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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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 – Grange Band Concert
A “Summer Music in the Park” event at the Park Road Gardens Bandstand in Grange-over-Sands. The performance begins at 2pm but if there is wet weather, the concert will be held in the Victoria Hall on Main Street, or, in the Methodist Church on Kents Bank Road. Admission is FREE with a collection to cover the musicians expenses. Refreshments will also be available with proceeds going to local charities and good causes.

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 5th – Cartmel Walking to Health
Cartmel's Health Walk Group will meet at 10.45 to begin a gentle walk of about 2 miles through the woods and fields of the lovely Cartmel Valley. The event starts from the entrance to Cartmel Racecourse Grandstand (not the public car park) For more information, contact Cartmel Surgery or Ewen Cameron on 07929 833528.

September 6 – 9th – Month of Culture in Cartmel Priory
The historic Cartmel Priory welcomes you to a month of culture beginning with 4 performances  of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” starting at 7.30pm. On these dates limited seating is available. Later in the month, La Serenisssima, one of the UK's leading performance ensembles who specialise in the music of Vivaldi and contemporaries give a performance on September 23rd  to be followed on September 30th by Jess Gillam who made history in 2016 as the first saxophonist to win the woodwind final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Tickets available from the Priory Shop in the village.

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 8 - 10th – Lakes Alive Kendal
Organisers promise a weekend of “intimate spectacular happenings” across Kendal and the wider Lake District National Park. This years theme is “Cultural Landscapes” in celebration of the Lake Districts inclusion on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It's an event with a FREE programme of world class contemporary art and happenings brought to you by artists from home and abroad. Take your own picnic or buy from local traders on site and join a mass community get-together with music and merriment alongside the River Kent; explore the green spaces of Kendal and art installations across 10 locations; take part in dance, music, poetry and theatre. See website for full details of this exciting Lake District & Cumbria event.

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 8-17th - C-Art Festival
C-Art Festival is Cumbria’s award winning festival promoting Cumbria’s contemporary arts. 152 artists in 60 places feature in a programme that includes the big C-Art exhibition at Rheged, the widest reaching Art in Extraordinary Places yet (across Cumbria from Walney to Carlisle) the new Art Fair and the Open Studios, and this year even more... find out what’s planned at

September 9th – Keswick Force Crag Open Day
This event takes place  between 10.30am and 3pm and is only accessible on foot, bike, or National Trust 4x4. It's an opportunity to discover a Lake District secret at the head of the remote Coledale Valley at the foot of the Wainwright Fells near Keswick. Please note the event is not suitable for small children or children who need to be carried. Dogs on leads are welcome. Meet at Force Crag Mine which was the last working metal mine in the region (grid ref: 198 216) or at the Noble Knot Car Park (grid ref: 223 244) for a lift on National Trust transport which leaves at 10 minutes past the hour starting at 10.10am.  Phone 017687 74649.

September 9th – An Evening of Cumbrian Contemporary and Traditional Songs
Join Craig Duggan at Coniston Sports & Social Club for an evening of traditional Cumbrian songs. Begins 7.30pm. All proceeds in aid of Coniston Mountain Rescue. Buy your tickets at Coniston Information Centre on Ruskin Avenue. Their opening hours are;
Summer. Friday to Tuesday 9.30am till 5pm and 10am till 2pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Winter.   Sunday to Thursday 10am till2pm and 10am till 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Phone: 015394 41533.

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 10 - Calgarth Park Open Day
As part of the Heritage Open Days national event, Calgarth Park, at Troutbeck Bridge, will be open from 10am to 4.30pm. Short talks and tours will be available plus displays of costumes and historic photographs telling the story of this historic house. Home-baking and refreshments available. or telephone 015394 43016.

September 13th – Gigs in Staveley
Master musicians Keith Nichols and Trevor Whiting perform an evening of jazz at the River Bar, Hawkshead Brewery (next to Wilf's Cafe) Mill Yard, Staveley. Doors open at 7.30pm and entertainment begins at 8pm. Phone 01539 725133.

