It’s summer in the Lake District and the hay bales are stacking up in the meadows, the woodlands are rich with undergrowth, and the lakes are teeming with life. August is the peak holiday season here in the Lakes, so if you haven’t booked your accommodation yet then you need to do so as soon as possible. The school summer holidays are in full swing, so this month, you can expect an action packed calendar of events, from traditional country fairs to workshops in the latest coding technologies.

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Outdoor Adventure & Activities

Ullswater Way Challenge

An organised group walk is a wonderful, safe way to see the Lake District and make a few friends along the way!

Taster Sessions with West Lakes Adventure, Eskdale & Wasdale

West Lakes Adventure are an activity company based in the western fringes of the Lake District and during the school holiday period they are offering taster sessions that are available for anyone to book onto (age restrictions apply). Sessions are available in Ghyll Scrambling, Canyoning, Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Rock Climbing, and Archery. Advanced booking is essential.

Guided Walks with the Lake District National Park Authority, Various Locations

The Lake District National Park Authority is a not for profit organisation tasked with looking after the Lake District. During the summer season, they offer a range of low cost or free guided walks, from easy low level fells to tough climbs up some of the park’s highest mountains. This month there is something on nearly every day, so if you are looking for something to fill your break then check out what they have available.

Highlights this month include a walk to the hidden valley of Watendlath, an ascent of Great Gable from Seathwaite, a gentle stroll exploring the history of Hawkshead, and a walk up to the summit of Helm Crag, AKA the Lion and the Lamb. The cost of each walk varies (with some being free of charge) and advanced booking is required for all. For full details of what walks are available this month, visit their website.

Outdoor Events with George Fisher, Keswick

Keswick’s number on independent outdoor gear shop, George Fisher, is offering several activities this month. On the 2nd August, they have teamed up with Mountain Memories to offer a bargain priced canoeing session on Derwent Water. Participants will walk from the shop in Keswick to Derwent Water where they will then climb on board a Canadian canoe and spend an hour on the water.

The session costs just £5 with the proceeds going to Papyrus, but spaces are limited so you need to book quickly. On the 10th of August, local landscape photographer, Carmen Norman, is offering a guided photo walk. Starting at the shop, Carmen will take you on a guided walk to Ashness Bridge, giving tips and tuition along the way to improve your photography skills. You will walk around 5 miles and will be out for about 7 hours. The event costs £50 per person.

Finally, on the 18th August, there is a free guided walk for families starting at the shop. The walk will take you to the shore of Derwent Water where children will be able to join in with some fun nature-themed activities. For more information on all of these events, visit George Fisher's website.

Forest Fun at Whinlatter, Near Keswick

England’s only mountain forest is offering a number of activities for adults and children to explore the woodland this August. On Saturday the 3rd of August, landscape photographer, Steve Blake, will be leading a taster session in landscape photography, exploring the basics of this artform using the stunning landscapes around the forest.

The session costs £15 and advanced booking is required. On Saturday the 17th of August, the forest is offering another chance for visitors to sign up for one of their popular forest bathing sessions, where a guide will lead you on a walk through the trees whilst encouraging a mindful approach to the surroundings. The event includes a tea ceremony and costs £25 per person with advanced booking required.

The forest’s adventure club returns for the school summer holidays, offering a forest school style holiday play scheme on the 7th, 8th, 21st, & 22nd August for children aged 7 and up. Prices start at £30 per day and places are limited. For more information, visit forestryengland.uk/whinlatter/venue/events-whinlatter.

Open Events with Lakeland Mountain Guides, Various Locations

The team behind the Lakeland Festival of Light on Cat Bells, Lakeland Mountain Guides, are an outdoor adventure company that usually offer bespoke days for individuals and groups, but this summer they are also offering a series of open events that anyone can book onto.

Highlights of what’s available this month include a two-day mountain skills course that will cover navigation, walking skills, and general safety taking place on the 10th and 11th August (day time only, no accommodation is included). One day events include guided sessions on the Via Ferrata at Honister, and the Borrowdale 10 Challenge which is a 12-mile circuit with ten peaks that include Great Gable and Scafell Pike, with the aim being to complete it in 12 hours.

For more information on what events are available, or to book a bespoke day, visit lakelandmountainguides.co.uk.

