Lake District and Cumbria Events 2016 by Date

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

August 2nd - Build-a-boat workshop, Rheged. (Nr. Penrith)
10.30am-3.30pm Free, drop in. Ahoy me hearties! Design and build a boat using only nature’s finest materials and then set sail on Rheged’s lagoon … will your boat glide through the water or sink to the bottom of the sea?! For ages 3-11 accompanied by an adult.

August 3rd – Cartmel Country Show
A traditional Lake District Country Show held on the picturesque parkland of Cartmel Racecourse. It's a window to the Lake District and Cumbrias long standing farming traditions with cattle; sheep; horses; poultry; village industry; trade stands; a food hall and much more. The “Cumbrian Axe Men” will be there together with the Lune Valley Dog Agility Team; the Vale of Lune Hounds; a Falconry Display plus a Childrens Area with entertainers. Gates open 8am.
Price is £9.50 per adult. Ages 5 to 16 years £3. Under 5 years free.
www.cartmelagriculturalsociety.org.uk

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

August 5th – Historic Hawkshead Lake District National Park Walk
A FREE leisurely guided walk through the fields surrounding the ancient Lake District  village of Hawkshead. You will learn of Hawksheads long history dating back to Norse times whilst enjoying today’s spectacular views. No booking needed. Starts 10.30am from the Lake District National Car Park in the village. Distance  4 kilometres and a duration of around two and a half hours. Well behaved dogs on a lead welcome.
Phone 0845 272 0004.

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

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

August 5th, 10th & 19th - Really Wild Wetland Family Day Out (Nr. Carlisle)
Really Wild Wetland Family Day Out, Eden Rivers Trust Wetland, Aglionby. Open 10am-4pm, FREE. Trails, pond-dipping, creative fun and more for all the family.
Call 01768 866788 to reserve your place.
http://www.edenriverstrust.org.uk/events

August 6th – 2016 Beer Festival
Free entry for beer tasting sessions at the Derby Arms,Witherslack, near Grange-over-Sands. Great beer from around the county, live music from 2pm until 11.30pm, food served until 9pm and the bar stays open until midnight. Phone Barry on 015395 52207 for details.
Email: the.derbyarms@live.co.uk

August 6th – Maryport Trawler Race
A charity fun day featuring visiting boats and trawlers from around the Solway Firth and the Isle of Man. This is a family day for all at Maryport's Marina on Cumbria's West Coast.

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

August 7th – Force Crag Mine Open Day
A guided tour of the processing mill and other remains of Force Crag Mine at the head of Coledale Valley, near Keswick. This is a Lake District and Cumbria event which is not suitable for small children and all youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Times are 10.30am till 3.30pm. For details of how to get there and transport options, phone 017687 74649 or
email: northlakes@nationaltrust.org.uk

August 9th – Kendal Jazz Club Gigs in Staveley
Trumpeter Mike Daly and reed man John Hallam play at the River Bar, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley. Begins 8pm.

August 9th – Wild Time at Arnside Knott from 1pm
An invitation to join the National Trust Rangers for an afternoon of woodland adventures. This will include den building, lighting camp fires and more. Something for everyone to enjoy.

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

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

August 13 - 14th - ‘Silks & Satin’ An Exhibition of Equestrian Fine Art
venue Dunthwaite Barn at Dunthwaite House, Setmurthy, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SL Open Saturday 13th August – Sunday 14th August 2016 (Saturday from 12.00 noon – 6.00pm, Sunday from 11.00am – 3.00pm).
Equestrian Art International – in partnership with one of the world’s finest hip haberdashers, V V Rouleaux – is holding a summer exhibition of contemporary equestrian fine art, to raise funds for Young Cumbria, a charity that creates positive, lasting change for young people in the county.
The ‘Silks and Satins’ exhibition will feature new works by the UK’s top equestrian artists at the National Trust’s Dunthwaite Barn, set in the heart of the beautiful Lake District at Setmurthy, near Cockermouth, CA13 9SL.
Internationally renowned equestrian artists Featured artists include London Olympics artist Alasdair Banks; Sally Martin SEA, acknowledged as one of the world’s best dressage artists; acclaimed royal portrait painter Terence Gilbert SEA; Russian star Elvira Pyrkova and Vineta Sayer MA, one of the rising stars of the contemporary art market.
Supporting young people in Cumbria A percentage of sales from the event will be donated to Young Cumbria, an organisation that provides help and support to youth clubs and projects in the most disadvantaged communities in Cumbria. The exhibition takes place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August, and is open to the public from noon on Saturday to 3pm on Sunday.
Enquiries: info@equestrianartuk.com Annabel Lewis: 0207627 4455 John Thorley: 020 3642 8784

