Lake District and Cumbria Events 2018 Alphabetically

2018 events are listed alphabetically by town on this page.

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Alston Events 2018

June 30th – Alston Gala
There's much to see and do at this event in Englands highest market town in the north of  Cumbrias Eden Valley. A parade of colourful floats; fancy dress; a dog show; a horse show; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; entertainment for the kids; a barbecue; stalls; bouncy castles; slides; live music. Free entry. Call Alston Tourist Information Office 01434 382244.


Ambleside Events 2018

May 20th – Brathay Windermere Marathon
A sporting event which has been described as “the friendliest and most beautiful marathon in the U.K.” The course is a 26.2 mile anti-clockwise route of Lake Windermere taking in Hawkshead; Newby Bridge; Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside. The event centre is Brathay Hall overlooking the northern shore of the lake where refreshments, activities and a range of entertainment will be provided for spectators while the marathon takes place.

June 8 - 10th – Great North Swim
Europes biggest open water swimming event is this year taking place at its new home of Brockhole where around 10,000 swimmers are expected. There will be lots of family activities on site together with a tasty selection of locally produced food; acoustic music; plenty of entertainment, and a craft beer tent for after - swim celebrations.

July 7th – Ambleside Rush Bearing Ceremony
This is a celebration associated with the ancient custom of annually replacing the rushes on the earth floors of churches. It begins with a procession, accompanied by the Burneside Brass Band at 2.30pm from the Primary School in Vicarage Road.  From there it proceeds to the Market Place where the traditional Rushbearing Hymn is sung before continuing to St Mary's Church for a short service. All those who attend the service are given a slice of gingerbread as they leave the church and then collect a sausage roll, crisps, biscuits, a drink and an apple. Then, it's on to the school playing field for a traditional children's sports which include a fell race.

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Appleby Events 2018

March 30th – A celebration of Simon & Garfunkel
This event is performed by singer/songwriters Tim Chu and Ian Bailey at Appleby Public Hall. Begins 7.30pm ( doors open 6.45) Licenced bar. Tickets on sale at the Tourist Information Centre, Moot Hall. Appleby.

May 2nd – Ride 2 Stride
Take a guided walk on a route included in the Settle – Carlisle Walking Festival Programme 2018. There is a choice of two on this date both starting from Appleby Railway Station at 10.46.
The shorter one is a circular route of 8 miles around Appleby via Coupland. The other is a 14 mile Appleby Circular via High Cup Nick graded as “strenuous”. No booking is required; just turn up. No dogs other than those registered as assistance dogs will be accepted on the walks. The walks start and finish at times corresponding with the arrival of a train from Leeds or Carlisle where the walk leader will meet you.
Phone 0113 293 1924.
email: or

May 2nd – Music Sessions in the Pub
One of the Walks, Talks and Music events of the Settle – Carlisle Walking Festival Programme.
It takes place at the Midland Hotel in Appleby from 4pm till 11.30pm.
Details from the Three Peaks Folk Club on 07712 936801 or email

June 7 - 13th – Appleby Horse Fair
The “Walkers are Welcome” market town of Appleby, in the heart of Cumbria's Eden Valley is the venue for a week of horse trading at  the annual gathering of Gypsies and Travellers. Although there’s no organised programme of events, the main days are the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when most of the trading takes place on  “Flashing Lane” where the horses, after being ridden into the river to be washed, are trotted up and down at speed. See the website for full details of this fascinating and popular event which attracts around 30,000 + visitors.

August 9th – Appleby Agricultural Show
A great variety of attractions provides a day of fun and games for the family on The Barley Field, near Appleby Golf Course in the heart of Cumbria's Eden Valley. Classes for sheep; horses; cattle; poultry; vintage machinery; dogs;  childrens pets; local produce;; handicrafts; horticultural exhibits. Equestrian classes feature Veteran Horses; Ponies; Riding Horses; Fells; Dales; Shetlands; Coloured Horses; Working Hunters and Handy Pony. Sports  and games for the kids; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; Terrier Racing; Main Ring events and more.
FREE parking and FREE taxi service from Appleby town centre.
Phone Appleby Tourist Information Office on 017683 51177 for more details or email


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Arnside Events 2018

April 14 - 15th -  RSPB Binoculars & Telescopes Open Weekend
Go along to Leighton Moss, the largest reedbed in North West England and home to some very special birds such as Breeding Bitterns; Bearded Tits; Marsh Harriers. On these dates above and others until September, is a programme of free events to try out binoculars; telescopes and digiscoping. There will be an extensive range of optics to try and experts from RSPB will be there to give advice. Storrs Lane, Silverdale LA5 0SW. Times 10am till 4pm. Phone 01524 701601.

May 6th – Samaritans Morecambe Bay Walk
Please arrive at 9am for the 9.30 start of this walk across the sands of Morecambe Bay from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank led by Queens Guide, Cedric Robinson. It's an event  to raise funds in support of Samaritan branches throughout the North West.  Phone Paula on 07768 663631 for details or email:

May 12th – Cross Bay Walk for Age UK Lancashire
Arrive at 3.15 pm for a 3.30 pm start to walk this magnificent route across Morecambe Bay sands from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank and help raise funds to support and care for older people across the county. This is a great opportunity to take part in a unique walk with your friends and family and dogs (on a lead please) Contact David Ward to register your place on a “first come first served” basis. It's a popular event so book now to avoid disappointment.
Phone 01257 444410

June 3rd – The Dukes Cross Bay Walk
Join official guide Cedric Robinson MBE and hundreds of fellow walkers to take part in this charity walk across the sands of Morecambe Bay from the promenade at Arnside to Kents Bank. The event is organised by The Dukes, a registered charity creating and presenting award-winning art. Adults £10. Under 18's £5. Dogs £2. Not suitable for under 7's.
Begins at 9 am. Registration from 8am. Phone 01524 598500.

June 10th – Ribchester Roman Museum Bay Walk
This is another fund raising walk across the sands from the promenade at Arnside to Kents Bank led the well known guide, Cedric Robinson. Ribchester Museum Trust is a registered charity dedicated to preserving, displaying, and promoting Roman archaeology at Ribchester, one of the North West's most important Roman sites. Starts 2.30pm. Phone 01254 878261.

June 10th – Brathay Trust Cross Bay Walk
Walk across the sands from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank near Grange-over-Sands and help to raise funds for the Brathay Trust in their work with disadvantaged young people. Allow around 3 – 4 hours for this 8 mile guided walk. Starts 2.30pm. Phone Julia Wilson at
015394 39721 or email:

June 23rd – Hearing Dogs Morecambe Bay Walk
Take part in this famous guided walk of about 8 miles across the sands from the promenade at Arnside to Kents Bank near Grange-over-Sands. During the walk of about 4 hours you can expect to get wet above the knees. The entry fee is £10 per adult; Children £5. Fit active dogs welcome. Sponsorship is not compulsory but is encouraged and registration must be made in advance due to limited places. To register, phone Sophie Meadows, Fund Raising Manager on
07769 901297 or email:
Please arrive 1.30pm for the 2.15pm start. Thank You.

