Lake District and Cumbria Events 2015 by Date

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September Events 2015

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

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

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

September 5th – Hesket Newmarket Agricultural Show
A traditional agricultural show  featuring top class livestock in a show said to be one of the finest exhibitions of animals anywhere in the North of England. There’ll be Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; a Tug of War, a vintage vehicle display and lots more to complete a perfect family day out in one of Cumbrias most scenic areas.

September 5th – Alston Agricultural Show
Sheep classes; dog classes; terrier racing. Licensed bar, refreshments; childrens sports and rides. A day for all the family.

September 5th – Coniston Chill Swim
This is an opportunity to raise money for charity by taking part in a fully supported mass participation swim over the full 5.25 mile length of Coniston Water

September 5 - 6th – The Big Roman Soldier Event
This event takes place between 11am and 5pm at Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall. Visitors to the fort will meet Legio I Italica, the 80 strong Imperial Roman Army from Italy. You will be able to see them practice combat skills, battle tactics and artillery firepower. All this will be followed by a battle re-enactment between 80 legionaries and 50 barbarians.
The Roman Legionary was a professional infantryman. Only Roman citizens could sign up for the army. They were not allowed to marry. A Centurion was in charge of 80 of these men. In battle, they would first throw their special spear, called a pilum. Phone 016977 47602.

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

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

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

September 6th – Classic Vehicle Drive In Day
An event when proud owners of classic vehicles take them for display at the Lakeland Motor Museum. There will be cars, vans, trucks and motor cycles together with the museums own indoor collection. Food and drinks available in the café from 9.30am. till 5.30pm.
Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow, near Newby Bridge. LA12 8TA.

September 6th – The 9 Bar Helvellyn Triathlon
This is a very challenging event which has been rated in Europes Top 10 Toughest Races on the Planet. Beginning from Glenridding, this years relay option consists of a 1 mile swim in Ullswater; a 38 mile cycle ride including the Kirkstone Pass and a 9 mile run up the 3118 feet of Helvellyn, the Lake Districts third highest fell.

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

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

September 10th – Westmorland County Show
This is one of the best attended agricultural shows in the Lake District & Cumbria attracting around 30,000 visitors each year. Sections will feature cattle; sheep; goats; horses; pigs; heavy horses; alpacas; dogs and poultry. There will be marquees for Learning for Life; Cumbrian Arts & Crafts; food from local produce; trade stands and the ever popular Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling with many of the competitors in traditional costumes. All this together with ongoing arena events ensures an entertaining day at Lane Farm, Crooklands, near Kendal.

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

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

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

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

September 12th – Alston Flower Show

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

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

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

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

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

September 20th – Borrowdale Shepherds Meet
This is a show of Herdwick and Swaledale sheep who have been carefully washed and brushed by their owners to look their best for the best in class competitions. There will also be sheepdog trials; a Shepherds Crook and Stick Show; a sheep shearing demonstration; a senior fell race; childrens' sports for the under 11's and much more to keep young and old entertained throughout the day. The venue is Yew Tree farm, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale near Keswick.
Post Code CA12 5XB.

September 21st – The Splendour of Ullswater
A bus ride to Aira Force waterfall and then continue on foot to Gowbarrow for wonderful views. The return is along the western shoreline of Ullswater to Glenridding. The event starts at 10am from the Tourist Information Centre in Glenridding. The route of 12 kilometres is graded as moderate. Booking is essential.
Phone 017684 82414.

September 22nd – St. Sunday Crag via Grisedale
A strenuous guided walk of 16 kilometres over St. Sunday Crag via Deepdale House and on  through the scenic Grisedale Valley. The return is through Patterdale. Please note, the walk is graded as “very hard”. Adult £5. Children FREE. Booking is essential. Starts at 10am from the Tourist Information Centre in Glenridding.
Phone 017684 82414.