August 13 - 14th – Ambleside Summer Flower Show
Go along to the Kelsick Centre in St Mary's Lane, Ambleside, for a show of all types of vegetables; cookery; wine; handicrafts; pot plants; floral art and children's classes plus refreshments and a raffle. Times are 10.30am till 5pm on the Saturday and 10am till 4pm on the Sunday. More details from David Capstick on 015394 32252.

August 13th – Butterflies and Wild Flowers of Arnside Knott
Arnside Knott is one of the most important butterfly habitats in the whole of the country. Go along from 2pm till 4pm to learn how conservation grazing and woodland management ensures that the Knott remains the perfect habitat.

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

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

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

August 13th – Boxes of Hope Cumbria Walk Across The Sands
A guided walk starting at 1.30pm from Arnside Promenade across the sands to Kents Bank near Grange-over-Sands. This is a Lake District and Cumbria event to enable gift filled shoe-boxes to be sent to the deprived children of Eastern Europe this coming Christmas.
Phone 015395 35492. Mob: 078133 51447. Email: boxesofhopecumbria@gmail.com

August 13th – Hearing Dogs Morecambe Bay Walk
A chance to take part in one of the much loved famous Cross Bay Walks from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank, starting at 1.30pm This one is in aid of the Charity, “Hearing Dogs” for deaf people. Entry fee is £5 per person (both children and adults) Car parking, toilets and  refreshments are available in Arnside but please be aware that parking places in Arnside are soon filled. It is worth considering parking in Grange-over- Sands where there are more spaces, and then, taking the few minutes train journey to Arnside. For train times to Arnside and Grange- over- Sands, phone 08457 48 49 50. In order to take part in this walk, you must register in advance. To do so, contact Rachel Hassey, Community Fund Raising Manager on 07769 901297.
Email: Rachel.hassey@hearingdogs.org.uk

August 14th – Ribchester Roman Museum Bay Walk
A guided walk across Morecambe Bay starting from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank to raise funds and celebrate the work of Ribchester Roman Museum, one of North West Englands most important Roman sites. Starts 2.30pm. Adults £10. Children £5. Dogs £2.
Phone 01254 878261. Email: ribchestermuseum@btconnect.com

August 14th – Winston's Wish Morecambe Bay Walk 2016
A guided walk in aid of the leading childhood bereavement charity in the U.K. Starts at 2.30pm from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank. More details from Clare Richards on  07687 428914.

August 14th – Dales and Lake's Historic Vehicle Day
There will be around 250 cars and motor-cycles dating from the 1920's through to the 1990's displayed in this beautiful setting overlooking Morecambe Bay. A wide range of auto-jumble stalls, food, drinks, a licensed bar plus many other attractions make this a perfect family day.
www.classicsoversands.org

August 16th – Dales Way Walk from Staveley to Windermere Rail Station
A 6 mile guided walk starting at 10.30am from Wilf's Cafe in Staveley to Windermere Railway Station. The route is along quiet lanes with good views across open countryside and takes about four and a half hours. Strong walking boots,  a packed lunch and a return bus fare are essential. Buses return to Staveley every hour. Adults £5. Children FREE.
Phone 0845 272 0004.

August 18th - Bahá’í Music Evening
All are welcome to an uplifting evening of music and stories by Geoff and Michaela Smith. Thursday 18th August, 7.30 pm at the Hallgarth Community Centre in Kendal. Refreshments will be provided. Free admission but donations welcome for local charity.