June 23rd – Growing Well Cross Bay Walk With Cedric Robinson
This event is the fourth Growing Well guided afternoon Cross Bay Walk from Arnside to Kents Bank. You will need appropriate clothing for this walking adventure which involves some wading; crossing areas of shingle; pebbles; rocks; salt marsh; and mud. It requires a reasonable level of fitness and an ability to walk at least 10 miles unaided. Growing Wild is a 6 acre organic farm based at Low Sizergh near Kendal. It's aim is to help people manage their own mental health recovery by providing support in a friendly and understanding workplace. All proceeds raised from the event go to this good cause. Starts 2.15pm. Adults £10. Kids £5.
Phone 015395 61777. email:

June 24th – Cross Bay Walk in Aid of I.M.O.
Family, friends, children, dogs (on a lead please) are invited to take part in this iconic Cross Bay Walk from Arnside to Kents Bank, near Grange-over-Sands starting at 3.15 pm from the promenade. The walk of approximately 8 miles will be led by an experienced guide lasting about 4 hours. Be prepared for some rocky ground; knee-deep wading across the River Kent Channel; shingle; pebbles, and mud. Phone Ann Hedley for more details and registration on
07926 377876 or 01254 781310. Adults,14's and over, £10. Children over 6 years £5. Dogs £2.

June 24th – Lancashire Young Farmers Walk for Dementia UK
Lancashire Young Farmers Clubs ask for your help to raise money for Dementia UK by taking part in this 8 mile Morecambe Bay Walk from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank.
Times are 3pm for a 3.15pm start. Details from Rachel Parker on 07723 437707.

July 7th – Morecambe Bay Walk in Aid of Action for Children
Begins at 12 noon from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank. Contact Alysha Lawler for registration details on 01925 850856 or email:

July 7th – Bay Hospitals Charity Cross Bay Walk
It's a mid-day start for this fund raising walk in support of the Bay Hospitals Charity. A reception desk will open at 11am opposite the Albion on Arnside Promenade. More information from Christine Metcalfe on 01524 516064.

July 8th – St Catherine's Hospice Lancashire Cross Bay Walk
Come along and join supporters of St Catherine's Hospice on this iconic coastal walk across the sands of Morecambe Bay from Arnside to Kents Bank near Grange-over-Sands. Begins 1pm.
Phone 01772 629171. Email:

July 21st – Man vs Lakes
The challenge begins with a 7am crossing of Morecambe Sands from Silverdale, part of the Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route then continues north to the foot of Lake Windermere and on higher into the hills; forests; with short wades; swims, and a floating assault course. It's a demanding running event, not a swimming event, but you will get wet and in order to fully complete the course you must be able to swim although the short swimming sections can be bypassed if you wish. Camping will be available at the finish location of Coniston. This is an event supporting children with cancer.

July 22nd – Friends of the Lake District Morecambe Bay Walk
A unique sponsored walk of 8 miles across the tidal sands and mudflats of Morecambe Bay  raising money to help protect the beauty of the Lake District and Cumbria. Times 12.30pm for a 1.30pm start.  For more information phone 01539 720788. Email:

August 18th – East Lancashire Hospital Charity Morecambe Bay Walk
ELHT & me, the official charity for East Lancashire Hospitals, are looking for supporters to walk and raise funds in the 70th year of our National Health Service. The monies raised will go to improving patient experience across East Lancashire.  Starts 10.45am. Contact Denise Gee to register your place on 07590 929073 or emai:l

August 18th – Heartbeat Morecambe Bay Walk
This fund raising walk is in support of Heartbeat, the leading cardiac rehabilitation charity. It sets off from Arnside promenade at 10.45am and finishes around 4 hours later at Kents Bank Railway Station. Contact Lisa on 01772 717147. Email:

August 18th – Cross Bay Walk in aid of Martha's Dream
A fund raising event for Martha's Dream, a mostly self-funded small charity which provides education for vulnerable children in Eastern Nigeria. There are only 100 places available so please telephone or email to register as soon as possible for this walk of about 8 miles from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank. Meet on the promenade at 10.15am for a 10.45am start.
Contact Mercy Statter; Mike Statter; Luca Canal on 078337 60110; 075681 50635 or
07459 334729.

August 19th – Jigsaw Cumbria's Childrens Hospice Walk
A Cross Bay Walk in support of Jigsaws team of nurses, healthcare assistants, and activity co-ordinators who provide the much needed complex nursing and therapeutic support each child and young adults need. The walk beginning at 11.30am from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank led by Cedric Robinson will take 3 to 4 hours to complete. Phone Sam Johnston for more information on 01228 817 656 or email:

September 1st – Morecambe Bay Walk for East Lancashire Hospice
Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for children and £1 for well behaved dogs on a lead to take part in this walk across the sands and raise money for East Lancashire Hospice. To register, please go to

September 16th – Across Morecambe Bay with St Mary's Hospice
This is the last of the seasons guided walks across the sands from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank near Grange-over-Sands. Places must be booked in advance by calling a member of the fund raising team on 01229 580 305  or email:
Begins 10am. A reception desk will open at 9am opposite The Albion on Arnside Promenade.

Advice for those taking part on Morecambe Bay Walks led by the Queens Guide to the Sands, Cedric Robinson. The walk is between 7 and 8 miles depending on slight variations in the route. The start is usually from the foreshore at Arnside and proceeds on to the sands and across the channels of the River Kent. The depth of the river is normally knee to thigh levels. Old shoes or trainers are recommended footwear and shorts or trousers which can be rolled up. A towel also would be useful. Weather conditions can vary from strong winds and rain to a hot sun. Take a snack and a bottle of water. The final part of the walk involves crossing gullies on the salt-marsh which can be wide and slippery. A Commemorative Certificate can be purchased from the guide at the end of the walk for £1.

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Barrow and Furness Events 2018


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Brampton Events 2018

July 19 - 22nd – Music On The Marr
A family friendly music event about 3 miles from Brampton in the picturesque village of Castle Carrock. It's a very popular annual occasion for music lover from nationwide and many other parts of the world. This year, visitors will be entertained by a cosmopolitan gathering of artists from Australia; Belgium; Canada; Denmark; Estonia; Republic of Ireland; England and Scotland.

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Broughton in Furness Events 2018

June 2nd – Duddon Valley Fell Race
Classic fell racing with a choice of two distances. There's the “Long Duddon” challenge of 18 miles with 6,000 feet of climb over Harter; Hardknott; Little Stand; Swirl How; Dow Crag and White Pike. The “Short Duddon” route is one of 10 miles with around 3,000 feet of climb up Dow and Caw. Entry on the day is welcomed but please note all competitors must have completed similar events or have mountaineering skills suited to fast travel over rough ground.

August 25th – Millom & Broughton Agricultural Show
An ideal fun and family friendly event featuring the best of local traditions. There'll be Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; vintage machinery; livestock; arts and crafts; childrens entertainment; food; drink; a beer tent, and more.  Find us close to the historic market town of Broughton-in-Furness at West Park at the junction between New Street and the A593 Torver Road. A large parking area will be available close to the High Cross Inn. For more information
phone Rachel on 01229 778406 or Natalie on 07704766190.

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Caldbeck Events 2018


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Carlisle Events 2018

June 16th – Cumberland Show
A chance to enjoy a taste of Cumbrian country life at East Park, Brisco, Carlisle. CA4 0RB.
Displays of cattle; sheep; horses; poultry; vintage vehicles; harness racing; terrier racing; sheepdog trials; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; local products and much more of interest to all. A bus service will be operating to and from the city centre departing for the show from The Crescent.