Kids Week at the Glenridding Sailing Centre, Ullswater

This summer, give your children the opportunity of a lifetime by enrolling them onto a watersports course at the Glenridding Sailing Centre. You can book a single day or a whole week and your child will have a fantastic time learning the basics of watersports with qualified and experienced instructors. The courses cover sailing, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking, with fun games and a serious message about safety on the water.

These courses are available every week in August and start from £135 for one day. In addition, the course is hosting three Swallows & Amazons themed days for children aged 6+ where they will sail on traditional boats and have an adventure involving treasure hunting, learning semaphore, and battling Captain Flint! This is available on the 3rd, 10th, and 17th August and costs £120.

For more information on how to book, visit glenriddingsailingcentre.co.uk.

The Ullswater Way Challenge, Pooley Bridge

For an endurance challenge with spectacular views, this August, the team at Mountain Walks are offering the chance to take on the Ullswater Way. This is a 20-mile walk around Ullswater, the Lake District’s second largest lake.

Starting in Pooley Bridge, the route will take you past the beautiful Aira Falls, and through Glenridding before returning back to Pooley Bridge. The route has a number of mild ascents with rewarding views at the top and you will need to walk at a good pace for up to nine hours. Advanced booking is essential and there are two dates available this month.

Get Up Close & Personal with Volcanic Rocks – Guided Walk, Little Langdale

Stephen Mott is a semi-retired geography and geology teacher who now offers guided walks in the Lake District with a geology theme. During this guided walk that takes place around Wynrose Fell and the Pike of Blisco, you will seek out evidence of ancient volcanic activity by exploring the rock formations that give clues to a more turbulent past.

The walk is around 3-miles long, with plenty of stops along the way to examine the rock features. The route can be strenuous, especially in wet weather, with sturdy footwear required. Advanced booking is essential and two different dates are available.

Intermediate Navigation with More Than Mountains, Coniston & Keswick

If you are used to walking on the major routes on the fells and have a basic understanding of how to read a map, then you might be thinking about how you can improve your navigation skills. More Than Mountains are an outdoor adventure company who can help. Their Intermediate Navigation course is a two-day course that will significantly improve your navigation skills.

The course will cover using a compass, route planning, distance judging, relocation when lost, and advanced navigation techniques, such as “aiming off” and using “attack points.” There will be a maximum of four participants on the course to ensure you get a good level of tuition. Advanced booking is essential and a list of the kit you will be required to bring is available online. Overnight accommodation and travel to the start point is not included.

Ghyll Scrambling, Rock Climbing, Canoeing, & Bushcraft with Path to Adventure, Various Locations

Path to Adventure are an outdoor activity company that offer a range of adrenaline fuelled experiences, usually on a tailor-made basis, but during the school holidays, they offer open sessions that anyone can book onto.

Sessions available include ghyll scrambling in Stickle Ghyll, Langdale (minimum age 10), Family bushcraft taster at Grizebeck (minimum age 5), and canoeing on Coniston Water (minimum age 10). Various dates are available and you must book in advance.

Wild Families: Naddle Forest Explorers, Haweswater

The Haweswater Valley is one of the more remote places in the Lake District, and with few facilities in the area and access via one single track road, it’s also one of the least visited lakes. Little wonder then that wildlife is thriving there. This summer, the RSPB are inviting families to come and explore some of this wildlife on a guided nature hunt through their Naddle Forest reserve.

The forest is home to deer, woodpeckers, foxes, and a vast array of insects and plants. The event will include games, bug hunting, wild art, and more, with drinks and biscuits provided. Spaces are limited so advanced booking is essential. There are four dates available in August for this activity.

  • Date: 5th, 13th, 21st, & 27th August, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Cost: Adults £12, Children £10
  • Tickets / More information: eventbrite.co.uk

Guided Cycle Ride to Eycott Nature Reserve, Near Penrith

Eycott Nature Reserve is located on the eastern fringe of the Lake District, near Penrith, and is an upland nature reserve managed by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust. This August, members of the public are welcome to join one of the charity’s team on a guided cycle ride from Greystoke village to the nature reserve, where there will be a short talk about the wildlife that lives there. It’s free, but you do need to book your place in advance.

Race the Sun – Lake District 2019, Penrith

Race the Sun is a challenge event organised by children’s charity, Action Medical Research, to raise funds. Teams of four are invited to race the sun across the Lake District on an all day event that involves cycling, hiking, and canoeing. The event starts in Penrith with a cycle ride to the base of Helvellyn. Participants will then hike over the mountain for a cycle ride the other side to Thirlmere, where they will need to canoe a course of the lake, before returning by bike to Penrith.

