Lake District and Cumbria Events 2015 by Date

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October 2015


October Events 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 30th - Halloween Masquerade Ball at Beech Hill Hotel
This will be a Spooktacular night of tricks and treats; on arrival you will be greeted with a glass of Champagne and a selection of beautiful handmade canapés to enjoy on our terrace with stunning views of Windermere but don't worry you'll be safe as the full moon was on the 27th!
We will then guide you to your table in Burlington's restaurant for a gourmet four course meal, designed around the spooky season and our fangtastic local produce.
You will be enthralled by the devilish tricks of our magician David Lancaster and the delights of 'Classic Ensembles' our local string quartet. To keep the zombies at bay our resident DJ will keep you safe until midnight!
Dress Code: Masquerade semi-formal.
Mask and black tie preferred but not essential.
The price of this chiller night is just £45 per person which includes the food and the entertainment.

The Beech Hill Hotel
Newby Bridge Road,
LA23 3LR

Tel:0844 502 7587

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

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

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

October 31st – Kings Arms Halloween and Bonfire Night Party
Kirkby Stephen's only bonfire and fireworks event takes place at The Kings Arm's Hotel. Bonfire is planned to be lit at 7pm and followed by a firework display at 8pm. Fiery foods will be on sale, a disco till late, scary décor, Spooky Jelly Shots, and lots more. A £50 prize will be awarded for the best dressed costume.
Phone: 017683 72906.

November Events 2015

November 1st – Firework Display
A  Guy Fawkes fireworks only event organised by the Penrith Lions Club, who raise and donate money to charitable causes both locally and internationally. This tickets only display, beginning at 6pm, is held at the Stoneybeck Inn, Bowscar, near Penrith. Traditional bonfire night food served at the inn.
Phone 01768 862369.

November 1st – Christmas Coffee and Crafts at Rampside
Coffee, homemade cake, Christmas stalls selling festive gifts, at Rampside Village Hall, Roa Island Road, Barrow in Furness, from midday till 4pm. This event is raising funds for Support Our Soldiers.

November 1st – Bonfire and Fireworks
Held on Wilson Park, Broughton in Furness. The fire will be lit at 6.30pm and followed by a firework display at 7pm. Cost  is £5 per adult and £1 for children. The event is organised by Beswicks Restaurant.
Phone 01229 716285.

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

November 5th – Kendal Castle Firework Display
The display begins at 7.30pm on the Castle Grove side of the castle overlooking the town. Everybody welcome to this spectacular firework display organised by Kendal South Westmorland Rotary Club. Donations are welcome, and proceeds will go toward next years event. Burger vans and refreshments available. Strong footwear  and a torch advised.

November 5th – Firework Display
A fireworks only event close to the Newfield Inn, Seathwaite, in the Duddon Valley, a few miles from Broughton. Begins 7pm. The event is FREE but donations will be welcome.
Phone 01229 716208.

November 5th – Bonfire and Fireworks
This is another Guy Fawkes event organised by the Penrith Lions Club. It takes place in the grounds of Newton Rigg College a couple of miles outside Penrith. Fire lit at 6pm.
Prices are £6 per car and £1 for pedestrians.

November 5th – Bonfire and Fireworks Display
This event takes place at The Green, near Millom. Begins 5.30pm.
The Green is on the A5093, about 3 miles from Millom, in the direction of Broughton in Furness.

November 5th – Traditional Bonfire Night
A traditional Guy Fawkes night celebration with a crackling bonfire, and a spectacular fireworks display at Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa near Keswick.
Bonfire lit at 6.30pm. Fireworks from 7pm.
No dogs allowed. Wellington boots and torch are advised.
Prices of £19.95 per adult and £12.95 per child. Booking essential.
Phone: 017686 76551.

November 5th – Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC Bonfire Night
A bonfire, a fantastic display of fireworks, entertainment, and hot food at Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Football Club, Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale. Begins at 7pm. Admission £4 per adult. Children £2. Prices to be confirmed.

November 5th – Windermere RUFC Fireworks and Bonfire Display
Bonfire, fireworks, and a BBQ, at Dawes Meadow, Longlands Road. Bonfire lit at 6.30pm. Fireworks from 7pm. Admission £5. A family ticket £10.

November 6th – Bonfire and Fireworks Display
A bonfire and fireworks display at Coniston Sports and Social Centre, Coniston. Begins at 5.30pm. Food available. Entry by donation.

November 6th – Guy Fawkes Night Party
The party takes place at the Beech Hill Hotel in Windermere. It features a 3 course dinner, fire performers, and a grand firework display over the waters of Lake Windermere. The cost is £45 per person, which includes food and entertainment. To book, call 0844 502 7587 or,

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

November 7th – Sedbergh Bonfire and Firework Display
Takes place on People's Hall Playing Field, Howgill Lane, Sedbergh. Together with the bonfire and fireworks, will be a pumpkin lantern competition, fibre optics, and food. Begins at 6.30pm.
Admission £3. Children FREE.

