Lake District and Cumbria Events 2014 by Date

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


July Events 2014

July 2nd – A Summer Extravaganza
Sedbergh's well known Town Band is giving a concert at St Andrews Church, four miles from Sedbergh in the picturesque village of Dent on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The concert begins at 7pm. Admission £6. Tickets are available from local outlets and shops in Dent.

July 5th – Sedbergh Artisan Saturday Market
Stalls on the main street selling a wide range of handmade and homemade produce from 10am until 4pm.

July 5th – Cross Bay Walk
The walk starts from Kents Bank guided by Cedric Robinson. This is an event providing an opportunity for local organisations to raise funds by sponsorship. Details from Jane on 07818 004258 or Liz 07584 627296 or Charlotte 07887 856810.

July 5th – Kirkby Stephen Circular Walk via Crosby Garrett
A walk of 10 miles via Crosby Garrett accompanied by Friends of Dale Rail. For this and other walks in the area visit the website

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

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 5th – Herdwick 10 K
Competitors in this 10 kilometre road race beginning from Chapel Stile near Ambleside will be entitled to entry to the Langdale Gala on the following day. A sheep themed fancy dress is welcomed and there will be a special prize for the best fancy dress to complete the course. Herdwick based refreshments available

July 5th – Musgrave Rushbearing
An ancient custom held annually of a procession of rushes and floral crowns worn and carried by
 local boys and girls to the church. Takes place at Musgrave near Kirkby Stephen.
Contact the Kirkby Stephen Tourist Information Office for more details. 017683 71199.

July 6th – Walk Across the Bay for Wildlife
A sponsored walk from Arnside Promenade to Grange-over-Sands in aid of The Wildlife Trust.
Details from 01539 816300.

July 6th – Westmorland Horticultural Society Summer Flower Show
Held in the Parish Hall, Kendal.
Phone 01539 741267

July 6th – Langdale Gala
The Langdale Gala is a traditional Cumbria event held on Walthwaite Meadow, Chapel Stile, near Ambleside. It features the the crowd pleasing Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling: Junior and Senior Fell Races: Children's Flat Races: Pet Show: Fancy Dress for younger children: Stalls: Music: Refreshments and much more to complete family day entertainment. The gate opens at midday

July 6th – Appleby Rotary Fun Run & 10 K
A fun run and 10 kilometre road race in the beautiful Eden Valley to raise funds for local schools.
Details from Appleby Tourist Information Office 017683 51177.

July 6th – Praise on the Prom
Led by Arnside Churches Together and the Carnforth Salvation Army Band from 2pm until 4pm.

July 10 - 13th – Cartmel Summer Beer Festival
Local ales and ciders from around Cumbria and live music throughout the weekend at Pig & Whistle, Aynesome Road, Cartmel. There will be an Open Mic Night on the Thursday and a Friday Beer Dinner with Hardknott Brewery. For more details phone 015395 36482.

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 11 - 13th – The Lake District Vintage Cycling Festival at Ford Park House
These are cycle events with a difference. Enjoy an atmosphere of old bikes, vintage clothes, false moustaches, music and drink. There's the family Saturday ride along quiet roads in the beautiful scenery of the Lake District Peninsula followed by a Sunday ride over a shorter route.
Then there's “Le Grimpeur” which is a more demanding challenge including a section of the “Route Gravies” in Grizedale Forest. Great fun for all on bikes of a bygone age

July 11-13th – Staveley Carnival Weekend
The carnival gets under way at 6.30pm on the Friday at Staveley Village Hall where, until 10pm, there will be a Children's Wearable Arts Show together with entertainment, live music, food and bar. Saturday's fun begins at 11am on the Carnival Field and continues throughout the afternoon and at 7pm there will be more entertainment in the Village Hall with music, an adults Wearable Arts Show, a band, food and drink. On Sunday at midday, a Brazilian style street procession starts the final day of celebrations followed by an afternoon of live acts, music, bar, food, BBQ, stalls, rides, workshops, cycle events and a Grand Finale at 4pm.

