Whatever you are looking for, whatever the season, visit the Lake District for a year of spectacular events.
From traditional county and country shows through to music festivals and big name comedy, local culture and sports
Wednesday 15th - Sunday 19th May
Keswick Mountain Festival, across Keswick
Sunday 19th May
Brathay Windermere Marathon, voted 2nd most popular marathon of 2011 by readers of Runners World!
The marathon starts and finishes in the beautiful grounds of Brathay Hall, at the Northern end of Windermere, England’s largest Lake
Sunday 26th - Thursday 30th May
Muncaster Festival at Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass
Saturday 25th May - Sunday 1st September
Environmental Photographer of the Year at Grisedale Forest
Wednesday 15th - Saturday 25th May
Freerange Comedy Festival, comedy out and about in the Lakes
Friday 31st May - Wednesday 5th June
Holker Garden Festival, Cark in Cartmel
Sky Ride Local - free bike rides that offer a great way of getting out and exploring the area throughout the summer
Saturday 1st - Monday 3rd June
County Fest at Westmorland County Showground
Thursday 6th - Wednesday 12th June
Appleby Horse Fair, Appleby
Saturday 8th June
The Cumberland Show at Carlisle Racecourse
Sunday 9th June
The Great Trail Challenge at Keswick
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th June
British Gas Great North Swim at Windermere
The Great North Swim is a mass participation open water swim in Windermere.
The event takes place at the heart of the beautiful Lake District and provides a real challenge to expert swimmers and amateurs alike.
Choose from 3 distances – 1 mile, ½ mile or 2 miles. Wetsuit only event.
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd June
Whitehaven Festival in and around Whitehaven Harbour
Thursday 25th July
The Lake District Electric Bicycle Network
Get outside and enjoy exploring the hills, fells and lakes of Cumbria’s wonderful landscape. Enjoy a ride along the shores of Windermere, Coniston, Wastwater, or the West Cumbria coastline. Explore the tranquil Winster Valley, admire Coniston Old Man from Tarn Hows, the views of Scafell Pike from Eskdale, ride up and over the Langdales, experience a train journey on the world famous Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, or combine an ebike ride with a lake cruise and open top bus journey.
With over 30 different activities on offer ranging from Go Ape, Gorge Scrambling and Honister Slate Mine to Horse Trekking, Quad Biking and Scenic Tours, Destination Cumbria make it possible for people to book and go on any adventure activity on the same or next day of booking. www.destinationcumbria.co.uk
Something for everyone, whatever the weather, The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole boasts a famous adventure playground, interactive exhibitions, fabulous gardens and games lawn, an information desk, great gift shop and family cafe with lakeside grounds and gardens boast stunning views, as well as many unusual trees, plants and shrubs. Open daily with free admission.
It's just a hop, skip and a jump away and is a unique experience for young and old alike.
At The World of Beatrix Potter you will experience all 23 of Beatrix Potter's Tales, brought to life in an indoor creation of the Lake District countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells.
Blackwell, built between 1898 and 1900 is one of Britains finest houses from the turn of the last century, and is one of the country's most important examples of Arts and Crafts architecture.
Windermere Lake Cruises
Lake Windermere is England's largest lake and Windermere Lake Cruises offer cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours. From majestic steamers and wooden launches, traditional rowing boats and self drive motor boats, it is the most popular attraction in Cumbria.