September 23rd  – Doing the Dodds
This is a guided walk of almost 11 miles and graded as, “very hard.” The route ascends by Sticks Pass, and then passes along the ridge by Watson's Dodd to Great Hodd. The return is via Stybarrow and Greenside. The walk starts from the Tourist Information Centre in Glenridding at 10am. Booking is essential. Adults £5. Children FREE.
Phone 017684 82414.

These walking events are a small selection from Ullswater Walking Festival. For details of the full programme or to book online go to or phone 017684 82414.

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

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

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

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

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

October Events 2015

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

October 2 - 4th – The Broughton Festival of Beer
At least 90 ales will be on offer at several festival venues in and around Broughton-in-Furness on the Furness Peninsula. Pubs taking part will be open all day and buses will be running between some of the venues

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

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

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

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

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

October 4th – The Ride for Michael Bonney Cycle Sportive
A choice of two routes beginning from Penrith Leisure Centre. One is the long route of approximately 60 miles and the other is of around 30 miles. Both are along quiet scenic roads without any major ascents. Michael Bonney fell from his bicycle during a sportive event in 2013 and suffered severe spinal injuries which left him paralysed from the neck down.

October 10th – Lakes in a Day Walk
A journey of 50 miles on foot with 4,000 metres of ascent from the head of the Lake District at Caldbeck to Cartmel. The route includes the Helvellyn Ridge and the western shore of Lake Windermere.

October 10th – Wasdale Head Show & Shepherds Meet
This Lake District & Cumbria traditional show is held in the spectacular scenery of Wasdale overlooked by Englands' highest mountain of Scafell Pike and alongside Englands' deepest lake of Wastwater. It's an authentic traditional event featuring fell racing; hound trails; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; a sheep shearing competition; vintage classes of tractors and agricultural machinery, cars and motorbikes; trade stands; refreshments and a bar; childrens' sports; terrier racing and more. At the heart of the show are the Herdwick sheep and, just for fun, the Best Beard and the Best Shepherds Boots competitions. FREE car parking available. For Sat Nav users the Post Code is CA20 1EX.

October 10th – Kentmere – a Valley with a Past
A scenic circular walk in the lovely Kentmere Valley, near Staveley. Learn about it's fascinating history. The walk is over a distance of a little more than 6 miles. The route is classed as “moderate” and will take about 5 hours. Starts at 10.30am from Wilf's Cafe, Mill Yard, Staveley.
FREE, but donations are welcome. Just turn up.

October 11th – Apple Day at Acorn Bank
This Lake District & Cumbria event held at Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby, in the Eden Valley, is all about apples. It will include, apple identification, advice surgeries, pruning demonstrations, apple tasting, grafted trees for sale, stalls, and much more for the apple lover. This event is a great way to spend an autumn Sunday in Cumbria's beautiful Eden Valley. Times 11am till 4.30pm

October 15th – Burlesque Life Drawing
Welcome to an evening at the Old Fire Station, Penrith. Artist Alex Jacob-Whitworth and Gavin Pollock will lead a pilot art session, which, if successful, will become a regular feature. Models, paint, pencils, and cool music provided. Tickets £10. Over 18's only.

October 15th – First Jump Meeting of the New Season at Carlisle Racecourse
The gates open at 12.10pm for 7 National Hunt races. First race at 2pm. Although car parking is available, visitors can use Reay's bus service which operates on race days from Carlisle Bus Station to the racecourse. Buses run 90 minutes and 45 minutes before the first race, and return to Carlisle 5 minutes and 35 minutes after the last race. The fare costs £1.60 each way.
Phone 01228 554700.

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

October 17th – Brough Farmers Market
A farmers market held entirely under cover at the Memorial Hall, Brough, near Kirkby Stephen, in the Eden Valley. Times from 9.30am till midday. Further markets on November 21st and December 19th.

October 18th – Ennerdale Trail Run
A trail- running Lake District & Cumbria event in the remote Ennerdale Valley on the western edge of the Lake District National Park. Surrounded by some of the Lake District's most spectacular mountains, entrants have a choice of routes over three distances of 10 kilometres, 25 kilometres, and 50 kilometres. For details visit the organisers website.

