Originally, the Lake District was brimming with events for April as it brings Easter and normally the school holidays, but most of these have now been cancelled or postponed as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

Whilst most of these events are sadly no longer taking place, there are still plenty of great walks in the Lake District where you can enjoy some fresh air and exercise with your family remotely.

Please Note

The events taking place in April were accurate at the time of writing, however, most are now cancelled due to Coronavirus. We have included highlighted notices of events that have officially been declared cancelled/postponed, however, for the ones without notices, do be sure to keep an eye on the official event websites for updates.

Live Theatre, Music, Performance Arts, & Comedy

Enjoy a night out at Cumbria’s top venues for live shows and music this April with this fantastic selection of events.

 

April at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Currently Closed

The Theatre by the Lake closed on 17 March for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

This month at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake there is an exciting programme of shows featuring both original works and some classic favourites.

  • One Side Lies The Sea - An original production from the Theatre By The Lake and Pentabus Theatre, informed by rural coastal communities in Cumbria, Cornwall, and Yorkshire, exploring life in these communities. 1st – 18th April
  • Mallory Towers - An adaptation of Enid Blyton’s classic series updated for the 21st century. This musical will be heading to London’s West End shortly, so this is a fantastic opportunity to catch a potential blockbuster before it hits the big stage. 1st April – 18th April
  • Aljoša Jurinic – Solo Piano - A performance by the award winning Croatian pianist. 19th April.
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover - An adaptation of what was once the most controversial publication in the UK. 21st – 23rd April
  • Miss Roach’s War - Adapted from the influential novel The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton, the play depicts the experiences of Enid Roach who leaves London during the Blitz and resides in a guest house with other single and elderly individuals. 22nd April – 25th April
  • Siobhan Miller - Widely acknowledged as one of Scotland’s top folk singers, Miller will be delighting the audience with her spine-tingling music. 24th April
  • Africa’s Forgotten Frontiers – Sahel: Reza Pakravan - A talk by adventurer Reza Pakravan who has travelled to some of Africa’s hardest to reach areas. 25th April
  • Evita - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic West End hit will be performed by the Keswick Amateur Operatic Society. 29th – 30th April

For full details of all of these shows and to book tickets, visit theatrebythelake.com.

April at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Currently Closed

The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal closed on 17 March "until at least 29th March 2020" due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

This month at Kendal’s Brewery there are a few performances that may be of interest. There is just one theatrical show appearing on the stage during April. Made In China: Super Duper Close Up on the 22nd April tells the story of a 21st century woman’s journey through the swirling mass of social media that presents everything as picture perfect whilst in reality it’s all falling apart.

In addition, there are a number of live music nights at the Brewery this April. Highlights include folk band Oysters3 (2nd April), Ireland’s jazz and blues singer Mary Coughlan (25th April), and rising stars of the Americana genre, The Wandering Hearts (30th April).

To find out more information on all of these events and others taking place at The Brewery, visit breweryarts.co.uk.

April at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-On-Windermere

Currently Closed

The Old Laundry Theatre closed on 17 March for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

There are two live performances appearing on stage at The Old Laundry this April. Appearing on the 4th April Posting Letters to the Moon is a heart-warming and poignant performance that features readings of wartime letters between Oscar-nominated actress Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter) and her explorer and writer husband Peter Fleming (brother of James Bond creator Ian Fleming), read by their daughter, actress Lucy Fleming.

The second live show takes place on the 16th April. Harpy is a one woman show performed by Su Pollard and depicts the story of Birdie, a woman who has been hoarding possessions for years ever since something she cherished was stolen from her.

To book tickets for either of these shows, visit oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk.

April at Coronation Hall, Ulverston

Currently Closed

Coronation Hall closed on 17 March "until the end of 5 April 2020" due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

If you are in Ulverston this month then do check out what the Coronation Hall has to offer for an evening of entertainment:

  • Friday Night Live Comedy - An evening of stand up comedy from the Planet Mirth Friday Night Live team. 3rd April
  • One Night In Dublin - Award winning Irish band will be performing classic hits from some of Ireland’s biggest bands including The Dubliners, The Pogues, and Van Morrison. 4th April
  • Woman Like Me - AKA The Little Mix Show – an energetic show that is inspired by the award-winning girl band, Little Mix, featuring many of their greatest hits. 5th April
  • Half Man Half Biscuit - Indie rock band that were formed in the 1980s known for their surreal lyrics and laid-back approach will be performing songs from their latest album No-one Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your F**kin’ Hedge Cut. 17th April
  • Songs For Guy - An evening of music from the stage and screen performed by the Furness & South Lakeland Group to raise money for St Mary’s Hospice. 18th April
  • The Crucible - Arthur Miller’s iconic play about the Salem Witch Trials is brought to the stage by the Ulverston Outsiders. 21st – 24th April

For more information on all of these events, visit corohall.co.uk.

