What's on in the Lake District?
Last updated at 16:27, Tuesday, 06 January 2015
We have a list of what's on in the Lake District that includes festivals, theatre, family fun, days out ideas and adventure around Cumbria's' mountains and lakes.
If you're looking for things to do in the Lake District National Park you might head to towns like Keswick, Bowness, Windermere and Cockermouth or seek out the charm and beauty of traditional Lakeland settings. But whether it's the honeypot towns of the Lake District or its quieter villages and countryside you're sure never to be far away from interesting events and family activities.
It’s not surprising that many of the biggest events are held over the summer months. If you fancy watching some Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, or seeing traditional breeds of sheep and cattle – and much more besides – then there are plenty of fairs and shows on, and not only in or near the larger towns. Check out those held at Loweswater, Ullswater (Patterdale), Coniston, Hesket Newmarket and the Lakeland Country Fair at Torver.
Other fairs and shows include sheepdog trials, such as the Rydal Sheepdog trials and Hounds Show (August). And at the end of August one of the oldest shows in the calendar takes place: the Grasmere Sports and Show. Now in its 162nd year, this show includes fell races, mountain bike races and activities for children.
Newer events which have proved immensely popular include the Lakeland Trails series of trail runs, which have expanded to include a variety of distances. These are held at varying locations throughout the Lake District, such as Staveley and Coniston. Similarly the Lakeland 50 and 100 ultramarathons, which take place at the end of July, are now at capacity, and if you want to enter you need to do so within days of applications opening. All have a great festive feel, with children's events and activities running along side those for adults. On-road the annual Brathay Windermere marathon, one of the most scenic road races in Britain, is always popular and has associated events for all the family: and there are plenty of triathlons to choose from if you want to swim and cycle as well as running.
Similarly with an increase in the popularity of open water swimming, the Great North Swim which takes place in Windermere each year, has increased to include races of different lengths and for different abilities over an entire weekend. Wild swimming weekends and courses are also run elsewhere around the Lake District as are, not surprisingly, all sorts of outdoor and adventure-based activities.
But perhaps one of the most intriguing competitions is the World’s Biggest Liar competition which takes place in the Bridge Inn at Santon, Wasdale each November and attracts visitors and participants from around the globe. The winner is the person who can tell the most convincing lie within an allocated time of 5 minutes.
Other superlatives surround the pub: England’s highest mountain (Scafell Pike), deepest lake (Wastwater) and smallest church (St. Olaf’s).
If all this activity is making you feel like putting your feet up, then opportunities to do so in the Lake District also abound. Try Ireby (folk) Music Festival, in the less well-known but beautiful area of the Caldbeck Fells ‘back of Skiddaw’. Hawkshead holds a ‘party in the park’ each summer where you can go to listen to live music. And in early August 2015 the Lake District Summer Music Festival attracts classical musicians from all over the globe, to perform at various village and church halls in these most beautiful of surroundings. Zeffirellis in Ambleside complements the programme with live streaming of opera and ballet from some of the world’s most prestigious theatres.
With so much going on in the Lake District, the only problem is choosing when to visit and which event to go to. It could take a lifetime to try them all out: why go anywhere else?!
First published at 00:56, Thursday, 27 February 2014
Published by http://www.cumbrialive.co.uk
|Beyond St Ives||Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal||30 Aug 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Portrait of Melvyn Bragg||Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal||30 Aug 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Taking Flight: St Ives in the 1950s||Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal||30 Aug 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Baldwin, Britton And Rena: Traditions Of Use||Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere||30 Aug 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Evelyn De Morgan: Artist of Peace||Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere||30 Aug 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Windermere Weekender||Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere||30 Aug 2015 , 10:30 - 17:00||Children's and family events • Festival|
|"PEAT MATTERS: Art, Climate Science and the Weather"||Brantwood,||30 Aug 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Children's Activity Trail Around the Gardens||Brantwood,||30 Aug 2015||Children's and family events|
|Glen Fender Meadows: photographs by John Ford||Brantwood,||30 Aug 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Guided Garden Walks||Brantwood,||30 Aug 2015 , 14:15||Walks|
|Jeramiah Ferrari (Summer Sundays)||Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal||30 Aug 2015 , 13:00||Children's and family events • Days out • Live music|
|The Great British Food Festival||Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, Penrith||30 Aug 2015||Days out • Festival • Food and drink|
|Heroes and Villains Summer Trail||Dove Cottage, Grasmere||30 Aug 2015||Children's and family events|
|Wordsworth, War & Waterloo||Dove Cottage, Grasmere||30 Aug 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Heroes and Villains Summer Trail||Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere||30 Aug 2015 all day||Children's and family events • Community events • Days out • Workshops|
|Grasmere Sports and Show||Grasmere Sports Field, Ambleside||30 Aug 2015||Country shows • Days out • Sport and Adventure|
|Kool 4 Kids This Summer||K Village, Kendal||30 Aug 2015 , 11:00 - 17:00||Children's and family events|
|Wainwright: A Love Letter to the Lakeland Fells||Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, Keswick||30 Aug 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Living History Week||Muncaster Castle, Muncaster||30 Aug 2015||Children's and family events|
|Sherlock's Last Case||Old Laundry Theatre, Windermere||30 Aug 2015||Theatre|
|Prom Art||Prom Art, Grange over Sands||30 Aug 2015||Art exhibitions • Children's and family events • Craft events|
|100th Anniversary Celebrations||Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass||30 Aug 2015||Children's and family events • Community events • Days out|
|Make It! With Minecraft - Curated by Adam Clarke, the UKs Leading Minecraft Artist and Educator||Rheged, Penrith||30 Aug 2015 , 10:00 - 17:00||Art exhibitions • Children's and family events|
|The Boxtrolls 3D (PG)||Rheged, Penrith||30 Aug 2015||Children's and family events • Film|
|Solfest||Tarnside Farm, Aspatria||30 Aug 2015||Festival • Live music|
|Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition||The Hall, Grasmere||30 Aug 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Gig in the Garden||The Old Friends, Ulverston||30 Aug 2015 , 13:00||Live music|
|Abigail's Party||Theatre By The Lake, Keswick||30 Aug 2015||Theatre|
|East: Insieme (Together)||Theatre By The Lake, Keswick||30 Aug 2015 , 19:30||Live music|
|Enlightenment||Theatre By The Lake, Keswick||30 Aug 2015||Theatre|