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Find out what’s going to be on in the area during your stay, or find out what’s happening then plan your stay? Either way, there’s plenty to see and do!
  • Sat
    06
    Jul
    2024
    2:00 pmAmbleside

     

    Ambleside – along with near neighbours Grasmere – has honoured Rushbearing for over 200 years and early records illustrate the importance of the event to the town. A decorated rush harp is displayed at the head of the Rushbearing which follows a traditional route from St Mary’s Church as the procession of bearers carrying decorated rushes is brought up by the rush World and joined by children carrying rush bundles.

    The procession halts in Market Place where the time-honoured Rushbearing Song is recounted and rushes raised before returning to a service of thanksgiving and dedication as garlands are displayed in the church. Children receive local gingerbread – often a bribe for their attendance in years gone by – before children’s Rushbearing sports and prized guide race takes place in Rothay Park.

    Ambleside Rushbearing

  • Sun
    07
    Jul
    2024
    8:00 amConiston

    The Aquasphere Epic Lakes Swim Coniston is event 3 of the Epic Lakes Open Water Swim Series. It takes place at Monk Coniston, at the North end of the lake. You can choose either the 500m, the 1 mile or the ‘Iron’ 3.8k distances, depending upon your age and ability. Coniston provides yet another fantastic venue, with stunning views and it’s a great family day out. Visit the famous Bluebird Cafe or take a ride on the Steam Gondola. Coniston is of course famous for Donald Campbell’s speed record, but you can take things a bit more leisurely and enjoy the surroundings. It’s going to be another EPIC day of swimming, come and join us!

    Coniston Epic Lake Swim

     

  • Thu
    25
    Jul
    2024
    10:00 amAmbleside

    Locals and visitors to Ambleside have enjoyed watching and taking part in this traditional Lakeland Sports Day. The attractions for this years event will include: Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, Hound Trails, Foot & Cycle races, Fell races, Children’s races, Catering marquee and Licenced marquee.

    Ambleside Sports Day

  • Fri
    26
    Jul
    2024
    Sun
    28
    Jul
    2024
    12:00 amConiston

    From here the route heads to Matterdale and continues over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston. The route does not pass over any of the ‘popular’ Lakeland summits. Instead, it weaves it’s way through stunning valleys, coutours picturesque fells and cuts it’s own line through the amazing Lakeland topography. The Lakeland 100 will take you to places in Cumbria you may never have visited before and it’s likely you’ll wonder why.

    Lakeland 100

     

  • Fri
    26
    Jul
    2024
    Sun
    28
    Jul
    2024
    9:00 amConiston, Ambleside

    The route starts from the Northern end of Ullswater within the grand Dalemain Estate before following the Eastern shore line as far as Howtown. A quick climb and descent followed by a trek along the banks of Haweswater sees you at Mardale Head. The route from here visits Long Sleddale, Kentmere, Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite before the final climb and descent to the finish at Coniston. It is a truly amazing route and you will visit places that you never knew existed, places which are ignored by the masses..

    Lakeland 50

     

  • Sat
    27
    Jul
    2024
    Sun
    28
    Jul
    2024
    9:00 amGrange over Sands

    For 50 years, the Cumbria Steam & Vintage Vehicle Society Ltd has been bringing together vintage vehicles from across the world to Cark Airfield in Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands, for one massive summer gathering. A huge colourful and noisy weekend event with a variety of entertainments, the Steam Gathering will feature splendid steam engines and vintage commercial vehicles, as well as hundreds of classic transport favourites including cars, motorcycles, bicycles, agricultural and industrial tractors, farm equipment and stationary engines. This year we are pleased to be able to welcome members of the Ford and Fordson Association who will stage their annual Expo display at Flookburgh. The display, which aims to highlight the varied output of the Ford Motor Company, mainly in respect of their contribution to agricultural mechanisation, is now in its tenth year and this will be the first time that this event has been staged in this part of the country. For fans of blue (and green and orange, with possibly a few grey) tractors, this is an occasion not to be missed.

    steamgathering

  • Sun
    11
    Aug
    2024
    7:30 amWindermere

    The Aqua sphere Epic Lakes Swim Windermere is final event of the Epic Lakes Open Water Swim Series. It takes place from YMCA Lakeside, Newby Bridge. You can choose either the 750m, 1500m, 3k or 10k distances, depending upon your age and ability. Bring the family and join us for the season finale, it’s going to be another EPIC day out in the Lake District.

    Windermere Epic Lake Swim

     

  • Thu
    15
    Aug
    2024
    9:00 amAmbleside

    The Rydal Show also has over 20 trade stands offering country life shopping including clothing and accessories, art and displays. A licensed bar will be open from 11am – 7pm and food will include full catering using local produce from a seated catering tent, as well as sandwiches, cakes, Cumberland sausage and burgers.

    Rydal Show

  • Sun
    18
    Aug
    2024
    12:00 pmTorver, Near Coniston

    The Lakeland Country Fair takes place at Torver, near Coniston, in the beautiful countryside looking across to the Coniston fells and Coniston Old Man. It is easily accessible, at Little Arrow, Torver, on the A593, a few miles west of Coniston village.