Bowness Bay Blues Weekend

Cancelled

This event has been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

This month will see the 9th Bowness Bay Blues Weekend and with new venues to host bands it is promising to be bigger and better than ever. There will be international artists performing including Italian group The Cinelli Brothers, Big Dez from France, and from American Marcus Malone.

In addition, various Cumbrian bands will be performing throughout the weekend, and Mark Flanagan who normally plays in Jools Hollands Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be making a rare solo appearance on the Blues Cruise on the Saturday.

  • Date: Friday 3rd April - Sunday 5th April 2020
  • Time: 3pm – 9pm
  • Cost: Weekend tickets from £75, Day Tickets from £25
  • Tickets / More information: bownessbayblues.co.uk

Reg Meuross, The Gather, Ennerdale Bridge

Postponed (Date TBD)

This event has been postponed due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

Join singer, songwriter, storyteller Reg Meuross as he brings songs from his new album RAW (along with the old favourites) for an intimate performance at The Gather in Ennerdale Bridge. Meuross has won various folk awards and his music covers a wide range of topics, from forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage. No topic is too big or too small for this talented artist.

Gandey’s Circus, Penrith

The extremely popular Gandey’s Circus is returning from a global tour to the UK this month, calling at Penrith at the end of April. Featuring an international cast with over 30 performers, the circus will take you on a journey with stunts, dances, and tricks from around the world. See Latino acrobatics, daring roller skaters, amazing Indian gymnastics, incredible feats of balance, and roaring motorcycles, along with much, much more.

  • Date: Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th, & Thursday 30th April 2020
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: From £16
  • Tickets / More information: gandeyscircus.com
 

Creative Arts Workshops, Talks, Courses, & Exhibitions

Cancelled

Workshops in April & May have been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

Feeling creative? The Lake District has inspired many of the great artists, perhaps you could be one of the next with the help of these fantastic creative events.

 

April Creative Workshops at Cowshed Creative, Staveley

Kentmere Farm has a dedicated creative arts studio, Cowshed Creative, for hosting these wonderful workshops that run throughout the spring and summer. This month they have a packed programme of workshops and don’t forget that camping pods are available on the farm if you need accommodation!

  • Concertina Book of Mixed Media Memories – Create a beautiful concertina book using mixed media inspired by memories. £68 including lunch. 4th April
  • Fascinators, Trim and Decoration – Perfect for those with a special occasion coming up, in this workshop you will create your very own fascinator. Basic sewing skills are required. £68 including lunch. 17th April
  • Lakeland Landscape – Watercolour & Mixed Media – Expand your watercolour painting skills with this course that will include some inside and outdoor work. £70 including lunch. 18th April
  • Introduction to Oil Painting – A chance to learn the basics of oil painting including equipment, colour mixing, techniques and more. Ideal for beginners and those needing a refresher. £70 including lunch. 23rd April.
  • Willow Garden Structures – Learn all the skills needed to create a willow tipi for trailing plants in your garden. £70 including lunch. 24th April
  • Spinner Ring – Silver Jewellery – Learn a variety of jewellery making skills and create your very own unique piece to take home. £70 including lunch. 26th April
  • Shibori Dye for Summer Cushions – Learn the basics of this unique art form and create your own cushion cover to show off in your home. £68 including lunch. 30th April

Advanced booking for all of these courses is essential. To book visit farmpods.co.uk/cowshed-creative.

Bunting Making For Wordsworth’s Birthday, Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum

Cancelled

All events in April at the Wordsworth Museum have been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

This month across the Lake District we are celebrating the 250th birthday of William Wordsworth. At Dove Cottage they are inviting visitors to join the celebrations by helping to create some decorative bunting that will be hung in the museum’s learning space once it is complete. The sessions are free with admission though booking is required.

Quirky Workshops, Greystoke Craft Barn, Near Penrith

Cancelled

All Quirky Workshops in April have been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice. They will make decisions about the May/June courses as appropriate.

As usual, the team at the Greystoke Craft Barn have a tempting array of workshops for all the budding artists and crafters out there. Book early as places tend to get snapped up fast.

