Things to do, and where to go in the Lake District and Surrounding Areas for 2017

The Lake District National Park offers many superb activites. Stafford House is not only located within easy reach of the Lakes, but also provides a good base for travellers wishing to explore the North Pennines.

Haweswater Reservoir.

Events Taking Place for 2017 in and Around This Beautiful Area

Please find below month by month information regarding the many interesting places you can go, as well as fantastic scenery, and things to do.  Believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg as there is much, much more!


Just 5 minutes walk from us we have the Greystoke Cycle Cafe.  They host the "Quirky Workshops" an electric range of one, two and three day courses, which include a fantastic homemade lunch and refreshments.  To book you can contact Annie Swarbrick either by telephone on 017684 83984 or for full details visit their extensive website



Saturday 28th January - "THE BIG SLEEP" near Low Wood Bay Hotel in Windemere in aid of the Winter Warmth campaign.





This is the best time to see Snowdrops and Winter Flowering Aconites at Dalemain Estate near Ullswater, Penrith.

Their Tea Room opens in early February, and the House opens for the Spring Season mid February.


Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th February - 18th KESWICK FILM FESTIVAL, Cumbria's answer to Sundance.


Now until Sunday 5th February - THE BFG IN PICTURES.

Tullie House Museuam and Art gallery in Carlisle presents the touring exhibition of Quentin Blake illustrations.


Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th February - KESWICK FILM FESTIVAL


Friday 17th - Sunday 19th February and Friday 24th - Sunday 26th February

SNOWDROP WEEKENDS at Holker Hall and Gardens in Cark-in-Cartmel


Friday 24th - Sunday 26th FebruaryASKHAM HALL CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL At Askham church, Askham, Near Penrith.

Tel:- 01931 712350


Sunday 26th February - TRAIL TO DALEMAIN A 10k run at Dalemain Mansion near Penrith



MARCH 2017


This is the Best Time To See Snowdrops and Winter Flowering Aconites at Dalemain Estate near Ullswater, Penrith 


Friday 3rd - Sunday 12th March - "WORDS BY THE WATER" Literary festival with "Water President" Melvyn Bragg at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick .

Tel:- 01768 774411 


Fridy 3rd March - Sunday 23rd April - "NEW QUILTING" At Rheged near Penrith. Contemporary Quilting Exhibition.

Tel:- 01768 868000


Sunday 5th March - EDEN VALLEY EPIC CYCLE SPORTIVE Starts at Penrith Leisure Centre


Saturday 11th March - THE MALCOLM WILSON RALLY


Saturday 11th March - Sunday 3rd September - THE WORD-HOARD, A LOVE LETTER TO OUR LAND.  An exhibition at Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth by best selling author Robert Macfarlane.


Saturday 18th March - CARTMEL TRAIL RACES Held at the Cartmel Racecourse.  Further Cumbrian venues and dates on the website.


Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th March - CUMBRIA LIFE HOME & GARDEN SHOW at Rheghed near Penrith.

telephone 01768 868000


Saturday 18th March - ALPINE GARDEN SOCIETY SHOW at Kirbie Kendal School, Lound Road, Kendal LA9 7EQ




Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th March - THE WORLD'S ORIGINAL MARMALADE FESTIVAL at Dalemain Estate near Ullswater.


Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March - AMBLESIDE SPRING FLOWER SHOW At Ambleside.

Tel:- 07730 946510


Friday 24th - Sunday 26th March - NORTHERN CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL At Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley.

Tel:- 01539 822644


Sunday 26th March - Sunday 29th October - HUTTON-IN-THE-FORREST HISTORIC GARDENS AND WOODLAND WALK open for the 2017 season.  

They are open from 10am to 5pm daily, except Saturdays




APRIL 2017

Sunday 2nd April - BUTTERMERE 10 TRAIL RUN At Buttermere.

