Warm up your mid-winter with Roots 66, a new weekend-long celebration of folk and roots music. For three days in February, Theatre by the Lake will be ablaze with inspiring and energetic performances from award-winning established artists and emerging young talent. The event was a big success last year and is sure to impress this year. The dates have been confirmed yet but we do know it is in February. Last year the like’s of BBC Radio 2 Folk Ward winners Chris While and Julie Matthews and Jew Lowe & The Bad Pennies, the powerhouse of northern folk that is The Mighty Doonans and Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys. 2017 act’s are yet to be confirmed, we will post the acts as soon as their realised. They’ll be opportunities to play as well as listen with workshops and masterclasses as well as acoustic performances.
Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria is the venue for this exciting literature festival organised by Ways With Words. For 10 days writers and readers get together to share the pleasure of books, words and ideas. Theatre by the Lake, sited right on the edge of Derwentwater is a striking venue. There are talks, lectures, discussions, workshops, book launches and special exhibitions. The Words by the Water Festival at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is the north-west of England’s premier festival of words and ideas. Although the festival can’t summon Wordsworth and Coleridge to take part in their programme, there are many other literary folk coming to the Lake District in March 2017. Most tickets are £10, day tickets and Festival Passes are available. All from the Theatre’s box office, on-line at www.theatrebythelake.com.or by phone: 017687 74411. The programme for the 2017 festival will be available in December.
Marmalade displays and tastings at Dalemain, & ‘Penrith Goes Orange’ Marmalade Festival in Penrith Town centre.The World’s Original Marmalade Festival is getting bigger and better and will be celebrated with a new orange festival in the historic town of Penrith. On Sat 18th and Sun 19th March at the heart of the Festival is Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, where over 2,000 homemade competition Marmalades will be on display in the state rooms in all their glory and the best artisan Marmalades in the world will be available to taste for FREE and to buy. The International Awards Ceremony to Winners will take place at Dalemain on Saturday 18th March.
The 2016 Hawkshead Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday 3rd December 10.00hrs 17.00hrs Sunday 4th Dec. 10.00hrs 16.00hrs After last years sucess we will once again have our lantern parade 4pm Saturday and a magical display during our traditional carol singing at 4.30pm DONT MISS IT! Visit Website
In a bad winter, 300 elderly Cumbrians die every year due to cold weather as they are made to choose between heating and eating. The Big Sleep is held every winter to raise money for Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal – a pot of cash distributed to help older people suffering from rising fuel costs and poor health. In the first three years, the Big Sleep has attracted more than 500 people and raised nearly £75,000 for the appeal. In 2017, The Big Sleep will be held on Saturday 28th January – and there’s a special twist. Campers will be sleeping in front of the Low Wood Bay Hotel, right on the shore of Lake Windermere. By spending one night camping out at the Low Wood Bay Hotel Windermere, you could help keep one older person safe and warm this winter. Food, refreshments and overnight parking are all available; just bring yourself, your tent and sleeping bag and your winter woollies to keep you warm!
Anchored within the stunning Lakeland landscape, this year’s festival will take you all over the world, to other landscapes where the majesty of the natural environment shapes the lives, loves and fortunes of those who live there. The landscape also inspires and their poetry theme. This will explore the creative process and the tortured souls who bring them such exquisite writing, from England in the 16th Century to South America in the 20th Century. But not all is harmony. Differences in race, sexuality, religion and mere geography give rise to conflict and injustice – and some of the best films you will see are born from those tensions.
