Lake District and Cumbria Events 2017 Alphabetically

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Alston Events 2017

March 4th – Alston Indoor Market
An event on this first Saturday of the month and the first Saturday of each month throughout the year in Alston Town Hall. Times 11am till 3pm.

May 20th -  Nenthead Gala
A day of family entertainment in Nenthead, one of England's highest villages situated in the north of Cumbria's Eden Valley a few miles from Alston. Lots to do and see with live music; food stalls; a barbecue and traditional amusements.

June 17th – Alston Sheepdog Trials
An annual Alston event held on the Tyne Willows Playing Field, Station Road, Alston. Here, in the early summer in Cumbria's unspoiled Eden Valley, you can gather to applaud and marvel at the skill of the Border Collies, who, while responding only to the whistles of their handlers, these highly intelligent dogs attempt to guide a group of sheep around a field, through gates, and into an enclosure in the shortest possible time.

June 24th – Alston Gala
The Gala Parade of floats and fancy dress will begin as usual from Alston Primary School at 1pm. From there, it will proceed down Front Street and on to Tyne Willows Playing Field for an afternoon of family fun. Entertainment will include the always popular spectacle of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and more. Licensed bar and refreshments available.

September 2nd – Alston Agricultural Show
A typical Cumbrian country show for all the family to enjoy featuring cattle; sheep; sheepdog classes; dog classes;  terrier racing and more. Licensed bar and refreshments.


Ambleside Events 2017

March 18 - 19th – Ambleside Spring Flower Show
Colourful displays of Spring flowers, cookery, handicrafts, children's classes and refreshments. The show is held at Kelsick Centre, St. Mary's Lane. Ambleside.  Phone 015394 32252.

June 25th – Brathay Cycling
This year, there's new routes, distances and challenges suitable for a whole range of cycling experience and fitness. Starting and finishing at Brathay Hall near Ambleside, there will be  choices of a 15 mile Brathay Breeze; a 46 mile Brathay Belter, and the demanding 58 mile Brathay Brutal. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a serious challenge or just prefer a leisurely bike ride together with friends and family along quiet Lake District lanes, then, this is the vent for you. Refreshments, food and a beer tent awaits you on your return to the grounds of the beautiful Brathay Hall Estate. Some on-site accommodation will be available.  It's all in a good cause with proceeds helping to support Brathay's work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.  Phone 015394 33041 for details.

July 1st – Ambleside Rushbearing 2017
The traditional annual  procession and ceremony begins at 2.30pm from Ambleside Primary School. It's an event when Ambleside re-enacts a 400 year old tradition of laying fresh newly cut rushes on the church floor. It dates from the times when the floor was just bare earth and so  rushes and sweet smelling grasses were placed  on the floor to protect worshippers against the cold and to purify the air. Led by Burneside Brass Band, a procession of local residents carrying rushes and various decorated  items such as hoops, staves and crosses (visitors are warmly invited to join in) will proceed through the town to St Mary's Church for a short service of prayer to be followed by the Rushbearing Sports organised by Ambleside Fire Brigade and their families.

July 21 - 22nd – Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge
The event begins with entrants arriving at the hostel by 8pm at the latest to meet the leaders and for a full safety briefing. The challenge begins next day with ascents of Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags. Then, it's on to Esk Pike and the tough two final peaks of Great End and England's highest mountain of Scafell standing at 978 metres. The return to the starting point at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in the Langdale Valley is by a more direct route where it's time to relax and celebrate the day.

July 27th – Ambleside Sports
A popular long established Lake District sporting event in one of the most picturesque and tranquil settings in the region. Organised sports in Ambleside began during the reign of Queen Victoria and included events such as high jump; long jump; “putting” the stone; hop-skip-jump; potato race. Today's events feature Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling for ladies, gents, and children; hound trailing, where the hounds follow a pre-laid trail of aniseed  on the surrounding fells; junior and senior fell/guide races; children's rides, games, climbing wall; trade stands with clothing, jewellery, and a range of local crafts; grass track cycling; a well stocked bar selling traditional ales and a Pimms Corner; refreshments of traditional and  range of exotic foods, with much more including the first ever Ladies Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling Championship.   Ambleside Sports is a day of entertainment and fun for all at Rydal Park, half a mile to the north of Ambleside on the A591. Post Code LA22 0PL

September 21 - 25th – Festival of The Fells
An event in the small Lake District town of Ambleside, a town which has been described as “The most beautiful little town in England”. This is a mountain outdoor activity and cultural festival designed to appeal to fell lovers of all levels, but there will be lots of interest for people who just love Ambleside. Pre-booking is advised and could be essential to secure your place on activities. Contact Paul McDougall on 07814 489310.
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November 3rd – Hayes Garden Centre Fireworks and Late Night Shopping
Tickets including the price of hot food cost £10 per adult and £6 for 3 – 15 year olds.
Begins 6pm. Phone 015394 33434.

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Appleby Events 2017

January 22nd – North Westmorland Arts
An Eden Valley music event with a concert by Burneside Brass Band from Kendal playing at the Public Hall, Boroughgate in the centre of Appleby. Begins at 7.30pm. Phone 01768 483777.

February 9th – Social Run – Great Langdale Athletics Club
 These are free events for all abilities to join a casual friendly group of like minded people to take part in a social run of between 7 and 10 kilometres around the beauty of the Langdale Valley beginning at Sticklebarn Pub in Great Langdale. Booking is not required. There will be further runs on 16 and 23rd of February. Phone Sticklebarn for more details and timings on 015394-37356. For this and other similar events visit the National Trust website.

February 14 - 16th – Tornado On The Settle Carlisle Railway
An opportunity to celebrate Valentine's Day on the world famous Settle to Carlisle Railway. On these dates, Northern Rail Services will operate twelve 8 carriage trains between Appleby and intermediate stations to Skipton (and return) hauled by “Tornado”, Britain’s newest steam locomotive. The trains will cross the classic structure of the Ribblehead Viaduct on the journey across Cumbria's Eden Valley and the Yorkshire Dales. This is the first time in 50 years that steam has been used to haul scheduled passenger trains in Britain. Visit the website for a list of stations en-route and arrival/departure times.

February 19th – North Westmorland Arts
The Britten Oboe Quartet play at Appleby Public Hall, Boroughgate. Begins 7.30pm. FREE on street parking. No charge after 6pm in the car park. Phone 01768 483777.

April 25th – May 1st – The Settle – Carlisle Walking Festival
 A Ride- 2- Stride festival event of walks, talks and music taking place in the countryside following the route of the Settle – Carlisle Railway. Visitors to Cumbria's Eden Valley can take part by joining walks led by experienced guides starting from the railway stations of Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Langwathby, Lazonby and Armathwaite. The festival is made up of  a large number of interesting and fun activities. There will be speakers sharing their local knowledge and love of this beautiful unspoiled area, and pubs along the way will be there to provide music and song. Please note that  no dogs other than registered assistance dogs will be accepted  on Ride-2-Stride Walks in the future. This is due to this event taking place in the Springtime which is a crucial time of year for wildlife and livestock. The fields along the routes will be full of young lambs, newly turned out cattle, and the fells are home to ground nesting birds. However, this ruling does not affect walks led by participating organisations for the remainder of the year.
Full details of the new draft festival programme will appear on the organisers website soon. In the meantime email

June 8 - 14th – Appleby Horse Fair
Welcome to the biggest traditional Gypsy Fair in Europe. It's a hugely popular annual event held in the historic Eden Valley “walkers are welcome” town of Appleby. The main days of the event are the Friday, Saturday and Sunday when there is more to see including  the ritual washing of the horses in the river and then trotted up and down the Flashing Lane.  It's worth noting that visitors are not encouraged to enter the Lane, especially the carriageway, but barriers will be in place on the verge to provide some protection from the flashing horses.  It's not an organised event and so there is no set programme for anything happening, but there's always plenty of interest. This is a unique Lake District and Cumbria event attracting thousands and so please be prepared for congestion on roads approaching the town, street closures, parking difficulties, and finding accommodation within comfortable walking distance of the event. In the case of accommodation, try and make a booking well in advance. Contact the Tourist Information Office on 017683 51177 for parking information.

August 10th – Appleby Show 2017
A very popular agricultural show with entertainment and interest for all. On show will be a wide variety of classes for sheep; cattle; poultry; vintage machinery; dogs; children's pets; handicrafts. Equestrian classes will include veteran horses and ponies; sports horses; Fells; Dales; Shetlands; Working Hunter; Mountain and Moorland; Handy Pony. Lots of main ring events; donkey rides for the kids; dog agility displays; music by Appleby Town Band; a craft & food hall and much more. The venue is, The Barley Field (CA16 6LN) near Appleby Golf Course not far from the A66. FREE parking and a FREE taxi service from Appleby town centre to the show field. Adults £7. Concessions £5. Children FREE.

August 31st – Crosby Ravensworth Show and Vintage Rally
This is one of the oldest surviving shows in Cumbria. Cattle and sheep classes; various horse  and pony breeds;  poultry; childrens sections; dogs; horticulture; vintage vehicles and machinery including tractors; farm implements; motor-cycles and cars; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; trade stands; food and drink. All this and much more for a day of entertainment in Cumbria's beautiful Lyvennet Valley. Please note that mobile phone reception in this area is patchy.
Location. Crosby Ravensworth Showfield. Low Bottom. Near Maulds Meaburn. CA10 3 HU.

Appleby Castle Events 2017
A special programme of events at the historic home of Lady Anne Clifford in Cumbria's Eden Valley. There will be the Appleby Town  Carnival;  Medieval Enactments;  A Picnic Cinema; 
Stand-Up Comedy evenings;  Paranormal Nights;  A Fire & Light Display;  A Castle Christmas Banquet;  and  A New Years Eve Party to complete a year of great entertainment at Appleby Castle. View the full list and details on

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Arnside Events 2017

January 25th – Nature Tots
An interactive trail; outdoor games; a sing-song; and a story for both adults and kids at RSPB Leighton Moss, Silverdale. Cost £5 adults. RSPB members £2. Toddlers free. No booking required, just turn up. Times 10.30am till 11.30am.

May 6th – Bay Hospitals Charity Cross Bay Walk
It's only a 10 minute walk from Arnside Railway Station to the  reception desk opposite the Albion on Arnside Promenade where you can register for this Charity Cross Bay Walk in aid of  Bay Hospitals. Starts at 2.45pm. Adults £10. Children £5 (including a T-shirt)
Phone Christine Metcalfe on 01524 516064 for details or email:

May 6th – Friends of Chernobyl's Children Lancaster Cross Bay Walk
With your support, a group of Belarusian children living in poor conditions in their home country will be able to visit the UK for a few weeks of remedial care with host families.
This fund raising walk across the sands from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank led by Queen's Guide, Cedric Robinson, costs £12 per adult and accompanied children go FREE. Dogs welcome. Starts 2.45pm

May 21st – Friends of the Lake District Morecambe Bay Walk
This year, the aim of the popular 8 mile Cross Bay Walk is to raise money toward the cost  of  planting native woodlands, hay meadows, and organising campaigns to protect the Lake District from unsuitable developments. Start time 1.45pm from Arnside Promenade.
Cost £10 per adult. Children under 16 years £5. Phone 01539 720788.

May 27th – Wigan & Leigh Hospice Morecambe Bay Walk
A Cross Bay Walk from Arnside Promenade to Kent's bank near Grange-over-Sands.
For details phone Yvonne on 07539 354232.

June 4th – Blue Skies Hospitals Fund Morecambe Bay Walk
One of the Lake District & Cumbria's most popular walking events of about 8 miles welcomes family, friends, children, dogs (on a lead) and groups to the iconic Cross Bay Walk from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank. It will be led by Cedric Robinson, Queen's Guide To The Sands, and expected to take around 4 hours to complete. The event is for the Blue Skies Hospital Fund which supports Blackpool Teaching Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust.
Times; 2pm for a 2.15pm start.
Phone Ann Hedley/Nicci Hayes on 01253 957381 or email:

June 4th – Queenscourt Hospice Cross Morecambe Bay Sponsored Walk
A fund raising guided walk starting at 2.15pm from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank.
Phone Julie McAdam on 01704 517 420. Email:

June 4th – Cancercare Cross Bay Challenge Walk
An event in aid of Cancercare starting at 2.15pm from Arnside Promenade to Kent's Bank.
Phone 01524 381820 or email:  for details.

June 10th - Plant Sale
Plant Sale at Preston Patrick Memorial Hall from 10am - 12 Noon near Milnthorpe LA7 7NR
Donations of plants most welcome and don't forget to come and buy too!
This is a lovely event and plays a large part in our busy Cumbria Group of the Hardy Plant Society Diary.
Proceeds go to maintaining our flourishing gardening group.
You will not believe the number of plants we can fit into the hall!
They are all grown by our members so you can be assured they are healthy and well established.
Prices are reasonable too, very easy on your pocket!
Refreshments available.
Parking is free and there is a small entrance fee.

July 15th – Man Vs Lakes 2017
An event of 26.2 miles and 3037 feet of total ascent is described as “the most adventurous marathon-distance running journey in Britain”. It begins with a run across  the quicksands of Morecambe Bay and then on through the countryside to the foot of Windermere, Englands largest and most visited lake for a shore to shore crossing at the lakes narrowest point. The route continues with short swims and wades, slides, jumps, a floating assault course and more. Although this is a running event, entrants must be able to swim short sections in order to fully complete the course but the swim sections can be bypassed if you wish. Competitors are asked to raise £250 for the organisers official charity partner and get a FREE Rat Robe. The start point,  shown on the website route map, is the shoreline at the small village of Silverdale not far from Arnside. For the route and full details go to

June 17th – Cross Bay Walk in aid of Rosemere Cancer Foundation
Starts at 10.45am from Arnside Promenade. Adults £10. Children go FREE.
Phone 01772 522913 or email:

July 29th – Hearing Dogs Morecambe Bay Walk
An event in aid of the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. It starts from Arnside Promenade where you'll find shops and cafés, parking, public toilets (20P) and is only a 10 minute walk from Arnside Railway Station. The entry fee is £10 per adult and £5 for children. Fit and active dogs on a lead are welcome but no pups please. Sponsorship is not required but would be appreciated. Times; 9.15am for a 9.45am start. To register, contact Sophie Meadows, Community Fund Raising Manager on 07769 901297.

July 30th – Bendrigg Trust Cross Bay Walk 2017
A Bendrigg Trust fund raising walking event in support of disabled and needy people beginning at 10.30am from Arnside Promenade. Cost £10 for adults. Children £5. Dogs £2. Bendrigg is a residential activity centre a few miles from Kendal specialising in high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people of any age or ability.  Phone 01539 723766 or email: for details.

August 19th – Heartbeat Morecambe Bay Walk
This Cross Bay Walk is organised by a leading cardiac rehabilitation charity. It starts at 3.45pm from the promenade at Arnside. Costs £10 for adults. Children £5. Dogs £1.
Phone 01772 717147.

August 20th – CancerHelp Preston's Cross Bay Walk
A guided fund raising walk across the sands from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank in support of Cancer Help Preston. Begins 3.30pm. Adults £10. Children FREE. Dogs FREE.
Phone Stella Humphreys on 01772 793344 to book your place.

August 20th – Cross Bay Walk For Age UK Blackburn
An 8 mile walk from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank across the beautiful Morecambe Bay guided by Cedric Robinson, the Queens Guide to the Sands in support of older people.
Adults £10. Children £5 (aged 8 – 15) Dogs £1. Begins 3.30pm.
Phone Sam Kercher or Elaine Jennings on 01254- 266620.

September 2nd – Friends of Roshni UK Morecambe Bay Walk
A family friendly guided walk across Morecambe Bay from Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank in support of disabled children at the Roshni Centre and Specialist School in Gwalior, India.
Trainers are the most suitable footwear and either shorts or trousers which can be rolled up as some sections of the walk involves crossing short stretches of knee deep water. The suggested donation to reserve your place is £10 per adult and £5 per child.
Phone Penny O'Sullivan on 07957 995 489 or email:
Begins 3.30pm. Well behaved dogs are also welcome.

September 3rd – Jigsaw Cumbria's Children's Hospice Bay Walk
A 4pm start for this Cross Bay event from Arnside to Kent's Bank near Grange-over-Sands.
Costs £10 per adult. Children £5. Dogs go FREE.

September 16th – East Lancs Hospice Morecambe Bay Walk
Start at 2.30pm for around 3 hours of walking across the sands from Arnside to Kent's Bank on what has been described as “one of the world's most wonderful journeys”. Costs £10 per adult. Children between 9 and 15 years £5. Dogs £1.  It will be accompanied by a tractor and trailer just in case anyone becomes over-tired en-route.  
For details contact Denise Gee at the fund raising department on 01254 287011.

September 16th – St: Catherine's Hospice Cross Bay Walk
Take the family along for an 8 mile guided walk across the sands from Arnside to Kent's Bank and help raise vital funds for St: Catherine's Hospice. Registration is £10 per adult and £5 for children. All participants of 17 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Be there at12 noon for a 2.30pm start. Transport will be available from St: Catherine's to Arnside subject to demand. St: Catherine's is an adult hospice serving people from Chorley, Longridge, Preston and South Ribble. For more details phone Hayley Jackson on 01772 629171.
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September 23 - 24th  – Binoculars and Open Day at Leighton Moss
You are invited to go along to the Leighton Moss Nature Reserve for some hands-on advice about binoculars and telescopes from the Reserves friendly team. Times 10am. till 4pm.
Location Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale near Arnside.
This event is repeated on 28th and 29th October and 25th and 26th November.
Phone: 01524 701601.


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Barrow and Furness Events 2017

June 3rd – Askham & Irelith Carnival 2017
A colourful parade of Askham's “Carnival Royals” accompanied by music, dancers and floats sets off at 12.30pm from Parklands Drive to be followed by an afternoon of family entertainment at Duddon Sports & Social Club. Askham is a Furness Peninsula village next to  a long sandy beach on the edge of the Duddon Estuary not far from Barrow in an area well known for its wide variety of wildlife.  More event information from Laura Tomkins.
Phone: 07881 294235.

June 10th – Dalton Carnival
Another family friendly event taking place on the Furness Peninsula in the small town of Dalton not far from Barrow. A parade of floats and dance troupes will set off from Prince Street at 1pm with a gala and dancing competitions at Dowdales School later.