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April - KNOT AND STITCH SHOW At Rheghed near Penrith

Tel:- 01768 868000


Saturday 8th April - Sunday 10th September - HADRIAN'S CAVALRY At Hadrian's Wall Venues.  Exhibitions and events at 10 venues along the length of hadrian's Wall, celebrating the cavalry forces of the Roman Army.

Sunday 9th April - Sunday 1st October - HUTTON-INn-THE-FORREST "House" opens to the public for the 2017 season. They are open from 11.30am - 4pm Wednesday,s Thursdays & Sundays, and Bank Holiday Mondays. The Cloisters Tea Room is open from 10am to 4pm when the House is open


Thursday 13th - Monday 17th April - EASTER INTERNATIONAL MARKET At Carlisle City Centre


Friday 14th - Monday 17th April - CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT, At various National Trust Venues in Cumbra.  Check the website for details.


Saturday 15th - Monday 17th April - TASTE CUMBRIA At Kirkby Lonsdale


Sunday 16th April - PLANT FAIR AND HOLKER FOOD MARKET at Holker Hall and Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel

Tel: 015395 58328


Saturday 22nd April - DAMSON DAY COUNTRY FAIR at Low Farm, Lyth Valley, near Kendal

Annual celebration of the Westmoreland Damson.

Tel 01539 568599



Saturday 22nd April - Monday 1st May - ULVERSTON WALKFEST


Tuesday 25th April - Monday 1st May - RIDE2STRIDE SETTLE-CARLISLE WALKING FESTIVAL in the Yorkshire Dales and the Eden Valley.


Saturday 29th April - Sunday 2nd July - DEREK ELAND: BEING HUMAN AT BASE CAMP At Rheged near Penrith.  An exhibition by Cumbrian Artist-In-Residence at Everest Base Camp.

Tel:- 01768 868000


Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th April - PIRELLI CARLISLE RALLY. Start/Finish Carlisle City Centre.


Saturday 29th April - Monday 1st May - CUMBERLAND SAUSAGE FESTIVAL At Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass.

Tel:- 01229 717614


Sunday 30th April - KESWICK HALF MARATHON At Keswick.


MAY 2017


This is the Best Time to see Blue Poppies at Dalemain near Ullswater, Penrith.


Saturday 6th May - KESWICK TO BARROW WALK.  51st Charity Walk

Starts near Keswick.


Sunday 7th May - THE "FRED WHITTON CHALLENGE" for Cyclists.  Starting at Grassmere, the route is around 112 miles through the beautiful Lake District taking in Ambleside, Windemere, Kirkstone Pass, Keswick, Derwentwater, Buttermere, Honister Pass, Ennerdale, Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass, and lots more!


Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th May - KESWICK JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL At Keswick



Saturday 13th May - THE LOW WOOD, NO WOOD CARDBOARD BOAT RACE at Windemere.


Friday 12th - Sunday 13th May - WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED CUMBRIAN CHALLENGE At Grasmere Sports Ground.  A Charity Team challenge.


Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th May - CUMBRIA PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW At Rheged near Penrith.

Tel:- 0176 868000


Sunday 14th May - CUMBRIA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW At Crooklands County Showground, near Kendal.


Sunday 14th May - PLANT AND FOOD FAIR at Hutton-in-the-Forrest near Penrith from 10am - 4pm


Monday 15th - Sunday 21st May - FREERANGE COMEDY FESTIVAL at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.

Tel: 01539 725133


Friday 19th May - MASQUERADE BALL At the Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windemere in aid of the Calvert Trust.


Saturday 20th May - FELL PONY STALLION SHOW at Dalemain, near Ullswater, Penrith


Saturday 20th May - January 2018 - LIFE OF A MOUNTAIN, A BLENCATHRA EXHIBITION At the Keswick Museum.  It features images of Terry Abraham's documentry film.


Sunday 21st May - WINDEMERE MARATHON From Brathay Hall, Ambleside.