October 20th – Penrith Farmers Market
The market offers a wide and appetising selection of local specialities in the centre of this historic Eden Valley town. Times 9.30am till 2.30pm. Further market days on November 17th and December 15th.
Phone 01768 212150.

October 24th – Little Monster Crafts at Allan Bank
Come along between 10am and 4pm to Allan Bank in Grasmere to prepare yourself for Halloween. This is a chance to make a witches hat, a Halloween mask, or a basket for your “trick or treat” sweets. Entry FREE.
Phone 015394 35143.

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

October 24 - 25th – Spooktacular Sizergh at Sizergh
A fun weekend with lots of fun for the kids at Sizergh Castle near Kendal.

October 24 - 25th – Kendal Wool Gathering
The event will be held at Lakes Outlet, K-Village, Kendal. It's a mix of activities linked to the “Kendal Green” cloth on which Kendal's early prosperity was built. Some of the activities will be held in the towns shopping precincts. For details and timing of events over the two days go to

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

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

October 27th – October Half Term at Tullie House and Museum
This is the first of three days of children's activities in Cumbria's historic capital city. On this date, come along and carve your own spooky Halloween pumpkin from 1pm till 4pm.
October 29th – Learn all about bats and make your own Batty Hat from 1pm till 4pm.
October 31st – Celebrate bonfire night with colourful crafts and edible fireworks from 1pm till 4pm.

October 29th – Re-Wilding Britain at Eden Arts
George Monbiot, environmentalist, activist, and Guardian columnist, will give a talk about his vision for bringing back missing species and ecosystems at the Old Fire Station, Penrith. Begins at 7pm.
Phone 01768 899444.

October 29th – Kids' Halloween Party Night
Halloween fun at Brockhole Visitor Centre (Windermere) from 2pm till 5pm. Suitable for 4 to 11 year olds.
Booking essential. Price £9.50. Phone 0845 272 0004.

October 30th – Halloween Party Fun
Another afternoon of Halloween fun for 4 to 11 year olds at Brockhole Visitor Centre between Windermere and Ambleside. Price £9.50. Booking essential. Phone 0845 272 0004.

October 31st – Ghoulish Lantern Making
Choose and carve your own pumpkin and enjoy a spooky walk in the gardens at Brockhole Visitor Centre. Sessions at 12 noon, 1.30pm, and 3pm. Suitable for all ages. Booking recommended. Price £3. Book online at

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

October 31st – Carlisle Fireshow
Spellbound sensations at Bitt's Park, Carlisle. This year, 2015, a giant bonfire will form the centrepiece of the event, and a spectacular firework display will ensure the event really does “go with a bang”. Pre-entertainment will begin at 6.30pm, and the bonfire will be lit at 7pm. A fairground will be open in Devonshire Walk car park at 5.30pm.
Earlier in the day, from 2pm till 6pm, a Fireshow Funday will be held in the city centre. FREE activities including street entertainers and much more for the family to enjoy.

November Events 2015

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

November 6th – Fireworks Night at Hayes Garden World
An evening of fireworks, bonfire style food, and late night shopping at Hayes Garden World, Ambleside.
Please note that admission is by ticket only and it is essential to book in advance.
Times 6pm till 9pm.
Phone 015394 33434.

November 7th – Lakeland Trials Vintage Cars
Classic sports cars of the 1920's and 1930's meet at the foot of Honister Pass for one of the most dramatic stages of this Vintage Sports Car Club event. From there, they make their way up the steep winding road  on the side of the 2,126 feet of Fleetwith Pike.

November 7th – Christmas Craft & Gift Fair at Dallam School
A wide range of craft stalls selling Christmas gifts, 2 miles from Arnside, at Dallam School, Milnthorpe. Takes place between 10am and 3pm. Refreshments will be available.

November 7th – December 23rd – German Christmas Market at Hayes Garden World
A Christmas Market with Christkindlmarkt atmosphere, will offer German inspired Christmas treats and much more. The market will be open daily, and from November 14th , the kids can visit Father Christmas in his own igloo.
Phone 015394 33434.

