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
|Face Value: Portraiture from the Arts Council Collection||Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal||25 May 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Gallery Talks||Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal||25 May 2015 , 14:00||Talks and Lectures|
|The Aegean Suite by Barbara Hepworth||Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal||25 May 2015||Art exhibitions|
|National Trust: Kite Making - 50 things||Allan Bank, Grasmere||25 May 2015 , 13:00||Days out|
|Evelyn De Morgan: Artist of Peace||Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere||25 May 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Astral Circus||Brockhole, Windermere||25 May 2015 , 11:00 - 16:00||Children's and family events • Days out|
|May Bank Holiday Monday||Cartmel Racecourse , Grange-over-Sands||25 May 2015 , 10:00||Children's and family events • Others|
|Lakes Ignite||Cumbria, Cumbria||25 May 2015||Art exhibitions • Days out|
|Half-term Heroes Hunt||Dove Cottage, Grasmere||25 May 2015||Children's and family events|
|Wordsworth, War & Waterloo||Dove Cottage, Grasmere||25 May 2015||Art exhibitions|
|National Trust: National Go Canoeing week||Fell Foot, Lake District||25 May 2015 , 10:00 - 16:00||Days out • Sport and Adventure|
|Wainwright: A Love Letter to the Lakeland Fells||Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, Keswick||25 May 2015||Art exhibitions|
|The Theory Of Everything (12A)||Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth||25 May 2015 , 20:00||Film|
|MusicZone Workington||Monroe's Bar, Carnegie Theatre, Workington||25 May 2015 , 17:30 - 19:30||Community events • Live music • Workshops|
|Muncaster Festival||Muncaster Castle, Muncaster||25 May 2015||Festival|
|Twentieth Century Fashion||Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Kendal||25 May 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Alice In Wonderland (1951 Version) (U)||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015||Film|
|C- Art Cumbrian Artist Of The Year||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015 , 10:30 - 16:30||Art exhibitions|
|C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015||Art exhibitions|
|Daily Film: D Day Normandy 1944 3D||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015||Film|
|Daily Film: Great Apes 3D||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015||Film|
|Daily Film: Life on a Mountain - Scafell Pike||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015||Film|
|GO BIG WITH CREATION STATION||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015||Children's and family events • Workshops|
|Go Big With Creation Station||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015||Children's and family events • Craft events|
|Make Your Own Clay Owl||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015 , 10:00||Children's and family events • Workshops|
|MAKE YOUR OWN CLAY OWL||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015 , 10:00||Children's and family events • Workshops|
|MAKE YOUR OWN SCOTCH ARROW||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015 , 10:00||Children's and family events • Workshops|
|Make Your Own Scotch Arrow||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015 , 10:00||Children's and family events • Workshops|
|OWLS AT RHEGED||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015 , 10:00 - 16:00||Talks and Lectures|
|Owls At Rheged||Rheged, Penrith||25 May 2015 , 10:00 - 16:00||Children's and family events|