Lake District and Cumbria Events 2017 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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October Events 2017

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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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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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:

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.

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.

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 Events 2017

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 – 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 Events 2017

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 6th – Christmas Late Night Opening, Sedbergh
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.

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”. 

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 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.

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

January 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