance at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
A basic bike maintenance course including gears, brakes, punctures and general maintenance at the Greystoke Cafe near Penrith from 5.30pm till 8.30pm. The cost of the course includes drink and cakes. Bring your own bike if possible but if not, you will still be able to learn a great deal. This course will also take place on July 26th and August 20th . For details of these and many other courses see

June 19 - 21st – Wannasee Music Festival Penrith
This is a weekend of tribute bands to many of the worlds most popular acts performing in the open air at Frenchfield Park Football Stadium, Penrith, in the heart of the Eden Valley. There's a camping option; FREE parking; fully licensed facilities; FREE attractions for kids; a selection of food and more.

June 19 - 20th – Whitehaven Film Festival
A “Back to the Future” 30th anniversary screening on the harbour and much more which will be announced nearer the date.

June 19 - 20th – Western Lakes Film Festival at Whitehaven
This is an opportunity to watch a selection of films on Cumbrias scenic West Coast. Whitehaven will be transformed for this event with “pop up” and quirky cinema locations for showings from 10am till 11pm. The Friday evening show will end with a concert by Sweet. Tickets are available from Richardson’s of Whitehaven. Phone 01946 65334.

June 20th – Arnside Vintage Day
Lots to see and do from 10.30am till 4pm on Arnside Promenade. There will be a display of classic vehicles; vintage stalls; children's games; Bay & Search Rescue; a Punch and Judy show;
Burneside Brass Band; Milnthorpe Steel Band ( playing at 1.15pm at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks Pub) and songs of the era by by Cindy Hoten. Why not dress in the vintage years styles for your day of fun in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For those wishing to see the “Arnside Bore”, it is due at 11.20am on this day.

June 20th – Another Fine Fest
An Ulverston event of music, comedy, street theatre, magic, and much more for all the family to enjoy . There will be 11 stages/venues presenting Jazz; Blues; Folk; Soul; Country; Hip Hop; Reggae and so much more including a chance to pick up a brush and take part in painting the town of Ulverston in many shades of colour. For details phone Dave Crossley on 07743315574.

June 20th – Cumbria Pride at Carlisle City Centre
An event of music and entertainment to celebrate equality and diversity in Carlisle City Centre from midday till 7pm. Phone 01228 267247 or visit

June 20th – Brampton Film Club
A showing of “Pride” at the Irthing Centre. Doors open 6.45pm. Phone 07779 038309 for more details or email:

June 20 - 21st - CumbriaVAG Show & Shine Festival 2015
Westmorland County Showground, Kendal.
CumbriaVAG Show & Shine Festival is an annual event showcasing the best cars from the Volkswagen Audi Group! Come join us for an amazing weekend festival at the edge of the Lake District.

June 20 - 21st – The 30 Peaks Challenge
The organisers of this Lake District challenge event are asking for teams of between three and five to sign up and help to raise funds for children in the North West of England and beyond.
The testing route is over two days covering a distance of 35 miles with the 950 metres summit of Helvellyn as the highest point along the way. See the website to register and full details.

June 20 - 21st – Overground Underground Festival 2015
This is a festival of the Ingleborough Dales. There will be a wide range of activities and demonstrations many of which are suitable for all the family. This years programme includes walking; mountain biking; art exhibitions; open gardens; talks; history; flowers; mosses; caving; climbing; music; food and much more.

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 21st – Lakes Charity Classic Vehicle Show
More than 200 classic cars and motorcycles are expected to take part in this event organised by Windermere & Ambleside Lions in aid of the Bendrigg Trust and the Calvert Trust. It starts at 10am and continues until 4pm. Together with the displays of classic vehicles there will be a range of other entertainments for all the family to enjoy. These will include the now famous Windermere & Ambleside Lions bouncy castle; food stalls; a glider flight simulator; live music and much more. If you have a vehicle you would like to enter in the show at a cost of only £5, please visit the website for details.

June 21 - 28th – Keswick Midsummer Festival
A week long programme of events centred around a main stage in Keswick Market Square. There will be music performed by local bands including a rousing brass band performance; dancers; choirs and street entertainers.

June 23 - 28th – Lanercost Festival of Music and Arts
The event is held at Lanercost Priory near Brampton in Cumbria. The weekend long programme includes a choral recitation by children from local Primary Schools; a concert by Manchester’s Chethams School of Music; a medley of Light and Grand Opera by South Cumbrias Encore Opera; a Young Musicians competition; a festival choral concert; a short story writing competition and a range of other events.

June 24th – K Shoes Male Voice Choir
A selection of songs by the choir to raise money for charity at the United Reform Church, Kents Bank Road, Grange-over-Sands. LA11 7EY. Begins 8pm.

June 26th – Walk to Remember
A sponsored ladies only moonlit walk of 7 miles to raise funds for St Mary's Hospice. It starts from Hawcoat Park, Hawcoat Lane, Barrow-in-Furness at 10pm. Phone 01229 580305 for details.

June 26th – Walk to Remember Extra
An 11 mile moonlit walk starting from St Mary's Hospice at 9pm. This walk, and the walk starting from Barrow-in-Furness on the same date, meet and join into one on Abbey Road at the checkpoint at the bottom of Dalton Lane, Barrow, where it will finish at Hawcoat Park. 

June 26 - 27th – Cockermouth Woolfest
An event to showcase the very best of wool and wool crafts. It's held just outside  Cockermouth at Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre CA13 0QQ. The event is organised by members of The Wool Clip which is a Cumbrian Co-operative whose aim it is to promote all aspects of wool from hill farming and rare breed fleece animals to the latest techniques and creations. You will find visitors and stall holders from across the world at this event where you can buy anything from raw fleece to spinning wheels. There will be plenty of FREE car parking on site together with a shuttle bus connection to Cockermouth town centre and other public transport connections.

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.

July 26th – Theatre on the Green
This event has been a great success in previous years and another open air production will be performed from 6.30pm till 9pm on Silloth Green. More information from the organisers will follow.

June 27th – Ullswater Fair
A much loved annual event in the Ullswater Valley held on King George V Playing Fields, Patterdale. Fell races; dog competitions and much more for a day of family entertainment in one of the most beautiful areas of the Lake District & Cumbria.

June 28th – Cancer Care Cross Bay Challenge
Register now for this unique Lake District & Cumbria event for a choice between the only known race in the world to cross a tidal bay or, a family friendly 7 mile walk both of which start and finish at the same place in Flookburgh overlooking Morecambe Bay near Grange-over-Sands. This year the event includes the Fatbike Cycle Challenges. See the website for details of this very worthwhile event in aid of Cancer Care.

