Lake District Events – a gem-hunter’s guide

The Lake District Sheep Dog Trials at Ings in August

Sadly, many Lake District events have been cancelled during 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, however do check each event online for virtual alternatives, or those that can go ahead with social distancing. Here are some of those to look out for around the Lakes throughout the year…

Along with traditional agricultural shows that have been running for well over a hundred years, there are also a number of more modern cultural and arts events to look out for too.


Keswick Film Festival


Words by the Water Festival of Words and Ideas, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival and Penrith Goes Orange, Dalemain Mansion, near Ullswater, and Penrith Town Centre


Bowness Bay Blues Festival, Bowness-on-Windermere

Daff Fest, Ullswater

Damson Day, Lyth Valley – read more in my blog post about this celebration of damson blossom in the beautiful Lyth Valley.

Print Fest, Ulverston


Cumberland Sausage Festival, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Fred Whitton Challenge, Grasmere

Muncaster Festival

Cartmel Races


Keswick Beer Festival

Grasmere Gallop

Country Fest, Crooklands, near Junction 36 – read more about this celebration of rural life and foods in my blog post…

Ulverston International Music Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival

Appleby Horse Fair

Grange Edwardian Festival

Cumberland Show, Carlisle

Woolfest, Cockermouth


Skelton Show

Penrith Show

Rock the Fells, Bootle

Cartmel Races

Ulverston & North Lonsdale Agricultural Show

Ambleside Sports

Kendal Calling, Lowther, near Penrith

Potfest in the Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest, near Penrith

Cockermouth Agricultural Show

Cumbria Steam Gathering, Flookburgh


Cartmel Show

Potfest in the Pens, Skirsgill Mart, Penrith

Lake District Sheepdog Trials, Ings, near Kendal – Read more about the traditions of sheepdog trials and hound trailing in my blog post from this event…

The Lowther Show

Lakeland Country Fair, Torver, near Coniston

Hawkshead Show

Grasmere Sports and Show

Blackcombe Country Fair

Keswick Show

Ennerdale Show


Loweswater Show

Holker Chilli Fest, Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel

Westmorland County Show, Crooklands, near Junction 36

Ulverston Lantern Festival

Kendal Torchlight Carnival Procession

Egremont Crab Fair & World Gurning Championships

Festival of the Fells, Ambleside

Ullswater Outdoor Fest

Eskdale Show


International Comic Art Festival, Kendal

Wasdale Head Show & Shepherds Meet

Winter Droving, Penrith


Kendal Mountain Festival, Kendal

Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival


Keswick Live Advent, 1-24 December

Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair

Keswick Victorian Fair

Windermere Christmas Celebration