July 19 - 22nd – Music On The Marr
The picturesque village of Castle Carrock at the foot of the Pennine Chain is the venue for this annual music festival often described as Cumbria's most friendly music event. It will attract visitors from nationwide and many other parts of the world to hear this years artists from Australia; Belgium; Canada; Denmark; Estonia; Republic of Ireland; England and Scotland; a truly cosmopolitan gathering. Full details of camping and other facilities on the website.

September 23rd – Fell Beast Sportive
A cycling challenge offering a choice of three distances of; the 101 mile Epic; the 69 mile Standard; or the 37 mile Short.  Venue is Carlisle Racecourse. For full details see the website. 

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Cartmel Events 2018

March 6th – Cartmel Walking for Health
The Walking for Health Group meet every Tuesday at 10.45am at the entrance to Cartmel Racecourse. Duration of the walk is about an hour over a couple of miles in and around the woods and fields of the scenic Cartmel Valley. Phone Christine Dawson 07790 879477.

April 20th – Cartmel Food Market
Meat; Fresh Fish; Poultry; Bread; Beer; Honey; Cakes; Foodie Gifts.

May 18th – Cartmel Food Market.

May 26, 28 and 30th – Whit Bank Holiday Meeting
The racing season at Cartmel Racecourse 2018 starts here with seven races; a funfair; trade stands; picnic areas; food stalls. Dogs welcome. The 28th  has been described as probably Britain’s biggest picnic day for racegoers with the 30th  being a more relaxed outing with plenty of room to spread your picnic blanket.

June 9th – Joe & Connie Calling – Cartmel Rocks
A Lake District music event on Cartmel's picturesque racecourse and other venues around the village featuring performances for all ages by live bands. During the day, local choral groups will perform in the centuries old Priory and in the evening it will host a two hour classical music event organised by Emmy Award Winner, Caroline Page.  Music from 1pm until 11pm at the Royal Oak; The Cavendish Arms; The Pig & Whistle; Unsworth's Yard; Priory Hotel and King's Arms. This promises to be a great day out in this hidden gem of a historic village in the southern Lake District with a Medieval Priory; Michelin Star Restaurant and one of the best racecourses in the country.

June 29 & July 1st – Cartmel Racecourse June Meeting
Another showcase of great racing action. First race 2.20pm. Last race 5.10pm. You are invited to “dress up” for the occasion.

July 21 & 23rd – July Meeting at Cartmel Racecourse
This is the “BBQ Meeting”in the wooded parkland of Cartmel Racecourse.

August 25 & 27th – August Meeting at Cartmel Racecourse
These are the most popular days in the years calendar of events. It's the Grand Finale; picnics; a fairground; and a load of family fun to be enjoyed in this beautiful setting. When buying tickets in advance for any of the race days, a variety of vouchers can be purchased to enhance your “Day at the Races”. There are vouchers for a BBQ Pack; Champagne; Totepool Betting or the Fairground. Additionally, there are Hospitality Packages of Chalet Suites; Party Tents; Domestic Gazebo. Off-course parking is FREE. Paddock and On-course parking £6.
The closest railway station to the course is Cark-in-Cartmel. Stagecoach will operate a bus service between the station and Cartmel village before the first race and after the last race.

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Cockermouth Events 2018

Throughout the Year – Ghost Walks
A chance to experience the darker side of historic Cockermouth on a walk through the town streets led by Jane Dickens, a native Cumbrian and professional actor. Jane, who will be dressed as a Victorian lady in mourning, will tell you of the myths, legends, and secrets laying under the waters of the lakes and ancient superstitions of the Lakeland region. The walks which must be pre-booked, last about one and a quarter hours and are conducted entirely on pavements and public footpaths. Ghost Walk Tales are written with an adult audience in mind but are broadly suitable for children of 10 years and above. For full information call Jane on 07949 909365 or email her at:

March – October – Wordsworth House Events 2018
Take a step back in time at the childhood home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.
Go along and try writing with a quill and ink; listen to spooky stories by the fire; cooking in the kitchen; conserving Williams garden; a national poetry day, and more of interest to kids and families alike. Wordsworth House. Main Street. Cockermouth. CA13 9RX.

May 25 - 26th – Ireby Festival
A Lake District music event in the peaceful village of Ireby around 12 miles from Cockermouth surrounded by the northern fells of the Lake District & Cumbria. It's a festival of music  to suit most tastes performed in small comfortable venues around the village and on a main stage. Just some of this years line-up includes Eliza Carthy & the Wayward Band; Bella Hardy; Tide Lines; The Small Glories; Nancy Kerr & James Fagan; Kelly Oliver; The Jake Leg Jug Band and more. Visit the “Important Stuff” page of the website for camping information; shops; on-site catering; venues; barbecues etc:

June 22 - 23rd – Woolfest 2018
An event at Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre. It will showcase and celebrate the very best of wool and wool crafts. This is a great day out in Cumbria's West Coast town of Cockermouth. Times 10am till 6pm on the Friday and 10am till 5pm on the Saturday.

June 29th – July 1st – Cockermouth Live
Cumbria's West Coast friendly neighbourhood festival of music and fun for all. The plan is to fill the town with music of all kinds including folk; jazz; indie; rock and classical performances. The line-up and full programme of events will be published on the website in the near future. The organisers are looking for local artists to perform at this years festival and will be pleased to hear from those interested as soon as possible.

August 4th – Cockermouth Agricultural Show
Entertainment for all at this event in the Georgian market town and birthplace of William Wordsworth in the Western Lake District.

August 11 - 12th – Breca Buttermere Swim Run
An endurance challenge where competitors switch between stages of swimming and running several times during the race. Swimming is raced in pairs and entry is for teams of two only. Buttermere is a scenic drive from Cockermouth via  the Vale of Lorton, one of the prettiest and most peaceful parts of the Northern Lake District. En-route, why not stop off in the village of High Lorton, where, across from the Village Hall, stands the 1,000 year old Lorton Yew tree. Methodist John Wesley and the Quaker George Fox preached before this tree. William Wordsworth immortalized the tree in his poem “Yew Trees” before it was damaged during a storm and its huge girth was reduced from well over 20 feet to 13. The broken half was used to make the chair for the Mayor of Cockermouth but happily the tree still survives. Spectators are welcomed to the event and the best places from which to watch are on the shores of Buttermere Lake and Crummock Water.

September 2nd  (date to be confirmed) Loweswater Show
A traditional always well attended agricultural show held in one of the most attractive parts of the Northern Lake District close to the lakes of Loweswater and Buttermere. Although the shows emphasis is on livestock, there are many other attractions including the traditional Lake District & Cumbrian sport of fell racing for all ages; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; local crafts; a vintage section and more of interest for all. The Show Field is opposite New House Farm. CA13 9UU.

September 29 - 30th – Taste Cumbria Cockermouth
A food lovers flagship event beginning with an evening of launch events on Friday 28th . Planning for this years event is well under way and details will be published in the near future. Last years event was a huge success with a massive producers market of 80 stalls plus a demonstration stage on Main Street; a food court; a secret gin garden; a comedy night; music and more. Expectations are that this years event will be of an equal success at least.

December 8 - 9th – Taste Cumbria Christmas Market
A seasonal food fair of giant marquees selling food; drink; gifts; Christmas themed arts and crafts; a fairground; beer and fizz tent and more all centred around Cockermouth's Main Street.

