September is the month that connects the end of the summer with the start of Autumn. Here in the Lake District the weather turns cooler. The brambles that adorn the pathways around White Moss are coated in bulging blackberries. The Ospreys that nest above Bassenthwaite begin their arduous journey back towards Africa, and the ancient woodlands around Wasdale start to turn hues of yellow and brown. Children return to school, and the big summer events draw to a close, but you will still find that there is plenty to see and do this month.

In 1815, Wordsworth eloquently summed up the subtle changes to the landscape that September brings when he wrote:

While not a leaf seems faded; while the fields, With ripening harvest prodigally fair, In brightest sunshine bask; this nipping air, Sent from some distant clime where Winter wields His icy scimitar, a foretaste yields Of bitter change, and bids the flowers beware;

September, 1815 – William Wordsworth


The Woolpack Inn

The Woolpack Inn (Alan Kenwright /

This year, The Woolpack Inn in Eskdale is bringing a little piece of Oktoberfest to the Lakes, with Lagerpocalypse. Throughout the weekend you will be able to feast on German sausages and beers, as well as locally brewed ales. There will be German sporting games to play, including the Stacker Cup Challenge, live music, and sport shown on the big screen. Limited accommodation is available.


Friends of the Lake District Great Landscapes Week

The Shores of Tarn Hows

The Shores of Tarn Hows

Friends of the Lake District are an independent charity who work to protect and conserve the natural landscapes of the Lake District. This September they are holding a weeklong event celebrating Great Landscapes. There are events taking place each day, including photography master classes, dry stone walling workshops, an evening bat spotting walk, and much more, across the entire Lake District. Throughout the week you are also invited to share your thoughts on why landscapes matter to you, via social media.


Ghost Night Camping at High Head Castle

High Head Castle

High Head Castle (Simon Ledingham /

Are you brave enough to camp in the ruins of a haunted castle? UK Ghost Nights organise events around the country for those with a preference for the paranormal. This event takes place at High Head Castle, a privately owned manor house that stands largely ruined, and dates back to the medieval era. It is claimed that ghosts haunt the castle’s cellars. You will spend the evening hunting for ghosts before setting up camp amongst the haunted orchard.


Photography Day at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

La'al Ratty Steam Engine

La'al Ratty Steam Engine (eanderson /

A brilliant event for rail photography enthusiasts. This special event begins at Ravenglass Station at 8.30am. You will be given a behind the scenes tour of the station and you will receive a packed lunch to take on your journey. You will then be taken on a seven-mile guided walk along the track, with the opportunity to photograph the engines as they pass. Once you arrive at Dalegarth you will board the train to return to Ravenglass. You must have a reasonable level of fitness to attend.


Free Nordic Walking Taster Session

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking

Don’t be fooled. Nordic Walking is so much more than “walking with poles”. It is a technique that uses the power of your upper body muscles to propel you forward, making you much more efficient, and quicker when walking. Once you have mastered the technique you will be amazed at just how much faster you can be. You can get a free taster in Nordic Walking this September at Whinlatter Forest with the opportunity to sign up for further lessons if you desire.


Force Crag Mine Open Day

Force Crag Mine

Force Crag Mine (Jim Barton /

Deep in the Coledale Valley, near Keswick, the Force Crag Mine stands abandoned. It has been carefully restored by National Trust volunteers and the charity holds regular open days that enable members of the public to explore some of the mine buildings. You can either meet at the mine (it’s accessible from the village of Braithwaite via a 2.5-mile long walk along the track) or you can get a lift in a National Trust 4x4 from Noble Knott car park (on Whinlatter Pass). Not suitable for young children.


Appleby Castle Paranormal Night

Appleby Castle

Appleby Castle (Paul Dodd /

It’s said that the ghost Lady Anne Clifford, who lived at Appleby Castle during the 17th century, can be seen at night wandering the halls of this Norman era castle. The castle is hosting a paranormal night this September, with psychic medium Glenn Forbes leading a tour through the ancient towers and dungeons of the building. Using talking boards, crystals, and other psychic tools you can expect to experience a night of paranormal activity that will send a shiver up your spine.