August 18th – Brough Agricultural Show
Fell, Dale, and Shetland Ponies together with children's riding classes, sheep, horticultural & flower classes, confectionery, poultry, rabbits, dogs, hamsters and guinea pigs plus special attractions of a vintage tractor display, classic cars and commercial vehicles. There will also be a mounted Fancy Dress competition, a pony gymkhana, and a demonstration of the art of dry-stone walling. Find us at Popping Lane, Kaber, near Kirkby Stephen. Show Field opens 8.30am
www.brough-show.org.uk

August 20th – The Summer Pudding at Appleby Castle
A one day festival of fun for all the family from 11am till 11pm at Appleby's historic castle in the heart of Cumbria's Eden Valley. It features music; live bands;circus acts; a fun fair; a vintage market; food treats and a lot more. All this for £10 per adult plus 31 for kids. For those wishing to stay the night, camping is available at £10 per pitch. Phone 01768 899444.
www.edenarts.co.uk

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

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

August 23rd – Hawkshead Agricultural Show
A long established Lake District and Cumbria agricultural show featuring displays of:
Heavy Horses, Light Horses, Working Hunter, Shetland Ponies, Fell Ponies , Show Jumping, Hound Trailing, Wild Bird Display, Sheep Dog and Duck Driving, Horticulture, Falconry Display and more.
The show field is half a mile from Hawkshead village in the scenic Vale of Esthwaite.
www.hawksheadshow.co.uk

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

August 26th – Pirates by Night on Ullswater Steamers
A pirate themed evening event in one of the Lake District and Cumbria's most beautiful settings of the Ullswater Valley. Dress up and take a picnic for this cruise of live entertainment with sea shanty songs. Departs from Pooley Bridge Pier at 6.30pm. Phone 017684 82229 for details.
www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk

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

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

August 27th – Cartmel Cup Day
This is the opening day of the August meeting, and, one of the most popular. As always, there will be lots for all the family to enjoy including a huge funfair in the course enclosure. Gates open at 10am. First race at 2.05pm and the last race at 5.30pm.

August 27th – A Walk from Cumbria Centre Caravan Club
This is a Cancer Research fund raising event. It starts from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank at 1.30pm. There is a non-refundable charge of £10 per adult. FREE for accompanied children under 16 years. You will need a registration form so that you can be checked off on the day. Phone 07850 735117. Email: blue2balloon@yahoo.com

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

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

August 27 - 29th – Binoculars and Telescopes Open Weekend
A free event at RSPB Leighton Moss, near Silverdale, from 10am till 4pm each day. It's an opportunity to try out binoculars, telescopes, digiscoping and receive free advice. Take your own packed lunch or you can use Leighton Moss's own tea-room. Leighton Moss is the largest reed bed in the North West of England and is home to very special birds such as breeding Bitterns, Bearded Tits and Marsh Harriers.
Leighton Moss, Storrs Lane. Silverdale. LA5 0LW. Phone 01524 701601.

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

August 28th – Roof of England Cycling Sportive
A choice of 90; 56; or 30 mile routes over and through glorious countryside.
For details of “The Winking Sheep 90 mile Course”;  “The Durham Dales 56 miles Course”; 
“The Short & Steep 30 miles Course”; visit the sportive website. All surplus monies will be divided between Great North Air Ambulance and the Mountain Rescue. Food at the start; end; and 3 points en route. FREE parking for sportive riders and support. Broom Wagon and mobile mechanics available. Lots to do in the area to keep the family entertained
www.roofofenglandcycling.co.uk

August 28th – Trinity Hospice Morecambe Bay Walk
A chance to join the Trinity Team to support the work of Trinity Hospice within the community of Blackpool. This walk, starting at 2.30pm  from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank, has been described as “one of the worlds most wonderful journeys”. The entry fee of £10 includes refreshments after the walk at the nearby Abbot Hall Hotel; a Trinity t-shirt, and a certificate for completing the challenge. This is a sponsored event and entrants are asked to secure a minimum sponsorship of £25.
Email: kimberlee.simmons@trinityhospice.co.uk