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Coniston Events 2018

June 9th – Lake District Adventure Challenge
Here's a chance to fund raise funds for the NSPCC by challenging the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District. It consists of cycling 12 kilometres; a hill walk to the summit of the iconic Coniston Old Man, then finishing with kayaking 1.5 kilometres on Coniston Water. The hire of bikes, kayaks and safety equipment is included. Those taking part will be treated to a hearty pre-event breakfast at John Ruskin’s School and a celebration buffet at the end. Registration fee is £39. Fund raising target £400. Starts 9am

August 19th – Lakeland Country Fair
A typical Cumbrian show featuring traditional Cumbrian skills and activities. It takes place  in Torver, a few miles to the west of Coniston. Herdwick Sheep will be on display; hand clipping demonstrations; a terrier show; terrier racing; childrens sports; a stick show; Fox Hound show; a horn blowing competition; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; fell races for adults and juniors, and much, much more including fun for the kids.  This is a low admission price event, and, car parking is FREE. Great family entertainment in a beautiful setting.

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Grange over Sands Events 2018

July 28 - 29th – Cumbria Steam Gathering
A colourful lively and exciting Lake District summer event full of interest for all at Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands. Expect a wide variety of entertainment featuring splendid steam engines; vintage commercial vehicles; classic cars; motorcycles; bicycles; agricultural and industrial tractors; farm equipment; stationary engines; main arena displays; music; good food and drink. The gates to this always very well attended event open at 9am. Sat Nav. LA11 7LS.

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Grasmere and Rydal Events 2018

All Year Round – William Heaton Cooper Exhibitions
Throughout the year there is a changing programme of exhibitions in the museum and in the garden displaying works from the gallery archive. There are also a number of scheduled painting demonstrations. Dates on the website. FREE entry to the Gallery.
Heaton Cooper Studio. Broadgate. Grasmere. LA22 9SX. Phone 015394 35280.

March – September – Dove Cottage Events 2018
Visit the website to see the extensive range of events taking place at the Wordsworth Museum next door to Dove Cottage. The museum also has a busy exhibition programme of major shows on cultural themes. Phone 015394 35544.

May 18 - 19th – The Cumbrian Challenge 2018- Walking with the Wounded
A fund raising event for teams of four presented by Bae Systems and the FDM Group in support of helping wounded and recovering veterans back to work and independence. Each team is challenged to raise £2,000 for this very worthy cause. There is a choice of 3 routes consisting of; 1 peak circa 16 kilometres; 3 peaks circa 23 kilometres or the “Tougher” 4 peaks circa 29 kilometres. Camping is available at a cost of £25 for the weekend. Full details of entry on the website.

June 2nd – Grasmere Gallop
A sporting event set amidst the spectacular surroundings of Grasmere Village and Rydal Water.
It's an invitation to all runners of all abilities to take part in their choice of either a 17 kilometre run; one of 10 kilometres; a 5.7 kilometre Fun Run; a 10 kilometre Nordic Walk; or a “Teddy Dash”. Great fun to be had here in this Lake District beauty spot.

June 17th – Lakes Charity Classic Vehicle Show
Windermere and Ambleside Lions Club have organised this classic vehicle event with an expected display of more than 200 vehicles. In addition there will be music; scalextric; tombola; “guess the part” and lots more to keep you entertained. Venue is Grasmere Sports Field LA22 9SL. If you have a car you wish to enter, phone 07840624005 or,

October 6th - Whitney Brown talks about her new memoir Between Stone and Sky
In October, we have the American dry-stone-waller Whitney Brown visiting to discuss her new memoir Between Stone and Sky. Whitney abandoned a life of academia when she fell in love with dry stone walling, and now spends half her year in Virginia and half in Wales. We're hosting her in collaboration with Emma's Dell on Saturday October 6th (7pm for 7.30pm - free but ticketed. Reserved online or by contacting the shop). Further details on this event are provided here:

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Hawkshead Events 2018

May 4th – Jupiter Watch at Grizedale
This is a stargazing event for all ages to enjoy the night-time skies through a telescope in the peace and quiet of Grizedale Forest near Hawkshead. Places for this event are limited and so booking is essential. Times 8.30pm till 11.30pm. Even if the weather is not good there will still be talks and hands-on help with telescopes and friendly all round advice.

May 30th – Whittling Whistles
Meet at the Yan, Grizedale Visitor Centre to learn how to carve a simple whistle from sycamore.
Adults £3. Kids 14 years + £2. Booking essential. Times 10.30am till 12.30pm.
Phone 0300 067 4495.

May 31st – Tree Tales for Younger Children
An open-air event designed especially for younger children. It consists of a short stroll in Grizedale Forest learning about tree myths and fairy stories. Meet at the Yan. Times 11am till noon. Booking essential. All ages £1. Phone 0300 067 4495.

August 21st – Hawkshead Agricultural Show
The showfield for this popular annual event is set in the Vale of Esthwaite about half a mile from the picturesque village of Hawkshead. It's a show offering many attractions including horse classes; breeds of sheep; cattle and dogs; home produce; flowers; vegetables; arts & crafts; hound trails; trade stands and main ring displays. Venue is Hawkshead Hall Farm.
FREE parking. Entrance is £7 for adults and £3 for children.

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Kendal Events 2018

All Year Round – Brewery Arts Centre Events
Music; Theatre; Dance; Exhibitions;Comedy and newly released films throughout the year at this renowned venue. See the website for full details. Phone 01539 725133.
Brewery Arts Centre. Highgate. Kendal. LA9 4HE.

March 6th – Lakes Hospitality Show
The show will feature displays of catering equipment; food and drink;technology and a range of other catering services. Times are 10am till 5pm on the Wednesday and 10am till 4 pm on the Thursday. Venue is J36 Rural Activities Centre in Crooklands near Kendal.

March 24th – April 15th – Lakeland Maze Farm Park
There's farm animals to see close-up; an Easter Egg Hunt; indoor and outdoor play areas; a Pets Corner and plenty more to enjoy at Lakeland Maze Farm a few miles from Kendal.
Raines Hall Farm. Sedgwick. LA8 0JH. Phone 015395 61760. Summer opening times on website.

May 11 - 13th – Kendal Walking Festival 2018
An event featuring 17 guided walks led by a walking enthusiast from one of the towns walking
groups. There will be something for all abilities.

June 2 - 3rd – Country Fest
An event celebrating the beginning of summertime and a great occasion for the whole family to enjoy a few miles from the old market town of Kendal. Visitors will discover a range of countryside activities; children's workshops; live music; daring stunt displays; a selection of delicious food and drink and much more at Lane Farm, Crooklands near Kendal. LA7 7NH.

June 16 - 17th – Cumbriavag Show and Shine Festival
A weekend at Westmorland County Showground of music, comedy, cars, and more. The organisers are confident this event will be one of the best festival weekends of the Lake District & Cumbria's 2018 show programme. Headlining will be a display of some of the finest vehicles from the VW/Audi range from around the country and beyond. There will be something of interest for all with many prizes and awards to be won.

September 13th – Westmorland County Show
This is an event attracting around 30,000 visitors each year which has been voted as one of the U.K's favourite shows. It's an opportunity to see the regions best farming and top quality livestock together with many other attractions including the ever popular Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; the North West's largest food hall; show jumping; trade stands and lots more. All car parking FREE.  A FREE shuttle bus operating  from Kendal and Milnthorpe 9am till 6pm. Venue. Lane Farm. Crooklands LA7 7NH.