    As well as being a typical Cumbrian show, the Lakeland Country Fair acts as a showcase for traditional Cumbrian skills and activities. There will be sheep on display and demonstrations of hand-clipping will take place during the afternoon.

    Lakeland Country Fair

  • Sun
    25
    Aug
    2024
    10:00 amGrasmere

    The Grasmere Sports & Show takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday 25th August 2024 at The Showfield in Grasmere. It’s one of the longest-running Lake District sports events and is now in its 172nd year. Grasmere Sports features traditional sports from Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling to fell running and hound trailing.

    Grasmere Sports

     

  • Sat
    31
    Aug
    2024
    12:00 pmWindermere

    Chillswim Windermere 2024 will take place on Saturday 31st August. It’s the longest swim in England and a unique chance to swim the full 11 mile length with all of your swimming friends whilst knowing you are safe in the hands of the highly experienced management team at Chillswim.

    Chill Swim Windermere

  • Wed
    11
    Sep
    2024
    Thu
    12
    Sep
    2024
    8:00 amKendal

    Located on the fringes of the Lake District, Westmorland County Show is a fantastic day out – voted as one of the UK’s favourite Shows and enjoyed by over 30,000 visitors every year.  A major livestock Show with classes for cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and alpacas, heavy and light horses too, there’s plenty to see.

    Come and meet the foxhounds, get up close to magnificent cattle, marvel at the show jumping, discover the interactive displays in our Learning for Life Marquee, get inspired by the WI’s crafty creations, or cheer on your favourites in the Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling.

    Be tempted by artisan chocolates, cheeses, pies, gins and much more in the North West’s largest local Food Hall, or drop the children off at our creche and enjoy the Show at your own pace.

    With the chance to discover the best of farming and the countryside, as well as seeing some of the country’s top quality livestock, shop till you drop amongst hundreds of trade stands or get involved with our Rural Craft have-a-go areas, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this year’s Show.

    Westmorland County Show

  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2024
    7:30 amGrasmere

    The Cumbrian Cracker is one of the original Lakeland cycle sportives. It’s a 60 miles route which starts and finishes in Grasmere village and climbs ‘Red Bank’ within the first mile! The route continues round the back of Coniston Water to reach the food stop at Cartmel scout hut. The return leg then weaves it’s way through fantastic country lanes, via Grizedale forest, Hawkshead and Ambleside. The route is undulating but does not climb any of the major passes. The roads in South Lakeland are some of the best you will ever ride and well worth the trip! This is a classic Autumn sportive and an EPIC day out on the bike, make sure you join us!

    Cumbrian Cracker

     

  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2024
    10:30 amGreat Langdale

    A beautiful, challenging marathon course set in England’s most spectacular mountain scenery. The Langdale Marathon has a reputation as the toughest road marathon in the UK. Taking in two laps of the Half Marathon course and reaching gradients of 1:3, this stunning marathon attracts both seasoned runners and a large number of people looking for their next challenge.

    Langdale Marathon

     

  • Sat
    16
    Nov
    2024
    10:30 amAmbleside

    The event starts around 10.30 am with the first steamer ready to set off on the lake in search of Santa. Other events happening throughout the day in the village.  From about 3.45 pm, lantern bearers gather outside the Gables Hotel at the bottom of Compston Road, where the lantern bearers will turn on their LED LIGHTING.

    Santa arrives to head the procession which leaves at 4.30 pm, all lanterns lit up. Off we go up Compston Road with Father Christmas switching the lights on and weaving a spell with his magic dust as we parade around the village.

    Ambleside Christmas Lights

  • Sat
    23
    Nov
    2024
    Sun
    24
    Nov
    2024
    10:00 amUlverston

    Ulverston’s Dickensian Christmas Festival is managed and operated by an independent local committee of unpaid volunteers on a non-profit making basis; it is funded by fund raising efforts throughout the year and income from stalls and mulled wine sales of the previous year.

    Founded in 2000 the festival has grown in size and duration over the past 23 years and has established itself as one of the busiest and most popular Dickensian festivals in the country. Customers enjoy the festive atmosphere and the quality and variety of products on offer.

    Ulverston is a beautiful historic market town with cobbled streets situated in a spectacular location on the edge of the Lake District.

    Dickensian Festival

  • Sat
    14
    Dec
    2024
    10:00 amGreat Langdale

    The Christmas Pudding 10K is a popular start to the festive season in the Lake District for locals and visitors alike. With over 1000 entered at its peak, this race appeals to all who enjoy the fun side of running, with festive fancy dress encouraged! Every finisher receives a Christmas pudding and there’s a prize for the best dressed to help get you into the Christmas spirit!

    Christmas Pudding 10K

     

  • Sat
    29
    Mar
    2025
    11:00 amConiston

    The Coniston 14 is probably the most beautiful road race in Britain. Each year it attracts some 1600 runners and has a reputation for being one of the best organised small races in the country. The Race is organised by an enthusiastic committee of volunteers from Coniston village.

    Coniston 14

 
 
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