Lake District Events – a gem-hunter’s guide

The Lake District Sheep Dog Trials event at Ings in August

The Lake District Sheep Dog Trials at Ings in August

The calendar of events in the Lake District seems to be getting busier and busier these days.

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.

If you expect to be in the area at a particular time during the year, look out for the following:

February

Keswick Film Festival

March

Wray Castle Children’s Book Festival Weekend, Low Wray, Ambleside

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

Kendal Festival of Food – due to return for 2018

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

April

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

May

Cumberland Sausage Festival, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Fred Whitton Challenge, Grasmere

Muncaster Festival

Cartmel Races

June

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

The Great North Swim, Windermere

Grange Edwardian Festival

Cumberland Show, Carlisle

Woolfest, Cockermouth

July

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

August

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

September

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

October

International Comic Art Festival, Kendal

Wasdale Head Show & Shepherds Meet

Winter Droving, Penrith

November

Kendal Mountain Festival, Kendal

Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival

December

Keswick Live Advent, 1-24 December

Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair

Keswick Victorian Fair

Ja Windermere German Christmas Markets

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