September 10th – Tour de Furness
If you are over 10 years old and of average fitness with a roadworthy bike, you can enter the 13, 23, or 50 mile cycling routes. Or, there's a 5 mile Family Fun Ride to include kids of 5 years and over. This is not a race, but an event to enjoy and soak up the delights of the Furness Peninsula while at the same time helping to raise money in support of St. Mary's Hospice, Rotary Charities, or a charity of your choice. The organisers preferred method for you to enter is by registering on-line. However, paper entry forms will be available from early May 2017 at many outlets in the Furness Peninsula area. Address for entries is, C/O Topmark, 108, Greengate Street, Barrow-in-Furness. LA14 1BG.  Please note, anyone under 16 years must be accompanied by and adult.

October 26th - Calling all Mucky Pups! SPLAT HALLOWEEN MESSY PLAY AT THE ZOO!
Thursday 26th October, 10:30am
Safari Zoo, Melton Terrace, Lindal-In-Furness, LA12 0LU
A Spooky Spectacular Sensory Experience for children 5 months+.
Cost £10 – includes 1 x adult Zoo entry for the day and splat messy play session for one child, additional children charged at £3.50.
We have teamed up with the fantastic Rachael from Splat Messy Play East Cheshire to offer a Halloween themed Splat Messy Play here at Cumbria Zoo, come get messy and make new friends whilst exploring new tastes smells and touch.
We will be keeping specific activities secret to avoid spoiling the surprise but you and your little ones could be:
• Making a Halloween mask
• Proving who has the loudest and scariest scream
• Mixing sloppy slime and frogs legs in our witches cauldron
• Hunting for sticky spiders in the fluffy web
• Getting mucky with the pumpkin gloop, chocolate mess and ghostly playdough
• Catching the black worms
**Parents/guardians must stay with their children throughout the messy play. Children must be 5 months and upwards or, if younger, be able to sit unaided. The class will offer crafts and painting to interest older children around 6 years old. Splat Messy Play is wheelchair accessible and perfect for children of all abilities as it teaches essential key skills such as sharing, meeting new people, trying new foods and experiencing new things. Splat Messy Play substances are all non-toxic and hypoallergenic/dermatologically tested. Rachel will sometimes create new substances using household cupboard items or build household items involving wheat, dairy or eggs into the play session – please advise any allergies on booking so we can avoid use of these products if necessary.
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November 5th – Hawcoat Park Sports Club Fireworks and Bonfire
The organisers promise a spectacular evening of fireworks and a bonfire at Hawcoat Park Sports Club in Barrow-in-Furness. LA14 4HF. There will be hot food and drinks on sale together with a bar.  Gates open at 6pm. Bonfire lit at 6.30pm. Firework display begins at 7.30pm. Phone 01229 825000.

November 5th – Fireworks and Bonfire at Furness Rugby Club
Fireworks and bonfire; candy floss stalls; hot dogs; hot drinks; a bar and more at this Guy Fawkes event at The Strawberry Grounds, Croslands Park Road, Barrow-in-Furness. Begins at 6.30pm. Price £5 a family. Phone 01229 825226.

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Brampton Events 2017

April 15 – 17th – Kite Festival at Birdoswald
Practice your kite flying skills at Birdoswald Fort on Hadrian's Wall. See huge kites in flight; synchronised demonstrations to music; have a go at making your own kite. Phone 01697 747602.

June 9 - 11th – Stepping Stones Festival 2017
All the fun of the fair at this weekend of musical entertainment at Kirklinton Hall & Gardens a few miles from Brampton. This years line-up includes Oysterband; Jammshed; Maddy Prior the Carnival Band; Henry Mayberry; Hadrian's Union; Ben Maggs; Tilly Moses, and many more.
Two under-cover venues will be provided; pop-up events; local food; a selection of craft beers; on-site camping; music, dance, and craft workshops and more for all the family to enjoy.
Weekend ticket  £75. Accompanied children under 16 years FREE. Post Code CA6 6BB.

June 10 - 11th – Gelt Gladiators
A chance for teams to test their stamina on either an extreme 10 mile challenge; grit and determination to overcome 30 challenging obstacles of a 10 kilometre course; the 20 obstacles of a 6 kilometre course, or a 3 kilometre Fun Run with 15 obstacles for the family (8 years and upwards)

July 22 - 23rd – How To Be A Roman Soldier
An event suitable for all the family presented by English Heritage and one the kids can especially enjoy. Here at Birdoswald Roman Fort near Brampton, the junior soldiers can join the Roman army, try on costumes; handle Roman weapons and objects and take part in a number of  fun games from 11am until 5pm on each day.

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Broughton in Furness Events 2017

Events at Prince of Wales Pub
June 14th – Musicians Night. 8.30pm
June 22nd – Over 55's Luncheon Club. Begins 1pm
June 28th – Musicians Night. 8.30pm
July 9th – Bert's Birthday Community. 5.30pm
July 12th Musicians Night. 8.30pm
July 15th Gin & Rum Fest. All day
July 26th – Musicians Night. 8.30pm
July 27th – Over 55's Luncheon Club. 1pm
August 9th – Musicians Night. 8.30pm
August 23rd – Musicians Night. 8.30pm
August 24th – Over 55's Luncheon Club. 1pm
September 9th – Pub Walk. Begins 10am
September 13th – Musicians Night. 8.30pm
September 27th – Musicians Night. 8.30pm
September 28th – Over 55's Luncheon Club. 1Pm

The Prince of Wales Pub stands close to the head of the Duddon Estuary about 1 mile from Broughton-in-Furness. Phone 01229 716238 (after 2pm)

September 10th – LA Sportive Lake District Mountain Trial
This is a stern trial of fitness and endurance. Entries to the main course are restricted to men and women over the age of 18 years, but over 14's are allowed to compete as part of a pair on the short course providing the other runner is their parent or legal guardian. Experience  of long mountain races and mountain navigation is a must and applicants will be vetted. The trial begins from the Newfield Inn, Seathwaite, in the Duddon Valley a few miles from Broughton in Furness. All entries will be by online bookings and will open in April 2017.

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Caldbeck Events 2017

May 26 - 27th – Ireby Festival 2017
A  Lake District and Cumbria music event considered to be amongst the best for those with a real love of live music. It takes place in the small farming village of Ireby about 6 miles from Caldbeck. There'll be  a range of music to suit most tastes performed in small cosy venues and on a main stage. Full details of the artists, venue locations, ticketing, and camping and caravan facilities are on the website.

July 19th – Caldbeck History Society
A talk by Alastair Macfadzean, a Caldbeck resident since 1954. Venue Caldbeck Village Hall.
Begins 7.30pm.

September 2nd – Hesket Newmarket Agricultural Society Show
An event a few minutes drive from Caldbeck highlighting the very best of Cumbria's agricultural traditions. It's a show for everyone with a wide range of attractions taking place throughout the day including;
Classes of cattle; sheep; horses; poultry
Horticulture and crafts
Sheep Dogs and Gun Dogs
Terrier Racing
Vintage Vehicles
Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling
Tug of War
Food and drink
Children's Entertainment and a lot more.
Adults £5. Pensioners £3. Children aged 2 – 16 years £2. Children under 11 years FREE.
Ringside tickets £5. FREE car parking.
Getting there:  Hesket Newmarket is a historic hamlet in an area  rich in wildlife on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park. Turn right at Hesket Newmarket Village Green and continue to Newlands following the signs for the show. Post Code CA7 8JB.

October 7th – Lakes In a Day
A 50 mile ultra run from Caldbeck in northern Cumbria to Cartmel, one of the Lake Districts most historic villages. The route will take in the summits of Blencathra, Helvellyn and Fairfield before the descent to Ambleside and then onwards to Cartmel along the western shore of Lake Windermere, England's largest lake. Details from Open Adventure Ltd: Clock Tower Works.
Low Wood. Ulverston. LA12. 8LY. Phone 015395 31048. 

October 19th – The Caldbeck Fells Walk
A 21 kilometre guided easy walk on the grassy fells of northern Cumbria surrounding Caldbeck. Summits included on the route are High Pike; Carrock Fell; Knott; Great Sca Fell; Brae Fell and Longlands. Meet at Fell Side, Caldbeck, for a 10am start. CA7 8HA.
Grid Ref: NY305 375. Duration 7 hours. Cost £22 per person.

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Carlisle Events 2017

February 10 - 11th – Rockmantic 2017 At The Brickyard
A very special Valentine Rockmantic weekend with a truly international flavour.
The Cruel Intentions will fly in from Sweden for their début U.K. show; PsycHolies from Italy, and Snake Bite Whisky from Australia will also be there. A total of sixteen bands over the Friday evening and all day on the Saturday will make this a memorable Valentine weekend  at 14 Fisher Street, Carlisle. CA3 8RN. See the organisers website for the full line-up.

February 25th – Megacon at Richard Rose Morton Academy
Stalls, competitions, tournaments, shows, and a host of activities for all ages in Cumbria's capital city. Xbox dualo, WiiU Gaming Tournaments, climb the TCG Tournament Mountain with Magic, Yu-Gi-O and Pokemon, X-Wing Miniatures. Be crowned Megacon adult or children's Cosplay champ and show everyone you are King of the Nerds by taking part in a quiz. All this and much more with an end of the day FREE raffle. Times Noon till 7pm.

April 6th – Carlisle City Ghost Tour
Learn of tales of murder, intrigue, executions and ghostly phantoms during a one and a half hour guided walking tour through the historic streets of Carlisle, Cumbria's historic border city.
Times 8pm till 9.30pm. For details of the event on this and recurring dates visit the website

April 8th – Hadrian's Wall Cavalry Opening Day
This event at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle is part of a major new exhibition spread across 10 museums and heritage attractions in celebration of the Roman Cavalry regiments that once guarded  this north west frontier of the Roman Empire. It's an opportunity for a day of “hands on” Roman inspired activities including crafts and object handling, and to discover how the cavalry was organised and it's importance in Carlisle. See the exhibition of decorated parade armour and helmets and meet a real Roman soldier. Times 10am till 4pm.

April 8th – September 10th – Hadrian's Cavalry 2017
Hadrian's Wall Heritage Site hosts this new major exhibition to celebrate the cavalry regiments which once guarded this famous north west frontier of the Roman Empire. It will explore the role  and daily life of the army's cavalry forces in a unique wall-wide exhibition which stretches the full 150 miles of the Hadrian's Wall Heritage Site area from Maryport in the west, to South Shields in the east. Visitors will be able to see a range of Roman Cavalry objects including cavalry helmets and ornate armour together with a series of re-enactment events and attractions along the complete length of the Wall. For sites taking part, noteworthy dates and highlights, see the website.

April 14th – Easter Adventure Quest at Carlisle Castle
Join the Quest, meet a character from the past, and solve the clues as you explore the castle. There will be a chocolate reward for the successful adventurers.
Phone 01228 591922.

May 14th – Carlisle Colour Run
A popular fund raising event starting at 1pm on Carlisle Racecourse. It's a 5 kilometre run with family, friends, colleagues, and thousands of fund-raisers who are not there to try for the fastest time, but are there just to have a fun and worthwhile day. So, whether you can run, walk, jog, dance, or even conga around this gentle route, this is the event for all to go along and enjoy and raise money for a very good cause.
Adults (16 plus) £20
Children (5 to 15 years) £10
Under 5's. FREE
Family of 2 adults + 2 children. £45.
Group of 4 adults. £60.
Contact Katrina Sander on 01228 817 613 between 9am and 5 pm for details

June 9 - 11th – Stepping Stones Festival 2017
All the fun of the fair at this family weekend festival of music at Kirklinton Hall & Gardens a few miles from Carlisle. The line-up for this year includes Oysterband; Jammshed; Maddy Prior the Carnival Band; Henry Mayberry; Ben Maggs; Tilly Moses and many more. Two under cover music venues will be provided; pop-up events; a selection of tasty locally prepared food;
craft beers; on-site camping; music, dance and craft workshops. A weekend ticket costs £75. Accompanied children under 16 years FREE. Venue post code CA6 6BB.

June 17th – Rat Race The Wall 2017
Can you run the 69 miles from Carlisle to  Newcastle in one day over a fully way-marked  route through the spectacular landscapes of Hadrian's Wall Country. Checkpoints and pit-stops along the way with a choice of drinks and sweet snacks at the pit-stops.

July 1 - 2nd – Turma! Hadrian's Cavalry Charge in Carlisle
A spectacular show of Roman Cavalry with thirty men performing complex manoeuvres and displaying their weapons skills at Bitts Park in Carlisle. Performances are at 2pm and 6pm on the Saturday and 4pm on the Sunday. There will be a a Hadrian's Wall Visitor Village with forts and attractions; food; drink; crafts, and an invitation to pass through the recruiting house where you will find a Roman infantry encampment and a chance to join either the Red or Blue Team of supporters. This year, 2017, marks the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian becoming Emperor and so in this special year, sites across the length of the Wall will host a series of events.

July 20 - 23rd – Music On The Marr
A weekend of music, dance, and song at a festival described as Cumbria's most friendly music event.  It takes place on the Village Green of Castle Carrock, a small village about 10 miles from Carlisle. Line-up and ticket prices are to be confirmed but the price is expected to be £75 plus £30 for camping.  Phone 01228 670329.

July 21 - 22nd – Hadrian's Cavalry Camp Sleepover
This is an opportunity to enjoy a Roman Camp family sleepover at Tullie House Museum in the regions capital city.
Phone 01228 618718 for details which includes a behind the scenes tour.

July 29 - 30th – Roman Takeover Festival
 A “Roman Takeover” of the whole of the Tullie Museum. This is an event of interest to the whole family where they can meet the Hadrians Cavalryman and his horse, and see the dress and sporting equipment that would have been used in the Hippika Gymnasia together with the horses and their riders.
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery. Castle Street. Carlisle. CA£ 8TP.
Phone 01228 618718.

July 21 - 23rd – Crafts & Gifts Fair at Dobbies garden World
An event promoted by The Creative Arts Association takes place at a well established Garden Centre close to the village of Dalston within easy travelling distance of Carlisle. There'll be lots for the kids to do including a “patting zoo” with Llamas; Sheep; Ducks; Rabbits; Chickens, Goats and more. FREE on site parking. Opens 9.30am till 5pm on the Friday and Saturday and 10am till 4 pm on the Sunday.
Venue. Dobbies Garden Centre, Orton Grange. CA5 6LB. Phone 07966 – 499748.

October 1st – Great Cumbrian Run
This is a half marathon event starting from Carlisle's historic castle. It follows a route through the city centre and on into the open countryside passing through the pretty Cumbrian villages of Cumwhinton, Wetheral and Scotby before returning through the parks of Carlisle to the finish in the Sheepmount Athletic Stadium where shower facilities are available. Begins 10am. The organiser is Pete Murray who can be contacted on 01228 633766 for registration details.

October 6 - 8th – Borderlines Book Festival 2017
A celebration of the written and spoken word to promote literacy and a life-long love of reading across all sections and ages of the community. The venues are;
Cakes & Ale Cafe. 17- 19 Castle Street. Phone 01228 544560.
Carlisle Cathedral. Phone 01228 548151.
Carlisle Library. Phone 01228 227321.
Crown & Mitre Hotel. English Street. Phone 01228 525491.
Tullie House. Castle Street. Phone 01228 618718.
Find out who is appearing at the festival from the website.

November 4th – Carlisle Fireshow at Bitts Park
More than 35,000 people are expected to to attend the Lake District & Cumbria's biggest Guy Fawkes bonfire and firework display. It's a family event and no alcohol will be permitted on site or within the fairground in the Devonshire Walk Car Park. Bitts Park is situated off the A595 and Hardwicke Circus close to Carlisle city centre. There will be a parking charge but Bitts Park is accessible by public transport from Carlisle Railway Station. Phone 01228598596.
Pre-entertainment starts at 18.45 and the bonfire lit at 19.00.

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Cartmel Events 2017

Cartmel racecourse will stage nine fixtures in 2017 including three days at the end of May plus a one day meeting commencing the end of June, three days in July, and concluding with the traditional two day August Bank Holiday meeting. The dates are:

August 26th
August 28th  Bank Holiday Monday.

August 2nd – Cartmel Agricultural Show
A full day of activities and competitions on the picturesque parkland setting of Cartmel Racecourse. Show -jumping; dog show;  dog agility team display; birds of prey; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling;  vintage tractor display; kids mounted fancy dress competition;  food hall where local chefs prepare a selection of local dishes; carriage driving; horticulture, poultry; sheep; cattle classes; village industries and more than enough to keep the kids entertained.

August 9 - 13th – Cartmel Art Society Annual Exhibition
An opportunity to view the work of local artists at Cartmel Village Hall from 10am till 5pm.

August 21st – Cartmel Priory Organ Concerts
A lunch time concert in the historic Cartmel Priory. Admission is FREE but a donation to Priory funds are welcome. Times 1.10pm till 2pm.

September 5th – Cartmel Walking to Health
Cartmel's Health Walk Group will meet at 10.45 to begin a gentle walk of about 2 miles through the woods and fields of the lovely Cartmel Valley. The event starts from the entrance to Cartmel Racecourse Grandstand (not the public car park) For more information, contact Cartmel Surgery or Ewen Cameron on 07929 833528.

September 6 – 9th – Month of Culture in Cartmel Priory
The historic Cartmel Priory welcomes you to a month of culture beginning with 4 performances  of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” starting at 7.30pm. On these dates limited seating is available. Later in the month, La Serenisssima, one of the UK's leading performance ensembles who specialise in the music of Vivaldi and contemporaries give a performance on September 23rd  to be followed on September 30th by Jess Gillam who made history in 2016 as the first saxophonist to win the woodwind final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Tickets available from the Priory Shop in the village.

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Cockermouth Events 2017

All Year Round – Cockermouth Ghost Walks
Join “The Lady” on a guided walk through the streets of Cockermouth and listen to her stories of murder, mystery, intrigue and superstition based on tales of local legend and myth, folklore, real events and eye-witness accounts linked to this Cumbrian coastal town and surrounding area. The Lady, played by professional actor and native Cumbrian Jane Dickens adds style and sets the mood as she leads the walks wearing the sombre dark Victorian clothes of a woman in mourning. The walks, which include a couple of hills, start and end at The Bush, Main Street, Cockermouth where a convivial drink and chat can be enjoyed. The stories are written mainly for an adult audience but are also broadly suitable for children of 10 years and over. There will be a series of scheduled walks throughout the year which are also available for private groups of 10 or more people. For more details phone/text Jane on 07949 909 365.

