Lake District and Cumbria Events 2016/2017 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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November Events 2016

November 1st – Fireworks and Food at Hayes Garden Centre
A late night shopping event with food and fireworks. Phone 015394 82333 for details.

November 2nd – Fireworks Night at Skelwith Fold
A very popular Guy Fawkes night event at Skelwith Fold near Ambleside. Hot baguettes, provided by local caterers Fell & Dale are included in the £6 ticket price.

November 2nd – Bonfire and Firework Display
Bonfire and fireworks at the Swinside Inn situated in the picturesque and peaceful Swinside Valley not far from Keswick. There will be an outside bar together with a selection of tasty traditional Guy Fawkes night food. Tickets are on sale at the pub. Phone 017687 78253.
www.swinsideinn.co.uk

November 2nd – Bonfire and Fireworks at Cartmel Racecourse
A FREE Lake District and Cumbria bonfire and firework display beginning at 6.30pm on Cartmel Racecourse. Food and drinks on sale all evening.

November 3rd – Annual Firework Display
The Cockermouth Bonfire Night celebration begins at at 6pm alongside the river. Access via the Gate Road Bridge.

November 4th – Coniston Sports & Social Centre Firework Display
A bonfire and professional firework display at Coniston's Sports & Social Centre. Burgers, Sausages, Hot Pot, Homemade Mulled Wine, Homemade Parkin, Sweets and Special Treats for the kids will be on sale. Begins 5.30pm. Entry by donation. Pay at the gate on the night. FREE car parking for 50 cars.

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

November 5th – Bonfire Night at Armathwaite Hall
Bonfire Night celebrations with a crackling bonfire and spectacular firework display followed by a Pea & Pie supper with a dessert at Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa, Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and  fireworks from 7pm. The organisers advise  you to take a torch and wellington boots. Dogs are not allowed. Booking is essential.
Call 017687 76551 or go to www.armathwaite-hall.com

November 5th – Bonfire and Fireworks
Bonfire and Fireworks at Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club, Underley Park. The bar will open at 5.30pm and food served from 6.15pm. At 7.30pm the bonfire will be lit followed at 8pm by a firework display. To complete the evening, there will be entertainment in the clubhouse from 8.30pm till midnight. Adults £5. Under 16's £2. FREE parking.
Phone 015242 71780.

November 5th – Sedbergh Firework Display
This is a firework display only event from 7pm till 7.30pm on Peoples Hall Playing Field. There will be Thai food, burgers, sweets, mulled wine, tea & coffee available on the car park. Gates open 6.30pm. FREE entry. Donations welcomed.

November 5th –Carlisle Fireshow at Bitts Park
A spectacular Lake District and Cumbria annual Guy Fawkes event attracting crowds of around 35,000 and rated in the Top 10 displays in the country. It is a wonderful opportunity for all the family to thoroughly enjoy a safe and entertaining bonfire night event in the regions capital city. Pre-entertainment begins at 6.30pm and the bonfire will be lit at 7pm.  Admission is FREE but collections for charity will be made. Expect smoke, noise, and mud underfoot, so please be prepared, and wear suitable clothing and strong footwear.
Don't miss a Fireshow Fun Day which will take place in Carlisle city centre from 2pm until 5.30pm featuring lots of FREE family fun. Phone 01228 598596.
www.discovercarlisle.co.uk

November 5th – Beech Hill Hotel Guy Fawkes Night Party (Newby Bridge)
A 3 course dinner, fire performers, and a spectacular firework display over the waters of Lake Windermere. To book, call 0844 502 7587.
www.beechhillhotel.co.uk 

November 5th – Burton Bonfire & Fireworks Display
A  Guy Fawkes Night event presented by the Lyth Valley Hotel. Children's games, live music and a BBQ. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the firework display an hour later at 7.30pm.
Find us just 15 minutes from Kendal on the A5074 in the picturesque Lyth Valley.
Phone 015395 68295. FREE entrance.