August 28th – Friends of Roshni U.K. Morecambe Bay Walks
A guided walk in support of of disabled children at the Roshni Centre and Specialist School in Gwalior, India. Trainers are suitable footwear for this 6 – 8 mile route which involves crossing water which can be thigh deep. Reserving a place costs £10 per adult and £5 per child. For more details, contact Penny O'Sullivan on 07957 995 489.
Email: info@friendsofroshni.co.uk

August 29th – Keswick Agricultural Show 2016
A traditional Lake District and Cumbria agricultural show event featuring classes of Herdwick and Swaledale Sheep; Cattle; Horses; Ponies; Working Sheep Dogs; Terriers; Foxhounds; Children's Pets; Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. There will also be marquees with exhibits of Home Cooking; Local Produce; Flowers; Honey; Paintings; Leather Craft; Photography; Horn Craft; Hand Spun Woollen items and much, much more. Venue is, Pump Field, Braithwaite Old Bridge, Braithwaite, near Keswick. CA12 5TD. Begins 8.30am.
email: keswickshow@aol.com

August 29th – Garrigill Gala
An annual Bank Holiday event on Garrigill's village green with entertainment for all the family including a greasy pole competition and duck racing. Garrigill is a small village in a sheltered valley 3 miles south of Alston close to Cumbria's border with Durham.

August 29th – August Bank Holiday Monday at Cartmel Races
This is the last day of the season. It's an event which attracts top jockeys and trainers together with highly rated horses. Plenty of family fun, picnics, a fairground, and a Grand Finale. Entry from 10am. First race at 2.15pm and the last race at 5.45pm.

August 29th – Blackcombe Country Fair
There's something for everyone at this August Bank Holiday Lake District event. Traditional  Cumbria sports are well represented by Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling competitions and Fell Racing together with the crowd pleasing Terrier Racing; displays of Vintage Vehicles; Agricultural Engines; Stationery Engines; Trikes; a Cumbria Walking Stick competition; show classes for dogs; a Fell Pony display team; children's sports and much more, all providing visitors with a fascinating insight of the traditional Cumbrian way of life. The fair is held in Bootle village in the fields next to Millstones at the foot of Black Combe, the most westerly fell in the Lake District National Park. Find us on the A595 mid-way between Millom and Ravenglass. Postal code LA19 5TL.
Begins at 12 Noon. Admission £5 for adults. FREE entry for the under 15's if accompanied by an adult.  FREE parking.
www.blackcombecountryfair.co.uk

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

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.

September Events 2016

September 1 - 3rd – Ulverston CAMRA Beer Festival
Visitors to the Coronation Hall can expect over 80  Real Ales and 20 Ciders to be available.
www.furness.camra.org.uk

September 2 - 4th – Grasmere Guzzler
A weekend festival of fine ales and music at Tweedies Bar in Grasmere.  Music performed by,
Room Full of Mirrors; Righteous Bees; The Groove Cutters; The Hey Down Traders; Mission To The Watchers, and many more. A barbecue will be available throughout. FREE entry.
For more information go to www.tweediesbargrasmere.co.uk

September 3rd – Chillswim Coniston
A fully supported mass participation swimming event over the full 5.25 miles length of Coniston Water. The route starts at the south end of the lake and finishes at the north shore alongside Monk Coniston Car Park. Four boat based feed stations will be positioned along the route. FREE parking on race day for competitors. Transport to the start and from the finish to the race H.Q. Entries now open.
www.chillswim.co.uk

September 3 - 4th – Hadrian's Wall Live
A weekend of historical flavour at Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall. This year, the event will feature;
A large scale Roman Battle when the Romans take on  Barbarians
Roman Falconry Display
Theatre Performances
Gladiator Shows
Kids Sword Drills
Kids Chariot Racing
Roman Pottery
Learn more about Hadrian's Wall and Roman history with English Heritage curators.