Throughout the Year – Wordsworth House & Garden Events
Spooky Fireside Tales, Sounds of the 1800's and, Conserving William's Garden, are just a few of the events at Wordsworth House and Gardens in Cockermouth held throughout the year. Visit the website for details

January 28th – A Taste Of Italy
A concert of Italian music to be performed in the Christ Church, South Street, Cockermouth. The programme, presented by the Cockermouth Choral Society beginning at 7.30pm,  includes music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Puccini and Donizetti. Tickets cost £15 but the concert is FREE for full-time students and there's a discount for parties of 6 or more. Tickets are available from Billy Bowmans Music Shop in Cockermouth, or, contact Janet Johnston on 01900 825 083 or email:

June 23 - 24th – Woolfest 2017
A winner of the Cumbria Tourist Event Of The Year Award celebrates once again the best of wool and woolcrafts. Sales of raw fleeces together with displays of wool producing animals including sheep breeds of Black Welsh Mountain; Jacob; Herdwick; Rough Fell; Swaledale, and Blue Faced Leicester. The event is held at Mitchell's Livestock Centre not far from the centre of the busy market town of Cockermouth. Hot meals, salads, sandwiches, drinks, ewes milk ice-cream, live music, FREE parking and toilets with disabled access on site. A FREE shuttle bus connection operates between the Woolfest and Cockermouth main street. The organisers advise this is not a suitable venue for dogs. Phone 016974 78707.

July 29th – Cockermouth & District Agricultural Show 2017
Plenty of family interest at this event on Cumbria's West Coast.
Sheep Clipping demonstration
Show Jumping
Judging of Sheep Dogs
Children's Pet Show
A Horse Parade
A Grand Parade
Climbing Wall
Ferret Racing
Ridden Fancy Dress for children and adults.
All this and much more at one of the regions most popular shows. A “Park & Ride” service will operate from Lakeland Livestock Centre to the showfield  and a shuttle bus service from Cockermouth main street to the showfield both beginning from 10am.

September 3rd - Loweswater and Brackenthwaite Agricultural Show
(The first Sunday in September each year)

November 5th – Cockermouth Firework Display
Begins at 6pm in the Memorial Gardens.

November 19th – Christmas Lights Switch On Day at Cockermouth
Times 2pm till 6pm.

December 9 - 10th – Taste Christmas
A food and drink event on Cockermouth's Main Street selling and promoting the best and tastiest of local produce and FREE cookery classes for all the family. There will be a selection of meats; cheeses; seasonal gifts; beers; spirits and lots more. Keep out the winter chill with a mug of mulled wine; freshly brewed coffee; hot snacks and meals from the hot food court or, why not take a meal in one of Cockermouth's cafés, restaurants or pubs. Times 10am till 4pm.

December 24th – Carols Around the Tree at Cockermouth
Takes place on Christmas Eve at 8pm.

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Coniston Events 2017

March 25th – Coniston 14 Road Race
Prices from £25 to £27 to enter this annual road race around Coniston Water. All proceeds to charities and clubs. Venue: John Ruskin School. Coniston LA21 8EN.
Phone Geoff Cooper on 015394 41291 for full details or visit the website.

April 1st – October 29th – Steam Yacht Gondola Full Lake Cruise
Tranquil steam yacht cruises on Coniston Water at 11am each day throughout the summer months aboard the Steam Yacht Gondola.
Adult £20-50. Children £10. Family £51.

April 1st – October 29th – Steam Yacht Gondola Walkers Cruise
A cruise combined with 2 recommended walks which offer a choice of 12.1 kilometres or 7.5 kilometres. The longer route takes you up the western side of Coniston Water across Beacon Fell to join a section of the Cumbria Way and return to the starting point. The shorter Parkamoor Trail passes through woodland up to the eastern fells and along Brantwood where you can board Gondola for the return sailing to Coniston Pier. Phone 015394 432733.
For information and prices of each walk email:

May 1st – Caves, Falls & Fells Coniston Walk
A guided Lake District National Park Association walk to the small hamlet of Little Langdale,  and continuing to Cathedral Cave and onwards to the cascade of Colwith Falls where the River Brathay drops 40 feet on its journey to Elterwater, and  from there returning via High Oxen Fell and Hodge Close. There are spectacular views on this 10 kilometre walk which takes about 5 hours to complete. It begins at 10.30am from Tilberthwaite Quarry Car Park not far from Coniston.
Book on-line. Adults £5. Children FREE. Phone 0845 272 0004.
This is a recurring event on May 29th , July 15th, August 28th .

June 10th – The Coniston Combo
A fund raising sporting challenge in support of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. The event consists of a 20 kilometre ride through Grizedale Forest;  an ascent of Coniston Old Man; hike the rim of the old volcano to Dow Crag, Buck Pike, and Brown Pike before descending into the valley for the Canyon Challenge where, if brave enough, jump in to the waterfall. All the equipment you need including wetsuits, mountain bikes and safety gear will be provided. The entrance fee is £100 and participants are requested to raise a minimum of £400 in sponsorship.
For more information email: or phone 01909 508 113.

July 23rd – Coniston Country Fair
This event takes place in a beautiful setting alongside Coniston Water. It's a richly typical traditional Lakeland Show giving visitors a valuable insight into the Cumbrian way of life. Visitors will find something of interest for all with displays of Foxhounds; Terriers; Beagles; Lurchers;  Herdwick Sheep; Sheepdogs; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, and a fell- race to the summit of Coniston Old Man and back starting from the showfield. A range of drink and refreshments will be available and lots of entertainment to keep the kids amused.

August 20th – Lakeland Country Fairground
This show is a shop window of traditional Lake District and Cumbria skills and activities. Displays of Herdwick sheep, Terrier Racing, Lurcher, Whippet, and Foxhound shows, a Stick show, a Horn Blowing competition, adult and junior Fell Races, Fell Ponies, the Young Farmers Tug-o-War, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, children’s activities, refreshments, a bar, and much more. The event takes place a couple of miles from Coniston in the small village of Torver overlooked by the Coniston Fells and the imposing landmark of Coniston Old Man. Admission prices are being kept low and this combined with FREE car parking makes the event an inexpensive family day out. It begins at mid-day. Post Code LA21 8BQ.

August 20th – Coniston Epic Lakes Swim
This event is part of a swim series which consists of either 2 or 3 open water swimming events at 3 different Lake District and Cumbria locations. Coniston Water is the third and final venue of this years series. Competitors are offered a choice of two distances which allows novices, intermediates and elite swimmers with a challenge to match their abilities. The “Classic Mile” of 1600 metres is usually the most popular choice of the event leaving the 3.8 kilometre distance for experienced long distance swimmers. Wetsuits are compulsory for all. Starting times are 8.30am for the 3.8 kilometre and 11am for the 1600 metres. There will be car parking  available at John Ruskin School (£3). Parking on the verges of Lake Road will not be allowed.
Cost of entry is £20/25 dependent on swim distance

September 2nd – Lowick Show
Lake District and Cumbria country shows are one of the regions top visitor attractions. This is one of the smaller but always well attended. Also known locally as “La'al Royal”,it takes place at the southern end of Coniston Water alongside the A5084 Greenodd to Coniston road on Church Field. There are competitions for cattle; horses; ponies; sheep; sheepdogs, together with Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; local crafts and lots for the kids. Licensed bar and food. The Cumbria Way Walk passes through here, and so if anyone is en-route on this day, why not stop over for a few hours. After the show, there's dancing to live music from 7.30pm until 1am. For information about this, phone Kathy Edmondson on 077658555557.

September 2nd – Coniston Chill Swim
A fully supported open water swim along the full 5.25 miles length of Coniston Water.
Entry includes:
Transport to the start and from the finish back to the race HQ car park.
Safety support throughout the swim.
Five feed stations en-route.
Free parking on race day for participants.
Medal to each participant.
Chill Swim participation certificate.
A goody bag.
Minimum age 16 years
Standard entry costs £100 (February1 to June 15)
Late entry costs £105.

September 9th – An Evening of Cumbrian Contemporary and Traditional Songs
Join Craig Duggan at Coniston Sports & Social Club for an evening of traditional Cumbrian songs. Begins 7.30pm. All proceeds in aid of Coniston Mountain Rescue. Buy your tickets at Coniston Information Centre on Ruskin Avenue. Their opening hours are;
Summer. Friday to Tuesday 9.30am till 5pm and 10am till 2pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Winter.   Sunday to Thursday 10am till2pm and 10am till 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Phone: 015394 41533.

September 16th – Coniston Challenge
An extreme challenge event for teams of 4 - 6 consisting of a 10 kilometre walk to the summit of Coniston Old Man; a 12 kilometre mountain bike ride, and finishing with a 1 mile kayak on Coniston Water. Breakfast, lunch, and hot drinks will be provided to all team members throughout the day and each team will be offered camping facilities over the event weekend.
There will be a team registration fee of £60 and a team fund-raising target of £2000 in support of Guide Dogs for the Blind. To register phone 0345 143 0200.

September 17th – Coniston Hills Gills and Falls Walk
This Coniston event is a guided Lake District National Park Authority 5 hour walk over Tom Heights to the delightful Colwith Force Waterfall and Holme Fell. Strong walking boots and a packed lunch are essential. Booking is advised although you can just turn up on the day. The walk starts from Tom Gill Car Park at Glen Mary Bridge ( SD 321998) at 10.30am.
Adults £5. Children FREE. Phone 0845 272 0004.

October 25th – Coniston Hills Gills and Falls Walk
Details as those shown for the September 17 event.

November 3rd – Coniston Village Bonfire Night
Guy Fawkes Night fun with a bonfire and firework display at Coniston Sports and Social Centre, Shepherds Bridge Lane, Coniston LA21 8AL. Gates open at 5pm. FREE entry but donations welcomed. Phone 01539 441812.

November 11 - 12th – Brantwood Winter Craft Fair
An event overlooking Coniston Water displaying Cumbrian quality crafts at Brantwood House, once the home of John Ruskin, a leading English art critic of the Victorian era. Crafts will include pottery; jewellery; fused and stained glass; felt bags; swill baskets; art works and prints; lampshades; vases; cakes; Christmas puddings and preserves. Demonstrations of fly-tying; pole lathing; spinning; rag rugs and baskets. Admission £2. Children FREE. Times 10.30am till 5pm.
Phone Helen Wharton on 015394 41396 for more details.

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Grange over Sands Events 2017

February 10th – Valentine Cabaret Night At The Pheasant
A cabaret night at the Pheasant Inn, Allithwaite, near Grange-over-Sands. Entertainment will feature Duncan Heather, an international tenor who has performed all over the world in musical theatre plus a superb 3 course meal. Begins 8pm. Tickets £29-95. A £10 deposit is required and pre-ordered one week in advance.
Phone 015395 32239.

February 17th and 24th – Snowdrop Weekend at Holker Hall & Gardens
This is an opportunity to enjoy early Spring's carpet of snowdrops under the tree's and on the lawns of Holker Hall & Gardens near Grange-over-Sands. Adults £8-50. Children under 6 years FREE.
Phone 015395 58328.

May 28th – Prom Art 2017 in Grange-over-Sands
Visitors will find around 80 stalls stretching for 600 yards along the promenade in this pretty Edwardian resort on the edge of Morecambe Bay. There'll be painters offering original oils; water colours; photography; prints; cards; collage; jewellery; textiles; ceramics; sculptures; wood; glass and silver. This is one of the Lake District & Cumbria's main attractions and is the largest open air Arts & Crafts event in the north west of England. Times 10am till 4pm.
It is a recurring event and will take place again on June 25th ; July 30th ; August 27th and  September 24th .  Phone 015395 34026.

June 9th – Ice House Tour & Cream Tea at Holker Hall and Gardens
A guided walk starting at 2pm through the park to visit the 18th C  Ice House followed by a tasty cream tea. Pre-booking for this event is essential. Phone Kath Sallabank on 015395 58328.

July 29 - 30th – Cumbria Steam Gathering
A hugely enjoyable colourful fun weekend event on Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands. For vintage lovers, there will be displays including those of classic cars; motor-cycles;  steam engines; bicycles; agricultural machinery; commercial and military vehicles. As well as this, there’s lots more to see and do with magic shows for the kids; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; lawn mower racing; sheep shearing demonstration; traditional fairground; miniature remote controlled car racing; chainsaw carving display; (weather permitting) and a ploughing demonstration are just a few of the events attractions. Wheelchair accessible toilets, FREE parking with ample spaces for Blue Badge holders. Times 9am till 5pm each day.

August 12th – Flookburgh Band Last Night Of The Proms
A performance by Flookburgh Brass Band at Victoria Hall in Grange-over-Sands. You are welcome to take flags and whistles and dress for the occasion at this “Last Night of the Proms” concert. Tickets cost £10  including refreshments and are available from band members; Grange Information, or Cockles Shop on Flookburgh Square. You can also make reservations by phoning 015395 59081. Begins 7.30pm.

September 3rd – Grange Band Concert
A “Summer Music in the Park” event at the Park Road Gardens Bandstand in Grange-over-Sands. The performance begins at 2pm but if there is wet weather, the concert will be held in the Victoria Hall on Main Street, or, in the Methodist Church on Kents Bank Road. Admission is FREE with a collection to cover the musicians expenses. Refreshments will also be available with proceeds going to local charities and good causes.

September 9 - 10th – Holker Chilli Fest
A group of well known chilli companies gather at Holker Hall and Gardens near Grange-over-Sands for a 2 day festival. Local specialist food suppliers will also be there plus cookery demonstrations, chilli eating competitions, children's activities and selections of cuisine from around the world. Times 10.30am till 5pm. Phone 015395 58328. Ticket information on website.

September 24th – Grange-over-Sands Prom Art
This event is said to be the largest open-air arts and crafts fair in the Lake District and Cumbria. Prom Art is a showcase of arts and crafts displayed on around 70 stalls along the Victorian promenade overlooking the beautiful Morecambe Bay estuary at Grange-over-Sands in the south of the Lake District. Times 10am till 4pm.

October 25 - 26th – Grange-over-Sands Pumpkin Walk
Come along for a walk along the promenade and see the pumpkins placed between the Lido and the play park. There will be more than 300 on display with carved ones; painted ones and others with all sorts of decorations. This event has been organised once again by Tracy of the “Keg & Kitchen”. Times 6pm till 9pm. More details from 015395 83325.

November 4 - 5th – Holker Winter Market
A great family day out at Holker Hall and Gardens. Visitors will find stalls offering a wide choice of crafts,  foods, and gifts with the approaching Christmas celebrations in mind. There will be street entertainers, live music, hot food, warming mulled wine, plus plenty to keep the kids amused. FREE entry. Phone 015395 58328.

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Grasmere and Rydal Events 2017

January 13-14th - Northumberland Music Festival at the Wordsworth Hotel
Description: Northumberland Music Festival returns with a line-up of old favourites and new acts at hotels across the UK.
Performances to include full length operas, classical and traditional music to be held over five weekends between October and March
Highlights include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Verdi’s Rigolleto, a full length performance of The Pirates of Penzance, The Northumbrian Ranters, and a concert performance by Graeme Danby.
Taking place at The Robert Parker Collection of hotels, the festival will commence with A Feast of Gilbert & Sullivan on 14th October at Eshott Hall near Morpeth, and end with The Pirates of Penzance at Doxford Hall, near Alnwick, on 11th March. It will also tour the other hotels in the Robert Parker Collection, including Dalhousie Castle Hotel, near Edinburgh, Ednam House in Kelso, and the Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere.

January 13th 2017 Wordsworth Hotel/ St Oswald’s Church The Three English Tenors – Evening Performance - £69
January 14th 2017 Wordsworth Hotel/ St Oswald’s Church A Gala of Sacred Music – Evening Performance - £59
January 14th 2017 Wordsworth Hotel/ St Oswald’s Church Luke Fitzgerald: An Organ Recital – Matinee Performance - £25

Event Contact Details:
01668 283100
015394 35592

May 7th – The 2017 Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge
A charity cycling event in memory of Fred Whitton who was a great advocate of cycle sport in the Lake District and Cumbria. The ride is one of 112 miles starting in Grasmere and taking in the steep challenges of Kirkstone; Honister; Newlands; Whinlatter; Hardknott and Wrynose Passes.

May 7th – Silver How & Easedale Tarn Walk
Good strong walking boots and a packed lunch needed for this challenging 11 kilometre walk from the LDNPA car park in Stock Lane to the 400 metre summit of Silver How and return via Easedale Tarn, one of the largest tarns in the Lake District.  This is a walk through spectacular landscapes graded “hard” with some steep ascents and descents on loose rock. Includes a Wainwright summit. Booking is recommended but you can just turn up on the day. If paying on the day, please take the correct change with you. Adults £10. Children FREE.
Email:  or phone 0845 272 0004.

May 12 - 13th – 2017 Cumbrian Challenge
This event is a “Walking with the Wounded” major fund raising appeal. Teams of  four take on beneficiaries and expedition team members over one of three courses to be followed by prize giving, a hearty meal and an inspirational talk. Each team is asked to raise in advance £1,000 (£250 per team member) which will go toward supporting vulnerable veterans back into work. The venue is Grasmere Sports Ground on Stock Lane, Grasmere. Begins 4pm

June 3rd – Grasmere Gallop 2017
What better setting than the surroundings of Grasmere and Rydal for one of the friendliest trail races in the Lake District and Cumbria. An increasing number of first time runners, Nordic Walkers and families are taking part in this event each year to race alongside experienced fell runners. You can choose a 5.7 kilometre; 10 kilometre; or 17 kilometre run, or, join the 10 kilometre Nordic Walk.

June 18th – Lakes Charity Classic Vehicle Show
Included in this years show will be various models of Jaguar; Porsche; Triumph;  MG; Rolls Royce and many more of interest to classic car enthusiasts. The event is organised by the Windermere & Ambleside Lions Club with all proceeds donated to charitable causes. This years beneficiaries will be Blood Bikes and Cumbria & Langdale Mountain Rescue. Venue Grasmere Show Ground. LA22 9SL.

July 5th – Meet The Gardener
Head Gardener, Sally Hall, will guide visitors around the Dove Cottage Garden from 11am till noon. Phone 015394 35544 or email:

July 8th – Grasmere Rushbearing 2017
Grasmere celebrates the ecclesiastical festival commemorating the laying of fresh rushes and sweetly scented grasses on the church floor of St Oswalds. It's an event dating from the times when the floor was just bare earth and so rushes and grasses were laid  to provide some protection for worshippers against the cold and to purify the air. The procession, led by Ulverston Town Band, begins at 3.30pm from outside Grasmere Primary School with 6 costumed “Rush Maidens” carrying carrying freshly cut rushes while other child and adult members of the procession carry various decorated items such as hoops, staves and crosses. There will be a short service to follow.
This festival was widespread in Britain from the Middle Ages and continued until its decline at the beginning of the 19th C when floors were paved with stone. During the 16th C church bells were rung and wine, strong ale, and cakes, were given to the rush bearers. For this event, bearers will receive a tasty slice of the famous Grasmere Gingerbread. Grasmere is one of the few northern England villages to have kept the tradition alive.