July 11 - 13th – Appleby Town Carnival
This years carnival theme is “Science Fiction, Fantasy Heroes and Heroines” and will include a parade of floats, fancy dress, tug of war, a disco and more

July 12th – Sedbergh's Finkle Street Fun
A day for all the family with live music, face painting, hog roast, drinks and refreshments in Sedbergh's Finkle Street.

July 12 - 13th – Steam Gathering of Kirkby Stephen East
Takes place at Kirkby Stephen East Station, Station Yard, South Road. CA17 4LA

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.

July 12-13th - Lakeland Craft Fair
Locally made traditional products at Cartmel.

July 13th – Historic Vehicle Show

July 13th – Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim
The Epic Lakes Swim consists of three open water swim events at different locations in the Lake District and Cumbria. This one at Ullswater is the second event in the series and consists of a 500 metre swim for first timers, the popular 1600 metre and the 3.8 kilometre challenge for long distance swimmers.

July 13th – Teddy Bears Picnic at South Tynedale Railway
Contact South Tynedale railway for information of their Teddy Bears Picnic journey along their narrow gauge railway.
Phone 01434 381696.

July 17 to December 20th – First World War Centenary: From Fells to Flanders
As part of the First World War Centenary, Kendal's Museum of Lakeland Life explores the  impact the war made on the Lake District &Cumbria. Admission £5.

July 17 - 20th – Music on the Marr
This Lake District & Cumbria music event is held in the beautiful village of Castle Carrock a few miles from Brampton and close to Hadrian's Wall. Music, comedy, real ale, good food and great hospitality with a line-up including The Men They Couldn’t Hang; Bobby Valentino and Marc Bloc

July 18th – Cartmel Food Market from 10am until 4pm.

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

July 18th – Fusion Folk Singing
A folk singing event from 7pm until 11pm on Silloth Green. It will feature the folk singing/rock band “Roomfull of Mirrors” plus local talent from around Cumbria.

July 19th – Alston Live Music Festival
A day of music on Tyne Willows Playing Fields in Alston from midday until dusk which is around 10pm. There will be performances on a main stage plus an acoustic tent and plenty of food and drink. This is only a one day event so why not make a weekend of it and explore an area  of east Cumbria designated as one of Outstanding Natural Beauty

July 19-26th - Penrith on a Plate
Penrith on a Plate offers a fabulous week long, family fun filled mix of entertainment, displays and a wide range of locally produced products in the picturesque market town of Penrith.
Various stalls will be present displaying their wares ranging from award winning butchers to cakes and everything inbetween.
There will be many opportunities to sample all the delicious produce with free samples and giveaways.
There are events running on a daily basis to entertain everyone young and old alike.
It all kicks off at 10 am each morning and free parking is provided in the Eden Council Carparks.
These events are all free but booking is advisable through

July 19-20th - Lakeland Craft Fair
Locally made traditional products at Grasmere.

July 19 - 20th – Silloth Kite Festival
All day displays of kites on Silloth Green together with a funfair and live entertainment.

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 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.

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.

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

July 21st – Sandow Clowns Slapstick Theatre
A holiday treat for the kids at Ulverston Coronation Hall. Comic sketches, juggling, stilt walking, comedy musical car plus a chance to win lots of prizes. Begins at 2pm. Tickets available at the door from 30 minutes before the performances begin.

July 22nd – Summer of Cycling Celebration
An event at the Lake District Visitor Centre, Brockhole near Windermere.
01539 822222.

July 22nd – Flat Racing at Carlisle Racecourse
An afternoon of flat racing from 12.30pm till 6.30pm.

July 22nd – Sandow Clowns Slapstick Theatre
An 80 minute show for the kids at Millom Palladium, St Georges Road, Millom. Begins at 2pm

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 24 - 27th – Milnthorpe Art Exhibition
Held at St Thomas Parish Church, Milnthorpe three miles from Arnside.
015395 630082.

July 24th – Medieval Carlisle Discussion
Tim Radley, curator of archaeology, will lead a discussion from 2pm until 3pm at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Street, Carlisle. There will be a presentation about medieval Carlisle and a handling session using artefacts from the museum collections. Prices £12. Booking essential.

