Lake District and Cumbria Events 2014 by Date

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October 2014

November 2014


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

December Events 2014

December Christmas Tree Festival
The festival is held during the first three weekends of the month at Kendal Parish Church. Fridays opening times are 4pm till 7pm: Saturdays 11am till 6pm: Sundays 3pm till 5pm.
Homemade refreshments are available.

December – Santa Express
Magical 14 mile return train journeys during the first three weekends of the month. This is a chance for the children to meet Father Christmas and explore Dalegarth Gingerbread Grotto. Pre-booking is essential. Times to be announced on the website.

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 6th – Grange Christmas Extravaganza
At various venues around the town from 10.30am till 4.30pm there'll be Brass bands, Carol Singing, a Christmas Market, Santa’s Grotto, Hog Roast, Zumba Dancing, Hot Roasted Chestnuts, Husky Dog Rides, Face Painting and Storytelling and Book Signing by Taffy Thomas MBE. The Christmas Lights will be switched on at Yewbarrow Terrace at 6pm.

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.

December 6 - 7th - Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair
A two day event of seasonal shopping, food, drink, entertainment and a Santa Grotto. A special Santa Parade with Father Christmas and his helper will set off from Booths Supermarket at 2pm on the Sunday with a brass band leading them in to the town.

December 6 - 7th – Arnside & Silverdale Art Trail Christmas Fair
A two day event held at Leeds Childrens Holiday Centre from 10am till 4pm. The event will feature some of the areas best known artists and refreshments will be on offer including light lunches.

December 6 - 7th – Yew Tree Barn Christmas Market
Live music, a mix of antiques, arts & crafts, seasonal foods and Christmas goodies at Low Tree Barn, Low Newton, near Grange over Sands.

December 6 - 7th – Hawkshead Christmas Fair & Beer Festival
A typical traditional Lake District Christmas Fair of shopping and entertainment with lots for the children including jugglers, stilt walkers, and magicians. At 4pm on the Saturday there'll be a Lantern Parade followed at 4.30 pm by community carols in the main square. Hawkshead pubs will be selling 25 Winter Ales and Beers from 10am till 5pm on Saturday and 10am till 4pm on the Sunday.
Phone: 015394 36614 for more details.

December 7th – Traditional Christmas Fayre in Keswick
Beginning at 11.30am in the Market Place with seasonal food, crafts & gifts, raffles, tombola and street entertainment. There'll be a small funfair for young children, a Santa Grotto, carol singing and a carol concert in St Johns Church at 4.30pm.

December 13th – Kendal South Choir Perform Handel's Messiah
A performance by Kendal South Choir together with Lonsdale Baroque Ensemble at St Thomas Church, Stricklandgate, Kendal. Begins at 7.30pm.
Tickets £12. (under 18's FREE) The tickets can be bought at Turning Point, (opposite the Brewery Arts Centre) 121 Highgate, Kendal, or at the door on the night.

December 13th – Christmas Music with Dvorak & Mendelssohn
Together with Christmas carols at Ambleside Parish Church beginning at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £9 at the door (price to be confirmed) Contact Sybil Parker on 015394 31070.

December 14th – Christmas Market at the Masons Arms
A selection of Lake District food plus gifts at the Masons Arms, Bowland Bridge, near Kendal from 12 noon till 4pm. A sing-song and Christmas fun for the children.
Phone 015395 for details.

December 15 - 16th – Made in Cumbria Kendal Christmas Fair
Local food and craft in Kendal Market Place.

December 19th – Cartmel Food Market
Featuring local food including farmers, growers, artisan producers and speciality food merchants.

December 19 & 21st - Burneside Brass band Christmas Concert
A two hour concert beginning at 7.30pm on the Friday and 6.30pm on the Sunday at Kendal Parish Church.

December 20th – Residents Afternoon in Dove Cottage, Grasmere
Mulled wine, mince pies and carols by candlelight to celebrate the arrival of William and Dorothy Wordsworth at their new home on December 20th 1799.

December 20th – The Albion Christmas Band
A mix of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.

January Events 2015

January 31st – Big Chill Swim
Take to the open water for the 2015 Big Chill Swim in Lake Windermere.

February Events 2015

February 25th – March 1st – World's Original Marmalade Awards & Festival
Held at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens. This year there will be some very special categories for the homemade competition. The weekend is promised to be packed with things to taste and do for all ages.

March Events 2015

March 1st – Montane Trail 10 Marmalade Run
A 10 kilometre event in conjunction with the Marmalade Festival starting from the Dalemain
Estate at 9.30am. There will also be a Trail Kidz 1 kilometre event which is FREE to enter for all children. Medals for all who finish.