November 5 - 6th – Day Out with Thomas Weekend
Here's your chance to join Thomas and his friends on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway for a day of fun and games. You can look forward to Thomas stories and shows performed  in the station yard at a quarter-past and quarter-to each hour; as many rides as you want on Daisy the Diesel; meet the Fat Controller, plus a range of Thomas themed activities. Times 10am till 4pm.
The entrance price includes:
Re-enactments with Thomas and Friends.
“Little Green Engine & Toad” brake-van rides.
Miniature Railway.
Crafts and Activities.
Magic Shows.
Face Painting.
www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

November 5 - 6th – Holker Winter Market
Sales of quality crafts, foods, gifts plus live music, street entertainment, warming mulled wine and a BBQ at Holker Hall & Gardens from 10.30am till 4pm.
Phone 015395 58328.

November 11th – Lake District Folk & Acoustic Club
French born Flossie Malavialle sings selections from her wide repertoire of folk, jazz, and blues including classics of her favourite performers, Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, at the River Bar, Hawkshead Brewery, Mill Yard, Staveley. Phone Sandra Harrison on 01539 822558 for details. Times 7.30pm – 11pm.
www.flossie-malavialle.co.uk

November 11th – Fleetwood Bac
A performance at the Kendal Brewery Arts Centre by a group regarded as the UK's most authentic Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band.
Begins 7.30pm. Phone: 01539 725133.

November 11th – Martyn Joseph at Lazonby Village Hall
Described as “One of the most electrifying performers in Britain today” by Tom Robinson of BBC6 Music and “Stunning heartfelt music” by Bob Harris. The singer/songwriter performs for you at Lazonby Village Hall beginning at 7.30pm. Tickets £16.
www.martynjoseph.net  Phone 01768 898252.
Lazonby is a small village and station stop on the Carlisle/Settle Railway about 8 miles from Penrith in Cumbria's Lower Eden Valley.

November 12th – Open Gardens Day at the Close
An event in aid of the British Red Cross. You are invited to spend the day in the beautiful wooded gardens of High Close, Loughrigg, near Ambleside. Explore at your own pace, take a picnic in the woodland and enjoy  a guided National Trust tour in an idyllic setting in one of the most scenic areas of the Lake District and Cumbria. Times 11am till 4pm. Details from Tracy Crich on 07738 944551. Limited wheelchair access. Dogs allowed. Admission by donation only. Refreshments will be available.
Venue: High Close Estate. Loughrigg. LA22 9NH.

November 13th – Allegri Singers in Casterton
A performance of “Music of Conflict”  by the Allegri Singers in Holy Trinity Church, Casterton, near Kirkby Lonsdale. FREE with a retiring collection for Church and Choir.
Begins 4pm.
More details from Owen Davies on 01539 621261.

November 13-20th - 2016 National Interfaith week
The 2016 National Interfaith week is 13 - 20 November. Once again we will hold an event at the Kendal Town Hall which we hope the Mayor will attend. All are welcome to attend and if you would like to contribute a reading please contact Liz on e.grove1@btinternet.com. Our theme this year is 'Belonging'. The number of people who have been forced to leave not just their homes but their countries too is ever increasing. We want to use the event to remember and pray for these stateless souls. We ask that contributions be kept to 2 minutes in length so that we have time to hear from as many different Faith traditions as possible. (Deadline for contributions 31 October). Last years programme is on the website if you would like to take a look.
The event at the town hall is 11.30 to 1.30 in the Bindloss Room. Tuesday 15 November. Coffee and cake first, readings with the Mayor at 12.30. More details will be on the website nearer the time.
On Sunday 20 November there will be an Interfaith service at the Unitarian chapel.

