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 27th 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 22nd - Sunday 25th February - 19th KESWICK FILM FESTIVAL, Cumbria's answer to Sundance.


Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February and Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th February

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


Friday 20th October 2017 - Friday 23rd FebruaryASKHAM HALL CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL At Askham church, Askham, Near Penrith.

Tel:- 01931 712350


Sunday 25th February - TRAIL26 - TRAIL 10 TO DALEMAIN

A 10k run at Dalemain Mansion near Penrith



MARCH 2018


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


Friday 9th - Monday 19th March - "WORDS BY THE WATER" Literary festival with "Water President" Melvyn Bragg at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick .

Tel:- 01768 774411 


Sunday 4th March - EDEN VALLEY EPIC CYCLE SPORTIVE Starts at Penrith Leisure Centre




Friday 16th - Sunday 18th March - CUMBRIA LIFE HOME & GARDEN SHOW at Rheghed near Penrith.

telephone 01768 868000


Saturday 17th March - ALPINE GARDEN SOCIETY SHOW at Kirbie Kendal School, Lound Road, Kendal LA9 7EQ




Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th March - THE WORLD'S ORIGINAL MARMALADE FESTIVAL at Dalemain Estate near Ullswater.


Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March - AMBLESIDE SPRING FLOWER SHOW At Ambleside.

Tel:- 07730 946510


Sunday 25th March - Sunday 28th October - HUTTON-IN-THE-FORREST HISTORIC GARDENS AND WOODLAND WALK open for the 2018 season.  

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


Sunday 25th March - BUTTERMERE 10 TRAIL RUN At Buttermere.



APRIL 2018


Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April - KNOT AND STITCH SHOW At Rheghed near Penrith

Tel:- 01768 868000


Sunday 8th April - Sunday 30th September - HUTTON-INn-THE-FORREST "House" opens to the public for the 2018 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


Saturday 14th April - DAMSON DAY COUNTRY FAIR at Low Farm, Lyth Valley, near Kendal

Annual celebration of the Westmoreland Damson.

Tel 01539 568599



Sunday 22nd April - PLANT FAIR AND HOLKER FOOD MARKET at Holker Hall and Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel

Tel: 015395 58328


Saturday 28th - Sunday 30th April - PIRELLI CARLISLE RALLY. Start/Finish Carlisle City Centre.



MAY 2018


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


Saturday 5th - Monday 7th - CUMBERLAND SAUSAGE FESTIVAL At Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass.

Tel:- 01229 717614


Sunday 6th - KESWICK HALF MARATHON At Keswick.


Saturday 12th May - KESWICK TO BARROW WALK.  51st Charity Walk

Starts near Keswick.


Sunday 13th 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 10th - Sunday 13th May - THE 27TH KESWICK JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL At Keswick



Sunday 13th May - PLANT AND FOOD FAIR at Hutton-in-the-Forrest near Penrith from 10am - 4pm


Friday 18th - Sunday 19th May - WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED CUMBRIAN CHALLENGE At Grasmere Sports Ground.  A Charity Team challenge.


Saturday 19th May - FELL PONY STALLION SHOW at Dalemain, near Ullswater, Penrith


Sunday 20th May - CUMBRIA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW At Crooklands County Showground, near Kendal.


Sunday 20th May - WINDEMERE MARATHON From Brathay Hall, Ambleside.


Saturday 26th - Monday 28th May - THE WHIT HOLIDAY MEETING AT CARTMEL RACES at Cartmel Racecourse, Cartmel

Tel: 015395 36340


Sunday 27th May - THE 16TH CLASSIC CARS IN THE PARK At Hutton-in-the-Forrest, near Penrith.


Sunday 27th - Tuesday 29th May - MUNCASTER FESTIVAL at Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass.  

Tel: 01229 717614



JUNE 2018

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


Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd June - KESWICK BEER FESTIVAL


Saturday 2nd June - GRASMERE GALLOP, Trail races, family fun run and walk.


Sunday 3rd June - ULLSWATER EPIC LAKES SWIM At St Patrick's Boat Landing, Glenridding.


Friday 8th - Sunday 10th June - KESWICK MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL.

Tel:- 03300 555734


Thursday 7th - Wednesday 10th June - APPLEBY HORSE FAIR


Friday 8th - Sunday 10th - THE GREAT NORTH SWIM in Windemere Lake


Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th June - SILLOTH VINTAGE RALLY on the Green at Silloth.


Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th June - THE 4th GELT GLADIATOR At Gelt Woods, Brampton. An extreme obstacle and mud challenge.


Saturday 16th June- THE CUMBERLAND SHOW at East Park, Brisco near Carlisle

Tel: 01228 812601 


Sunday 17th June - LAKESMAN TRIATHLON At Keswick.


Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd - WOOLFEST At Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth.


Saturday 23rdJune - BRATHAY BRUTAL, BRATHAY BELTER AND BRATHAY BREEZE From Brathay Hall, Ambleside.  Cycle Sportives for different levels.