June 28th – and every Sunday to September27th – Prom Art
This is the largest open air art and crafts fair in the north west of England. It takes place along the promenade of Grange-over-Sands overlooking Morecambe Bay from 10am till 4pm of each day. Visitors will find a range of stalls displaying original art; photography; crafts; performing arts and live music.

June 29th – Heron Corn Mill on the Road
This is a travelling roadshow presented by Heron Corn Mill who will be visiting Lunesdale Hall on this day. The bread making group will be discussing their work and Letherby Scholar, Alan Gardner, will give a talk about the conservation and repairs of historic buildings using only traditional materials. A special menu café will provide refreshments together with the sale of bags of freshly ground flour. Times 11am till 4pm at Lunesdale Hall, Bective Road , Kirkby Lonsdale.

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 2nd – Loughrigg, Lakes & Lilies Wild Swim
An open air event combining a classic low level walk with tarn, lake and dub swimming. Two or three swimming locations will be linked via a walk around Loughrigg Fell with dipping or swimming in Loughrigg Tarn, Grasmere, and a special dub plus picnicking and tea drinking in between swims. The event will be guided by experienced open water swimmers, safety kayakers and qualified lifeguards. See website for booking information and requirements or phone
015394 33826

July 2 - 6th – Appleby Castle Shakespeare Festival
The G.B. Theatre Company perform open air productions of Shakespeares Twelfth Night and Much Ado about Nothing at the historic Appleby Castle.
There will be an actors workshop preceding each play.
The Program of Plays will be as follows;

Program of Shakespeare at Appleby Castle 2015
            •               10am Thursday 2nd July Workshop
            •               12pm Thursday 2nd July Much Ado about Nothing
            •               7pm Thursday 2nd July Twelfth Night

            •               10am Friday 3rd July Workshop
            •               12pm Friday 3rd July Twelfth Night
            •               7pm Friday 3rd July Much Ado About Nothing

            •               11am Saturday 4th July Workshop
            •               2pm Saturday 4th July Much Ado About Nothing
            •               7pm Saturday 4th July Twelfth Night

            •               11am Sunday 5th July Workshop
            •               2pm Sunday 5th July Twelfth Night
            •               7pm Sunday 5th July Much Ado About Nothing

            •               10am Monday 6th July Workshop
            •               12pm Monday 6th July Much Ado About Nothing
            •               7pm Monday 6th July Twelfth Night

Tickets from Appleby TIC, Penrith TIC, Kirkby Stephen TIC and online at

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's best-known plays. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but perhaps the main one is that the basic story still strikes a chord with modern audiences.  The primary plot involves  courtship and scandal mixed with a witty war of words. 

The play is all about relationships between the sexes, and we meet two very different couples. One is exactly as we would expect a couple to be: they fall in love almost at first sight and appear ideally suited to each other. However, the man appears to be quite shallow and believes his wife-to-be has cheated on him. He leaves her, but is tricked into marrying her later on.

The second couple are not together as a couple at all. They spend most of their time insulting each other, and both swear they will never marry. However, their friends trick them into falling in love, which they do, and they get ready to marry at the end. One of the most interesting ideas in the play is that the traditional couple are perhaps not really in love, but the odd couple are.

The play contains two basic ideas which have been used in all sorts of films and stories. The first is that a couple have to overcome numerous obstacles before they can find true love. The second is that two very different people who start off arguing later fall in love, and everything ends happily.

Twelfth Night  is a romantic comedy, believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season.   The play explores the notions of cross-dressing and mistaken identity with romance and love as the play’s main focus. 

Despite the fact that the play offers a happy ending, in which the various lovers find one another and achieve wedded bliss, Shakespeare shows that love can cause pain. Many of the characters seem to view love as a kind of curse, a feeling that attacks its victims suddenly and disruptively. Various characters claim to suffer painfully from being in love, or, rather, from the pangs of unrequited love.

The GB Theatre company is comprised of professional actors who have all trained at the Bristol Old Vic with some working with the Royal Shakespeare company.  Many of the actors have made regular appearance on television.  They are renowned for combining enough of a modern twist to make the Bard's plays translate to a modern audience, including children, without losing any of the wit or nuance of the original language.

Sally Nightingale, the owner of Appleby Castle would like to establish a culture where audiences come to Appleby Castle each year to see Shakespeare performed in the medieval Inner Bailey.  This year she has increased the performances so that families can attend and introduced a special family offer of just £2  per child entrance fee.

July 4th – Ulverston Carnival
A procession of floats proceed around Ulverston town centre as they make their way to Ford Park and an afternoon of family entertainment. The procession begins at 1pm.

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 4th – Whinlatter 5 at Whinlatter Forest & Visitor Centre
This summer evenings event begins at 7.30pm. It's a 5 mile Trail Run or Nordic Walk  through the Whinlatter Forest near Keswick. The route is along designated mountain bike/walking trails with a climb to Seat How providing wonderful Lake District views across the waters of Bassenthwaite and beyond to the town of Keswick close to Lake Derwentwater

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 5th – Langdale Gala
A traditional Cumbrian event held in the beauty of the Langdale Valley on Walthwaite Meadow, Chapel Stile. The gala features a range of sporting challenges which includes a junior and senior fell race; children's flat races and of course the ever popular spectacle of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling contests. There will also be a pet show; a children's fancy dress competition; craft stalls; music; food and drink.

July 7th – The Lambfoot Loop Road Race
One of the sporting events hosted by the friendly Derwent Athletic Club based in the West Cumbria town of Cockermouth. It's a 10 kilometre road race under UKA rules along rural roads. For this and details of the clubs other events see

August 7th - Ninebarrow in concert
One of the fastest rising duos in the country play at the United Reform Church, Kendal at 7pm. In aid of Manna House. Tickets GBP 10 from Pumpkins Bistro.
Tel: 01539 728722

July 8th and 22nd – Wild Swim: Down The River Without a Paddle
Meet at the Ambleside base for instructions and then a short walk to the secret swimming venue from where the event begins. After passing between reed lined banks and, if lucky, glimpses of grazing deer and maybe an otter, the swim enters Lake Windermere. Here, the swimmers follow the lake shoreline and take a rest on a rock shelf before making the return journey. Duration in the water is about 45 minutes and the total session lasts about 1 hour and 45 minutes inclusive of the walk. Meet at 9am at,” Head To The Hills” 2, Compston Road, Ambleside. Those taking part should be of a standard able to swim 1,000 yards in a pool. Wetsuits are needed for warmth and buoyancy. These can be hired for £5 or, if you would prefer to swim without one, please phone to arrange. Minimum age to take part is 16 years

July 10 - 12th – The Crossing-Rat Race
A journey, described as a “must do mountain bike event” from West to East across Northern England. The route, over a distance of 196 miles, begins on Whitehaven sea front and passes through the Lake District; the Yorkshire Dales; the North Yorkshire Moors to finish in the resort of Scarborough on Englands east coast. Entrants travelling to Whitehaven by private transport can leave their vehicles for the duration of the event for a long term parking charge of £30. See website for full details of registration; baggage allowances; transport of tent bags; timings and more.

