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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.
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.
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 Cumberland show is all about promoting agriculture and rural life. They have been doing is for over 175 years.The Show combines tradition and agriculture with a fresh, modern focus to create a real celebration of farming, food and countryside. There is a range of livestock classes including beef, dairy and sheep; heavy & light horses, donkey, show jumping, and horse driving competitions; poultry classes; fun dog show; and vintage vehicle classes. The Countryside Area displays rural crafts and skills; a Home Industries Marquee; Craft Marquee; Country Living Arcade; Food Hall; a wide range of Trade Stands; and a variety of entertainment around the Showfield, which all make for a great family day out.
Woolfest was founded to provide a showcase and a celebration of the best of wool and wool crafts. The event is all about creativity and design with beautiful quality, amazing colours and skilled craftsmanship. It is also a great day out and was recognised in 2012 when Woolfest won the Cumbria Tourism Event of the Year Award.
Skelton show is a popular traditional Cumbrian Agricultural show with something for all the family. With an annual attendance of 10,000 it is the largest village show in Cumbria and a real showcase for the countryside. See the large horticultural and industrial marquee and classes of cattle, sheep, horses including show jumping, dogs, vintage vehicles, fur and featured animals and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. With well over 100 trade stands, a re-branded gifts and crafts tent, Skelton Food Hall, a wide variety of entertainment, music, food and bar it has a reputation for being a great day out in the Country.
The first Derwentwater Regatta for 200 years was held on the lake in 2014 and was such a success that the National Trust has organised another weekend of stone-skimming, boating and bathtub racing. There’s a huge range of outdoor activities on offer, so there’s bound to be something you’ll want to try. Whether it’s family taster sessions in kayaks, a chance to build your own coracle or a motorised trip in a group around the lake, there are lots of ways to dip your toes into having fun on the lake. If you fancy a little more adventure you could have a go sailing a catamaran, a Viking Long Boat or sailing dingy. Derwent Water Regatta was created by the eccentric landowner Joseph Pocklington (alias King Pocky) in the 1790s after he bought Derwent Island in 1778, and built a grand mansion and several follies. He devised a series of madcap regatta activities on Derwent Water, with a fair on Crow Park for spectators to watch teams of people rowing, sailing and swimming around the island. The festivities would reach their climax with a mock attack of the island, when Pocklington fired a cannon towards the local invaders.
This beer festivals is brilliant, especially when the sun shines. They have been doing these festivals twice a year since 2007. Their Fans reckon they are just about the best beer events around.They choose their breweries and let them show 3 or 4, sometimes more of their beers. It’s not about cramming in as many different beers as possible. It’s about showcasing the breweries, and getting the brewers along. It’s all about British craft brewing… what’s new, who’s new, what’s stood the test of time, but most of all… what’s good. It’s mostly cask. But there’s a fair amount of keg too.The festival take’s over the whole brewery. They have plenty of cellars and cold room, so all the beer is properly cold and served from at least 3 bars. It’s a family affair… kids, dogs, babes in arms, great grandmas, weird brewers all welcome. Food all day, live music and great beer.
The PENRITH AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY held the first Penrith Show in 1834. Since then this annual celebration is held on the fourth Saturday in July each year, with the 2017 show on 22nd July. The show has gathered much momentum in recent years. With a wide spectrum of competition classes for farm livestock, arable, horses, rabbits, poultry, show jumping, industrial and horticulture, to a host of local trade stands, food hall and rural crafts marquee.
Set in a stunning setting on the shores of Coniston Water, Coniston Country Fair is a traditional Lakeland Show offering visitors an enthralling insight into traditional Cumbrian Life. The show attracts thousands of visitors and locals alike each year and there is something for everyone with shows for Fell Foxhounds, Terriers, Beagles and Lurchers. Farming is represented with shows for Herdwick Sheep and Sheepdogs as well as traditional Cumbrian Walking Sticks.
Kendal Calling is an music festival held annually at Lowther Deer Park in the heart of the Lake District. It has grown from a two-day, 900 capacity event in 2006 to a 12,000 capacity three-day music festival. Kendal Calling has 9 stages and has featured live performances from notable artists such as Blondie, Pendulum, Doves, Dizzee Rascal, James, Mumford & Sons, Calvin Harrisand British Sea Power.