Lake District and Cumbria Events 2014

The Lake District and Cumbria have many special events, some of which can only be found in this area.

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Alston Ambleside Appleby
Arnside Barrow Brampton
Broughton Caldbeck Carlisle
Cartmel Cockermouth Coniston
Grange Grasmere Hawkshead
Kendal Keswick Kirkby Lonsdale
Kirkby Stephen Maryport Millom
Newby Bridge Penrith Ravenglass
Sedbergh Seascale Silloth
Staveley St. Bees Torver
Ullswater Ulverston Whitehaven
Wigton Windermere Workington
Various Venues

Alston Events 2014


Ambleside Events 2014

April 26th – October 4th – Beginners Rock Climbing Courses
One day rock climbing courses based in the Langdale Valley near Ambleside for anyone who has not climbed before or only climbed indoors. There will be opportunities to try several different climbs which can be as easy or difficult as you wish and at the end of the day there will be a chance to try abseiling. Those taking part will be met in Langdale at 9.30am and the course will finish at 4.30pm. You will be outside all day and because there are a number of climbs suitable for all conditions, the course will proceed whatever the weather.
For details see

May 10th – Introduction to Open Water Swimming in the Lake District
This is a beginners introduction course based at Ambleside and Rydal Water. For details of this and other courses between May and July, visit the website.

May 18th – Brathay Windermere Marathon & Family Fun Day
The marathon starts at 10.30am from Brathay Hall and follows a route around Lake Windermere, through the Beatrix Potter village of Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness on Windermere and back to Ambleside. Drivers note that there will be road closures on the B5286 and the C5022 from 10am. As well as the marathon there will be a Family Fun Day on the Brathay Hall Estate from 11am until 4pm with activities for all including canoeing, a high ropes  course, a climbing wall, bouncy castle, a jazz band, arts and craft stalls, food stalls, BBQ and a beer tent. Disabled facilities will be available. This is a fund raising event in support of the Brathay hall Trust with proceeds going toward improving the lives of disadvantaged young children. Entrance to the family Fun Day is FREE but there will be a £5 parking fee.

June 13 - 15th – Great North Swim
An outdoor swimming event in the Lake District and Cumbria's largest lake in the heart of Wordsworth Country and the world of Beatrix Potter. It’s an event attracting large numbers of swimmers of all abilities who have a choice of distances of half a mile, one mile, two miles and five kilometres. The Great North Swim is a hugely popular Lake District and Cumbria event and if travelling by road, long delays can be expected especially on the last few miles between Windermere and the venue. Accommodation also will be in high demand and so please book as early as possible. See the event website for full details.

July 23rd – Wild Swim – The Poets Punt
Suitable for beginners and intermediates in Outdoor Swimming. These sessions are for small groups who want to relax into the Wild Swimming Experience at a lake venue close to Ambleside. The guides are all experienced open water swimmers and qualified RLSS lifeguards.

July 30th – Wild Swim: Down the River Without a Paddle
Outdoor swimming for beginners and intermediates in a secret swimming venue close to Ambleside. The organisers promise a swim between banks of bullrushes and reeds in an area of plentiful wildlife and the chance of sighting grazing deer.

July 31st – Loughrigg and Lilies Swim
A combination of a classic walk and local swims among the lilies of Loughrigg Tarn and the waters of Grasmere. Meet at the park at Head for The Hills, Ambleside. LA22 9DJ

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Appleby Events 2014

March 16th – Chamber Philharmonic Europe Concert
North Westmorland Arts present a concert featuring a chamber orchestration of 10 musicians from Chamber Philharmonic Europe. The concert begins at 7.30pm in Appleby Public Hall.

June 5 - 11th – Appleby Horse Fair
The Horse Fair is a major tourist tourist event and the biggest traditional gypsy fair in Europe attracting thousands of visitors. There is no set programme of events during the seven days of festivities but the ever popular scenes of the horses being washed in the river and then trotted up and down the lanes occurs on most of the main days. Visitor accommodation close to the action will be difficult to find as much is pre-booked a year in advance. However, there's a wide choice of bed and breakfast and holiday cottages a few miles beyond the town in this beautiful area of the Eden Valley. Travelling by train to the fair is a good option especially for day visitors. Appleby railway station on the wonderfully scenic Settle to Carlisle route is just a short walk from the town. If you do choose to arrive by car please be aware that there will be large numbers of horse drawn traffic in and around Appleby and parking will be a major problem. Parking advice and public transport information

August 16th – Appleby Show
A family day out in the heart of the Eden Valley with free entry for children. The venue, on the Barley Field near Appleby Golf Course, is not far from the A66 and provides free parking and a free taxi service to the event from the centre of Appleby. Visitors to the show will find a variety of classes for sheep, cattle, poultry, vintage machinery, dogs, children's pets, local produce, handicrafts and horticultural exhibits. There will be equestrian classes including Veterans, Fells, Dales, Driving, Shetlands, Mountain & Moorland, Pony Riding, Working Hunter, Handy Pony and Gymkhana. Lots of entertainment for children and main ring events.

August 30th – Dufton Agricultural Show
The Dufton Show is one of the Lake District & Cumbria's longest running traditional agricultural shows attracting equestrian competitors from all over the country. The small village of Dufton stands in the Eden Valley only a few miles from Appleby. The show features displays of sheep, sheepdog trials, cattle, riding ponies, fell ponies, mountain & moorland ponies, gymkhana, open jumping, carriage driving plus children's sports, children’s fancy dress competition, mounted fancy dress, vintage vehicles and fell racing up and down Dufton Pike. Post Code for visitors CA16 6DA.

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Arnside Events 2014

Arnside , not many miles from Kendal, is a tranquil Lake District and Cumbria holiday destination on the River Kent Estuary overlooking Morecambe Bay. This is an area designated as one of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is easily reached by either road or rail. For details of getting there, local attractions, it's history, walking, the Cross Bay Walk and much more

February 14 - 19th – Arnside Country Market
Held at the W.I. Hall from 9.30am until 11.30am. Free entry to a market offering a wide range of products for sale including a selection of homemade cakes, puddings, savouries, bread, jam, marmalade, chutney, home-grown vegetables and plants and framed pictures of the Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

March 23rd – Snowdrop Walk
A Springtime walk at Sizergh Castle from 11am till 3pm. For more information email Emma Riley:

April 18 - 21st – Easter Egg Trail
An Easter event for the family to join the Easter Egg Trail at Sizergh Castle and to have a go at designing your own Easter egg.

July 20th – Morecambe Bay Fundraising Walk
Join Cedric Robinson, the Queen's Official Guide to the Sands for a walk across Morecambe Bay to raise money for the protection of the landscapes of the Lake District and Cumbria. All walkers will be sent a certificate of recognition of their achievement in the week following the walk. The walk begins at 12 noon but please note the walk can be altered at very short notice should there be adverse weather and tidal conditions. To take part, there will be a charge of £10 for adults but free for children under 16 years. More details by calling Friends of the Lake District on 01539 720788.

Barrow and Furness Events 2014

Throughout the Year - Feet First in Furness Walks
The Feet First in Furness is one of 650 Walking for Health Walks Schemes in England. Each walk is about a mile or so and ranging in duration of up to two and a half hours over routes including lanes, beaches, paved surfaces and some rough ground and, are free of charge.
First Thursday of Each Month – Walking to Health
A programme of 2 – 3 hour walks using every railway station between Grange-over-Sands and Millom as a starting point. Each walk is about 5 miles and can be over rough ground and occasionally very wet and most will finish close to a place to eat and drink.