July 10 - 12th – Furness Traditional Festival
This is a celebration of traditional folk; arts; music and dance performed throughout the Furness Peninsula town of Ulverston.

July 10 - 12th – A  L'ancienne Lake District Vintage Cycling Festival
Cycle some of the Lake Districts most iconic routes in the South lakes on a bicycle borrowed from Grandfather over distances from 20 to 80 kilometres. Why not wear a false moustache to add to the atmosphere and memories of the days of a more sedate journey on two wheels.

July 11th - An Evening with Divaz3
A fun evening of singing and dancing with the fabulous girl trio "Divaz3"
This event is to raise funds for Nazal Children's Home, Kathmandu, Naxal.
Venue...Lazonby Village Hall, near Penrith. CA10 1AQ.
Tickets £10 Full bar. Contact: 07779134654  or 01768896012
Email: 4gillandrew@

July 11th - Terrier, Lurcher and Whippet Show
Eskdale and Ennerdale Foxhounds are holding a Terrier, Lurcher and Whippet Show on Saturday 11th July 2015.
Judging to start at 12.30pm.  To be held on the Old Show Field, Gosforth, A595.
Home-made refreshments available.  Enquiries to 01946 725910.

July 11 - 12th – Derwent Water Regatta
This Lake District water sport event is held at Crow park, Derwentwater, Keswick. There will be a wide choice of outdoor activities with kayak sessions for families; an opportunity to build your own canoe; sail a catamaran; sail a dinghy and even a Viking Long Boat.

July 11th – Millom Carnival
Held at Millom R.L.F.C. Coronation Field, Devonshire Road. Beginning at midday there will be displays of vintage and agricultural machinery; classic vehicles; stalls; games; dancing displays; arts & crafts and sports with live music and refreshments. Details from the events organiser, Judith Tyson on 07856119210 or 01229 219755. Email:

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 – Bendrigg Trust Cross Bay Walk
An event to help the work of the Bendrigg Trust starting from Arnside Promenade at 2.45pm. It's a walk suitable for all the family to Kents Bank led by Cedric Robinson M.B.E, the Official Queens Guide to the Sands. Application forms and more information can be found on the Bendrigg Trust website or contact Sue Murphy on 01539 723766, email:

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 16 - 19th – Summer Beer Festival at Hawkshead Brewery & Beer Hall
More than 70 beers from the regions independent breweries at the Beer Hall, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley. Beers will be served from indoor bars and a marquee outside. Food will be available from the kitchen or a BBQ throughout the event plus live music on the Friday and Saturday and a Sunday “jam” session. FREE entry.

July 17th – Windermere Rocks at Windermere Rugby Club
A live music event hosted by Windermere Rugby Club, Longlands Road, Bowness-on-Windermere. LA23 3AS. Featured will be “The Amazing Kappa” and the Beatles tribute band, “Them Beatles”.  Bar; Real Ale; FREE parking. Adult ticket £19-50

July 18th – September 6th  - Kool Kids at K-Village Outlet Centre
A school holiday Lake District event at K-Village, Lound Road, Kendal from 11am till 5pm.

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 18 - 19th – Windermere Wild Swimming Weekend at Brathay Hall
An opportunity to swim the north basin of Lake Windermere, Englands largest lake, from the lawn of a Georgian Mansion. It's suitable for swimmers who can comfortably swim 1 mile in open waters. The inclusive price for this event is £320 for 2 nights accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner. For this and other events at this venue see

July 19th – Ulverston Canal Gala
A day of fun, activities and family games. For details, contact Ulverston Tourist Information Centre in the Coronation Hall. Email:

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 21st – 50 Things Activity Day at Cockshott Point
Join National Trust Rangers at Cockshott Point, Bowness-on-Windermere for lots of fun 50 things activities.
This and other events from 11am till 3pm on various dates throughout the summer. Phone: 015394 88409.

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 24th – August 8th – Summer International Buddhist Festival
Held at Conishead Priory on the A5087 Coast Road between Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness.

July 24 - 26th – Maryport Blues Festival
More than one hundred musicians from all over the world are expected to perform at a range of pubs, clubs and cafés around Maryport. Together with the music, there will be workshops; a children's area; a silent disco; a festival market and a range of stalls selling a variety of goods including musical instruments. The main marquee will be at Maryport Rugby Club. Coach services are planned to operate between Maryport and local towns of Wigton; Aspatria; Keswick; Cockermouth; Egremont; Cleator Moor; Whitehaven; Workington and Carlisle. Early Bird tickets are now on sale.

July 25 - 26th – Cumbria Steam Gathering
An event held on Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands. Visitors will find a wonderful collection of steam engines; vintage and commercial vehicles; classic cars; motorcycles and bicycles; tractors plus magic shows; miniature remote controlled car racing; a traditional fairground and plenty of food and drink. This year, the organisers are promising several new exciting attractions. The Steam Gathering is a hugely popular colourful and noisy fun packed weekend beginning at 9am.

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 25-August 3rd - 10 day Annual Summer Craft Fair
Dacre Hall, Lanercost Priory
Opening hours 10am – 5.30pm
Admission 60p (accompanied children free)
Almost 40 quality stallholders
Homebaked refreshments available
Contact Elizabeth Harding 01697742538 for details.

July 25th – September 2nd - Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition
Members of the society from around Cumbria and the Lake District display their art work including paintings, print and sculpture at The Hall, Grasmere. Times 10.30am – 4.30pm.

July 27th – August31st – How to be a Roman Soldier at Birdoswald Roman Fort
An event which will appeal especially to children at this ancient site on Hadrians Wall near Brampton. It will feature Roman themed activities with plenty of paper helmet making, Roman drill and a chance to wear Roman armour and a Centurions helmet and to try on other costumes.
Adults £5.80.  Concessions £5.20.  Children £3.40. Family of 2 adults and 3 children £15

July 29th – Ulverston and North Lonsdale Show
A traditional agricultural show held on the Recreational hall Fields, Urswick, near Ulverston. There will be classes of horses; cows; sheep; poultry and a selection of local crafts.

July 30th – Ambleside and Rydal Sports
Gates open at 10am for visitors to Rydal Park, Ambleside for five hours of Lake District traditional sporting events. There will be Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; Guides and Fell Races; Hound Trails; Foot and Cycle Races; Childrens Races, plus under cover attractions. Barbecue; licensed marquee; catering marquee; juggling and  Ju- Jitsu displays. Car parking.