Teams must commit to a minimum fundraising target of £1,800 to take part, in addition to paying the registration fee. The fee includes a t-shirt, finisher’s medal, winners’ trophies, refreshments, and event support.

 

Attraction Events

Crafty Vintage Lowther Castle August 2019

This August, Lowther Castle is hosting Crafty Vintage

 

August at the Rheged Centre, Penrith

The Rheged Centre is the place to be for family friendly fun, especially if the weather outside is poor this August. To coincide with the school summer holidays, the centre’s exhibition space is being taken over by Lego. Brick Science is an interactive exhibition with a range of Lego activities that will teach children about six different science themes. The exhibition is open daily and costs just £4, with children under 3 getting free entry. The cinema will be screening the original Lego Movie each day, and you can include the cinema screening with the exhibition entrance for just £7.

Throughout the month, the centre’s cinema will also be screening a number of family favourite films, including The Lion King, Toy Story 4, and Spiderman: Far From Home. In addition, the centre is offering a number of other workshop and events, including:

  • Animal Encounters with Zoobidoo – A hands on interactive animal workshop; Costs £7 per person; 1st, 8th, 15th, 21st, & 29th August
  • Colin Caygill Antiques Fair – A chance to pick up some unusual collectors’ items; 4th August
  • Lego Stop-Motion Animation with MakoCreate – A two-hour workshop where you will create your own animation film using Lego; £20 per person; 5th & 19th August
  • Computer Game Design with MakoCreate – A two-hour workshop where you will design your own computer game that will be playable online; £20 per person; 5th & 19th August
  • Micro:Bit Creative Coding with MakoCreate – A two-hour coding workshop where you will learn how to code a Micro:Bit, a pocket sized computer; £20 per person; 5th & 19th August
  • The Heritage of the Hill-Bred Fell Pony – A free exhibition from 6th August to 22nd August that explores the way of life for the traditional fell ponies that live semi-wild in Cumbria’s uplands, with photography and a short film
  • Slime Workshop with Creation Station – A 45-minute workshop where children can make their own slime to take away with them; £7.50 per person; 6th August
  • Code-a-Sphero with MakoCreate – A two-hour workshop where you will design a maze using Lego and then programme a Sphero (a small spherical robot) to navigate through the maze; £20 per person; 5th & 19th August
  • Mini Canadian Canoe Building Workshop with Orca – A 45-minute workshop where you will construct a 60cm long Canadian canoe that you can sail on the water; £11.50 per person; 7th & 21st August, 2019
  • Lego Workshop with the Brick Guys – Winners of Channel 4’s Lego Masters, the Brick Guys will be hosting this 90-minute interactive Lego workshop that will explore STEM topics; £10 per child; 12th August
  • Archery Workshops – Ullswater based activity company, Reach Beyond Adventure, will be hosting archery workshops on the 20th August, costing £7 per person

For full details of events and to book tickets, visit rheged.com.

Crafty Vintage at Lowther Castle, Near Penrith

Crafty Vintage returns to Lowther Castle this August. This popular event features a plethora of stalls selling vintage and crafted items, including clothing, gifts, and collectables. The market will take over the castle’s courtyard, and along with the stalls you will find hot and cold food including freshly made wood-fired pizzas and luxury ice cream, all of which can be accompanied with a gin cocktail. There will be live music from a local band and this year’s event will also include a family area with a silent disco, mocktail bar, magic shows, and other children’s activities.

  • Date: Saturday, 3rd & Sunday 4th August, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: Entry to the market is Free Entry to the family zone costs £2 per person; If you wish to enter the castle and gardens then normal entry rates apply
  • Tickets / More information: lowthercastle.org

August at Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Muncaster Castle is hosting three fantastic events this August. In the middle of the month, Picnic Cinema will be returning to the castle’s grounds for two open air film screenings on a giant screen. On Friday, 9th August, there is a screening of the award winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, whilst the classic film Beetlejuice is the choice of film for Saturday, 10th August. Both events include entertainment before the screening, a bar and BBQ, with camping available. Advanced booking is essential and the event costs £15 for the film screening, with additional charges applicable for camping.