July 24th – Beetham Nurseries Coach Trip to RHS Flower Show
The Nursery has organised a coach trip to the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. The cost for the coach travel and entrance to the show is £34.99. FREE car parking all day at Beetham Nurseries LA7 7AP. The coach departs at 8am and leaves Tatton at 5pm. Phone 01595 63630 for more details and tickets or email

July 24th – Stream Dipping
Explore the secrets of a fresh water stream using pond nets to catch all kinds of water life at Haws National Nature Reserve near Barrow-in-Furness. Beach shoes or wellies are recommended. Begins at 2pm. Phone 01228 462855

July 25th – Onescene in Hawkshead
A musical evening of jazz, soul and motown hits at the Kings Arms, Hawkshead. Doors open at 8.30pm and the show begins at 9pm.
Phone 015394 36372.

July 25 - 27th – Kirkby Stephen Poetry Festival
A celebration of the much acclaimed Poetry Path with various events over the three days. Poets will include John Hegley, Richie McCaffery, Paula Day and the New Rope String Band. Contact Kirkby Stephen Tourist Information on 017683 71199 or visit

July 25 - 27th – World War 1 Commemoration at South Tynedale Railway
This event is the first in a series to be held over the next four years at South Tynedale Railway in remembrance of those who were lost in World War 1. Displays will include a German Henschel steam locomotive and locomotive THOMAS EDMONSON together with other visiting WW1 locomotives plus a working field kitchen and other activities.
Phone 01434 381696 for more information.

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.

July 26th – Sedbergh Artisan Saturday market
Stalls all along Main Street selling a wide range of locally made products from 10am until 4pm.

July 26th – Summer Ball at Beech Hill Hotel
A summer night of fun overlooking Lake Windermere. On arrival, there'll be a welcoming glass of champagne on the terrace followed by dinner and entertainment provided by a live music.
Cost £45 per person. Phone 0844 50 27587.

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

July 26th – The Ship Inn Fest 2014
The Ship Inn at Sandside, near Arnside invite you to a Family Music Festival taking place from midday until midnight. There will be access to all areas of two outdoor stages and one inside all playing live music of originals and covers plus children's activities including a bouncy castle and face painting. Plenty of BBQ food and a wide selection of drinks. FREE parking. This event in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty overlooking the Kent Estuary is a charity fundraiser in aid of North West Air Ambulance. Featured acts will include Milnthorpe Steel Band: Manfredi: Convulsions: Room Full of Mirrors: Guns of Navarone: Boot Straps: Rock it Man: Al Hughes: Lisa Chapin: Molly Warburton: Lustrum and Two Stroke Diesel.  Tickets at £15 per adult/ £7.50 for 13 – 17 years and under 12's  FREE are on sale at the Ship Inn, Sandside.
Phone 015395 63113.

July 26 - 27th – Cycle Action
Pedal powered fun at K Village in Kendal including rides on amazing multicycles. FREE PARKING.

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

July 26- August 4th - 10 day Annual Summer Craft Fair at Dacre Hall, Lanercost Priory
Summer time is here again and for Dacre Hall that means one thing – the Annual 10 day Summer Craft Fair is upon us once again!
The organisers have been busy inviting exhibitors, some new, some old and they have readily accepted knowing that it is a major event for them and the Lanercost and Brampton Communities. Every year hundreds come through the door to purchase unique, quality crafts, each one individually invited to attend due to their talents.
The standard of this year’s fair will undoubtedly build on its reputation for a quality fair with reasonable prices, many come to even make a start on their Christmas shopping. There are regular visitors too who come especially to the area at the time of the fair because they enjoy it so much.
There are glass artists, sweet makers, potters, wood workers, card makers, candle makers, etc. The one thing to be certain is that there will be something that you will like as it covers such a wide range of tastes.
There will be over 40 stallholders, homemade refreshments by the lovely Tori and with the entrance fee being held at 60p with accompanied children free, it’s well worth a visit and then a coffee and cake afterwards.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Harding on 0169772538.

July 26th – September 3rd – The Lake Artists Summer Exhibition
Held in The Hall, Grasmere.
015294 35628.

