Lake District and Cumbria Events 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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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.

June 3rd – Askham & Irelith Carnival 2017
A colourful parade of Askham's “Carnival Royals” accompanied by music, dancers and floats sets off at 12.30pm from Parklands Drive to be followed by an afternoon of family entertainment at Duddon Sports & Social Club. Askham is a Furness Peninsula village next to  a long sandy beach on the edge of the Duddon Estuary not far from Barrow in an area well known for its wide variety of wildlife.  More event information from Laura Tomkins.
Phone: 07881 294235.

June 3rd – Hospice at Home 20 Challenge at Braithwaite Institute
Teams of four are invited to enter this tough 20 miles walking challenge over a route which includes 10 summits. It starts and finishes at Braithwaite Institute near Keswick where the non-refundable registration fee of £120 per team will begin from 6am. The fee is inclusive of a “Grab and Go” breakfast of fruit, light snacks and a coffee at the start; snacks and water at Buttermere Village Hall; refreshments on arrival at the finish line; a “Hospice at Home Challenge T-Shirt”, and full support en-route including return transport to Braithwaite if required. Each team is asked to do their best to raise a minimum of £500 sponsorship.
For more details, phone 01768 210 719.

June 4th – Queenscourt Hospice Cross Morecambe Bay Sponsored Walk
A fund raising guided walk starting at 2.15pm from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank.
Phone Julie McAdam on 01704 517 420. Email:

June 4th – Shipwreck Survival Skills Adventure Day
An entertaining family day in the beautiful Ullswater Valley at Glenridding Sailing Centre on the shores of Lake Ullswater. Here's a chance to work as part of a team and to learn new skills such as building a den, making a camp-fire, map making, canoeing tuition and much more.
Contact Pete Meads on 017684 82541. Times 10am till 4.30pm.

June 4th – Cancercare Cross Bay Challenge Walk
An event in aid of Cancercare starting at 2.15pm from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank.
Phone 01524 381820 or email:  for details.

June 4th – Blue Skies Hospitals Fund Morecambe Bay Walk
One of the Lake District & Cumbria's most popular walking events of about 8 miles welcomes family, friends, children, dogs (on a lead) and groups to the iconic Cross Bay Walk from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank. It will be led by Cedric Robinson, Queen's Guide To The Sands, and expected to take around 4 hours to complete. The event is for the Blue Skies Hospital Fund which supports Blackpool Teaching Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust.
Times; 2pm for a 2.15pm start.
Phone Ann Hedley/Nicci Hayes on 01253 957381 or email:

June 4th – Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim
An open water swimming event in the English Lake District's second largest lake. The only rules for competitors are age limits and the requirement to wear a wetsuit (there are no exceptions to this rule) The age categories are a minimum age of 14 years for the 1600 metres swim and 17years for the 3.8 kilometre event, and, all entrants should be capable of swimming 1 mile in a swimming pool without stopping.
Venue: Jenkins Field. Near Ullswater Steamers/St Patrick's Boat Landings. Glenridding.
Opening Time: 9am.

June 4th – The Yomp Mountain Challenge
The Yomp Challenge is an event in aid of charity. It's  a combination of a fell race, trail race and a long distance walk. Competitors, who  may enter as a member of a team or go solo,  have   a choice of either the Fell Yomp of 23 miles; the Half Yomp of 11.5 miles or the 6.5 mile Short Yomp. All routes are over fell land where in places the full course rises to over 700 metres and for long sections continues at over 600 metres. The nominated charity supported this year is “Blood Bikes Cumbria”, part of a National Association of Blood Bikes. Blood Bikes provide a 365 days a year out-of-hours service to transport urgently required blood, drugs, and human tissue and other requirements between hospitals and blood transfusion banks They also supply the Great North Air Ambulance with fresh blood for their “Blood on Board” service every day of the week. A sponsorship form can be downloaded from the website together with all other details of this event.

June 8 - 11th – Boot Beer Festival
It's an event for all the family to enjoy. Visitors can of course arrive by car, but why not park up at Ravenglass Railway Station and make the 7 mile journey on board the La'al Ratty Railway to Dalegarth. Once there, take a drink at Brook House Inn and then it's just a short stroll to the Boot Inn where non-drinkers can visit the working watermill and the kids can enjoy themselves in the Play Area. There's still plenty of time to take the path up to the Woolpack Inn, one of the most remote pubs in the Lake District and Cumbria. This event is described by the organisers as “three nights of superb beer”. The Boot Beer Festival is one of the biggest in the region with over 140 beers available together with a wide range of soft drinks for drivers and children. The Friday and Saturday nights are always busy at each of the venues and so booking a table for dinner early is advised.

June 8 - 14th – Appleby Horse Fair
Welcome to the biggest traditional Gypsy Fair in Europe. It's a hugely popular annual event held in the historic Eden Valley “walkers are welcome” town of Appleby. The main days of the event are the Friday, Saturday and Sunday when there is more to see including  the ritual washing of the horses in the river and then trotted up and down the Flashing Lane.  It's worth noting that visitors are not encouraged to enter the Lane, especially the carriageway, but barriers will be in place on the verge to provide some protection from the flashing horses.  It's not an organised event and so there is no set programme for anything happening, but there's always plenty of interest. This is a unique Lake District and Cumbria event attracting thousands and so please be prepared for congestion on roads approaching the town, street closures, parking difficulties, and finding accommodation within comfortable walking distance of the event. In the case of accommodation, try and make a booking well in advance. Contact the Tourist Information Office on 017683 51177 for parking information.

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.

June 8 - 18th – Sedbergh Food Festival
An event celebrating not only the food and drink of the region but also the culture and history of this ancient market town at the foot of the Howgill Fells.

June 9 - 11th – Kirkby Lonsdale Festival of Music
An event beginning with the Great Big Indoor Picnic in Lunesdale Hall on the evening of the 9th. Throughout the weekend there will be a wide range of top class live music performed at various venues across the town with blues; soul; funk; rock; ukulele bands; street buskers and choral choirs in the 12th C Norman Church of St Mary's. All proceeds raised from performances around the town will be donated to St John's Hospice in Lancaster.

June 9th – Ice House Tour & Cream Tea at Holker Hall and Gardens
A guided walk starting at 2pm through the park to visit the 18th C  Ice House followed by a tasty cream tea. Pre-booking for this event is essential. Phone Kath Sallabank on 015395 58328.

June 9 - 11th – Stepping Stones Festival 2017
All the fun of the fair at this family weekend festival of music at Kirklinton Hall & Gardens a few miles from Carlisle. The line-up for this year includes Oysterband; Jammshed; Maddy Prior the Carnival Band; Henry Mayberry; Ben Maggs; Tilly Moses and many more. Two under cover music venues will be provided; pop-up events; a selection of tasty locally prepared food;
craft beers; on-site camping; music, dance and craft workshops. A weekend ticket costs £75. Accompanied children under 16 years FREE. Venue post code CA6 6BB.

June 10th – Dalton Carnival
Another family friendly event taking place on the Furness Peninsula in the small town of Dalton not far from Barrow. A parade of floats and dance troupes will set off from Prince Street at 1pm with a gala and dancing competitions at Dowdales School later.

June 10th - Plant Sale
Plant Sale at Preston Patrick Memorial Hall from 10am - 12 Noon near Milnthorpe LA7 7NR
Donations of plants most welcome and don't forget to come and buy too!
This is a lovely event and plays a large part in our busy Cumbria Group of the Hardy Plant Society Diary.
Proceeds go to maintaining our flourishing gardening group.
You will not believe the number of plants we can fit into the hall!
They are all grown by our members so you can be assured they are healthy and well established.
Prices are reasonable too, very easy on your pocket!
Refreshments available.
Parking is free and there is a small entrance fee.

June 10 - 11th – Gelt Gladiators
A chance for teams to test their stamina on either an extreme 10 mile challenge; grit and determination to overcome 30 challenging obstacles of a 10 kilometre course; the 20 obstacles of a 6 kilometre course, or a 3 kilometre Fun Run with 15 obstacles for the family (8 years and upwards)

June 10th – Great North SwimRuns
This is Europes biggest open water swimming event which, for 2017, has announced the introduction of the inaugural Great SwimRun event to the Lake District and Cumbria. There will be something for all entrants from beginners to experienced competitors. There will be a short distance challenge of around 10 kilometres; a mid-distance of 21.3 kilometres and a very testing 36.5 kilometres. The courses, which must be completed in pairs, will consist of a mix of short runs and swims whilst carrying everything needed from start to finish. Entries cost £150 per team. Full details on the website.

June 10th – The Coniston Combo
A fund raising sporting challenge in support of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. The event consists of a 20 kilometre ride through Grizedale Forest;  an ascent of Coniston Old Man; hike the rim of the old volcano to Dow Crag, Buck Pike, and Brown Pike before descending into the valley for the Canyon Challenge where, if brave enough, jump in to the waterfall. All the equipment you need including wetsuits, mountain bikes and safety gear will be provided. The entrance fee is £100 and participants are requested to raise a minimum of £400 in sponsorship.
For more information email: or phone 01909 508 113.

June 10 - 11th – Silloth Vintage Rally
Hundreds of exhibits including vintage steam engines; classic cars and motor-cycles; vintage tractors and commercial and military vehicles at the annual Silloth Vintage Rally. It's held on Silloth Green, one of the largest “Greens” in the north of England. The grassy link between Silloth town and the promenade, provides plenty of space for visitors to gather and enjoy the wide range of attractions at this popular seaside resort on Cumbria's West Coast. So much to do and enjoy especially the Grand Parade of steam engines and all other types of vehicles on the Sunday.