Medieval Muncaster returns for the August bank holiday weekend. The castle will be joined by the Red Wyvern re-enactment society who will be demonstrating life in and around the castle during the medieval period. There will be displays from the “knights” and they will be joined by Albert Harvey the Alchemist who will be performing alchemy experiments, as well as Independent Adventure who will be offering archery sessions for anyone aged 8 and above. Standard entry charges apply.

Finally, on the 24th of August, the castle will be the start and end point for Race the Tide. This 10K race challenges participants to race against the incoming tide along the River Esk, battling mud, rising waters, and other obstacles along the way. After the race, both runners and spectators can enjoy a ceilidh (a barn dance) and a hot meal at the castle. You must book your place in the race in advance.

For full details of what’s on at Muncaster Castle visit muncaster.co.uk.

Learn About the Georgian Way of Life at Wordsworth House, Cockermouth

This August, there are several activities and events taking place at Wordsworth House in Cockermouth that will give visitors an opportunity to learn more about life during the Georgian era. At various dates and times, there will be talks on how the Georgians used to recycle, the harsh realities of raising children during this era, how to make Georgian clapbread, and an introduction to Georgian fashion.

There are some family friendly craft sessions, children’s games from the Georgian era, and regular garden tours are also available. The house is also hosting an exhibition that explores our modern relationship with the Lake District landscapes.

Fantastic Fairgrounds at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle

Roll Up! Roll Up! All the fun of the fair can be found at the Tullie House Museum this summer, where their Fantastic Fairground Factory exhibition will take you into a fabulous world of magic, illusion, and technical marvels with miniature replicas of fairground rides to explore. There are shadow puppet theatre shows, optical illusions, and even a helter-skelter marble run.

This is an interactive exhibition with plenty to see and do, and on various dates throughout the month the museum is also offering free children’s craft sessions with a fairground theme. There are even workshops available where you can create your own automata (such as a miniature working fairground ride), for just £10 with all materials included.

  • Date: The museum is open daily; Dates of workshops and craft sessions vary
  • Time: The museum is open from 10am (11am on Sundays) to 5pm 
  • Cost: Normal entry fees apply – Adults £5.90 (up to three children go free with a fee paying adult); Additional charges apply for the Fairground exhibition – Adults £6.50, Children £3
  • Tickets / More information: tulliehouse.co.uk

Vikings at the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven

This summer, the exhibition space at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven has been taken over by the Vikings, with a chance for visitors to learn all about life for these enigmatic ancient tribes. To coincide with the exhibition, the centre is hosting several talks and events during August with a Viking theme. On the 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, and 29th August between 1.30pm and 2.30pm, there is a free drop in session led by treasure finders, Justin Bell and Daniel Boakes, who will teach you how to find your own Viking hoard buried in the ground. This is free for exhibition ticket holders.

On Saturday, 17th August from 7.30pm until 10pm, storyteller, Steve Wharton, will be exploring the legend of the Norse god, Loki, and his links to ancient Cumbrian traditions. The evening will include a Viking themed bar and costs £8 per person. Finally on the 7th, 21st, & 28th of August at 1.30pm, historian, Peter Fox, will be giving a talk on Viking heritage and influence in Cumbria.

For those who prefer something a little more modern, during the week beginning on Monday the 19th of August, the centre will be asking visitors to assist in building what they hope to be the world’s largest period table made from toy plastic bricks. The event is to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table and it is anticipated that around 7,000 bricks will be used. Building sessions cost £2.50 per person and include fun games with a science theme. Advanced booking is required. For full details on all of these events and for entry prices, visit thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk.

August at the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, West Cumbria

There are several events taking place this month at the Ravenglass & Eskdale heritage railway over in West Cumbria. Every Tuesday throughout the month, adults with a valid driving licence can have a go at driving a steam train for just £5 Advanced booking is required. On Fridays during August, children travel free on the trains when accompanied by a full fare paying adult.

On the 1st, 15th, & 29th of August, there is the opportunity to catch the train up to Dalegarth and then walk back to Ravenglass, guided by a National Park Authority ranger. It’s a 6-mile walk with some moderate ascent, and the walk costs £5 with the train fare charged separately. On the 8th of August, the railway is having a special Wild Wild West themed day, with fun activities at Dalegarth station and children in Wild West costume can travel for Free.

For full details on these events, visit ravenglass-railway.co.uk.