April 17th - VOCE in Concert
Due to the tremendous success of the previous VOCE Concerts which the Mayor of Barrow, Councillor Colin Thomson, has hosted in the Town Hall, a final Concert with VOCE has been planned to take place on the 17th April 2014 at 7.30 pm.
On this occasion, the Concert will take place at the Forum, as it is a larger venue and we will have more tickets available so that no-one will be disappointed as on previous occasions when tickets have sold out early.
For those of you who don’t already know “Voce” are a four piece group with a difference.  Phil McIntosh, Iain Nicholson, Mark Johnston and Chris Warby are all from the amateur stage musical scene, singing crossover pop/classical songs, similar in style to Il Divo and Blake and have recently been announced as the winners of the “Lakes Got Talent 2013” competition.
Tickets are now on sale at The Forum priced at £7.50/£6.00 concessions and again demand is expected to be high so please book early to avoid disappointment.
All proceeds from the Concert will be donated to the Barrow and District Disability Association, the Barrow Defib Appeal and the Macmillan Nurses.
Please come along and support the Mayor and his chosen charities for what promises to be another fantastic evening of entertainment from VOCE.
For further information, please contact the Mayor’s Office on Tel (01229) 876503/876504 or email

April 25th - Barrow Male Voice Choir and Dalton Town Band Concert
The Mayor and Mayoress of Barrow, Councillor Colin Thomson and Mrs Brenda Thomson, will be hosting their final fundraising event, before their term of office comes to an end. This will be a Concert performed by the very popular Barrow Male Voice Choir and Dalton Town Band.
The Concert will be held on Friday, 25th April 2014, commencing at 7.30 p.m (doors open at 7 pm) at Barrow Town Hall. Tickets are priced at £6.50 each (£5.00 concessions), and are available from the Forum Box Office, Duke Street, Barrow Tel: (01229) 820000.
All funds raised will go to the Mayor's local charities which this year are the Barrow and District Disability Association, Barrow Defib Appeal and the Macmillan Nurses.
Please come along and support the Mayor at what promises to be a very enjoyable evening.
Please contact the Mayor's Office for further details Tel: (01229) 876503/876504.

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Beetham Events 2014


Brampton Events 2014

March 7th – Introduction to Rag, Rugs and Recycling
This event is an introduction to traditional rag rug making techniques. The workshop will teach you the basics to get started in the art of rug making at Brampton Community Centre from 10am till 4pm. Gill Curwen is a professional rug maker specialising in unusual rug making techniques. Cost £27 per person. Phone: 016977 45023

March 8th – Beer and Band Night at Geltsdale Brewery
Music by Hadrian's Union, a Cumbrian based band who perform on the folk scene throughout the UK. Begins at 8pm at Unit 1B, Townfoot Industrial Estate, Brampton. FREE entry.
Call 016977 41541 or see

March 29th – Decorating Easter Eggs
A fun workshop decorating eggs in a variety of styles with advice and demonstrations by Zoe Ginty at Brampton Community Centre from 1pm till 2pm and 2.30pm till 3.30pm. Bring 3 blown or hard boiled pale shelled eggs. Twenty places available for all.
Phone: 016977 45023.

April 15th – Easter Hats
Eileen Norman and Sue Stockwell show how to make and decorate Easter hats for boys and girls at The Hut, Brampton Community centre from 10.30 till midday. The focus will be on Children aged 5 years to 12 years. Price £3 per person. Phone: 016977 45023.

June 24 - 29th – The Lanercost Festival
The festival takes place within Lanercost Priory and over the week features performance by the Brampton Community Orchestra and Choir, the young musicians of Chetham's School of Music,  a performance of Joan Littlewood's “Oh What a Lovely War”, Lanercost Young Musicians of the Year Competition, the Tyneside Chamber Orchestra and concluding on the final day with the Lanercost Festival Chorus. Lanercost Priory, dating back to 1169, stands in beautiful countryside within sight of Hadrian's Wall and two miles from Brampton. Accommodation in the area is much sought after at this time of the year and so book early.

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Broughton in Furness Events 2014


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Caldbeck Events 2014

May 23 - 24th – Ireby Festival
A Lake District & Cumbria live music event performed in several settings in and around the village of Ireby. A mix of musical styles will be performed in the Globe Hall, the Lion Pub, St James Church, the small secluded venue of the 12th C Chancel (a 20 minute walk outside the village) and in the 600 seat main stage marquee aptly named Skiddaw View.
Ireby is 6 miles from Caldbeck and 7 miles from Wigton. For details of how to get there, car parking, camping, toilets, pets, BBQ's, access for the disabled, shops, ticket costs and line-up of artists see website.

August 30th – Hesket Newmarket Show
In a setting of the Northern Fells of the Lake District & Cumbria, close to the Eden Valley and not far from the unspoiled Solway Coast, the Hesket Newmarket Show is an agricultural event displaying the finest of the regions farming traditions. Displays of top class livestock, horse and dog sections, cattle, sheep, poultry, terrier racing, pony sports, sheep dogs and gun dogs, vintage vehicles, fell racing, a local crafts tent, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling and a lot more of interest for all the family. The show field is situated between Hesket Newmarket and Newlands Mill and open to visitors from 8.30am. Follow signs from Hesket Newmarket Village Green.
Entry £5: Children 11 – 16 years £2: Children under 11 free: Pensioners £3. FREE car parking: More details from the Show Secretary Mary Pattinson

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Carlisle Events 2014

May 2 – 4th – A Weekend with Soul Legends
This is a weekend of “Soul” celebrating all that is best in Northern Soul & Motown Music. “Soulies” will be treated to a mix of live acts and special DJ's for the duration of the event in the Hilltop Hotel. Details of how to book for this unique Lake District & Cumbria music event in the regions capital city will be released soon via the new website which is planned to go live early in 2014. More information available from Nick (01228 409795 or
07725 8015820) or from Jim (01768 865802 or 970627)

June 14th – Cumberland Show
This event is a great family friendly day out on Carlisle Racecourse celebrating the best in Lake District & Cumbria traditions. Visitors to the 2014 show can look forward to seeing the Shetland Pony Grand National, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, displays of cattle, horses, sheep, dogs, poultry, adventure activities, games and rides, garden displays, crafts and produce, cars, tractors and machinery plus plenty of local food choices and a public bar. Cumbria's capital city of Carlisle stands close to Hadrian's Wall, the beautiful Eden Valley, the lakes and fells of the Lake District and the unspoiled Solway Coast. Carlisle is easily reached by both road and rail. Visit the Tullie Museum to learn of the Border Reivers and the fascinating history of the city. Visitor Post Code CA2 4TS.

June 21st – The Wall Ultra Marathon
A 69 mile challenge said to be the UK's biggest ultra run. It starts from Carlisle Castle and finishes at Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The route, designed to be completed in two days, consists of both on and off road sections via Lanercost, Vindolando, Hexham and Newburn although some runners may wish to complete it in one continuous journey. For accommodation close to the start, be sure to book early.

August 9th – Dalston Show
The show is held on the Village Show Field, Dalston, near Carlisle. Post Code CA5 7QB. This has been a popular Lake District & Cumbria event since the 19th C and in recent years has become a part of the week long Dalston Village Festival. It's a show of farming stock and horses, equestrian events, entertainers, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, a pet show, terrier racing, fancy dress, vintage machinery, a craft tent, trade stands and a lot more of interest for all the family. A highlight of the 2013 event was the Grey Fergie Strip & Rebuild Team from Kincardine who rebuilt and started their TED20 tractor 3 times to capacity audiences with the final rebuild being achieved in under 8 minutes. They may well return by popular demand for 2014. FREE parking available 1 mile from the village.

November 7 - 9th – Carlisle Blues Festival

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Cartmel Events 2014

May 24th – North West Evening Mail Vintage Race Night
This is the opening event of the Cartmel racing season. It' a vintage themed evening of a distinctly 1950's flavour with live music and jive dancing in the paddock enclosure. For those arriving in classic or vintage cars, they will have free parking (subject to space) in the picnic/parking areas within both enclosures. Gates open at 2pm.
First race 17.55. Last race 21.15.

May 26th – Totepool May Bank Holiday Fun Day
A family friendly day of horse racing and the biggest fairground in horse racing on Cartmel Racecourse. Picnic parking is available in both enclosures at £5 per car plus admission charges for occupants and is allocated on a first come first saved basis. Overnight camping is also available but must be booked well in advance.
First race 14.00. Last race 17.15.

May 28th – Picnic Day Out at Cartmel Races
This is a very popular family day out in the Cartmel Racecourse calendar of events. The fairground will still be in full swing during this day of BBQ's and parties of friends and family. Gates open at 11am. First race 14.20. Last race 17.35.

July 19th – Totepool Cumbria Crystal Hurdle Day
The Cumbria Crystal Hurdle is the main event of this race meeting with a £25,000 prize money on offer. Gates open at 10am. First race 14.10. Last race 17.40.