July 27th – Nepalese Day of the Dog Walk
Join Community Action Nepal at Sizergh Castle & Gardens for a sponsored Dog Walk inspired by the Nepalese festival of “Kurkur Tihar”. Be there at 10.30am to have your dog garlanded in preparation for a departure at 11am.. The walk will finish about 1pm. For more details of cost and booking

July 28th – Marine Week Beach Events Day
Go along any-time between 1pm and 4pm for a variety of family fun events including beachcombing, pond dipping and sand sculpture competitions. This event is held at Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve and Roanhead Beach. Phone 01228 462855.

July 29th – September 4th – Free Guided Tours of Carlisle Cathedral
The tours will take place from 11am to 12 noon every Tuesday and Thursday between the above dates. To book a place, contact Wendy Murrell on 01228 548071 or email a reservation request to
For more details visit:

July 30th – Ulverston & North Lonsdale Show
A traditional Lake District and Cumbria agricultural show featuring horses, cattle, sheep, poultry, rabbits, horticulture, children's play area and a dog show. Disabled access and FREE parking. Visitors will see a welcome return of show favourites including Cyril and his Racing Terriers, Cuerden Birds of Prey, ferret racing, chainsaw carving, vintage motor cycles, scooters, steam lorries, drystone walling plus trade and craft stands. The event is held on Recreation Hall Fields, Urswick, near Ulverston

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

July 31st – Dawdles Walk Stenkrith Circular
Meet at 10am at The Cloisters, Kirkby Stephen for a short guided walk which generally lasts about one hour. This particular walk is one of two miles over a route via Stenkrith Park and over the Millennium Bridge to see the spectacular gorge below. Everyone welcome and if you intend to take part contact 017683 71976. Refreshments afterwards at Silver Street Cafe.

July 31st – August 10th – Bowness-on-Windermere Festival of Fun
A daily funfair and weekend of fun on The Glebe, Bowness-on-Windermere. On Saturday 2nd  August and Sunday 3rd August from 1pm until 5pm there'll be a Mini- Olympics for the kids and on the following weekend, a Teddy Got Talent Show with local mascots plus free teddy face painting and plenty of party entertainment. Take a picnic and enjoy the fun.
For more details contact D. Taylor on 07768710006.

August Events 2014

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.

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 2nd – Dalston Festival Cycle at Dalston Recreation Centre
Three fun cycle rides from 1pm onwards at Dalston Recreation Centre. There'll be a 1 mile village ride for accompanied children, a 5 mile route and finally, one of 18 miles including an ascent of about 1000 metres. Dalston is a few miles from Carlisle on the A595.

August 2nd – Boat Parade
The parade begins around 6pm when themed boats will sail around Bowness Bay. For details contact Gail Twiss on 0161 439 8573 or email:

August 2nd – Cockermouth & District Agricultural Show
A typical Cumbrian traditional agricultural show of sheepdogs, sheep shearing, show jumping, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and more at Fitz Park, Low Road, Cockermouth. Judging of animals begins at 9.30am together with the BSJ show jumping. The colourful Grand Parade is planned to start at about 2pm. Park & Ride to the show on a FREE bus will be available from 10am at the Lakeland Livestock Centre. A Shuttle Bus will also operate from Cockermouth main street to the showfield from 10am.

August 2nd – Cross Morecambe Bay Walk in Aid of Hearing Dogs
A walk from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank Railway Station beginning at 9.15am. For an entry form please contact Nicola Litchfield at  or phone her on 01257 260 988 Mob: 07769 901 297. This event is re-scheduled from May 10th.

August 2 - 3rd – Emergency Services Weekend
This is an Emergency Services fund raising event at K Village, Kendal. There will be live demonstrations, a rock climbing wall and a giant meltdown inflatable. FREE PARKING.

August 2nd and 19th– Wild Camping at Sticklebarn, Langdale
Learn basic navigation skills and wild camping best practices under the guidance of a Mountain Leader Guide. Begins at 1pm. Prices £45. There will be an electric bike charging point at this venue. Phone 015394 37356 for more details.

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 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 - 15th – Lake District Summer Music
Music for all tastes at various venues in the beauty of the Lake District & Cumbria performed by world masters throughout the region. Phone 01539 742621.