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”.

July 31st – Tom Jones Open Air Concert
A performance by Tom Jones at Bitts Park, Carlisle.

July 31st – August 2nd – Potfest in the Pens
Around 130 potters will be taking part in the oldest potters market in the U.K. This Lake District and Cumbria event is held under cover at Skirsgill Auction Market, in the Eden Valley's largest town of Penrith. This is a chance to meet the potters, talk pots and buy direct from the maker.

August Events 2015

August 1st – Cockermouth Agricultural Show
Entertainment for all at The Fitz, Low Road, Cockermouth from 9.30am until late. There’ll be shows of cattle; sheep; goats; horses; poultry; sheepdogs and fox hounds together with the opportunity to take a ride on the Rodeo Bull; see a sheep clipping demonstration; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; a working sheepdog display; and B.S.J. Show Jumping to name just a few of the attractions of this family day out in the Lake District and Cumbria. Park and Ride will be available from Lakeland Livestock Centre to the Show Field with FREE bus service operating all day from 10am. Also, a shuttle bus service will be in service from Cockermouth main street to the Show Field from 10am.

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 1 - 14th – Lake District Summer Music
Welcome to a wonderful selection of summer music played by world masters in the beauty of the Lake District. Venues will be historic churches and halls in some of the regions ancient market towns. There will be Chamber Music; Orchestral Concerts; Recitals; Music Theatre; Jazz; Vocal Works; pre- Concert Talks and much more.

August 3rd – Gaelic Music
Joy Dunlop, vocals, and Andrew Dunlop, harp and keyboard, present a programme of Gaelic music and song at Blackwell Arts & Crafts House near Bowness-on-Windermere from 5pm till 7pm.

August 6th – Music at Noon
A Kirkby Lonsdale Market Day Concert at the beautiful Norman Church of St Mary's. Performed by a New Zealand quartet who were winners of the 9th Annual Pettiman/ROSL Arts International Scholarship for a New Zealand chamber ensemble.
Phone: 015242 742621 for details.

August 6th – Lake District Sheep Dog Trials
A family day of open air entertainment at Hill Farm, Ings, near Windermere. Together with the ever popular sheep dog trials there will be Fox Hound trails; a Terrier Show; Craft displays; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling and more from 9am till 4.30pm. Further details from Jenny Holt. Email:  or phone 01524 71584.

August 7th - Folk Night at the Keg & Kitchen
The only folk session on the Cartmel peninsular! First Friday of every month, 8pm till closing time.
Keg & Kitchen pub, Main Street, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6AB (opposite the Post Office). It's an open session of traditional and modern folk music and songs, mostly playing together. Everyone welcome to join us in a great pub with good beer and a really friendly atmosphere.

August 7th – Sky Ride: City Streets & Park Life
This summer holiday event is a 3 mile family bicycle ride through the lovely Bitts Park. The ride  starts and finishes at the Cafe at the rear of Sands Centre. It is along flat traffic free tarmac roads with the historic castle on one side and the River Eden on the other. Cycling time 30 minutes and suitable for anyone. Register your place on the website. Why not spend a whole day in the park where's there's plenty of other activities including rope climbing; skating; riverside walks; picnics and climbing facilities.

August 7th – Family Bushcraft & Survival Skills at Brockhole Visitor Centre
Basic survival skills including shelter building; fire lighting; rope and string knot tying. This Lake District summer holiday event is suitable for accompanied children over 4 years of age and each session lasts 1.5 hours. Sessions begin at at 11am; 1pm and 2.45pm. Booking is advised. There are good facilities for all at Brockhole whatever the weather.

August 7 - 9th – The Lake District Folk Weekend
A weekend of folk music held around Hawkshead Brewery's “Beer Hall” in the Mill Yard, Staveley near Kendal. There will be concerts on the Friday night in Staveley Roundhouse  Theatre and the Beer Hall. On Saturday, visitors can enjoy more concerts and sessions in various venues around the village. Sunday will feature an afternoon of singing for all plus more sessions the event will close with an Open Mic session in the Beer Hall.

August 7 - 9th – Cockermouth Northbound Festival
A weekend long music festival held at Wellington Farm, Cockermouth CA13 0QU. Acts are yet to be confirmed but the organisers expect that the event will be a showcase of both nationally acclaimed and emerging artists and local talent from the Lake District and Cumbria. The festival will be designed to provide a strong family feel and will include a children's area complete with it's own disco, crafts and workshops. The organisers website will give more information nearer to the date.

August 8th – Dalston Show
The show is an all day entertainment event in the north of the Lake District and Cumbria. There will be main ring displays of motor bikes; Gun Dogs; Stock judging; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; a Grand Parade; a Tug of War; a Fancy Dress; a Pet Show and a full programme of equestrian events.
The show is one part of the Dalston Village Festival which is a week of entertainment and displays for the pleasure and enjoyment of the villagers and visitors to this scenic area of Cumbria's Eden Valley.

August 8,15,22nd - Swallows and Amazons Adventure at Glenridding Sailing Centre
From 10am until 5pm, take a sail aboard traditional “Swallow” type boats. Learn semaphore, treasure hunting, and end the day with an epic battle against Captain Flint which includes a cannon and “walking the plank”. A great family summer holiday event suitable for ages of 6 years +. No sailing experience is needed as qualified tuition is provided. Please note that booking is essential.

August 9th – Musical Theatre at Muncaster Castle
Another outdoor event on the front lawn of Muncaster Castle. The story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men will be enacted by the Cambridge Touring Company.

August 9th – Tractor Fun Day at the Rheged Centre
Free entry to a family summer holiday fun day of tractor displays ranging from vintage to the present day. Go along and have your face painted as your favourite farmyard animal; have your photograph taken on “Dexter” the tractor and collect your picnic from the Pop-Up Cafe to enjoy amongst the hay bales. A FREE event, but donations welcome with all proceeds going towards pancreatic cancer. Phone 01768 868000. 

August 9th – Fairy Day Goes to the Seaside
Magic Mel invites wizards; brothers; sisters; Mums and Dads; Grandma and Grandpa and friends to this free event from 11am till 4pm on Silloth Green. Sponsored by Fairydust Emporium.

August 9th – Hoad Hill Marathon and Half Marathon
The routes, starting and finishing at Ford Park, Ulverston, are over a mix of trail, coastal path, canal tow-path, quiet country lanes and include the climb to the Sir John Barrow monument on the top of Hoad Hill overlooking the town. The full marathon starts at 9.30am and the half marathon at 10am. As well as the races, there will be a day of entertainment with live music, plenty of children's activities, a Fun Run, a beer tent and food. For more information visit the organisers website.