July 21st – Barbecue Monday at Cartmel Racecourse
Gates open at 11am. First race 14.15. Last race 17.30.

August 6th – Cartmel Show
This event is a big favourite with both locals and visitors to South Lakeland. It provides total family entertainment in the picture postcard setting of Cartmel Racecourse within walking distance of the village. Features are planned to include a wide range of fun activities for the children (circus acts) a food hall: shopping area: carriage driving: shire horses: show ponies: cattle: sheep: poultry: a dog show: shepherds crooks and walking stick classes: craft marquees and trade stands

August 23rd – Totepool Cartmel Cup Day
This is the first event of the August Bank Holiday Festival.
Gates open 10am. First race 14.30. Last race 17.55.

August 25th – August Bank Holiday Festival
The last day of the 2014 racing season at Cartmel Racecourse.
Gates open at 10am. First race 14.20. Last race17.50.
Horse racing at Cartmel can be traced back to 1856 but may well have taken place much earlier when it is suggested that monks from the Priory organised mule racing. There could be few better settings for such an event. Cartmel is an unspoilt southern Lake District village of centuries old buildings dominated by a 12th C medieval Priory, a collection of traditional inns, gourmet restaurants, cosy tearooms, welcoming pubs and a variety of shops.

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Cockermouth Events 2014

June 13 - 14th – Clive's Cumbrian Way
This sporting event, named in honour of Clive Jenkins, a Cockermouth man who passed away from motor neurone disease, is a two day cycle ride challenge over a route of 276 miles around the Lake District and Cumbria. Starting from Cockermouth, the first day is a ride of approximately 156 miles. Spectators are urged to cheer and encourage the riders as they pass through Brampton, Langwathby, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen, Sedbergh and lastly to Arnside where they rest overnight. The next morning, the riders set off on the 120 miles return journey to Cockermouth via Grange-over-Sands, Barrow-in-Furness, Millom and Whitehaven where they will all meet up at a local pub for a short rest before covering the last three miles with police escort to the start point in Cockermouth at the Sheep and Wool Centre.

June 27 - 28th – Woolfest 2014
This Western Lake District event is organised by members of the Wool Clip, a Cumbrian Co-operative whose aim is to promote all aspects of wool ranging from hill farming and rare breed fleece animals to the latest craft techniques and creations. The show is held in Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre on the outskirts of Cockermouth, the birthplace of William Wordsworth and a town which regularly hosts cultural events including theatre and international music. Visitors from other parts of the country attending the show for the full two days are able to choose from convenient bed and breakfast accommodations in the town and a range of self catering holiday cottages not far beyond.  and

July 12 - 13th – West Cumbria Game Fair
The show is held in the grounds of the Hundith Hill Hotel in the beautiful Lorton Valley a few miles from Cockermouth. Visitors to this traditional West Cumbria event will have a chance to try clay pigeon shooting, fishing and archery. There will also be displays of working dogs, cooking skills, fell races, hound trails, a vintage fair and lots more.

September 7th – Loweswater Show
Although the show is a traditional style agricultural event there are many other attractions with a local theme. These include the popular Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling contests, fell racing, a vintage section, hound trails, a craft tent with homemade jams and cakes, a grand parade, a fancy dress parade, a beer tent and more. The show venue is opposite New House Farm in the beautiful Vale of Lorton. This is a peaceful Lake District and Cumbria valley containing the lakes of Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere and close to Whinlatter Pass leading to England's only mountain forest with it's choice of walking and mountain biking trails and, depending on the time of year, a sighting of the famous Bassenthwaite Ospreys. Cockermouth is only 4 miles away and Keswick is 8 miles both of which have a wide choice of bed and breakfast and holiday cottages.

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Coniston Events 2014

February 15th – Brantwood 13th Concert Series
Jina Shim gives a piano recital from 7pm till 9pm at John Ruskin’s former home of Brantwood overlooking Coniston Water. Jina was the 2011 “Young Musician of the Year”.

March 15th – Erato Piano Trio
The trio perform a programme including Haydyn, Brahms and Ravel at Brantwood from 7pm till 9pm. Pre-booking essential. Tickets £15.

May 10th – Coniston to Barrow Walk
A sponsored 23 mile starting from Coniston Sports & Social Club and finishing at Hawcoat Park Sports Club in Barrow. Much of the route is shared with the Keswick to Barrow Walk (K2B) and passes through some of the most scenic Lake District & Cumbria landscapes from where, after the ascent of Kirby Moor, are wonderful views across the Furness Peninsula and Morecambe Bay. The aim of the walk is to boost sponsorship funds available for charities and good causes. Walkers are entitled to free drinks, food and medical treatment on the route and at the finish. All finishers will receive a completion certificate and a commemorative medal.
Email  or Phone: 01229 388008

June 29th – Tour of the High Passes Lakeland Classic Bike Ride
Starting from the John Ruskin School in Coniston, this 2014 Lake District & Cumbria event is the second of three events in the Lakeland Classic Cycling Series. The long route of 91 miles takes in ten classic climbs and the shorter route of 51 miles has four demanding climbs. There will be feed stations along the routes, electronic chip timing, showers, changing facilities, mechanical support and a hot meal at the end. All this is included in the price of £30 for the long route and £25 for the short route. Entry is by the website.  (no entry on the day)

July 20th – Coniston Country Fair
This event has something for all the family and is held on the shores of Coniston Water. It's one of the Lake District & Cumbria's favourite visitor attractions drawing crowds of several thousand each year to an area renowned for it's Wainwright fell walking routes and sporting challenges. This years show will present displays of Fell Foxhounds; Terriers; Beagles; Lurchers; Herdwick Sheep; Sheepdogs; falconry displays together with other birds of prey (which you will be able to view close-up and handle); the traditional Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling and a fell race starting from the showfield to the summit of Coniston Old Man and back. Weather permitting, local hang gliding enthusiasts will jump from the top of the Old Man and land close to the show ground. There will be plenty to amuse the kids with a children’s pet show and the favourite egg throwing competition. It's worth extending your visit to take in some of the sights and attractions especially a climb up the Old Man just for the view alone or, time your walk along the Cumbria Way to coincide with this event. There's a good choice of bed and breakfast accommodation in and around Coniston and for the longer stay, cosy self catering holiday cottages.

August 17th – Lakeland Country Fair
A family friendly event in the village of Torver near Coniston. It's a typical Lake District & Cumbria show in beautiful countryside displaying Herdwick and Swaledale sheep; sheep shearing contests; a terrier show; a lurcher show; a family dog show; a stick show; a horn blowing competition; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; junior and senior fell races and a ferret show. All these and more including shows of traditional skills such as stick making; basket making; bee keeping; weaving; spinning; sausage making; chainsaw carving and the opportunity to see birds of prey close up. For the kids there's a bouncy castle; donkey rides; a climbing wall; swingboats; a roundabout. In addition there will be a licensed bar, homemade refreshments and a BBQ. Show starts at 12 noon. FREE parking.

October 26th – Ride of the fallen Leaves Lakeland Classic Bike Ride
This is the last event in a series of three. It starts between 8am and 9.30am from the John Ruskin School in Coniston and is over a 61 mile scenic route with ascents of 1900 metres, some quiet roads, lanes and open countryside. Feed stations at 32 miles. Parking, showers and hot food included in the price of entry. Cost £25.

November 3 - 7th – Coniston Power Boat Records Week
This event brings together all classes of boat ranging from small hydroplanes, inshore circuit racers and up to the larger offshore boats. It's the finale of the racing season with competitors from all over the country arriving for a few days of an exciting watersport event on Coniston Water surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the Lake District & Cumbria.