June 17th – Rat Race The Wall 2017
Can you run the 69 miles from Carlisle to  Newcastle in one day over a fully way-marked  route through the spectacular landscapes of Hadrian's Wall Country. Checkpoints and pit-stops along the way with a choice of drinks and sweet snacks at the pit-stops.

June 17th – Cross Bay Walk in aid of Rosemere Cancer Foundation
Starts at 10.45am from Arnside Promenade. Adults £10. Children go FREE.
Phone 01772 522913 or email:

June 17th – Alston Sheepdog Trials
An annual Alston event held on the Tyne Willows Playing Field, Station Road, Alston. Here, in the early summer in Cumbria's unspoiled Eden Valley, you can gather to applaud and marvel at the skill of the Border Collies, who, while responding only to the whistles of their handlers, these highly intelligent dogs attempt to guide a group of sheep around a field, through gates, and into an enclosure in the shortest possible time.

June 18th – Askham Hall Summer Fête
A family friendly event in the quiet picturesque village of Askham in Cumbria's unspoiled Eden Valley not  far from Penrith. The venue is Askham Hall in the grounds of the Lowther Estate where, from 11am till 5pm, there will be stalls selling a variety of local produce and seasonal gifts. From noon, visitors can enjoy a barbecue together with a selection of Real Ales, Pimms and Cider. The café also will be open for lunch with a menu including wood fired pizzas made from ingredients straight from the gardens. Garden plants will be offered for sale plus tours of the gardens, a Flower Arranging Demonstration, a Treasure Hunt, Animal Trails and Garden Games. FREE parking and entry to the fair. Garden entry £5 for adults and children FREE

June 18th – Giant Kendal Castle Sportive
A new cycling challenge event starting and finishing at the historic Lowther Castle near Penrith in Cumbria's Eden Valley. Competitors will travel a 58 mile figure of eight course along tranquil Cumbrian country lanes including over 5,000 feet of ascents. Riders can start between 8am and 10pm. Entry fee is 330. For more details phone Giant Kendal Shop on 01539 728057.

June 18th – Lakes Charity Classic Vehicle Show
Included in this years show will be various models of Jaguar; Porsche; Triumph;  MG; Rolls Royce and many more of interest to classic car enthusiasts. The event is organised by the Windermere & Ambleside Lions Club with all proceeds donated to charitable causes. This years beneficiaries will be Blood Bikes and Cumbria & Langdale Mountain Rescue. Venue Grasmere Show Ground. LA22 9SL.

June 18th – Staveley Carnival
Staveley Carnival has been described as one of the country's most inspiring community events.
The highlight is a vibrant colourful procession all dressed in costumes made from recycled materials dancing to the exciting rhythms of the carnival bands. A fête will be held on the village Recreation Ground with stalls, live music, a fairground, BBQ, food and a bar. Begins at midday.

June 20th – Wildflower Walk at Whitehaven Coast
An evening cliff top walk led by a National Trust Ranger to discover the wildflowers that grow on the Whitehaven Coast. The walk is a chance to see the Bee Orchid,  one of the most beautiful and well known of the native orchids in Britain, but now sadly in decline.
Meet at the Wellington Lodge/Candlestick area, Whitehaven. CA28 9A9. Times 7pm – 8.30pm.
This is a FREE event but booking is essential.

June 23rd – September 8th – Sleeker Swim Open Water Coaching Sessions
 Friday night coached sessions from 7pm – 8pm at Fell Foot Park near Newby Bridge. The  sessions are group coached with canoe safety support and are ideal for swimmers wanting to gain confidence for their first open water swimming event.
Email: or phone 07832 376230.

June 23 - 25th – The Dentdale Music & Beer Festival 2017
Free entry to this community led not for profit festival taking place few miles from Sedbergh in the pretty village of Dent. The organisers promise 3 days of family fun with a separate area on the festival field dedicated to younger visitors where they can enjoy all the fun of the festival in their own way. More than 25 Real Ales will be available together with home-made locally sourced freshly prepared food; live music for all tastes performed by individual and group musicians; together with lots going on in the village with street performances; clog and traditional dancing and much more continuing in to the late evening. A festival bus in addition to Dents regular bus service will pick-up/drop-off visitors from most trains arriving at Dent, England's  highest station on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway.

June 23 - 24th – Woolfest 2017
A winner of the Cumbria Tourist Event Of The Year Award celebrates once again the best of wool and woolcrafts. Sales of raw fleeces together with displays of wool producing animals including sheep breeds of Black Welsh Mountain; Jacob; Herdwick; Rough Fell; Swaledale, and Blue Faced Leicester. The event is held at Mitchell's Livestock Centre not far from the centre of the busy market town of Cockermouth. Hot meals, salads, sandwiches, drinks, ewes milk ice-cream, live music, FREE parking and toilets with disabled access on site. A FREE shuttle bus connection operates between the Woolfest and Cockermouth main street. The organisers advise this is not a suitable venue for dogs. Phone 016974 78707.

June 23 - 25th – Ragnarock Rally – Exiles Cumbria - Dumfries
A custom bike show and prizes held at Silloth Rugby Club. There'll be lots to see and lots to do including have-a-go archery; axe throwing; trade stalls; marquee and outside bar;  hot food; a fire-eating jester plus FREE camping. 
Full details from Del on 07729 108597 or Craig on 07736 461239.

June 23 - 25th – Kendal Street Choir Festival
The main events of the festival will be held in Kendal Leisure Centre. Busking, and a massed sing and workshops will take place in various venues throughout the town. There will also be some smaller pre-event festivals in the Langdale Valley on the Thursday evening (22nd) with local choirs, and, an after festival event on the Sunday afternoon and evening (26th) close to Rydal Water and Grasmere with singing in a Lake District cave and a country pub.
Phone David Burbridge on 015396 21166 or email:

June 24th – Alston Gala
The Gala Parade of floats and fancy dress will begin as usual from Alston Primary School at 1pm. From there, it will proceed down Front Street and on to Tyne Willows Playing Field for an afternoon of family fun. Entertainment will include the always popular spectacle of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and more. Licensed bar and refreshments available.

June 24 - 25th – Traditional English Longbow Making Course
This event is a two day course at Greystoke Cycle Cafe learning the skills of making the English longbow famously used with great effect at the 1415  Battle of Agincourt. Times 9.30am till 4.30pm each day and costing £180 for adults which includes a 2 course lunch, refreshments and a cream tea on each day. Only suitable for children aged 12 years and above.
Phone Anne Swarbrick on 017684 83984

June 25th – Brathay Cycling
This year, there's new routes, distances and challenges suitable for a whole range of cycling experience and fitness. Starting and finishing at Brathay Hall near Ambleside, there will be  choices of a 15 mile Brathay Breeze; a 46 mile Brathay Belter, and the demanding 58 mile Brathay Brutal. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a serious challenge or just prefer a leisurely bike ride together with friends and family along quiet Lake District lanes, then, this is the vent for you. Refreshments, food and a beer tent awaits you on your return to the grounds of the beautiful Brathay Hall Estate. Some on-site accommodation will be available.  It's all in a good cause with proceeds helping to support Brathay's work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.  Phone 015394 33041 for details.

June 27 - 29th – Wicker Walks
This is an opportunity to combine the enjoyments of drawing, painting, and walking guided by Stuart and Ruth on one of their “Walk and Draw Days”. They hope that you will then feel inspired to extend your visit to a second day when, in their studio, you'll be shown how to create a finished painting of one of your sketches. Full details on the website.

July Events 2017

July 1st – Barbon Speed Hill Climb
This is an exciting day for motor-sport fans at the spectacular venue in the grounds of Barbon Manor near Kirkby Lonsdale. It's a National A/B event featuring many of the top drivers in the British Championship as they compete on a short but very quick speed hill climb course. The complete course is accessible for viewing with full access to the paddock area but please note  the terrain is not suitable for wheelchairs. Spectator gates open at 8am.
Adults £8. Accompanied children FREE. Car parking FREE. Hot & Cold refreshments.
Use LA6 2LJ and follow the event signs from the A683.

July 1st – Warcop Rushbearing
Warcop near Kirkby Stephen is one of the few places in northern England which still has an annual Rushbearing Ceremony. It's an event to celebrate a centuries old tradition dating back to the times when the rushes on the earth floors of countryside churches were replaced with fresh ones. A procession of local residents wearing floral crowns, carrying rush crosses and banners and led by a band will set off from the village Reading Rooms at 2pm on route for a short service at the Norman Church of St Columbas.

July 1st – Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk
An event which takes place annually on the first Saturday of July. Funds raised go toward the support of Saint Patrick's Church in Patterdale and the Patterdale Church of England Primary School. There's a choice of 3 walks over distances ranging from 7 miles to 30 miles. The main one is of 30 miles including about 10,000 feet of ascents. Less strenuous is the 14 mile trek starting at Kirkstone Top and following a route over John Bell's Banner; Stony Cover Pike;
Thornthwaite Beacon; High Street; The Knott; Place Fell, and finishing on Ullswater below Kilbert Howe opposite Aira Force. The 7 mile option is an attractive choice for families. It's mainly downhill starting from Kirkstone Top and finishing at Patterdale School. Everyone taking part must belong to a team of 3 or more. See website for full details of entry, advice and sponsorship.