March 22nd – Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive
A 60 mile event starting from Penrith Leisure Centre. The route, without any steep climbs, is along quiet country roads via Orton, Appleby, Dufton, Milburn and Langwathby. Full refreshments available at the halfway stop and at the finish.

April Events 2015

April 4 - 6th – Cadbury Easter Egg Trails
Located at Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill, Temple Sowerby near Penrith. Opening times are 11am until 4pm.

April 4 - 5th – Kirkby Stephen & Brough Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally 2015
An Easter weekend event with around 250 examples of commercial vehicles from the last century displayed on several site locations in and around Kirkby Stephen. All locations, which can be up to 5 miles apart, are connected by a free regular classic bus and coach service. There will be an Edwardian themed fairground with roundabouts, steam shooting gallery, refreshments, charity stalls and much more.

May Events 2015

May 9th – Fell Pony Society: Stallion & Colt Show
Held on the front parkland of Dalemain House & Gardens. Although the house and gardens will be closed, visitors can enjoy a traditional family day out in this beautiful Eden Valley attraction.

May 10th – Fred Whitton Challenge Sportive 2015
This event is dedicated to the memory of Fred Whitton, a member of the Lakes Road Club who died aged 50 in 1998. It's a tough challenging route, but very popular and sells out quickly.

May 14 - 17th – Keswick Mountain Festival
A weekend of challenging sporting events comprising of Trail Races; a Sportive; Open Water Swimming in Lake Derwentwater and two triathlons

May 16th – Cumbrian Challenge 2015
An annual Lake District event to raise funds for “Walking with the Wounded”. Entrants can choose from the “Tough” 16 kilometre or the even tougher 25 kilometre route over the Lake District fells. Join everyone in Grasmere on the 15th for a pre-race feed the night before the big event and then a post race celebration feast and prize giving. Book your accommodation early.

May 16th – Gelt Gladiator
This event is described as a test of grit and determination, stamina and teamwork. Take your pick from three Gladiator events of the 16 kilometre Wood Trail Run & Extreme Mud Obstacles; the 5 kilometre Wood Trail & Plenty of Mud or the 1 kilometre fun but challenging route for families. The location is Gelt Woods about two miles from Brampton.

May 17th – Brathay Windermere Marathon
The sponsorship raised by runners will help to improve the life chances of children and young people. A Family Fun Run will be held in association with the main event providing visitors and the local community the opportunity to enjoy the Brathay Hall Estate. There will be a wide range of activities and games suitable for children of all ages including canoeing; a climbing wall; a bouncy castle and a circus skills workshop. Relax on the lawn with a barbecue, tea and refreshments, a beer tent and a jazz band. Disabled facilities available

May 17th – Hutton-in-the-Forest Plant & Food Fair
Displays of perennials plus specialist nurseries, a wide range of food stalls with local meats, cheeses, breads, cakes, preserves and wines. Held at Hutton-in-the-Forest, the admission of £5
(children FREE) includes access to the extensive gardens and grounds with ponds, cascades, woodland walks and a tour of the garden with the Head Gardener. Opening times are 10am until 4pm.

June Events 2015

June 4 - 10th – Appleby Horse Fair
The annual traditional gathering of Gypsies and Travellers has taken place since 1685. It's a unique Eden Valley event attracting around 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers and up 30,000 visitors. The events main days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday when the popular sight of the horses being washed in the river and raced along the streets always brings large crowds of spectators. Please note that this is not an organised event and visitors attend at their own risk.

June 20th – Alston Sheep Dog Trials.

June 20 - 21st – Hutton Horse Trials
Dressage, cross country and show-jumping at the home of Lord & Lady Inglewood at Hutton-in-the-Forest.

July Events 2015

July 4th – Skelton Agricultural Show
The largest village show in Cumbria. It's a traditional agricultural event which has something of interest for everyone. Held at Old Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith.

July 4th – Lord Birkett Regatta
A sailing event on Lake Ullswater in memory of Lord Birkett, who in the 1960's, successfully opposed turning Ullswater in to a reservoir.

July 4th – Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk
An event to celebrate the days when local people walked along the parish boundary to mark Patterdales border. Held each year, it helps to raise funds for St. Patricks Church in Patterdale and the Church of England Primary School

July 11 - 13th – Appleby Carnival
This years carnival theme is “Music through the Decades”. Visitors will be able to enjoy music, song and dance from the 50's, 60's, 70's, Punk, New Age 80's, Girl & Boy Bands of the 90's and the Noughties

July 12th – Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim
This event is one of three open water swim events at three different locations in Cumbria. They are over distances of 500 metres; 1600 metres and 3.8 kilometres. The 1600 metre Classic Mile is the most popular and provides a great challenge for all levels of ability.