Holker Chilli Fest

Chilli peppers on a wooden board

This annual two-day festival at Holker Hall is a big hit amongst fans of spicy food. Chilli product producers from around the world will be in attendance, with market stands offering tastings and the opportunity to purchase a plethora of fiery foods. In addition, there will be live music, cookery demonstrations, and the Darth Naga chilli eating competition for those who are brave enough to compete.

  • Date: Saturday, 9th September and Sunday, 10th September, 2017
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Lakes Alive

View of River Kent under Stramongate Bridge in Kendal

View of River Kent under Stramongate Bridge in Kendal

Celebrate the Lake District’s newly awarded status as a World Heritage Site this September at the Lakes Alive festival. Kendal will be illuminated throughout the weekend by art installations that use light to create stunning visual experiences. There will also be performances in music, dance, drama and poetry, as well as talks and workshops on various themes. This family-friendly event is free to attend.


Beatrix Potter’s Victorian Magic Lantern Show

The Old Laundry Theatre sees the return of this popular show, where Beatrix Potter tells her own tale, beginning with her childhood in London with annual family trips to the Lake District, her eventual move to the area, and her success as both a children’s writer and a Herdwick sheep farmer. The show features images projected in a manner that echoes a traditional Victorian magic lantern (projector) show, and the ticket price also includes afternoon tea and entrance to the nearby World of Beatrix Potter attraction.


Westmorland Agricultural Show

Herdwick Sheep

The 218th Westmorland Show takes place on Thursday, 14th September, and is expected to attract over 30,000 visitors. This is one of the largest shows in Cumbria, featuring livestock judging for cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and even alpacas! There is show jumping, hound trailing, a food market, craft marquee, and for younger children a creche is available. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, but discounts are available for those who book online.


Kendal Torchlight Carnival & Street Party

Torches at Night

The Kendal Torchlight Carnival and Street Party takes place each September with the aim to encourage visitors into the town. A torchlight procession takes place on the Friday evening, with local businesses, charities, community groups, schools, and individuals all parading on colourful floats. On the Saturday, a street party takes over Kendal’s streets with live music, street performances, workshops and more.


Cumbria Pride

Pride Flag

A giant celebration of diversity takes place this September in Carlisle, where for one day the city centre streets see a host of live performances from a range of talented musicians, including Collabro, a musical theatre group and winners of Britain’s Got Talent, boy band 911, and a number of tribute and lesser known acts. The event aims to celebrate the contribution that members of the LGBT community have made to society, as well as stand up for the rights of those who face persecution as a result of their sexuality.


Touch a Truck

Farm Tractor

It’s every young digger enthusiast’s dream; the chance to sit in a real digger, explore the inner workings of a fire engine, and climb onto a giant crane. Touch a Truck takes place each year in Cockermouth, and local haulage and construction firms, farmers, and emergency rescue crews all attend with vehicles that children can explore. The event raises money for local charities and there also fairground rides and games in an adjacent field.


Beatrix Potter’s Landscape Cruise and Walk – Steam Yacht Gondola Coniston

SY Gondola at Coniston Pier

SY Gondola at Coniston Pier (Tony Beattie /

The Steam Yacht Gondola is an authentic Victorian steam-powered yacht that was completely rebuilt and now sales throughout the summer months on Coniston Water. This event starts with a cruise aboard the Gondola, before taking a guided walk with a National Trust ranger from the shores of Coniston to Tarn Hows, through the Monk Coniston estate, once owned by Beatrix Potter. You will also receive afternoon tea at Monk Coniston Hall.


Festival of the Fells

Girl on rocks

Ambleside’s Festival of the Fells returns for a second year this September, bringing together outdoor adventure activities with live music and entertainment. You can book onto a number of guided activities, including fell walks, ghyll scrambling, mountain biking, and abseiling. In the evenings, you can relax with music and comedy, and on the Sunday you can join local celebrity canine duo Max and Paddy on the Great Ambleside Dog Walk with a dog show in the afternoon.


Taste Cumbria Cockermouth

Street Food

Taste Cumbria’s flagship festival returns again this September to the small town of Cockermouth. This year, there will be a pop-up restaurant on the Friday, where Michelin-starred chef, Simon Rogan, will be serving up some delicious dishes. There is a mini beer festival at Jennings Brewery, live comedy and music, as well as cookery master classes. The event is dominated by the huge food market that takes over the town’s streets with local producers selling a great selection of produce. There are also free children’s events.