July 1 - 2nd – Cycling Festival at Lupton Field
A weekend of cycling with a choice of two sportives over distances of 30 or 70 miles plus a range of activities for all at Gala Field in the town centre.
Times 10am till 11.45pm on the Saturday and 10am till 6pm on the Sunday.
Contact Andi Chapple on 015396 20504 for more details and a booking or the event can be booked directly on British Cycling Website.

July 1 - 2nd – Turma! Hadrian's Cavalry Charge in Carlisle
A spectacular show of Roman Cavalry with thirty men performing complex manoeuvres and displaying their weapons skills at Bitts Park in Carlisle. Performances are at 2pm and 6pm on the Saturday and 4pm on the Sunday. There will be a a Hadrian's Wall Visitor Village with forts and attractions; food; drink; crafts, and an invitation to pass through the recruiting house where you will find a Roman infantry encampment and a chance to join either the Red or Blue Team of supporters. This year, 2017, marks the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian becoming Emperor and so in this special year, sites across the length of the Wall will host a series of events.

July 1st – Skelton Show
An agricultural show which is said to be the largest village show in the north of England which attracts around 10,000 visitors each year. There's always plenty to see and do with a wide variety of exhibiting classes including cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, poultry, children's pets, plus vintage vehicles, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, music, food, and a bar. A family event in the picturesque setting of Hutton-in-the-Forest in Cumbria's Eden Valley

July 1st – Whitehaven Carnival
A popular family event organised by the Whitehaven and District Lions Club. It begins at 1.30pm with a parade of colourful floats and dance troupes. There will be a funfair on Castle Park with all the traditional amusements and a range of charity stalls selling a variety of goods in aid of good causes.

July 1st – Ambleside Rushbearing 2017
The traditional annual  procession and ceremony begins at 2.30pm from Ambleside Primary School. It's an event when Ambleside re-enacts a 400 year old tradition of laying fresh newly cut rushes on the church floor. It dates from the times when the floor was just bare earth and so  rushes and sweet smelling grasses were placed  on the floor to protect worshippers against the cold and to purify the air. Led by Burneside Brass Band, a procession of local residents carrying rushes and various decorated  items such as hoops, staves and crosses (visitors are warmly invited to join in) will proceed through the town to St Mary's Church for a short service of prayer to be followed by the Rushbearing Sports organised by Ambleside Fire Brigade and their families.

July 1 - 2nd – St Gemma's Hospice Windermere Row 2017
One of the Lake District and Cumbria's many events described as one of the toughest but most enjoyable St Gemma's Hospice challenges. It's an event for teams of all sizes and abilities, who whatever the weather, race along either a 10 mile or 21 mile Lake Windermere course to raise funds for the Hospice. Please email to see what boats are available. Fancy dress is encouraged. Times 8.30am till 5pm. Booking required. Phone Miss Sophie Bramley on 0113 218 5570.

July 1 - 2nd -  Lord Birkett 55th Memorial Trophy
A sailing event described as the most spectacular of it's kind in the North of England attracting enthusiasts from countrywide. Competitors ranging from national champions to novices race on both days the full 9 mile length and back of Ullswater. Spectators will find there are many excellent viewing points along the lake shores. On the Saturday, Ullswater Steamers will operate a special cruise from Pooley Bridge Pier to follow the competitors as they race giving passengers a close-up of all the action. The Saturday race is planned to start at 1pm and at 11am on the Sunday.

July 2nd – Bampton Sports
This is an old style event of true Cumberland & Westmorland traditional games and sports. There'll be duvet races for the family; obstacle races; fell races; sprints; side-shows; entertainment for the kids; W.I. teas and cakes; a burger bar and a beer tent. This is a great family outing in the small village of Bampton which stands in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to Haweswater at the southern end of Cumbria's Eden Valley. Venue is Bampton Memorial Hall
CA10 2RQ. Gates open at 12.30pm. Adults £2.50. Children under 16 years FREE.
Phone 01931 713392 for more information.

July 4 - 10th – West Lakes Wildest Walk Week at the Woolpack Inn
Guided walks, where to walk, and how far is the theme of this walking event in the unspoiled scenery of the Eskdale Valley just a few miles from Ravenglass. It's an event organised by one of Cumbria's most historic inns situated at the foot of the Hardknott Pass. Included is a chance to try the 19 mile Woolpack Walk across the surrounding fells. It's a challenge starting and finishing  at the pub and for those thirsty finishers, there's a free pint and a certificate to mark your worthy achievement. Safe FREE parking at the pub, comfortable accommodation if required, and a Vodka Bar offering a choice of 52 different flavoured vodkas
Phone 01946 723230.  Email:

July 5th – Meet The Gardener
Head Gardener, Sally Hall, will guide visitors around the Dove Cottage Garden from 11am till noon. Phone 015394 35544 or email:

July 6 - 9th – Wake the Lakes
Organised by the Red Rose Chapter Harley Owners Group, this years event in the “Gateway to the Lakes” is promised to be bigger and better than ever. There will be a purpose built entertainment venue with lots of space for music and entertainment for all. The Custom Bike Show will be one of the main attractions with displays of customised bikes, compelling and glamorous paint jobs, and every type of machine you can imagine on show.

July 7 - 9th – Furness Tradition Festival
A weekend long event paying tribute to the folk music and dance traditions of Cumbria and especially those of the Furness Peninsula. The confirmed line-up of musicians includes:
Alistair Anderson & Dan Walsh.
Night Fall.
Vicky Swann & Jonny Dyer.
Tumbling Tom Big Band.
Mike Willoughby's Raving Rock.
These artists and many more will be performing at the main venue of Ulverston's Coronation Hall and other venues close to the town centre. In addition, will be “Dance Sides” and featuring:
Pateley Long Sword.
Chorlton Cloghoppers.
Kirkburton Rapier Dancers.
Carlisle Sword & Clog Dancers.
Furness Clog Dancers.
Darlington Mummers.
For visitors attending for the whole weekend, camping will be available at Ford Park where all venues are within a short walk away. Basic facilities will be on offer including 24 hour toilet access and hot and cold water. Phone 01229 580666. Email:
Other sites are Priory View. 01229 586805 and Bardsea Leisure Park. 01229 584712.

July 7 - 9th – Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2017 at Whitehaven
The organisers of this worthwhile 3 day event are hoping to hear from 50 men or women who want to complete the strenuous 140 mile Coast to Coast route from this town on the edge of the Irish Sea to the beach at Tynemouth on the east coast. Places are limited so please make an early enquiry to the Fundraising Office on 01768 210719 or send an email.

July 8th – Windermere Power Boat Racing
There will be 6 races of around 10 minutes each in a small area of Lake Windermere near Storrs Temple. The location is Windermere Boat Racing Club. Ghyll Head. Bowness-on-Windermere.
Times noon till 5pm. Phone 015394 43284.

July 8th – Grasmere Rushbearing 2017
Grasmere celebrates the ecclesiastical festival commemorating the laying of fresh rushes and sweetly scented grasses on the church floor of St Oswalds. It's an event dating from the times when the floor was just bare earth and so rushes and grasses were laid  to provide some protection for worshippers against the cold and to purify the air. The procession, led by Ulverston Town Band, begins at 3.30pm from outside Grasmere Primary School with 6 costumed “Rush Maidens” carrying carrying freshly cut rushes while other child and adult members of the procession carry various decorated items such as hoops, staves and crosses. There will be a short service to follow.
This festival was widespread in Britain from the Middle Ages and continued until its decline at the beginning of the 19th C when floors were paved with stone. During the 16th C church bells were rung and wine, strong ale, and cakes, were given to the rush bearers. For this event, bearers will receive a tasty slice of the famous Grasmere Gingerbread. Grasmere is one of the few northern England villages to have kept the tradition alive.

July 8 - 9th – Derwentwater Regatta
This is a family fun event where visitors will find many activities and a very good chance that everyone will find something they want to have a go at. There'll be kayak sessions; coracle building; a group motorised trip around the lake; catamaran sailing; a Viking Longboat; dinghy sailing and much much more. The Derwentwater Regatta has an interesting history. It was first held 200 years ago when eccentric landowner Joseph Pocklington, known locally as “King Pocky”, created out of the ordinary but full of fun regatta activities on Derwentwater together with a fair on Crow Park the like of which continues to this day.

July 9th – Tennis Open Day
FREE tennis coaching sessions for juniors and families at the Tennis Centre, Priory Road, Ulverston. Times. Noon till 5pm. Phone Hannah Paling on 01229 581123 for details.

July 11th – An Evening of Jazz
Legends of British jazz, pianist Keith Nichols and reedsman Trevor Whiting play at the River Bar, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley Mill Yard from 8pm till 10.30pm.
Details from Ben Goodman 01539 723944 or email:

July 14 - 16th – Retro Rendezvous Festival of The Lakes
A weekend festival event for young and old at Coronation Hall in Ulverston. There will be music; cinema; food; drink; markets; cars; motor cycles; entertainers, and much more. It begins on the Friday night with Rock n' Rollers, Jackson Sloan & the Rhythm Tones.
Price £1 - £15. Phone Alan Brenton on 07536 103499. Email:

July 14 - 16th – Aspatria Music Festival
A 3 day live music event at Bower Park in the village of Aspatria on the A596 mid-way between Maryport and Wigton. The chart topping band,Scouting for Girls, will be this years headline act. For a full list of the many other supporting acts please visit the website.