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Grange over Sands Events 2014

March 29th – Jazz at Allithwaite
Performances by a Dixieland Jazz Band at Allithwaite Community Centre near Grange-over-Sands. The entry price of £13 includes a light supper. Raffle in the aid of St Mary's Hospice. For more information of tickets and booking, phone 015395 32789 or email:

April 8th - Irish Sea Marine Conference
Cumbria Wildlife Trust's second marine conference will be held at the Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands on Tuesday 8th April 2014.
Expert speakers, including multi-award winning camera man Doug Allan, will inspire us with talks about the diversity of life that can be found on our shores, an update on Marine Conservation Zones and the impacts and benefits of offshore wind farms. The conference will also explore how to engage and inspire people about the Irish Sea, with information about The North West Wildlife Trust's plans for future work.
The sessions will provide something for everyone - from novices to life-long lovers of marine wildlife.
Tickets are £25 adults, £15 students. Price includes refreshments, buffet lunch and delegate pack.
Book your place online or telephone 01539 816300

April 27th, May 25th, June 29th, July 27th, August 24th, September 28th – Prom Art
Prom Art is the selling and buying of Arts and Crafts displayed between 9.30am and 4pm along the promenade overlooking Morecambe Bay. This Lake District & Cumbria event is now the largest open air arts and crafts show in the North West of England and is held on the last Sunday of each month from April until September

May 30th – June 1st – Holker Garden Festival
The best of gardening, countryside and food and crafts in the grounds of Holker Hall Estate near Grange-over-Sands. It's a family friendly event featuring selections of food and drink, spectacular show gardens, floral art exhibitions, rare plants, live music demonstrations and a wide choice of activities to keep everyone amused.

July 26 - 27th – Cumbria Steam Gathering
The Steam Gathering is a huge and colourful event held annually on Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange-over Sands. It features a wonderful array of steam engines and vintage commercial vehicles together with hundreds of classic favourites including cars, motor cycles, bicycles, agricultural and industrial tractors, farm equipment and stationary engines. Other popular highlights are the large grandstands and arena exhibits showcasing a parade of traditional treasures as well as ploughing presentations, woodworking demonstrations and the ever popular  Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling. There's plenty to keep the children happy with magic shows, remote controlled car racing and a traditional fairground with many classic rides some of which are almost one hundred years old. For the hungry and thirsty, there's a choice of food from around the world plus fully licensed bars. Directions to the Cumbria Steam Gathering will be clearly signposted from J36 of the M6 and from West Cumbria. Parking at the event is FREE with a designated area for Blue Badge Holders. Wheelchair accessible toilets to help lost toddlers and young children (free wrist bands are provided).
For more media information and photographs email  phone 01524 825600

September 13 - 14th – Holker Chilli Festival
An event with specialist chilli companies from all over the country, local specialist food suppliers, cuisine from around the world, cookery demonstrations, chilli eating competitions, lots of children's activities and more for all the family to enjoy.

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Grasmere and Rydal Events 2014

June 7th – Grasmere Gallop
The “Gallop” consists of three “Runs”, one “Walk”, and a “Teddy Dash”. This event offers a choice of trail runs over distances of 6, or 10 or 17 kilometres; a 10 kilometre Nordic Walk and a Teddy Dash for the under 5's around a circuit of the sports field. It's a challenge organised by the National Trust and all entry fees will be re-invested in to the care of the beautiful landscapes of the Lake District and Cumbria.

June 13 - 15th – Helly Hansen Cumbrian Challenge 2014
A sporting challenge starting from Grasmere Sports Ground for teams of 4 to compete against our wounded servicemen and women over circular routes of either the tough 20 kilometre hike or the even tougher 33 kilometre hike. Both courses will take competitors across the Langdale Pikes and the tougher course includes Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags and the famous Bad Step. This is a Walking With The Wounded event which is designed to provide an exhilarating challenge in a fun environment and followed in a party atmosphere on the Saturday evening with food, drinks and an informal awards ceremony

July 10th – Ease into Easedale Wild Swim
Meet and park at Broadgate Meadow Car Park, Grasmere for hiking and plunge pool stops along the way. This is one of the most popular wild swims together with moderately paced walks in the heart of Wordsworth Country

July 26th – Lake Artists Summer Exhibition
This summer exhibition of art is held in the New Hall, Grasmere for the next six weeks.

August 14th – Grasmere and Rydal Sheepdog Trials & Hound Show
A traditional and much loved Lake District and Cumbria summer event featuring sheepdog trials, hound trailing, shows of working terriers, foxhounds, harriers, beagles, a gun-dog demonstration, a shepherds crooks and sticks competition and much more entertainment for a great family day out in one of the Lake District's most scenic areas described by William Wordsworth as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”.

August 24th – Grasmere Sports
This event is one of the oldest and most traditional events in the Lake District and Cumbria. It's a show which truly reflects the lifestyles and customs of the region with sporting challenges attracting many of the best competitors in the north of England. The event is a combination of fell races, guide races, hound trails, mountain bike races, dog shows, arts & crafts exhibitions, a range of children's activities, great food and much more. Grasmere Sports is a complete day of family entertainment surrounded by all that is best of Lake District scenery. This event always attracts large crowds many of whom will be planning at least a one night stay and so early booking is essential especially at this time of the year.

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Hawkshead Events 2013

August 10th - 'Hawkshead - Party in the Park
Takes place at Hawkshead Recreation Ground in the beautiful and historic village of Hawkshead.
A great day out all the family, with lots of local craft and food stalls, games, live music and entertainment. There will be a beer tent selling a great selection of local beers, along with a tea/coffee and light refreshment and home made cakes. A picnic area is also available.
Entry is FREE and there is ample extra car parking on site for just £4.00 all day.
Why not come with friends and family, relax, listen to the music and enjoy a fantastic day out. All in aid of the Hawkshead Recreation Ground Trust and other local charities.
A great and fun day out for all the family and it's FREE!
Further information Tel: 015395 30380

August 19th – Hawkshead Show
Held in classic Lake District countryside and home to Beatrix Potter, the show presents displays of Light Horses, Fell Ponies, Shetland Ponies, Mountain and Moorland Ponies, sheep, dogs, cattle, pet classes, floral art, hound trailing, stick classes and the ever favourite of the Sheepdog & Duck Display and much more family entertainment.

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Kendal Events 2014


March 3rd – Creator of Merz at Abbot Hall Art Gallery
A display of the unusual works of Kurt Schwitter from 2pm till 2.30pm.
For more details go to

March 22nd – St John's Hospice Masquerade Ball
Drinks reception, a four course dinner, live entertainment and disco plus raffle and auction at Castle Green Hotel, Kendal from 7pm till late. All proceeds go to St John's Hospice in Lancaster. Phone: Jill Santamera or Catherine Butterworth at 01524 382538 for details.

March 23rd – Snowdrop Walk
A Springtime walk at Sizergh Castle from 11am till 3pm. For more information email Emma Riley:

March 29 - 30th – Kendal Festival of Food
Kendal celebrates the best of Lake District & Cumbria food and drink. Stefan Gates, the CBBC's Food Adventurer will be part of the line-up hosted by Elephant Yard and will entertain audiences with two live shows of “Adventures in Food” and “The Edible Bug Show” on the 29th.

April 12th – Damson Day Country Fair
An invitation to celebrate the arrival of Spring and the damson blossoms in the orchards of Low Farm in the tranquil Lyth Valley a few miles from Kendal. Combined with the Winster Valley, the Lyth Valley is a beautiful quiet corner of the Lake District & Cumbria with a diversity of wildlife, woodlands, gardens and walking and cycling routes and trails. For more details contact Anne Wilson at Low farm 015395 68270

April 18 - 21st – Easter Egg Trail
An Easter event for the family to join the Easter Egg Trail at Sizergh Castle and to have a go at designing your own Easter egg.

April 26th – CancerCare Star Walk 2014
This is one of the Lake District & Cumbria's main charity events. It starts at 9pm from the Lakes Leisure Centre on Burton Road, Kendal. The route is a distance of 15 miles around the streets of Kendal which entrants can choose to walk, jog or run. Sign in from 7.30pm which gives the chance to enjoy live entertainment and a fun warm-up before setting off. For more information about registering or would like to volunteer to help on the night please use the contact form on the Starwalk website or you are welcome to write, visit, phone or email. Contact details are,  The Star Walk, Cancer care, Slynedales, Slynedale Road, Lancaster. LA2 6ST.
Email:   Phone: 01524 381820.

May 12 - 18th – Freerange Comedy Festival
Comedians, sketch shows and comedy theatre at Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre and other venues in the Lake District which include performances on the fell tops and on the lakes.

