What's on in the Lake District?
Last updated at 21:36, Tuesday, 25 March 2014
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 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
|Grizedale Arts at Lakeland Arts||Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal||20 Dec 2014 , 10:30 - 17:00||Art exhibitions|
|Carols Around The Tree||Allan Bank, Grasmere||20 Dec 2014 , 14:00||Children's and family events • Days out|
|Christmas Party With Live Music||Askham Hall Gardens and Cafe, Penrith||20 Dec 2014 , 18:30||Live music • Others|
|Glasgow Style: Arts & Crafts 1890-1930||Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere||20 Dec 2014 , 10:30 - 17:00||Art exhibitions|
|Printfest Winter Edition 2014||Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal||20 Dec 2014||Art exhibitions|
|The Albion Christmas Band||Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal||20 Dec 2014 , 19:30||Live music|
|Thumbelina's Great Adventure - The Brewery Christmas Show||Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal||20 Dec 2014||Children's and family events • Theatre|
|Lines of Ascent||Heaton Cooper Studio, Ambleside||20 Dec 2014||Art exhibitions|
|Santa Special Weekends||Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, Haverthwaite||20 Dec 2014||Children's and family events • Days out|
|Christmas Special Organised by the MUFF WIGS||Live Lounge 41, Workington||20 Dec 2014 all day||Live music|
|SMALL and beautifully affordable||Mill Yard Studios, Kendal||20 Dec 2014 , 11:00 - 16:00||Art exhibitions|
|Penrith Winter Festival||Penrith, Penrith||20 Dec 2014||Days out|
|Penrith Winter Festival: Festive Family Fun, with Churches Together and community groups.||Penrith, Penrith||20 Dec 2014||Children's and family events • Days out • Festival|
|Santa Express||Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass||20 Dec 2014||Children's and family events|
|CHRISTMAS IN MASQUERADE||Rheged, Penrith||20 Dec 2014 , 19:00||Dance • Food and drink|
|D Day Normandy 1944 3D Imax Style Movie||Rheged, Penrith||20 Dec 2014||Film|
|Frozen 3D and Frozen Singalong||Rheged, Penrith||20 Dec 2014||Children's and family events • Film|
|KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL ADVENTURE AND TRAVEL FILMS||Rheged, Penrith||20 Dec 2014||Festival • Film • Sport and Adventure|
|LAKE ARTISTS SOCIETY WINTER EXHIBITION||Rheged, Penrith||20 Dec 2014 , 10:30 - 16:30||Art exhibitions • Sales and Car Boot|
|LUNCH WITH SANTA||Rheged, Penrith||20 Dec 2014 , 12:00||Children's and family events • Film • Food and drink|
|PETER SIDWELL COOKERY SCHOOL||Rheged, Penrith||20 Dec 2014 , 10:00 - 16:30||Food and drink|
|SANTA'S COTTAGE||Rheged, Penrith||20 Dec 2014||Children's and family events|
|A Present for Santa||Theatre By The Lake, Keswick||20 Dec 2014||Christmas • Children's and family events • Theatre|
|Peter Pan||Theatre By The Lake, Keswick||20 Dec 2014||Theatre|
|Puss in Boots||Up-front, Penrith||20 Dec 2014||Children's and family events • Theatre|
|Santa Special Cruise on Windermere||Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness-on-Windermere||20 Dec 2014||Children's and family events|
|Glasgow Style: Arts & Crafts 1890-1930||Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere||21 Dec 2014 , 10:30 - 17:00||Art exhibitions|
|Printfest Winter Edition 2014||Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal||21 Dec 2014||Art exhibitions|
|Thumbelina's Great Adventure - The Brewery Christmas Show||Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal||21 Dec 2014||Children's and family events • Theatre|
|Lines of Ascent||Heaton Cooper Studio, Ambleside||21 Dec 2014||Art exhibitions|