July 15th – The Mighty Corinthian at Ulverston Town Centre
This is the opening event of Ulverston's Velo Retro Weekend. It's the longest one day classic bike ride in the world. Riding vintage steel bikes of 1987 or older (or a replica), the riders, dressed  in period clothing follow a 301 kilometre route via Coniston, Ambleside, Thirlmere, Keswick, Caldbeck, Hartside, Appleby, Ullswater, and Kirkstone. It's a truly grand epic tour through the full range of the Lake District and Cumbria's wonderful landscapes.

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

July 16th – A L'ancienne Classic At Ulverston Town Centre
Day 2 of Ulverston's Velo Retro Weekend. It's an 84 kilometre route including Coniston Water, Windermere, Esthwaite Water and Wray Castle, and, if you have the energy, a final section up the track to St John Barrow Monument overlooking Ulverston. There'll be food stops along the way and plenty of fun in one of the most beautiful areas in the UK. Don't forget your goggles and cycling cap, and, together with your vintage bike, you are ready for the Velo Retro Festival.
Phone 07536 103499.

July 16th – Le Loafeur At Ulverston Town Centre
This part of the Retro Festival is, as the title says, a relaxed ride of a 47 kilometre loop around Coniston Water. Whatever you choose to ride, be it a historical or heavy town bike, this is a wonderful non competitive ride around one of the Lake District and Cumbria's most visitor friendly lakes. Phone 07536 103499.

July 19th – Caldbeck History Society
A talk by Alastair Macfadzean, a Caldbeck resident since 1954. Venue Caldbeck Village Hall.
Begins 7.30pm.

July 20 - 22nd – Northern Craft Beer Festival
Featuring over 80 cask and keg beers from independent breweries. Begins at  mid-day in the Mill Yard, Staveley. Phone 01539 822644.

July 20 - 23rd – Music On The Marr
A weekend of music, dance, and song at a festival described as Cumbria's most friendly music event.  It takes place on the Village Green of Castle Carrock, a small village about 10 miles from Carlisle. Line-up and ticket prices are to be confirmed but the price is expected to be £75 plus £30 for camping.  Phone 01228 670329.

July 21 - 22nd – Hadrian's Cavalry Camp Sleepover
This is an opportunity to enjoy a Roman Camp family sleepover at Tullie House Museum in the regions capital city.
Phone 01228 618718 for details which includes a behind the scenes tour.

July 21 - 23rd – Crafts & Gifts Fair at Dobbies garden World
An event promoted by The Creative Arts Association takes place at a well established Garden Centre close to the village of Dalston within easy travelling distance of Carlisle. There'll be lots for the kids to do including a “patting zoo” with Llamas; Sheep; Ducks; Rabbits; Chickens, Goats and more. FREE on site parking. Opens 9.30am till 5pm on the Friday and Saturday and 10am till 4 pm on the Sunday.
Venue. Dobbies Garden Centre, Orton Grange. CA5 6LB. Phone 07966 – 499748.

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.

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.

July 22 - 23rd – How To Be A Roman Soldier
An event suitable for all the family presented by English Heritage and one the kids can especially enjoy. Here at Birdoswald Roman Fort near Brampton, the junior soldiers can join the Roman army, try on costumes; handle Roman weapons and objects and take part in a number of  fun games from 11am until 5pm on each day.

July 22nd – Rock The Fells
A family focussed  Art's and music festival featuring a line up of already well established young bands including musicians from the local area. The festival's café and bar will be providing a tasty selection of food and drink including Real Ale direct from the Foxfield Brewery near Broughton in Furness. There'll be lots to keep the kids amused plus a nursery for the really little ones will be provided. The location is The Big Flat Field, Bootle Village Hall, not far from Millom, and mid-way between Silecroft and Ravenglass. Times 11am till 11pm.

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.

July 26th – North Lonsdale Agricultural Show
Categories of Cattle; Sheep; Horses; a Dog show; Horticulture; Poultry; Working Sheepdog Demonstrations; Vintage Motor Cycles; a Kid's Zone; a Food Hall; Cookery demonstrations and much more. Location is, Loughrigg Farm, Urswick, near Ulverston. LA12  0ST.

July 27th – Ambleside Sports
A popular long established Lake District sporting event in one of the most picturesque and tranquil settings in the region. Organised sports in Ambleside began during the reign of Queen Victoria and included events such as high jump; long jump; “putting” the stone; hop-skip-jump; potato race. Today's events feature Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling for ladies, gents, and children; hound trailing, where the hounds follow a pre-laid trail of aniseed  on the surrounding fells; junior and senior fell/guide races; children's rides, games, climbing wall; trade stands with clothing, jewellery, and a range of local crafts; grass track cycling; a well stocked bar selling traditional ales and a Pimms Corner; refreshments of traditional and  range of exotic foods, with much more including the first ever Ladies Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling Championship.   Ambleside Sports is a day of entertainment and fun for all at Rydal Park, half a mile to the north of Ambleside on the A591. Post Code LA22 0PL

July 27 - 30th – Kendal Calling
A contemporary music & art multi-award winning festival and traditional family entertainment in Lowther Castle Deer Park a few miles from Penrith. This year the festival is crammed with events and is one which the organisers promise will be the most vibrant and colourful of any that have come before. For full details of all which will be on offer, visit the website.

July 29th – Cockermouth & District Agricultural Show 2017
Plenty of family interest at this event on Cumbria's West Coast.
Sheep Clipping demonstration
Show Jumping
Judging of Sheep Dogs
Children's Pet Show
A Horse Parade
A Grand Parade
Climbing Wall
Ferret Racing
Ridden Fancy Dress for children and adults.
All this and much more at one of the regions most popular shows. A “Park & Ride” service will operate from Lakeland Livestock Centre to the showfield  and a shuttle bus service from Cockermouth main street to the showfield both beginning from 10am.

July 29 - 30th – Roman Takeover Festival
 A “Roman Takeover” of the whole of the Tullie Museum. This is an event of interest to the whole family where they can meet the Hadrians Cavalryman and his horse, and see the dress and sporting equipment that would have been used in the Hippika Gymnasia together with the horses and their riders.
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery. Castle Street. Carlisle. CA£ 8TP.
Phone 01228 618718.

July 29th – Breca Buttermere
This swim/run event truly is one of the Lake District & Cumbria's most gruelling adventure challenges. It's a combination of running and swimming a 48 kilometre course over ancient corpse roads, along fell ridges and island crossings starting from Fangs Brow overlooking Loweswater, to the finish at Crows Park in Keswick. Teams will be driven to the start by coach from Crows Park in Keswick. This event, in one of the Lake District and Cumbria's most appealing locations attracts interest from nationwide and available team places are soon taken, but there's always plenty of space for spectator  interest and support especially at the swim stages.

July 29th – Hearing Dogs Morecambe Bay Walk
An event in aid of the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. It starts from Arnside Promenade where you'll find shops and cafés, parking, public toilets (20P) and is only a 10 minute walk from Arnside Railway Station. The entry fee is £10 per adult and £5 for children. Fit and active dogs on a lead are welcome but no pups please. Sponsorship is not required but would be appreciated. Times; 9.15am for a 9.45am start. To register, contact Sophie Meadows, Community Fund Raising Manager on 07769 901297.

July 29 - 30th – Cumbria Steam Gathering
A hugely enjoyable colourful fun weekend event on Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands. For vintage lovers, there will be displays including those of classic cars; motor-cycles;  steam engines; bicycles; agricultural machinery; commercial and military vehicles. As well as this, there’s lots more to see and do with magic shows for the kids; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; lawn mower racing; sheep shearing demonstration; traditional fairground; miniature remote controlled car racing; chainsaw carving display; (weather permitting) and a ploughing demonstration are just a few of the events attractions. Wheelchair accessible toilets, FREE parking with ample spaces for Blue Badge holders. Times 9am till 5pm each day.

July 30th – Westmorland Dales Gathering
A weekend of walks centred on the “Walkers are Welcome” Eden Valley historic market town of Kirkby Stephen. Highlights of this Sunday event include an ascent to the Nine Standards, the summit of Hartley Fell, and a walk through the Smardale Nature Reserve. Smardale, one of the regions “hidden gems” has wonderful displays of orchids; birds-eye primrose; rare flora; birds, and butterflies. For times and meeting place phone Upper Eden Visitor Centre 017683 71199.

July 30th – The Swim to Devil's Chimney
A fully guided open water swim in Ullswater to Devil's Chimney. It's an event suitable for swimmers who can comfortably swim 2 miles in open water. Times 9.30am till 12.30pm.
Cost £55. Phone 015394 33826

July 30th – Bendrigg Trust Cross Bay Walk 2017
A Bendrigg Trust fund raising walking event in support of disabled and needy people beginning at 10.30am from Arnside Promenade. Cost £10 for adults. Children £5. Dogs £2. Bendrigg is a residential activity centre a few miles from Kendal specialising in high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people of any age or ability.  Phone 01539 723766 or email: for details.

August Events 2017

August 2nd – Cartmel Agricultural Show
A full day of activities and competitions on the picturesque parkland setting of Cartmel Racecourse. Show -jumping; dog show;  dog agility team display; birds of prey; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling;  vintage tractor display; kids mounted fancy dress competition;  food hall where local chefs prepare a selection of local dishes; carriage driving; horticulture, poultry; sheep; cattle classes; village industries and more than enough to keep the kids entertained.