August 10th – Ease into Easedale
A very popular open water swimming event in, and surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Lake District Fells. Meet and end your outdoor adventure in the village of Grasmere. The price of £69 – 99 includes hot chocolate and a slice of the famous Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread Cake.
Times; 9am till 3.30pm. Phone 015394 33826.

August 24th – The Wordsworth Wild Swim
This is an ideal event  providing a safe introduction to Adventure Swimming. After meeting for an initial briefing, it's just a short stroll to the waters of Grasmere for an initial swim of about 1600 metres. This is followed by another short walk to the River Rothay for a  swim into Rydal Water and circuit of Heron Isle. Meet at White Moss Car Park for a 9am start. Finish at approximately 1.30pm. The cost of this fully guided swim plus hot chocolate and cake is £59-99. Wetsuit hire is available. Phone 015394 33826.

August 27th – Grasmere Sports and Show
This is one of the most popular of the many Lake District & Cumbria summer events for all the family. It's a  Bank Holiday Sunday of fun and competitive sporting challenges featuring traditional  Lakeland contests for children and adults including Fell Racing; Hound Trails; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; Tug-O-War; Children's Fun Races; Pet Dog Show, and the ever popular Lakeland Sheep Dog and Duck Display. All this and much more at the Show Field, Stock Lane, Grasmere. LA22 9SL. Gates open 10am.

September 14 – 15 - 16th – Antique and Collectors Fair
A small antique and collectors fair in the centre of this beautiful Lake District village. Vintage jewellery; antiques; collectables; decorative arts; furniture; vintage linens; china.
Venue: Tithe Barn, Church Stile. Grasmere.  Entrance 50 Pence. Phone 078411 45692.
Times 10am till 7pm on 14 and 15th and 10am till 4pm on the 16th .

October 13 - 14th – ABA Grasmere Book Fair 2017
Exhibitors at the fair will offer for sale antiquarian and second hand books; prints;maps; paper ephemera. This event will run in tandem with bookish themed events at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere. Venue. The Village Hall, Broadgate. Grasmere.
Times. Friday 12.30pm till 5pm. Saturday 10.30am till 5pm.  email:

October 21st – November 5th – Woodland Pumpkin Trail at Allan Bank
During this period, the woodland around the National Trusts Allan Bank in the centre of Grasmere will be inhabited by spooky pumpkins. You are invited to go along and see how many you can find, and, don't  forget to check inside the Hair Raising Tunnel. Times 10.30am till 4pm. Price £2.
Phone 015394 35143.

November 20th – Cumbrian Cracker Cycle Sportive
Competitors will be faced with a route of almost 60 miles. It starts from Grasmere and proceeds via the shores of Coniston Water, the Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, and Ambleside. Food stops at Cartmel Scout Hut for sandwiches, cakes and hot or cold drinks. The entry fee is inclusive of the food stop, entry pictures, and hot food at the finish. Start times are between 7.30am and 10.30am from Grasmere Village Hall, Broadgate. Grasmere LA22 9TA.
Contact Jo McWilliams on 01257 251217. Email:

December 16th – Carols Around the Tree at Allan Bank
Sing around the tree at the Allan Bank Concert from 13.30 to 15.30. Phone 015394 35143.

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Hawkshead Events 2017

January 12th - On the Ice: Camping and Fieldwork near the South Pole
An illustrated talk by John Gunner. Hawkshead Lower Market Hall, The Square, Hawkshead. Entry £5 per person. The first of a series of talks on the theme, Tales from Travels Far and Near. £5 per person. Proceeds to Hawkshead Parish Church Tower Repair Fund. We need to raise £70,000. Starts 7:30 pm.

February 19th – Beatrix Potter Guided Walk – Love of a Lifetime
Join a National Trust Ranger for a guided walk of about two and a half miles around Hawkshead and the nearby countryside of Near Sawrey. Booking is essential for this walk in an area described by Beatrix Potter as a “Perfect Little Place”. Children over 5 years are welcome. Begins at 1.30pm and ends at 4.30pm. Meet in front of the Ticket Office in the car park at Hill Top. Phone the office on 015394 – 36269.

August 22nd – Hawkshead Show
Lots to see and do at this traditional show held at the picturesque working farm of Hawkshead Hall Farm in the Vale of Esthwaite a quarter of a mile from the village. Just some of the attractions include judging of all classes of horses, sheep, dogs and cattle, plus hound trailing, horticultural displays of home-grown flowers and vegetables,  home produce, local arts and crafts, a grand parade, and a special display of skills and obedience by Shaun Raywoods Dog Display Team in the main ring. FREE parking. Adults £7. Children £3. Sat Nav. LA22 0NN.

December 2 - 3rd – Hawkshead Christmas Fair
Festive food and drink, stalls, live music, street entertainment, a lantern procession at 4pm on the Saturday, a Santa's Grotto, and more. Times Saturday 10am till 5pm. Sunday 10am till 4pm.
Phone 015394 36544.

December 9th – Night Runner at Grizedale Forest & Visitor Centre
A Night Trail Running race of the Petzl Series in Grizedale Forest. Fancy dress is requested to match this years theme of “Christmas Festivities”. 

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Kendal Events 2017

February 11th – The European Union Chamber Orchestra
Russian virtuoso pianist Nicolai Demidenko and trumpeter Huw Morgan join the Chamber Orchestra for Piano and Trumpet by Shostakovitch. Also featured will be music by Elgar and Haydyn. There will be a free talk with the musicians at 6.30pm. Location. Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road. LA9 7HX. Times 7.30pm till 10pm. Phone 0333 666 3366.

February 25th – Braebach
Braebach were voted Best Live Act 2013, and Best Folk Band 2012 at the Scots Traditional Music Awards and twice nominated Best Band at the BBC 2 Folk Awards. They will present their unique brand of contemporary folk music at the Brewery Arts Centre, Highgate, Kendal beginning at 7.30pm. Phone 01539 725133.

April 1 - 23rd – Lakeland Maze Farm Park Easter Activities
An Easter Egg Hunt; farm animals to see; indoor and outdoor play areas; a climbing wall; trampolines; go-karts; tractor rides; a pets corner, and much more from 10am till 5pm at Lakeland Maze Farm Park near Kendal. Phone 015395 61760.
Venue. Raines Hall Farm, Sedgwick. LA8 0JH.

May 12 - 14th – Moonfest at Kendal Rugby Club
An outdoor music event at Kendal Rugby Football Club featuring performances by talented groups of local bands. You can expect music until late; an all day barbecue; a well stocked beer tent; a bouncy castle for the kids; stalls, and lots more family friendly entertainment.
Venue. Mint Bridge, Shap Road. Kendal LA9 6DL.
Phone Craig Ross on 07933 695000 for more information.

April 7 - 9th – DERT
The annual Dancing England Rapper Tournament comes to Kendal. Rapper is a traditional dance from the North East of England's mining communities which is performed using double handled flexible swords.  The competition will be held during the day in 5 Kendal pubs and in the Town Hall. In the evening, there will be a ticketed event of all 28 teams and prize giving at Kendal Leisure Centre. Phone Sam Mason on 07864 748594 or email

April 22nd – Hawkshead at Lyth Valley Damson Day
Celebrate the arrival of Spring and the blossoming of the Damson orchards in the charm of the Lyth Valley a few miles from Kendal. It's a day of family entertainment where you will be able to learn more about cooking this tasty fruit as you watch the experts demonstrate their cookery skills. There'll be live music, good food and drink, arts and crafts and more.
Times 10.30am till 6pm.

May 14th – Cumbria International Motor Show
A chance to view hundreds of the best cars ever  at Westmorland Show Ground, Crooklands, near Kendal. It's promised to be a great day out with a Music Marquee; Kids Zone; Entertainment Zone; local food and drink plus a talk by Dr Keith Mitchell on Donald Campbell's Bluebird KZ. Times 11am till 5pm. Phone 07801 557648.

June 23 - 25th – Kendal Street Choir Festival
The main events of the festival will be held in Kendal Leisure Centre. Busking, and a massed sing and workshops will take place in various venues throughout the town. There will also be some smaller pre-event festivals in the Langdale Valley on the Thursday evening (22nd) with local choirs, and, an after festival event on the Sunday afternoon and evening (26th) close to Rydal Water and Grasmere with singing in a Lake District cave and a country pub.
Phone David Burbridge on 015396 21166 or email:

July 6 - 9th – Wake the Lakes
Organised by the Red Rose Chapter Harley Owners Group, this years event in the “Gateway to the Lakes” is promised to be bigger and better than ever. There will be a purpose built entertainment venue with lots of space for music and entertainment for all. The Custom Bike Show will be one of the main attractions with displays of customised bikes, compelling and glamorous paint jobs, and every type of machine you can imagine on show.

September 8 - 10th – Lakes Alive Kendal
Organisers promise a weekend of “intimate spectacular happenings” across Kendal and the wider Lake District National Park. This years theme is “Cultural Landscapes” in celebration of the Lake Districts inclusion on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It's an event with a FREE programme of world class contemporary art and happenings brought to you by artists from home and abroad. Take your own picnic or buy from local traders on site and join a mass community get-together with music and merriment alongside the River Kent; explore the green spaces of Kendal and art installations across 10 locations; take part in dance, music, poetry and theatre. See website for full details of this exciting Lake District & Cumbria event.

September 14th – Westmorland County Show
This is one of the largest shows in the whole country. Categories include cattle; heavy and light
horses; horse jumping; sheep; pigs; poultry; hounds and terriers; goats; alpacas, and rare breeds.
There'll be displays of vintage tractors and agricultural machinery; a Crafts of Cumbria marquee; trade stands; a food hall; licensed bar; refreshments; children's entertainment and the ever popular Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling contests. Car parking will be FREE and Stagecoach will operate a FREE shuttle bus return service from Kendal and Milnthorpe to the showground between 9am and 6pm. The venue is Lane Farm, Crooklands. LA7 7NH.

September 15th – Kendal Torchlight Carnival 2017
This is one of the Lake District and Cumbria's biggest one day events attracting crowds of over 25,000. For a few hours, the town is traffic free and given over to a colourful procession of bands, floats, street performers, and dance groups as they make their way through the streets.
The procession starts from Kirbie Kendal School at 7.30pm and proceeds via Lound Road, Aynam Road , Miller Bridge, New Road, Stramongate, Blackhall Road, Sandes Avenue, Stricklandgate, Highgate, Kirkland, Nether Bridge, and return to the starting point on Lound Road. Kendal's streets will be closed to incoming traffic from around 6.30pm and to outgoing vehicles at 6.45pm.

October 13 - 15th – The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
An event to praise selections of comic art from all over the world. It's the only event of it's kind  in the UK and for a couple of days there will be performances; film; exhibitions; comic trails; workshops; master classes; live drawing, and much more. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with leading comic artists and writers; see them draw, and discuss their work.

October 28 - 29th – Kendal Wool Gathering
Free entry and free parking to Kendal Wool Gathering at K. Village, Lound Road, in Kendal. Retail stalls from all over the country selling every type of woollen product; spinning and knitting sessions; children's workshop; talks; farmers livestock displays.

November 2nd – Station Inn Fireworks and Bonfire
The Station Inn, Oxenholme, near Kendal, offers a warm welcome to fireworks, a bonfire and a BBQ. Gates open 6pm. Bonfire 6.30pm. Fireworks at 7pm. Adults £3. Children £2.

November 3rd – Kendal Winter Festival & Fireworks Display
There is no charge for entry to this event at Kendal Rugby Club, Shap Road, Kendal, but all donations will be put aside for next years display.

November 16 - 19th – Kendal Mountain Festival
This is the U.K's premier award winning international festival. Lecture programmes of guest speakers; film makers; athletes and hundreds of film screenings are just part of this event for outdoor enthusiasts.

November 18th - Kendal Mountain Festival Adidas Terrex 10K Trail Run
Conveniently positioned as the Southern gateway to the Lake District, the historical town of Kendal provides a dramatic backdrop to the annual Kendal Mountain Festival – hosting an international line-up of adventurers, film-makers and speakers and an audience of passionate locals and visitors hoping to be entertained, impressed and inspired.
For festival-goers who want to experience Kendal beyond the town-center, Kendal and Adidas Terrex present a 10k Trail Run – a classic run taking in landmarks that many locals use for training.
The run starts and ends in the town centre and is strewn with natural obstacles, great ascents, jaw dropping vistas and a combination of hard packed and grassy trails (no mudbaths or haybales here!). The run has been voted as one of the Top 50 races to do in 2017 by Runners World and is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the Kendal environment and atmosphere.
Date: Saturday 18th November 11am
Location: Kendal Town Hall, Kendal, LA9 4DL
Web: :
Contact number: 01539 732567
Price: £15 - online entries close midnight 17th November Entries On the Day: £20 (cash only) 09:00-09.30 only.
Distance: 10km

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Keswick Events 2017

All Year Round – Keswick Ghost Walkers at Keswick
Join Jane Dickens on a guided walk through the streets of Keswick and listen to her stories of murder, mystery, intrigue and superstition linked to this historic town and surrounding area. Jane, a native Cumbrian and professional actor, will add quality, style, and mood  to the event as she leads the walks dressed in full Victorian mourning clothes. There will be a series of scheduled walks throughout the year which are also available for private groups of 10 or more.
The walks start and finish at the Moot Hall in Keswick and all tickets must be booked in advance. The stories she will tell are written mainly for an adult audience but are broadly suitable for children aged 10 years and over. Cost £10 per person.
For event dates and tickets please call/text  07949 909 365.
Email: or go to

January 20th – Lanty Slee Evening
An alternative Burns Night celebration at the Lakes Distillery, Setmurthy, near Lake Bassenthwaite. This is an event to mark the life and times of Lanty Slee, the infamous Lake District whisky smuggler. You are invited to enjoy a 4 course meal together with a whisky tasting session hosted by Master Whisky Maker, Dhavall Gandhi. The evening will be rounded off with stories told by Taffy Thomas MBE. A delightful and a something different event costing £45 per person. The distillery is the only one producing the excellent Lakes Gin and Lakes Vodka and in 2018 the Lakes Malt Whisky is due to be opened. Phone 017687 88850 to book.

January 27th – Lanty Slee Evening
Event details as above.

February 16 - 19th – Keswick Film Festival
This event takes place in the beautiful lakeside setting of The Theatre by the Lake. Organisers promise this years festival will take you all over the world and in the process, cover a series of themes which will include differences in race, sexuality and religion plus thought provoking documentaries. All the very best from film festivals worldwide and special guests  in one of the most delightful parts of the Lake District and Cumbria. Phone 017687 74411.

March 3rd – Cumberland & Westmorland Music
An evening of Cumberland and Westmorland music by Ed Heslam and Jean Altshuler in Threlkeld Village Hall near Keswick. Bar and Box Office open from 7.15pm. Tickets £7. ( £4 under 18's) from the Village Hall Coffee Shop; the Post Office, or on-line. Phone 07733 790308.

March 3 - 12th – Words by the Water Festival of Words and Ideas
This Lake District event at The Theatre by the Lake is England's premier festival of words and ideas. Here for 10 days on the edge of Derwentwater, writers and readers meet to share the enjoyment and pleasure of books and ideas. There will be talks; lectures; discussions; workshops; book launches, and special exhibitions in a wonderful setting encircled by stunning examples of the Lake District and Cumbria's incomparable scenery.
For tickets to this very popular event call 017687 74411 or visit the website.

May 6th – Keswick to Barrow Walk 2017
Join Team Cancer Care for the Keswick to Barrow iconic walking challenge to raise funds for pioneering work in Barrow-in-Furness. For details, phone Richard on 01539 735800.

May 6th – A Spring Concert at Keswick
Keswick Choral Society together with Carlisle Cantate Children’s Choir present a Spring concert at St John's Church, Keswick. It will include music by Andrew Carter, Lili Boulanger,
Faure, Franck, and selections from Gilbert and Sullivan choruses. Phone 017687 75277. Begins at 7.30pm.

May 10th – Chris Barber And Band at Theatre By The Lake
A celebration of Chris Barber's 68 years of blues and jazz. Visitors are promised a night of great  foot tapping music and an event not to be missed. Begins 8pm. Admission £15 - £20.

May 11 - 14th – The 26th Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival 2017
This years event features the music of New Orleans; UK Trad Jazz;  Jelly Roll Morton;  Louis Armstrong; Duke Ellington; Gypsy Jazz and much more to please the jazz enthusiast. The festival takes place in several venues in and around Keswick for which one valid ticket gives access to all. A dance floor will be prepared in at least one of the venues where bands will play for dancing and tutors will be on hand during the mornings for beginners and intermediates to improve their footwork.

May 12th – Dutch Swing College Band at Theatre By The Lake
One of the great traditional jazz bands play for you. Begins at 8pm. Admission £15 - £20.

May 14th – The Wordsworth Singers at Keswick
The soloists and professional orchestra of the Adderbury Ensemble present Bach’s
“Mass in B Minor” at St Johns Church in Keswick. Times 7pm till 9.45pm.
Tickets £18. FREE for under 18's and full time students.

May 22nd - Unforgettable Plants Talk by Don Witton
Once seen, Never Forgotten Euphorbia Talk by Don Witton
This Cumbria Hardy Plant Society talk is free for members. We warmly welcome visitors and charge just £3.00. Parking is free.
Plants and other useful garden products for sale. Raffle tickets on sale too!
Don, who holds the National Collection of Euphorbia, will be giving us an illustrated talk about unforgettable plants, gardens and gardeners.
Whether it is unforgettable garden scenes, beautiful flower blooms, bizarre artefacts or hilarious encounters, this talk has an eclectic mix of images caught on camera during his garden travels around this country and further afield. A colourful and entertaining talk that will last long in your memory.
7.30 pm at Crooklands Hotel near Kendal LA7 7NW
You can contact the organisers by email on

June 3rd – Hospice at Home 20 Challenge at Braithwaite Institute
Teams of four are invited to enter this tough 20 miles walking challenge over a route which includes 10 summits. It starts and finishes at Braithwaite Institute near Keswick where the non-refundable registration fee of £120 per team will begin from 6am. The fee is inclusive of a “Grab and Go” breakfast of fruit, light snacks and a coffee at the start; snacks and water at Buttermere Village Hall; refreshments on arrival at the finish line; a “Hospice at Home Challenge T-Shirt”, and full support en-route including return transport to Braithwaite if required. Each team is asked to do their best to raise a minimum of £500 sponsorship.
For more details, phone 01768 210 719.

June 8 - 11th – Keswick Mountain Festival
A Lake District and Cumbria event which over the years has developed into one of the UK's best loved and biggest events for outdoor enthusiasts. As always, visitors will discover there's a wide mix of activities on offer including sporting events; guided walks; live music; speakers and plenty of family friendly entertainment. Camping facilities will be available.

