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Lake District & Cumbria

CUMBRIA & THE LAKE DISTRICT

Wild and beautiful, the Lake District lies within the rugged heart of Cumbria, and is England’s largest National Park, holding the country’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, and 20 major lakes including England’s longest, Windermere and deepest, Wastwater. It is hugely popular for walking, climbing, boating and mountain-biking but has a subtler side, with links to the poet William Wordsworth, whose museum-home is Dove Cottage at Grasmere, and to children’s writer Beatrix Potter, who is celebrated at a museum in Bowness-on-Windermere.

For the less active, there are many scenic drives, including along the wonderful 21-mile stretch between Windermere and Keswick, which takes in six lakes along with impressive views of Dunmail Raise and the slopes of Helvellyn. Small towns and villages such as Ambleside and Keswick have attractive centres and there are distinctively quirky attractions such as the country’s smallest church, tiny St. Olaf’s at the head of the Wasdale Valley, and Keswick’s Pencil Museum, home to the world’s largest pencil.

Beyond the exquisite lakes and their surrounding peaks, valleys, villages and fells, wider Cumbria is a vast, sparsely-populated but beautiful county extending from northerly ancient Hadrian’s Wall - shadowed by a coast to coast walk - to the shops and seaport bustle of Barrow-in-Furness in the South. Cumbria’s West coast includes sandy beaches of old Victorian resorts such as Seascale and tiny, cobbled Ravenglass a mile from 13th Century Muncaster Castle with its large and colourful gardens. Britain’s most scenic railway is the 72-mile route from Settle to Carlisle, running through the beautiful Eden Valley.

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July

Coniston Country Fair
Coniston Country Fair

This event has something for all the family and is held on the shores of Coniston Water. It's one of the Lake District & Cumbria's favourite visitor attractions drawing crowds of several thousand each year to an area renowned for it's Wainwright fell walking routes and sporting challenges. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Cumbria Steam Gathering
Cumbria Steam Gathering

The Steam Gathering is a huge and colourful event held annually on Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange-over Sands. It features a wonderful array of steam engines and vintage commercial vehicles together with hundreds of classic favourites including cars, motor cycles, bicycles, agricultural and industrial tractors, farm equipment and stationary engines.

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August

Appleby Show
Appleby Show

A family day out in the heart of the Eden Valley with free entry for children. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Dufton Agricultural Show
Dufton Agricultural Show

The Dufton Show is one of the Lake District & Cumbria's longest running traditional agricultural shows attracting equestrian competitors from all over the country. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Hawkshead Show
Hawkshead Show

Held in classic Lake District countryside and home to Beatrix Potter, the show presents displays of Light Horses, Fell Ponies, Shetland Ponies, Mountain and Moorland Ponies, sheep, dogs, cattle, pet classes, floral art, hound trailing, stick classes and the ever favourite of the Sheepdog & Duck Display and much more family entertainment. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of<

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November

Kendal Mountain Festival
Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival – Great speakers, awesome films, social events like no others and outdoor gear retail heaven. Kendal Mountain Festival is the biggest and most diverse event of its type in the world. Its vision is to inspire more people to explore, enjoy and represent mountains, wilderness and their cultures. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing

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April

Easter Egg Trail
Easter Egg Trail

An Easter event for the family to join the Easter Egg Trail at Sizergh Castle and to have a go at designing your own Easter egg.

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May

Freerange Comedy Festival
Freerange Comedy Festival

Comedians, sketch shows and comedy theatre at Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre and other venues in the Lake District which include performances on the fell tops and on the lakes. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Holker Garden Festival
Holker Garden Festival

The best of gardening, countryside and food and crafts in the grounds of Holker Hall Estate near Grange-over-Sands. It's a family friendly event featuring selections of food and drink, spectacular show gardens, floral art exhibitions, rare plants, live music demonstrations and a wide choice of activities to keep everyone amused.

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Ireby Festival
Ireby Festival

A Lake District & Cumbria live music event performed in several settings in and around the village of Ireby. (photo - VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)
 

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Keswick Jazz Festival
Keswick Jazz Festival

Four days of jazz featuring UK and international talents.

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Muncaster Festival
Muncaster Festival

Street performers from around the world perform on the front lawn of Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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June

Appleby Horse Fair
Appleby Horse Fair

The Horse Fair is a major tourist tourist event and the biggest traditional gypsy fair in Europe

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Boot Beer Festival
Boot Beer Festival

Boot's festival of beer. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)
 

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Cumberland Show
Cumberland Show

This event is a great family friendly day out on Carlisle Racecourse celebrating the best in Lake District & Cumbria traditions. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Keswick Beer Festival
Keswick Beer Festival

A charitable fund raising event organised by Keswick Rugby Club and Keswick Lions Club. Lots of fun with a wide choice of food, live music and a selection of beers, lagers and ciders. (photo - VisitEngland/Marketing
Gloucester)

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Keswick Mountain Festival
Keswick Mountain Festival

An exciting programme of challenging outdoor activities plus the new additions of a Festival Campsite and live music on Crow Park.

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