August 9th – Dales and Lakes Historic Vehicle Day
A gathering of around 250 cars and bikes from the 1920's to the 1990's. It will be held overlooking Morecambe Bay on Yewtree Playing Fields, Cart Lane, Grange-over-Sands.
LA11 7AB. Food and drink available including a licensed bar and many other attractions to complete a great family day out from 11am till 4.30pm in a picturesque setting with sea views and close to the fells and lakes of the Lake District and Cumbria. Accompanied children under 16 years FREE. Adults £5.

August 9th – Annual Cross Bay Morecambe Bay Sponsored Walk
A fund raising walk from Arnside to Kents Bank Railway Station in support of the Bay Search and Rescue teams. It will be led by Cedric Robinson, Official Queens Guide to the Sands and members from Bay Search and Rescue. The length of the walk varies from 6 to 8 miles and be prepared to wade through some areas at knee depth. By taking part and gaining sponsors, you will help to raise funds for the Bay Search and Rescue which is an independent charity who rely on events such as this in order to survive. Begins at 1pm

August 11th – Grasmere Concert at Grasmere Parish Church
This is a Lake District Summer Music event in the heart of the beautiful village of Grasmere and the resting place of the poet, William Wordsworth. Begins 11am. Ticket price £10.
Phone 015242 742621.

August 11th – Music for a Summers Evening at Hawkshead Parish Church
A concert in the beautiful church of St Michaels overlooking the village. This years programme will feature a string orchestra performance of Tippetts String Quartet No 2 in F Sharp Major. 
St Michaels is reached up a short but fairly steep path leading from the village. A ramp over the
steps into the church is provided for wheelchair users. Begins 8pm.
Phone 015242 742621 for details.

August 11th – Lunesdale Show
The show, held at Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale features Holstein and Jersey Cattle; seventeen breeds of sheep; horses; poultry; dog breeds; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; a craft marquee; a parade of hounds from the Vale of Lune Hunt; a Grand Parade; vintage vehicles and machinery; Birds of Prey; children's entertainments and much more. There will be a range of refreshments and the Rugby Club Bar will open during the day. Well behaved dogs on a lead welcome. FREE parking at Hillside.

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 14 - 15th – Picnic Cinema at Muncaster Castle
Visitors to this Ravenglass event will be able to see two classic films shown on a massive screen on the front lawn of Muncaster Castle. Camping facilities for one evening or a full weekend will be available. For details phone 01229 717614 or see the website.

August 15th – Vintage VJ Day Party
A presentation by Cumbria's Museum of Military Life at Carlisle's historic castle. You are invited to a “40's” themed party with live music by The Border Concert Band and others; vintage fair; buffet; licensed bar. Come dressed in 1940's style if you can. Tickets from Cumbria's Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle by calling personally or booking by telephone. Alternatively, tickets can be bought from the Tourist Information Centre on Scotch Street, Carlisle. You can also pay at the gate but pre-booking is recommended. Phone 01228 532774.

August 15th – Rusland Valley Horticultural Show and Sports
Hound Trails; Fell Races; Children's Pet Show; Ladies Races; Children's Pet Show; a Fancy Dress Competition; Dog with the Waggiest Tail Competition; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling and more. The show begins at 12.30pm in Whitestock Meadow, Rusland, near Coniston (LA12 8LB) The Rusland Valley lays between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere.

August 15th – Gosforth Show
Various breeds of sheep are the main entries in this traditional Lake District & Cumbria show and includes of course the fell bred Herdwicks. In addition there will be displays of cattle; horses; dogs; poultry; children's pets; goats; terrier racing; vintage & steam machinery; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; children's sports; a local history tent; horticulture and handicrafts. Gosforth is a small village a short drive from Seascale and close to the Lake District deepest lake of Wastwater.

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 – Beautiful Birds of Prey at Brockhole Visitor Centre
Visitors will be able to meet the birds of prey from Silverband Falconry at Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre situated between Windermere and Ambleside on the edge of Lake Windermere. Demonstrations at 11am; 1pm; and 2.30pm. Why not travel to Brockhole from Bowness Bay by ferry?
Phone 015394 46601 or see

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 22nd – Stobart Fest 2015 at Carlisle Airport
Free entry to Stobart's  festival featuring their red and green trucks and speciality vehicles. This is an ideal day out for transport enthusiasts which will also include a range of vintage vehicles from Cumbria Steam & Vintage Vehicle Society. Police and Fire vehicles will be putting on a special display. All food and entertainment is locally sourced from Carlisle and Cumbria. Although the event is FREE, please do register so that we have an idea of how many thousands will be arriving from across the country. To do this, please visit the website. Stobart's are proud of their Cumbrian roots and the story of where their business began, and so this year's event is a celebration of all things Cumbrian.

August 22nd – Have a go at Canoeing at Brockhole
Try canoeing at sessions held from 10.30am till 4pm at Brockhole Visitor Centre. Suitable for  ages of 7+ but also for family groups with younger children of 3 years and over. The price is £7 per person and booking is advised. Phone 0845 272 0004.

August 22 - 23rd – 70's Shindig featuring Saturday Night Fever
A chance to become the King of Disco at Dalemain Historic House & Gardens in Cumbria's Eden Valley near Penrith. Put on your flares, glam sparkles and Bee Gees big hair, and, as the sun goes down, enjoy a showing of the film, “Saturday Night Fever”. There will not be any seating, so, take your own camping chairs. It will not be under cover and will go ahead whatever the weather( unless there's a threat to health and safety) Take a torch, warm clothes, wet weather clothing, some food and drink (no glasses) sensible shoes and, a tent.
Campers entry from 5pm on the Saturday.
Non campers from 7pm.
Entertainment from 7.30pm.
Film show ends about midnight.
Tea Rooms open on Sunday for breakfast.
No evening food provision on site.
All income from this event helps support “Remote”, a Rural Touring Cinema project which helps rural communities in the Eden Valley to put on cinema screenings in their village venue

August 22 - 31st – Carlisle Pageant
An event in Cumbrias capital to celebrate the history and heritage of the city together with the ancient proclamation of The Great Fair. Many activities have been planned and to begin the first day there will be a Puppet Parade (2pm till 3pm) and Fun Day from 11am till 4pm. Important characters of the Jacobean period will be depicted in the parade of giant puppets. The event promises plenty of family fun and street entertainment.
Phone: 01228 598596 for more details.

August 23rd – Children's Wildlife Adventure at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve
FREE entry to an exciting family adventure. An expedition to the summit will look for wildlife and minibeasts both on land and in the waters of the stream. The organisers promise lots of games suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years. Please be sure to wear outdoor clothing, strong footwear or wellington boots, and take a snack and something to drink. Booking is essential.
Eycott Hill Nature Reserve, near Berrier. CA11 0XD.