November 7th – Cartmel Fell Community Trust Bonfire Party
A lantern procession, fireworks, story telling by the fire, mulled wine, and a hot-pot supper, plus a children's lantern competition. The procession will leave the Parish Hall at Cartmel Fell at 6pm, and take the guy to the bonfire. Tickets cost £8 (children £4) to include supper. If food is not required, tickets are £5 per adult and children FREE. Tickets can be bought in advance from Bowland Bridge Stores or at the bonfire on the night.

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

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

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

November 14th – The Winter Droving at Eden Arts
“Come rams and lambs, heifers and hens, and dance throughout the town”.
A family day of entertainment in the “Walkers are Welcome” town of Penrith, in Cumbria's Eden Valley. Starting at midday, there will be a Cumbrian food and craft market, street performances, live music, a funfair, dogs fancy dress competition and much more.
From 5.30pm onwards, a Masquerade Fire and Light procession will pass through the town, and at 8pm, a Winter Droving Big Bash After Party will be held at Penrith Leisure Centre. Don't forget to wear a mask and carry a fire torch. The full timetable of events will be available from selected Penrith retailers. Tickets available from the Leisure Centre.
Phone 01768 863450 or email: 

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

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

November 21st – Switch On Barrow Christmas Lights
An afternoon of entertainment and the switch-on of Barrow Christmas Lights. Times and artistes to be confirmed nearer the date. Phone Anne Taylforth on 01229 876389 or email:

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

November 28 - 29th– Santa Express
Reserved seating on the Ravenglass Railway on a journey from Ravenglass to meet Father Christmas at Dalegarth in his Gingerbread Grotto.

December Events 2015

December 1st – 200 Years of the Cumberland News
An exhibition celebrating 200 years of Cumberland news stories and photographs at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery in Carlisle. FREE entry. Phone 01228 618718.

December 3rd – The Debatable Lands of the Border Ballads
Join scholars and singers at Tullie House Museum and learn of 16th C cross-border politics, and the arts and intrigues of 18th C and 19th C ballad collections. Begins 7.30pm.
Phone 01228 618718.

December 5th – Christmas on The Green at Milnthorpe
Festive entertainment by local performers, market stalls, and a Santa's Grotto from 10.30am till 3pm on the Green, Market Square, Milnthorpe, near Arnside.

December 5 - 6th – Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair
An annual event beginning at 2pm in Kirkby Lonsdale Market Square. Santa's Grotto will be there together with a small children's fair, stalls,and street entertainment. A Santa parade will set off from Booth's supermarket at 2pm on the Sunday, and proceed down Mitchelgate to Market Square, via Market Street, and Main Street. This event is a family day out for all the family to enjoy. Phone 017831 260119 for details.

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

December 12th – Grizedale Forest Night Runner
A 10 kilometre course starting and finishing at Grizedale Visitors Centre. The route is uphill for the first half, and descends for the second half. Although the uphill section is not too steep, runners will find it is a test of legs and lungs. The event takes place in the evening in darkness, and so head torches are compulsory.

December 12th – Santa Special Cruise
Join Santa and his helpers for a 90 minute cruise aboard a heated modern launch on Lake Windermere. Christmas games, music, sherry and mince pies for adults, and a wrapped present for each child. There will be two cruises on each day departing from Bowness Pier at 11.30am and 2pm. More cruises at the same times on December 13th, 19th, and 20th.  Early booking is advised

December 26th – Boxing Day Dip
Whatever the weather, go along to Brockhole Visitor Centre for a Boxing Day Swim at 11am.

December 26th – Festive Wonderland Wander
A chance to walk off the Christmas pud with a stroll through Guard Wood to Boon Crag, and on to Tarn Hows, one of the most photographed places in the Lake District and Cumbria. Return down Tom Gill and Yewdale. The walk starts from Coniston Tourist Information Centre at 10.30am. Distance 10 kilometres. Takes around 5 hours. FREE, but donations are welcome. Just turn up.