July 8 - 9th – Derwentwater Regatta
This is a family fun event where visitors will find many activities and a very good chance that everyone will find something they want to have a go at. There'll be kayak sessions; coracle building; a group motorised trip around the lake; catamaran sailing; a Viking Longboat; dinghy sailing and much much more. The Derwentwater Regatta has an interesting history. It was first held 200 years ago when eccentric landowner Joseph Pocklington, known locally as “King Pocky”, created out of the ordinary but full of fun regatta activities on Derwentwater together with a fair on Crow Park the like of which continues to this day.

July 29th – Breca Buttermere
This swim/run event truly is one of the Lake District & Cumbria's most gruelling adventure challenges. It's a combination of running and swimming a 48 kilometre course over ancient corpse roads, along fell ridges and island crossings starting from Fangs Brow overlooking Loweswater, to the finish at Crows Park in Keswick. Teams will be driven to the start by coach from Crows Park in Keswick. This event, in one of the Lake District and Cumbria's most appealing locations attracts interest from nationwide and available team places are soon taken, but there's always plenty of space for spectator  interest and support especially at the swim stages.

August 3rd – Derwentwater Island Hop
A challenging but manageable open water swim around the islands of Derwentwater. It's an event suitable for swimmers who can comfortably swim at least one mile in open water. The cost for this fully guided swim, followed by tea and cakes, is £55. Phone 015394 33826.

August 5 - 13th – Bassenthwaite Regatta
An outstanding opportunity for sailing within the spectacular natural beauty of the English Lake District. It's a well respected annual regatta event which ranks as one of the most popular in the north of England. Venue: Bassenthwaite Sailing Club. Dubwath. Bassenthwaite. CA13 9YD.
Phone 017687 76341.
For visitor information, Dubwath, is a small village on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake between Keswick and Cockermouth, and home to Silver Meadow Wetland Reserve. It's one of the best sites in the Lake District and Cumbria to see the plant and animal  wildlife of wetland and other habitats.

September 9th – Keswick Force Crag Open Day
This event takes place  between 10.30am and 3pm and is only accessible on foot, bike, or National Trust 4x4. It's an opportunity to discover a Lake District secret at the head of the remote Coledale Valley at the foot of the Wainwright Fells near Keswick. Please note the event is not suitable for small children or children who need to be carried. Dogs on leads are welcome. Meet at Force Crag Mine which was the last working metal mine in the region (grid ref: 198 216) or at the Noble Knot Car Park (grid ref: 223 244) for a lift on National Trust transport which leaves at 10 minutes past the hour starting at 10.10am.  Phone 017687 74649.

September 17th – (to be confirmed) Borrowdale Shepherds Meet 2017
One of the Lake District and Cumbria's most popular traditional shows surrounded by the quite amazing landscapes of the Borrowdale Valley. Shepherds from all over the region come together for displays of sheep; show the skills of their working sheepdogs; terrier racing; Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; sheep shearing; traditional craft demonstrations; fell racing; children's sports and more to complete an enjoyable family day out in the beauty of the English Lake District.

October 1st – A Tatie Pot O' Dialect
Come and meet “Fussy Muck Wully” an' “Wheezelin Tom” together with “Lang Isaac frae't Lonnin an' “Westlinton Jwohn”. Here at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, members of the Lakeland Dialect Society continue with the tradition of presenting a programme of much loved songs and stories of the region for your entertainment.
“Rare ould sangs in Cummerlin toak,
 (rare old songs in Cumbrian talk)
 Comical tealls ' Cummerlin ' fwok”
 (comical tales of Cumbrian folk)
Begins &.30pm. Phone 017687 74411.

November 4th – The Swinside Inn Firework Display
Described as “the biggest firework display in the Keswick area”. Ben and Sharon are delighted to be hosting their ever popular Guy Fawkes event at their traditional family run pub situated in the scenic Newlands Valley near Keswick. Live music, an all-weather marquee, barbecue and traditional beers. Children under 11 years have FREE entry and £2 for over 11's. Begins 5.30pm – 6pm dependent on the weather. Visitors are requested to leave the limited car parking spaces to the less able. Phone 017687 78144.

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Kirkby Lonsdale Events 2017

January 23rd – Posh Noshers Food and Wine Night at Sun Inn
Celebrate good food and wine at this 17th C luxury inn, Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale. The evening's theme is “Classic French Wines”. Price of the 4 course dinner and choice from four carefully selected wines with one wine to accompany each course is £59 per person.
Phone 015242 71965.

April 28 - 30th – 2017 – Beer and Music Festival
Visitors are promised a great selection of Real Ale & Ciders at this event organised by Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club. Camping will be available for the whole of the weekend at a cost of £30 for a tent or caravan. A limited number of electric hook-up's are on offer for an additional fee. Bands will be playing all weekend. Find more information on Facebook “Kirkby Lonsdale Beer & Music Festival”.
FREE entry. Phone 015242 71780.

May 27th – Fell Race and Country Fair
Traditional Lake District and Cumbria games and sports, stalls, crafts, children's activities, adult and junior Fell Races at Hutton Roof, near Kirkby Lonsdale. Visitors to this event will discover that Hutton Roof is an ideal base for walks, cycling, and horse riding along miles of quiet country lanes and bridleways surrounding the village.

June 9 - 11th – Kirkby Lonsdale Festival of Music
An event beginning with the Great Big Indoor Picnic in Lunesdale Hall on the evening of the 9th. Throughout the weekend there will be a wide range of top class live music performed at various venues across the town with blues; soul; funk; rock; ukulele bands; street buskers and choral choirs in the 12th C Norman Church of St Mary's. All proceeds raised from performances around the town will be donated to St John's Hospice in Lancaster.

July 1st – Barbon Speed Hill Climb
This is an exciting day for motor-sport fans at the spectacular venue in the grounds of Barbon Manor near Kirkby Lonsdale. It's a National A/B event featuring many of the top drivers in the British Championship as they compete on a short but very quick speed hill climb course. The complete course is accessible for viewing with full access to the paddock area but please note  the terrain is not suitable for wheelchairs. Spectator gates open at 8am.
Adults £8. Accompanied children FREE. Car parking FREE. Hot & Cold refreshments.
Use LA6 2LJ and follow the event signs from the A683.

August 8th – Lunesdale Agricultural Show
The show is held at Underley Park, the home of Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club. It's another of the Lake District and Cumbria's long summer programme of traditional shows throughout the region. On show will be cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, poultry, show jumping events, birds of prey, vintage vehicles, a craft marquee, a food hall, a parade of hounds from the Vale of Lune Harriers, a mounted fancy dress competition together with entertainment for the kids, plenty of food, a licensed bar and FREE car parking. Phone 015395 67618. Post Code LA6 2DS.

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Kirkby Stephen Events 2017

April 15 - 16th -  Kirkby Stephen and Brough Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally
Something for everyone at this family friendly Easter weekend event in Cumbria's Eden Valley.
It is expected there will be about 250 examples of commercial working vehicles from the last century on display at around 7 locations spread between Kirkby Stephen and Brough. Although the locations may be several miles apart, they will be connected by a FREE classic bus and coach service. This event has developed over the years to become one of the largest and most popular commercial vehicle rallies in the country attracting entries from nationwide. Adding to the entertainment , there will be Edwardian fairground roundabouts, a shooting gallery, catering and trade stalls, and more.

April 25th – May 1st – The Settle – Carlisle Walking Festival
 A Ride- 2- Stride festival event of walks, talks and music taking place in the countryside following the route of the Settle – Carlisle Railway. Visitors to Cumbria's Eden Valley can take part by joining walks led by experienced guides starting from the railway stations of Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Langwathby, Lazonby and Armathwaite. The festival is made up of  a large number of interesting and fun activities. There will be speakers sharing their local knowledge and love of this beautiful unspoiled area, and pubs along the way will be there to provide music and song. Please note that  no dogs other than registered assistance dogs will be accepted  on Ride-2-Stride Walks in the future. This is due to this event taking place in the Springtime which is a crucial time of year for wildlife and livestock. The fields along the routes will be full of young lambs, newly turned out cattle, and the fells are home to ground nesting birds. However, this ruling does not affect walks led by participating organisations for the remainder of the year.
Full details of the new draft festival programme will appear on the organisers website soon. In the meantime email:

June 4th – The Yomp Mountain Challenge
The Yomp Challenge is an event in aid of charity. It's  a combination of a fell race, trail race and a long distance walk. Competitors, who  may enter as a member of a team or go solo,  have   a choice of either the Fell Yomp of 23 miles; the Half Yomp of 11.5 miles or the 6.5 mile Short Yomp. All routes are over fell land where in places the full course rises to over 700 metres and for long sections continues at over 600 metres. The nominated charity supported this year is “Blood Bikes Cumbria”, part of a National Association of Blood Bikes. Blood Bikes provide a 365 days a year out-of-hours service to transport urgently required blood, drugs, and human tissue and other requirements between hospitals and blood transfusion banks They also supply the Great North Air Ambulance with fresh blood for their “Blood on Board” service every day of the week. A sponsorship form can be downloaded from the website together with all other details of this event.

July 1st – Warcop Rushbearing
Warcop near Kirkby Stephen is one of the few places in northern England which still has an annual Rushbearing Ceremony. It's an event to celebrate a centuries old tradition dating back to the times when the rushes on the earth floors of countryside churches were replaced with fresh ones. A procession of local residents wearing floral crowns, carrying rush crosses and banners and led by a band will set off from the village Reading Rooms at 2pm on route for a short service at the Norman Church of St Columbas.

July 30th – Westmorland Dales Gathering
A weekend of walks centred on the “Walkers are Welcome” Eden Valley historic market town of Kirkby Stephen. Highlights of this Sunday event include an ascent to the Nine Standards, the summit of Hartley Fell, and a walk through the Smardale Nature Reserve. Smardale, one of the regions “hidden gems” has wonderful displays of orchids; birds-eye primrose; rare flora; birds, and butterflies. For times and meeting place phone Upper Eden Visitor Centre 017683 71199.

August 17th – Brough Agricultural Show
An event keeping alive the traditions and culture of Cumbria's Eden Valley farming communities. Visitors will find breeds of sheep; cattle; horses and ponies; poultry; rabbits; hamsters; demonstrations of rural skills; a mounted fancy dress competition; childrens riding classes; photography; children's art; dry stone walling; classic cars and vintage vehicles; classes of vegetables and flowers; food and drink; trade stands; and more to conclude with a Grand Parade. Location. About 2 miles from Kirkby Stephen at Popping Lane. Kaber.
Showfield opens at 8.30am.

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Maryport Events 2017

April 8th – September 10th – Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition
This exhibition at the Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport places the focus on the goddess Epona, protector of the Roman Cavalry.
It is just one part of a major new exhibition spread across 10 museums and heritage attractions in celebration of the cavalry regiments that once guarded the north west frontier of the Roman Empire. It's a unique “wall-wide”event that stretches the full 150 miles of Hadrian's Wall Heritage Site Area from Maryport in the west to South Shields in the east. It will also include one of the largest Roman Cavalry enactments ever seen in the U.K. at Bitts Park, Carlisle, in July.
Phone: 01900 816168. Adults £5. Children £1.50.

July 14 - 16th – Aspatria Music Festival
A 3 day live music event at Bower Park in the village of Aspatria on the A596 mid-way between Maryport and Wigton. The chart topping band,Scouting for Girls, will be this years headline act. For a full list of the many other supporting acts please visit the website.

August 25 - 27th – Solfest 2017
A Lake District and Cumbria music event for all gran's, granddads, brothers, sisters, mums, dads,  aunts and uncles. They will find a line-up of 90 acts (names to be confirmed soon) covering a wide mix of genres and eras of music for the pleasure and enjoyment of all generations. It takes place on a well organised safe site close to the Solway Coast and just a few miles from Maryport and within easy reach of Wigton and Silloth. There's plenty of facilities and attractions on site including a Kids Arena; Walkabout Performers; Kite Displays; Teddy Parachuting; Solfest Garden; Healing Garden; Site Art, and a wide range of food from worldwide with vegetarian and vegan options and meaty treats. Camping options of “Noisy Places”;  “Family Camping” ; “Quiet Townside Camping”;  “Posh Camping”, with Yurts and Squrts, plus on-site medical services and an information tent/one-stop shop.
Location. Tarnside Farm, Tarns. Near Aspatria. CA7 4NQ.

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Millom and Haverigg Events 2017

July 22nd – Rock The Fells
A family focussed  Art's and music festival featuring a line up of already well established young bands including musicians from the local area. The festival's café and bar will be providing a tasty selection of food and drink including Real Ale direct from the Foxfield Brewery near Broughton in Furness. There'll be lots to keep the kids amused plus a nursery for the really little ones will be provided. The location is The Big Flat Field, Bootle Village Hall, not far from Millom, and mid-way between Silecroft and Ravenglass. Times 11am till 11pm.

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Newby Bridge (and area) Events 2017

June 23rd – September 8th – Sleeker Swim Open Water Coaching Sessions
 Friday night coached sessions from 7pm – 8pm at Fell Foot Park near Newby Bridge. The  sessions are group coached with canoe safety support and are ideal for swimmers wanting to gain confidence for their first open water swimming event.
Email: or phone 07832 376230.

July 9th – Newby's Vintage Fair
Newby's Vintage Fair is an event for all to enjoy. Try your hand at old style funfair games; a barbecue; live music; a mini sports day for the kids which will include the old favourites such as an egg and spoon race; a sack race; a 3 leg race. Times 11am till 5pm at Newby Bridge Hotel. Newby Bridge. Cost £5 per person; £18 for a family of four.
Phone Georgina Denby on 0782 5290634 or email:

September 3rd – Lake Windermere One Way Swim
An endurance swimming event of 10 miles in Lake Windermere. Each swimmer must be accompanied at all times by a support kayak or a boat together with an experienced paddler. There will be a cut-off time of 10 hours for completion which includes feeds and stops. Hot food, drink, toilets, hot showers and changing facilities at the finish. The event starts from Fell Foot Park and finishes at Low Wray close to Wray Castle. Times 6am till 5pm.
More details from Natasha Walsh on 01539 822561.

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Penrith Events 2017

January 26th – Star Gazing at Eyecott Hill Nature Reserve
You are invited to join members of the Border Astronomical Society for an evening of star gazing at Eyecott Hill, near Penrith. There will be an introductory talk at the nearby Sportsman Inn before the event begins. Please book in advance. Times 7pm till 9pm. Phone 01539 816300

February 17th – Highlights Rural Touring Scheme: Italian Short Stories
A music event in a spectacular Eden Valley village location at the foot of Hartside Pass. Here in Melmerby Village Hall, London based saxophonist Tommaso Starace and his quartet will give a concert inspired by images of one of the greatest Italian master photographers, Gianni Berengo Gardin. Doors open 7.30pm at Melmerby Village Hall, Church Road. CA10 1HE.

March 12th – Screening of Swallows and Amazons
A screening of the film based on Arthur Ransome's classic Lake District tale. Doors open 4pm for a 4.30 pm start in Skirwith Village Hall, Church Street. Skirwith. Near Penrith. CA10 1RQ.

March 5th – Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive
A cycle ride of almost 60 miles starting from Penrith Leisure Centre. The route does not have any major ascents and follows quiet roads and lanes through Cumbria's peaceful Eden Valley via Orton, Appleby, Dufton, Milburn and Langwathby. Refreshments will be available at the half way point and a hot meal awaits you at the finish

March 18 - Penrith Goes Orange
Marmalade, bears and all things orange! Join us as Penrith Goes Orange to celebrate the World’s Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival. The town centre is festooned in orange for this FREE day out, and fizzing with market stalls, music and entertainment. It’s quite simply the stickiest day out in Cumbria – for humans and bears alike!
10am to 4pm.

March 18 - 19th – Cumbria Life Home  and Garden Show 2017
An exhibition covering all aspects of Home and Garden design together with talks and demonstrations throughout both days. Price £6 at the doors. £5 in advance. Children FREE.
Phone 01768 868000. Times 9am till 5pm Saturday and 9am till 4pm Sunday.

March 18 - 19th – The World's Original Marmalade Awards
An event to promote the idea of preserving and widening one of the most traditional British customs of making marmalade. Awards will be presented to small scale makers, and for homemade varieties which will include “Children's Marmalade” and “Merry”, a recipe with added alcohol.
Location. Dalemain House & Gardens. CA11 0HB. Phone 017684 86450.

March 31st – April 2nd – Scottish Country Dancing Weekend
 A fun event for beginners and intermediates who want to have a go at Scottish Country dancing. Your instructor will be the well qualified Geoff Entwhistle from Carlisle. Visit the website for the timetable of events which begins with a meal at Newby End Farm at 6pm on the Friday and concludes with a final dancing session from 1.30pm till 3pm on the Sunday.
Phone 01931 714338. Newby End Farm, Newby. Near Penrith

April 8 - 23rd – Dragon Egg Hunt & The Growing Egg at Lowther Castle
Join the search for 100 hidden dragon eggs plus craft activities and prizes for children of all ages at historic Lowther Castle & Gardens in Cumbria's Eden Valley. CA10 2HH.
Times 10am till 5pm.

May 13 - 14th – The Cumbria Photography Show
A chance to learn more of how to get the best results from your camera. Rod Ireland, of the Penrith & District Camera Club will be there to offer advice, and many leading photography brands will be represented. Talks, trade stands, demonstrations, films, and an exhibition of pictures from some of Cumbria's leading Camera Clubs.
Takes place at the Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith. CA11 0DQ. Times 10am till 4pm.

May 20th – Fell Pony Society Stallion and Colt Show
An event for all ages in a picturesque Lake District setting close to Ullswater. The aim of the organisers is to promote and keep pure the old breed of pony which it is believed has roamed the Northern Fells of Cumbria since pre-historic times.
The event location is on the large field past Dalemain House on the road to Pooley Bridge near Ullswater.

May 21st - A fun mini triathlon for both adults and children of all abilities
The junior tri is completed in the pool and playing field so it’s great for spectators and safe for competitors. Try a Cumbrian tri for the first time; get some transition training; prepare for the main tri season; beat your PB or just come along for a bit of community fun. Experience our legendary outdoor, heated pool; enjoy cycling in beautiful surroundings on the edge of the Lake District and racing round the stunning Greystoke Castle. The distances for the adult tri are 180m swim, 11k bike ride and 4 km run. Children’s tri is made up of different distances to suit all age groups. If you can ride a bike and can swim you’re in!

