July sees that start of the school holidays and here in the Lake District the tourist season is in full swing. As a result, there is plenty to see and do this month, whether you are a food lover, a history enthusiast, a steam engine aficionado or an agricultural admirer. Check out this month’s top ten things to do.

EskFest

EskFest

EskFest returns this July, following its successful launch last year. This is a very small, independent music festival with a limited number of tickets available due to the space of the site, making it very exclusive. EskFest celebrates all things Cumbrian with local bands performing alongside local comedy acts.

Cumbrian ales and produce will be available throughout the weekend, and there’s a kids’ tent to keep the little ones entertained. Weekend passes with camping have now sold out, but there are still tickets available that don’t include camping, and the Eskdale valley has plenty of other campsites to choose from.

  • Date: Friday 7th – Saturday 8th July, 2017
  • Cost: Friday Day Pass: £15, Saturday Day Pass: £30, Weekend Pass: £35, Children Under 12: £10
  • More Information: www.eskfest.com

King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta

King Pocky's Derwent Water Regatta

Boats on Derwent Water at Keswick Landing

The modern rendition of this 18th century festival is now in its fourth year and is a popular event on the Keswick calendar. The regatta is a chance for you to try one of a number of water based sports at a low cost, making it ideal for beginners or those simply looking for a fun day out. You can try canoeing, kayaking, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding or even Viking long boat sailing!

Alternatively, if you prefer to remain on dry land, Crow Park, next to the Theatre by the Lake, is hosting various sporting activities to try, plus there is a free family activity area with some great events for children. There will also be market stalls, BBQ food and live music.

Penrith on a Plate

Penrith Plate

Food glorious food can be found at Penrith this July, where the annual Penrith on a Plate Food Festival is taking place. Take a stroll through the artisan and farmer’s market, where you will find a plethora of local produce. Meet real farmers and their animals in the urban farm, see celebrity chef John Crouch in action and enjoy a host of family friendly entertainment – from live music to face painting. It’s a great day out, and best of all, it’s free!

Roman Calvalry Sleepover Camp

Roman Calvalry Sleepover Camp

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Ever wondered what happens in a museum at night time? Tullie House Museum in Carlisle are giving you and your child the opportunity to find out just that. Marking the start of the school summer holidays, children, accompanied by their parents, are invited to spend the night in the museum. There will be Roman themed crafts, a behind-the-scenes look at the museum, a movie with popcorn and breakfast is supplied in the morning. Children must be between the ages of 7 to 12 and accompanied by an adult.

Taste Cumbria Whitehaven Summer Festival

Taste Cumbria Whitehaven Summer Festival

Since its inception in Cockermouth in 2010, Taste Cumbria has grown and grown with multiple events now taking place each year across the county. The newest town to host one of these popular food festivals is Whitehaven, which will host the taste bud bonanza for the first time this year. Expect to find over 40 traders at the event, offering an array of Cumbrian produce that showcases the very best of Cumbria’s thriving food industry. There also be live entertainment for the whole family.

Penrith Show

Penrith Show

One of a number of agricultural shows taking place this summer, the Penrith Show has been held annually since 1834. Along with the traditional livestock competitions, there is plenty of family friendly fun to be had with street performances, show jumping, a craft stand, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling and much more. There is also a food hall, plus various exhibitors who will be selling their products.

  • Date: Saturday 22nd July, 2017
  • Cost: Adults £12, Children 5-16 years £4.
  • More Information: www.penrithshow.co.uk

Ambleside Sports

Ambleside Sports

Sporting events have been held around Ambleside since the 17th Century, whilst the annual Ambleside Sports day has taken place every year since the end of the second World War. For one day a year the small town of Ambleside is taken over by competitors in various disciplines, including fell and track running, cycling, wrestling, and hounds trails. There are junior categories for many of the sports, and spectators will find plenty of additional entertainment in the stadium, where you will find fair rides, craft stalls, trade stands and a food hall.

Cumbria Steam Gathering

Cumbria Steam Gathering

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Owners of classic and vintage vehicles unite at the Cumbria Steam Gathering this July. The return of this popular annual festival sees around 1,200 classic and vintage cars, tractors, motorbikes, and steam powered engines on display. Alongside the vehicles you will find plenty to keep the whole family entertained with a mobile zoo, climbing wall, live music, moto cross display performances, magic show, and even a giant sandpit. Children under the age of 16 are free!

  • Date: Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th July, 2017
  • Cost: Adults £14, Concessions £12
  • More Information: www.steamgathering.org.uk

PotFest in the Park

PotFest in the Park

If you love pottery, you will love PotFest in the Park. Featuring over 100 exhibitors, this delightful little festival is a great opportunity to enhance your pottery collection. You will be able to browse and buy collector’s pieces from across Europe. The festival takes place at Hutton-In-The-Forest – a large country estate close to Penrith – and your entry to PotFest also entitles you to access the estate’s delightful gardens.

Cockermouth Show

Cockermouth Show

Another country show, this time taking place in the west Cumbrian town of Cockermouth. This popular show features a range of livestock judging categories,and visitors can see sheepdog demos or even try their hand at a bit of sheep shearing. There will be a large trade stand area with stalls selling various goods, plus cars and tractors on display. There will also be a craft tent that will sell local products, as well as a mobile meerkat display courtesy of the Lake District Wildlife Park and a fancy dress competition.