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 14 – 15 - 16th – Antique and Collectors Fair
A small antique and collectors fair in the centre of this beautiful Lake District village. Vintage jewellery; antiques; collectables; decorative arts; furniture; vintage linens; china.
Venue: Tithe Barn, Church Stile. Grasmere.  Entrance 50 Pence. Phone 078411 45692.
Times 10am till 7pm on 14 and 15th and 10am till 4pm on the 16th .

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 16th – Ulverston Lantern Festival
This event is one of Ulverston's favourite festivals. It's a spectacular lantern procession of four separate parades which will converge on County Square in the town centre at around 8.30pm.  To be followed by fireworks, music, and entertainment. Visit the website for details of parade times, assembly points and the route of the procession.

September 16th – St: Catherine's Hospice Cross Bay Walk
Take the family along for an 8 mile guided walk across the sands from Arnside to Kent's Bank and help raise vital funds for St: Catherine's Hospice. Registration is £10 per adult and £5 for children. All participants of 17 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Be there at12 noon for a 2.30pm start. Transport will be available from St: Catherine's to Arnside subject to demand. St: Catherine's is an adult hospice serving people from Chorley, Longridge, Preston and South Ribble. For more details phone Hayley Jackson on 01772 629171.
Email:  or visit

September 16th – Penrith Moonlight Walk
This is a sponsored 5 mile walk in support of Hospice at Home starting at 8.15pm from Penrith Leisure Centre. It's a fun event for all the family to take part . There will be “freebies” including glow sticks, a lanyard, a T-Shirt; refreshments on route and a bacon “buttie at the end.
Walkers are encouraged to wear fancy dress if possible. Phone 01768 210719.  

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.

September 17th and 25th– Coniston Hills Gills and Falls Walk
This Coniston event is a guided Lake District National Park Authority 5 hour walk over Tom Heights to the delightful Colwith Force Waterfall and Holme Fell. Strong walking boots and a packed lunch are essential. Booking is advised although you can just turn up on the day. The walk starts from Tom Gill Car Park at Glen Mary Bridge ( SD 321998) at 10.30am.
Adults £5. Children FREE. Phone 0845 272 0004.

September 21 - 25th – Festival of The Fells
An event in the small Lake District town of Ambleside, a town which has been described as “The most beautiful little town in England”. This is a mountain outdoor activity and cultural festival designed to appeal to fell lovers of all levels, but there will be lots of interest for people who just love Ambleside. Pre-booking is advised and could be essential to secure your place on activities. Contact Paul McDougall on 07814 489310.
Email or visit

September 23 - 24th  – Binoculars and Open Day at Leighton Moss
You are invited to go along to the Leighton Moss Nature Reserve for some hands-on advice about binoculars and telescopes from the Reserves friendly team. Times 10am. till 4pm.
Location Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale near Arnside.
This event is repeated on 28th and 29th October and 25th and 26th November.
Phone: 01524 701601.

September 24th – Urswick Rushbearing Festival
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.

September 24th – Grange-over-Sands Prom Art
This event is said to be the largest open-air arts and crafts fair in the Lake District and Cumbria. Prom Art is a showcase of arts and crafts displayed on around 70 stalls along the Victorian promenade overlooking the beautiful Morecambe Bay estuary at Grange-over-Sands in the south of the Lake District. Times 10am till 4pm.

September 28th – Staveley Monthly Walk
This event is the last of this years gentle monthly walks. Starts from Abbey Square, Staveley, at 7pm. All are welcome.

September 29th – October 1st – Lake District Challenge Climb Scafell Pike at Wasdale
A Lake District charity challenge event in support of The Royal Society for Blind Children. This is an opportunity to join a friendly hiking group on a hike to the summit of the Lake District's highest and one of the most stunning peaks in the region. RSBC provide accommodation and meals and experienced mountain guides will give all the help you may need to reach the top. The event begins at Wasdale Hall in Seascale. The registration fee is £75 with a reduced rate for groups, and a fund raising target of £395. The organisers suggest an arrival time of 6.30pm on the 29th  in time for a team briefing to be held at 8pm to prepare everyone for the climb on the following day beginning around 9am. Phone 0203 198 0225.