November 17th – Worlds Biggest Liar Competition
This is a unique Lake District and Cumbria annual event where competitors have five minutes to deliver the biggest and most convincing lie to a packed audience who are already well relaxed on a mix of locally brewed Jennings Ales and a “Cumbrian Tattie Pot” supper of mutton, black pudding, potatoes and pickled cabbage. It all began in the 19th C  when Will Ritson, a publican at the head of the nearby Wasdale Valley, would keep his customers amused by telling wildly exaggerated stories of Lake District and Cumbrian heritage. Even William Wordsworth and De Quincey often attended these boisterous sessions. One particularly well known example of Will Ritsons imagination is his tale of locally grown turnips which were so big, they were hollowed out and used as sheds for the Herdwick Fell Sheep.
The competition is held at The Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge, a few miles from Seascale and just a little further from Ravenglass on Cumbria's West Coast.  It has been said that journalists, estate agents, double glazing salesmen and politicians are barred on the grounds they have an unfair advantage. Tickets will be on sale from Jennings Brewery Shop in Cockermouth.
As a matter of interest, the Ritson family grave is in Nether Wasdale Churchyard.
www.jenningsbrewery.co.uk

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

November 18th - Wishlist Upcycling Auction
7pm onwards, at the Villa, Levens.
A great night featuring locally upcycled lots, generously donated by local artists and craftspeople. Tickets are £20.00 per person, available at the Oaklea Trust’s head office, 48 Stramongate, Kendal, or call us on 01539 735025. Tickets include a drink on arrival and canapés throughout the night.
Bid on a truly unique lot, or browse the stalls and meet some of our upcyclers!
Proceeds will go to Oaklea’s Wishlist fund, which provides grants to local young people with disabilities.
www.oakleatrust.co.uk
facebook.com/oakleatrust @oakleatrust

November 18th – Hale & Hearty Club
This is one of a twice monthly “Singaround” event held on the first and third Friday of each month at the Cross Keys Hotel, Milnthorpe,  a short distance from Arnside. You are invited to come along and join a group of enthusiastic singers and musicians performing a mix of traditional and contemporary folk songs. Both performers and listeners are welcome. Starts 8pm.
For more information, phone: 01524 401203.

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

November 20th – Christmas Craft Fair
Local crafts, cards, decorations, woollen and sewing crafts, sweets, cakes, and more for sale at Ladyholme Centre, Lake Road, Windermere. Light refreshments of tea/coffee and cakes will be available. FREE entrance. Phone Lisa Holden on 0777180671 for more information.

November 20th – Christmas Craft Fair in Windermere
Local crafts, decorations, woollens, sweets, cakes, and much more  on sale from 11am until 4pm at the Ladyholme Centre, Lake Road, Windermere. Refreshments of tea, coffee, and cakes will be available. FREE entry.
Call Lisa Holden on 07771 801 671 for more details.

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

November 25th – Cabaret Night at the Pheasant Inn
Music by Lou Taylor's Soul Train and a superb 3 course meal at the Pheasant Inn, Allithwaite near Grange. Tickets £29 – 95. Begins 8pm. Phone 015395 32239.
www.thepheasantinnallithwaite.co.uk

November 25th – Kirkby Comedy Club
Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club present a Comedy Night with Pea & Pie Supper and entertainment by 3 great comedians. Tickets to this Kirkby Lonsdale event are priced at only £12.50 and are available from Christian Davies on 07831 323919 or from the
Orange Tree Hotel.

November 26 - 27th – Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway's Santa Express
Santa Express departures from Ravenglass Station at 10am; 12.50pm and 3.40pm for a magical journey to meet Father Christmas in his Gingerbread Grotto at Dalegarth. Pre-booking essential. Phone 01229 717171.
Email steam@ravenglass-railway.co.uk

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

November 26 - 27th – Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival
A Lake District and Cumbria event which attracts thousands of visitors each year to this festival town on the Furness Peninsula. Visitors will be able to enter in to an atmosphere of the Dickensian era where they will find a huge variety of free entertainment including events for children; Christmas market stalls; festive food; costume competitions; horse drawn carriages; music and dancing. Take the family and kids and stay for the whole weekend in this historic market town.
www.dickensianfestival.co.uk

November 27th – Kendal Christmas Lights Switch On
The Reindeer Parade, leaves Abbot Hall just after 4pm, to lead the way to Kendal town centre for the Lights Switch On at approximately 4.45pm.