August 23rd – Silloth Beach Half Marathon and 10 K
Sign up for the third Silloth Beach Half Marathon. Chips and a “goody bag” for the runners after  completing this tough route. The Half Marathon starts at 11am; the 10 Kilometre at 11.30am and the 5 Kilometre at 11.45am.

August 26th - Ennerdale Show
Ennerdale Show is a traditional Lakeland show on the western edge of the Lake District National Park held on the last Wednesday in August.
Although the show is in a rural location it is easily accessible and benefits from an ideal location only one mile from the shores of Ennerdale Water and the Wild Ennerdale Valley.
Activities take place all day based around the traditional sports and pastimes of the area. These include the showing of sheep, horses, dogs and poultry, of all shapes and sizes. Vintage machinery reminds us of the rural scene not that long ago, and the sport of hound trailing is still well supported in West Cumbria, with four races throughout the afternoon, you can have a flutter with the local bookmakers who will be on the field.
Children's sports and the more demanding fell races fill the programme in the early afternoon, these are open to anyone and entries are taken on the field, you never know, you might be the next Joss Naylor!
Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling takes centre stage in the late afternoon, give it a go, there are classes for all abilities and all are welcome. Add to this the industrial and produce marquee, bursting with locally made and grown items for display.
Amusements areas and refreshments to suit all tastes from locally brewed ale to wholesome Cumbrian food and ice cream make this a really enjoyable day out. The Show involves the local school and benefits greatly from the wider community which give it the feel of an old style country show.
You won't see the Red Arrows or the White Helmets, but you will have a great day out.

August 27th – Hesket Newmarket Sheepdog Trials
A traditional small local show held at North Farm, Hesket Newmarket, near Caldbeck, CA7 8EY from 9.30am till 16 30pm.

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 28 - 30th – Solfest
A music festival for all on the beautiful Solway Coast. This years line-up includes Dogs in Space; The Love Shack; House of Joy and more to be announced on the Solfest website in the near future. The very well attended annual event is held at Tarnside farm, Tarns, near Aspatria. There will be seven stages for the performers; chillout spaces; plenty of food and drink and camping areas with separate sites for for those who like to celebrate until late; family camping; a quiet area; posh camping with yurts and squrts and an overspill area. An on-site information tent will be there to tell you all you wish to know from line-ups to to bus times. Be sure to book your accommodation early.

August 29th –  Troutbeck Annual Duck Race
This Lake District event is held every August Bank Holiday close to the picturesque village of Troutbeck overlooking Lake Windermere. Numbered plastic ducks are dropped in to the waters of the small stream close to Church Bridge which float to a point where the children wait and help to select the winners. Begins at 2.30 pm. Great fun.

August 29th – St Begas Ultra
A tough race beginning on the shore of Lake Bassenthwaite near Keswick and finishing 36 miles later in the west coast village of St Bees. The demanding route follows the journey of the legendary Irish princess who travelled between the two chapels who bear her name. Setting off at 8am, the runners will pass alongside the shores of Lake Derwentwater; through the “Jaws of Borrowdale”; past Honister Slate Mine; the Ennerdale Valley; up and down Dent Fell and finally into the valley and the village of St Bees

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 2nd - Materialise: MA Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition (Preview Evening)
September 3-5th - (General Showings)
Video and Photography by Rob Sara & Laura M R Harrison.
An exciting and unique contemporary art exhibition is coming to Warwick Bridge this September.
Following a successful exhibition held beneath Carlisle railway station last autumn, Rob Sara and Laura M R Harrison will once again be using an alternative space in which to display their art. This year's event is being hosted by Warwick Mill Business Village located 5 miles east of Carlisle. By re-purposing spaces at the site Laura and Rob will be looking to embrace the community spirit that can be found at the Mill to create another memorable event.
Under the title Materialise Rob Sara and Laura M R Harrison will be presenting new photography and video works.
Laura M R Harrison will be showing a sequence of videos which have all been filmed during darkness hours at three different rural locations within Cumbria. Laura investigates water and darkness to explore notions of being psychologically lost and ways in which we might consider the unknown.
Through photography and moving image pieces, Rob Sara's studies explore a personal relationship with the nature of both the everyday and the sublime. His work involves representations of the unseen and that which is often outside of the frame.
This exhibition represents the culmination of two years' work carried out as part of the Masters programme in Contemporary Fine Art at the University of Cumbria.
Preview evening: Wednesday 2nd September 2015. 5:30 - 7:30
General Showings: Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th & Saturday 5th September 2015. All 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Warwick Mill Business Village
Warwick Bridge, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 8RR.
Free Entry.
For further information please email:

September 4 - 6th – Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival 2015
An event held in a number of venues across the regions historic capital city.

September 5th - Pick up a bargain at YHA Ambleside's Pop up Shop event
Pick up a bargain and help raise money for charity at YHA Ambleside on Saturday 5 September, 11:00am – 4:00pm when it opens a special one-off Pop up Shop to celebrate YHA Day 2015.
The special one-off Pop up Shop will be selling donated and unwanted items gathered over the year at YHA Ambleside. Previous items for sale have included an array of clothes many brand new, designer sunglasses, jewellery, shoes and books. All Items will be selling at old school charity shop prices, all proceeds go to charity!
YHA Ambleside will also be a part of the Lakes Mega Geocache that will link all the Lake District YHA's together. All proceeds from YHA Ambleside's Pop up Shop and family fun activities will go to YHA's Breaks for Kids fund, which pays for disadvantaged youngsters to enjoy residential educational trips with their classmates at Youth Hostels. This year, YHA (England and Wales) is aiming to raise £18,000 from events taking place at 107 Youth Hostels on YHA Day 2015. In 2014 YHA awarded grants totalling £278,000, from its Breaks for Kids fund, providing 7,458 funded trips for disadvantaged young people.
For more information visit:
Or call YHA on: 0845 371 9620

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 – The Big Roman Soldier Event
This event takes place between 11am and 5pm at Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall. Visitors to the fort will meet Legio I Italica, the 80 strong Imperial Roman Army from Italy. You will be able to see them practice combat skills, battle tactics and artillery firepower. All this will be followed by a battle re-enactment between 80 legionaries and 50 barbarians.
The Roman Legionary was a professional infantryman. Only Roman citizens could sign up for the army. They were not allowed to marry. A Centurion was in charge of 80 of these men. In battle, they would first throw their special spear, called a pilum. Phone 016977 47602.

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

September 6th – Loweswater Show
This event takes place a few miles from Cockermouth in the beautiful Lorton Valley opposite New House Farm. Beginning at 9.30am, the shows programme of events features sheep dog trials; sheep and poultry; dogs; children's pets; heavy horses; carriage driving;; fell racing for the under 11's; adult fell racing; children's games and sports; hound trails; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; a grand parade; a fancy dress parade; good food and a beer tent.