October 11th - Kendal Choral Society Autumn Supper Concert
‘A  Very British Affair’
Conductor by Duncan Lloyd, Accompanist  Philip Burton
A selection of music from the British Isles
‘Songs from the Fleet’  Charles Villiers Stanford
Guest soloist John Sutherland
Tickets £10 (available from choir members, or ring 01539 739682)
Includes pie and pea supper (vegetarian option available) and selection of desserts 
Bring own drinks and glasses.
Thursday October 11th 2018 at 7.30 pm
Parish Hall, Kendal LA9 5AF

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Keswick Events 2018

Throughout the Year – Ghost Walks
Join Jane Dickens, a native Cumbrian and professional actor as she, dressed in full Victorian mourning clothing leads you through the streets of this historic Cumbrian town. During the walk of about an hour and a quarter, she will tell you of Keswick's other face of murder, intrigue, and the secrets laying under the waters of the lakes and the ancient superstitions of the Lakeland region. Ghost Walk Tales are written with an adult audience in mind but are broadly suitable for children of 10 years and above. The routes are conducted entirely on pavements and public footpaths but do include a couple of short slopes. Pre-booking is essential. For full information and event dates contact Jane on 07949 909365 or email:

February 22 - 25th  - Keswick Film Festival
Now in its 19th year this event is described as  “an acclaimed blend of the best films from the worlds greatest festivals”. The venue is the idyllic setting of Keswick's Theatre By The Lake.
Visit the website for full details of the event including the  list of special guest speakers. Phone 017687 74411.

March 9 - 18th – Words by the Water
The annual celebration  of “Words”on the shores of Lake Derwentwater at The Theatre By The Lake. This years guest speakers include Terry Waite; Penny Junor; Melvyn Bragg; David Owen; Michael Frayn; Sayeeda Warsi and Michael Buerk.

May 10 - 13th – Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival
A Lake District 4 day music event at various venues throughout the town all within a few minutes walking distance of each other.  There will be The Best of New Orleans; Swing; ; Hot Club; Classic; Traditional and Mainstream jazz and blues.  The event is acknowledged to be the very best of its kind in the U.K. Don't miss the opening with “Live Jazz and Dance” in the Market Place at 10am.

June 2nd – Hospice at Home 20 Challenge and Wildlife Wander
Meet for the start and finish of this fund raising event at Braithwaite Institute. The day begins  at 6am with a choice of walks of a challenging 20 miles including 10 summits; an 11 mile route with 5 summits, or a third option of a guided 9 mile Wildlife Wander for families and friends. Visit the website for details of registration fees; sponsorship targets;  routes; recommended clothing;footwear, and a kit list. There'll be tasty refreshments and friendship along the way. Come along to this beautiful area of the Lake District and help to raise funds for Hospice at Home. Phone 01768 210719.

June 8 - 10th – Keswick Mountain Festival
This event is is one of the largest mountain festivals in the U.K. It offers a wealth of events and challenges for all ages and abilities centred around the festival village at Crow Park. Camping facilities will be available and live music in the evenings.

June 23rd – Annual 10 in 10
The annual challenge  of 10 in 10  together with the 5 in 5 is a Lake District event of reaching 10 peaks in 10 hours and 5 peaks in 5 hours. This event was designed and created  by Yvonne Booth in response to her husband  Duncan, being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010. All monies raised will be donated to research into this cruel illness.  

August 27th – Keswick Agricultural Show
A popular August Bank Holiday event  at Pump Field, Old Braithwaite Bridge Road, Braithwaite, near Keswick CA12 5TD. There's always plenty for the whole family to enjoy including displays of cattle; ponies; horses; sheep dogs; poultry; vintage vehicles and machinery plus Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and fell racing.. FREE parking next to the show field and a FREE shuttle bus from Keswick will operate throughout the day.

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Kirkby Lonsdale Events 2018


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Kirkby Stephen Events 2018

May 3rd – Ride 2 Stride
Two guided walks along routes included in the Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival Programme both starting from Kirkby Stephen Railway Station at 10.34.There is the shorter one of a 10 mile circular walk via Smardale and Waitby Nature Reserves and a longer one graded as “strenuous” via Ewbank Scar and 9 Standards Rigg. No booking is required; just turn up. Dogs are not allowed other than those registered as assistance dogs. The start times are corresponding with the arrival of a train from Leeds or Carlisle where the walk leader will meet you.
Phone 0113 293 1924
email: or visit the programme link on the website.

May 4th – Ride 2 Stride Walk
A strenuous 13 mile walk from Kirkby Stephen Railway Station to Garsdale via Lady Annes High Way. Starts 10.34. Details as shown above for the walks of 3rd May.

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Maryport Events 2018


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Millom and Haverigg Events 2018

May 4th – Voce's Musica
An event of popular music with a classical twist at Millom's Beggars Theatre situated in the Market Square. Chris Warby, Iain Nicholson and Mark Johnson invite their audience to enjoy music from the likes of Il Divo; Christina Pen; Luciano Pavarotti; Alfie Boe; Snow Patrol; Elton John; Andrea Bocelli; Elvis Presley; Josh Groban; Take That; Hits of the West End, and more. Times 8pm till 10pm. Cost £16 adults. Concessions £14. Phone 01229 775677.  

May 12th – Elvis The Legend on Tour
A Beggars Theatre event featuring the greatest Elvis hits from the Rock n' Roll of the 1950's to the ballads of the 70's. Times 8pm till 10.30pm. Cost £20 per ticket. To pre-book and more information phone 01229 775677.

July 23 - 24th – Rock the Fells Arts & Music Festival
A few miles north of Millom on Cumbria's West Coast, Rock the Fells will provide a weekend of music featuring a line-up of young established bands. Food and drink will be available all day in the festivals café and bar including a Summer Barbecue and Real Ale from the noted Foxfield Brewery. Lots of kids entertainment with performing arts and activities and a nursery for the tots. The venue is Big Flat Field. Bootle Village Hall. Times 11am till 11pm. Camping available.

August 25th – Millom & Broughton Agricultural Show
An ideal fun and family friendly event featuring the best of local traditions. There'll be Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; vintage machinery; livestock; arts and crafts; childrens entertainment; food; drink; a beer tent, and more.  Find us close to the historic market town of Broughton-in-Furness at West Park at the junction between New Street and the A593 Torver Road. A large parking area will be available close to the High Cross Inn. For more information
phone Rachel on 01229 778406 or Natalie on 07704766190.

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Newby Bridge (and area) Events 2018

June 17th – Family Fun Day at Haverthwaite
Bouncy Castles; Little Beasties; Donkey Rides; Stall; Face Painting; Games and food and drink. A family day of fun from 10am till 4pm at Haverthwaite Playing Field LA12 8AE. organised by Cartmel Young Farmers. Admission £2. Children under 12 FREE.
Phone 07467 423439 or email:

October 22 - 26th – Witches and Wizards Week
A Halloween week of witches, wizards and ghouls at Haverthwaite Railway and the Lakes Aquarium. Keep a look-out for the Haunted Carriage which has been trapped in the Haverthwaite tunnel forever. There'll be on-board Creepy Crafts in the special Halloween carriage and after you have completed the Ghoul Trail, take a ride to Lakeside for even more Spooky Fun at Lakeside Aquarium. FREE train ride and entry to the aquarium for kids in fancy dress providing they are accompanied by a full fare paying adult. Train times are available from the booking office by calling 015395 31594.