August 3rd – Beautiful Birds of Prey
A  fun for the family event at Brockhole Visitor Centre on the edge of Lake Windermere. Here, you can meet birds of prey from the Silverband Falconry and watch these beautiful creatures demonstrate their hunting and flying skills. Children must be accompanied at this event. Times 11am;  Noon;  1.30pm;  2.30pm. Post Code LA23 1LJ.
Phone 015394 46601. Email:

August 3rd – Derwentwater Island Hop
A challenging but manageable open water swim around the islands of Derwentwater. It's an event suitable for swimmers who can comfortably swim at least one mile in open water. The cost for this fully guided swim, followed by tea and cakes, is £55. Phone 015394 33826.

August 4 - 6th – Potfest in The Pens
This event is an opportunity to view the work of around 130 potters at the oldest potters market event in the country. Together with demonstrations and free one hour classes, the event takes place under cover at Skirsgill Auction Market, Penrith. CA11 0DN.

August 5 - 6th – Lakes Record and CD Fair
Plenty of choice for the collector plus FREE entry, FREE parking and tea and coffee available at Ladyholme Centre, Lake Road. Windermere LA23 2JA. Times 8am till 6pm.
Phone Phil Wade on 07824511987.

August 5 - 13th – Bassenthwaite Regatta
An outstanding opportunity for sailing within the spectacular natural beauty of the English Lake District. It's a well respected annual regatta event which ranks as one of the most popular in the north of England. Venue: Bassenthwaite Sailing Club. Dubwath. Bassenthwaite. CA13 9YD.
Phone 017687 76341.
For visitor information, Dubwath, is a small village on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake between Keswick and Cockermouth, and home to Silver Meadow Wetland Reserve. It's one of the best sites in the Lake District and Cumbria to see the plant and animal  wildlife of wetland and other habitats.

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.

August 8th – The Magic of Storytelling
A Brockhole Visitor Centre event suitable for all the family where there will be songs of Cumbria and stories told by Steve Wharton. Times 11am;  Noon;  1.30pm;  2.30pm.
Phone 015394 46601.

August 8th – Lunesdale Agricultural Show
The show is held at Underley Park, the home of Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club. It's another of the Lake District and Cumbria's long summer programme of traditional shows throughout the region. On show will be cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, poultry, show jumping events, birds of prey, vintage vehicles, a craft marquee, a food hall, a parade of hounds from the Vale of Lune Harriers, a mounted fancy dress competition together with entertainment for the kids, plenty of food, a licensed bar and FREE car parking. Phone 015395 67618. Post Code LA6 2DS.

August 9 - 13th – Cartmel Art Society Annual Exhibition
An opportunity to view the work of local artists at Cartmel Village Hall from 10am till 5pm.

August 10th – Den Building, Bushcraft, and Survival Skills
Learn basic survival skills; shelter building; safe fire lighting; rope and string knot tying, and more at this lovely setting overlooking Lake Windermere. An event suitable for ages 7 years plus.  Location. Brockhole Visitor Centre. Times 11am;  1pm;  2.45pm: Price £9.50.

August 10th – Appleby Show 2017
A very popular agricultural show with entertainment and interest for all. On show will be a wide variety of classes for sheep; cattle; poultry; vintage machinery; dogs; children's pets; handicrafts. Equestrian classes will include veteran horses and ponies; sports horses; Fells; Dales; Shetlands; Working Hunter; Mountain and Moorland; Handy Pony. Lots of main ring events; donkey rides for the kids; dog agility displays; music by Appleby Town Band; a craft & food hall and much more. The venue is, The Barley Field (CA16 6LN) near Appleby Golf Course not far from the A66. FREE parking and a FREE taxi service from Appleby town centre to the show field. Adults £7. Concessions £5. Children FREE.

August 10th – Ease into Easedale
A very popular open water swimming event in, and surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Lake District Fells. Meet and end your outdoor adventure in the village of Grasmere. The price of £69 – 99 includes hot chocolate and a slice of the famous Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread Cake.

August 10th – Lake District Sheep Dog Trials
The 119th annual sheep dog trials take place at Hill Farm, Ings, near Staveley. Beginning at 10am and continuing until 5pm the programme includes;
Open Sheep Dog Trials
Hound Trails
Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling
Fox Hound & Terrier Show
Craft Displays and demonstrations
Car Parking and food and drinks. Admission £5. Children FREE. Post Code LA8 9QQ.
Times; 9am till 3.30pm. Phone 015394 33826.

August 11 - 13th – The Lake District Folk Weekend
Early booking is advised for this great festival of folk music. It takes place in Staveley, a small village situated between Kendal and Windermere at the entrance to the picturesque Kentmere Valley. The line-up includes;
The Giggleswick Temperance Band
Greg Russel & Cieran Algar, BBC Folk Award Singers
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, voted “Best Duo” BBC 2 Folk Awards
Jacqui McDonald, Staveley resident and former member of The Spinners
J.C. & The Moonshine Band.
Afternoon and evening performance venues are;
The Hawkshead Brewery, Mill Yard. Staveley
Staveley Village Hall
The Roundhouse Theatre in Staveley
Wilf's Cafe, Mill Yard. Staveley
Cafe Eclec. Main Street, Staveley
The Eagle & Child Pub.
See the website for full details at

August 12th – Flookburgh Band Last Night Of The Proms
A performance by Flookburgh Brass Band at Victoria Hall in Grange-over-Sands. You are welcome to take flags and whistles and dress for the occasion at this “Last Night of the Proms” concert. Tickets cost £10  including refreshments and are available from band members; Grange Information, or Cockles Shop on Flookburgh Square. You can also make reservations by phoning 015395 59081. Begins 7.30pm.

August 12 - 13th – Traditional English Longbow Making Course
This event is a two day course at Greystoke Cycle Cafe learning the skills of making the English longbow famously used with great effect at the 1415  Battle of Agincourt. Times 9.30am till 4.30pm each day and costing £180 for adults which includes a 2 course lunch, refreshments and a cream tea on each day. Only suitable for children aged 12 years and above.
Phone Anne Swarbrick on 017684 83984

August 12 - 13th – The Lowther Show
A full programme of family entertainment in the picturesque grounds of Lowther Castle. Visitors will appreciate the skills shown in the Lowther Driving Trials; the wide choice of food and drink presented in the Taste of Cumbria & Beer Festival; a Fishing Island; Arts; Crafts; Gun Dog retrieve; top class demonstrations; main arena shows, and much more in some of the most beautiful surroundings in the Lake District & Cumbria.

August 12th – Howgills Pool Triathlon
A challenge suitable for beginners through to top class athletes. The event consists of a 400 metre pool swim at Sedbergh School followed by a 33.5 kilometre cycle ride and finishing with an 8.3 kilometre run. Begins at 9.30am. Full details on the website

August 17th – Brough Agricultural Show
An event keeping alive the traditions and culture of Cumbria's Eden Valley farming communities. Visitors will find breeds of sheep; cattle; horses and ponies; poultry; rabbits; hamsters; demonstrations of rural skills; a mounted fancy dress competition; childrens riding classes; photography; children's art; dry stone walling; classic cars and vintage vehicles; classes of vegetables and flowers; food and drink; trade stands; and more to conclude with a Grand Parade. Location. About 2 miles from Kirkby Stephen at Popping Lane. Kaber.
Showfield opens at 8.30am.

August 19th – Gosforth Agricultural Show
The great fun of the Racing & Dancing Sheep is one of this shows highlights. There'll be a wide range of livestock on show  together with competitive events; trade stands; stalls; displays; children's entertainments, country activities; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; tug-o-war; a local history tent; horticulture; local produce classes; arts and crafts; food and drink, and more. Gosforth village and the showfield is a short drive from Seascale. Post Code CA20 1HT.
Admission £7 for adults. School age Children £3. FREE parking available. Begins 9am.

August 19th – Heartbeat Morecambe Bay Walk
This Cross Bay Walk is organised by a leading cardiac rehabilitation charity. It starts at 3.45pm from the promenade at Arnside. Costs £10 for adults. Children £5. Dogs £1.
Phone 01772 717147.

August 20th – Lakeland Country Fair
A delightful setting overlooked by Coniston Old Man, close to Coniston Water, low priced admission, and free car parking at this typical Cumbrian show. It's a family friendly event featuring the traditional skills and activities of the region. There will be shows of terriers; lurchers; whippets; fox hounds; family dogs; fell ponies, and Herdwick sheep. Junior and senior fell runners will be taking on the challenge of the race to the summit of Coniston Old Man and back again; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling contests; a Young Farmers tug-o-war; a horn blowing competition; have-a-go archery; lots of children's activities with a bouncy castle, climbing wall, a roundabout and more, plus homemade refreshments, a licensed bar and a barbecue. Begins at mid-day. Full details of entertainment and activities are on the website.
Torver is a small community 3 miles from Coniston at the junction of the A593 and A5084

August 20th – Coniston Epic Lakes Swim
This event is part of a swim series which consists of either 2 or 3 open water swimming events at 3 different Lake District and Cumbria locations. Coniston Water is the third and final venue of this years series. Competitors are offered a choice of two distances which allows novices, intermediates and elite swimmers with a challenge to match their abilities. The “Classic Mile” of 1600 metres is usually the most popular choice of the event leaving the 3.8 kilometre distance for experienced long distance swimmers. Wetsuits are compulsory for all. Starting times are 8.30am for the 3.8 kilometre and 11am for the 1600 metres. There will be car parking  available at John Ruskin School (£3). Parking on the verges of Lake Road will not be allowed.
Cost of entry is £20/25 dependent on swim distance

August 20th – CancerHelp Preston's Cross Bay Walk
A guided fund raising walk across the sands from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank in support of Cancer Help Preston. Begins 3.30pm. Adults £10. Children FREE. Dogs FREE.
Phone Stella Humphreys on 01772 793344 to book your place.