May 31st – June 1st – Westmorland  Country Fest
This event gives a real taste of the Lake District and Cumbria countryside by paying tribute  to the quality of the independent food and drinks producers of the region. There will be a programme  of talks and demonstrations and lots of entertainment for the kids plus “Meet the Farmer”; Sheep Shearing demonstrations; Music & Dance; Crafts; a Beer Festival; Historic Cars; a Vintage Marquee; a Companion Dog Show (on Saturday); a Terrier Show and Racing (on Sunday) and Sheepdog Trials throughout the weekend. The show is held at the County Showground, Lane Farm, Crooklands, near Kendal. LA7 7NH

June 14th – Three Rings of Shap
A walking challenge sporting event of 100 kilometres (62 miles). It is open to any person over 18 years of age. Those under 18 may enter if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Event headquarters is in the village of Shap on the A6 between Kendal and Penrith. For details contact Tony Deall on 01768 862848 email:

June 21 - 22nd – Cumbria VAG 2014
A two day Lake District & Cumbria event held on the Westmorland County Showground at Crooklands near Kendal for VW:  Audi: Seat and Skoda enthusiasts. Gates open at 3pm on the Saturday and 10am on Sunday. Please note that you will not be allowed on site before 3pm on the Saturday. Entry is via advanced tickets purchased online or you can buy on arrival. Under 16's are FREE and dogs on a lead are welcome. Camping places available. Contact Stefan Duff on 07737 294644 or email

August 29 - 31st – Kendal Mintfest
This popular Kendal summer event is in the top ten  of street art festivals in the country and features  acts by performers from across the world who will entertain on stages, in the streets and in the parks of Kendal. The Lakes Alive website will soon be showing the full programme of events and artistes taking part. It's always well attended by both locals and visitors to the area and so if you are visiting this part of the Lake District be sure to book accommodation as early as possible

September 11th – Westmorland County Show
This Lake District & Cumbria event is one of the biggest one day show of livestock in the region attracting over 29,000 visitors. Sections include cattle; sheep; goats; horses; pigs; heavy horses; alpacas; dogs and poultry as well as marquees featuring Cumbrian Crafts; local food produce and rural crafts and the crowd pleasing Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling.

September 12th – Kendal Torchlight Carnival
The festivities are due to start at 6.45pm in the town centre whilst a little further away, the carnival procession begins at 7.30pm from the Shell Garage on Lound Road and winds it's way around the town to finish at Lakes Leisure Centre on Burton Road. Last years events attracted crowds of 25,000 to view dance groups, around 60 floats, marching bands and carnival performers. A similar number are expected this year. Motorists please note that Kendal town centre will be closed to traffic from around 6.45pm until approximately 11pm.

October 17 - 19th – The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
A programme of comic art featuring more than 50 displays of different styles and a chance to meet the creators; attend panel discussions; a film programme; exhibitions; workshops; a “dedicated kids zone”; a marketplace/artists alley; live drawing events and more

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Keswick Events 2014

March 5th – Big band Music at Theatre By The Lake
Performances by some of the county's top musicians in a celebration of Big Band Music past and present in the beautiful setting of Theatre by the Lake on the shores of Lake Derwentwater in the Western Lake District. Begins 7.30pm.
For full details see

March 7 - 16th – Words By The Water Festival of Words and Ideas
This ten day event at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, on the shores of Derwentwater, will be opened by Kirsty Wark of BBC 2 Newsnight programme. There will be talks, lectures, discussion groups, workshops, book launches and special exhibitions. Those taking part include Germaine Greer, Alan Johnson, Jonathen Aitkin, Ann Widdecombe, Jeremy Paxman, Melvyn Bragg, Stuart Maconie and others who will discuss and consider a range topics including history, the state of lives today, what it means to be a woman, the country's financial outlook, events of local interest, the First World war Centenary and more.

May 8 - 11th – Keswick Jazz Festival
Four days of jazz featuring UK and international talents. The 2014 line-up of artists is promised to include the Hot Antic Jazz Band; the young Oriental Jazz Band from Holland; American pianist Jeff Barnhart; trombone player Jim Fryer; vocalist Joan Viskant; reedsman Mattias Seuffert from Germany and, from the UK, Alan Barnes; Amy Roberts; Enrico Tomasso; George Huxley; Nicole Farnam; Spats Langham; Tom Kincaid and more.

May 15 - 18th – Keswick Mountain Festival
The 2014 festival is expected to be the biggest yet with an exciting programme of challenging outdoor activities plus the new additions of a Festival Campsite and live music on Crow Park.
The programme includes midnight fell hikes; moonlit canoeing; wind surfing; a ten peak challenge gyhll scrambling; open water swimming. However, there is something for all ages and abilities. Visitors to this years festival will have the option of a three night camping pass which includes a Festival Village wristband, two nights of live music and discounted activities.

June 6 - 7th – Keswick Beer Festival
A charitable fund raising event organised by Keswick Rugby Club and Keswick Lions Club. Lots of fun with a wide choice of food, live music and a selection of beers, lagers and ciders.

July 18th – Utterly Buttermere Swim
Lake and tarn swimming and some fell walking based on the shores of Lake Buttermere. You can swim and hike as much or as little as you wish in this beautiful corner of the Lake District & Cumbria. see website for details of cost and itinerary, walking distances and average water temperature

August 25th – Keswick Agricultural Show
An annual August Bank Holiday Event at The Crossings Field, High Hill, Keswick. The show always attracts large numbers of competitors, exhibitors and spectators to displays of Herdwick and Swaledale Sheep, cattle, horses and ponies, show jumping, a championship sheepdog competition, vintage machinery, home baking, plenty of children's activities, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling and more to complete a great family day of traditional Lake District and Cumbrian entertainment.

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Kirkby Lonsdale Events 2014

March 10th – Posh Noshers Night at the Sun Inn
An evening of food and wine in a 17th C Kirkby Lonsdale Inn. The meal is themed “Wild about Cumbria” and begins at 7.30pm.

August 12th – Lunesdale Agricultural Show
A traditional Lake District & Cumbria country show in Underley Park overlooking the Lune Valley and within a few minutes of the famous Ruskin View. There will be classes for cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, sticks and shepherds crooks, vegetables and a dog show. The always popular Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling contests take place after lunch and will be followed by a display of hounds from the Vale of Lune Hunt and a Grand Parade of prize winners. The show ends with show jumping classes. Post Code LA6 2DS.

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Kirkby Stephen Events 2014

May 18th – Kirkby Stephen 10K Road  Race
This sporting event is said to be possibly the most scenic 10K Road Race in the world as it follows a route along the country lanes surrounding Kirkby Stephen in the Eden Valley. The Junior Races start at 1pm followed by the Senior Race at 2pm.
For details of how to enter see

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Maryport Events 2014

April 17th – Easter Fairy Day
A Lake District and Cumbria Easter event at the Wave Centre in Maryport. There'll be lots to do with entertainment by Magical Mel & Friends; craft activities; glitter tattoos, stalls and a Fairy Hunt and more. It's a day for all the family to enjoy on Cumbria’s West Coast.

April 20th – Clip'n Climb Easter Egg Hunt
Another Easter event at the Wave Centre from 2.30pm till 5pm. Join the Easter Egg Hunt in the Clip'n Climb area of the Wave Centre and those who can find an egg will be rewarded with a chocolate Easter egg. Afterwards, there will be food and more fun and games in the theatre plus a competition for the best fancy boiled egg.

June 25 - 27th – Maryport Blues Festival
Three great days on Cumbria's West Coast town of Maryport when over one 100 musicians from all over the world will perform on the festival's main stage and in various pubs and clubs in the area. The main stage, close to the River Ellen and a few minutes walk from the town centre is in a marquee on the Maryport Rugby Leagues grounds and fields. This year's full line up of artists will soon be appearing on the festival website.

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Millom and Haverigg Events 2014


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Newby Bridge (and area) Events 2014

June 27 - 29th – Windermere Wild Swimming Weekend
Based at Brathay Hall at the head of Lake Windermere this is a weekend for intermediate and advanced swimmers who are comfortably able to swim up to 5 kilometres a day. The event also includes some fell walking

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Penrith Events 2014

March 1st – Montane Trail 10 – The Marmalade Run
A sporting challenge of 10K which has been organised to coincide with the Dalemain Marmalade Festival. Runners get under way at 9.30am from the Dalemain Estate and there will also be a free to enter Trail Kidz 1K event for all children. All finishers will receive a medal.
For details of how to enter see

March 1 - 2nd – The Worlds Original Marmalade Awards
The Marmalade Festival 2014 will be held from 10am until 4pm on both days at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens near Penrith. This years event will have a Spanish theme and will include a food fair, speciality foods, cookery demonstrations, competitive marmalade making, archery, a 1914 War Exhibition, Ullswater Steamer cruises, wine tasting, lots of children's activities and live Spanish music to set the mood.