November Weekends – Be a Loco Driver
Here's a chance to be a Steam Loco Driver for a day on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. There's the Ultimate Steam Experience or a Shared Steam Experience where you can take the opportunity alone or take three more friends and share the days duties of driving; firing; guard and signalman duties. A Diesel Loco Driving Experience Day is also on offer. See the website for the nine dates available.

December – Santa Special Weekends
Take a magical seasonal train journey from Haverthwaite to the terminal at Lakeside at the southern end of Lake Windermere. Father Christmas and his helpers will be on board the three December weekends of Santa Express magical train journeys. There'll be presents for the kids; a festive treat and seasonal drink for the adults together with Christmas carols and a good time for everyone. Times, fares, and other details available from the booking office 015395 31594.

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Penrith Events 2018

March 17th – Marmalade Festival 2018
This event is a weekend devoted to a celebration of marmalade with  demonstrations; talks;  exhibitions, and shows at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens near Penrith in Cumbria's Eden Valley.

March 17th – Penrith Goes Orange
Marmalade and all things orange in Penrith town centre from 10am till 4pm. It's an event in recognition of The Worlds Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival with street entertainers; musicians; magicians; dancers and story-telling. Phone 01768 88266.

June 3rd – Giant Kendal - Castle Sportive
A cycling event starting from the grounds of Lowther Castle in Cumbria's Eden Valley. There will be two routes on offer, one of 100 kilometres and one of 50 kilometres along some of the areas quietest roads.

June 8 – 9 - 10th – The Feel Good Festival
This is a Lake District festival organised by “Mindfulness Brings Hope”.  It's held in Cumbria's Eden Valley at the picturesque Mains Farm on the banks of the River Eden. The programme of events features activities and workshops; yoga; pilates,with emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and well-being plus a forest school, circus skills and therapists on site. Mains Farm, Kirkoswald, is about 9 miles from Penrith CA10 1DH.
A point of interest of the event location is the village church of St Oswalds with parts of the structure dating from the 12th C. It is unique in having a 19th C Bell Tower on top of a hill 200 metres from the church itself. Phone Jessie Hope on 07930018874 for more details.

June 9th – Race for Life – Pretty Muddy
Race for Life events brings millions of women together in supporting life-saving research. Run, walk, or jog for 5 or 10 kilometres, or take on “Pretty Muddy” obstacle course which invites women of all abilities to crawl through tunnels, bounce on Space Hoppers, and slip down mud slides. Whichever you choose it is a contribution toward beating cancer. The venue is Lowther Castle near Penrith in Cumbria's unspoiled Eden Valley. Times 10am till 1pm.

July 7th – Skelton Show
A family friendly agricultural show held in the picturesque setting at Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith. Exhibiting classes include various breeds of cattle; sheep; horses and ponies; rabbits; poultry; guinea-pigs; horticulture; handicrafts; a dog show together with terrier racing; sports on horseback; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling and much more all making for a great day out in Cumbria's beautiful unspoiled Eden Valley.

July 28th – Penrith Agricultural Show
A popular annual event at Brougham Hall Farm, Penrith CA10 2DE.Competition classes of farm livestock; horses; poultry; rabbits; show jumping; horticulture; a food hall featuring local produce  plus a wide range of main ring attractions with something of interest for all the family.

August 11 - 12th – Lowther Show
The show is held in the beautiful grounds of Lowther Castle in Cumbria's Eden Valley. Visitors can look forward to a wide range of activities including the Lowther Horse Driving Trials; a Food and Beer Festival; the Lowther Fishing Island and the Lowther Hound Show.

August 24 - 26th – Wannasee Festival
A Lake District & Cumbria music event described by the organisers as “the very best live music in a family-friendly festival atmosphere at real value for money prices”. This years event is promised to be even bigger and better with more bands performing than ever before. There will be tributes to the Worlds greatest artists from the 1950's to the present day. This is a programme of live music for all ages. Full camping facilities will be available; FREE parking; a fully licensed bar; FREE entertainment for the kids; a FREE return bus service from local areas to and from the festival. Venue is Hutton-in-the-Forest, Hutton House CA11 9TJ.

September 1st – Race The Sun: Lake District
Start before the sun rises and finish before it sets on this Lake District Adventure Challenge for teams of four in support of Action Medical Research for children. Entrants are asked to cycle 47 miles; climb Helvellyn, and canoe Thirlmere (canoe experience is not essential) Registration fee per team £195 with a fund raising target per team of £1800.

October 27th – The Winter Droving and Arts
A genuine rural gathering of a traditional Cumbrian market. Featured will be the best of local food and quality arts and crafts together with an array of street entertainment; hay bale racing; a tug- of- war; an evening masked procession; fire animation and more. FREE entry.

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Ravenglass Events 2018

May 5 - 7th – Cumbrian Sausage Festival
A 3 day celebration of great food, drink, and everything with a taste of Cumbria over the Bank Holiday weekend at Muncaster Castle. Celebrity chefs will be on hand providing cookery demonstrations and sausage competitions together with fun for all, especially the kids.

May 27 - 29th – The Muncaster Festival
A carnival atmosphere on the front lawn of Muncaster Castle during the three days of this popular festival on Cumbria's West Coast. Plenty of fun is promised with activities for all in a packed programme concluding with the “International Jesters Tournament” when contestants attempt to be crowned “Fool of Muncaster”. On site catering will be provided; wheelchairs available; a picnic site;  toilet facilities. Visitors with disabilities are recommended to get in touch before arrival for advice. Coach parties accepted. Phone 01229 717614.

July 6 - 7th – Eskfest 2018 at Eskdale Valley
A cheerful full of fun family event surrounded by the wild beauty of the Eskdale Valley in the Lake District National Park. Enthusiastic organisers say you can expect”the crazy Cumbrian Collective that is Eskfest”. There will be comedy; good ale; good food; face painting; fire throwing and lots more. The venue is next to the Woolpack Inn. Esk Valley. Cumbria CA19 1TH.

July 8th – The Colour Run – Hospice at Home West Cumbria
This is a non-competitive fund raising event over a choice of two courses of 5 and 1 kilometres. It's a chance for all ages, genders and abilities to get messy at the same time as having fun and raising funds for West Cumbrias Hospice at Home. Contact the fund raising team for more details on how to enter at 01900 873 173 or email:  Venue is Muncaster Castle.

July 23 - 24th – Rock the Fells Arts and Music Festival
A music event in the small village of Bootle only a few miles from Ravenglass. There will be a line-up of young established bands playing a range of music to please everyone. A selection of great food including Cumbrian specialities will be served throughout the day in the festivals café and bar; a summer barbecue, and Real Ale from the noted Foxfield Brewery.  Performing arts activities for the kids and a nursery for the tots. The venue is Big Flat Field. Bootle Village Hall. Times 11am till 11pm. Camping available. The line-up will be published soon on the website.