November 7th – Cartmel Bonfire and Fireworks Display
This Guy Fawkes annual event will be held at Cartmel Racecourse next to the car park. The bonfire is planned to be lit at 6pm and fireworks to follow at about 7.30pm. There will be refreshments available throughout the evening including hot soup and burgers. Admission FREE, but donations are welcome. FREE car parking nearby.

November 7th – Firework Display
Begins at 6pm in the Memorial Garden, Cockermouth.

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

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

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

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

November 7th – Fireworks on the Prom
The show begins at 7pm on Arnside Promenade. Promises to be a spectacular display overlooking the estuary.

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

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

November 8th – Bonfire and Fireworks Display
Takes place on the Recreational Ground, Hawkshead. The event begins at 5pm with snacks and music. Donations at the gate.

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

November 13th - John Harle with Steve Lodder with Special guest Jess Gillam
A rare chance to hear the unique and distinctive sound of the master of the saxophone, performing with keyboardist Steve Lodder and special guest Jess Gillam.
Friday 13th November 2015, 7.30 pm
Coronation Hall
LA12 7LZ
01229 587140
Cabaret and Balcony seating available, bar open.

November 14 - 15th – Annual Winter Craft Fair
This event, is held at John Ruskin’s former home of Brantwood, near Coniston. Crafts will include, textiles, pottery, cards and prints, baskets, woodwork, homemade Christmas puddings, cakes, preserves, and much more. There will be craft demonstrations, and mulled wine will be available in the Severn Studios. A “Park & Ride” mini-bus service will operate between Brantwood and Machell's Coppice Car Park throughout the weekend. Admission £2 for the fair and house. Children FREE. Event timings are 10.30am till 5pm. (4pm on the Sunday)

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

November 15th – Christmas Lights Switch On (Kendal)
Festivities begin at 2pm in Stricklandgate and other locations around the town.

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

November 20th – Christmas Party Shopping Night at Arnside
Late night opening of local shops offering special treats with a party theme.

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

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

November 27th – Christmas Lights Switch On (Kirkby Stephen)
The lights will be switched on at 5.45pm in the Market Square.

November 28th – Appleby Sparkle Day
Christmas lights switch on, stalls, street entertainment, and a visit from Father Christmas.

November 28th – Penrith Sparkle Day
A carol singing concert at 3.30pm and the Christmas lights switched on at 4pm. Penrith's plans for this years winter festival include a “Christmas Jumper Day”, a Christmas themed “Park Run”, “Santa's Post Box” with Virgin Trains, together with a new Christmas Market, which will run in the two weekends leading up to Christmas.

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

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

November 29th – Christmas Tree Light Switch On at Arnside
Father Christmas, Carols and Salvation Army.

November 29th – Carols and Christmas Music
Carols and music in St Oswalds Church, Ravenstonedale,  with the Kirkby Stephen Silver Band.
Ravenstonedale is on the A685 between Kirkby Stephen and Tebay.

December Events 2015

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

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

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

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

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

December 6th – Keswick Traditional Christmas Fayre
A truly Christmas atmosphere featuring charity stalls, street and stage entertainment, live music, hot and cold food, drinks and more, with Santa and real reindeer’s arriving around midday. He will stay in the Market Square until 3pm. FREE parking is on offer in all Keswick Allerdale Borough Council owned car parks on this day. Starts 11am.

December 6th – Askham Hall Christmas Market
A traditional festive market from 11am till 4pm at Askham Hall near Penrith. The market will be held under cover in the Hall's converted barn and newly refurbished medieval banquet hall. The café will will be open throughout the day for lunch, mince pies, and mulled wine. A visit from Father Christmas is planned to welcome visitors to his Christmas Grotto.
FREE entry and parking. Phone 01931 712348.

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

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

December 13th – The Mason's Arms Christmas Market
A great choice of traditional Cumbrian food, a selection of gifts, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, cider, and mince pies at the Mason's Arms, Bowland Bridge, not far from Newby Bridge. The market, from 11am till 4pm, will be followed by Christmas carols, and a hot-pot supper served from 7pm. Phone 015395 68486.

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

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

January Events 2016

January 30th - The Big Sleep at Low Wood Bay Hotel in Windermere
The Big Sleep is an outdoor fundraising challenge to raise money for Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund.
Every year 300 older people die in Cumbria in a bad winter – the Winter Warmth Fund gives money to vulnerable older people who can’t afford to pay to heat their homes.
As part of the event, we are asking people to join us and sleep out under the stars for one night. We camp in the field behind the Low Wood Bay Hotel. It costs £30 per adult to enter and £5 per child. We provide the entertainment, food and hot drinks.
Event website:

February Events 2016

February 7th – Montane Trail 26 &Trail 13 Grizedale Forest
This sporting event is the first of the 2016 Trail 26 running challenges. It will take place from Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, close to the Beatrix Potter village of Hawkshead. There's a choice of two running events consisting of the “Mighty Marathon” and the “Heavenly Marathon” starting at 9.40am. In addition to the Trail 26 race, there will be a FREE Trail Kidz 1 Kilometre event for children starting at 9am with medals for all finishers. Feeding stations provided, checkpoints and all day refreshments.