August 20th – Cross Bay Walk For Age UK Blackburn
An 8 mile walk from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank across the beautiful Morecambe Bay guided by Cedric Robinson, the Queens Guide to the Sands in support of older people.
Adults £10. Children £5 (aged 8 – 15) Dogs £1. Begins 3.30pm.
Phone Sam Kercher or Elaine Jennings on 01254- 266620.

August 21st – Cartmel Priory Organ Concerts
A lunch time concert in the historic Cartmel Priory. Admission is FREE but a donation to Priory funds are welcome. Times 1.10pm till 2pm.

August 22nd – Hawkshead Show
Lots to see and do at this traditional show held at the picturesque working farm of Hawkshead Hall Farm in the Vale of Esthwaite a quarter of a mile from the village. Just some of the attractions include judging of all classes of horses, sheep, dogs and cattle, plus hound trailing, horticultural displays of home-grown flowers and vegetables,  home produce, local arts and crafts, a grand parade, and a special display of skills and obedience by Shaun Raywoods Dog Display Team in the main ring. FREE parking. Adults £7. Children £3. Sat Nav. LA22 0NN.

August 24th – The Wordsworth Wild Swim
This is an ideal event  providing a safe introduction to Adventure Swimming. After meeting for an initial briefing, it's just a short stroll to the waters of Grasmere for an initial swim of about 1600 metres. This is followed by another short walk to the River Rothay for a  swim into Rydal Water and circuit of Heron Isle. Meet at White Moss Car Park for a 9am start. Finish at approximately 1.30pm. The cost of this fully guided swim plus hot chocolate and cake is £59-99. Wetsuit hire is available. Phone 015394 33826.

August 25 - 27th – Wannasee Music Festival
A line-up of the best of Europe' tribute bands to artists past and present at this August Bank Holiday event. It's a weekend of live music and attractions for all at an easy on the pocket price in the beauty of Hutton-in-the-Forest in Cumbria's Eden Valley. Camping facilities will be available where your car, caravan or motor-home can be parked next tp your tent; FREE car parking for day visitors; a wide choice of food and refreshments; a fully licensed bar; a FREE shuttle bus  service to and from Penrith, and kids, if accompanied by an adult are given FREE entry.

August 25 - 27th – Solfest 2017
A Lake District and Cumbria music event for all gran's, granddads, brothers, sisters, mums, dads,  aunts and uncles. They will find a line-up of 90 acts (names to be confirmed soon) covering a wide mix of genres and eras of music for the pleasure and enjoyment of all generations. It takes place on a well organised safe site close to the Solway Coast and just a few miles from Maryport and within easy reach of Wigton and Silloth. There's plenty of facilities and attractions on site including a Kids Arena; Walkabout Performers; Kite Displays; Teddy Parachuting; Solfest Garden; Healing Garden; Site Art, and a wide range of food from worldwide with vegetarian and vegan options and meaty treats. Camping options of “Noisy Places”;  “Family Camping” ; “Quiet Townside Camping”;  “Posh Camping”, with Yurts and Squrts, plus on-site medical services and an information tent/one-stop shop.
Location. Tarnside Farm, Tarns. Near Aspatria. CA7 4NQ.

August 26th – Patterdale Dog Day
The beauty of the Ullswater Valley is the setting for a Lake District Bank Holiday event dedicated to the skills of sheepdogs and their handlers. The trials will continue throughout the day together with a Terrier Show; Gun Dog Show; Ullswater Foxhound Show; Hound Trails;  Children's Pet Classes; Fell Racing;  and lots more. Refreshments available all day with a catering tent.

August 26th – Race The Tide
An adventure race hosted by the historic Muncaster Castle. Competitors in two testing courses of 7 or 10 kilometres will meet mud and other obstacles  in their race against the tide as it slowly rises up the River Esk. The aim is to reach the river ford and cross easily or lose the race and get wet. After the excitement of the event, both spectators and runners will be invited to a ceilidh with a hot supper and well stocked bar to celebrate race results. Camping will be available in the castle grounds on the evening of the race. Times 5pm till 10pm. FREE entry.
Phone Jo Wagstaff on 01229 717614.  Email:

August 26 - 28th – Medieval Muncaster 2017
A Bank Holiday event when the Red Wyvern Re-Enactment Society will return to Muncaster for another year to present scenes from the life and times of the medieval period and the War of  the Roses. Further details of the full programme of events will appear on the Muncaster Castle website closer to the planned date.

August 27th – Grasmere Sports and Show
This is one of the most popular of the many Lake District & Cumbria summer events for all the family. It's a  Bank Holiday Sunday of fun and competitive sporting challenges featuring traditional  Lakeland contests for children and adults including Fell Racing; Hound Trails; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; Tug-O-War; Children's Fun Races; Pet Dog Show, and the ever popular Lakeland Sheep Dog and Duck Display. All this and much more at the Show Field, Stock Lane, Grasmere. LA22 9SL. Gates open 10am.

August 30th – Ennerdale Show
A community celebration of traditional events and activities. There'll be shows of individual sheep breed classes; dogs; poultry and horses, plus a display of vintage machinery; locally made arts and crafts; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; hound trailing; fell racing; children's sports; refreshments of local food; locally brewed ales and music all combining to produce an enjoyable day of family entertainment in the most westerly of the Lake District valleys. The venue is at Kirkland Leaps about one mile from the small community of Kirkland near Frizington in the Ennerdale Valley. CA26 3XZ. It's a beautiful area close to Ennerdale Water  with it's spectacular mountain backdrop. The Post Code will take you to the cross-roads in Kirkland from where directions will be shown to the show field.
Adults £5. Children FREE.

August 30th – Ennerdale Show
A show featuring the best loved traditional sports and pastimes of the English Lake District and Cumbria. There'll be displays of sheep; dogs; horses; poultry; vintage machinery together with Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling contests; hound trailing; children's sports events; refreshments of Cumbrian food; locally brewed ale, and home-grown items. It takes place at Kirkland Leaps close to the unspoiled landscape of the Ennerdale Valley. CA26 3XZ.

August 31st – Crosby Ravensworth Show and Vintage Rally
This is one of the oldest surviving shows in Cumbria. Cattle and sheep classes; various horse  and pony breeds;  poultry; childrens sections; dogs; horticulture; vintage vehicles and machinery including tractors; farm implements; motor-cycles and cars; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; trade stands; food and drink. All this and much more for a day of entertainment in Cumbria's beautiful Lyvennet Valley. Please note that mobile phone reception in this area is patchy.
Location. Crosby Ravensworth Showfield. Low Bottom. Near Maulds Meaburn. CA10 3 HU.

August 31st – September 3rd – German Beer Festival
Oompah Music, Bratwurst, Schnitzels, Steins, and over 20 different lagers at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale. Phone 019467 23230 for details.

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

September 2nd – Friends of Roshni UK Morecambe Bay Walk
A family friendly guided walk across Morecambe Bay from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank in support of disabled children at the Roshni Centre and Specialist School in Gwalior, India.
Trainers are the most suitable footwear and either shorts or trousers which can be rolled up as some sections of the walk involves crossing short stretches of knee deep water. The suggested donation to reserve your place is £10 per adult and £5 per child.
Phone Penny O'Sullivan on 07957 995 489 or email:
Begins 3.30pm. Well behaved dogs are also welcome.

September 2nd – Hesket Newmarket Agricultural Society Show
An event a few minutes drive from Caldbeck highlighting the very best of Cumbria's agricultural traditions. It's a show for everyone with a wide range of attractions taking place throughout the day including;
Classes of cattle; sheep; horses; poultry
Horticulture and crafts
Sheep Dogs and Gun Dogs
Terrier Racing
Vintage Vehicles
Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling
Tug of War
Food and drink
Children's Entertainment and a lot more.
Adults £5. Pensioners £3. Children aged 2 – 16 years £2. Children under 11 years FREE.
Ringside tickets £5. FREE car parking.
Getting there:  Hesket Newmarket is a historic hamlet in an area  rich in wildlife on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park. Turn right at Hesket Newmarket Village Green and continue to Newlands following the signs for the show. Post Code CA7 8JB.

September 2nd – Alston Agricultural Show
A typical Cumbrian country show for all the family to enjoy featuring cattle; sheep; sheepdog classes; dog classes;  terrier racing and more. Licensed bar and refreshments.

September 2nd – Coniston Chill Swim
A fully supported open water swim along the full 5.25 miles length of Coniston Water.
Entry includes:
Transport to the start and from the finish back to the race HQ car park.
Safety support throughout the swim.
Five feed stations en-route.
Free parking on race day for participants.
Medal to each participant.
Chill Swim participation certificate.
A goody bag.
Minimum age 16 years
Standard entry costs £100 (February1 to June 15)
Late entry costs £105.