Hot Air Balloon rides (subject to weather conditions) The rides are not suitable for under 7's and  children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Only 2 people plus pilot at any one time. The rides will last 4 – 5 minutes. Queues are likely, so please arrive early. Event times 11am till 5pm. Tickets can be bought from the shop at Birdoswald or, visit the website for tickets in advance. www.english-heritage.org.uk

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

September 3rd – Hesket Newmarket Agricultural Society Show
A typical Cumbrian agricultural show a mile or so from Caldbeck on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park between Hesket Newmarket and Newlands Mill.
 It's a celebration of years of local traditions with displays of top class livestock, horses and dog sections, a local crafts fair, side stalls poultry, sheepdogs, gun dogs, terrier racing, vintage vehicles, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and much more. Show field opens at 8.30am.
Follow signposted directions from Hesket Newmarket. Phone 016974 78213.
Email: michaelbrough417@btinternet.com

September 4th – Loweswater Show
A wide range of attractions for all at this years Loweswater Show at New House Farm in the beautiful Lorton Valley near Cockermouth. It starts at 10am with a programme of events continuing well in to the late afternoon. These include Open Sheepdog Trials; Sheep and Poultry Judging; Fell Racing; Carriage Driving; Hound Trails; Heavy Horse Judging; Children's Pets; Goat Judging; a Fancy Dress Parade ; Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling for all ages, weights and sexes, plus music by Mechanics Band, a local brass band from Cockermouth, food, and a beer tent. A great day out.
Admission for adults £6. Senior Citizens £4. Under 13 years FREE. Phone 01900 368909.
www.loweswatershow.com

September 4th – The 100th Moorcock Show
A traditional Dales Sheep Show at Mossdale farm, Hawes (on the A684 Hawes to Sedbergh road) Learn of the different local breeds of sheep including the best of Swaledale, Blue Faced Leicester, and Texal. There will be lots to see and do for all with a variety of music throughout the afternoon, and plenty of amusements to keep the kids entertained. Catering facilities and beer tent. Times 10.30am till 4.30pm.
www.moorcockshow.co.uk

September 5th - Strugglestock
Watch the Tour of Britain ascend the Lake District’s most iconic climb this September!
Kirkstone Pass, the most gruelling climb of the Stage is undoubtedly where all the action is. This year, on the 5th September 2016, the tranquillity and gentle enjoyment of the natural vista will be briefly interrupted by CBA Events Strugglestock! Join us to celebrate the Tour of Britain coming to the Lake District and have a great day out at an event designed to maximise your enjoyment of this sporting classic.
Strugglestock combines 3 great ingredients to make it an event not to be missed:
• It’s exclusive location, nestled beneath the Lakeland fells, at the summit of one of the country’s most revered hill climbs
• The Tour of Britain - An International sporting event that always delivers drama, spectacle and incredible feats of human endeavour
• A Party! With musical entertainment, great food, trade stands and awe inspiring bike stunt shows along with a huge LED screen to ensure that you don’t miss a second of the action from the entire stage
Further information can be found at www.cbaevents.co.uk/strugglestock

September 5th – Tour of Britain
The Carlisle to Kendal stage of the Tour of Britain completes the 195 kilometre leg with a tough finishing climb of Beast Banks in Kendal town centre.
www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/index.php

September 8th – Coffins, Caves, and Crags Guided Walk
Sign up for a guided walk of about 8 miles surrounded by wonderful scenery to enjoy stories of Lake District heritage. Meet at 10.30am at Ambleside Tourist Information Centre. Strong walking boots and a packed lunch needed. Adults £5. Children FREE. Phone 0845 272 0004.
Email: events@lake-district.gov.uk

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

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

September 8 - 11th – Silloth Music and Beer Festival
Four days of entertainment for all on Silloth Green. There will be headline acts and talented local bands will be invited to enjoy the experience of “the big stage”. About sixty Real Ales, many locally brewed,  twenty two draft ciders, lager, perry ciders, alcopops and soft drinks will be available. This event is organised by a not for profit committee and any profit made goes back into improving future local events on The Green. Please note that children are only allowed in to the event on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons FREE of charge if they are accompanied by a responsible adult. Early Bird weekend tickets priced at £35 will be available for a limited period. See website for ticket information.
www.sillothbeerfestival.co.uk