July 12th – Historic Vehicle Show
A display of several hundred classic cars, motor-cycles, commercial vehicles and tractors in the grounds of Hutton-in-the-Forest.

July 18 - 19th – The Lakes Chilli Fest
Celebrating chilli and food from around the world plus a selection of “Made in Cumbria” produce. Entertainment, licensed bar with real ales, wines and cocktails.

July 24th – The Lakeland 100
A long distance 100 mile trail almost entirely on bridleways and footpaths. Beginning in Coniston, competitors follow a route via the Dunnerdale Fells, Eskdale, Wasdale, Buttermere, Keswick, Haweswater, Kentmere, Ambleside, Elterwater and back to Coniston. This spectacular event takes in the whole of the Lake District fells with ascents of around 6,300 metres. Starting at 6pm on the Friday,the overall time allowed is 40 hours with a cut off time at 10am on Sunday. It's expected that race winners will complete the course in about 23 hours. This is the longest distance trail race to take place in the U.K.

July 25th – Potfest in the Park
Clay makers from all over the U.K. and Europe gather at Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith. A ceramics display is held in and around marquees at the front of the castle and the potters competition pieces shown on the lawn.

July 25th – Penrith Agricultural Show
Livestock, horses, rabbits, poultry, show-jumping, local trade stands, a food hall, a rural craft marquee together with many main ring attractions.

July 30th – August 2nd – Kendal Calling
A contemporary music and arts festival held in the beautiful surroundings of Lowther Deer Park near Penrith. It has been described as “one of the best small festivals around attracting a diverse crowd ranging from adolescents to families”.

August Events 2015

August 1 - 2nd – Total Warrior Challenge
The organisers describe this event as a “challenge” and not a race. The choice of either the 10 kilometre or the 10 mile events are for the very fit. Entrants are advised to be prepared for steep hills, mud, water and possibly ice on the specially designed gruelling course. Entry  can be as an individual or as part of a team. Discounts are given for teams of more than four. The event location is Shap Abbey. Participants come from far and wide to compete and many stay for the weekend and so it's wise to book accommodation as early as possible

August 15 - 16th – The Lowther Show
Takes place in the grounds of Lowther Castle near Penrith. It features a food festival, local food products, countryside sports, picnic areas, a crafts & antiques fair, and countryside stores selling clothing and accessories.

August 15th – Appleby Agricultural Show
A great day out for the family with FREE entry for children on The Barley Field near Appleby Golf Course. There'll be a variety of classes for sheep, cattle, poultry, dogs, children's pets, local produce, handicrafts and vintage machinery. Equestrian classes will feature Veterans, Fells, Dales, Driving, Shetlands, Mountain & Moorland, pony riding and a gymkhana. FREE car parking and a FREE taxi service from the centre of Appleby.

August 20th – Brough Agricultural Show
A traditional Cumbrian show featuring classes for Fell; Dales; Shetland; Piebald coloured ponies; Veteran horses; riding ponies and a mounted fancy dress competition. In addition there will be sheep classes; horticultural classes for vegetables; flowers; floral art; confectionery; art; handicrafts & photography plus vintage tractors and classic cars. Held in the Show Field, Kaber near Kirkby Stephen

August 27th – Crosby Ravensworth Show & Vintage Rally
This show is a celebration of a rural way of life which will be enjoyed and appreciated by people of all ages. There'll be livestock, sports and games including Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, home grown flowers, fruit and Vegetables, and an appetising selection of home baking. All this will take place on Crosby Ravensworth Showfield, Low Bottom, near Barnskew Farm, Maulds Meaburn.

August 29th – Patterdale Dog Day
Sheepdog trials, hound trails, hound show, terrier show, adult and childrens fell races, stick show and much more to see in the craft tent. The event is held on King George Playing Field, Patterdale.

August 29th – Dufton Agricultural Show
This is one of Cumbrias longest running traditional local shows. Displays of sheep; sheepdog trials; cattle; riding ponies; fell ponies; mountain & moorland ponies and a gymkhana. Carriage driving; horticulture; fell racing; childrens sports; vintage vehicles and more. Dufton is 3 miles to the north of Appleby.

August 29th – Wigton Dog Agility Show
Held on the Showfield at Hutton-in-the-Forest.

August 31st –  Keswick Show
An August Bank Holiday event at Pump Field, Braithwaite, near Keswick. A wide range of livestock including Herdwick and Swaledale sheep, cattle, ponies & horses together with sheep dogs, terriers, fox hounds and childrens pets. Exhibits of home baking, leather crafts, paintings, photography, jewellery, hand spun woollen items and more plus the ever popular Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling contests. Begins at 8.30am.

September Events 2015

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

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

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

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

September 12th – Alston Flower Show

October Events 2015

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.

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December Events 2015