Hazy sunshine peeps through the cloud, geraniums and dahlias give dazzling displays of colour, and the hay bales are stacked neatly, ready for storage. Farmers across the Lake District are checking their flocks for the strongest, best looking, whilst the landscape is brimming with wildlife, taking advantage of summer’s bounty. August is the month for lazy days on the lake shore or for watching the golden sunset from the fell tops.

August is also one of the most popular times to visit the Lake District, thanks in part to the school summer holidays, bringing thousands of families with children into the area. As a result, there are a plethora of activities aimed at children. However, if you are visiting without kids, then don’t despair, because as you will see, there is something to suit all tastes and ages.

HSBC Guided Bike Ride: Boat & Bike at Windermere Shore Line

HSBC Guided Bike Ride

An easy-going ride suitable for most of the family, this guided bike ride combines a six-mile long cycle along flat routes with a boat ride across the lake. You will start the day at the Brockhole Visitor Centre just outside of Windermere, and take your bike on the bike boat that goes from Brockhole to the western side of the Lake.

From there, you will cycle to Wray Castle with the chance to stop and sample some delicious National Trust cakes, or enjoy a picnic in the castle grounds before heading back along the shore and then onto the bike boat once more. The guided ride is free, but you will need to purchase tickets to use the bike boat. Entrance fees to Wray Castle also apply if you decide to go inside the castle. You must book your place in advance. If you do not own a bike, you can hire one at Brockhole.

Painting Pop at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Painting Pop

Throughout the summer the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in the centre of Kendal is hosting an exhibition that celebrates British Pop Art. Featuring pieces by well-known artists, such as David Hockney and Sir Peter Blake, the exhibition will take you back in time to the 1960s with many pieces on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Collection. For the full retro experience, immerse yourself in a 1960s living room. The gallery also has permanent displays by artists George Romney and Kurt Schwitters, and there is a cafe serving delicious food.

Where Is Peter Rabbit? Theatre Production

Peter Rabbit
  • Location: Old Laundry Theatre, Crag Brow, Bowness-On-Windermere, LA23 3BX
  • Dates & Times: Throughout August: Sundays-Wednesdays 11am, 2.30pm & 5pm, Thursdays 11am & 2.30pm, Saturdays 2.30pm & 5pm
  • Prices: Show only: Adult £10, Children £8, Family £33
  • Website: www.hop-skip-jump.com/peter-rabbit-show

Awarded four-stars by many critics in the national press, Where Is Peter Rabbit? brings Beatrix Potter’s best loved characters to life. The show combines puppetry with music to create an hour-long visual spectacular that children will adore. Furthermore, you can purchase tickets that combine the show with entry to the nearby World of Beatrix Potter attraction. For something really special, opt for a package that includes either breakfast or afternoon tea with Peter Rabbit.

Romeo & Juliet: Shakespeare on the Lawn

Romeo & Juliet
  • Location: Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, CA18 1RQ
  • Dates & Times: Sunday 6th, August, 2017; Production starts at 6pm; Lawn with BBQ & Bar Open from 5pm
  • Prices: Adult £14, Children £12.50
  • Website: www.muncaster.co.uk/open-air-theatre

“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” This tragedy of two young lovers is perhaps literature’s greatest ever love story, and at Muncaster Castle this August, you can enjoy an open-air performance of this epic tale, by travelling theatre company The Three Inch Fools.

The production will take place on the castle lawn, whatever the weather, so it’s best to be prepared. There will also be a BBQ and bar available, or you can bring your own picnic. Prices include entrance to the castle’s gardens and hawk and owl centre, with additional charges applicable for entrance inside the castle building.

Wordsworth Wednesdays

Wordsworth Wednesdays

Every Wednesday in August at Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Authority’s visitor centre near Windermere, children are encouraged to learn more about the poetry of William Wordsworth through two child-friendly activities. In the morning, there is a sing and story session for babies and pre-schoolers that includes some craft activities. In the afternoon, there are drop-in craft sessions for children aged 3 and up.

Steam to the Hills: Guided Walk & Rail

Steam to the Hills

The Lake District National Park Authority hosts a number of guided walks throughout the year. This walk combines a ride on the La’al Ratty, a narrow gauge railway line in the Eskdale Valley, powered by steam engines. Meeting at Ravenglass Station, you will board the train and travel to Eskdale Green. There you will alight and begin a 6-mile guided walk over Muncaster Fell back towards Ravenglass. You will need to have a good level of fitness and weather appropriate clothing, as well as enough food and drink to complete the walk. Advance booking is required.

Meet the Military Time Traveller

Military Time Traveler

Every weekend during the summer holidays, Carlisle Castle is giving visitors the chance to meet a different military character from the city’s long and troubled history as a border town. The time traveller will regale you with tales of victory and defeat, and give you a taste of life in the castle when it was an important fort on the contested border. Prices cover entrance to the castle where you can learn more about well-known historical figures, including Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots.

Northbound Street Party

Northbound Street Party

Northbound started as a festival that replaced CockRock on Wellington Farm, just outside of Cockermouth. However, it has now been scaled down into a one-day street party in the centre of Cockermouth. It is now a free event, with two stages in the town where live music will be playing throughout the day. In addition, there are family-friendly activities, street performers, fairground rides, and hot food. In the evening, the party continues with various events taking place in the night clubs and pubs around the town.

Dales and Lakes Historic Vehicle Day

Historic Vehicle Day
  • Location: Cart Lane, Grange Over Sands, LA11 7AB
  • Dates & Times: Saturday, 13th August, 2017 from 11am-4.30pm
  • Prices: Adults £5, Children Free
  • Website: www.classicsoversands.org

This classic vehicle show takes place each year at Grange-Over-Sands on the southern edge of the Lake District. Featuring over 250 vintage cars and bikes, there are also a number of activities to keep the whole family entertained. You will find live music, trade stalls, bouncy castles, bird of prey displays, and various hot food stands.

Carlisle Fringe

Carlisle Fringe 2017
  • Location: Various venues across the city
  • Dates & Times: Friday, 18th August to Monday, 28th August, 2017; Exact times vary
  • Prices: Events vary from being free up to £15
  • Website: www.carlislefringe.co.uk

Carlisle Fringe is an 11-day programme of events, commemorating the original declaration of right to hold an annual fair in August granted to the city in 1352. There is something for everyone during the Fringe. You will find various theatrical, music, and comedy performances at numerous venues around the city each evening.

On Saturday, 19th August, there is a puppet parade and street party in the city centre. Between Saturday, 19th August and Tuesday, 22nd August, a market showcasing the best that Cumbria has to offer takes to the streets, whilst between Thursday, 24th and Monday, 28th August, an international market takes over. There are also family-friendly shows and performances and some of the shows are free to attend.