Wednesday 27th June - CARLISLE BELL AND CUMBERLAND PLATE DAY at Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar Road, Carlisle.

Full details of 2017 race meetings at:



JULY 2018

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

Saturday 7th - SKELTON SHOW At Hutton-in-the-Forrest Park near Penrith.

Tel:- 01768 484122


Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th - KING POCKY'S DERWENTWATER REGATTA.  Low cost watersports for beginners.


Sunday 8th - DERWENT EPIC LAKES SWIM At Derwentwater.




Saturday 14th July - Friday 3rd August - KESWICK CONVENTION

Annual Christian Convention
Tel: 017687 80075


Saturday 21st - PENRITH ON A PLATE, know your food, know your farmers!


Saturday 28th - PENRITH AGRICULTURAL SHOW, at Brougham Hall Farm, near Penrith.  

Tel: 01768 898982


Thursday 26th July - AMBLESIDE SPORTS, at Rydale Park, Ambleside. 

Tel: 01539 432504


Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th July - KENDAL CALLING, at Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, near Penrith.


Friday 27th - Sunday 29th July - POTFEST IN THE PARK, at Hutt-in-the-Forrest, near Penrith. 

Tel:- 01768 483820


Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th July  - CUMBRIA STEAM GATHERING on Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands.

Tel:- 07825 369601





Saturday 4th  - COCKERMOUTH SHOW - The Fitz, Low Road, Cockermouth

Tel: 01946 692798


Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th - POTFEST IN THE PENS, at Skirsgill Auction Mart, Penrith. The hustle & Bustle of a Potters Market. 

Tel:- 01768 483820


Thursday 9th August - APPLEBY SHOW at the Barley Field near Appleby Golf Course.

Tel 017683 61583


Saturday 11th August - DALSTON SHOW, on the showfield at Dalston near Carlisle. 
Tel:- 07703 354466


Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August - THE LOWTHER GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR at Lowther Castle Estate, Hackthorpe near Penrith.


Thursday 16th August - BROUGH AGRICULTURAL SHOW, at Popping Lane Kaber,Kirkby Stephen.  

Tel: 01768 372091 


Saturday 18th August - GOSFORTH SHOW On the showfield of the A595


Friday 24th - Sunday 26th - WANNASEE FESTIVAL

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


Saturday 25th - DUFTON SHOW (THE FELLSIDE ROYAL) at Dufton


Saturday 25th August - PATTERDALE DOG DAY, on the King George V Playing Field, Patterdale.  

Tel 01768 482434 


Sunday 26th August - THE 168th GRASMERE SPORTS,at the Showfield, Stock Lane, Grasmere. 

Tel: 01539 432127 

Monday 27th  - KESWICK SHOW, at the Pump Field, Braithwaite near Keswick. 

Tel: 01697 323418 


Thursday 30th - CROSBY RAVENSWORTH SHOW at Low Bottom, Maulds Meaburn.  

Tel: 01931 715248 




Saturday 1st - ALSTON SHOW At Alston.


Saturday 1st September ? - HESKET NEWMARKET SHOW, held between Hesket Newmarket and Newlands Mill.  

Tel: 01697 478213


Saturday 8th  - BUTTERMERE TRIATHLON In Buttermere Village.


Thursday 13th September - THE CUMBERLANDAND WESTMORLAND COUNTY SHOW, on the County showground, Crooklands near Kendal.

Tel: 01539 567804 


Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September - FESTIVAL OF THE FELLS At Ambleside.


Friday 16th - 17th ? - KENDAL  TORCHLIGHT CARNIVAL, Street entertainment and live music.




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


Monday 1st - Sunday 7th October - THE 5th BORDERLINES CARLISLE BOOK FESTIVAL.


Tuesday 23rd - Sunday 28th October - HALLOWEEN WEEK at Muncaster Castle, near Ravenglass.

Tel: 01229 717614  


Saturday 27th October ?- WINTER DROVING In Penrith Town Centre.


Monday 29th October - Friday 2nd November ?- CONISTON POWER BOAT RECORDS WEEK, at Coniston Water.





Saturday 3rd November ? - CARLISLE FIRESHOW, at Bitts Park, Carlisle. 



Thursday 15th November ? - WORLDS BIGGEST LIAR COMPETITION, at Santon Bridge Inn, near Holmrook.






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


Saturday 1st - Sunday 24th December - THE 5TH KESWICK LIVE ADVENT at Keswick.


Sunday 2nd December - VICTORIAN FAYRE At Keswick


Sunday 2nd December ? - ASKHAM HALL CHRISTMAS MARKET At Askham Hall near Penrith.

Tel:- 01931 712350





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


Please be aware that unfortunately we do not allow pets into the main building of

Stafford House",

However you are more than welcome to bring them along when you are staying in our Lodges



"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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