  • Felt Art – Beaches or Flower Borders - £75 – 15th April
  • Funky Felt Slippers - £68 – 16th April
  • Discovering Pen and Wash - £68 – 18th April
  • Make a Nuno Felt Wool & Silk Bag - £75 – 19th April
  • Lino Cut Print – Botanical Natural Forms - £75 – 21st April
  • Introduction to Fused Glass - £82 – 22nd April
  • Mosaics – Two Hearts Are Better Than One - £75 – 23rd April
  • Pewter Bangles, Brooches & More - £75 – 24th & 25th April
  • Needle Felt a Herdwick Doorstop - £75 – 26th April
  • 'Applique & Stitch' Discovering Machine Embroidery - £68 – 28th April
  • Lampshade Making Short Course - £35 – 29th April
  • Textured Planters in Porcelain - £75 – 30th April

For full details of all of these courses and to book your place visit quirkyworkshops.co.uk/quirky-workshops-cumbria

Introduction to Silk Painting & Batik, The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

On this special one-day course tutor, Caren Threlfell, will teach you the basic skills need to create your own silk artwork. You will learn how to paint on silk and use various techniques to create different effects, as well as how to use wax to create Batik pieces. All materials will be provided but participants may want to bring photos and other images for inspiration.

Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy, Swallows & Artisans, Coniston

Swallows & Artisans offer relaxed creative courses in a beautiful setting near Coniston Water. On this one day workshop an experienced calligrapher will guide you with step by step instructions to create beautiful modern calligraphy. You will learn how to form each letter of the alphabet and how to link letters to form words.

As part of the course fee you will receive a calligraphy pen and nib to take home. You will also be able to create a framed quote to take home on the day. Lunch and materials will be provided.

 

Outdoor & Fitness Events

With the weather turning more pleasant April is the perfect time to try a new sport or test your limits with a new challenge. This month there are also an abundance of outdoor activities suitable for families (with older children in particular) for the Easter school holidays.

 

Running Races in the Lake District April 2020

There are a handful of running events taking place this month, from 10K to 60 miles. In addition, there are regular weekly ParkRuns across Cumbria, including Whinlatter, Keswick, Rothay Park, and Fell Foot.

Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive, Langdale

Cancelled

The April Lakeland Loop Cycle event has been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice. The next event is currently planned for 5 July 2020.

Take your mountain biking to the next level with this challenge. The 69 mile route will take you up some of the toughest mountain road passes, including Whinlatter Pass, Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass, with plenty of other steep sections throughout. Entry fees include electronic timing, mechanical and medical support, free event photos, feed stations, and a finisher’s medal.

  • Date: Sunday 19th April 2020
  • Time: From 8.00am
  • Cost: £25
  • Tickets / More information: https://epicevents.co.uk/lakeland-loop/

Open Outdoor Activity Sessions with West Lakes Adventure, Eskdale

Keep an Eye on the Website

Events in early April have been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice. Please keep an eye on the website as to whether other activity sessions will go ahead.

West Lakes Adventure host outdoor activity sessions in the beautiful Eskdale Valley. You can book a bespoke day with the team but throughout the spring and summer they also offer open taster sessions that anyone can book onto.

Activities with slots available in April include ghyll scrambling, canyoning, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing, and archery. There is a minimum age requirement for all of these activities and most require a good level of fitness.

Haweswater Badger Hide: Guided Watches, RSPB Haweswater

Cancelled

All events in April have been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

The RSPB reserve at Haweswater is in one of the most remote parts of the Lake District and rich in flora and fauna. This experience will give you the chance to observe a badger clan in the comfort of the RSPB’s hide, with one of the RSPB’s guides on hand to answer any questions you may have. The hide can accommodate up to six people and each session lasts around 1.5 hours, so booking is essential. A complimentary hot drink will be provided.

Discover Wordsworth – Guided Walks from Dove Cottage

Cancelled

All events in April at the Wordsworth Museum have been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

As part of the celebrations for William Wordsworth’s 250th birthday, Dove Cottage has teamed up with the Lake District National Park Authority to offer a series of guided walks in the Lake District exploring the areas that inspired the poet.