August Events at Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Dove Cottage & the Wordsworth Museum have a host of learning opportunities available this August, including:

  • Dove Cottage Poets – 1st August, 2.30pm | An informal poetry group that meets monthly to share and develop poetry; Everyone is welcome; Free
  • Why Should We Read John Thelwall – 3rd August, 4pm | A talk by Professor Judith Thompson on the works of John Thelwall; £5 per person
  • Grasmere History Group – 6th August, 7.30pm | This group meets monthly to discuss local history and anyone is welcome to attend; Free
  • Wordsworth’s Grasmere – 9th August, 10.30am | This free guided walk is being organised in partnership with the Lake District National Park Authority and will take around two-hours
  • Introducing Wordworth’s Poetry – 20th August, 11am | A pop-up poetry reading in the garden of Dove Cottage; Free with admission
  • Introducing the Jerwood Centre – 22nd August, 11.30am | A behind the scene’s tour of the Jerwood Centre, the purpose built archive centre at the museum; Free with admission
  • Introducing the Garden – 23rd August, 11.30am & 2.30pm | A short guided tour of the garden at Dove Cottage; Free with admission
  • Notebook Binding Workshop – 24th August, 10am | A creative workshop led by Helen Golding Miller where participants will create a beautiful notebook using traditional materials and methods; £40 per person to include all materials or £50 to include lunch

For further details, visit wordsworth.org.uk/whats-on.

August Events at the Windermere Jetty Museum, Bowness-On-Windermere

The Lake District’s newest attraction has a packed programme of events taking place this August. Every day throughout the month there will be family friendly activities, including craft activities and games. On Mondays and Fridays, there will be story-telling sessions based on Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons.

From 5th until 9th August and then again from 19th until 23rd August, the museum is hosting an Art Award Discover Week, where children and young adults can seek inspiration from the museum to create their own artwork. The sessions cost £5.

At the end of the month, from the 27th to the 30th of August, the museum is offering children aged 7-11 the chance to join an Eco themed holiday camp, looking at the ecology of Windermere and learning about how the environment needs to be protected. The camp costs £100 for the week.

For further details visit windermerejetty.org.

 

Country Shows & Fairs

Dalston Show August 2019

The Dalston Show on the Saturday 10th August is one of the many country shows taking place this August

 

The Cockermouth Show, the Fitz, Cockermouth

The Cockermouth Show is a very popular event that takes place each summer on the edge of this west Cumbrian market town. There is plenty to see and do on the day, with horse and dog demonstrations, including sheepdogs and show jumping, as well as livestock displays, a children’s pet show, Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling, and a large number of trade stands, many of which will be offering children’s activities.

Local brewery, Jennings, will be in attendance with a beer tent, and there is a craft tent with traditional crafts, as well as vintage vehicle displays and bouncy castles.

  • Date: Saturday, 3rd August, 2019
  • Time: 9am – 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £8, Children 5-15 years £5, Children under 5 go Free
  • Tickets / More information: cockermouthshow.co.uk

Cartmel Show, Cartmel Racecourse

The Cartmel Show dates back to 1872 and is held at the Cartmel Racecourse each August. This year’s show features the Shetland Pony Grand National, where these ridiculously cute ponies tackle a miniature version of the Grand National course. There will be parades of other breeds of horses and ponies, as well as a dog show, a poultry and rabbit marquee, and of course, Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling.

With Cartmel being an area renowned for its cheeses and puddings, the show has a food market selling local delicacies, and a food theatre with demonstrations from local chefs. There will be gift stalls, craft stalls, and trade stands, and plenty of entertainment including a bucking bronco, archery, and circus tricks.

  • Date: Wednesday, 7th August, 2019
  • Time: 8.30am – 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £10, Children 5-15 years £6, Children under 5 go Free
  • Tickets / More information: cartmelagriculturalsociety.org.uk

The Dalston Show, Village Showfield, Dalston, Near Carlisle

This delightful village show offers a full day of family friendly entertainment. Various livestock breeders will be in attendance, showcasing the best of their breeds. There will be around 80 trade stands, many of which will be offering activities, such as colouring competitions or games, as well as selling an interesting range of products.

In the main ring, there is a good mix of entertainment, including falconry displays, a dog display, a tug-of-war competition, and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. In addition, throughout the show field you will encounter street performers and there is live music, as well as plenty of food and drink stalls.