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 2nd – Boxes of Hope Cumbria-Walk Across The Sands
The walk, in aid of the deprived children of Romania, sets off from Arnside Promenade at 9.15am. Take part in this worthwhile event and enable more gift filled shoe boxes to be sent to the deprived kids this Christmas. If you wish to take part, a donation of £10 per adult is requested and one of £5 from children aged 6 to 16 years. More details on 015395 35492 or email

August 2nd – Community Action Nepal Crossing Morecambe Bay
A walk from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank Railway Station to raise funds for health and education work in Nepal. Advance booking is essential and costs £10 per adult with under 16's FREE. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. Starts 9.15am. To book a place on this walk, telephone Community Action Nepal on 01768 484842 or email

August 2nd – Stott's Steam Weekend at Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Ulverston
Visitors to this event can see the old Stott Park Bobbin Mill operating at full power with information provided by members of staff. For more details call the site team on
01539 531087 or visit

August 2nd – Uniquely Coniston Walk
This is just one of a series of tours of the heritage of the Coniston area. Walkers will visit old mining sites many of which are fenced off but others are open and could be a danger if not approached with utmost care. Children must be accompanied by parents or guardians who are responsible for their safety. Begins from the Tourist Information Centre at 11.15am and finishes at approximately 4.30pm outside the Ruskin Museum. Cost £12 per adult which includes admission to the museum. One child per adult FREE (except admission to the museum) For details of this Coniston tour and others throughout the year

August 3rd – A Tale of Vikings & Monks Hawkshead Walk
A gentle two mile walk through the fields surrounding the village of Hawkshead. It starts from the National Car Park in the village centre. This is a FREE Lake District & Cumbria event of about two hours duration. Dogs allowed. Starts at 10.30am.

August 3rd – Bay Search and Rescue Walk
Starts from Arnside Promenade at 10am and finish at Kents bank Railway Station. Visit the website for more details and how to register

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

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 6th – Glenridding Village Walk
A walk around of about 2.5 miles around Glenridding village led by a qualified Blue Badge Guide. Starts from Ullswater Tourist Information Centre at 10.30am.

August 6th – Discovering Carlisle
Join an easy leisurely walk around the historic capital of Cumbria. Depart from Carlisle Tourist Information centre at 2pm. More details on 01228 598596.

August 7th – Summer Music at Kirkby Lonsdale Parish Church
A Lake District Summer Music Event in Kirkby Lonsdale's beautiful Norman Church of St Mary's beginning at midday.

August 7th – Cartmel Priory Concert Season 2014
Free admission to a choral concert by Bexley Phoenix Choir at the historic Cartmel Priory beginning at 1.15pm.

August 9th – A Unique Coniston Walk
This Coniston event is one of a series of tours where visitors can re-live the experiences of Arthur Ransome's “Swallows and Amazons” aboard a Gondola Cruise followed by a walk along the eastern shore of Coniston Water. It starts at 10.45am at the Gondola Pier and finishes about 4.45pm. The cost is £25 per adult including a Cruise on Gondola and one child per adult goes FREE (except Gondola fare) Other children at half adult price. Packed lunch required. for full details.

August 9th – Summer Feast & Live Music at Askham Hall
A night of great music, dancing and food from 6pm until 1am at Askham Hall in the village of Askham near Penrith. £35 per person excluding drinks.
Phone 01931 712 350 to make a reservation.

August 9th – Buddhism International Festival
Everyone is welcome to this event at Conishead Priory situated on the Furness Peninsula Coast Road near Ulverston

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 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 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.

August 9 - 10th – Ambleside Summer Flower & Craft Show
This Lake District and Cumbria event takes place at the Kelsick Centre, Borrans Road, from 10.30am until 5pm on the Saturday and from 10am until 4pm on the Sunday. The show will include displays of vegetables, flowers, wine, eggs, fruit, pot plants plus a handicraft section of art, photography, wood, metal work, walking sticks, embroidery and lace work.
More information from David Capstick 015394 32252.