Every last Saturday of the month - Soul & Motown Nights.
Every last Saturday of the month. Rear of Con Club, Penrith. £5 on the door. Private room, you do NOT need to be a member.

December Events 2016

December 3rd – Grange Christmas Lights Switch On
Father Christmas, together with the Mayor of Grange will be at Yewbarrow Terrace to switch on the town's Christmas lights and meet the children. This will be followed by carol singing to the music of Flookburgh Band. Be there for 6.30pm.

December 3rd – Christmas on The Green at Milnthorpe
Festive fun for all the family a couple of miles from Arnside. There will be market stalls, entertainment by local performers, and Santa's Grotto. Venue is No 17 Restaurant & Lounge, Park Road, Milnthorpe. Times 10am till 3pm.

December 3 - 4th – Hawkshead Christmas Fair
Fun for all the family at a Christmas event in the Beatrix Potter village of Hawkshead. There will be a selection of local food and seasonal drink stalls together with Santa's Grotto and a lantern procession at 4pm on the Saturday.
www.facebook.com/hawksheadchristmasfair

December 4th – Festive Choir
An afternoon of singing Christmas favourites amongst the trees of the Grizedale Forest near Hawkshead. Mulled wine, juice, and mince pies are included .
www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale 

December 4th – Traditional Keswick Christmas Fayre
Charity stalls, stage and street entertainment and Santa's Grotto in Keswick's Market Place from 10.30am till 4pm. It is planned that Santa, together with 6 Cairngorm Reindeer, will arrive at 12 noon and stay until 3pm. Visitors to this event are encouraged to wear Victorian costumes. FREE parking in all Keswick Allerdale Borough Council owned car parks on the day.

December 4th - Christmas Market
A festive market in a beautiful setting, with stalls selling an array of local produce, crafts and seasonal gifts. Located throughout the grounds of Askham Hall, in stunning Bank Barn, outdoors and also in our refurbished Medieval Hall. Our café will be open for lunch, mulled wine and mince pies. We’ve also heard that Father Christmas will be back, welcoming visitors in his very magical Christmas grotto! Free entry and parking.
Askham Hall, Askham, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2PF
Follow the A6 from Penrith and look out for the AA signs for Askham Hall Gardens.
Sunday 4 December, 11am–4pm.
01931 712 350
www.askhamhall.co.uk
enquiries@askhamhall.co.uk
Sunday 4 December, 11am–4pm

December 7th – Sedbergh Late Night Opening and Christmas Lights Switch On
Street music entertainment, late night shopping and food with Father Christmas switching on the lights during an evening of entertainment in Sedbergh's town centre.
www.facebook.com/events/1132984193456867/

December 8th – The Nutcracker – Live Screening
A showing of the all-time favourite of the Royal Ballet's production of “The Nutcracker” at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.
www.breweryarts.co.uk

December 9th – Christmas Spectacular
Kendal Concert Band perform a variety of wind orchestral works ranging from classical wind, orchestra music to modern popular, and symphonic film scores in Kendal's Town Hall.
www.kendalconcertband.com

December 9 – 11th - Storytelling weekend
Cindy Zudys comes from a long family tradition of storytellers. She plans, over the weekend, to pass on her skills through playful workshops. She will also tell her own stories, one specially created for the event. Sit with us around the fire, enthralled childlike in rapture as the tales unfold......Join fully residential for the whole weekend for 160 pounds, or come for the day from 50 pounds.
Begins at 19.00 on Friday 9th December, ends at 17.00 on Sunday 11th.
Nab Cottage, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9SD
See the venue at www.rydalwater.com.

December 10 - 11th – Ja Windermere German Christmas Markets
A brand new Windermere Christmas Market event. A broad range of seasonal gifts together with food, drink, live music and street entertainment plus a visit from Santa Claus from 9-30am till 5pm on the Sunday and 10am till 4pm on the Sunday. Festivities will continue afterwards in local bars and pubs. More information from the Windermere Tourist Information Office on Victoria Street. LA23 1AD.
Phone 015394 46499.

