Country Fest 2015 in pictures

Staying at home: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Lake District

At this time, Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District National Park Authority are urging visitors not to visit the Lake District, despite the change in lockdown rules on exercise which come into force on 13 May 2020.

Cumbria and the Lake District have sadly experienced some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the UK, and there are many anxieties related to this (e.g. the Lake District National Park Authority has expressed concern for the welfare of Mountain Rescue Team members, volunteers who often work for front line services).

I am also deeply concerned about the welfare of visitors, with many local walks containing ‘bottle necks’ such as stiles, gates and narrow walled paths, which will not allow for social distancing.

All visitor attractions, cafes and non-essential shops are currently closed in line with government rules.

For guidance and official advice on visiting the Lake District during this difficult time, please take a look at the websites of the Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria Tourism.


Today the rain had gone away and at times the sun was shining, so this afternoon I made my way to Country Fest, which is an annual show organised by the Westmorland County Agricultural Society (organisers of the Westmorland County Show) and held at the County Showfield, Crooklands.

Happily tired out from all that fresh air and the brisk breeze you come to expect at many country shows, I share some of my favourite images from the afternoon.

A kite flying display taking place behind Country Fest
A kite flying display taking place behind Country Fest
Chainsaw carvings
Chainsaw carvings for sale
Classic cars
Classic cars from Lakeland Historic Car Club
Food tent
Inside the food tent
These enormous pastries don’t look nearly as large in a photo!
Kendal Mintcake Vodka
The new Kendal Mintcake Vodka by producer Mint Drinks Company – and I heard it tastes very good too (I was driving again, of course…!)
Kangaroo burgers
Kangaroo what? I must confess, I’ve heard of these before…
zebra burgers
…but I’d not heard of these!
The vintage tent
And now to the vintage tent…
There were also lots of crafts on display
Herdwick bags
Products made from Herdwick wool
Chicken house
A lovely new home for some very lucky chickens
Big red tractors – so I had to take a picture!
Genevieve the cow
Meet Genevieve…
Len the calf
…and her lovely calf Len
And look at these divine little piglets!
Mary the Ayrshire
I first met Mary the Ayrshire at the Kendal Festival of Food – I think she was being a little bit naughty here though!
Sheep's head
And it wasn’t just the live animals who were cute!

Have you been to Country Fest this year? Which was your favourite food producer? Join in the conversation by posting your comments below.

One Comment

  1. Countryfest continues tomorrow (Sunday 31st May), so you still have chance to go along and visit.

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