Saturday 27th - Monday 29th May - CARTMEL RACES at Cartmel Racecourse, Cartmel

Tel: 015395 36340


Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th May - TASTE CUMBRIA at Ulverston


Sunday 28th May - CLASSIC CARS IN THE PARK At Hutton-in-the-Forrest, near Penrith.


Sunday 28th - Monday 29th May - MUNCASTER FESTIVAL at Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass.  

Tel: 01229 717614




JUNE 2017

This is the Best Time to see  Over 200 Old Fashioned Rose Varieties at Dalemain near Ullswater, Penrith


Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd June - KESWICK BEER FESTIVAL


Saturday 3rd June - GRASMERE GALLOP, Trail races, family fun run and walk.


Saturday 3rd June - OLLY MURS At Brunton Park, Carlisle.


Sunday 4th June - ULLSWATER EPIC LAKES SWIM At St Patrick's Boat Landing, Glenridding.


Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th June - KESWICK MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL.

Tel:- 03300 555734


Thursday 8th - Wednesday 14th June - APPLEBY HORSE FAIR


Friday 9th - Sunday 11th - THE GREAT NORTH SWIM in Windemere Lake


Saturday 10th June - SILLOTH VINTAGE RALLY on the Green at Silloth.


Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th June - GELT GLADIATOR At Gelt Woods, Brampton. An extreme obstacle challenge.


Saturday 17th June- THE CUMBERLAND SHOW at East Park, Brisco near Carlisle

Tel: 01228 812601 


Sunday 18th June - ASKHAM HALL SUMMER FETE At Askham Hall, near Penrith.

Tel:- 01931 712350


Sunday 18th June - LAKESMAN TRIATHLON At Keswick.


Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th June - KESWICK FESTIVAL.


Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th - WOOLFEST At Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth.


Sunday 25th June - BRATHAY BRUTAL, BRATHAY BELTER AND BRATHAY BREEZE From Brathay Hall, Ambleside.  Cycle Sportives for different levels.


Wednesday 28th June - CARLISLE BELL AND CUMBERLAND PLATE DAY at Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar Road, Carlisle.

Full details of 2017 race meetings at:


Friday 30th June - Sunday 2nd July - COCKERMOUTH LIVE!  Cockermouth Festival.




JULY 2017

This is the Best Time to see Over 200 Old Fashioned Rose Varieties at Dalemain near Ullswater, Penrith

Saturday 1st - SKELTON SHOW At Hutton-in-the-Forrest Park near Penrith.

Tel:- 01768 484122


Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd July - HADRIAN'S CAVALRY LIVE At bitts Park, Carlisle.


Sunday 2nd July - COLOUR RUN FOR HOSPICE AT HOME WEST CUMBRIA, at Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass.

Tel:- 01229 717614


Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th July - KING POCKY'S DERWENTWATER REGATTA.  Low cost watersports for beginners.


Sunday 9th July - DERWENT EPIC LAKES SWIM At Derwentwater.




Saturday 15th July - BRYAN ADAMS At Bitts Park, Carlisle.


Saturday 15th July - Friday 4th August - KESWICK CONVENTION
Annual Christian Convention
Tel: 017687 80075


Saturday 15th July - PENRITH ON A PLATE


Saturday 15th - Saturday 22nd July  - EDEN FOOD AND FARMING FESTIVAL, in Penrith and the Eden Valley.


Saturday 22nd July - PENRITH AGRICULTURAL SHOW, at Brougham Hall Farm, near Penrith.  

Tel: 01768 898982


Thursday 27th July - AMBLESIDE SPORTS, at Rydale Park, Ambleside. 

Tel: 01539 432504


Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th July - KENDAL CALLING, at Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, near Penrith.


Friday 28th - Sunday 30th July - MARYPORT BLUES FESTIVAL


Friday 28th - Sunday 30th July - POTFEST IN THE PARK, at Hutt-in-the-Forrest, near Penrith. 

Tel:- 01768 483820


Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th July  - CUMBRIA STEAM GATHERING on Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands.