May 28th – Classic Cars In The Park
Held at the historic Cumbrian House of Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith. Auto testing, displays, an autojumble, trade stands, cars for sale, refreshments. Location is 6 miles NW of Penrith and 2 miles from J41 of the M6 on the B5305 Penrith to Wigton. Times 10am till 4pm.

June 18th – Giant Kendal Castle Sportive
A new cycling challenge event starting and finishing at the historic Lowther Castle near Penrith in Cumbria's Eden Valley. Competitors will travel a 58 mile figure of eight course along tranquil Cumbrian country lanes including over 5,000 feet of ascents. Riders can start between 8am and 10pm. Entry fee is 330. For more details phone Giant Kendal Shop on 01539 728057.

June 18th – Askham Hall Summer Fête
A family friendly event in the quiet picturesque village of Askham in Cumbria's unspoiled Eden Valley not  far from Penrith. The venue is Askham Hall in the grounds of the Lowther Estate where, from 11am till 5pm, there will be stalls selling a variety of local produce and seasonal gifts. From noon, visitors can enjoy a barbecue together with a selection of Real Ales, Pimms and Cider. The café also will be open for lunch with a menu including wood fired pizzas made from ingredients straight from the gardens. Garden plants will be offered for sale plus tours of the gardens, a Flower Arranging Demonstration, a Treasure Hunt, Animal Trails and Garden Games. FREE parking and entry to the fair. Garden entry £5 for adults and children FREE

June 24 - 25th – Traditional English Longbow Making Course
This event is a two day course at Greystoke Cycle Cafe learning the skills of making the English longbow famously used with great effect at the 1415  Battle of Agincourt. Times 9.30am till 4.30pm each day and costing £180 for adults which includes a 2 course lunch, refreshments and a cream tea on each day. Only suitable for children aged 12 years and above.
Phone Anne Swarbrick on 017684 83984

July 1st – Skelton Show
An agricultural show which is said to be the largest village show in the north of England which attracts around 10,000 visitors each year. There's always plenty to see and do with a wide variety of exhibiting classes including cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, poultry, children's pets, plus vintage vehicles, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, music, food, and a bar. A family event in the picturesque setting of Hutton-in-the-Forest in Cumbria's Eden Valley

July 2nd – Bampton Sports
This is an old style event of true Cumberland & Westmorland traditional games and sports. There'll be duvet races for the family; obstacle races; fell races; sprints; side-shows; entertainment for the kids; W.I. teas and cakes; a burger bar and a beer tent. This is a great family outing in the small village of Bampton which stands in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to Haweswater at the southern end of Cumbria's Eden Valley. Venue is Bampton Memorial Hall
CA10 2RQ. Gates open at 12.30pm. Adults £2.50. Children under 16 years FREE.
Phone 01931 713392 for more information.

July 22nd – Penrith Show
An event for all the family and friends in the heart of Cumbria's Eden Valley. It's a traditional agricultural show featuring a wide range of competition classes for farm animals, horses, rabbits, poultry, show jumping, horticulture, a food hall, rural crafts, trade stands and more. There will be something of interest for all at Brougham Hall Farm, near Penrith. CA10 2DE
FREE  Park and Ride from Penrith town centre. Parking available on site.

July 27 - 30th – Kendal Calling
A contemporary music & art multi-award winning festival and traditional family entertainment in Lowther Castle Deer Park a few miles from Penrith. This year the festival is crammed with events and is one which the organisers promise will be the most vibrant and colourful of any that have come before. For full details of all which will be on offer, visit the website.

August 4 - 6th – Potfest in The Pens
This event is an opportunity to view the work of around 130 potters at the oldest potters market event in the country. Together with demonstrations and free one hour classes, the event takes place under cover at Skirsgill Auction Market, Penrith. CA11 0DN.

August 5 - 6th – Total warrior Challenge
Participants from all over the world come to the home of Total Warrior to compete in this rugged sporting challenge. They will be faced with 30 punishing obstacles including the feared  “Plunge” of wading 100 feet through 4 feet deep water loaded with 10 tons of ice. This and much more combine to make  Total War the toughest 10 kilometre to 10 mile challenge of all.
The venue is Shap Abbey close to Shap village on the A6 at the southern end of Cumbria's beautiful Eden Valley.

August 12 - 13th – Traditional English Longbow making Course
This event is a two day course at Greystoke Cycle Cafe learning the skills of making the English longbow famously used with great effect at the 1415  Battle of Agincourt. Times 9.30am till 4.30pm each day and costing £180 for adults which includes a 2 course lunch, refreshments and a cream tea on each day. Only suitable for children aged 12 years and above.
Phone Anne Swarbrick on 017684 83984

August 12 - 13th – The Lowther Show
A full programme of family entertainment in the picturesque grounds of Lowther Castle. Visitors will appreciate the skills shown in the Lowther Driving Trials; the wide choice of food and drink presented in the Taste of Cumbria & Beer Festival; a Fishing Island; Arts; Crafts; Gun Dog retrieve; top class demonstrations; main arena shows, and much more in some of the most beautiful surroundings in the Lake District & Cumbria.

August 25 - 27th – Wannasee Music Festival
A line-up of the best of Europe' tribute bands to artists past and present at this August Bank Holiday event. It's a weekend of live music and attractions for all at an easy on the pocket price in the beauty of Hutton-in-the-Forest in Cumbria's Eden Valley. Camping facilities will be available where your car, caravan or motor-home can be parked next tp your tent; FREE car parking for day visitors; a wide choice of food and refreshments; a fully licensed bar; a FREE shuttle bus  service to and from Penrith, and kids, if accompanied by an adult are given FREE entry.

September 2nd – Race For The Sun Lake District 2017
A team challenge event for teams of 4. Starting from Newton Rigg College, near Penrith, the teams are faced with a 50 mile cycle ride, a climb of Helvellyn, and canoe circuit of  Thirlmere Reservoir. The event to be completed between sunrise and sunset. All funds raised will help to support the work of Children's Charity Action Medical Research. Registration fee is £195. Minimum sponsorship target £1800. Phone 01590 677854

September 9th – Born Survivor
Described as one of the toughest and most innovative obstacle events in the country. It's a challenge designed by members of the Royal Marine Commandos and will test to the limit your personal fitness, determination and ability to work as a team member. It's held at Lowther Castle and Gardens near Penrith in Cumbria's Eden Valley. Find more details and how to enter this tough 10 kilometre sporting challenge on the website. 

September 16th – Penrith Moonlight Walk
This is a sponsored 5 mile walk in support of Hospice at Home starting at 8.15pm from Penrith Leisure Centre. It's a fun event for all the family to take part . There will be “freebies” including glow sticks, a lanyard, a T-Shirt; refreshments on route and a bacon “buttie at the end.
Walkers are encouraged to wear fancy dress if possible. Phone 01768 210719.  

October 8th – Penrith Rotary 10K Trail Run and 4K Fun Run at Lowther Castle Park
The 10K run for 15 years and above is a one lap course over a mix of grass, farm tracks, and tarmac. It begins at 11.15am.
The 4K Fun Run for 14 years old and under beginning at 10.30am is a 2 lap course along tracks and grass close to the castle. Entrants must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Price for the 10K is £11 if paid in advance or, £13 on the day. Fun Run is £3.
Phone Paula Davis on 0752 5333 735 or email:

October 28th – The Winter Droving
This all day event is in recognition of Penrith's place which it has held for centuries as the most important market for the sale of livestock and produce in the local area. All things of the countryside will be featured together with traditional fun; a masquerade; rustic food; mulled drinks and an evening procession of torches.

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Ravenglass Events 2017

February 17th – Fish & Chip Evenings at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Take the scenic 7 mile journey from Ravenglass on board the Lake District & Cumbria's famous narrow gauge railway on it's route along Cumbria's glacial Eskdale Valley to Dalegarth for a tasty fish and chip supper at the Fellbite Cafe. The diesel hauled train departs from Ravenglass at 6pm. The ticket price inclusive of the supper is £10-50 per person. Call Dalegarth on 019467 23192 to book. This is a recurring event on the dates shown below.
April 21st
May 19th
June 16th
September 15th
October 20th

February 17 - 27th – Walking Festival
A range of walks for all ages and abilities accompanied by local guides on routes in and around the beautiful Eskdale Valley.

March 24 - 26th – Gin Festival
Samples of around 35 gins together with a range of accompaniments; some you would never have thought of, at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale. Phone 019467 23230.

April 14 - 17th – Easter Activities For All
This is a Real Easter Egg Hunt. Join a Pace Egg Rolling Competition down Hardknott Pass plus an Eco Duck Race and Fish & Chips n' Rock & Roll with live music. Phone the Woolpack Inn situated at the foot of the Hardknott Pass in beautiful Eskdale for details. 019467 23230.

April 14 - 17th – Easter at Muncaster Castle
It's free entry for every child with a Teddy at this Teddy based Easter Weekend event at Muncaster Castle. There'll be lots to see and do throughout the three days but get ready for the Muncaster Giant Easter Egg Hunt at 12.30 pm on Easter Sunday and Monday. Full details on the website.

April 20 - 23rd – Sausage and Cider Festival (TBD)
A celebration of the very best local ciders and around 25 flavours of sausages. Live music, games and entertainment for all at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale. CA19 1TH.
Phone 019467 23230.

April 29th – May 1st – Cumberland Sausage Festival
Three days of a May Bank Holiday celebrating the good food and drink of the Lake District and Cumbria at Muncaster Castle. Together with sellers of the famous Cumberland Sausage, visitors will have a chance to discover a whole range of specialist and gourmet food and drink suppliers from Cumbria and other parts of Northern Britain.

May 28 - 30th – Muncaster Festival
Join the carnival atmosphere on the front lawn of Muncaster Castle. The full line-up of entertainment is yet to be announced but the organisers promise a full programme of family entertainment culminating with International Jesters Tournament and Fool of Muncaster Competition 2017.

June 8 - 11th – Boot Beer Festival
It's an event for all the family to enjoy. Visitors can of course arrive by car, but why not park up at Ravenglass Railway Station and make the 7 mile journey on board the La'al Ratty Railway to Dalegarth. Once there, take a drink at Brook House Inn and then it's just a short stroll to the Boot Inn where non-drinkers can visit the working watermill and the kids can enjoy themselves in the Play Area. There's still plenty of time to take the path up to the Woolpack Inn, one of the most remote pubs in the Lake District and Cumbria. This event is described by the organisers as “three nights of superb beer”. The Boot Beer Festival is one of the biggest in the region with over 140 beers available together with a wide range of soft drinks for drivers and children. The Friday and Saturday nights are always busy at each of the venues and so booking a table for dinner early is advised.

July 4 - 10th – West Lakes Wildest Walk Week at the Woolpack Inn
Guided walks, where to walk, and how far is the theme of this walking event in the unspoiled scenery of the Eskdale Valley just a few miles from Ravenglass. It's an event organised by one of Cumbria's most historic inns situated at the foot of the Hardknott Pass. Included is a chance to try the 19 mile Woolpack Walk across the surrounding fells. It's a challenge starting and finishing  at the pub and for those thirsty finishers, there's a free pint and a certificate to mark your worthy achievement. Safe FREE parking at the pub, comfortable accommodation if required, and a Vodka Bar offering a choice of 52 different flavoured vodkas
Phone 01946 723230.  Email:

August 26th – Race The Tide
An adventure race hosted by the historic Muncaster Castle. Competitors in two testing courses of 7 or 10 kilometres will meet mud and other obstacles  in their race against the tide as it slowly rises up the River Esk. The aim is to reach the river ford and cross easily or lose the race and get wet. After the excitement of the event, both spectators and runners will be invited to a ceilidh with a hot supper and well stocked bar to celebrate race results. Camping will be available in the castle grounds on the evening of the race. Times 5pm till 10pm. FREE entry.
Phone Jo Wagstaff on 01229 717614.  Email:

August 26 - 28th – Medieval Muncaster 2017
A Bank Holiday event when the Red Wyvern Re-Enactment Society will return to Muncaster for another year to present scenes from the life and times of the medieval period and the War of  the Roses. Further details of the full programme of events will appear on the Muncaster Castle website closer to the planned date.

August 31st – September 3rd – German Beer Festival
Oompah Music, Bratwurst, Schnitzels, Steins, and over 20 different lagers at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale. Phone 019467 23230 for details.

September 5th – Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Photography Day
This event is a “behind the scenes” tour of the famous Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. It's a 7 mile guided walk up the line from Ravenglass to Dalegarth followed by a single rail journey back again. The day begins at 8.30am with a tour around the workshops and a cup of tea in the Turntable Cafe from where you will collect a packed lunch. Then, it's on with the walk surrounded by some of the most photogenic scenery in the region and the opportunity to photograph passing engines along the way. Pre booking is required for this event at a cost of
£45 per person. Phone 01229 717171. Times 08.30am – 4.30pm.

September 29th – October 1st – Lake District Challenge Climb Scafell Pike at Wasdale
A Lake District charity challenge event in support of The Royal Society for Blind Children. This is an opportunity to join a friendly hiking group on a hike to the summit of the Lake District's highest and one of the most stunning peaks in the region. RSBC provide accommodation and meals and experienced mountain guides will give all the help you may need to reach the top. The event begins at Wasdale Hall in Seascale. The registration fee is £75 with a reduced rate for groups, and a fund raising target of £395. The organisers suggest an arrival time of 6.30pm on the 29th  in time for a team briefing to be held at 8pm to prepare everyone for the climb on the following day beginning around 9am. Phone 0203 198 0225.

October 14th – Wasdale Head Show and Shepherds Meet
This is a mix of typically Lake District and Cumbria traditions and more contemporary and quirky attractions. The sheep show, mainly of the Herdwick breed, remains at the heart of this event together with craft demonstrations; Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; terrier racing; sheepdog trials; hound trailing; fell racing; sheep shearing displays, and a range of children's sports. To add to the fun, visitors can look forward to the judging of The Best Beard; The Best Shepherds Boots; Shepherds Crooks; and a range of vintage classes of tractors; agricultural machinery; cars and motor cycles, and plenty of food and drink selections. This takes place in a wonderful setting overlooked by England's highest mountain; close to the regions smallest church of St. Olaf's; Wastwater, the deepest lake, and not forgetting it's once the home of pub landlord, Will Ritson, on who “The World's Biggest Liar Competition” Lake District November event is based.

October 16 - 29th – Forest Foray
Mud – pies, conkers, and games for the kids. For the adults to enjoy, there's Harry's Homemade Gin tasting, and for all,  a Spooky Walk and Ride finishing at the Woolpack Inn for a bonfire and roast chestnuts. Venue. Woolpack Inn. Eskdale. Phone 019467 23230.

October 26 - 31st – Halloween at Muncaster Castle
A Halloween event at one of what is said to be Britain’s most haunted castles overlooking the Ravenglass estuary.
Attractions will include;
Muncaster Monster Cabaret
Halloween Ghost Tour
The Scary Maze
Scary storytelling & songs in the churchyard
A samba band, plus much more will make this an exciting and memorable Halloween experience surrounded by the fells of the Western Lake District. See the website for ticket information and full details.

October 27 - 28th – Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Ghost Train
You are invited to come along and take a ride in darkness on board the Ghost Train leaving from Dalegarth station at 6pm. Please make sure to park in Ravenglass and allow enough time to catch the train up the valley to Dalegarth where there will be Halloween activities including face painting; spooky arts; crafts, and a spooky sweet goody- bag for the kids. Tickets cost £16 per adult; children from 8 to 15 years £8;  under 3's FREE. The price of the ticket includes all day travel on the railway and a reserved seat on the Ghost Train. It's a very popular Lake District event and tickets must be booked in advance.
The event takes place again on 30 and 31st of October. Phone Claire Woodburn on 01229 717171 or email:

November 16 - 19th – Wine Festival
Celebrate the world of wine at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale. Tutored wine tasting, Fish n' Chips and Rock and Roll, live music. Phone 019467 23230.

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Seascale Events 2017

April 23rd – Scafell Pike via Wasdale Head
An opportunity to join a group of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts to summit Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain of 978 metres. Start and finish from Wasdale Head.
Post Code CA20 1EX. Grid ref: NY 182 074

August 19th – Gosforth Agricultural Show
The great fun of the Racing & Dancing Sheep is one of this shows highlights. There'll be a wide range of livestock on show  together with competitive events; trade stands; stalls; displays; children's entertainments, country activities; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; tug-o-war; a local history tent; horticulture; local produce classes; arts and crafts; food and drink, and more. Gosforth village and the showfield is a short drive from Seascale. Post Code CA20 1HT.
Admission £7 for adults. School age Children £3. FREE parking available. Begins 9am.

September 29th – October 1st – Lake District Challenge Climb Scafell Pike at Wasdale
A Lake District charity challenge event in support of The Royal Society for Blind Children. This is an opportunity to join a friendly hiking group on a hike to the summit of the Lake District's highest and one of the most stunning peaks in the region. RSBC provide accommodation and meals and experienced mountain guides will give all the help you may need to reach the top. The event begins at Wasdale Hall in Seascale. The registration fee is £75 with a reduced rate for groups, and a fund raising target of £395. The organisers suggest an arrival time of 6.30pm on the 29th  in time for a team briefing to be held at 8pm to prepare everyone for the climb on the following day beginning around 9am. Phone 0203 198 0225.

October 14th – Wasdale Head Show and Shepherds Meet
This is a mix of typically Lake District and Cumbrian traditions and more contemporary and quirky attractions. The sheep show, mainly of the Herdwick breed, remains at the heart of this event together with craft demonstrations, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; terrier racing; sheepdog trials; hound trailing; fell racing, sheep shearing displays; and a range of children's sports. To add to the fun, visitors can look forward to the judging of The Best Beard; the Best Shepherds Boots; Shepherds Crooks;  and a range of vintage classes of tractors; agricultural machinery; cars and motor cycles and plenty of food and drink selections. This takes place in a wonderful setting overlooked by England's highest mountain; close to the regions smallest church of St. Olaf’s, Wastwater, the deepest lake, and not forgetting it's the once home of pub landlord, Will Ritson, on whom the “Biggest Liar in the World” Lake District  November event is based.

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Sedbergh Events 2017

Various Dates – Guided Walks in the Sedbergh Area
Guided walks of between 8 and 10 miles organised by the Sedbergh Area Walking and Cycling Group. The routes, starting and finishing at Sedbergh Information Centre, will be around Sedbergh, the Howgills, and the Western Yorkshire Dales. Information from Keith Birbeck
on 015396 20941. Email:

June 8 - 18th – Sedbergh Food Festival
An event celebrating not only the food and drink of the region but also the culture and history of this ancient market town at the foot of the Howgill Fells.