September 29th – Eskdale Show
The Eskdale Show is the regions oldest and premier show featuring the Herdwick Sheep breed as its centrepiece when the judging of the World Champion  will take place. In addition there will be a whole range of sporting challenges for children, a Senior Maidens Trail; a Seniors Trail; a Veterans Trail; a Hound Trail; a Puppy Trail; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling plus; stalls; vintage exhibits; food and drink; local produce; handicrafts; judging of terriers and foxhounds. The show field is about 50 metres from the George 1V Inn, in Eskdale CA19 1TS.
Please be aware that the “Shortest Route” may be shown on some navigation devices which gives directions over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes from the Ambleside area or, over the Birker Fell road from Broughton-in-Furness. Wrynose and Hardknott are only suitable for experienced drivers and without caravans or trailers. Birker Fell is not as challenging but also is not suitable for caravans or trailers. For an easier drive and larger vehicles, the best way is from the A595 at Gosforth or Holmrook following signs for Eskdale.

November 15th – The World's Biggest Liar Competition
Competitors in this unique annual Lake District event have 5 minutes to tell the biggest and most convincing lie before a panel of judges and an appreciative audience at the Santon Bridge Inn, Eskdale. The event has its roots back in the 19th C when Will Ritson, a popular publican of the Huntsman’s Inn at the head of the Wasdale Valley entertained guests, which often included William Wordsworth and De Quincey, with good humoured colourful stories and as a result gained a reputation as the Biggest Liar in the World. Previous winners tales have included a magic mountain and a flock of sheep on the moon, and a submarine made out of giant shortbread tins. This event, an essential part of the Lake District & Cumbrias character takes place close to Englands highest mountain of Scafell, its deepest lake of Wastwater, and the smallest church. Will Ritson, who never let facts get in the way of a good story, died at the age of 82 in 1890 and is buried in this Wasdale churchyard. This region is awash with fanciful tales not all by any means attributed to Will Ritson but equally entertaining.'s-biggest-liar

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Seascale Events 2018

26-28th May - Eskdale Art Show
St Bega’s School Eskdale, Holmrook, Cumbria. CA19 1TW  10am – 4.30pm daily.  Fabulous opportunity to look at and buy work by artists and craftspeople.  Wide range of paintings, pictures, photographs, prints, jewellery, woodwork, pottery, glassware, cards,  and much more.  Entry to the show and car parking is FREE.  Delicious homemade hot and cold refreshments available throughout the day.  Admission to the Gardens is £5 for adults, under 16 free.

July 6 - 7th – Eskfest 2018 at Eskdale Valley
This Lake District family festival is billed as “The crazy creative Cumbrian Collective that is Eskfest” takes place just a short drive from the attractive seaside resort of Seascale in the wild beauty of the Eskdale Valley.  There will be comedy; good food; good ale; face painting; fire throwing and much more next to the Woolpack Inn at the foot of Hardknott Pass. CA19 1TH.

November 15th – The World's Biggest Liar Competition
Competitors in this unique annual Lake District event have 5 minutes to tell the biggest and most convincing lie before a panel of judges and an appreciative audience at the Santon Bridge Inn, Eskdale. The event has its roots back in the 19th C when Will Ritson, a popular publican of the Huntsman’s Inn at the head of the Wasdale Valley entertained guests, which often included William Wordsworth and De Quincey, with good humoured colourful stories and as a result gained a reputation as the Biggest Liar in the World. Previous winners tales have included a magic mountain and a flock of sheep on the moon, and a submarine made out of giant shortbread tins. This event, an essential part of the Lake District & Cumbrias character takes place close to Englands highest mountain of Scafell, its deepest lake of Wastwater, and the smallest church. Will Ritson, who never let facts get in the way of a good story, died at the age of 82 in 1890 and is buried in this Wasdale churchyard. This region is awash with fanciful tales not all by any means attributed to Will Ritson but equally entertaining.'s-biggest-liar

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Sedbergh Events 2018


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Silecroft Events 2018



Silloth Events 2018

August 24 - 26th – Solfest Music Festival
This very popular Lake District & Cumbria music weekend is regarded as one of the best loved in the U.K. It's a festival promoting the spirit of inclusion and so no matter if you are punks; ravers; grannies; toddlers or whoever you are, you are assured of a welcome. There's not only the music to be enjoyed. There will be Green Area Workshops; Walkabout Performers; a Healing Garden; Kids Safe Play Area; Site Art; Kite Displays; Fancy Dress; the Solfest Garden; camping facilities and lots more. The line Up is expected to be published on the festival website in the Spring. Venue is Tarnside Farm, Tarns, near Aspatria. CA7 4NG.

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Staveley Events 2018

May 12th – Pons Aelius at Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall
A performance by this young instrumental group of traditional and contemporary folk music of Britain and beyond. FREE entry. Times 8.30pm to 11pm.

May 26th – Jim Bean at Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall
This Lake District music event features a 4 piece rock & pop group playing covers from across the decades. FREE entry. Staveley Mill Yard. Unit 22/28. Staveley.
Phone 01539 822644 for more details.

June 2nd – Live Music at Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall
FREE entry to a mixture of Irish; Scottish and American tunes and songs performed on guitar, fiddle and banjo. Times 8.30pm till 11pm. Phone 01539 822644.

August 3 – 4 - 5th – Lake District Folk Weekend
Another popular Lake District music event centred around the Hawkshead Brewery & Beer Hall in the pretty Lake District village of Staveley near Kendal. The organisers say there will be something for everyone with dance displays; song & music sessions;concerts, and ceilidh . A  festival campsite will be available. Full details and ticketing information will be on the website from the Spring. Contact Sandra Harrison on 07813 403808.

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St. Bees (Egremont) Events 2018

May 18th – Jazz Jam Night
On the third Friday of every month, the Florence Arts Centre presents nights of FREE live jazz. There are performances by local professional musicians and talented amateurs. You can take your own instrument if you wish and jam with the house band; sing a tune or two, and enjoy the music and a drink from the well stocked bar of local ales, wines and spirits. Minimum age is 18 years. The Arts Centre is a multi-purpose building located on the site of Europe's last working iron-ore mine. Disabled facilities. FREE parking in the mines grounds. Nearest bus-stop is Egremont Market Square. Nearest train stations are Whitehaven and St Bees. Visit the website for details of this and other upcoming events.

29th August 2018 – Ennerdale Show
Although the show is in a rural location it is easily accessible and benefits from an ideal location only one mile from the shores of Ennerdale Water and the Wild Ennerdale Valley. Activities take place all day based around the traditional sports and pastimes of the area. These include the showing of sheep, horses, dogs and poultry, of all shapes and sizes. Vintage machinery reminds us of the rural scene not that long ago, and the sport of hound trailing is still well supported in West Cumbria. With four races throughout the afternoon, you can have a flutter with the local bookmakers who will be on the field. Children's sports and the more demanding fell races fill the programme in the early afternoon, these are open to anyone and entries are taken on the field, you never know, you might be the next Joss Naylor! Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling takes centre stage in the late afternoon. Give it a go, there are classes for all abilities and all are welcome. Add to this the industrial and produce marquee, bursting with locally made and grown items for display. Amusements areas and refreshments to suit all tastes from locally brewed ale to wholesome Cumbrian food and ice cream make this a really enjoyable day out. 


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Torver Events 2018


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Ullswater Valley Events 2018

June 8th – Evening Gin Cruises with the Lakes Distillery
A leisurely paced boat trip with a difference on the waters of Lake Ullswater, often spoken of as “the most beautiful of the Lakeland lakes”. It's a “Gin Experience like no other” say the organisers  as those on board an Ullswater Steamer vessel take part in a special tasting of all the Lakes Distillery Gins including some new flavours released in 2017. Departure time is 7pm from Pooley Bridge for the two hour cruise. There will be entertainment on board. Dogs not permitted. Cost £17-50 per person.