Tel:- 07825 369601


Saturday 29th July  - Wednesday 6th September - LAKE ARTISTS SOCIETY SUMMER EXHIBITION, at the New Hall Grasmere.

Tel:- 01539 435628


Saturday 29th July - COCKERMOUTH SHOW - The Fitz, Low Road, Cockermouth

Tel: 01946 692798






Wednesday  2nd August - CARTMEL SHOW at Cartmel Racecourse, Cartmel.

Tel: 01539 562683


Friday 4th  - Sunday 6th August  - POTFEST IN THE PENS, at Skirsgill Auction Mart, Penrith. The hustle & Bustle of a Potters Market. 

Tel:- 01768 483820


Thursday 10th August - APPLEBY SHOW at the Barley Field near Appleby Golf Course.

Tel 017683 61583


Saturday 12th August - DALSTON SHOW, on the showfield at Dalston near Carlisle. 
Tel:- 07703 354466


Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August - THE LOWTHER GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR at Lowther Castle Estate, Hackthorpe near Penrith.


Thursday 17th August - BROUGH AGRICULTURAL SHOW, at Popping Lane Kaber,Kirkby Stephen.  

Tel: 01768 372091 


Saturday 19th August - ALL ENGLAND STONE SKIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP At Fell Foot, Newby Bridge, Windemere.


Saturday 19th August - GOSFORTH SHOW On the showfield of the A595


Saturday 19th  - Monday 28th August - CARLISLE PAGEANT in Carlisle City Centre.


Friday 25th - Sunday 27th August - WANNASEE FESTIVAL

Music Festival with Tribute Bands at Hutton-in-the-Forrest, near Penrith


Saturday 26th August - DUFTON SHOW (THE FELLSIDE ROYAL) at Dufton


Saturday 26th August - PATTERDALE DOG DAY, on the King George V Playing Field, Patterdale.  

Tel 01768 482434 


Saturday 26th - Monday 28th August - MEDIEVAL MUNCASTER, Muncaster Castle, near Ravenglass.

Tel 01229 717614


Sunday 27th August - GRASMERE SPORTS,at the Showfield, Stock Lane, Grasmere. 

Tel: 01539 432127 

Sunday 27th August - PLANT FAIR AND FOOD MARKET At Holker Hall and Gardens in Cark-in-Cartmel
Tel:- 01539 558328

Monday 28th August - KESWICK SHOW, at the Pump Field, Braithwaite near Keswick. 

Tel: 01697 323418 


Thursday 31st August - CROSBY RAVENSWORTH SHOW at Low Bottom, Maulds Meaburn.  

Tel: 01931 715248 





Saturday 2nd September - ALSTON SHOW At Alston.


Saturday 2nd September - BIG CHILL SWIM in Coniston Water.


Saturday 2nd September - HESKET NEWMARKET SHOW, held between Hesket Newmarket and Newlands Mill.  

Tel: 01697 478213


Saturday 9th September - BUTTERMERE TRIATHLON In Buttermere Village.


Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th September - CHILLI FEST At Holker Hall and Gardens in Cark-in-Cartmel.

Tel:- 015395 558328


Thursday 14th September - THE CUMBERLANDAND WESTMORLAND COUNTY SHOW, on the County showground, Crooklands near Kendal.

Tel: 01539 567804 


Friday 15th - KENDAL  TORCHLIGHT CARNIVAL, Street entertainment and live music.


Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th September - FESTIVAL OF THE FELLS At Ambleside.


Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th September - TASTE CUMBRIA at Cockermouth





Throughout October - Apple Cellebrations at Dalemain Estate near Ullswater, Penrith


Friday 6th - Sunday 8th October - BORDERLINES CARLISLE BOOK FESTIVAL.


Sunday 8th October - APPLE DAY at Acorn Bank Temple Sowerby. 

Tel: 01768 361893 


Friday 13th - Sunday 15th October - THE LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL at Kendal.