June 23 - 25th – The Dentdale Music & Beer Festival 2017
Free entry to this community led not for profit festival taking place few miles from Sedbergh in the pretty village of Dent. The organisers promise 3 days of family fun with a separate area on the festival field dedicated to younger visitors where they can enjoy all the fun of the festival in their own way. More than 25 Real Ales will be available together with home-made locally sourced freshly prepared food; live music for all tastes performed by individual and group musicians; together with lots going on in the village with street performances; clog and traditional dancing and much more continuing in to the late evening. A festival bus in addition to Dents regular bus service will pick-up/drop-off visitors from most trains arriving at Dent, England's  highest station on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway.

June 27 - 29th – Wicker Walks
This is an opportunity to combine the enjoyments of drawing, painting, and walking guided by Stuart and Ruth on one of their “Walk and Draw Days”. They hope that you will then feel inspired to extend your visit to a second day when, in their studio, you'll be shown how to create a finished painting of one of your sketches. Full details on the website.

July 1 - 2nd – Cycling Festival at Lupton Field
A weekend of cycling with a choice of two sportives over distances of 30 or 70 miles plus a range of activities for all at Gala Field in the town centre.
Times 10am till 11.45pm on the Saturday and 10am till 6pm on the Sunday.
Contact Andi Chapple on 015396 20504 for more details and a booking or the event can be booked directly on British Cycling Website.

August 12th – Howgills Pool Triathlon
A challenge suitable for beginners through to top class athletes. The event consists of a 400 metre pool swim at Sedbergh School followed by a 33.5 kilometre cycle ride and finishing with an 8.3 kilometre run. Begins at 9.30am. Full details on the website

December 6th – Christmas Late Night Opening
Beginning at 6pm with the arrival of Father Christmas and the switching on of the Christmas Lights, this promises to be an evening of family fun. There'll be a craft market, street food, musical street entertainment by local groups and individuals, organ music in St Andrew's Church together with a flower festival, and Father Christmas will be in his Grotto at the Information & Book Centre to meet the kids. Many shops and restaurants will also stay open.

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Silecroft Events 2017

July 23 - 24th – Rock The Fells
A family focussed  Art's and music festival featuring a line up of already well established young bands including musicians from the local area. The festival's café and bar will be providing a tasty selection of food and drink including Real Ale direct from the Foxfield Brewery near Broughton in Furness. There'll be lots to keep the kids amused plus a nursery for the really little ones will be provided. The location is The Big Flat Field, Bootle Village Hall, not far from Millom, and mid-way between Silecroft and Ravenglass. Times 11am till 11pm.


Silloth Events 2017

April 14 - 17th – Craft Fair 2017
Quality hand-made crafts and locally prepared food; art work; wildlife photography; wood turning; knitwear;jams; preserves; cakes and a lot more for sale on Silloth Green.

April 29th – May 1st – Craft Fair
A May Bank Holiday weekend event on Silloth Green.

May 28th – Silloth Green Day
A day of family fun and entertainment on the wide open spaces of Silloth Green.

June 10 - 11th – Silloth Vintage Rally
Hundreds of exhibits including vintage steam engines; classic cars and motor-cycles; vintage tractors and commercial and military vehicles at the annual Silloth Vintage Rally. It's held on Silloth Green, one of the largest “Greens” in the north of England. The grassy link between Silloth town and the promenade, provides plenty of space for visitors to gather and enjoy the wide range of attractions at this popular seaside resort on Cumbria's West Coast. So much to do and enjoy especially the Grand Parade of steam engines and all other types of vehicles on the Sunday.

June 23 - 25th – Ragnarock Rally – Exiles Cumbria - Dumfries
A custom bike show and prizes held at Silloth Rugby Club. There'll be lots to see and lots to do including have-a-go archery; axe throwing; trade stalls; marquee and outside bar;  hot food; a fire-eating jester plus FREE camping. 
Full details from Del on 07729 108597 or Craig on 07736 461239.

September 7 - 10th – Silloth Music and Beer Festival
A relaxed entertaining four days for all the family on this prime Solway Coast location with its spectacular views across the Solway Firth to the hills of South Galloway. There'll be headline acts; local bands; real ales; perry ciders; wines; alcopops, soft drinks and much more.
Tickets from Winters Newsagents in Silloth and Carnegie Theatre, Workington (01900 602122)

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Staveley Events 2017

March 5th – Sunday Session
An open mic/jam session at the Hawkshead Brewery Beer Hall, Mill Yard, Staveley, with Fiona – Music in the Lakes. Times 5pm till 8pm.
This music event is just one of many Sunday and weekday sessions held regularly at the Beer Hall throughout the year. For dates, times, and performers such as Kendal Jazz Club; The Lake District Acoustic Club; The Lakeland Fiddlers; The Bryce Street Runners and many more, visit the website

March 24 - 26th -  Northern Craft-Beer Festival
A celebration of the craft of brewing in Britain. Over 50 cask and keg beers from independent breweries are expected. Location. Hawkshead Brewery, Mill Yard, Staveley. LA8 9LR.

June 18th – Staveley Carnival
Staveley Carnival has been described as one of the country's most inspiring community events.
The highlight is a vibrant colourful procession all dressed in costumes made from recycled materials dancing to the exciting rhythms of the carnival bands. A fête will be held on the village Recreation Ground with stalls, live music, a fairground, BBQ, food and a bar. Begins at midday.

July 11th – An Evening of Jazz
Legends of British jazz, pianist Keith Nichols and reedsman Trevor Whiting play at the River Bar, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley Mill Yard from 8pm till 10.30pm.
Details from Ben Goodman 01539 723944 or email:

July 20 - 22nd – Northern Craft Beer Festival
Featuring over 80 cask and keg beers from independent breweries. Begins at  mid-day in the Mill Yard, Staveley. Phone 01539 822644.

August 10th – Lake District Sheep Dog Trials
The 119th annual sheep dog trials take place at Hill Farm, Ings, near Staveley. Beginning at 10am and continuing until 5pm the programme includes;
Open Sheep Dog Trials
Hound Trails
Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling
Fox Hound & Terrier Show
Craft Displays and demonstrations
Car Parking and food and drinks. Admission £5. Children FREE. Post Code LA8 9QQ.

August 11 - 13th – The Lake District Folk Weekend
Early booking is advised for this great festival of folk music. It takes place in Staveley, a small village situated between Kendal and Windermere at the entrance to the picturesque Kentmere Valley. The line-up includes;
The Giggleswick Temperance Band
Greg Russel & Cieran Algar, BBC Folk Award Singers
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, voted “Best Duo” BBC 2 Folk Awards
Jacqui McDonald, Staveley resident and former member of The Spinners
J.C. & The Moonshine Band.
Afternoon and evening performance venues are;
The Hawkshead Brewery, Mill Yard. Staveley
Staveley Village Hall
The Roundhouse Theatre in Staveley
Wilf's Cafe, Mill Yard. Staveley
Cafe Eclec. Main Street, Staveley
The Eagle & Child Pub.
See the website for full details at

September 8th – Dalesway Walk From Staveley To Windermere
A 6 mile guided walk along quiet lanes from Wilf's Cafe in Staveley to Windermere. Walking boots and return bus fare essential. Please take a packed lunch. Begins 10.30am.
Adults £5. Children FREE. Phone 0845-272-0004.
There is an hourly return bus service from Windermere.

September 13th – Gigs in Staveley
Master musicians Keith Nichols and Trevor Whiting perform an evening of jazz at the River Bar, Hawkshead Brewery (next to Wilf's Cafe) Mill Yard, Staveley. Doors open at 7.30pm and entertainment begins at 8pm. Phone 01539 725133.

September 28th – Staveley Monthly Walk
This event is the last of this years gentle monthly walks. Starts from Abbey Square, Staveley, at 7pm. All are welcome.

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St. Bees (Egremont) Events 2017

August 30th – Ennerdale Show
A community celebration of traditional events and activities. There'll be shows of individual sheep breed classes; dogs; poultry and horses, plus a display of vintage machinery; locally made arts and crafts; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling; hound trailing; fell racing; children's sports; refreshments of local food; locally brewed ales and music all combining to produce an enjoyable day of family entertainment in the most westerly of the Lake District valleys. The venue is at Kirkland Leaps about one mile from the small community of Kirkland near Frizington in the Ennerdale Valley. CA26 3XZ. It's a beautiful area close to Ennerdale Water  with it's spectacular mountain backdrop. The Post Code will take you to the cross-roads in Kirkland from where directions will be shown to the show field.
Adults £5. Children FREE.

September 16th – World Gurning Championship
This event is the highlight of the annual traditional Egremont Crab Fair. Contestants in this most unusual and now famous competition take to the stage in front of a large appreciative audience, and, with a horse collar (braffin) around their necks, attempt to  “pull” the most grotesque face. A winner in recent years was able to cover his nose with his lower lip. The level of audience applause decides the winner. The Crab Fair itself is named after the seasonal crab apples. Visitors will find a wide range of entertaining events some of which include, Climbing The Greasy Pole; Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; Flower and Vegetable Shows; Equestrian Events; a Hunting Horn Blowing Competition; a Pipe Smoking Competition, and Dialect Singing. The showfield can be muddy underfoot and so it's wise to take your wellies just in case.

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Torver Events 2017

August 20th – Lakeland Country Fair
A delightful setting overlooked by Coniston Old Man, close to Coniston Water, low priced admission, and free car parking at this typical Cumbrian show. It's a family friendly event featuring the traditional skills and activities of the region. There will be shows of terriers; lurchers; whippets; fox hounds; family dogs; fell ponies, and Herdwick sheep. Junior and senior fell runners will be taking on the challenge of the race to the summit of Coniston Old Man and back again; Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling contests; a Young Farmers tug-o-war; a horn blowing competition; have-a-go archery; lots of children's activities with a bouncy castle, climbing wall, a roundabout and more, plus homemade refreshments, a licensed bar and a barbecue. Begins at mid-day. Full details of entertainment and activities are on the website.
Torver is a small community 3 miles from Coniston at the junction of the A593 and A5084

November 4th – Walna Scar Shepherds Meet
An event held in one of  three alternating venues of Torver, Broughton Mills and Seathwaite. This year the Meet is at Torver where the Herdwick and Swaledale breeds will be in competition for rosettes and silver cups at Brigg House Field, Torver, a couple of miles from Coniston. There will be hound trails; decorative crooks and sticks and more plus an after event gathering at  the nearby Church House Inn for singing and poetry readings.
Phone 015394 41395.

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Ullswater Valley Events 2017

March 18th – Daffodil Run and Walk from Pooley Bridge
Run or walk the 20 kilometres from Pooley Bridge along scenic trails to Hallin Fell and back again. Please offer your support to the village pubs and cafés who are still recovering from the damaging floods of last year

March 18 - 19th – Winter Skills Day Course
An Ullswater Valley event providing the opportunity for you to spend a day with Fell Top Assessor, Graham Viney as he climbs to the summit of Helvellyn to record weather readings. It is an informative and challenging event who wants to learn the basic skills for safe winter walking. Go to the website for details of equipment needed for this demanding event over a distance of 10 to 15 kilometres lasting around 8 – 9 hours, cost, and timings.

March 18 -  19th – Marmalade Festival at Ullswater Steamers
Take a jar of marmalade and join the FREE 9.45 am cruise from Glenridding on the Lake District's and England's beautiful Lake Ullswater. Complimentary toast will be provided to go with your marmalade, plus,  a discounted entry to the Worlds Original Marmalade Awards and Festival also taking place this weekend at Dalemain House and Gardens near Penrith, will be offered to passengers. Phone 01768 482229. 

June 4th – Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim
An open water swimming event in the English Lake District's second largest lake. The only rules for competitors are age limits and the requirement to wear a wetsuit (there are no exceptions to this rule) The age categories are a minimum age of 14 years for the 1600 metres swim and 17years for the 3.8 kilometre event, and, all entrants should be capable of swimming 1 mile in a swimming pool without stopping.
Venue: Jenkins Field. Near Ullswater Steamers/St Patrick's Boat Landings. Glenridding.
Opening Time: 9am.

June 4th – Shipwreck Survival Skills Adventure Day
An entertaining family day in the beautiful Ullswater Valley at Glenridding Sailing Centre on the shores of Lake Ullswater. Here's a chance to work as part of a team and to learn new skills such as building a den, making a camp-fire, map making, canoeing tuition and much more.
Contact Pete Meads on 017684 82541. Times 10am till 4.30pm.

July 1st – Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk
An event which takes place annually on the first Saturday of July. Funds raised go toward the support of Saint Patrick's Church in Patterdale and the Patterdale Church of England Primary School. There's a choice of 3 walks over distances ranging from 7 miles to 30 miles. The main one is of 30 miles including about 10,000 feet of ascents. Less strenuous is the 14 mile trek starting at Kirkstone Top and following a route over John Bell's Banner; Stony Cover Pike;
Thornthwaite Beacon; High Street; The Knott; Place Fell, and finishing on Ullswater below Kilbert Howe opposite Aira Force. The 7 mile option is an attractive choice for families. It's mainly downhill starting from Kirkstone Top and finishing at Patterdale School. Everyone taking part must belong to a team of 3 or more. See website for full details of entry, advice and sponsorship.

July 1 - 2nd -  Lord Birkett 55th Memorial Trophy
A sailing event described as the most spectacular of it's kind in the North of England attracting enthusiasts from countrywide. Competitors ranging from national champions to novices race on both days the full 9 mile length and back of Ullswater. Spectators will find there are many excellent viewing points along the lake shores. On the Saturday, Ullswater Steamers will operate a special cruise from Pooley Bridge Pier to follow the competitors as they race giving passengers a close-up of all the action. The Saturday race is planned to start at 1pm and at 11am on the Sunday.

July 30th – The Swim to Devil's Chimney
A fully guided open water swim in Ullswater to Devil's Chimney. It's an event suitable for swimmers who can comfortably swim 2 miles in open water. Times 9.30am till 12.30pm.
Cost £55. Phone 015394 33826

August 26th – Patterdale Dog Day
The beauty of the Ullswater Valley is the setting for a Lake District Bank Holiday event dedicated to the skills of sheepdogs and their handlers. The trials will continue throughout the day together with a Terrier Show; Gun Dog Show; Ullswater Foxhound Show; Hound Trails;  Children's Pet Classes; Fell Racing;  and lots more. Refreshments available all day with a catering tent.

October 5 - 9th – Red Deer Rut at Ullswater Steamers
This is a very special event providing the opportunity to view the Red Deer Rut, one of Natures  greatest natural spectacles. The event begins with an RSPB escorted private cruise from Glenridding Pier to Howtown and then transfer by a short walk to the Deer Reserve in the remote Martindale Valley. Here, from around the end of September to the middle of November, the stags lock antlers, roar and bellow as they fight for a mate. This is a wonderful day out for all. The cruise departs Glenridding at 10.30am and returns at 3.30pm. The cost is £16 for non RSPB members and £14 for members. Children 5 to 15 years half price. Early booking is essential as places are limited. Light refreshments will be available on board but take a packed lunch. An Ullswater Steamers event. Phone 017684 82229.

October 20th – Autumn Colours Photography Cruise & Walk
Join photography expert Mark Littlejohn to capture on film the stunning Autumn colours around the Aira Force Waterfall. Meet up at Glenridding Pier for a 10am sailing to Aira Force and returning the 3.5 miles on foot at approximately 2.30pm. Take a packed lunch.
The cost of £30 includes the photography tuition and guide, single cruise to Aira Force, and complimentary tea/coffee and muffin or Danish Pastry. Dogs on leads welcome.
This is an Ullswater Steamers event. Phone 017684 82229.

October 28th – Halloween Ghostly Galleon
A 90 minute cruise on Lake Ullswater with Halloween entertainment for all. For the price of £13 per spook (under 3's free) there will be an enthralling magic show, a sweetie goodie bag for the kids, a monster balloon to take home, tattoo's and Halloween colouring.
Cruise times are 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Dogs not permitted.
An Ullswater Steamers event. Phone 017684 82229.

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Ulverston Events 2017

February 3rd – CurryNationHall
An event in aid of St. Mary's Hospice held at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston. Curries and beers, what could be better to support such a worthwhile cause. Beers from Biggarbank;  Foxfield; Cartmel; Coniston; Ulverston; Greenodd Breweries plus local entertainers.

February 5th – Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre A Public Talk & Meditation based on the book, How to Transform Your Life, with International teacher, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong. Learn how meditation & mindfulness are essential aspects of living a happy, peaceful and meaningful life.

February 18th – Little Howard's Big Show for Kids
A show for the family at Ulverston's Coronation Hall. It's a mix of interactive stand-up; live on-stage animation, and jokes and songs featuring Little Howard and real human, Big Howard. The show begins at 2pm. Price is £10 for adults. Children £7. Family ticket £30.
Phone 01229 588 994 or go to

April 2 - 8th – South Cumbria Music Festival
A competitive music event at Ulverston Coronation Hall. All aspects of the performing arts are catered for in many and varied selections of classes in music and speech. It is open to individuals, schools and groups of all ages. The Coronation Hall is one of the town's main buildings with seating for over 600, a fully equipped theatrical stage, full disabled access, and all facilities.

April 22nd – May 1st – Ulverston Walk Festival
A ten day festival of 32 walks and evening events in celebration of Ulverston's history and traditions. The programme to discover “Historic Ulverston” and what was happening in medieval times has guided walks for all abilities and includes walks to Coniston Copper Mines and Levers Water; the Furness Peninsula's coastal drumlins and landing stages; the ancient coffins ( burial chambers made from stone or a hollowed tree) and cairns of the Dunnerdale Fells. Email

April 22 - 23rd – Garden Open Day at Conishead Priory & Buddhist Temple
Families are especially welcome to this unique Buddhist Temple and Romantic Gothic  Mansion surrounded  by gardens and parkland. Visitors are invited to walk the Temple Garden; Wildlife Garden; Arboretum Cottage Gardens and  take woodland strolls to the beach on the edge of Morecambe Bay. There will also be a free simple 15 minute guided meditation and free guided tours of the Temple available. FREE parking. Times 11am till 5pm. The Priory is 2 miles south of Ulverston on the A5087 scenic coast road linking Barrow and Ulverston.

April 27 - 30th – Print Fest At Coronation Hall
This Lake District and Cumbria event is the UK's leading artist led print- making festival which is dedicated to the sale and exhibition of contemporary prints. It is held in Ulverston's Coronation Hall where visitors will have the opportunity to view and buy art works and meet with the artists in person. Please note that booking is essential for the 27th and the private viewing on the 28th is by invitation only.
Thurs: 6pm-7.30pm. Fri: 7pm-9pm: Sat: 10am-5pm: Sun: 10am-4pm:
For an invitation mail:

May 27 - 28th – Taste Cumbria Ulverston
A Spring Bank Holiday event in the Furness Peninsula's festival town. Visitors can expect around 60 food and drink businesses from across the Lake District and Cumbria to be there displaying their products. These will range from cakes; chutneys; meats; cheeses; bread; vegetables and drink. There'll be “hands on” activities for families plus live demonstrations by chefs and experts.