  • Discover Wordsworth’s Grasmere – a trail along Grasmere’s hidden footpaths including a visit to a beautiful waterfall. 3rd April. £5.
  • Discover Wordsworth’s Rydal – a walk from Dove Cottage to Rydal with a focus on the later life and writing of Wordsworth and his sister. 9th & 15th April. £5.
  • A Host of Daffodils – take a boat ride from Glenridding across Ullswater and visit Aira Force and the place that is said to be where Wordsworth stumbled on the daffodils that inspired his most famous poem. 10th & 13th April. £5.
  • Discover Wordsworth’s Hawkshead – Discover the trails that Wordsworth may have explored as a child attending boarding school in Hawkshead. 17th April. £5.

Booking is essential, and more information can be found at wordsworth.org.uk/whats-on.

Pump & Jump Mountain Bike Skills, Cyclewise, Whinlatter

Cancelled

Events in April have been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

Pumping: using trail features to gain momentum. Jumping: the art of the controlled take off and landing. During this one day course on Cyclewise’s dedicated training trail at Whinlatter you will learn all the techniques needed to perfect these two essential skills. The tutor will check your bike is set up correctly and video analysis will be available to demonstrate where you need to improve your technique. Booking is essential.

Open Ghyll Scrambling Sessions with Activities in Lakeland, Stickle Ghyll, Langdale

Activities in Lakeland offer a vast range of outdoor adventures across the Lake District, and this month they are offering open ghyll scrambling sessions that anyone aged 8 and above can book onto. Ghyll Scrambling is a great way to experience the Lakeland scenery in a spectacular mountain beck.

Participants will traverse deep pools, climb waterfalls, swim and jump in, getting very wet. Stickle ghyll is particularly good for those new to this activity as there is a well established path running alongside the ghyll. Booking is essential.

Easter Holiday Public Sessions with Path to Adventure

Private Sessions Only

Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, the company is still offering private sessions, however, has cancelled all public outings. This may affect the pricings listed below.

Path to Adventure normally offer bespoke, private outdoor adventure sessions but during the school holidays they host open sessions that anyone aged 8 and above (5 years for bushcraft) can book onto. There are several sessions available during the Easter holidays:

  • Canoeing - Coniston Water - Explore the beautiful Coniston water by Canoe. 9th, 12th, & 14th April. 3 hour session. £39 per person.
  • Ghyll Scrambling - Stickle Ghyll - Splash and Scramble your way up a mountain stream. 8th, 12th, & 15th April. 3 hour session. £39.
  • Ghyll Scrambling - Church Beck - Splash, Jump and Scramble your way up a mountain stream. 9th, 11th, & 14th April. 3 hour session. £43.50.
  • Family Bushcraft - Fun Family Bushcraft Taster Session. 6th & 13th April. 3 hour session. £39.
  • Rock Climbing – Langdale - Rock Climbing Taster Session. 8th & 15th April. 3 hour session. £39.
  • Cathedral Quarry with Abseil - Explore and Abseil the magnificent Cathedral Quarry. Age 10+. 7th April. 4 hour session. £52.

To book onto any of these sessions, visit pathtoadventure.co.uk.

Wild Families: Woodland Wildlife Adventure, RSPB Haweswater

During the Easter holidays head over to the gnarly Naddle Forest above Haweswater where the RSPB are hosting a family wildlife adventure. Guests are invited to hunt for bugs, spot red squirrels and birds with binoculars, find flowers, play games, and create natural art, all the while learning more about the forest’s wildlife from one of the RSPB guides. Refreshments will be provided and booking is essential. Some walking is required and the event is not suitable for children in pushchairs due to the terrain.

Hunted, Whinlatter Forest, Near Keswick

New to Whinlatter Forest, this exciting event from Active Future will certainly fuel that adrenaline. Participants will head into the woods and try to avoid being captured by one of the hunters who will set off 30 minutes later. In addition, participants can choose simply to hide out, or attempt to complete one of ten challenges that will award extra points.

Can you make it through to the end of the event without being caught? Food and water will be provided at various locations within the forest. Booking is essential.

 

Attraction Events & Offers

This month many of the Lake District’s attractions are hosting special events during the Easter holiday period.

 

Bears! The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven

Closed

Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, the Beacon Museum is now closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

The Beacon Museum is launching a new exhibition to coincide with the start of the school Easter holidays. Bears! is a celebration of bears in literature, featuring some famous and much loved characters such as Rupert, Winnie-the-Pooh, and Iorek Byrnison from His Dark Materials.

The exhibition includes a range of manuscripts and artwork depicting these characters. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to learn more about how illustrators create their artwork using both traditional and digital techniques.