September 6th – The Moorcock Show
Held a few miles from Sedbergh, this is one of the oldest sheep shows in the area. On display will be breeds of Swaledale; Blue faced Leicester and Rough Fell Sheep plus vintage tractors; a chance to take part in judging sheep or to enter the “Young Handlers Competition”. Live music will be provided by the Hawes Town Band. The show, beginning at 11 am and finishing at 4pm. takes place at Mossdale Farm on the A684 between Sedbergh and Hawes. Adults £4. Children free. Parking FREE.

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 8th – The Tour of Britain 2015
A chance to see a section of Stage 3 of the Cycle Tour of Britain as the riders pass through Carlisle. This stage begins in Cockermouth and continues along the Solway Coast to Maryport and Silloth and then on to Carlisle on route to the finish at Kelso in Scotland.

September 10th – The 2015 Friends Life Tour of Britain
Stage 5 of the tour arrives in the Eden Valley. After passing through Penrith, it continues on to the village of Melmerby and the gruelling 8 kilometre ascent of Hartside Pass. This will be the only summit finish of the tour. Don't miss the excitement as the riders complete this challenging stage of the tour.

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 10 - 13th – Silloth Music and Beer Festival 2015
A very popular Lake District and Cumbria event for music and beer lovers  held on Silloth Green. Full details are not yet available but will appear on the organisers website in the near future

September 11th – Kendal Torchlight Carnival
A procession of floats and lorries start the carnival at 7.30pm from the traffic lights next to K. Village car park on Lound Road. From here it will pass through the town as it makes it's way to Kendal Leisure Centre on Burton Road. This is a very popular Lake District and Cumbria autumn event always attended by large crowds especially on Highgate. On Torchlight Night, a road closure order for both incoming and outgoing traffic is in place from 6.30pm until approximately 10.30pm.

September 12th – Ulverston Medieval Charter
The town celebrates the granting of the charter to Ulverston by Edward 1 in 1280.

September 12 - 13th – Holker Chilli Festival
A two day event with Chilli Companies from countrywide taking part. There will be a wide choice of family entertainment featuring cooking demonstrations; a chilli eating contest and lots of children's activities from 10am till 4pm.

September 12th – Alston Flower Show

September 12th – Ulverston Lantern Procession
This event marks the conclusion of the towns charter celebrations. A “River of Light” procession will set off from County Square outside the Coronation Hall at 8.25pm. on route to Ford Park where the climax of the days events will be a firework display together with live music and entertainment. Lantern kits are now available from the Coronation Hall, the Laurel and Hardy Museum, the Book Shack in the Market Hall and Costa Coffee. Lantern making sessions will be held every day from the 5th to the 12th September in the Lanternhouse.

September 13th – Windermere One Way Swim
The event will start from Fell Foot Park near Newby Bridge and finish at Low Wray where there will be hot food and drink; toilets; hot showers and changing facilities plus plenty of parking for friends and family so that they can welcome the competitors as they finish. Starts at 6am with a cut off time of 10 hours. Each swimmer must be accompanied by a support kayak or boat at all times.

September 13th – The Cumberland Ale 10
A 10 mile road race along mostly rural roads starting and finishing at Jennings Brewery, Cockermouth. There are some stairs and gridded walkways on the route and so it may not be suitable for everyone. Start time 11am. Entry details on the website.

September 18 - 19th – Egremont Crab Fair
A Lake District fair, established in 1267, starts early morning with  a Parade of Apple Carts as apples are thrown to spectators. Entertainment continues until late evening with the traditional events of a Greasy Pole Climbing Contest; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; Hound Trails; Hunting Horn Blowing competitions; a Pipe Smoking contest; Vegetable & Flower Shows and a mix of street entertainment. The highlight of the fair is the World Gurning Championship. Contestants gather in the Market Hall and with a horse collar over head and shoulders, attempt to impress and surprise judges and audience with unusual face contortions. Those with a full set of false teeth often have an advantage, when, by removing them, allows additional facial distortion.   Competitors have been known to  almost cover their nose with their lower lip. There's plenty of seating in the hall but be sure to arrive early for this entertaining centuries old Lake District and Cumbria event.

September 20th – Open Water Swim in Buttermere Lake
A choice of a 5 kilometre or a 10 kilometre swim in the waters of Buttermere. It's a professionally organised event with fully qualified and experienced personnel; medical support; well stocked feed stations; hot drinks and FREE car parking. The venue is Croft House Farm Cafe, Buttermere village CA13 9UZ.

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.

September 25 - 28th – Magna Carta: Celebrating 800 Years of History
Five days of celebrations and medieval festivities in and around the ancient village of Cartmel to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

September 25 - 29th – Celebrating 800 years of History at Cartmel Priory
Visitors can enjoy 5 days of entertainment and medieval festivities in and around Cartmel Priory as the village celebrates the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Don't miss the spectacular illumination of the Priory at dusk. Cartmel businesses will be providing selections of local food and drink throughout.

September 26th – Eskdale Show
The main feature of the show are the Herdwick sheep which are bred and reared on the surrounding Lake District & Cumbrian fells. In addition, there will be competition classes for Hound Dogs; Terriers; Sheep Dogs; Poultry; Shepherds Crooks and Sticks; displays of home produce; Children's Sports; Fell Races; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; Hound Trailing.
The event will be held near the King George 1V Inn, Eskdale. CA19 1TT.
Disabled access; on-site refreshments; public and disabled toilets.
Phone 01229 716681.

September 26th – Staveley Apple Day at Wilf's Cafe
Take your apples together with clean bottles to be pressed into juice. Family games, live music and entertainment at Wilf's Cafe, Staveley Mill Yard, Staveley from 11am till 3pm.

September 26 - 28th – Taste Cumbria Food Festival Cockermouth
A showcase of the best in Cumbria food and drink. It will be three days packed with attractions including a beer festival; master-classes; demonstrations and a wide range of food festival stalls offering a wide selection of incredible local produce such as Cumbrian fell meat; beef; a daily catch from the sea; dairy produce; local specialities;  fruit from the orchard; wines and ales plus street entertainment.

October Events 2015

October 2nd - Sedbergh Preparatory School Casterton Open Morning
Please come and join us for our Open Morning on Friday 2nd October between 9:00am - 12:30pm, and experience our wonderfully vibrant school in action.
Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School, Casterton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA62SG
Contact: Mrs M Marshall
Address: Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School, Casterton, Kirkby Lonsdale LA62SG
Telephone: 015242 79299

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 3 - 4th – Ghost Hunt at Appleby Castle
Join the UK Ghost Nights Team to explore the mysteries of Appleby's historic castle. This event, in the heart of the Eden Valley, includes an after dark “Medium” and history tour of the castle's investigation areas, ghost hunting workshop, refreshments, and supervised vigils together with an expert from the team. Please note, this event is for over 18's only; no pregnant women; some areas require a good level of mobility and are inaccessible to wheelchair users.
Times 9.30pm till 2.30am. Price £65 per person. Visit website to book online.

