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  www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk

JANUARY 2018

 

Saturday 27th January - "THE BIG SLEEP" near Low Wood Bay Hotel in Windemere in aid of the Winter Warmth campaign.

www.cumbriafoundation.org/bigsleep

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018

 

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.

http://www.keswickfilmclub.org/festival/home

 

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

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

www.holker.co.uk

 

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

www.trail26.com

 

 

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

www.wayswithwords.co.uk 

 

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

www.epicevents.co.uk

 

Saturday 3rd March - THE MALCOLM WILSON RALLY

www.malcolmwilson.co.uk

 

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

telephone 01768 868000

http://www.cumbrialifehomeandgardenshow.co.uk/

 

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

www.alpinegardensociety.net

 

Saturday 17th March - PENRITH GOES ORANGE MARMALADE FESTIVAL in Penrith.

www.discover-penrith.co.uk/penrithgoesorange

 

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

https://www.dalemain.com/marmalade-festival/

 

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

www.hutton-in-the-forrest.co.uk

 

Sunday 25th March - BUTTERMERE 10 TRAIL RUN At Buttermere. www.highterrainevents.co.uk

 

 

APRIL 2018

 

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

Tel:- 01768 868000

www.rheged.com

 

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

www.hutton-in-the-forrest.co.uk

 

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

Annual celebration of the Westmoreland Damson.

Tel 01539 568599

www.LYTHDAMSONS.ORG.UK

 

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

Tel: 015395 58328

www.hollker.co.uk

 

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

www.pirellicarlislerally.co.uk

 

 

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

www.muncaster.co.uk

 

Sunday 6th - KESWICK HALF MARATHON At Keswick.

www.keswickhalfmarathon.co.uk

 

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

Starts near Keswick.

www.keswick2barrow.co.uk

 

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!  

www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk

www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk/the-route

 

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

www.keswickjazzand bluesfestival.co.uk

 

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

http://www.hutton-in-the-forest.co.uk/whats-on/

 

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

www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk

 

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.

www.espcarclub.co.uk

 

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

www.brathaychallenges.com

 

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

Tel: 015395 36340

www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk

 

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

www.markwoodwardclassicevents.com

 

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

Tel: 01229 717614

www.muncaster.co.uk

 

 

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

www.keswickbeerfestival.co.uk

 

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

www.grasmeregallop.co.uk

 

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

www.epicevents.co.uk

 

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

Tel:- 03300 555734

www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

 

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

www.applebyfair.org

 

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

www.grearrun.org/great-swim

 

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

www.sillothgreen.co.uk

 

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

www.geltgladiator.com

 

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

Tel: 01228 812601

www.cumberlandshow.co.uk 

 

Sunday 17th June - LAKESMAN TRIATHLON At Keswick.

www.thelakesman.com

 

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

www.woolfest.co.uk

 

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

www.brathatchallenges.com

 

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

Full details of 2017 race meetings at:

www.carlisle.thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

 

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 

www.skeltonshow.com

 

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

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/derwentregatta

 

Sunday 8th - DERWENT EPIC LAKES SWIM At Derwentwater.

www.epicevents.co.uk

 

Sunday 8th - GREYSTOKE STAGES RALLY

http://greystokestages.co.uk/

 

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

Annual Christian Convention
Tel: 017687 80075

www.keswickministries.org

 

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

www.edenfoodfestival.org

 

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

Tel: 01768 898982 

www.penrithshow.co.uk

 

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

Tel: 01539 432504

www.amblesidesports.co.uk

 

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

www.kendalcalling.co.uk

 

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

Tel:- 01768 483820

www.potfest.co.uk

 

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

Tel:- 07825 369601

www.steamgathering.org.uk

 

 

AUGUST 2018

 

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

Tel: 01946 692798

www.cockermouthshow.co.uk

 

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

Tel:- 01768 483820

www.potfest.co.uk

 

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

Tel 017683 61583

www.applebyshow.co.uk

 

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. 

www.lowthershow.co.uk

 

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

Tel: 01768 372091

www.brough-show.org.uk 

 

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

www.gosforthshow.co.uk

 

Friday 24th - Sunday 26th - WANNASEE FESTIVAL

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

www.wannaseefestival.com

 

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

www.duftonshow.co.uk

 

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

Tel 01768 482434

www.patterdaledogday.co.uk 

 

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

Tel: 01539 432127

www.grasmeresports.com 

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

Tel: 01697 323418

www.keswickshow.co.uk 

 

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

Tel: 01931 715248

www.crosbyshow.org 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2018


Saturday 1st - ALSTON SHOW At Alston.

www.visiteden.co.uk

 

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

Tel: 01697 478213

www.caldbeckvillage.co.uk/hesketnewmarketshow_htm

 

Saturday 8th  - BUTTERMERE TRIATHLON In Buttermere Village.

www.highterrainevents.co.uk

 

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

Tel: 01539 567804

www.westmorlandshow.co.uk 

 

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

www.festivalofthefells.uk

 

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

www.kendaltorchlighcarnival.co.uk

 

 

OCTOBER 2018


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

 

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

www.bordelinescarlisle.co.uk

 

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

Tel: 01229 717614

www.muncaster.co.uk  

 

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

www.winterdroving.uk

 

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

www.conistonpowerboatrecords.co.uk

 

 

NOVEMBER 2018

 

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

www/discovercarlisle.co.uk

 

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

www.santonbridgeinn.com

 

Sunday 18th November ? - COCKERMOUTH CHRISTMAS LIGHT'S SWITCH ON.

www.cockermouth.org


 

DECEMBER 2018

 

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

                                            

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

www.keswick.org

 

Sunday 2nd December - VICTORIAN FAYRE At Keswick

www.keswick.org

 

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

Tel:- 01931 712350

www.askhamhall.co.uk

 

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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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