The Local Events

Lake District Events and Festivals

Keswick walking festival in the Lake District

The breathtaking beauty of the Lake District provides the perfect backdrop for the numerous special events and festivals that take place throughout each year in Cumbria and the Lake District. A handful of highlights from the endless list of events and festivals in the calendar include:

Damson Day, Lyth Valley – April
Damson Day in the Lyth Valley is an opportunity to walk the orchards and admire the blossoms. Enjoy a taste of food and drink made with the fruits from the orchard.

Keswick Mountain Festival – May
Nestled in the Northern Lakeland fells, Keswick offers an idyllic backdrop for this popular Festival. It is a showcase of all the adventurous activities that visitors can experience in and around Keswick and the surrounding Lake District. Visitors can try out new activities or improve on existing skills.

Ullswater Walking Festival – May
Ullswater Walking Festival runs for a week in May each year it offers guided walks for walkers of all abilities, talks and activities. The perfect opportunity to get to know the Ullswater valley and what is reputed to be ‘England’s most beautiful lake’.

Windermere on Water – June
A festival of events located on or near Windermere, visitors can compete in the Open English Stone Skimming championships or learn circus skills or simply relax listening to music on the bandstand or enjoy a guided walk, this festival offers something for everyone.

Windermere Air Show – July
Windermere Air show festival organised by the Rotary Club at the end of July is a spectacular event to behold with the Royal Air Force Red Arrows on display together with many other aircraft. There is a fair and stalls on the Glebe in Bowness for the weekend.

Torver Country Show - August
Torver a hamlet not far from Coniston holds it country fair every august, where you can view country skills such as horse shodding, wood turning, sheep shearing. Competitions for art and craft, flower arranging, buy produce from the area. Watch the Westmorland Wrestling and the terrier racing.

Grasmere Sports – August
Grasmere sports is the main event in the Grasmere calendar with its famous Westmorland Wrestling dating back some 150 years, this is a popular day for visitors to enjoy some sunshine and a picnic whilst watching the sports and an event steeped in tradition.

Westmorland County Show – September
Westmorland County Showground near to junction 36 of the M6 at Crooklands hosts a huge country fair during early September and covers a huge site. Enjoy watching the show jumping and dressage, pony races. Westmorland wrestling, farm livestock competing for best in show. Plus art, craft and stalls for buying local produce from.

Egremont Crab Fair and Sports - September
Egremont, a small market town in the western Lake District celebrates the crab apple season. With tradition established back in 1267 it combines ancient and traditional events including the unique and famous Gurning competition, thought to have orginated by the faces people pulled after eating a sour apple.

Biggest Liar Competition, Santon Bridge – November
The Biggest Liars competition, sponsored by Jennings Brewery is held at The Bridge Inn at Stanton Bridge, where there are some very large stories told in order to follow in the footsteps of ‘Auld Will’, a 19th century famous Cumbrian (Will Ritson) a popular publican who lived at the head of the Wasdale Valley in the English Lake District and used to regale stories of the folk and heritage of the area.

Kendal Mountain Film Festival - November
Offering a diverse programme of films, documentaries, presentations, lectures and debate this internationally renowned event attracts top adventurers, climbers, film makers and writers. A festival dedicated to people passionate about the outdoors, natural evironment and adventure sports including a specialist programme for skiers and boarders, BASE and parapenting, adventure races, kayaking and mountain biking.

Ulverston’s Dickension Festival – November
A lovely way to gear up to the festive season. See the locals in their Victorian clothing, raising funds for charity as they enthrall you with side stalls, singing, brass bands and street entertainers. Taste some warm mulled wine or drink hot chocolate or a coffee with a drop of spirit to warm you through. Enjoy a hot dog or pork and stuffing roll. There are many market stalls for you to make your first Christmas purchases.

  1. Egremont Crab Fair ~ www.egremontcrabfair.org.uk
  2. Grasmere sports ~ www.grasmeresportsandshow.co.uk
  3. Damson Day ~ www.lythdamsons.org.uk/damsonday
  4. Ullswater walking festival ~ www.ullswater.com
  5. Keswick Mountain festival ~ www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk
  6. Kendal mountain film festival ~ www.mountainfilm.co.uk
  7. Biggest Liar Competition ~ www.santonbridgeinn.com/liar
  8. Sure to Surprise ~ www.suretosurpriseyou.co.uk