August 10th – Dales and Lakes Historic Vehicle Day
Cars and bikes from the 1920's through to the 1990's plus a wide range of auto-jumble. Food and drink will be available including a licensed bar. A great day out for the family at the Memorial Playing Fields, Grange-over-Sands, on the edge of Morecambe Bay from 10.30am until 4.30pm

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 11th – Lunchtime Organ Concert at Cartmel Priory
From 1.10pm until 2pm. Admission free

August 12 - 16th – Cartmel Art Society Exhibition
Exhibits by local artists at Cartmel Village Hall from 10am until 6pm. Cost £1 including refreshments

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.

August 12th – Flat Racing at Carlisle Racecourse
Racing from 12.30pm till 6pm. Internet connection, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities available.

August 13th – Lanercost & Hadrians Wall Path Ramble
A gentle ramble of around 2.5 hours through the Cumbrian countryside near Brampton and along Hadrians Wall Path National Trail accompanied by a local guide. Starts at 10.30am from Lanercost Tearoom. Please let the organisers know if you will be joining the tour.
Email  or visit

August 13th – Free Guided Cycle Ride Coniston to Torver
A 14 mile ride for leisure cyclists, families and children of 12 years and over.

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 14th – Sand Sculptures
An event to try your skills at creating sculptures of sand and sea shells at Sandscale
 Haws National Nature Reserve and Roanhead Beach. Phone 01228 462855.

August 14th – Jazz at The Howard Arms
An evening of live “hot” jazz every second Thursday of the month played by Carlisle's New Orleans Jazz Band in the front bar of The Howard Arms from 8pm until 10.15pm. FREE entry.
Phone: 016977 42758.

August 14th – Coffee and Crafts Day
A Bank Holiday weekend event at Rampside Village Hall, Roa Island Road near Barrow-in-Furness. FREE entry to homemade cakes and craft stalls

August 15th – Theatre On The Green
This is a first for Silloth when “Treasure Island”will be performed by a professional theatre company. The event is FREE and you are invited to bring a picnic and your own seating. The picnic will start at 6pm followed by the performance at 7pm.

August 15th - Levens Hall Family Picnic & Outdoor Cinema on Giant Screen
Bring a picnic and enjoy watching 'Babe', a firm family favourite, on giant screen in the beautiful grounds of Levens Hall.
Ice cream, Pimms, Tea & Coffee available. Limited seating on grass so bring folding chairs, rugs and warm clothes.
Tickets: Adults £9, Children under 16 £5. Discounts available for all advance online purchases at
Ticket price includes entry to the Garden
Gates open at 6pm Film starts at 9pm
tel: 015395 60321

August 16th – Kirkby Stephen Summer Walk
A  leisurely 3 mile walk from 11am until 4pm visiting the parks around Kirkby Stephen and following part of the well known Poetry Trail alongside the river. Take a picnic to eat in the Summer House at Jubilee Park. The walk is FREE but a contribution to the Cumbria Wildlife Trust would be much appreciated. All accompanied children are welcome and dogs on a lead are allowed. Meet at the Market Square, Kirkby Stephen. There is FREE car parking in the town car park; follow the signs from the main road. Contact Margaret Albon for more details 017683 371070.

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 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

August 16-17th - Lakeland Craft Fair
Locally made traditional products at Ambleside.

August 17th – Silloth Beach Half Marathon
More details will become available on

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.

August 17th – Coniston Epic Lakes Swim
A 500 metre swim for first timers, a 1600 metre “Classic Mile” and a long distance challenge of 3.8 kilometres. Coach parking available at John Ruskin School, Lake Road.
9am. 3.8 kilometre swim.
10am. 500 metre swim.
12.30pm. 1600 metre swim.

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.

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.

August 21st – Brough Agricultural Show
The show is held at Popping Lane, Kaber, near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria's beautiful Eden Valley. There will be events and classes in Fell, Dale, Shetland, children's riding classes, sheep, horticulture, flower classes, poultry, rabbits, dogs, hamsters and guinea pigs. Special attractions include a Vintage Tractor Display, Classic Cars, Commercial Vehicles, Driving Classes with Marathon Obstacle Course, a Mounted Fancy Dress, Pony Gymkhana, Dry Stone Walling. The showfield opens at 8.30am.

August 23rd – Sedbergh Artisan Saturday Market from 10am till 4pm.

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 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.