July 7th – Birkett Trophy Cruise with Ullswater Steamers
Here is an opportunity to watch the award winning Trophy Yacht Race from on board an exclusive private charter. It's a three hour cruise departing from Pooley Bridge at 12.30pm with race commentary provided and a complimentary glass of squash or cava. Cost is £24 per adult and £12 for a child. Phone Ullswater Steamers on 01768 482 229 for more details.

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Ulverston Events 2018

March 18 - 24th – South Cumbria Music Festival
A competitive event where competitors will have the opportunity to perform on a stage in the beautifully refurbished venue at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston. All facets of the performing arts will be featured in the varied selection of classes in music and speech. The competition is open to individuals; schools, and groups of all ages who will be judged by a panel of respected adjudicators.

May 26 - 27th – Taste Cumbria Ulverston
A Bank Holiday event in Cumbrias festival town of Ulverston on the Furness Peninsula. There will be FREE expert demonstrations and a hot food court.

June 6 - 16th – Ulverston International Music Festival
A packed musical programme providing pleasure for people of all ages. Visitors can look forward to a multicoloured selection of live music performed by artists from across Europe; circus; street theatre; live street art; windows painting; stand-up, and much more at this week long event in Cumbria's festival town on the Furness Peninsula.

November 24 - 25th – Ulverston Dickensian Festival
An event presenting wide ranging free family entertainment including a period costume competition; hundreds of stalls; an opportunity to dress up in Victorian clothing; horse-drawn carriages; balloon modelling; music; dancing; a Grand Parade; a Christmas market; the Christmas Lights switch-on and more for all. This festival is one of the most popular Dickensian events in the country attracting 25,000 + visitors to this friendly market town on the Furness Peninsula.

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Wigton Events 2018

August 24 - 26th – Solfest Music Festival
This very popular Lake District & Cumbria music weekend is regarded as one of the best loved in the U.K. It's a festival promoting the spirit of inclusion and so no matter if you are punks; ravers; grannies; toddlers or whoever you are, you are assured of a welcome. There's not only the music to be enjoyed. There will be Green Area Workshops; Walkabout Performers; a Healing Garden; Kids Safe Play Area; Site Art; Kite Displays; Fancy Dress; the Solfest Garden; camping facilities and lots more. The line Up is expected to be published on the festival website in the Spring. Venue is Tarnside Farm, Tarns, near Aspatria. CA7 4NG.

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Windermere and Bowness Events 2018

Family Events at The World of Beatrix Potter 2018
See the website for a list of  family events taking place this year at The World of Beatrix Potter,
Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere. Included  are, Easter Egg Hunts;  Peter Rabbit Tea Parties; Craft Events; a Treasure Trail; Hug a Bunny; Mum goes Free; Christmas Events; Father Christmas Tea Parties and much more.

May 18 - 20th – Windermere Boat Show
An all day event on the shores of Lake Windermere, Englands largest lake. On show, there will be a collection of new and used vessels ranging from small motor boats to large luxury yachts together with water sports such as “stand up” paddle boarding; kayaking; wake boarding; sailing. It's FREE entry to the venue situated close to Ferry Nab car park in Bowness-on-Windermere. Call Joe on 07775 735 753 for more details. 

September 9th – Dragon Bay in Windermere
Enjoy a day at the annual Dragon Bay charity boat race at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa. A portion of the entry fee will be donated to local charity “Paddles for Life” a Windermere based charity helping to support those suffering from cancer. Businesses; associations; groups of friends and families are invited to take part providing they have teams of 17 members who don't mind dressing up in fancy dress. There will be plenty of fun and laughs at this event on the beautiful waters of lake Windermere. A payment of £595 per team covers cost of entry; a team training session; equipment hire;car parking for up to 5 cars per team and all day entertainment. Times 8.30am till 5pm. Low Wood Watersports Centre LA23 1LP.

Saturday 28th January 2018 2pm – 10am Sunday 28th January 2018 - The Big Sleep 2018
Join Cumbria Community Foundation for a night of entertainment and fundraising to support vulnerable older people in Cumbria this winter. You are invited to leave the comfort of your warm home, brace the cold January air and spend a night sleeping under the stars in aid of their Winter Warmth Appeal.
The number of winter related deaths is higher in Cumbria than most of the UK. In a bad winter 300 people will die due to the effects of the cold weather. Our appeal raises and distributes money to those who need it in order to remain warm, safe and healthy in the winter months.
By spending one night camping out at the Low Wood Bay Hotel Windermere, you could help keep one older person safe and warm this winter. Food, refreshments and overnight parking are all available; just bring yourself, your tent and sleeping bag and your winter woollies to keep you warm!
Low Wood Bay Hotel
Ambleside Road
LA23 1LP

March 23 – 24 - 25th – Bowness Bay Blues Festival
Headline bands include Ian Siegal; Ben Poole; Sean Webster; Aynsley Lister and the Jar Family who will entertain with selections of Classic Rock,Blues, and Soul at various venues around  Bowness.

November 3rd – Guy Fawkes Night Party at Beech Hill Hotel
Take a seat on the hotel terrace with a glass of mulled cider in front of glowing of braziers and enjoy a display by fire performers. There’s a 3 course dinner and traditional bonfire fayre to follow in the Burlington Restaurant before returning to the terrace for a grand firework display over Lake Windermere. The cost for all this is just £48 per person.
Beech Hill Hotel. Newby Bridge Road. Bowness-on-Windermere. LA23 3LP.
For more details and reservations phone 0844 502 7587.

November 4th – Guy Fawkes Hog Roast at Beech Hill Hotel

An afternoon and evening of fireworks; a hog roast and hot chocolate to celebrate Guy Fawkes at the Beech Hill Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere. 0844 502 7587.

Windermere and Bowness Tourist Information
Windermere and Bowness Holiday Accommodation


Whitehaven Events 2018

July 28 - 29th – Taste Cumbria Whitehaven
This “foodie” event will feature a producers market and cookery demonstrations in the town centre. There will also be a motor show; a beer and fizz festival and live music on Whitehaven’s famous harbourside.


Workington Events 2018


March – December – Music, Shows & Dance at Carnegie Theatre
Workington's historic Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre is a venue for a regular programme of mainly music and dance events. Its Monroe's Bar is also regarded as one of Cumbria's best live music venues. An example of the theatres diverse presentations to come is Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers on 2nd May; a not to be missed opportunity to experience the power of the rhythms on huge Taiko Drums; the masked choreography; martial imagery and humour.  See the website for the list of this years other events. Phone 01900 602122.

Various Venues around Cumbria

All Year – Guided Walks in the Lake District & Cumbria 2018
Few can visit the Lake District & Cumbria and not go walking on the fells of the most visited National Park in the U.K.
The National Trust offers guided walks of varying distance and difficulty to suit all abilities at locations throughout the region. The walks are graded as “Easy”; “Easy Plus”;  “Moderate”; “Hard”; “Very Hard” with spaces limited to 20 people on all but those designated as “Hard” when the limit is for 12 people only. Booking is recommended but you can just turn up to most of the activities. Please take the correct change. The website gives details of each event; clothing and equipment required; food and drink. Group bookings accepted.
Phone 01539 724 555.