Birthday Celebrations, Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Cancelled

All events in April at the Wordsworth Museum have been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

Tuesday 7th April 2020 is William Wordsworth’s 250th birthday. To celebrate, there is an entire day of special events taking place at Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum. Visitors will be able to enter the museum for just £2.50 per person on the day, a substantial discount. In addition, several activities are included with the entry fee, including:

  • Bunting creation
  • Creative writing sessions
  • Treasure tours
  • Poetry café
  • Garden tour
  • Children’s poetry sessions
  • Woodland activities
  • Poetry performances

Some of the activities have timed entry in place and it may be advisable to book in advance to secure your place. For more information, visit wordsworth.org.uk/events/birthday-celebrations.

April at Sizergh Castle, Near Kendal

Cancelled

All events in April at the National Trust have been cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, however, many locations are keeping their gardens open for families to enjoy some fresh air. Please refer to the National Trust official website for further details.

A short drive from Kendal and the M6, Sizergh Castle is a fantastic day out for the entire family. This month, activities at the castle include:

  • Spring Adventure – family nature challenges in the castle’s gardens.
  • Feed the Chickens – help feed the garden’s chickens during the Easter holidays.
  • Meet the Gardener – special tours with the castle’s gardeners who will give you tips for your own garden.
  • Guided Walks – join one of the National Trust team on a guided walk that will take you through the vast Sizergh Castle grounds and teach you more about the history of the estate.

Booking is generally not needed on these events but it’s worth checking in advance of your visit. For more details, visit nationaltrust.org.uk/sizergh/whats-on.

Spring Market, Lowther Castle, Near Penrith

Cancelled

Likely cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, however, please refer to the official site for details.

Taking over the castle’s courtyard that is free to enter, this market will feature a delightful array of goods not normally found on the high street, with several local producers in attendance. A chance to treat yourself or a loved one to special gift.

  • Date: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April 2020
  • Time: 10.00am-5.00pm
  • Cost: Free entry to courtyard only
  • Tickets / More information: lowthercastle.org
 

Easter Egg Hunts & Other Easter Holiday Children’s Activities

 

Teddies Go Free & Giant Easter Egg Hunt, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Currently Closed

Muncaster Castle is currently closed for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

During the Easter weekend children who bring a teddy and are accompanied by a full paying adult will receive free entry into Muncaster Castle. In addition, on the Easter Sunday and Monday there will be the castle’s annual Giant Easter Egg hunt starting at 12.30pm.

Places are limited and you will need to register at the castle in advance of the event, with a small charge applied. For more information, visit muncaster.co.uk/events.

Dragons & Chocolate, Lowther Castle, Near Penrith

Currently Closed

Lowther Castle is currently closed for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in response to the Government's advice.

Every day from 28th March – 5th May visitors to Lowther Castle can attempt to complete a garden trail where you will need to find hidden giant eggs. There is a prize for everyone who completes the trail and it’s free with standard admission. Visit lowthercastle.org/portfolio/dragons-chocolate-egg-hunt for more information.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts with the National Trust, Various Locations

It was recently announced in the news that this year would be the last time that Cadbury and the National Trust will team up to offer Easter egg hunts at National Trust properties around the country. Make sure you don’t miss out on this final chance to complete the activities and win an egg. Hunts will be held in Cumbria as follows:

  • Wordsworth House & Garden – Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 11.00am – 4.00pm.
  • Loweswater (Maggie’s Bridge) – Good Friday, 11.00am – 2.30pm
  • Ennerdale Water (Bowness Knott) –Easter Sunday, 11.00am – 3.00pm
  • Derwent Water (Keswick) – Easter Monday, 11.00am – 2.30pm
  • Whitehaven Coast (The Candlestick) – Easter Saturday, 11.00am – 2.30pm
  • Allan Bank (Grasmere) – Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 11.00am – 4.00pm
  • Tarn Hows (Near Hawkshead) – Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 10.00am – 3.30pm
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery (Hawkshead) - Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 10.30am – 3.30pm
  • Hill Top (Near Sawrey) – Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 10.00am – 4.30pm
  • Townend (Troutbeck) – Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Claife Viewing Station (Windermere West Shore) – Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 10.00am – 2.30pm
  • Fell Foot Park (Newby Bridge) – Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 11.00am – 4.00pm
  • Sizergh Castle (Near Kendal) - Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 10.00am – 4.00pm

There is a small charge for each person to take part in the hunt and everyone will receive a chocolate treat at the end. For more information, visit easter.cadbury.co.uk.