October Events 2017

October 1st – A Tatie Pot O' Dialect
Come and meet “Fussy Muck Wully” an' “Wheezelin Tom” together with “Lang Isaac frae't Lonnin an' “Westlinton Jwohn”. Here at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, members of the Lakeland Dialect Society continue with the tradition of presenting a programme of much loved songs and stories of the region for your entertainment.
“Rare ould sangs in Cummerlin toak,
 (rare old songs in Cumbrian talk)
 Comical tealls ' Cummerlin ' fwok”
 (comical tales of Cumbrian folk)
Begins &.30pm. Phone 017687 74411.

October 1st – Great Cumbrian Run
This is a half marathon event starting from Carlisle's historic castle. It follows a route through the city centre and on into the open countryside passing through the pretty Cumbrian villages of Cumwhinton, Wetheral and Scotby before returning through the parks of Carlisle to the finish in the Sheepmount Athletic Stadium where shower facilities are available. Begins 10am. The organiser is Pete Murray who can be contacted on 01228 633766 for registration details.

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 6 - 8th – Borderlines Book Festival 2017
A celebration of the written and spoken word to promote literacy and a life-long love of reading across all sections and ages of the community. The venues are;
Cakes & Ale Cafe. 17- 19 Castle Street. Phone 01228 544560.
Carlisle Cathedral. Phone 01228 548151.
Carlisle Library. Phone 01228 227321.
Crown & Mitre Hotel. English Street. Phone 01228 525491.
Tullie House. Castle Street. Phone 01228 618718.
Find out who is appearing at the festival from the website.

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 - 14th – ABA Grasmere Book Fair 2017
Exhibitors at the fair will offer for sale antiquarian and second hand books; prints;maps; paper ephemera. This event will run in tandem with bookish themed events at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere. Venue. The Village Hall, Broadgate. Grasmere.
Times. Friday 12.30pm till 5pm. Saturday 10.30am till 5pm.  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 21st – November 5th – Woodland Pumpkin Trail at Allan Bank
During this period, the woodland around the National Trusts Allan Bank in the centre of Grasmere will be inhabited by spooky pumpkins. You are invited to go along and see how many you can find, and, don't  forget to check inside the Hair Raising Tunnel. Times 10.30am till 4pm. Price £2.
Phone 015394 35143.

October 25 - 26th – Grange-over-Sands Pumpkin Walk
Come along for a walk along the promenade and see the pumpkins placed between the Lido and the play park. There will be more than 300 on display with carved ones; painted ones and others with all sorts of decorations. This event has been organised once again by Tracy of the “Keg & Kitchen”. Times 6pm till 9pm. More details from 015395 83325.

October 26th - Calling all Mucky Pups! SPLAT HALLOWEEN MESSY PLAY AT THE ZOO!
Thursday 26th October, 10:30am
Safari Zoo, Melton Terrace, Lindal-In-Furness, LA12 0LU
A Spooky Spectacular Sensory Experience for children 5 months+.
Cost £10 – includes 1 x adult Zoo entry for the day and splat messy play session for one child, additional children charged at £3.50.
We have teamed up with the fantastic Rachael from Splat Messy Play East Cheshire to offer a Halloween themed Splat Messy Play here at Cumbria Zoo, come get messy and make new friends whilst exploring new tastes smells and touch.
We will be keeping specific activities secret to avoid spoiling the surprise but you and your little ones could be:
• Making a Halloween mask
• Proving who has the loudest and scariest scream
• Mixing sloppy slime and frogs legs in our witches cauldron
• Hunting for sticky spiders in the fluffy web
• Getting mucky with the pumpkin gloop, chocolate mess and ghostly playdough
• Catching the black worms
**Parents/guardians must stay with their children throughout the messy play. Children must be 5 months and upwards or, if younger, be able to sit unaided. The class will offer crafts and painting to interest older children around 6 years old. Splat Messy Play is wheelchair accessible and perfect for children of all abilities as it teaches essential key skills such as sharing, meeting new people, trying new foods and experiencing new things. Splat Messy Play substances are all non-toxic and hypoallergenic/dermatologically tested. Rachel will sometimes create new substances using household cupboard items or build household items involving wheat, dairy or eggs into the play session – please advise any allergies on booking so we can avoid use of these products if necessary.

