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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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 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
Barbara Hepworth: Within the LandscapeAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal 20 Aug 2014Art exhibitions
Wild Art WednesdaysAllan Bank, Grasmere20 Aug 2014 , 11:00 - 16:00Children's and family events
Bernard LeachBlackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere20 Aug 2014 , 10:30 - 17:00Art exhibitions
Glasgow Style: Arts & Crafts 1890-1930Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere20 Aug 2014 , 10:30 - 17:00Art exhibitions
Birdwatch at BrockholeBrockhole, Windermere20 Aug 2014Children's and family events
Summer Treasure TrailDove Cottage, Grasmere20 Aug 2014 , 9:30 - 17:00Children's and family events
Wild Walks On WednesdaysDove Cottage, Grasmere20 Aug 2014 , 14:00 - 15:00Walks
Fabukulistic Fun Family Ukulele WorkshopKirkgate Centre, Cockermouth20 Aug 2014 , 13:00 - 16:00Children's and family events • Live music • Workshops
Muncaster Castle - Living History WeekMuncaster Castle, Muncaster20 Aug 2014Days out • Festival
Clear Waters: An Oral History of People's Understanding of Fresh WaterMuseum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Kendal20 Aug 2014 , 10:30 - 17:00Art exhibitions
First World War Centenary: From Fells to FlandersMuseum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Kendal20 Aug 2014Art exhibitions
Postman Pat: From Kendal to HollywoodMuseum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Kendal20 Aug 2014 , 10:30 - 17:00Art exhibitions
Spotlight on the PressMuseum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Kendal20 Aug 2014 , 14:00 - 14:30Talks and Lectures
BRICK CITY: LEGO EXHIBITIONRheged, Penrith20 Aug 2014 , 10:30 - 16:30Art exhibitions • Children's and family events
The Woollen Woods ExhibitionSizergh Castle , Kendal20 Aug 2014Art exhibitions • Children's and family events
Peter Rabbit Tea PartiesThe World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness on Windermere20 Aug 2014Children's and family events
Rookery NookTheatre By The Lake, Keswick20 Aug 2014Theatre
The WinterlingTheatre By The Lake, Keswick20 Aug 2014Theatre
Summer Evening Buffet CruiseWindermere Lake Cruises, Bowness-on-Windermere20 Aug 2014 , 19:00 - 21:30Food and drink
Barbara Hepworth: Within the LandscapeAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal 21 Aug 2014Art exhibitions
Nature ExplorersAllan Bank, Grasmere21 Aug 2014 , 13:30 - 15:30Children's and family events • Walks
Bernard LeachBlackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere21 Aug 2014 , 10:30 - 17:00Art exhibitions
Glasgow Style: Arts & Crafts 1890-1930Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere21 Aug 2014 , 10:30 - 17:00Art exhibitions
Meet Birds of Prey from SilverbandBrockhole, Windermere21 Aug 2014 , 11:00 - 16:30Children's and family events
Ulverston Country MarketCoronation Hall, Ulverston21 Aug 2014 , 9:15 - 11:45Food and drink
Summer Treasure TrailDove Cottage, Grasmere21 Aug 2014 , 9:30 - 17:00Children's and family events
Punctures Made EasyGreystoke Cycle Cafe, Penrith21 Aug 2014 , 17:00 - 19:30Sport and Adventure
Strip And Build Bike Day (Hands On)Greystoke Cycle Cafe, Penrith21 Aug 2014 , 10:00 - 16:00Sport and Adventure • Workshops
Muncaster Castle - Living History WeekMuncaster Castle, Muncaster21 Aug 2014Days out • Festival
Clear Waters: An Oral History of People's Understanding of Fresh WaterMuseum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Kendal21 Aug 2014 , 10:30 - 17:00Art exhibitions
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