March 2nd – The 2014 Eden Valley Epic
Starting from the Penrith Leisure Centre, the Eden Valley Epic is a cycling challenge of almost 60 miles. The route does not have any steep climbs but passes along the steady gentle rise and fall of quiet scenic roads. Full refreshments are available at the half way stop and at the finish. Protective helmets to ANSI standard are compulsory.

March 30th – Mother's Day at Ullswater Steamers
Treat Mum to an Ullswater Steamer Gift Voucher

April 6th – Shap Spring Classic Bike Ride
This Lake District and Cumbria event is the first of three events in the Lakeland Classic Cycling Series. It's a 75 mile route passing between Cumbria's Eden Valley and the North Pennines. As with the other events in this series, there will be food stations along the route, electronic chip timing, mechanical support and a hot meal at the end. All are included in the admission price of £25. You have a choice of riding in one or all the series with the final two events starting from Coniston in June and October.

April 19-20th - The Spirit of Cumbria Holistic Festival 2014
A fabulous weekend for all the family with over 60 wonderful stands, crystals, music, clothing, goods from around the world, candles, health, and beauty products, essential oils, jewellery, tarot, astrology, therapies, art, skincare products, healing, readings and more. All day long free workshops, talks music performances and demonstrations of mediumship included.
And for the Children ...
Saturday will be Fairy, Wizard and Unicorn Day. Come along in fancy dress and enjoy lots of fun making tiaras, hats, horns, crowns, peg fairies, wands and dream catchers, have your face painted, make fairy doors and go on the Easter Treasure Hunt.
Sunday will be our Mermaids, Pirates and Sea Creatures Day Once again, why not dress up! Enjoy making peg or tube mermaids, pirates, crowns, hats, sea jewellery, Jack Sparrow necklaces and booty buckets, have your face painted, make fairy doors, and go on the Easter Treasure Hunt (Small charges apply for some activities and face-painting).

The Rheged Centre
Cumbria CA11 0DQ
10 am to 5pm Daily
£7.50 Entrance
Under 14’s Free
Evening Show 7pm to 10pm tickets £12

April 27th - Lazonby Spring Craft and Shopping Fair
30 stalls of clothes, crafts, gifts & photography. Refreshments and home made lunches.
In aid of Hospice at Home - Carlisle & North Lakeland.
Free entry to the public.
Stall fee - £15 plus donation of a small item to the raffle - book in advance - only a few stalls available.
Lazonby Village Hall, Lazonby, near Penrith. CA10 1AJ
10am to 4pm.
Tel: 01768 870824

May 8th – Airfield Walk

May 10th - Kirsty McGee
Award winning British songwriter. "A fascinating talent" "A quiet triumph" "Confident & earthy" appearing at: Lazonby Village Hall, Lazonby, near Penrith. CA10 1AJ at 7.30pm.
Tickets: £8
from: 01768 870824

May 18th – Plant and Food Fair.
Venue at Hutton-in-the-Forest.

May 31st – Wigton Dog Agility Show
Venue at Hutton-in-the-Forest.

June 14th – Three Rings of Shap
A walking challenge sporting event of 100 kilometres (62 miles). It is open to any person over 18 years of age. Those under 18 may enter if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Event headquarters is in the village of Shap on the A6 between Kendal and Penrith. For details contact Tony Deall on 01768 862848 email:

June 21 - 22nd – Hutton Horse Trials.

July 5th – Skelton Show
The show is the largest village show in Cumbria with an annual attendance of 10,000. It is held in the grounds of the historic Hutton-in-the Forest house which is a superb venue for this and other varied events open to the public from May until September. Classes of cattle, sheep, horses including show jumping, dogs, vintage vehicles, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, a horticultural and industrial marquee, a gift and crafts tent plus a wide selection of entertainment including music, good food and a bar. The show also provides facilities for baby changing, toilets around the field, water for pets, ringside parking and seating and more.
Post Code CA11 9TH on the B5305 between Penrith and Wigton.

July 13th – Historic Vehicle Show

July 25 - 27th – Potfest in the Park
An international ceramics festival at Hutton-in-the-Forest.

July 26th – Penrith Agricultural Show
This event is regarded as one of the best agricultural shows in the Lake District & Cumbria. There will be family friendly main ring entertainments together with a wide range of livestock classes, trade stands and a varied choice of things for the kids to do. It's held at Brougham Hall Farm, one mile from Penrith from 9am till 6pm. Venue Post Code CA10 2DE. Disabled access.

August 1 - 3rd – Kendal Calling
This Lake District and Cumbria music event has been voted the “Best Medium Sized Festival” in the U.K. Thanks to it's small size, audiences will be able to clearly see and enjoy performances  by their favourite musicians up close. The organisers promise an amazing and independently spirited event of “insane fun”. Kendal calling is committed to supporting the local community and charities and since 2010 has raised over £55,000. money has been donated to Alder Hey Children's Hospital; Guide Dogs for the Blind and Partially Sighted; North West Air Ambulance; Hospice at Home (Carlisle & North Lakeland); Help for Heroes; Penrith Lions and David Lynch Foundation. Visit the events new website for details of the many attractions this 2014 festival of music is offering in the beautiful setting of Lowther Park surrounded by 2,000 trees and deer in the Eden Valley near Penrith.

August 2 - 3rd – The Lakes Chilli Festival
A chance to taste some of the spiciest chilli products, sample the Real Ale and enjoy first class entertainment at Dalemain House near Penrith in the Eden valley.

August 2 - 3rd – The Total Warrior Challenge
The event begins with a 10 kilometre challenge on day one and a 10 mile challenge on the following day. The location is at Shap Abbey on the fringes of Cumbria's Eden Valley. Be prepared for a specially designed gruelling course and even if you don't finish, you will be greeted with a victory beer but organisers wish to point out that this is not a race. Be sure to stay around for celebrations at the end. Shap is about ten minutes from J39 on the M6. The nearest railway station is Penrith and connected by bus from Penrith except on Sundays. Venue Post Code CA10 3NB.

August 9 - 10th – Lowther Show
This is another popular Lake District and Cumbria event which takes place in the grounds of Lowther Castle near Penrith. It's a wonderful setting suitable for the whole family to enjoy a full line up of activities which include Horse Carriage Driving Trials, the Lowther Hound Show, and world class championships of Clay Shooting, Gun Dog Championships, Crafts & Antiques Fairs, a Food Festival, , Countryside Sports, a licensed bar and picnic areas.

August 23 - 24th – Wigton Dog Agility Show
Held at Hutton-in-the-Forest from 9am until 5pm.

September 13 - 14th – Horse Trials
Held at Hutton-in-the-Forest

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Ravenglass Events 2014

March 30th – Mothers Day at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
A chance to treat Mum with a Mother's Day to remember event. See website for a choice of surprise suggestions. Must be pre-booked

April 12 - 24th – Easter at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
An Easter event where all children are invited to take their Teddy Bears with them for a scenic ride on the La'al Ratty, the Lake District & Cumbria's famous narrow gauge railway along the unspoiled Eskdale Valley.
Details of this and other La'al Ratty events go to

April 19 - 21st – Easter Weekend
An Easter Weekend at Muncaster Castle. There will be storytelling, circus skills workshops, walkabout entertainment and an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Monday.

May 25 - 29th – Muncaster Festival
Street performers from around the world perform on the front lawn of Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass. The organisers promise something for all ages at this Spring Bank Holiday event on Cumbria's West Coast with entertainments including circus skill workshops, free children's crafts, outdoor games, bouncy castles, storytelling, face painting, archery, an outdoor food court and a grand finale on the last day of the International Jesters Tournament. Times 10.30am till 6pm daily. Visitors with disabilities are recommended to contact Customer Service on
01229 717614 before arrival.

