Lake District and Cumbria Events 2018 by Date

Cumbria has many special events, some of which can only be found in this area. Scroll down the page to view both modern and traditional Cumbrian events in chronological order. Submit your Lake District Event to our free Cumbria Events listings.
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January Events 2018

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

February Events 2018

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

March Events 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

April Events 2018

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

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

May Events 2018

May 2nd – Ride 2 Stride
Take a guided walk on a route included in the Settle – Carlisle Walking Festival Programme 2018. There is a choice of two on this date both starting from Appleby Railway Station at 10.46.
The shorter one is a circular route of 8 miles around Appleby via Coupland. The other is a 14 mile Appleby Circular via High Cup Nick graded as “strenuous”. No booking is required; just turn up. No dogs other than those registered as assistance dogs will be accepted on the walks. The walks start and finish at times corresponding with the arrival of a train from Leeds or Carlisle where the walk leader will meet you.
Phone 0113 293 1924.
email: diane.taylor350@ntlworld.com or info@ride2stride.org.uk

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

May 3rd – Ride 2 Stride
Two guided walks along routes included in the Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival Programme both starting from Kirkby Stephen Railway Station at 10.34.There is the shorter one of a 10 mile circular walk via Smardale and Waitby Nature Reserves and a longer one graded as “strenuous” via Ewbank Scar and 9 Standards Rigg. No booking is required; just turn up. Dogs are not allowed other than those registered as assistance dogs. The start times are corresponding with the arrival of a train from Leeds or Carlisle where the walk leader will meet you.
Phone 0113 293 1924
email: diane.taylor350@ntlworld.com or visit the programme link on the website. www.skyware.co.uk/scwf/default.html

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

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

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

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

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

May 12th – Pons Aelius at Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall
A performance by this young instrumental group of traditional and contemporary folk music of Britain and beyond. FREE entry. Times 8.30pm to 11pm.
www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk/whats-on/2018/5/live-music-pons-aelius.aspx

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

June Events 2018

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

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

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

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

June 3rd – Giant Kendal - Castle Sportive
A cycling event starting from the grounds of Lowther Castle in Cumbria's Eden Valley. There will be two routes on offer, one of 100 kilometres and one of 50 kilometres along some of the areas quietest roads.
www.lowthercastle.org/portfolio/giant-kendal-castle-sportive-june-3-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 23rd – Annual 10 in 10
The annual challenge  of 10 in 10  together with the 5 in 5 is a Lake District event of reaching 10 peaks in 10 hours and 5 peaks in 5 hours. This event was designed and created  by Yvonne Booth in response to her husband  Duncan, being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010. All monies raised will be donated to research into this cruel illness.
www.10in10.org.uk  

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

June 23rd – Growing Well Cross Bay Walk With Cedric Robinson
This event is the fourth Growing Well guided afternoon Cross Bay Walk from Arnside to Kents Bank. You will need appropriate clothing for this walking adventure which involves some wading; crossing areas of shingle; pebbles; rocks; salt marsh; and mud. It requires a reasonable level of fitness and an ability to walk at least 10 miles unaided. Growing Wild is a 6 acre organic farm based at Low Sizergh near Kendal. It's aim is to help people manage their own mental health recovery by providing support in a friendly and understanding workplace. All proceeds raised from the event go to this good cause. Starts 2.15pm. Adults £10. Kids £5.
Phone 015395 61777. email: events@growingwell.co.uk
www.growingwell.co.uk/event/4th-annual-cross-bay-walk

June 24th – Cross Bay Walk in Aid of I.M.O.
Family, friends, children, dogs (on a lead please) are invited to take part in this iconic Cross Bay Walk from Arnside to Kents Bank, near Grange-over-Sands starting at 3.15 pm from the promenade. The walk of approximately 8 miles will be led by an experienced guide lasting about 4 hours. Be prepared for some rocky ground; knee-deep wading across the River Kent Channel; shingle; pebbles, and mud. Phone Ann Hedley for more details and registration on
07926 377876 or 01254 781310. Adults,14's and over, £10. Children over 6 years £5. Dogs £2.
 Email: ann.hedley@inter-madrassa.org
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/morecambe-bay-walk-tickets-42422596127

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

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

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

 

July Events 2018

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

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

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

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

July 21st – Man vs Lakes
The challenge begins with a 7am crossing of Morecambe Sands from Silverdale, part of the Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route then continues north to the foot of Lake Windermere and on higher into the hills; forests; with short wades; swims, and a floating assault course. It's a demanding running event, not a swimming event, but you will get wet and in order to fully complete the course you must be able to swim although the short swimming sections can be bypassed if you wish. Camping will be available at the finish location of Coniston. This is an event supporting children with cancer.
www.ratrace.com/manvslakes2018

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

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

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

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

August Events 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September Events 2018

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

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

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

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

September 23rd – Fell Beast Sportive
A cycling challenge offering a choice of three distances of; the 101 mile Epic; the 69 mile Standard; or the 37 mile Short.  Venue is Carlisle Racecourse. For full details see the website.
www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/fell-beast-sportive

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

October Events 2018

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

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

November Events 2018

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

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

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

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

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

December Events 2018

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