The sixth edition of Bowness Bay Blues will be held over the weekend of 7 to 9 April. They have aimed to make the festival bigger and even better than previous years. They have a full programme of music in Bowness –with the popular music trail and making more use of The Wheelhouse. They will again have the Windermere Fringe which has been expanded and the very popular Blues Cruise will once again take place on Saturday 8 April. Bowness Bay Blues 2017 will support two local charities – Ambleside and Langdale Mountain Rescue and Blood Bikes Lancashire and North West Blood Bikes Lancashire and Lakes. Full information on BBB 2017 is given on their website
The aims of the walkfest has always been to respect and care for the environment and cherish the opportunities that nature gives us to enjoy ourselves. 99% of their 32 walks in 2014 could be accessed by public transport or started from the town. The other 1% offers a minibus service/car sharing scheme. Even the walk programmes and posters are printed by a company which uses carbon balanced materials and provides them with a certificate to show how much they have reduced their impact on the environment. Everyone involved in the festival are volunteers. Some of the walks leaders are professional people but kindly provide their skills and expertise free of charge to benefit the walking festival. Any profits they make will go towards the continuity of the festival. Their walk leaders, many of whom have supported the festival for years, are experienced and knowledgeable in their area of expertise. Many of our walk leaders are mountain rescue personnel.
The sixth Kirkby Lonsdale Beer & Music Festival 2017 takes place at Underley Park, the home of Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club, with live bands playing all weekend. A traditional ale bar will operate from one of the two outside marquees which will stock at least 15 varieties of traditional and fruit cider, along with many brewed ales. The club house bar will be open with all the usual refreshments, plus some additional cask ale.
This year’s Festival will bring music from days of jazz when it began – Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and from the glory days of traditional jazz in the UK, to the fat and hip-swinging music of New Orleans, intimate gypsy jazz, soulful gospel and blues, powerful and inspiring vocalists, hot pianists, cool saxophones, trumpets, trombones, banjos, clarinets… the list goes on. Unlike many festivals the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival takes place in numerous venues in and around the town for which a valid ticket gives access to them all. Pick your favourite style, entertainer or location and head over for some fun, no separate booking required, just mix and match as you see fit. A dance floor will be laid in at least one venue where the bands will play for dancing, and dance tutors will run classes in the morning for beginners and intermediates. Lots to see, lots to do and all set in the beautiful surroundings of Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District.
Voted the most scenic marathon by the readers of Running World it’s bigger, better and as beautiful as ever. Finish this breathtakingly beautiful course, amidst a carnival atmosphere, in the grounds of Brathay Hall with its stunning views over England’s largest lake.
This is the 15th Ireby Festival and over the years it has developed a reputation for selling out early, so be sure to react fast to be part of one of the few festivals where the actual love for music and one another is still the main point of focus. Ireby is a small farming village with a population of about 160. It is situated on the north west edge of the Lake District National Park; 12 miles from Keswick and Cockermouth and 18 miles from Carlisle With a range of music to suit most tastes, performed in small intimate venues and a main stage venue restricted to just 650 people, Ireby festival presents an unforgettable and unique atmosphere and is considered among the best for those with a real love for live music.
The festival culminates with the International Jesters Tournament held on the final day. Come along and watch the hopefuls battle it out to win the prestigious title of Fool of Muncaster 2017! What’s happening at Festival 2017? The lineup is still to be announced but we can promise fun for all, lots of activities to intrigue and entertain and three great days out with a packed itinerary culminating in the hilarity of the Jesters Tournament.
The Keswick Beer Festival is held on Davidson Park the home of Keswick Rugby Club conveniently located in the heart of Keswick with easy walks to accommodation, restaurants and shops. Keswick on Derwentwater is a stunning Lakeland town with an abundance of activities, events, accommodation, restaurants and bars.The area is renowned for sports with excellent walking, climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, windsurfing, rowing and sailing (amongst others!). There is also a cinema, art galleries and good variety of shopping.
