Events & Festivals

There are hundreds of events in the Lake District which tend to fall into one of the following categories:

 - Activities, Crafts & Workshops - Arts, Culture & Exhibitions - Fairs, Festivals & Markets - Food & Drink Events - Music & Dance - Outdoor & Challenge Events - Plays, Films & Shows - Walking Events

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There is no doubting that the Lake District has taken off as a destination to come and enjoy events and festivals. Our traditional events are thriving, but there's also a whole new calendar of festivals, events and gatherings around the region, with the Lake District providing such a beautiful backdrop!

Annual Events

There is a huge list of events which are held each year in the Lakes. Some of the highlights include the following:

 - Keswick Film Festival (usually March)

 - Dalemain Marmalade Festival (usually May)

 - Keswick Mountain Festival (usually May)

 - Cartmel Races (usually May, June, July & August)

 - Ulverston International Music Festival (usually June)

 - Appleby Horse Fair (usually June)

 - Great North Swim (Windermere, usually June)

 - The Cumberland Show (Nr Carlisle, Usually June)

 - Ambleside Sports (28th July 2022)

 - Kendal Calling (From 28th July 2022)

 - Cartmel Show (3rd August 2022)

 - Lakeland Country Fair (Torver, Nr Coniston, 21st August 2022)

 - Gramere Sports (28th August 2022)

 - Lowick Show (3rd September 2022)

 - Holker Fest (3rd & 4th September 2022)

 - Westmorland County Show (M6 Junction 35, 8th & 9th Sept 2022)

 - Egremont Crab Fair & Gurning Championships (From 16th Sept 2022)

 - Kendal Torchlight Carnival (From 23rd Sept 2022)

 - Lakes International Comic Art Festival (Bowness-on-Windermere, 14th - 16th Oct 2022)

 - Kendal Mountain Festival (From 17th November 2022)

Guided Walks

The Kendal Walking Festival happens annually in May, so keep an eye out at:

In terms of long distance paths in Cumbria, we have two National Trails (Hadrian's Wall path and Pennine Way). We also have the Coast to Coast path (St Bees to Robin's Hood Bay) and the Cumbria Coastal Route (about 200 miles).

The Lake District National Park Authority run a series of guided walks through to October. They have a range of easy to medium level walks in groups of up to 20 people, all led by wonderfully cheery and knowledgable volunteers ... and in 2022, they are free!


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