2015 Main Events in Cumbria
Spring Beer Festival, Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley
Friday March 6 – Sunday March 8; Beer festival featuring delicious drinks brewed by several different breweries.
Kendal Festival of Food
Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8; Two day celebration of food and drink with loads of locally sourced Cumbrian goodies.
Bowness Bay Blues Weekend, Bowness-on-Windermere
Friday March 27 – Sunday March 29; Fourth annual edition of festival with great line up full of big name blues acts.
Damson Day Country Fair, Low Farm near Kendal
Saturday April 11; Spring country fair aimed at the whole family.
Ulverston Walking Festival, Ulverston, Cumbria
Saturday April 25 – Monday May 4; Series of stunning walks across the wonderful Cumbrian landscape
Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3; Art festival displaying prints by UK and international artists.
Keswick Jazz Festival, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick
Thursday May 7 – Sunday May 10; One of the UK’s leading jazz festivals with local, national and international acts set to perform.
Freerange Comedy Festival, Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal
Monday May 11 – Sunday May 17; Hilarious week featuring stand up shows from some top comedians.
Keswick Mountain Festival, Keswick
Thursday May 14 – Sunday May 17; Film screenings, speakers and art from the world of outdoor adventure.
Brathay Windermere Marathon, Brathay Hall in Ambleside
Sunday May 17; Marathon which starts and finishes in the grounds of Brathay Hall.
Muncaster Festival, Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass, Cumbria
Sunday May 24 – Thursday May 28; Entertaining festival including a variety of different events.
Holker Garden Festival, Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel
Friday May 29 – Sunday May 31; Three day event showcasing the best in gardening, countryside, food and crafts.
Boot Beer Festival, Eskdale
Thursday June 4 – Sunday June 7; A number of Eskdale pubs team up to offer a huge range of different beers.
Cumberland Show, Carlisle Racecourse
Saturday June 6; Traditional agricultural show featuring stalls and entertainment for all the family.
Grasmere Gallop, Grasmere
Saturday June 6; Challenging run through the scenic setting of Grasmere.
Ulverston International Music Festival, Ulverston
Friday June 12 – Saturday June 20; Annual music festival featuring a range of classical performers.
Great North Swim, Lake Windermere
Friday June 12 – Sunday June 14; Open water swimming challenge set in Lake Windermere.
Elton John, Westmorland County Showground near Kendal
Sunday June 14; Sir Elton John performs in Cumbria as part of his latest tour
Keswick Midsummer Festival, Keswick
Sunday June 21 – Sunday June 28; Week long programme of events including music, entertainment and stalls.
Lanercost Festival, Lanercost Priory near Brampton
Tuesday June 23 – Sunday June 28; Music festival with a host of performances by young musicians.
Woolfest, Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth
Friday June 26 and Saturday June 27; Celebration of wool and wool crafts.
Skelton Show, Old Park near Penrith
Saturday July 4; Popular traditional agricultural show.
Landgale Gala, Wallthwaite Meadow near Ambleside
Sunday July 5; Sporting event featuring a variety of traditional Cumberland events.
Furness Tradition Festival, Ulverston
Friday July 10 – Sunday July 12; Celebration of Cumbrian folk music
The Lakes Chilli Fest, Dalemain near Penrith
Saturday July 18 and Sunday July 19; Over 80 producers offering the tastiest & spiciest chilli products
Coniston Country Fair, Coniston Hall
Sunday July 19; Traditional Lakeland show offering visitors a look into Cumbrian life.
Potfest in the Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith
Friday July 24 – Sunday July 26; Providing an opportunity to purchase pottery and meet/ talk to the artists who created the work.
Penrith Agricultural Show, Brougham Hall Farm near Penrith, Cumbria
Saturday July 25; Penrith’s annual agricultural show featuring market stalls and competitions.
Cumbria Steam Gathering, Cark Airfield in Grange over Sands
Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26; Biggest gathering of the year for Cumbria Steam and Vintage Vehicle Society
Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition, The Hall in Grasmere
Saturday July 25 – Wednesday September 2; The 2015 Annual Summer Exhibition by the prestigious Lake Artists Society
Ambleside Sports, Rydal Park in Ambleside
Thursday July 30; Annual event featuring traditional Cumberland sports
Potfest in the Pens, Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith
Friday July 31 – Sunday August 2; Meet the potters, get inspired and get involved.
Cockermouth Agricultural Show, The Fitz in Cockermouth
Saturday August 1;An action packed agricultural show with entertainment for the whole family
Lake District Summer Music International Festival, Various Venues
Saturday August 1 – Friday August 14; Music festival featuring a varied programme of international music
Dalston Show, Show Field in Dalston, Cumbria
Saturday August 8; Annual event showcasing local agriculture and rural skills
Lunesdale Show, Underley Park in Kirkby Lonsdale
Tuesday August 11; Traditional country agricultural show that attracts visitors, exhibitors and trade stands both locally and from further afield.
Lowther Show, Lowther Estate in Penrith
Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16; Welcoming the local community to a fantastic showcase of countryside living.
Lakeland Country Fair, Torver near Coniston
Sunday August 16; Typical Cumbrian show involving a number of traditional Cumbrian activities
Cartmel Cup Day, Cartmel Racecourse
Saturday August 29; One of the most popular race meets featuring a huge funfair amongst other things
Grasmere Sports and Show, Grasmere Sports Field
Sunday August 30; The Sports comprises of the old and traditional sports of fell running, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and Hound Trailing.
Westmorland County Show, County Showground near Kendal
Thursday September 10; One of the largest one day shows in the country
Kendal Torchlight Carnival, Kendal
Friday September 11; Street entertainment and live music
Borrowdale Shepherds’ Meet, Rosthwaite
Sunday September 20; Annual meeting of shepherds’ from across the county featuring competitions and entertainment
Taste Cumbria Food Festival, Cockermouth
Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27; Huge festival featuring an array of food and drink
Wasdale Head Show and Shepherds’ Meet, Wasdale
Saturday October 10; Another typical Cumbrian show featuring all the associated activities
Kendal Wool Gathering, K Village in Kendal
Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25; Two day event celebrating Kendal’s historic links with the wool trade
Apple Day, Acorn Bank in Penrith
Sunday October 11; Family event dedicated to one of our favourite fruits
Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal
Friday October 16 – Sunday October 18; Festival featuring a stellar cast of both British and international creators as well as a number of special exhibitions