Thinking of booking a trip to the Lake District this summer? With 912 square miles, 16 lakes and numerous tarns, and well over 200 peaks, there is certainly plenty to explore. However, the Lake District isn’t just about the great outdoors, we have some brilliant events taking place this summer. So before you book, check out the ten we’re most excited about here and consider booking your trip to coincide with one of them!

1. Lakeland Festival of Light: 5 May, 2018

Lakeland Festival of Light 2018

Raising money for PHASE, a charity that works with communities in Nepal in order to break the cycle of poverty, the Lakeland Festival of Light is a unique event like no other. Join hundreds of other walkers for a twilight ascent up Cat Bells. Form a line along the fell’s iconic ridge and, using head torches, you will be able to create a unique image of a ray of light along the fell top.

Tickets are not required but participants are asked to donate £20 to PHASE before the event. On the night, professional photographers will be taking shots that will be available to order after the event. There will also be a raffle with some amazing prizes, including outdoor gear giveaways and stays in local hotels.

2. Cumberland Sausage Festival: 5-7 May, 2018

Cumberland Sausage Festival 2018

Cumbria is famous for two things: its stunning scenery and its delicious food. Along with sticky toffee pudding, Grasmere Gingerbread, and Herdwick lamb, we have the mighty Cumberland Sausage. Join Muncaster Castle this May bank holiday to celebrate the sausage and the wider Cumbrian culinary heritage at their annual Cumberland Sausage Festival.

The festival will see producers from across Cumbria gather together to demonstrate and sell their goods. Additionally, there will be celebrity chef demonstrations, live entertainment, and your ticket includes entrance to the castle’s gardens and the Hawk and Owl Centre.

3. Keswick Beer Festival: 1 & 2 June, 2018

Keswick Beer Festival 2018

Cumbria is brimming with breweries, from the hugely successful Jennings in Cockermouth, to the small but mighty Barngates in Ambleside – we have scores of producers using pure Lake District water to create a huge range of real ales. Celebrate this heritage at the Keswick Beer Festival, the largest beer festival in Cumbria that sees over 6,000 visitors descend to the massive marquee at the Keswick Rugby Club. Along with well over 150 beers to try, two thirds of which will be brewed right here in Cumbria, there will be live music in the evenings and entertainment throughout the day.

4. King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta: 7 & 8 July, 2018

Borrowdale & Derwent Water Regatta 2018

First held in 1871 by local eccentric and occupier of Derwent Island, Joseph Pocklington, the Derwent Water Regatta is an annual event led by the National Trust that gives everyone the opportunity to join in with numerous water sports for a very low cost.

Try your hand at using various boats, including canoes, kayaks, or even a Viking longboat! In addition, there are a number of free dry land activities for the whole family to enjoy, such as volley ball and raft-making, as well as a BBQ and live music.

5. The Cumberland Show: 16 June, 2018

Cumberland Show 2018

Each summer around the county, agricultural communities come together to celebrate rural life in various shows. The Cumberland Show is one of the largest, being the key event on the agricultural calendar, and has been taking place for over 175 years. It now attracts several thousand visitors to the showground just outside Carlisle.

This is a great day out for the whole family, where alongside various livestock judging competitions, you will find rural crafts, trade stands, and a whole host of family friendly activities and live entertainment.

6. Lowther Show: 11 & 12 August, 2018

Lowther Show 2018

Agricultural shows are such an important part of the Cumbrian agricultural calendar that we have included a second show on this list. The Lowther Show is often cited as one of the friendliest country shows. It takes place within the beautiful grounds of the Lowther estate near Penrith, and focuses much more on country sports and pursuits.

There are world-class championship events in various sports, including shooting and angling, and the show is home to several horse and hound trials. In addition, you will find a mini food festival and a mini folk music festival, as well as hundreds of trade stands, craft activities, family entertainment, and much, much, more.

7. Lakes Alive: 7-9 September, 2018

Lakes Alive 2018

2018 will be the third year in a row for Kendal to host its fantastic (free!) family friendly arts show, Lakes Alive. Attracting more than 20,000 visitors, the festival sees the creation of arts installations in and around Kendal – many of which have an interactive element.

This year, the festival organisers are working with Artichoke, a public art production company, to create a unique, mass participation artwork that will celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, that first gave women the right to vote. In addition, visitors can expect to see spectacular illuminations and will be given the opportunity to participate in various workshops.

8. Windermere Boat Show: 18-20 May, 2018

Windermere Boat Show 2018

England’s largest lake sees the return of popular marine event this May when the Windermere Boat Show returns to the lake’s shore. There will be a plethora of boats on display, including a spectacular collection of luxury yachts.

This free-to-enter festival also has a number of local companies who will be offering free taster sessions in various water-based activities, such as stand up paddle boarding and sailing. There will also be a number of trade stands – many of which will be offering local produce for visitors to try.

Taste Cumbria, Ulverston: 26-27 May, 2018

Taste Cumbria, Ulverston 2018

Each year Taste Cumbria holds a handful of food festivals around Cumbria that celebrate the fantastic food heritage that Cumbria has. In May, the annual Taste Cumbria Ulverston festival takes place, where the streets of this medieval market town will be filled with stalls offering an array of delicious delights, including cheeses, chocolates, cakes, bread, gins, chutneys, and more.

The festival hosts a number of free expert demonstrations, as well as masterclasses and pop-up restaurants. There will also be plenty of activities to keep the children entertained.

Keswick Mountain Festival: 8-10 June, 2018

Keswick Mountain Festival 2018

THE festival for outdoor adventures enthusiasts, the Keswick Mountain Festival combines all the elements of a traditional music festival with a programme of outdoor activities that the whole family can sign up to try. The packed programme gives festival-goers the chance to try a host of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, canoeing, orienteering, ghyll scrambling, and more.

There are also various races in a number of disciplines, including the triathlon. In the evenings, kick back and relax in the festival village, with former Spice Girl, Melanie C, being the headline act. Many of the activities can be booked onto individually without the need to buy festival tickets.