September – 9th – Kendal Torchlight Carnival
This years theme is “Celebrating Kendal's Spirit”. Local schools, teams and organisations combine to create a wonderful torchlight procession starting at 7.30pm through the streets of the town.
www.kendaltorchlightcarnival.co.uk

September 10th – Navigation Skills For Beginners Grasmere
A Lake District and Cumbria outdoor event where you can learn basic navigation skills within small groups on the fells surrounding Grasmere. A map and compass will be provided. Families with children of 11 years + accompanied by parent or guardian are welcome. Strong footwear and a packed lunch essential. Booking  required.
Meet at 10.00am at the Lake District National Car Park, Stock Lane, Grasmere.
Adults £15. Children £6. Email: events@lake-district.gov.uk

September 10th – Coppermines Valley and Levers Water Walk
A 5 hour walk from Coniston through Coppermines Valley to Red Dell and Levers Water returning via Boulder Valley. Starts from Coniston Tourist Information Centre at 10.30am.
Adults £5. Children FREE.  Email: events@lake-district.gov.uk

September 10th – Triathlon at Buttermere
A challenge to swim Buttermere Lake, cycle the steep climbs of Whinlatter and Honister Passes, and finally, run around the shoreline of Crummock Water. The swim is 1.5 kilometres, the cycle road route 44 kilometres, and the run 13 kilometres
www.highterrainevents.co.uk

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

September 11th - Dragon Bay
Join us for a day of dragon boating for a good cause!
The third annual Dragon Bay will be held on Sunday 11 September 2016. It is a fundraising event in partnership with Paddlers For Life, a charity that supports cancer survivors, and English Lakes Hotels.
Entry for each dragon boat of 17 team members is £595 (£35 per person). Corporate and family teams welcome.
The event will be held at the Low Wood Watersports Centre, Ambleside at 08:30.
Visit our website for more details and to register: www.dragonbay.co.uk
You can also contact Sophie Lockyer on 0333 241 2890 ext. 208 or email: sophie@cbaevents.co.uk

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

September 11th – Open Water Swim in Buttermere
A swim in one of the Lake District's most picturesque settings. You can choose to swim the whole circumference of this beautiful lake once on a 5 kilometre course, or, twice, on a course of 10 kilometres. The longer course will have a half-way cut-off time of 2hours and 15 minutes. If you do not reach the 5 kilometre marker within this time, you will be retired from the sportive.
Details on the website or phone 07535818107.
www.highterrainevents.co.uk/#!open-swim/c1kz1

September 13th – Kendal Jazz Club Gigs in Staveley
Jazz pianist Jeff Barnhart and rhythm guitarist “Spats” Langham play at the River Bar, Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley. Phone 01539 725133 for details.

September 16th – Take On The Lakes
This event offers teams of 4 to compete in three Walk, Cycle, and Canoe Challenges in the heart of the Lake District.

Challenge 1. Complete a 12 kilometre trek in the Furness Fells to the summit of Coniston Old Man in 5 hours.

Challenge 2. Cycle a 25 kilometre trail in the Grizedale Forest in 4 hours.

Challenge 3. Paddle across Coniston water in under 3 hours.

The event is in support of Whizz-Kidz. The monies raised will go towards the cost of providing a powered chair for a disabled child. Sign up for this good cause on the website.
www.whizz-kidz.org.uk

September 17th – Ulverston Lantern Festival
The lantern processions will start from from four assembly points before merging in to one at County Square between 8.25pm and 8.35pm. From there, the procession will continue to Ford Park where there will be a Grand Finale of a firework display and a gathering of all the lanterns accompanied by music and family entertainment. Lantern making sessions will be held in late August/early September. (call 07761-930627 for more information) In addition, lantern kits will be available from town centre locations of “Boogle & Bumps”; Appleseeds; Laurel & Hardy Museum; The Book Shack in the Market Hall and Costa Cafe.
Assembly points are;
The Parish Church. Start time 7.50pm
Croftlands Community Centre. Start time 7.45pm
Auctionmart Yard. Start time 7.55pm
Hillfoot Hotel. Start time 8.05pm.