December 10 - 11th – Coro Christmas Market
For these two day's, Ulverston's Coronation Hall is transformed into a decorated Christmas market selling a range of seasonal food and drink. There will be music and a warm welcome for all ages.
www.visitulverston.com/event/corochristmas-mkt

December 10 - 11th – Tea Party With Father Christmas
Go along to The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction for a very special Christmas Tea Party with Father Christmas. There will be a showing of the Christmas classic animation of “The Tailor of Gloucester” plus delicious party food, presents for the kids, and of course, a chance to meet Father Christmas. This event will also take place on December 19, 20, and 21st.
www.hop-skip-jump.com/events/event/christmas-tea-party/

December 10 -11 and 18th – Santa Cruise on Windermere
Departing from Bowness Pier 1 at 11.30am and 2pm, Santa and his helpers invite you for a 90 minute cruise on board a modern heated launch. There will be a wrapped gift for each child, Christmas Games, with music and festive cheer for all the family to enjoy. Adults will be offered sherry and mince pies. The cost is £10.75 for adults and children aged 3 years and over. Children under 3 years £5.40. Phone 015394 43360.

December 11th – Grizedale Yuletide Festivities
A celebration of indoor and outdoor activities including Xmas Xplorer, lantern making and storytelling at another Christmas event in the Grizedale Forest near Hawkshead.

December 12th – Staveley Choral Society Christmas Concert
A view of Christmas through carols and about the garden and countryside at Staveley Village Hall. Festive refreshments will be available.
www.facebook.com/staveleychoral/

December 14th – A Lakeland Christmas
An invitation to the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry to learn how the Victorians celebrated Christmas.
www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk

December 15 - 17th – A Christmas Carol
The classic Dickens ghost story is performed by the Grasmere Players in Grasmere Hall. A family event which gets Christmas off to a good start.
Email: merlinhousehawkshead@yahoo.co.uk

December 17th - CHRISTMAS PARTY ASKHAM HALL BANK BARN
Saturday 17 December, 6.30pm–1am
Gather your friends or work colleagues and come and celebrate the lead up to Christmas at our one-off pre-Christmas party, with live music from The Hoo and great food in Bank Barn, a party venue like no other. Book early to avoid disappointment. £39 per person, including a welcome glass of fizz, on tables of 8 to 10. Pre-order and payment at time of booking.
Askham Hall, Askham, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2PF Follow the A6 from Penrith and look out for the AA signs for Askham Hall Gardens.
01931 712 350
www.askhamhall.co.uk
enquiries@askhamhall.co.uk

December 17th – Mayor of Kendal's Christmas Charity Coffee Morning
A charity coffee morning in Kendal Town Hall with many stalls of cakes and crafts plus a raffle.
office@kendaltowncouncil.gov.uk

December 17 - 24th – Secret Santa
A seasonal story of friendship, childhood wonder and reindeer-pigs at the Brewery Arts Centre.
www.breweryarts.co.uk

December 28 - 29th – Christmas Tea party with Peter Rabbit
Special appearances throughout the day by Peter Rabbit to say “hello”, and give a big hug to all his fans at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere.

December 30th – Houghton Weavers Christmas Concert
An end of season Christmas concert by the famous Houghton Weavers at Ulverston's Coronation Hall.
www.ulverston.rotary1190.org.uk

January Events 2017

January 13-14th - Northumberland Music Festival at the Wordsworth Hotel
Description: Northumberland Music Festival returns with a line-up of old favourites and new acts at hotels across the UK.
Performances to include full length operas, classical and traditional music to be held over five weekends between October and March
Highlights include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Verdi’s Rigolleto, a full length performance of The Pirates of Penzance, The Northumbrian Ranters, and a concert performance by Graeme Danby.
Taking place at The Robert Parker Collection of hotels, the festival will commence with A Feast of Gilbert & Sullivan on 14th October at Eshott Hall near Morpeth, and end with The Pirates of Penzance at Doxford Hall, near Alnwick, on 11th March. It will also tour the other hotels in the Robert Parker Collection, including Dalhousie Castle Hotel, near Edinburgh, Ednam House in Kelso, and the Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere.