July 7 - 9th – Furness Tradition Festival
A weekend long event paying tribute to the folk music and dance traditions of Cumbria and especially those of the Furness Peninsula. The confirmed line-up of musicians includes:
Alistair Anderson & Dan Walsh.
Night Fall.
Vicky Swann & Jonny Dyer.
Tumbling Tom Big Band.
Mike Willoughby's Raving Rock.
These artists and many more will be performing at the main venue of Ulverston's Coronation Hall and other venues close to the town centre. In addition, will be “Dance Sides” and featuring:
Pateley Long Sword.
Chorlton Cloghoppers.
Kirkburton Rapier Dancers.
Carlisle Sword & Clog Dancers.
Furness Clog Dancers.
Darlington Mummers.
For visitors attending for the whole weekend, camping will be available at Ford Park where all venues are within a short walk away. Basic facilities will be on offer including 24 hour toilet access and hot and cold water. Phone 01229 580666. Email:
Other sites are Priory View. 01229 586805 and Bardsea Leisure Park. 01229 584712.

July 9th – Tennis Open Day
FREE tennis coaching sessions for juniors and families at the Tennis Centre, Priory Road, Ulverston. Times. Noon till 5pm. Phone Hannah Paling on 01229 581123 for details.

July 14 - 16th – Retro Rendezvous Festival of The Lakes
A weekend festival event for young and old at Coronation Hall in Ulverston. There will be music; cinema; food; drink; markets; cars; motor cycles; entertainers, and much more. It begins on the Friday night with Rock n' Rollers, Jackson Sloan & the Rhythm Tones.
Price £1 - £15. Phone Alan Brenton on 07536 103499. Email:

July 15th – The Mighty Corinthian at Ulverston Town Centre
This is the opening event of Ulverston's Velo Retro Weekend. It's the longest one day classic bike ride in the world. Riding vintage steel bikes of 1987 or older (or a replica), the riders, dressed  in period clothing follow a 301 kilometre route via Coniston, Ambleside, Thirlmere, Keswick, Caldbeck, Hartside, Appleby, Ullswater, and Kirkstone. It's a truly grand epic tour through the full range of the Lake District and Cumbria's wonderful landscapes.

July 16th – A L'ancienne Classic At Ulverston Town Centre
Day 2 of Ulverston's Velo Retro Weekend. It's an 84 kilometre route including Coniston Water, Windermere, Esthwaite Water and Wray Castle, and, if you have the energy, a final section up the track to St John Barrow Monument overlooking Ulverston. There'll be food stops along the way and plenty of fun in one of the most beautiful areas in the UK. Don't forget your goggles and cycling cap, and, together with your vintage bike, you are ready for the Velo Retro Festival.
Phone 07536 103499.

July 16th – Le Loafeur At Ulverston Town Centre
This part of the Retro Festival is, as the title says, a relaxed ride of a 47 kilometre loop around Coniston Water. Whatever you choose to ride, be it a historical or heavy town bike, this is a wonderful non competitive ride around one of the Lake District and Cumbria's most visitor friendly lakes. Phone 07536 103499.

July 26th – North Lonsdale Agricultural Show
Categories of Cattle; Sheep; Horses; a Dog show; Horticulture; Poultry; Working Sheepdog Demonstrations; Vintage Motor Cycles; a Kid's Zone; a Food Hall; Cookery demonstrations and much more. Location is, Loughrigg Farm, Urswick, near Ulverston. LA12  0ST.

September 16th – Ulverston Lantern Festival
This event is one of Ulverston's favourite festivals. It's a spectacular lantern procession of four separate parades which will converge on County Square in the town centre at around 8.30pm.  To be followed by fireworks, music, and entertainment. Visit the website for details of parade times, assembly points and the route of the procession.

September 24th – Urswick Rushbearing Festival
Urswick, a few miles from Ulverston is the setting for an annual Rushbearing service held at the Church of St. Mary and St. Michael. A procession with bands and banners sets off from the local school at 1pm. Children, led by the Rushbearing Queen and her attendants, carry rushes and flowers to the church for a special service to commemorate the times when rushes were spread on what were the cold and damp earth floors of the age.

October 26th - Calling all Mucky Pups! SPLAT HALLOWEEN MESSY PLAY AT THE ZOO!
Thursday 26th October, 10:30am
Safari Zoo, Melton Terrace, Lindal-In-Furness, LA12 0LU
A Spooky Spectacular Sensory Experience for children 5 months+.
Cost £10 – includes 1 x adult Zoo entry for the day and splat messy play session for one child, additional children charged at £3.50.
We have teamed up with the fantastic Rachael from Splat Messy Play East Cheshire to offer a Halloween themed Splat Messy Play here at Cumbria Zoo, come get messy and make new friends whilst exploring new tastes smells and touch.
We will be keeping specific activities secret to avoid spoiling the surprise but you and your little ones could be:
• Making a Halloween mask
• Proving who has the loudest and scariest scream
• Mixing sloppy slime and frogs legs in our witches cauldron
• Hunting for sticky spiders in the fluffy web
• Getting mucky with the pumpkin gloop, chocolate mess and ghostly playdough
• Catching the black worms
**Parents/guardians must stay with their children throughout the messy play. Children must be 5 months and upwards or, if younger, be able to sit unaided. The class will offer crafts and painting to interest older children around 6 years old. Splat Messy Play is wheelchair accessible and perfect for children of all abilities as it teaches essential key skills such as sharing, meeting new people, trying new foods and experiencing new things. Splat Messy Play substances are all non-toxic and hypoallergenic/dermatologically tested. Rachel will sometimes create new substances using household cupboard items or build household items involving wheat, dairy or eggs into the play session – please advise any allergies on booking so we can avoid use of these products if necessary.

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Whitehaven Events 2017

January 27th – Feel The Force At The Beacon Museum
Visitors will find something of interest for all age groups at this Whitehaven event. It's an interactive science exhibition of large scale exhibits which explain how the forces of Nature work and affect everyday life. Phone 01946 592302. Times 10am till 4.30pm.

April 15th – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 2017
Families, friends, dogs on a lead, all are welcome to this Easter Egg Hunt. It starts at 11am from the Coastguard Station on Whitehaven's Marina and proceeds up the hill overlooking the harbour. The route is mainly over a flat grassy area but there are some steep sections on good paths. Times 11am till 2.30pm. Phone 017687 74649.

June 20th – Wildflower Walk at Whitehaven Coast
An evening cliff top walk led by a National Trust Ranger to discover the wildflowers that grow on the Whitehaven Coast. The walk is a chance to see the Bee Orchid,  one of the most beautiful and well known of the native orchids in Britain, but now sadly in decline.
Meet at the Wellington Lodge/Candlestick area, Whitehaven. CA28 9A9. Times 7pm – 8.30pm.
This is a FREE event but booking is essential.

July 1st – Whitehaven Carnival
A popular family event organised by the Whitehaven and District Lions Club. It begins at 1.30pm with a parade of colourful floats and dance troupes. There will be a funfair on Castle Park with all the traditional amusements and a range of charity stalls selling a variety of goods in aid of good causes.

July 7 - 9th – Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2017 at Whitehaven
The organisers of this worthwhile 3 day event are hoping to hear from 50 men or women who want to complete the strenuous 140 mile Coast to Coast route from this town on the edge of the Irish Sea to the beach at Tynemouth on the east coast. Places are limited so please make an early enquiry to the Fundraising Office on 01768 210719 or send an email.

August 30th – Ennerdale Show
A show featuring the best loved traditional sports and pastimes of the English Lake District and Cumbria. There'll be displays of sheep; dogs; horses; poultry; vintage machinery together with Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling contests; hound trailing; children's sports events; refreshments of Cumbrian food; locally brewed ale, and home-grown items. It takes place at Kirkland Leaps close to the unspoiled landscape of the Ennerdale Valley. CA26 3XZ.

September 10th – St Bees Head Fog Horn Station Walk
There's no charge for taking part in this 6 mile walk from Haig Museum, to Fog Horn Station perched high on St Bees Head. Here, there'll be time to eat your packed lunch and have a look around the station before returning to Haig along the same route.
Meet at Haig Car Park. Walk begins at 10.30am and finishes at 3pm. FREE, but booking is essential. Contact Sophie on 0734 2088 015 or via email

November 5th – Bonfire Night at Whitehaven Coast
 A blazing bonfire, plenty of refreshments, and fun on the cliff top overlooking Whitehaven. There'll not be any fireworks but you will have a very good view of other people's displays.
Meet at Wellington Lodge/Candlestick area. Whitehaven CA 28 9A9. Times 6pm till 8pm.
The event is FREE. Contact the North Lakes Office on 01768 74649 for more detail.

November 18 - 19th – Workington Model Railway Exhibition
This is the biggest model railway exhibition in Cumbria. It's held at the Energus Building, Lillyhall, between Whitehaven and Workington. CA14 4JW. A full list of traders attending and layouts are shown on the website below. There's plenty of FREE parking; fresh meals and toilet facilities. On the Saturday, the bus service from both Workington and Whitehaven stops outside the door. Times 10am till 5pm on Saturday and 10am till 4pm on Sunday. Phone 01228 522118.

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Wigton Events 2017

May 26 - 27th – Ireby Festival 2017
A  Lake District and Cumbria music event considered to be amongst the best for those with a real love of live music. It takes place in the small farming village of Ireby about 6 miles from Caldbeck. There'll be  a range of music to suit most tastes performed in small cosy venues and on a main stage. Full details of the artists, venue locations, ticketing, and camping and caravan facilities are on the website.

May 28th – Classic Cars In The Park
A popular classic car show at the ancient and historic Cumbrian House of Hutton-in-the-Forest a few miles from Wigton on the B5305. Auto testing, displays, an autojumble, trade stands, a cars for sale area and refreshments. Phone 017684 449. Post Code CA11  9TH.

July 14 - 16th – Aspatria Music Festival
A 3 day live music event at Bower Park in the village of Aspatria on the A596 mid-way between Maryport and Wigton. The chart topping band,Scouting for Girls, will be this years headline act. For a full list of the many other supporting acts please visit the website.

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Windermere and Bowness Events 2017

January 28th - The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep is a major fundraising challenge. We're inviting you to leave the comfort of your warm home, brace the cold January air and spend a night sleeping under the stars in aid of Cumbria Community Foundation's 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.
The Low Wood Bay Hotel
LA23 1LP
Enter now:
01900 825760

March 5th - Join Snowdrop Walk in aid of bereaved families
Families are invited to enjoy a walk in the beautiful grounds of Brockhole in Windermere, plant snowdrops and then enjoy tea and cake afterwards.
The snowdrop walk is being held from 12pm to 3pm on Sunday, March 5. It is a special event to raise funds for Child Bereavement UK, a charity which supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
Individual snowdrops will be on sale on the day and a book of remembrance donated by a bereaved family will also be available to sign.
Alan Titchmarsh, the charity’s patron, said: “The snowdrop walk is a special day to remember the babies and children who have died and the many children bereaved each year. It is an opportunity to admire the stunning Lake District in the winter months.”
There will also be a children’s treasure hunt where youngsters can explore Brockhole before receiving a fun-filled goody bag at the end, and refreshments will be available from the onsite café that has stunning views of Lake Windermere.
Entrance to the event is free. However donations for the snowdrops will be gratefully received.
So join us at Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LJ and help us to support people rebuilding their lives.
Child Bereavement UK has staff based in Cumbria who offer pre and post bereavement support to bereaved children, young people and families. For more information about the charity’s support, training, volunteering or fundraising visit
Child Bereavement UK has a national helpline for families looking for support after bereavement. If you need support or information, please call 0800 02 888 40 or go to our website:

April 7 - 9th – Bowness Bay Blue's
Headlining music acts will be performing at the Hydro Hotel and several other venues including The Quayside, Lake District Boat Club, Beresford's Restaurant and local pubs. A Blue's lovers event based on the stunning lake side setting of Bowness-on-Windermere.

April 12th – Where is Peter Rabbit? Easter Treasure Trail
This is probably the biggest egg hunt in the north of England. It's an event for both children and adults to search for 100 hand crafted limited edition ceramic eggs. Great prizes on offer which include overnight stays in Lake District hotels and tickets to some of the Lake District & Cumbria's amazing family attractions. Go to the website for details of how to enter this special Lake District Easter event. Begins 10am. Phone 0844 504 1233

April 16 - 17th – Peter Rabbit Mini Egg Hunt in Bowness
An Easter Sunday and Monday mini treasure hunt in the gardens of Beatrix Potter's World in Bowness-on-Windermere. Begins 10am.

April 22nd – Gourmet Wine Tasting
Food lovers and connoisseurs are invited to a gourmet 5 course meal with a wine selected for each course by Paul Collins, Sommelier for the hotel's wine merchants. The price is £59 per person which includes the food, recommended wine, and a glass of champagne greeting each arrival. Phone 0844 502 7587.

May 3rd – Beatrix Potter Magic Lantern Show
A return to the traditional magic lantern show in the Old Laundry Theatre Studio at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness. Here, Beatrix Potter tells her own story from childhood  to becoming a world famous children's story writer, biologist, dedicated Lake District conservationist and farmer. It's promised to be a fascinating account of her life together with  the pleasure of a classical English Afternoon Tea. Tickets cost £15 to include the lantern show, afternoon tea and entrance to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. It's an event for an adult audience or for children at least 12 years old. Begins 2.30pm.
A recurring event on May 27th, September 13th, October 4th , and November 8th .
Phone 0844 504 1233.

May 13th – The Cumbrian 200
A cycling event over a distance of 203 kilometres starting from Troutbeck Bridge near Windermere. It's a scenic anti-clockwise tour of the Lake District and Cumbria providing wonderful views of lakes and fells en-route via Caldbeck, Buttermere, Wasdale Head,  Duddon Valley and Coniston. Begins at 8am to finish by 9.30pm. A fee of £7 when paying by Paypal and entries should be received  at least 2 weeks before the event. The organiser is
Paul Revell. Kirklands, Brow Edge, Backbarrow. Ulverston. Cumbria. LA12 8QL.

June 10th – Great North SwimRuns
This is Europes biggest open water swimming event which, for 2017, has announced the introduction of the inaugural Great SwimRun event to the Lake District and Cumbria. There will be something for all entrants from beginners to experienced competitors. There will be a short distance challenge of around 10 kilometres; a mid-distance of 21.3 kilometres and a very testing 36.5 kilometres. The courses, which must be completed in pairs, will consist of a mix of short runs and swims whilst carrying everything needed from start to finish. Entries cost £150 per team. Full details on the website.

July 1 - 2nd – St Gemma's Hospice Windermere Row 2017
One of the Lake District and Cumbria's many events described as one of the toughest but most enjoyable St Gemma's Hospice challenges. It's an event for teams of all sizes and abilities, who whatever the weather, race along either a 10 mile or 21 mile Lake Windermere course to raise funds for the Hospice. Please email to see what boats are available. Fancy dress is encouraged. Times 8.30am till 5pm. Booking required. Phone Miss Sophie Bramley on 0113 218 5570.

July 8th – Windermere Power Boat Racing
There will be 6 races of around 10 minutes each in a small area of Lake Windermere near Storrs Temple. The location is Windermere Boat Racing Club. Ghyll Head. Bowness-on-Windermere.
Times noon till 5pm. Phone 015394 43284.

August 3rd – Beautiful Birds of Prey
A  fun for the family event at Brockhole Visitor Centre on the edge of Lake Windermere. Here, you can meet birds of prey from the Silverband Falconry and watch these beautiful creatures demonstrate their hunting and flying skills. Children must be accompanied at this event. Times 11am;  Noon;  1.30pm;  2.30pm. Post Code LA23 1LJ.
Phone 015394 46601. Email:

August 5 - 6th – Lakes Record and CD Fair
Plenty of choice for the collector plus FREE entry, FREE parking and tea and coffee available at Ladyholme Centre, Lake Road. Windermere LA23 2JA. Times 8am till 6pm.
Phone Phil Wade on 07824511987.

August 8th – The Magic of Storytelling
A Brockhole Visitor Centre event suitable for all the family where there will be songs of Cumbria and stories told by Steve Wharton. Times 11am;  Noon;  1.30pm;  2.30pm.
Phone 015394 46601.

August 10th – Den Building, Bushcraft, and Survival Skills
Learn basic survival skills; shelter building; safe fire lighting; rope and string knot tying, and more at this lovely setting overlooking Lake Windermere. An event suitable for ages 7 years plus.  Location. Brockhole Visitor Centre. Times 11am;  1pm;  2.45pm: Price £9.50.

September 10th – Dragon Bay
An annual charity event on the waters of Lake Windermere when family and Corporate teams are invited to compete to win the title of Dragon Bay Champions 2017. This years event is limited to 18 teams and money raised is donated to a wide range of charities. The cost of entry is £595 per team with each team consisting of 16 paddlers; 2 reserves, and 1 drummer.
This together with a full day of entertainment at the Low Wood Watersports Centre between Windermere and Ambleside, promises to be a worthwhile and enjoyable day for everyone.
Sign up on the website. This is a popular event and visitors can expect considerable road traffic delays between Windermere and Ambleside. Phone 0333 241 2890. Times 8.30am – 5pm. 

September 10 - Calgarth Park Open Day
As part of the Heritage Open Days national event, Calgarth Park, at Troutbeck Bridge, will be open from 10am to 4.30pm. Short talks and tours will be available plus displays of costumes and historic photographs telling the story of this historic house. Home-baking and refreshments available. or telephone 015394 43016.

November 4th – Beech Hill Hotel Guy Fawkes Night Party
A 3 course dinner; fire performers and spectacular firework display over the waters of Lake Windermere, England's largest lake. Phone 0844 50 27587.

Windermere and Bowness Events 2018

Saturday 27th 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

Windermere and Bowness Tourist Information
Windermere and Bowness Holiday Accommodation

Workington Events 2017


Various Venues around Cumbria

July – August – Lake District Summer Music Festival
Lake District Summer Music is an International arts festival based in the southern Lake District. A programme of events features internationally acclaimed artists from the classical music field; concerts in support of emerging talent; award winning film screenings; world premières, and many more. Venues include Kendal; Windermere; Ambleside; Grange-over-Sands and Ulverston. Full details of the 2017 programme are shown on the website.
Phone 01539 742621 (admin office) or 01539 742621 (box office)