Lake District and Cumbria Events 2016 by Date

Cumbria has many special events, some of which can only be found in this area. Scroll down the page to view both modern and traditional Cumbrian events in chronological order. Submit your Lake District Event to our free Cumbria Events listings.
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January 2016

February Events 2016

February 7th – Montane Trail 26 &Trail 13 Grizedale Forest
This sporting event is the first of the 2016 Trail 26 running challenges. It will take place from Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, close to the Beatrix Potter village of Hawkshead. There's a choice of two running events consisting of the “Mighty Marathon” and the “Heavenly Marathon” starting at 9.40am. In addition to the Trail 26 race, there will be a FREE Trail Kidz 1 Kilometre event for children starting at 9am with medals for all finishers. Feeding stations provided, checkpoints and all day refreshments.

February 7th - Meditation & Mindfulness with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
11am – 12.30pm, £5
Meditation & Mindfulness with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
• Learn how Buddha's teachings offer essential practical advice for busy daily life
• Join in a guided meditation and experience for yourself the peace and freedom of a positive and undistracted mind
• Relax in the peaceful grounds and enjoy lunch with the community or in the World Peace Café
Book online at
Manjushri KMC, Conishead Priory, Priory Road, Ulverston LA12 9QQ
tel: +44 (0)1229 584029

February 21st - Snowdrop Walk Cumbria
11am to 3pm at Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LJ.
The Snowdrop Walk is a special day to remember the babies and children who have died and the many children bereaved each year. It is an ideal opportunity to admire the picturesque views of Lake Windermere in the fresh winter months.
Snowdrop Planting - Individual snowdrops are available for you to purchase on the day where you can plant them in a dedicated area in the grounds of Brockhole.
A Book of Remembrance donated by a bereaved family will be available for your individual entries.
Children's Scavenger Hunt - Join in the fun to help Hetty the Elephant find all of her missing picnic items throughout the walk and receive a fun-filled goody bag at the end from Hetty! £1.00 to play.
Refreshments are available from the Cafe at Brockhole that holds stunning views of Lake Windermere.
Entry is free, all donations are greatly appreciated.
Enjoy the walk on the day anytime between 11am and 3pm.
Car park fees apply.
For more information call 01494 568912 or visit

February 25 - 28th – Keswick Film Festival
Showings of more than thirty of the best U.K. independent and international films on the shores of  Derwentwater at the Theatre by the Lake. This years event  will include the work of women directors, a celebration of jazz, and a selection of award winning films from festivals around the world. Phone 017687 74411.

February 26 - 28th – Classical Music Festival at Askham Hall
This music event will be held in the 13th C  stately home turned restaurant of Askham Hall close to Lake Ullswater. Concerts hosts are pianist Noam Greenberg and the Ardeo Quartet. Chefs will prepare food from Askham Hall Gardens and surrounding farms. Phone 01931 712350

February 28th – 10 K Marmalade Run Dalemain
A 10 kilometre run passing over farmland, and small sections of road and farm tracks. Refreshments of hot food, homemade soup, cakes, and of course, plenty of marmalade, will be available from the Dalemain Cafe.

March Events 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April Events 2016

April 7th – Beatrix Potter's Landscape Cruise and Walk at Steam Yacht Gondola
Booking is essential for this cruise and walk beginning from Coniston Pier at 11am to learn how the life of Beatrix Potter influenced the area in and around Coniston. The walk, guided by a National Trust Ranger, takes a route via Monk Coniston Estate to the beauty of Tarn Hows and returning via Monk Coniston Hall for afternoon tea before re-boarding Steam Yacht Gondola for the short cruise back to Coniston Pier.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May Events 2016

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

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

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

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

May 12th – Beatrix Potter's Landscape Cruise and Walk at Steam Yacht Gondola
Booking is essential for this cruise and walk beginning from Coniston Pier at 11am to learn how the life of Beatrix Potter influenced the area in and around Coniston. The walk, guided by a National Trust Ranger, takes a route via Monk Coniston Estate to the beauty of Tarn Hows and returning via Monk Coniston Hall for afternoon tea before re-boarding Steam Yacht Gondola for the short cruise back to Coniston Pier.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June Events 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July Events 2016

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

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

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

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

July 17th – Ambleside Sprint Triathlon
This open water triathlon event comprises of a swim in Lake Windermere, a cycle ride around the lake and a sprint challenge up and down the steep Kirkstone Pass followed by a run around the school grounds to complete the event. Prices £22 - £30.
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July 21 - 24th – Music on the Marr at Castle Carrock
A small festival of music with shows featuring local and international musicians and comedians with performances by young upcoming talents from local schools. The cost of visiting the concert is a unique “pay what you can afford” for adults and FREE entry for under 16's.
Find full details on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August Events 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September Events 2016

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

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

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

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

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

October Events 2016

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

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December Events 2016