January 13th 2017 Wordsworth Hotel/ St Oswald’s Church The Three English Tenors – Evening Performance - £69
January 14th 2017 Wordsworth Hotel/ St Oswald’s Church A Gala of Sacred Music – Evening Performance - £59
January 14th 2017 Wordsworth Hotel/ St Oswald’s Church Luke Fitzgerald: An Organ Recital – Matinee Performance - £25

Event Contact Details:
www.nmfestival.co.uk
info@nmfestival.co.uk
01668 283100
015394 35592

January 23rd – Posh Noshers Food and Wine Night at Sun Inn
Celebrate good food and wine at this 17th C luxury inn, Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale. The evening's theme is “Classic French Wines”. Price of the 4 course dinner and choice from four carefully selected wines with one wine to accompany each course is £59 per person.
Phone 015242 71965.

January 28th - The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep is a major fundraising challenge. We're inviting you to leave the comfort of your warm home, brace the cold January air and spend a night sleeping under the stars in aid of Cumbria Community Foundation's Winter Warmth Appeal.
The number of winter related deaths is higher in Cumbria than most of the UK. In a bad winter 300 people will die due to the effects of the cold weather. Our appeal raises and distributes money to those who need it in order to remain warm, safe and healthy in the winter months.
The Low Wood Bay Hotel
Windermere
LA23 1LP
Enter now: www.cumbriafoundation.org/bigsleep
01900 825760
events@cumbriafoundation.org

February Events 2017

February 10th – Valentine Cabaret Night At The Pheasant
A cabaret night at the Pheasant Inn, Allithwaite, near Grange-over-Sands. Entertainment will feature Duncan Heather, an international tenor who has performed all over the world in musical theatre plus a superb 3 course meal. Begins 8pm. Tickets £29-95. A £10 deposit is required and pre-ordered one week in advance.
Phone 015395 32239.

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April Events 2017

April 28 - 30th –Beer and Music Festival
Visitors are promised a great selection of Real Ale & Ciders at this event organised by Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club. Camping will be available for the whole of the weekend at a cost of £30 for a tent or caravan. A limited number of electric hook-up's are on offer for an additional fee. Bands will be playing all weekend. Find more information on Facebook “Kirkby Lonsdale Beer & Music Festival”.
FREE entry. Phone 015242 71780.

May Events 2017

May 7th – The 2017 Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge
A charity cycling event in memory of Fred Whitton who was a great advocate of cycle sport in the Lake District and Cumbria. The ride is one of 112 miles starting in Grasmere and taking in the steep challenges of Kirkstone; Honister; Newlands; Whinlatter; Hardknott and Wrynose Passes.
www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk

May 11 - 14th – The 26th Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival 2017
This years event features the music of New Orleans; UK Trad Jazz;  Jelly Roll Morton;  Louis Armstrong; Duke Ellington; Gypsy Jazz and much more to please the jazz enthusiast. The festival takes place in several venues in and around Keswick for which one valid ticket gives access to all. A dance floor will be prepared in at least one of the venues where bands will play for dancing and tutors will be on hand during the mornings for beginners and intermediates to improve their footwork.
www.keswickjazzandbluesfestival.co.uk

May 12 - 13th – 2017 Cumbrian Challenge
This event is a “Walking with the Wounded” major fund raising appeal. Teams of  four take on beneficiaries and expedition team members over one of three courses to be followed by prize giving, a hearty meal and an inspirational talk. Each team is asked to raise in advance £1,000 (£250 per team member) which will go toward supporting vulnerable veterans back into work. The venue is Grasmere Sports Ground on Stock Lane, Grasmere. Begins 4pm
www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk

June Events 2017

June 3rd – Grasmere Gallop 2017
What better setting than the surroundings of Grasmere and Rydal for one of the friendliest trail races in the Lake District and Cumbria. An increasing number of first time runners, Nordic Walkers and families are taking part in this event each year to race alongside experienced fell runners. You can choose a 5.7 kilometre; 10 kilometre; or 17 kilometre run, or, join the 10 kilometre Nordic Walk.
www.grasmeregallop.co.uk

June 8 - 11th – Keswick Mountain Festival
A Lake District and Cumbria event which over the years has developed into one of the UK's best loved and biggest events for outdoor enthusiasts. As always, visitors will discover there's a wide mix of activities on offer including sporting events; guided walks; live music; speakers and plenty of family friendly entertainment. Camping facilities will be available.
www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

July Events 2017

July 15th – Man Vs Lakes 2017
An event of 26.2 miles and 3037 feet of total ascent is described as “the most adventurous marathon-distance running journey in Britain”. It begins with a run across  the quicksands of Morecambe Bay and then on through the countryside to the foot of Windermere, Englands largest and most visited lake for a shore to shore crossing at the lakes narrowest point. The route continues with short swims and wades, slides, jumps, a floating assault course and more. Although this is a running event, entrants must be able to swim short sections in order to fully complete the course but the swim sections can be bypassed if you wish. Competitors are asked to raise £250 for the organisers official charity partner and get a FREE Rat Robe. The start point,  shown on the website route map, is the shoreline at the small village of Silverdale not far from Arnside. For the route and full details go to www.ratrace.com/manvslakes

July 21 - 22nd – Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge
The event begins with entrants arriving at the hostel by 8pm at the latest to meet the leaders and for a full safety briefing. The challenge begins next day with ascents of Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags. Then, it's on to Esk Pike and the tough two final peaks of Great End and England's highest mountain of Scafell standing at 978 metres. The return to the starting point at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in the Langdale Valley is by a more direct route where it's time to relax and celebrate the day.
www.charitychallenge.com/expedition/2533/lake-district-5-Peaks-Challenge

July 22nd – Penrith Show
An event for all the family and friends in the heart of Cumbria's Eden Valley. It's a traditional agricultural show featuring a wide range of competition classes for farm animals, horses, rabbits, poultry, show jumping, horticulture, a food hall, rural crafts, trade stands and more. There will be something of interest for all at Brougham Hall Farm, near Penrith. CA10 2DE
FREE  Park and Ride from Penrith town centre. Parking available on site.
www.penrithshow.co.uk

July 23rd – Coniston Country Fair
This event takes place in a beautiful setting alongside Coniston Water. It's a richly typical traditional Lakeland Show giving visitors a valuable insight into the Cumbrian way of life. Visitors will find something of interest for all with displays of Foxhounds; Terriers; Beagles; Lurchers;  Herdwick Sheep; Sheepdogs; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, and a fell- race to the summit of Coniston Old Man and back starting from the showfield. A range of drink and refreshments will be available and lots of entertainment to keep the kids amused.
www.conistoncountryfair.co.uk

August Events 2017

August 5 - 6th – Total warrior Challenge
Participants from all over the world come to the home of Total Warrior to compete in this rugged sporting challenge. They will be faced with 30 punishing obstacles including the feared  “Plunge” of wading 100 feet through 4 feet deep water loaded with 10 tons of ice. This and much more combine to make  Total War the toughest 10 kilometre to 10 mile challenge of all.
The venue is Shap Abbey close to Shap village on the A6 at the southern end of Cumbria's beautiful Eden Valley.
www.totalwarrior.co.uk

September Events 2017

September 2nd – Race For The Sun Lake District 2017
A team challenge event for teams of 4. Starting from Newton Rigg College, near Penrith, the teams are faced with a 50 mile cycle ride, a climb of Helvellyn, and canoe circuit of  Thirlmere Reservoir. The event to be completed between sunrise and sunset. All funds raised will help to support the work of Children's Charity Action Medical Research. Registration fee is £195. Minimum sponsorship target £1800. Phone 01590 677854
www.actioncharity.co.uk/eventdetailsnew2.php/urlsearch/Race-the-Sun

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