June 5 - 8th – 2014 Boot Beer Festival
Although this is a festival of beer, there's more than enough to keep drinkers and non drinkers entertained. The Ennerdale Valley is one of the Lake District and Cumbria's most picturesque areas and so even if you are a non drinker there's plenty to see and enjoy, and the the Boot Inn has a safe play area for the children. The event is staged at three traditional Lake District pubs all within easy reach of the other. Festivities begin with a curry meal at Brook House Inn from where, following the meal and sampling the beer, visitors can take the short stroll to Boot Inn and its festival offerings before moving on to the Woolpack Inn, one of the most remote pubs in the Lake District & Cumbria. The Boot Beer Festival has become one of the biggest in Cumbria with over 100 beers on offer. A wide range of ciders will also be available and all three pubs will have a choice of soft drinks for drivers and children. Drivers may wish to leave the car in Ravenglass and take a ride on the La'al Ratty narrow gauge railway to the event. Please note that Saturday will be a busy day at the three venues and so make sure to book your food early.
Participating Pubs are:
Brook House Inn. 019467 23288
Woolpack Inn.      019467 23230
Boot Inn               019467 23711

August 9 - 10th – Open Air Theatre Weekend
The weekend starts on the Saturday with a performance by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company of Wuthering Heights beginning at 6.30 p.m. on the front lawn of Muncaster Castle. At 5p.m. on the following day they will perform Jungle Book. Bar and refreshments will be available. Please take your own rugs or low backed seating. Performances will continue in all but the worst weather.

August 17 - 25th – Living History Week
A range of history themed events throughout the week in the grounds of Muncaster Castle. The kids will find plenty of interest with circus skills workshops and entertainment by Joel Dickinson. The Herlid Vikings will display battle re-enactments on the 17th and 18th  and from the 23rd to the 25th the Red Wyvern Re-enactment Society move forward in history to re-enact scenes from the Wars of the Roses. Great family entertainment.

October 26th – November 1st – Halloween Week
Muncaster promises to be one of the most haunted castles in the country. There will be plenty of fun with face painting in the Ghostly Grotto; illuminations along the mile of the main drive lined with trees and shrubs; Spooky Owl Tours; a Scary Maze and a Castle Ghost Tour. This event is always well attended so please book your accommodation early.

December 6 - 7th – Taste Cumbria Christmas Fayre
An event showcasing the very best in Cumbria's culinary produce plus cookery demonstrations, live music, free children's crafts, Husky sled dogs and Santa's Grotto. At dusk, the Muncaster Illuminations will light up the gardens.

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Seascale Events 2014

August 16th – Gosforth Agricultural Show
This agricultural event is held close to the village of Gosforth at the junction of the A595 and B5344 on Cumbria's West Coast. Displays of cattle: sheep: horses: handicrafts: a dog show: vintage and steam machinery: Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling: plus children's sports. An added attraction is promised to be an exciting Quad and Motor Cycle Stunt Show starring Jason Smyth

September 20th – Egremont Crab Fair
This is one of the oldest fairs in the world dating back to 1267 and attracts visitors from all over the world. It begins with a number of ancient and traditional Lake District and Cumbria sports and events including Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; a Pipe Smoking event;  the Greasy Pole contest; Parade of the Apple Cart; singing of hunting songs and the event highlight of the renowned World Gurning Championship where contestants pull grotesque faces through a horse collar known locally as a braffin. It's a family friendly occasion where you can just watch or take part in a number of sports and catch an apple during the Parade of the Apple Cart. Egremont is a small town in the Western Lake District five miles south of Whitehaven and within easy reach of Seascale, Gosforth and the Solway Coast and Plain.

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Sedbergh Events 2014

June 1 - 15th – Sedbergh Music Festival
The Manchester Gospel Choir opens the festival in St Andrews Parish Church. Ashley Wass, the acclaimed concert pianist tops the bill and in addition, visitors can look forward to a lunchtime concert by Chetham's Hospital School and performances by Cottontown Chorus, Cuban and South American dance music, Sedbergh Town Band, song recitals, string quartets, Beethoven cello sonatas, solo violin recitals, organ recitals and more.
For full details see

September 7th – The Moorcock Show
One of the oldest sheep shows in the region where you can learn about breeds of Swaledale, Blue Faced Leicester’s and Rough Fell sheep. These and more at a family friendly traditional show with displays of vintage tractors, local products and competitions from midday till 4pm. The show takes place at Thwaite Bridge, Mossdale, on the A684 Sedbergh to Hawes road.

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Silecroft Events 2014


Silloth Events 2014


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Staveley Events 2014

February 1st – Music at Hawkshead Brewery
Local lad Ben Sayer plays a mix of covers and some original songs and funky tunes plus some rock, blues and folk at Hawkshead Brewery, Mill Yard, Staveley.
Phone: 01539  725133 for details.

February 12th – Quincy Street Quartet
A jazz and swing ensemble perform at the Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley. They will play blues and standards from the 1940's onwards. Doors open 7.30pm.
Phone: 01539 725133 for details.

February 15th – Music at Hawkshead Brewery
A unique blend of Irish music by the Curragh Sons ranging from traditional Irish ballads, fiddle tunes, contemporary folk and a touch of modern.

May 31st – Lakeland Trails in Staveley
The Trails start and finish at Staveley Recreation Ground. The event consists of the 10K Kentmere Trail Run; the 17K Kentmere Trail Race and the 17K Kentmere Trail Challenge over well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways. Underfoot conditions are described as variable with short sections of tarmac, grassy footpaths, stony bridleways and a few stiles to climb over toward the end of the course. There'll be live music, a race commentary, food and drink available at the start and finish. An enjoyable day out close to Lake Windermere and within easy reach of Beatrix Potter's home at Sawrey near Hawkshead. Venue Post Code LA8 9LN.

August 24th – Kentmere Valley Sheep Show
Held in the picturesque walking country of the Kentmere Valley near Staveley. Begins at 1pm at Mill Farm, Millriggs. Phone: 01539 821689 for details.

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St. Bees (Egremont) Events 2014

May 10th - Beached Art
Cumbria Wildlife Trust's annual Beached Art event is back! The star of the show is our sand sculpture competition which will be held from 13:00 to 14:30, so book your plots now at our website below and click on Beached Art. The competition costs a minimum £3 donation per plot or you can come and watch for free! Other fun to be had on the day includes face painting, rock pool rambles, shore surveys, kite flying, whale and dolphin watches, crafts and much more! The weather won't hold us back so don't let it stop you. For more information visit our website or call 01539 816300.
For further details see

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Torver Events 2014

August 17th – Lakeland Country Fair
A family friendly event in the village of Torver near Coniston. It's a typical Lake District & Cumbria show in beautiful countryside displaying Herdwick and Swaledale sheep; sheep shearing contests; a terrier show; a lurcher show; a family dog show; a stick show; a horn blowing competition; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; junior and senior fell races and a ferret show. All these and more including shows of traditional skills such as stick making; basket making; bee keeping; weaving; spinning; sausage making; chainsaw carving and the opportunity to see birds of prey close up. For the kids there's a bouncy castle; donkey rides; a climbing wall; swingboats; a roundabout. In addition there will be a licensed bar, homemade refreshments and a BBQ. Show starts at 12 noon. FREE parking.

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Ullswater Events 2014

March 30th – Mother's Day at Ullswater Steamers
Treat Mum to an Ullswater Steamer Gift Voucher

June 29th – Ullswater Fair
Held on the King George V Playing Field in Patterdale. This is a stunning Lake District & Cumbria event location at the southern end of Ullswater surrounded by some of the best fell walking in the region. Visitors can look forward to a traditional show including dog competitions, terrier racing, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, fell races, lots of kids entertainment, all day refreshments and much more for all the family to enjoy.