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

Free entry. Homemade cakes and craft stall
Start Time: 12:00
Area: Barrow-in-Furness
Location: Rampside Village Hall, Roa Island road Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria LA13 0PY Event Postcode: LA13 0PY Web site:
If you're planning a day out to Piel Island, Clarkes Hotel for lunch or the Bosun's Locker for afternoon tea then come and treat yourself to coffee with cake whilst you browse our stalls and pick up genuine unique gifts. Stalls include handmade cards, gemstone jewellery, jams & chutneys, children's knitwear, costume & holiday jewellery, glamorous aprons & bags, hand knit cushions & crafted wooden buttons, hand painted personalised door hangers.
For more information please email:

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.

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.

August 25th – Black Combe Country Fair
An August Bank Holiday event held in the village of Bootle situated mid way between Silecroft and Ravenglass on the Cumbrian West Coast. Opening at midday, there's plenty of entertainment and interest for all the family with displays of traditional crafts and skills, vintage cars, static engines, gun dogs, beagles, whippets, terriers, foxhounds, a climbing wall, children's sports, a falconry display in the main ring and much more. All of this in a lovely setting overlooked by Black Combe, one of the Lake District and Cumbria's impressive fells. FREE car parking (contributions welcome) Adults £5. Children £1 for those aged between 5 and 15 years.

August 25th – Silloth Carnival
All day entertainment begins with a parade around the town led by local dignitaries and carnival organisers and finishes on the Green where there'll be entertainment for the rest of the day. More details will be shown on closer to the event date.

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.

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.

August 25th – Black Combe Country Fair
An August Bank Holiday event held in the village of Bootle situated mid way between Silecroft and Ravenglass on the Cumbrian West Coast. Opening at midday, there's plenty of entertainment and interest for all the family with displays of traditional crafts and skills, vintage cars, static engines, gun dogs, beagles, whippets, terriers, foxhounds, a climbing wall, children's sports, a falconry display in the main ring and much more. All of this in a lovely setting overlooked by Black Combe, one of the Lake District and Cumbria's impressive fells. FREE car parking (contributions welcome) Adults £5. Children £1 for those aged between 5 and 15 years.

August 29th – Ghyll Scrambling at Sticklebarn, Langdale
From 9am till Noon and 1pm until 4pm. Event details 015394 37356.

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

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.

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

August 31st – Tour of Kendal Sky Ride
A cycling event led by British Cycling Ride Leaders on a scenic guided ride from Kendal to Staveley and back.

September Events 2014

September 4 - 7th – Silloth Music & Beer Festival
Described as “an unforgettable weekend” of music entertainment on Silloth Green. The line-up includes The Quireboys: New England: The Jam'd: Awol: Cindy Hoten: The Robin Pierce Band: and Rockaoke. Over 100 Real Ales and Ciders and this year an all new Kids Zone Marque will be available on the Sunday. 

September 5 - 6th – Beer “n” Bangers Festival
This event will be held at Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Base, Christian Head. A weekend of tasty local ales, ciders and soft drinks together with a selection of “bangers”in a variety of flavours. There will be a vegetarian alternative. The Friday and Saturday evenings will be one's of music and dancing and FREE camping in the field next to the festival site. All proceeds from the event will be shared between Kirkby Stephen Rotary Club, the Scout Group and the Mountain Rescue Team.  or

September 6th – Chill Swim Coniston
This event is a 5.25 mile swim along the full length of Coniston Water. It starts from from the south end of the lake and finishes on the north shore next to Monk Coniston Car Park. Please note that if swimming conditions are not suitable, the event will take place on Sunday  7th September.
Full details

September 6 - 13th – Ulverston Charter Festival
A celebration to mark the granting of the Market Charter by Edward 1 in 1280.

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.

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.

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.

September 11th – Heritage Open days in South Copeland
A celebration of the area which stretches from the River Duddon to the River Esk including the market town of Millom and the nearby coastal village of Haverigg. Venues will have FREE entry

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.

September 13th – Ulverston Lantern Procession
This colourful Ulverston and Furness Peninsula event marks the end of the Ulverston Charter Festival.