September 2nd – Lowick Show
Lake District and Cumbria country shows are one of the regions top visitor attractions. This is one of the smaller but always well attended. Also known locally as “La'al Royal”,it takes place at the southern end of Coniston Water alongside the A5084 Greenodd to Coniston road on Church Field. There are competitions for cattle; horses; ponies; sheep; sheepdogs, together with Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; local crafts and lots for the kids. Licensed bar and food. The Cumbria Way Walk passes through here, and so if anyone is en-route on this day, why not stop over for a few hours. After the show, there's dancing to live music from 7.30pm until 1am. For information about this, phone Kathy Edmondson on 077658555557.

September 3rd - Loweswater and Brackenthwaite Agricultural Show
(The first Sunday in September each year)

September 3rd – Lake Windermere One Way Swim
An endurance swimming event of 10 miles in Lake Windermere. Each swimmer must be accompanied at all times by a support kayak or a boat together with an experienced paddler. There will be a cut-off time of 10 hours for completion which includes feeds and stops. Hot food, drink, toilets, hot showers and changing facilities at the finish. The event starts from Fell Foot Park and finishes at Low Wray close to Wray Castle. Times 6am till 5pm.
More details from Natasha Walsh on 01539 822561.

September 3rd – Jigsaw Cumbria's Children's Hospice Bay Walk
A 4pm start for this Cross Bay event from Arnside to Kent's Bank near Grange-over-Sands.
Costs £10 per adult. Children £5. Dogs go FREE.

September 5th – Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Photography Day
This event is a “behind the scenes” tour of the famous Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. It's a 7 mile guided walk up the line from Ravenglass to Dalegarth followed by a single rail journey back again. The day begins at 8.30am with a tour around the workshops and a cup of tea in the Turntable Cafe from where you will collect a packed lunch. Then, it's on with the walk surrounded by some of the most photogenic scenery in the region and the opportunity to photograph passing engines along the way. Pre booking is required for this event at a cost of
£45 per person. Phone 01229 717171. Times 08.30am – 4.30pm.

September 7 - 10th – Silloth Music and Beer Festival
A relaxed entertaining four days for all the family on this prime Solway Coast location with its spectacular views across the Solway Firth to the hills of South Galloway. There'll be headline acts; local bands; real ales; perry ciders; wines; alcopops, soft drinks and much more.
Tickets from Winters Newsagents in Silloth and Carnegie Theatre, Workington (01900 602122)

September 8th – Dalesway Walk From Staveley To Windermere
A 6 mile guided walk along quiet lanes from Wilf's Cafe in Staveley to Windermere. Walking boots and return bus fare essential. Please take a packed lunch. Begins 10.30am.
Adults £5. Children FREE. Phone 0845-272-0004.
There is an hourly return bus service from Windermere.

September 9th – Born Survivor
Described as one of the toughest and most innovative obstacle events in the country. It's a challenge designed by members of the Royal Marine Commandos and will test to the limit your personal fitness, determination and ability to work as a team member. It's held at Lowther Castle and Gardens near Penrith in Cumbria's Eden Valley. Find more details and how to enter this tough 10 kilometre sporting challenge on the website. 

September 9 - 10th – Holker Chilli Fest
A group of well known chilli companies gather at Holker Hall and Gardens near Grange-over-Sands for a 2 day festival. Local specialist food suppliers will also be there plus cookery demonstrations, chilli eating competitions, children's activities and selections of cuisine from around the world. Times 10.30am till 5pm. Phone 015395 58328. Ticket information on website.

September 10th – St Bees Head Fog Horn Station Walk
There's no charge for taking part in this 6 mile walk from Haig Museum, to Fog Horn Station perched high on St Bees Head. Here, there'll be time to eat your packed lunch and have a look around the station before returning to Haig along the same route.
Meet at Haig Car Park. Walk begins at 10.30am and finishes at 3pm. FREE, but booking is essential. Contact Sophie on 0734 2088 015 or via email

September 10th – LA Sportive Lake District Mountain Trial
This is a stern trial of fitness and endurance. Entries to the main course are restricted to men and women over the age of 18 years, but over 14's are allowed to compete as part of a pair on the short course providing the other runner is their parent or legal guardian. Experience  of long mountain races and mountain navigation is a must and applicants will be vetted. The trial begins from the Newfield Inn, Seathwaite, in the Duddon Valley a few miles from Broughton in Furness. All entries will be by online bookings and will open in April 2017.

September 10th – Dragon Bay
An annual charity event on the waters of Lake Windermere when family and Corporate teams are invited to compete to win the title of Dragon Bay Champions 2017. This years event is limited to 18 teams and money raised is donated to a wide range of charities. The cost of entry is £595 per team with each team consisting of 16 paddlers; 2 reserves, and 1 drummer.
This together with a full day of entertainment at the Low Wood Watersports Centre between Windermere and Ambleside, promises to be a worthwhile and enjoyable day for everyone.
Sign up on the website. This is a popular event and visitors can expect considerable road traffic delays between Windermere and Ambleside. Phone 0333 241 2890. Times 8.30am – 5pm. 

September 10th – Tour de Furness
If you are over 10 years old and of average fitness with a roadworthy bike, you can enter the 13, 23, or 50 mile cycling routes. Or, there's a 5 mile Family Fun Ride to include kids of 5 years and over. This is not a race, but an event to enjoy and soak up the delights of the Furness Peninsula while at the same time helping to raise money in support of St. Mary's Hospice, Rotary Charities, or a charity of your choice. The organisers preferred method for you to enter is by registering on-line. However, paper entry forms will be available from early May 2017 at many outlets in the Furness Peninsula area. Address for entries is, C/O Topmark, 108, Greengate Street, Barrow-in-Furness. LA14 1BG.  Please note, anyone under 16 years must be accompanied by and adult.

September 14th – Westmorland County Show
This is one of the largest shows in the whole country. Categories include cattle; heavy and light
horses; horse jumping; sheep; pigs; poultry; hounds and terriers; goats; alpacas, and rare breeds.
There'll be displays of vintage tractors and agricultural machinery; a Crafts of Cumbria marquee; trade stands; a food hall; licensed bar; refreshments; children's entertainment and the ever popular Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling contests. Car parking will be FREE and Stagecoach will operate a FREE shuttle bus return service from Kendal and Milnthorpe to the showground between 9am and 6pm. The venue is Lane Farm, Crooklands. LA7 7NH.

September 15th – Kendal Torchlight Carnival 2017
This is one of the Lake District and Cumbria's biggest one day events attracting crowds of over 25,000. For a few hours, the town is traffic free and given over to a colourful procession of bands, floats, street performers, and dance groups as they make their way through the streets.
The procession starts from Kirbie Kendal School at 7.30pm and proceeds via Lound Road, Aynam Road , Miller Bridge, New Road, Stramongate, Blackhall Road, Sandes Avenue, Stricklandgate, Highgate, Kirkland, Nether Bridge, and return to the starting point on Lound Road. Kendal's streets will be closed to incoming traffic from around 6.30pm and to outgoing vehicles at 6.45pm.

September 16th – East Lancs Hospice Morecambe Bay Walk
Start at 2.30pm for around 3 hours of walking across the sands from Arnside to Kent's Bank on what has been described as “one of the world's most wonderful journeys”. Costs £10 per adult. Children between 9 and 15 years £5. Dogs £1.  It will be accompanied by a tractor and trailer just in case anyone becomes over-tired en-route.  
For details contact Denise Gee at the fund raising department on 01254 287011.

September 16th – Coniston Challenge
An extreme challenge event for teams of 4 - 6 consisting of a 10 kilometre walk to the summit of Coniston Old Man; a 12 kilometre mountain bike ride, and finishing with a 1 mile kayak on Coniston Water. Breakfast, lunch, and hot drinks will be provided to all team members throughout the day and each team will be offered camping facilities over the event weekend.
There will be a team registration fee of £60 and a team fund-raising target of £2000 in support of Guide Dogs for the Blind. To register phone 0345 143 0200.

September 16th – World Gurning Championship
This event is the highlight of the annual traditional Egremont Crab Fair. Contestants in this most unusual and now famous competition take to the stage in front of a large appreciative audience, and, with a horse collar (braffin) around their necks, attempt to  “pull” the most grotesque face. A winner in recent years was able to cover his nose with his lower lip. The level of audience applause decides the winner. The Crab Fair itself is named after the seasonal crab apples. Visitors will find a wide range of entertaining events some of which include, Climbing The Greasy Pole; Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; Flower and Vegetable Shows; Equestrian Events; a Hunting Horn Blowing Competition; a Pipe Smoking Competition, and Dialect Singing. The showfield can be muddy underfoot and so it's wise to take your wellies just in case.

September 17th – (to be confirmed) Borrowdale Shepherds Meet 2017
One of the Lake District and Cumbria's most popular traditional shows surrounded by the quite amazing landscapes of the Borrowdale Valley. Shepherds from all over the region come together for displays of sheep; show the skills of their working sheepdogs; terrier racing; Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; sheep shearing; traditional craft demonstrations; fell racing; children's sports and more to complete an enjoyable family day out in the beauty of the English Lake District.

October Events 2017

October 1st – Urswick Rushbearing Festival (date to be confirmed)
Urswick, a few miles from Ulverston is the setting for an annual Rushbearing service held at the Church of St. Mary and St. Michael. A procession with bands and banners sets off from the local school at 1pm. Children, led by the Rushbearing Queen and her attendants, carry rushes and flowers to the church for a special service to commemorate the times when rushes were spread on what were the cold and damp earth floors of the age.