  • Date: Saturday, 10th August, 2019
  • Time: 8am – 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £7.50, Children 5-15 years £5, Children under 5 go free
  • Tickets / More information: dalstonshow.co.uk

The Lowther Show, Lowther Castle

If you only go to one country show this month, then make it the Lowther Show. This two day event takes place in the grounds of the beautiful Lowther Castle, and there is so much to do here that you will struggle to fit it all in. Events include:

  • Horse driving trials
  • Motorbike & mountain bike stunt displays
  • Birds of prey displays
  • Sheepdog & other working dog displays
  • Kids zone packed with games and activities
  • Food & beer festival and chef demonstrations
  • Shooting activities
  • Mini folk music festival
  • Sheep show
  • Fishing tasters & activities
  • Rural crafts
  • Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling
  • 13-mile trail run

...plus much, much more, including a vast array of traders! Camping is available for those wishing to stay the entire weekend.

  • Date: Saturday, 10th & Sunday 11th August, 2019
  • Time: 9am – 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £18 (£16 advance), Children £7 (£6 advance)
  • Tickets / More information: lowthershow.co.uk

The Gosforth Show, West Cumbria

Gosforth is a small village on the western edge of the Lake District, close to Wasdale and Eskdale. The Gosforth Agricultural Society hold their annual show on the third Saturday in August and it’s a fun event for the whole family. The headline act for the main ring this year is Guido Louis, a stunt equestrian rider.

In addition, the show will feature livestock displays and competitions, horse displays that include heavy working horses and show jumping, local crafts, vintage machines, dog displays and demonstrations, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, and children’s sports, plus much more.

  • Date: Saturday, 17th August, 2019
  • Time: 9am – 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £7, Children £3
  • Tickets / More information: gosforthshow.co.uk

Lakeland Country Fair (Torver Show), Torver, Near Coniston

The Lakeland Country Fair (sometimes known as the Torver Show) is a traditional country show that offers a low cost but fun day out for the whole family. This year’s show features Herdwick sheep displays, including clipping demonstrations, falconry displays from the British Falconry School, various dog shows and displays, and a rather quirky horn blowing competition that is open to anyone.

Other competitive events that show attendees might wish to get involved with include Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling, with categories for different ages, weights, and sex, and a number of fell races with an 8.5Km race for adults that includes 703 metres of ascent, and several races for children. There will be plenty of other activities for children, including bouncy castles, and for adults there is a fully licensed bar, with hot food also available.

  • Date: Sunday, 18th August, 2019
  • Time: Gates open 12 noon
  • Cost: Adults £6, Children years £3
  • Tickets / More information: lakelandcountryfair.co.uk

The Hawkshead Show, Hawkshead Hall Farm

A celebration of agricultural life, the Hawkshead Show is one of the smaller shows on the calendar, but it is also one of the most charming, and friendliest. This year’s show will see horses of all classes attending for judging competitions, including miniature ponies to heavy working horses, with carriage driving and show jumping amongst the displays.

There are working dog displays, and unique entertainment from the Drakes of Hazard, where one man and his dog will attempt to direct a group of ducks around an obstacle course. The show includes the usual trade stands, as well as local produce and gifts available to buy.

  • Date: Tuesday, 20th August, 2019
  • Time: 9am – 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £8, Children years £4
  • Tickets / More information: hawksheadshow.co.uk

Grasmere Sports

Grasmere Sports started life as a traditional sheep fair around 170 years ago, but with so many farm workers in attendance who sought a way of demonstrating their strength and agility, it developed into a sporting competition. Today, the show offers a mixture of country fair style activities and sporting competitions. The headline acts for this year’s show are Tom Longton and his sheepdogs who will be herding ducks, and Dangerous Steve who will be juggling chainsaws and riding motorbikes blindfolded, amongst other death-defying stunts.

There are hound trails, a crafts marquee, and various stalls selling locally made goods and food. The competitive events include Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, and a plethora of running events, from children’s sprints to fell running races, which anyone can enter on the day.

  • Date: Sunday, 25th August, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Cost: Adults £12, Children years £5
  • Tickets / More information: www.grasmeresports.com

The Keswick Agricultural Show, Braithwaite, Near Keswick

The Keswick Show dates back to 1860 and is now held each year during the August bank holiday. In recent years due to flood damage the show has been forced to relocate to Braithwaite, just outside of Keswick. It offers a wide choice of activities and entertainment.