February 28th – 10 K Marmalade Run Dalemain
A 10 kilometre run passing over farmland, and small sections of road and farm tracks. Refreshments of hot food, homemade soup, cakes, and of course, plenty of marmalade, will be available from the Dalemain Cafe.

March Events 2016

March 6th – The Endurance Stone Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive
A 60 mile route starting from Penrith Leisure Centre. Riders will head south to the village of Orton, and then on to Appleby for a half-way food stop. The return section is over cycling lanes via Dufton, Milburn, and Langwathby. The route is undulating, but there are no major ascents.
See website for full details.

March 14th – Posh Noshers Food & Wine Night at the Sun Inn
The theme of this celebration of food and wine is, “Flying Wine Makers”. The event, held at the Sun Inn, Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, includes a 4 course dinner using local and seasonal ingredients accompanied by a choice of 4 carefully selected wines. The price is £59 per person and begins at 7.30pm. For more details, phone 015242 71965 or visit the website.

March 26 - 27th – Kirkby Stephen & Brough Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally
A Lake District and Cumbria Easter event which is FREE to both exhibitors, and the public. Organisers are expecting over 200 examples of working commercial vehicles from the last century which will be on display at several locations in and around Kirkby Stephen, and Brough. For the convenience of visitors, all locations, which can be up to 5 miles apart, will be connected by a FREE regular classic bus and coach service. There will also be an Edwardian Fair with carousels, a steam shooting gallery, catering, and trade stalls.

March 28th – Easter Food Market
An Easter event held at the Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, from 10am till 4pm. Lots of Easter treats from local producers, which will include, cheeses, chutneys, chocolates, bread.
FREE entry.

April Events 2016

April 9th – Born Survivor
This is a very tough and challenging event. It's a military obstacle course, designed by the British Royal Marine Commandos. Held at Lowther Castle and Gardens, Lowther, near Penrith. Visit the website to sign up.

April 24th – The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive Sunday
This event is over a challenging 69 mile route along,  and through, some of the very best Lake District scenery including sections of strenuous ascents. Experienced cyclists will need a gear ratio of 39/27, and a compact chainset, or triple chainset, are strongly advised.
 Starts from New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel between 8am and 10.30am.

April 30th – May 2nd – Cumbria Life Sausage Festival
A weekend of good food and drink, demonstrations, competitions, crafts, and lots of Bank Holiday fun at Muncaster Castle, near Ravenglass. There will be a competition for “The 2016 Favourite Butchers Cumberland Sausage”, with the top voted sausages tasted by visitors attending the festival. On the Sunday of the event, a “Cumberland Sausage Eating Competition” will be held. General Admittance Tickets available online at 15% discount. 

May Events 2016

May 14th – Fell Pony Society: Stallion Show
A traditional Lake District and Cumbria event for all ages. It will be held on the large field, a short distance past Dalemain House, in the direction of Pooley Bridge, near Lake Ullswater. On-site catering will be available, but, take a picnic if you wish.

May 15th – Hutton-in-the-Forest Plant & Food Fair
Specialist nurseries will include, primula, rose, peony and rhododendron growers, a range of alpines, herbs, trees and shrubs. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a wide range of food stalls selling selections of locally reared meat, cheeses, yoghurt’s, breads, cakes, wine, preserves , and much more. A great day out for all, in Cumbria's Eden Valley.
Phone 017684 84449.

May 19 - 22nd – Keswick Mountain Festival
A wide choice of outdoor activities, world class speakers, sporting events, camping, live music, concerts, and a festival village. There's something for all at this fun festival on the shores of Lake Derwentwater, including bushcraft, climbing, hiking, paddle, biking, navigation, and Wainwright Walks.

May 29th – Classic Cars in the Park at Hutton-in-the-Forest
An event for all classic car enthusiasts at Hutton-in-the-Forest, CA11 9TH. More than 500 classic cars are expected to be on display, plus an area of, cars for sale, auto - testing, auto-jumble, trade stands, refreshments.

June Events 2016

June 2 - 8th – Appleby Horse Fair
Appleby's traditional and unique gathering of Gypsies and Travellers  has taken place since it was introduced in the reign of James 11. ( 1633 – 1701) As always, this annual event in the heart of the Eden Valley attracts thousands, especially on the main days  of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with horses being washed in the river and raced along the streets. Upwards of 30,000 visitors can be expected, and so please ensure that accommodation is booked early if you intend to stay overnight or longer.

June 19th – Alston Sheepdog Trials
Held on the Playing Fields in Alston.

July Events 2016

July 2nd – Skelton Agricultural Show
This event is held at, Old Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest, near Penrith. It is the largest village show in Cumbria, and one of the regions best attended traditional agricultural shows, which has earned a reputation as a day of great family entertainment. There will be cattle, sheep, horses, show jumping, dogs, vintage vehicles, and, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling.
Phone 01768 484122.

July 23rd – Penrith Agricultural Show
Competition classes for farm livestock, horses, rabbits, poultry, show jumping,  horticulture, a food hall, and a rural crafts marquee. All this, and many main ring attractions for all ages. The show is held at Brougham Hall Farm, Brougham, near Penrith. CA10 2DE.

August Events 2016

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

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

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

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

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

September Events 2016

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