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Cumbria

If you’re looking for breathtaking scenery, peppered with rustic villages and sites of historic interest, then look no further than Cumbria. Located in the North West of England, you’ll find it bordered by Scotland, Lancashire, North Yorkshire and County Durham. Cumbria is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful counties in the UK, taking in the Lake District, the Eden Valley, the Furness Peninsula, the North Pennines and a part of the Yorkshire Dales, just for good measure.

History in the 21st Century

As you might expect, Cumbria is littered with historic sites, spanning the centuries from some of the earliest stone circles in the UK, through the remains of the Roman Empire to mines and water mills left over from the Industrial Revolution. Birdoswald, in Brampton, is well worth a visit, with a superb visitors’ centre and interactive displays to bring the past well into the 21st Century.

Rabbits and Tigers and Hedgehogs…Oh, my!

Families are well catered for in this county, with a wealth of sights and attractions for those with children. The World of Beatrix Potter Centre, in Windemere, is an enchanting day out for fans of Miss Tiggywinkle and Peter Rabbit. However, if your children prefer their animals a little more exotic, then be sure to pay a visit to Lakeland Zoo, where they can see tigers and a variety of other rare species.

Food for Thought

Being a mainly rural area, Cumbria has attracted plenty of chefs and restaurateurs, looking to serve up superb dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. The Cumbrian culinary scene has really advanced in the last few years and you’ll find fine dining is no longer the monopoly of upmarket hotels. Be sure to check out Holbeck Ghyll, which serves contemporary cuisine, served with a Gallic twist. The Drunken Duck In, in Hawkshead, is also worth a visit and there you can sample classic British cuisine, washed down with ales from the local brewery.

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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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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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