July 5th – Patterdale Boundary Walk
An event to commemorate the Patterdale Parish Boundary and to raise funds for St Patrick’s Church in Patterdale and the Patterdale Church of England Primary School. The Walk offers a choice of three distances of 30 miles with 10,000 feet of ascents; 14 miles with 3,500 feet of ascent or the family friendly downhill walk of 7 miles. Please note that everyone taking part must belong to a team of three people or more and members should be experienced and fit especially those taking part in the 30 mile route. For details of the organisers Advice Statement, the route, and how to enter, go to

July 5 - 6th – Lord Birkett Trophy Cup
This is an Ullswater Valley prestigious sailing event held annually by the Ullswater Sailing Club in memory of Lord Birkett who, in the early 1960's, successfully opposed turning Ullswater in to a reservoir. For details of what to see and enjoy and how to take part see website

August 2nd – The Helvellyn Double Dipper Adventure Swim
A Lake District & Cumbria event combining a dip in Red Tarn overlooked by Striding Edge on one side and Swirral Edge on the other plus a strenuous hike to the summit of Swirral Edge and finishing with a swim at the southern end of Ullswater. Please note this is a demanding 6 – 7 hour day with a hike of around 15 kilometres which includes over 1000 metres of ascent whilst carrying your day's provisions and so a good level of fitness and fell walking experience is essential

August 2 - 3rd – Lakes Chilli Festival
Described as a “Carnival of Food and Fun” this biggest Chilli Festival in the North West is held at Dalemain Estate Mansion Historic Gardens a few miles from the Ullswater Valley. It promises a family day of first class entertainment and to offer the tastiest and spiciest of chilli products; a selection of Real Ale producers and a programme of exciting challenges.

August 23rd – Patterdale Dog Day
An August Bank Holiday event of an open sheepdog trials competition; a gun dog show; foxhound show; hound trails; children's pet competitions;  fell racing for juniors and seniors; a craft tent; all day catering tent and more.

September 7th -  Helvellyn Triathlon
This sporting event is said to be in the top 10 most challenging in the world. Contestants are faced with a 1 mile swim; a 38 mile cycle ride which includes an ascent of “The Struggle” with gradients of 1 in 4 from Ambleside to the summit of Kirkstone Pass and a run up the 3118 feet of Helvellyn, one of the Lake District & Cumbria's highest peaks.

Ullswater Tourist Information
Ullswater Valley Holiday Accommodation

Ulverston Events 2014

March 21 - 23rd – Weekend Meditation at Conishead Priory and Buddhist Temple
A relaxing weekend in the peaceful surroundings of the Manjushri Meditation Centre on the Furness Peninsula. Under the guidance of an experienced ordained Buddhist nun the weekend provides the opportunity to completely relax.
For details see

April 17 - 19th – Ulverston Society of Artists Spring Exhibition
Sale of quality paintings, drawings and craftwork produced by members of Ulverston Society of Artists from 9.30 am till 5pm at the Coronation Hall. Please note that the exhibition closes at 4.30pm on the last day.

April 26th – May 5th – Ulverston Walkfest
The 2014 programme of walks will be available soon. Keep checking the Walkfest website for details. In the meantime, the programme of 2013 gives an idea of walks which will be available but new routes will be introduced for this year whilst retaining the popular old favourites. One of this years supporting events will be a talk by 80 year old Cedric Robinson, MBE and Queens Guide to the Sands. Cedric has been guiding walkers on the Cross Bay Walks beginning in Arnside for the last fifty years. Walk fees should be paid in cash to the walk leader at the beginning of the walk. All children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. The walk leaders also reserve the right to refuse participation to anyone they consider not to be adequately clothed or equipped for that particular walk if conditions may affect safety. Dogs are allowed on all walks.

May 3 - 4th – Ulverston Printfest
A May Bank Holiday weekend event held in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston, of work exhibitions from more than 40 national and international artists.

May 3rd – Courtney Pine House of Legends Tour
Jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine and his band play in Ulverston at the Coronation Hall beginning at 7.30pm. Venue Phone: 01229 587140. Tickets £20 and £10 (concessions)

Ulverston Tourist Information
Ulverston Holiday Accommodation

Whitehaven Events 2014

September 20th – Egremont Crab Fair
This is one of the oldest fairs in the world dating back to 1267 and attracts visitors from all over the world. It begins with a number of ancient and traditional Lake District and Cumbria sports and events including Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; a Pipe Smoking event;  the Greasy Pole contest; Parade of the Apple Cart; singing of hunting songs and the event highlight of the renowned World Gurning Championship where contestants pull grotesque faces through a horse collar known locally as a braffin. It's a family friendly occasion where you can just watch or take part in a number of sports and catch an apple during the Parade of the Apple Cart. Egremont is a small town in the Western Lake District five miles south of Whitehaven and within easy reach of Seascale, Gosforth and the Solway Coast and Plain.

Whitehaven Tourist Information
Whitehaven Holiday Accommodation

Wigton Events 2013


Wigton Tourist Information
Wigton Holiday Accommodation

Windermere and Bowness Events 2014

March 25th – Classic Concert and Afternoon Tea
A classical concert by leading professional cello duo followed by afternoon tea at Brockhole Visitor Centre between Windermere and Ambleside. Begins 2.30. Booking essential.

April 11 - 13th – Bowness Blues Festival
Featuring the Marcus Bonfanti Band; Sean Webster; Midnight Train; the Hewitt Blues Duo and many more. It will be a weekend of top quality music in some wonderfully atmospheric venues surrounding Lake Windermere. In addition there will be workshops for drummers, singers and guitarists and don't miss the Jam Session with guest appearances by festival performers from 3pm till 7pm on Friday 11th at the Lake District Boat Club. Book accommodation early and make a full weekend of it

April 16th – Great Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt
An Easter event held at The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness. This is a great day of family fun when you can search for hand crafted ceramic eggs hidden around the Lake District. There are prizes to be won.

May 11th – Event Practice for Open Water Swimmers
Open Water Swimming training in Lake Windermere covering the skills required for swim events and open water swimming techniques. This event is ideal for beginners up to intermediate level in a beautiful safe and sheltered location.

June 13 - 15th – Great North Swim
An outdoor swimming event in the Lake District and Cumbria's largest lake in the heart of Wordsworth Country and the world of Beatrix Potter. It’s an event attracting large numbers of swimmers of all abilities who have a choice of distances of half a mile, one mile, two miles and five kilometres. The Great North Swim is a hugely popular Lake District and Cumbria event and if travelling by road, long delays can be expected especially on the last few miles between Windermere and the venue. Accommodation also will be in high demand and so please book as early as possible. See the event website for full details.

August 1st – Winster Luings
This Lake District event is the Luing Cattle Open Day to celebrate and promote the Luing breed of cattle. Visitors to the show will have a tour of the stock accompanied by the farm manager: a talk from Natural England's area manager for Cumbria: a tour of the shooting estate: a tour of the estate's fells and a Luing beef dinner plus a local beer festival featuring some of Cumbria's locally brewed beers. The event will be held at High House Farm near the village of Winster in the Lyth Valley. Post Code for Sat Nav is LA23 3NP.

Windermere and Bowness Tourist Information
Windermere and Bowness Holiday Accommodation

Workington Events 2014


Various Venues around Cumbria

April – October – Lake District Challenge Events 2014
The Lake District Challenge Events are usually held during a weekend with overnight accommodation on the Friday and Saturday plus an optional night on the Sunday for post event celebrations. The challenges are mainly designed for private and corporate teams consisting of a minimum of 8 persons although events for groups of 6 are available at an additional cost.

August 3 - 8th – Lakes Five Days Orienteering Event
The Lakes 5 Event consists of five separate regional events taking place between Sunday 3 August and Friday 8 August with one rest/activity day.
Day 1. Swindale South. Nearest town is Shap between Kendal and Penrith.
Day 2. Simpson Ground. Fell Foot Park near Newby Bridge.
Day 3. Grizedale North West. Near Satterthwaite.
Day 4. Pike O' Blisco. Near Ambleside.
Day 5. Hampsfell & Eggerslack. Near Grange over Sands.
For online entries and other methods and full information

The Wasdale Challenge
Described as a demanding mountaineering excursion in what is generally considered to be the most scenically stunning valley in the Lake District and Cumbria.

The Lakeland Triathlon
A very tough 12 hours of biking, walking and canoe rafts.

The Lakes and Mountain Challenge
A total of 16 hours of walking and canoeing spread over 2 days.

The Race the Sun Challenge
Biking, walking and canoeing over 12 hours.

The Hadrians C2C
A 24 hour event over 100 miles on bikes and on foot.
Visit the organisers website for full details of these and other Lake District Challenges