September 17 - 25th – Sedbergh Sheepfest 2016
A fun celebration of sheep where businesses and organisations display sheep they have made for displays on and around Sedbergh's Main Street, and at Fairfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre on Garsdale Road. There will be crafts, stalls, music and more with most events taking place during the opening weekend. Phone 015396 20125.
Email tic@sedbergh.org.uk

September 22 - 25th – Festival of the Fells
This is the country's first festival of it's kind. Organised by “Ambleside Together”, it's an event to celebrate the wonderful landscapes, seascapes, traditions, culture, history, and outdoor activities of the Lake District and Cumbria. During the four days, there will be guided walks over Loughrigg and Wansfell, Red Screes, and the Fairfield Horseshoe, swimming in the lakes and tarns, food from local produce, music, and much more.
www.facebook.com/LoveAmbleside

September 24th – Eskdale Show
This Lake District event is the oldest agricultural show for Herdwick Sheep in the country. It's a show for both locals and visitors to the region to enjoy where links to old farming traditions are the main feature. The programme of events begins at 9.45 am and continues throughout the day till 5pm.  There will be Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling competitions; Fell Races; Hound Trailing; Terrier Racing; Children's Sports; Judging of Sheep and plenty more including lots to keep the children entertained, a tent full of tea and cakes, and a beer tent. The show takes place on the field next to the King George1V Inn in the walkers paradise of the Eskdale Valley.
www.eskdaleshow.co.uk

September 24 - 25th – Taste Cumbria Cockermouth 2016
For the 7th year, the very best of Lake District and Cumbria produce will be on show in Cockermouth's Main Street. There'll be lots of activities for the kids together with food and drink demonstrations and the ever popular “Master Classes”. On the Friday night, the Trout Hotel will provide entertainment of comedy, and dancing to live music on Saturday night. Look out for the return of the Beer Festival being held in a “secret location”. Phone 01228 612740.
www.tastecumbria.co.uk

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.

October Events 2016

October 2nd – Great Cumbrian Run at Carlisle Castle
A 13.1 mile half-marathon starting from Carlisle Castle. The route passes through the city centre before entering open countryside and on to the picturesque villages of Cumwhinton, Wetheral, and Scotby. Starts 10am prompt and all runners should be at the start at least 30 minutes before.
www.cumbrianrun.co.uk

October 3rd – Posh Nosh Food and Wine Night at Sun Inn
Good food and wine at the 17th C Sun Inn in the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale. Starts 7.30pm.
Phone: 015242 71965.

October 6 - 9th – RSPB Red Deer Cruise at Ullswater Steamers
An RSPB escorted private cruise from Glenridding to Howtown and then transfers in to Martindale to witness Natures spectacle of the Red Deer Rut. This is a wonderful day out for all ages and one of Natures special events. Please wear suitable clothing and take a packed lunch as only light refreshments will be available on board. This is one of the Lake District and Cumbria's most popular events so please book early as there are only limited spaces available. Dogs are not permitted. Departs from Glenridding Pier at 10.30am and returns at 3.30pm.
www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk

October 8th – Bendrigg Trust Fundraising Evening
Delicious food, dancing, a chilli supper, a licenced bar, an auction, and plenty of fun at the Bendrigg Trust, Old Hutton, near Kendal from 7.30pm till 11pm. The Lakeland Fiddlers will lead the dancing. Phone 01539 723766.
Email: jo@bendrigg.org.uk

October 8th – Lakes in a Day Ultra Run
A run of 50 miles with ascents totalling 4,000 metres from Caldbeck on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park via Helvellyn Ridge to Cartmel, “the home of Sticky Toffee”, in the south of the region. You don't have to be a fast runner,but, there are “cut offs” based on a slow jog of 6 kilometre per hour plus one hour per 1,000 metres of ascent. A £500 cash prize will be offered to the first lady or first man to set a new course record. See the website for full details of the route, registration, prices, camping, car parking, and coach transfer service.
www.lakesinaday.co.uk

