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Sunday, 01 March 2015

What's on in the Lake District?

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?!
 

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Events listings

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EVENTVENUEDATE/TIMECATEGORY
Boyle Family: Contemporary ArchaeologyAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal 1 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
Memorious Earth: A Longitudinal Study Richard Skelton and Autumn RichardsonAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal 1 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
Reframing the LandscapeAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal 1 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
Keswick Film Festival: JanaparAlhambra Cinema, Keswick1 Mar 2015 , 11:00Festival • Film
Keswick Film Festival: White ShadowAlhambra Cinema, Keswick1 Mar 2015 , 13:30Festival • Film
Keswick Film Festival: Your Beauty is Worth NothingAlhambra Cinema, Keswick1 Mar 2015 , 16:15Festival • Film
Containers of Light and DarknessBlackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere1 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
Emilie TaylorBlackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere1 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
'FLOW AND EBB' EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY CAROL GREGORYBrantwood, 1 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
TOWERS & TURRETS: WATERCOLOURS AND DRAWINGS BY JOHN RUSKINBrantwood, 1 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
AwakeningBrewery Arts Centre, Kendal1 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
The World's Original Marmalade AwardsDalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, Penrith1 Mar 2015Days out • Festival
Heroes & Villains Family ConcertKendal Town Hall, Kendal1 Mar 2015 , 14:30Children's and family events • Days out
Keswick Film FestivalKeswick, Keswick1 Mar 2015Days out • Festival • Film
The Grandest Views: Models of Lakeland from Victorian Times to the Present DayKeswick Museum and Art Gallery, Keswick1 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2015 at RhegedRheged, Penrith1 Mar 2015 , 10:00 - 16:00Days out • Others
Herdwick: A Portrait of LakelandRheged, Penrith1 Mar 2015 , 10:30 - 16:30Art exhibitions
Here and NowThe Beach Hut Gallery, Grange-over-Sands1 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
West Cumbria in World War One - The Last PostThe Beacon, Whitehaven1 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
Keswick Film Festival: BicycleTheatre By The Lake, Keswick1 Mar 2015 , 16:15Festival • Film
Keswick Film Festival: Breadline KidsTheatre By The Lake, Keswick1 Mar 2015 , 10:00Festival • Film
Keswick Film Festival: Class EnemyTheatre By The Lake, Keswick1 Mar 2015 , 19:30Festival • Film
Keswick Film Festival: FestenTheatre By The Lake, Keswick1 Mar 2015 , 16:15Festival • Film
Keswick Film Festival: The IdiotsTheatre By The Lake, Keswick1 Mar 2015 , 13:30Festival • Film
Keswick Film Festival: The King is AliveTheatre By The Lake, Keswick1 Mar 2015 , 11:00Festival • Film
Boyle Family: Contemporary ArchaeologyAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal 2 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
Gallery TalksAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal 2 Mar 2015 , 14:00Talks and Lectures
Memorious Earth: A Longitudinal Study Richard Skelton and Autumn RichardsonAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal 2 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
Reframing the LandscapeAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal 2 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
Containers of Light and DarknessBlackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere2 Mar 2015Art exhibitions
Cumbria Live listings