October 3 - 4th – Eden Valley Horse Trials
Held at Nord Vue Equestrian Centre, Armathwaite, near Carlisle. The trials are open to the public from 8am till 7pm on both days of the competition. Seating is provided by the main arena and visitors can walk the cross-country courses. Parking is FREE in the designated car park and hot and cold food will be available. Adults £8. Children FREE.

October 4th – 3 X 3000 80 Km Ultra Trail
Skyrunning UK at Moot Hall. A test of endurance sporting event based on the classic Lakes 3000's, but without the long road sections. This will be an 80 Km off-road route taking in the ascents of Scafell Pike, Helvellyn, and Skiddaw. Starts and finishes in Keswick.

October 4th – Lakeland Monster Miles Adventure Cross 2015
The Monster Miles event consists of 2 routes to be ridden on  mountain bikes or cross bikes.  The Mini Massif is over 44 miles and the Massif, 62 miles, along routes of a mix of bridleways, trails, tracks, and minor mainly traffic free lanes Both start and finish at Fitz Park in Keswick. Go to the website for full details of what is included in the event.

October 4th – Cycling Weekly Lakeland Monster Miles Adventure Cross
An event with a choice of 44 or 62 miles starting and finishing at Fitz Park, Keswick. The routes are over and along a mix of bridleways; tracks; traffic free minor roads and lanes and a circuit of the Skiddaw Massif.

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 16 - 18th – Lakes International Comic Art Festival
A Lake District and Cumbria event of comic art from around the world. There will be a programme of around fifty main features including artists drawing live; panel discussions; films; guests from worldwide and much more at the events main venue at the Brewery Arts Centre and other locations across the town. Full details will be available on the website from July 2015.

October 24th – Bonfire Night
This event is planned to begin at 7pm on Silloth Airfield. Times to be confirmed.

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

October 25th – Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers at Theatre by the Lake
A performance by the acclaimed group at the Theatre by the Lake on the shores of Lake Derwentwater. Originating in Japan, Taiko combines the rhythms of huge drums together with choreography and captivating displays of athleticism performed in atmospheric lighting.
The show begins at 7.30pm.

October 25 - 31st – Halloween Week at Muncaster Castle
A week of Halloween fun for all ages at Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass. There will be ghostly tours; fire juggling; crafts for the kids; a cannon blowout;  a scary maze, and, to finish the weeks activities, a firework display on the front lawn of the castle. FREE parking; Disabled access.
Timings 10.30am till 8pm each day.

October 30 - 31st – Halloween Ghost Train at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Take a journey in darkness aboard the Spooky Ghost Train leaving from Daleside at 6.30pm to Ravenglass. Details from the website.

November Events 2015

November 2 - 6th – Coniston Power Boat Records Week
The event combines all classes of boat ranging from the small hydroplanes through inshore racers and large offshore boats. Coniston welcomes spectators; drivers; support teams; officials and their families to the home of record breaking on Coniston Water overlooked by the iconic Coniston Old Man.

November 6th – Firework Night at Hayes Garden World
An evening of fireworks and bonfire style food together with late night shopping at Hayes Garden Centre, Ambleside.

November 7 - 8th – Lakeland Trails at Glenridding
This Lake District sporting event begins with a half hour cruise aboard the Ullswater Steamer, “Raven” which takes the competitors to the small community of Howtown from where the 10 kilometre Ullswater Trail Run; the 14 kilometre Ullswater Trail Race and the 14 kilometre Ullswater Trail Challenge begin. The race routes follow well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways alongside the lake shore to the finish at Jenkins Field next to Ullswater Pier in Glenridding. It's a fun day out in the beautiful Ullswater Valley for both competitors and spectators. There will be live music; race commentary; and food and drink at the start and finish for all. First Aid Point and toilet facilities.

November 7 - 8th – Holker Winter Market at Holker Hall and Gardens
A range of quality crafts, food and gifts for the Christmas season on sale at this winter market near Grange-over-Sands. It's an event for all the family to enjoy with live music; street entertainers; lots of activities for kids; a BBQ and a seasonal mulled wine. FREE entry but there will be a charge for parking.

November 10th - Scholarship Day - Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School
Scholarships, Exhibitions and Awards.
A range of Awards are available for talented boys and girls entering the Preparatory School, from age 8. Scholarships are our highest award and Exhibitions are awarded to those pupils close to gaining a Scholarship. Further means-tested support may be available, and sibling discounts are offered. Scholarships and Exhibitions are offered in the following areas:
• Academic
• All-Rounder
• Art
• Music
• Sport
Event Details:
Tuesday 10 November 2015 8:15am - 4:00pm at: Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School, Casterton, Kirkby Lonsdale,
Contact: Mrs M Marshall
Address: Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School Casterton Kirkby Lonsdale LA62SG
Telephone: 015242 79299

November 19 - 22nd – Kendal Mountain Festival
An award winning Lake District event attracting thousands of visitors from home and abroad. This year it will feature an international film company; a lecture programme of guest speakers; film makers and athletes and much more to inspire people to explore and enjoy the mountains; fells; wilderness and their cultures.

November 21st – Ambleside Lantern Procession and Christmas Lights Switch On
Celebrations and entertainment leading up to the evening procession begin mid morning. A skating rink will be open between 10am and 6pm in the school playground in Vicarage Road;  there will be a Grand Christmas Fair; a Santa sleigh ride through the town; Father Christmas cruises on Lake Windermere; all day refreshments and more. The procession starts at dusk with the lantern parade heading for a firework display in Ford Park bringing the event to a close. For event timings go to

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:

November 28 - 29th – Dickensian Christmas Festival
Come dressed in period costume if possible and join a grand parade around Ulverston on both of these days.
There will be a Christmas market; a selection of festive food; a variety of free events for the kids; costume competitions; a traditional fairground; folk and brass band music; dancing and much more.

December Events 2015

December 5 - 6th – Hawkshead Christmas Fair
Street entertainment of jugglers; stilt walkers; magicians
Seasonal food and local ales in all the pubs
Christmas Lights
Winter beer festival in all the pubs
Live street music all day.
Lantern Parade at 4pm on the Saturday
Traditional carol singing at 4.30pm.
Extra parking at a discounted rate on the day or why not park in Ambleside and take the 505 Coniston Rambler bus. (Bus timings at )