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October 26 - 31st – Halloween at Muncaster Castle
A Halloween event at one of what is said to be Britain’s most haunted castles overlooking the Ravenglass estuary.
Attractions will include;
Muncaster Monster Cabaret
Halloween Ghost Tour
The Scary Maze
Scary storytelling & songs in the churchyard
A samba band, plus much more will make this an exciting and memorable Halloween experience surrounded by the fells of the Western Lake District. See the website for ticket information and full details.

October 27 - 28th – Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Ghost Train
You are invited to come along and take a ride in darkness on board the Ghost Train leaving from Dalegarth station at 6pm. Please make sure to park in Ravenglass and allow enough time to catch the train up the valley to Dalegarth where there will be Halloween activities including face painting; spooky arts; crafts, and a spooky sweet goody- bag for the kids. Tickets cost £16 per adult; children from 8 to 15 years £8;  under 3's FREE. The price of the ticket includes all day travel on the railway and a reserved seat on the Ghost Train. It's a very popular Lake District event and tickets must be booked in advance.
The event takes place again on 30 and 31st of October. Phone Claire Woodburn on 01229 717171 or email:

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 and an evening procession of torches.

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 3rd – Kendal Winter Festival & Fireworks Display
There is no charge for entry to this event at Kendal Rugby Club, Shap Road, Kendal, but all donations will be put aside for next years display.

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 4th – Carlisle Fireshow at Bitts Park
More than 35,000 people are expected to to attend the Lake District & Cumbria's biggest Guy Fawkes bonfire and firework display. It's a family event and no alcohol will be permitted on site or within the fairground in the Devonshire Walk Car Park. Bitts Park is situated off the A595 and Hardwicke Circus close to Carlisle city centre. There will be a parking charge but Bitts Park is accessible by public transport from Carlisle Railway Station. Phone 01228598596.
Pre-entertainment starts at 18.45 and the bonfire lit at 19.00.

November 4th – Beech Hill Hotel Guy Fawkes Night Party
A 3 course dinner; fire performers and spectacular firework display over the waters of Lake Windermere, England's largest lake. Phone 0844 50 27587.

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 5th – Cockermouth Firework Display
Begins at 6pm in the Memorial Gardens.

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 18th - Kendal Mountain Festival Adidas Terrex 10K Trail Run
Conveniently positioned as the Southern gateway to the Lake District, the historical town of Kendal provides a dramatic backdrop to the annual Kendal Mountain Festival – hosting an international line-up of adventurers, film-makers and speakers and an audience of passionate locals and visitors hoping to be entertained, impressed and inspired.
For festival-goers who want to experience Kendal beyond the town-center, Kendal and Adidas Terrex present a 10k Trail Run – a classic run taking in landmarks that many locals use for training.
The run starts and ends in the town centre and is strewn with natural obstacles, great ascents, jaw dropping vistas and a combination of hard packed and grassy trails (no mudbaths or haybales here!). The run has been voted as one of the Top 50 races to do in 2017 by Runners World and is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the Kendal environment and atmosphere.
Date: Saturday 18th November 11am
Location: Kendal Town Hall, Kendal, LA9 4DL
Web: :
Contact number: 01539 732567
Price: £15 - online entries close midnight 17th November Entries On the Day: £20 (cash only) 09:00-09.30 only.
Distance: 10km

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 19th – Christmas Lights Switch On Day at Cockermouth
Times 2pm till 6pm.

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”. 

December 9 - 10th – Taste Christmas
A food and drink event on Cockermouth's Main Street selling and promoting the best and tastiest of local produce and FREE cookery classes for all the family. There will be a selection of meats; cheeses; seasonal gifts; beers; spirits and lots more. Keep out the winter chill with a mug of mulled wine; freshly brewed coffee; hot snacks and meals from the hot food court or, why not take a meal in one of Cockermouth's cafés, restaurants or pubs. Times 10am till 4pm.

December 16th – Carols Around the Tree at Allan Bank
Sing around the tree at the Allan Bank Concert from 13.30 to 15.30. Phone 015394 35143.

December 24th – Carols Around the Tree at Cockermouth
Takes place on Christmas Eve at 8pm.