Grasmere Gallop 2017 takes place on Saturday 3 June amidst the spectacular surroundings of Grasmere village and Rydal Water. Fast gaining a reputation as one of the friendliest trail races in the Lakes, each year we see more and more first-time runners, Nordic walkers and families racing alongside seasoned fell-runners. You can choose a 5.7k, 10k or 17k run or you could join the 10k Nordic Walk. Enter Here: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=2808
Country Fest is a 2 day event held at The County Showground, Lane Farm, Crooklands, brought to you by the Westmorland County Agricultural Society, organisers of the Westmorland County Show. Country Fest gives a real taste of the countryside, celebrating the quality and diversity of the superb independent food and drink producers and suppliers that abound in Cumbria and the North West. Alongside a full programme of talks and demonstrations, visitors can also learn where their food comes from; there will be talks and demonstrations with a wide variety of trade stands. Lots of children’s activities and entertainment, kite display, pets corner and come and ‘Meet a Farmer’, sheep shearing demonstrations, music and dance, grow your own area, crafts, Beer Festival, Historic Cars, Vintage Marquee with a Companion Dog show on Saturday, Terrier show, with Terrier racing and Sheep Dog trials on both days of the weekend.
Keswick Mountain festival will run from 8-11 June .It was a very successful 2016 event for Keswick Mountain Festival, the biggest in the festival’s history in fact! 2016 saw an increase of 14% in visitors to the Festival Village on Crow Park in Keswick and contributed £1.8m to the local economy. Organisers have changed the dates of the 2017 Keswick Mountain Festival to early June, they belive this will bring several benefits. More people will want to camp during June and arrangements have already been made to double the size of the KMF campsite to accommodate over 2,000 people. This in turn will allow KMF to enhance other areas of the event’s extensive programme, bringing more visitors to the area in the crucial early summer season. The later dates should also benefit the sporting schedule, particularly events that involve swimming in Derwentwater. Keswick Mountain Festival was launched in 2007 and has developed into one of the UK’s best loved and biggest events for outdoor enthusiasts. Every year, this unique festival presents a mix of sporting events, outdoor activities, guided walks, live music, high profile speakers, camping, and family friendly activities. The KMF team works closely with Keswick Tourism Association and the local […]
The horse fair is held each year in early June when 10,000 – 15,000 English and Welsh gypsies, Scottish travellers and Irish travellers gather to buy and sell horses, meet with friends and relations, and celebrate their culture. These different ethnic groups share a similar lifestyle and culture, and many Gypsies and Travellers regard Appleby Fair as the most important date in the calendar, as it remains one of the largest of their gatherings. An estimated 25-30,000 non-Gypsy people visit the fair during the week. The fair is held outside the town of Appleby where the Roman Road crosses Long Marton Road, not far from Gallows Hill, named after the public hangings that were once carried out there. In the mid 20th century the story developed that the fair originated with a royal charter to the borough of Appleby from King James II of England in 1685. However, recent research has shown that the 1685 charter, which was cancelled before it was enrolled, is of no relevance. Appleby’s medieval borough fair, held at Whitsuntide, ceased in 1885. The ‘New Fair’, held in early June on Gallows Hill, which was then unenclosed land outside the borough boundary, began in 1775 for […]
Boot Beer Festival is a great event for all the family, ride up on the la’al Ratty railway, visit Brook House Inn and sample a beer or two then wonder up to The Boot Inn, where non drinkers could visit the working watermill and the Kids can enjoy themselves at the Boot Inn play area. Next take the path upto the Woolpack and sample the delightful beers available at one of the most remote pubs in the Lake District. A short walk down the road brings you back to the station.
The Great North Swim is proving to be as popular as ever, and 2017 will be no exception. The event grows year on year and in the 2017 the event will host its 10th event. In 2016 the event had over 10,000 participants, event organizers are expecting that number to be even greater in 2017. The event is held at the stunning, water front location the low wood bay. Windermere is England’s largest lake at 10.5 miles long (17km), stretching from Ambleside in the North to Newby Bridge in the South. Surrounded by some of the nation’s most spectacular natural scenery – the Lake District National Park – the Great North Swim is an inspiring outdoor swim. Family and friends can watch all the action from the banks of Windermere while enjoying food and drink from local vendors. The event includes 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile and 5K distances Swim’s. Most swimmers will be doing the 1 mile swim, Last year the event added a new challenging 10k. The 10k marathon swim is 6 laps of the standard 1 mile course, the swim is suitable for regular swimmers who are capable of taking on longer distances.