September 13 - 14th – The Cumbria Way Ultra
A 73 mile running event following the Cumbria Way route from Ulverston to Carlisle. It's open to solo runners and relay teams of 2 and 5. The run will start from The Gill, Ulverston at 6am.

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

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.

September 20th – Sedbergh Artisan Saturday Market from 10pm till 4pm.

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.

September 21st – Borrowdale Shepherds Meet
A traditional Lake District & Cumbria event featuring  the well known local breed of Herdwick Sheep: Swaledales: Sheep Dog Trials: Fell Races: Stick Show: Hound Trails: Farmers Sheep Dog Judging: Bar and Refreshments. This is one of the most beautiful settings of spectacular landscapes situated few miles to the south of Keswick and close to Lake Derwentwater

September 27th – Windermere Cross Lake Swim
All entrants to this Lake District and Cumbria event will begin the challenge from Brockhole Visitor Centre from where they will catch a Windermere Lake Cruises Ferry and cross the water to Wray Castle. From there, they will swim back.
For full details

October Events 2014

October 3 - 5th – Singing Settle Carlisle
Go along and sing on the trains, in the stations, while walking in the Pennines, around fires and in cosy country pubs. Just £119 includes rail tickets, accommodation, meals and workshops etc: The location is based near Ribblehead.

October 3 - 5th – Broughton-in-Furness Festival of Beer
Full details of this years event will appear on the festival website about one month before it takes place. In previous years there have been about 90 Real Ales available at several venues centred on Broughton-in-Furness. Buses have transported festival goers between Broughton Square and nearby Foxfield via the High Cross Inn. It promises to be a weekend of great entertainment in this scenic area of the Furness Peninsula and Duddon Valley.

October 4th – Kirkby Stephen Silver band Autumn Concert
To be held in Kirkby Stephen Grammar School. For details contact Richard Arrowsmith on 017683 71182.

October 11th – Wasdale Head Show & Shepherds Meet
Beginning at 10am and continuing until around 5pm the show includes Dog & Terrier Classes: Children's Sports: Sticks & Crooks Competition: Hound Trailing: Senior & Junior Fell Races: Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling: Vintage Machinery Parade.
FREE car parking ( off showfield in a signposted separate car park field)
Entrance £4 for adults. Children FREE. Licenced  tent and catering. A great family day of entertainment at a show which maintains the age old traditions of a century old Cumbrian event. Don't miss the post event “singalong” at the Strands Inn which gets underway at about 8pm. For details of this phone the Strands on 019467 26237.
Show details

October 11 - 12th – Kendal Wool Gathering
A Wool Market, sheep and alpacas, tours and talks at K Village, Kendal. FREE PARKING.

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

October 24th – Bonfire Night
To be held on Silloth Airfield at 7pm.

October 25th – Buttermere Shepherds Meet
This is usually the last traditional show of the season. It's held at Lanthwaite Green in the beautiful Lorton Valley not far from Cockermouth, Keswick and the Solway Coast. It features displays of Herdwick Sheep who are a familiar sight to walkers on the Lake District and Cumbrian fells and the black and white Swaledale breed, which are more likely to be seen on and around the eastern fells region. There will be Cumbria's most famous local sport of Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling together with fell racing, a walking stick competition, hound trailing, terrier shows, children's activities, plenty of refreshments, a beer tent and much more to keep the whole family entertained in one of the Lake District and Cumbria's most beautiful areas of lakes and fells. The show begins around 10.30am with the sheep judging. For more information telephone the show secretary on 017687 80571 or contact the Keswick Tourist Information Centre

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.

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.

November Events 2014

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.

November 7 - 9th – Carlisle Blues Festival

November 29 - 30th – Ulverston Dickensian Festival
Ulverston, on the Furness Peninsula, takes on the atmosphere of a traditional market town in Dickensian times and celebrates the coming of Christmas with family entertainment, stalls, Christmas food fayre, period costumes, fancy dress, parades and processions.

December Events 2014

December 5 - 7th – Dent Folk Carols Weekend
Workshops, concerts, carols ceilidh, a singing walk, a nativity play with real donkeys, cosy accommodation in the village, great singing venues, lift sharing arranged if required and so much more. The full weekend cost including accommodation is £115. Location is Dent.

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.