October 5 - 9th – Red Deer Rut at Ullswater Steamers
This is a very special event providing the opportunity to view the Red Deer Rut, one of Natures  greatest natural spectacles. The event begins with an RSPB escorted private cruise from Glenridding Pier to Howtown and then transfer by a short walk to the Deer Reserve in the remote Martindale Valley. Here, from around the end of September to the middle of November, the stags lock antlers, roar and bellow as they fight for a mate. This is a wonderful day out for all. The cruise departs Glenridding at 10.30am and returns at 3.30pm. The cost is £16 for non RSPB members and £14 for members. Children 5 to 15 years half price. Early booking is essential as places are limited. Light refreshments will be available on board but take a packed lunch. An Ullswater Steamers event. Phone 017684 82229.

October 7th – Lakes In a Day
A 50 mile ultra run from Caldbeck in northern Cumbria to Cartmel, one of the Lake Districts most historic villages. The route will take in the summits of Blencathra, Helvellyn and Fairfield before the descent to Ambleside and then onwards to Cartmel along the western shore of Lake Windermere, England's largest lake. Details from Open Adventure Ltd: Clock Tower Works.
Low Wood. Ulverston. LA12. 8LY. Phone 015395 31048. 

October 8th – Penrith Rotary 10K Trail Run and 4K Fun Run at Lowther Castle Park
The 10K run for 15 years and above is a one lap course over a mix of grass, farm tracks, and tarmac. It begins at 11.15am.
The 4K Fun Run for 14 years old and under beginning at 10.30am is a 2 lap course along tracks and grass close to the castle. Entrants must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Price for the 10K is £11 if paid in advance or, £13 on the day. Fun Run is £3.
Phone Paula Davis on 0752 5333 735 or email:

October 13 - 15th – The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
An event to praise selections of comic art from all over the world. It's the only event of it's kind  in the UK and for a couple of days there will be performances; film; exhibitions; comic trails; workshops; master classes; live drawing, and much more. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with leading comic artists and writers; see them draw, and discuss their work.

October 14th – Wasdale Head Show and Shepherds Meet
This is a mix of typically Lake District and Cumbrian traditions and more contemporary and quirky attractions. The sheep show, mainly of the Herdwick breed, remains at the heart of this event together with craft demonstrations, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; terrier racing; sheepdog trials; hound trailing; fell racing, sheep shearing displays; and a range of children's sports. To add to the fun, visitors can look forward to the judging of The Best Beard; the Best Shepherds Boots; Shepherds Crooks;  and a range of vintage classes of tractors; agricultural machinery; cars and motor cycles and plenty of food and drink selections. This takes place in a wonderful setting overlooked by England's highest mountain; close to the regions smallest church of St. Olaf’s, Wastwater, the deepest lake, and not forgetting it's the once home of pub landlord, Will Ritson, on whom the “Biggest Liar in the World” Lake District  November event is based.

October 16 - 29th – Forest Foray
Mud – pies, conkers, and games for the kids. For the adults to enjoy, there's Harry's Homemade Gin tasting, and for all,  a Spooky Walk and Ride finishing at the Woolpack Inn for a bonfire and roast chestnuts. Venue. Woolpack Inn. Eskdale. Phone 019467 23230.

October 19th – The Caldbeck Fells Walk
A 21 kilometre guided easy walk on the grassy fells of northern Cumbria surrounding Caldbeck. Summits included on the route are High Pike; Carrock Fell; Knott; Great Sca Fell; Brae Fell and Longlands. Meet at Fell Side, Caldbeck, for a 10am start. CA7 8HA.
Grid Ref: NY305 375. Duration 7 hours. Cost £22 per person.

October 20th – Autumn Colours Photography Cruise & Walk
Join photography expert Mark Littlejohn to capture on film the stunning Autumn colours around the Aira Force Waterfall. Meet up at Glenridding Pier for a 10am sailing to Aira Force and returning the 3.5 miles on foot at approximately 2.30pm. Take a packed lunch.
The cost of £30 includes the photography tuition and guide, single cruise to Aira Force, and complimentary tea/coffee and muffin or Danish Pastry. Dogs on leads welcome.
This is an Ullswater Steamers event. Phone 017684 82229.

October 28th – The Winter Droving
This all day event is in recognition of Penrith's place which it has held for centuries as the most important market for the sale of livestock and produce in the local area. All things of the countryside will be featured together with traditional fun; a masquerade; rustic food; mulled drinks; an evening procession of torches and a “Winter Droving After Party”.

October 28th – Halloween Ghostly Galleon
A 90 minute cruise on Lake Ullswater with Halloween entertainment for all. For the price of £13 per spook (under 3's free) there will be an enthralling magic show, a sweetie goodie bag for the kids, a monster balloon to take home, tattoo's and Halloween colouring.
Cruise times are 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Dogs not permitted.
An Ullswater Steamers event. Phone 017684 82229.

October 28 - 29th – Kendal Wool Gathering
Free entry and free parking to Kendal Wool Gathering at K. Village, Lound Road, in Kendal. Retail stalls from all over the country selling every type of woollen product; spinning and knitting sessions; children's workshop; talks; farmers livestock displays.

November Events 2017

November 4th – Walna Scar Shepherds Meet
An event held in one of  three alternating venues of Torver, Broughton Mills and Seathwaite. This year the Meet is at Torver where the Herdwick and Swaledale breeds will be in competition for rosettes and silver cups at Brigg House Field, Torver, a couple of miles from Coniston. There will be hound trails; decorative crooks and sticks and more plus an after event gathering at  the nearby Church House Inn for singing and poetry readings.
Phone: 015394 41395.

November 4 - 5th – Holker Winter Market
A great family day out at Holker Hall and Gardens. Visitors will find stalls offering a wide choice of crafts,  foods, and gifts with the approaching Christmas celebrations in mind. There will be street entertainers, live music, hot food, warming mulled wine, plus plenty to keep the kids amused. FREE entry. Phone 015395 58328.

November 5th – Bonfire Night at Whitehaven Coast
 A blazing bonfire, plenty of refreshments, and fun on the cliff top overlooking Whitehaven. There'll not be any fireworks but you will have a very good view of other people's displays.
Meet at Wellington Lodge/Candlestick area. Whitehaven CA 28 9A9. Times 6pm till 8pm.
The event is FREE. Contact the North Lakes Office on 01768 74649 for more detail.

November 11 - 12th – Brantwood Winter Craft Fair
An event overlooking Coniston Water displaying Cumbrian quality crafts at Brantwood House, once the home of John Ruskin, a leading English art critic of the Victorian era. Crafts will include pottery; jewellery; fused and stained glass; felt bags; swill baskets; art works and prints; lampshades; vases; cakes; Christmas puddings and preserves. Demonstrations of fly-tying; pole lathing; spinning; rag rugs and baskets. Admission £2. Children FREE. Times 10.30am till 5pm.
Phone Helen Wharton on 015394 41396 for more details.

November 16 - 19th – Wine Festival
Celebrate the world of wine at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale. Tutored wine tasting, Fish n' Chips and Rock and Roll, live music. Phone 019467 23230.

November 16 - 19th – Kendal Mountain Festival
This is the U.K's premier award winning international festival. Lecture programmes of guest speakers; film makers; athletes and hundreds of film screenings are just part of this event for outdoor enthusiasts.

November 18 - 19th – Workington Model Railway Exhibition
This is the biggest model railway exhibition in Cumbria. It's held at the Energus Building, Lillyhall, between Whitehaven and Workington. CA14 4JW. A full list of traders attending and layouts are shown on the website below. There's plenty of FREE parking; fresh meals and toilet facilities. On the Saturday, the bus service from both Workington and Whitehaven stops outside the door. Times 10am till 5pm on Saturday and 10am till 4pm on Sunday. Phone 01228 522118.

November 20th – Cumbrian Cracker Cycle Sportive
Competitors will be faced with a route of almost 60 miles. It starts from Grasmere and proceeds via the shores of Coniston Water, the Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, and Ambleside. Food stops at Cartmel Scout Hut for sandwiches, cakes and hot or cold drinks. The entry fee is inclusive of the food stop, entry pictures, and hot food at the finish. Start times are between 7.30am and 10.30am from Grasmere Village Hall, Broadgate. Grasmere LA22 9TA.
Contact Jo McWilliams on 01257 251217. Email:

December Events 2017

December 2 - 3rd – Hawkshead Christmas Fair
Festive food and drink, stalls, live music, street entertainment, a lantern procession at 4pm on the Saturday, a Santa's Grotto, and more. Times Saturday 10am till 5pm. Sunday 10am till 4pm.
Phone 015394 36544.

December 6th – Christmas Late Night Opening, Sedbergh
Beginning at 6pm with the arrival of Father Christmas and the switching on of the Christmas Lights, this promises to be an evening of family fun. There'll be a craft market, street food, musical street entertainment by local groups and individuals, organ music in St Andrew's Church together with a flower festival, and Father Christmas will be in his Grotto at the Information & Book Centre to meet the kids. Many shops and restaurants will also stay open.

December 9th – Night Runner at Grizedale Forest & Visitor Centre
A Night Trail Running race of the Petzl Series in Grizedale Forest. Fancy dress is requested to match this years theme of “Christmas Festivities”.