October 8th – Wasdale Head Show and Shepherds Meet
This event maintains the long history and traditions with an annual show which began as just a small gathering of farmers more than a century ago. It's a wonderful day out with something of interest for everyone surrounded by the most imposing fells in the Lake District and Cumbria. The programme of events includes;
Herdwick Sheep, Dogs, Hound Trails, Fell Racing, Children's Sports, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, Vintage Machinery, Terrier Racing, Judging of Shepherds Crooks, The Best Beard, The Best Shepherds Boots, Sheep Shearing Demonstrations.
All this and more together with plenty of homemade food, a licensed bar, trade stands, a Craft Barn and FREE car parking.
www.wasdaleheadshow.co.uk

October 11th – Kendal Jazz Club Gigs in Staveley
The Tim Kliphuis Trio play hi-energy blends of classical, gypsy jazz, and folk music at the River Bar, Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley. Begins 8pm
www.kendaljazzclub.co.uk

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

October 14-16th - Unveiling the Divine: Honouring the Sacred Feminine (Kendal)
We are supporting Rumi's Circle in their first annual gathering exploring the Sacred Feminine within different faiths and spaces. Join us for a weekend of spiritual conversation, heart reflections, meditation, prayer, music and movement. Includes a sacred music concert with Turkish folk songs and whirling dervishes on Saturday night. See the website for more details on the range of speakers and registration: http://unveilingthedivine.com/

October 24 - 28th – Witches and Wizards Week
A week of ghosts, ghouls, wizards and witches at Haverthwaite and the Lakes Aquarium. Children are invited to go in fancy dress and earn a FREE train ride and entry to Lakes Aquarium. Please note , children must be travelling with a full fare paying adult.
Venue is Haverthwaite Station. LA12 8AL. Phone 015395 31594.
www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

October 26 - 31st – Halloween Week at Muncaster Castle
Fun for all throughout the week at one of Britain’s most haunted castles.
Crafts for Kids in the Ghostly Grotto
Evening Castle Tours (must be pre-booked)
Fire Juggling
A Cannon Blow-out
Muncaster Monster Cabaret
Owl Display (not Sunday 30th)
A Scary Maze
A Live Theatre Experience
A Firework Extravaganza on the 30th.
Times 10.30am until 8pm.
www.muncaster.co.uk

October 26th – Halloween Hoot at Brockhole (Nr. Windermere)
Go along to Brockhole Visitor Centre to meet Dumbledore, the White Faced Owl; Tassle and Ivy, the Barn Owls, and Eggnog, the Little Owl. This event will appeal to  all, especially children of all ages (who must be accompanied by an adult) Sessions at 11am; 12 Noon; 1pm, and 2pm.
Phone 0845 272 0004.

October 29 - 30th – Ghoulish Scavenger Hunt at Brockhole (Nr. Windermere)
Join in the hunt around the grounds of the Lake District Visitor Centre. Starts at 11am. Suitable for all ages. No booking required. Just turn up. Phone 0845 272 0004.

October 29 - 30th – Kendal Wool Gathering
The Wool Gathering Festival is a mixture of fun activities, displays and demonstrations connected to the famous Kendal Green Cloth on which the town's prosperity was built. A wide range of stalls and stands representing all aspects of wool products including carpets, looms, spinning wheels and crafts will be on display at K Village plus livestock, walks and talks at Netherfield Place. Linked fun events will also take place throughout the town.
www.kendalwoolgathering.co.uk

October 30th – Halloween at World of Beatrix Potter
Spooky crafts; magic pumpkins, and face painting at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere. FREE admission for children in fancy dress. Times 10am till 4pm.
Phone: 0844 504 1233 Ext: 277.

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.

November Events 2016

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

November 5th – Carlisle Fireshow at Bitts Park
This spectacular Lake District and Cumbria event, attracting around 35,000 visitors, is listed in the top 10 firework and bonfire displays in the country. Pre- entertainment begins at 6.30pm with the show starting at 6.45pm and the lighting of the bonfire at 7pm.
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 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 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 – (Provisional date) Kendal Christmas Lights Switch On
K Village; the Market Place and Finkle Street. Phone 01539 793390.

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

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

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

 

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

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