Saturday 14th October - WASDALE HEAD SHOW AND  SHEPHERDS' MEET at Wasdale.  

Tel: 01946 810350


Thursday 26th - Tuesday 31st October - HALLOWEEN WEEK at Muncaster Castle, near Ravenglass.

Tel: 01229 717614  


Saturday 28th October - WINTER DROVING In Penrith Town Centre.


Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th October - KENDAL WOOL GATHERING At the Kendal Leisure Centre, Kendal.


Monday 30th October - Friday 3rd November - CONISTON POWER BOAT RECORDS WEEK, at Coniston Water.






Saturday 4th November - CARLISLE FIRESHOW, at Bitts Park, Carlisle. 



Thursday 16th November - WORLDS BIGGEST LIAR COMPETITION, at Santon Bridge Inn, near Holmrook.


Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th November  - KESWICK MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL, at Keswick venues.

Tel: 01539 732141 







Christmas Lunches in the Mediaeval Hall at Dalemain Estate near Ullswater.  (Please see website for dates, as booking is essential)


Friday 1st - Sunday 24th December - KESWICK LIVE ADVENT at Keswick.


Sunday 3rd December - VICTORIAN FAYRE At Keswick


Sunday 3rd December - ASKHAM HALL CHRISTMAS MARKET At Askham Hall near Penrith.

Tel:- 01931 712350


Friday 9th - Sunday 10th December - TASTE CUMBRIA CHRISTMAS At Cockermouth.






Places To Go


Birdoswald Roman Fort, Gillsland Nr Brampton Tel:- 01697 747642


Carlisle Castle, Carlisle, Tel:- 01228 625600


Cars of the Stars Museum, Keswick (open April-November) Tel:- 01768 773757


Castlerigg Stone Circle, Nr Keswick Tel:- 01912 691200


Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick Tel:- 01768 773626


Dalemain Mansion & Hisoric Garden, Nr Ullswater, Pooley Bridge Tel:- 017684 86450

Go Ape Highwire Forrest Adventure, Whinlatter Forrest Park, Braithwaite Near Keswick Tel:- 0845 6439215


Holker Hall and Gardens, Nr Grange Over Sands Tel:- 01539 558328


Hutton-In-The-Forrest Historic Home & Gardens, Penrith, Cumbria Tel:- 017684 84449

Jennings Brewary, Cockermouth, Tel:- 0845 1297190


Lakes Aquarium, Newby Bridge Tel:- 01539 530153


Levens Hall and Gardens, Nr Kendal Tel:- 01539 560321


Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass Tel:- 01229 717171


RSPB Geltsdale Nature Reserve, Hallbankgate Nr Brampon Tel:- 01697 746717


Rydal Mount and Gardens, Rydal Nr Ambleside Tel:- 01539 433002


South Tynedale Railway, Alston Tel:- 01434 381696


The Rheghed Centre, Penrith, Tel:- 017684 868000


The Rum Story, Whitehaven Tel:- 01946 592933


The Sands Centre, Carlisle Tel:- 01228 625222


The World of Beatrix Potter, Windemere Tel:- 01539 488444


Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Tel:- Box Office 017687 74411


Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle, Tel:- 01228 618718


Walby Farm Park, Nr Carlisle Tel:- 01228 573056


Windemere Lake Cruises, Windemere Tel:- 01539 443360


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"Roadbase 2017" After hatching a plan to Motorcycle the length and breadth of the country raising money for "The Air Abulance"  Dave Ascough and Daren Cox rested their weary bodies with us here at Stafford House on Sunday 17th September 2017.


(Please note that it isn't Dave & Darren on the above picture, but Dave's wife Sam on the left, and myself on the right!


Please click here to go to the "News Section" where you can read more, and ride with them on their adventure! 


"The Wigton & District Flower Club" visit the Garden!


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We are proud to announce that we have just been awarded yet another Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor for 2017


Check out the "Homes" section of the Cumberland News dated Friday 30th June 2017.

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