There will be livestock displays and judging, including dog and horse displays, as well as local traders and crafters selling a variety of goods. Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling is featured here, and there is plenty for children to see and do, including a children’s pet show. There will be a challenging fell running race for those feeling fit enough to enter, or if you prefer, you can enjoy the confines of the food and beer tents.

  • Date: Monday, 26th August, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £8, Children years £2
  • Tickets / More information: keswickshow.co.uk

The Hesket Newmarket Show

On the northern fringes of the Lake District Hesket Newmarket is a quaint little village that hosts a popular agricultural show each summer. The full details of this year’s show are yet to be released, but you can expect livestock displays, working dog demonstrations, horse displays, Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling, local craft and produce stalls, children’s activities, and fell running events.

 

Theatre & Music Shows

Outdoor Theatre in the Lake District at Brantwood

Don't miss Brantwood's outdoor live theatre – great fun for the whole family!

 

August at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Throughout the summer the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick will be showing a range of performances, with something suitable for the entire family:

  • My Mother Never Said I Should is a powerful drama concerning the lives of four women from one family over a 40 year period that sees significant social change. Various dates in August.
  • The Ladykillers is a classic British comedy featuring the sweet Mrs Wilberforce who takes on a gang of criminals. Various dates in August.
  • The Children is an intriguing tale featuring nuclear scientists with a terrible secret. Various dates in August.
  • The Rise of Little Voice is the stage performance of the well-known bittersweet tale of Little Voice that has also been an award winning film. Various dates in August.
  • Dear Uncle is an adaptation of Chekhov’s classic Uncle Vanya by Alan Ayckbourn and set in Ennerdale in 1935. Various dates in August.
  • Guards at the Taj is a dark comedy about two Imperial Guards who are forbidden to look at the Taj Mahal on the final day of its construction, which proves to be harder than it seems. Various dates in August.
  • So, You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? is a family friendly interactive show featuring Dr Ben Garrod who will explore the exciting world of dinosaurs. Showing Sunday, 18th August only.
  • May is a one woman show based on the life of suffragette May Billinghurst, exploring equality and rights during the Edwardian era. Showing Sunday, 18th August only.
  • Dave Johns: From Byker to the Baftas - Comedian, Dave Johns, is an award winning comic with several film credits to his name. He is currently on tour. Showing Sunday, 25th August only.

For more information and to book tickets, visit theatrebythelake.com.

Where Is Peter Rabbit? The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-On-Windermere

Showing up to three times a day on Saturdays through Thursdays throughout August, the award winning show Where Is Peter Rabbit will delight audiences at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere. Beatrix Potter’s much loved characters are brought to life in this whimsical show that features puppetry and an original score. Combined tickets are available that include entrance to the adjacent World of Beatrix Potter attraction and a VIP afternoon tea with Peter Rabbit himself.

  • Date: Every day except Fridays throughout August
  • Time: 11am 1.30pm, & 3.30pm (no 3.30pm show on Thursdays, and no 11am show on Saturdays)
  • Cost: Show Only Adults £11, Child 3-16 £9, Child 1-2 £9 | Show + Attraction £17.50 / £12 / £9 | Show + Attraction + Afternoon Tea £27.50 / £18 / £15
  • Tickets / More information: oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk

Live Music at BAHA, Bowness-On-Windermere

BAHA is a stylish food and music venue located in the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere. This August, there are some fabulous acts performing in the bar, including funk & soul duo Louise Spiteri & Chris Hodder, Cumbrian singer-songwriter, Evie Plumb, and Robbie Williams tribute act, Tony Lewis, whose resemblance to the former Take That star is simply uncanny. Some events are free, whilst others require tickets. Booking a table is recommended and there are events taking place most nights during August.

For a full list of acts with dates and times, visit bahabowness.com.

Family Theatre at Sticklebarn, Langdale

Sticklebarn is the only pub that is wholly operated by the National Trust and is located in the heart of Langdale. This month, the pub is hosting two family friendly theatre performances by the Quantum Theatre company. On the 10th of August, there will be a performance of Shakespeare’s much loved magical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, whilst on the 21st of August, the children’s classic tale Wind in the Willows will be brought to life on stage in an adaptation that features all the much loved characters. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Outdoor Theatre, Brantwood, Near Coniston

John Ruskin’s former home Brantwood is now a museum and this summer they are hosting an outdoor theatre event. Outdoor theatre company Illyria will be performing the classic tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Find out what happens when the young protagonist of the story discovers a cave full of hidden treasure that has been accumulated by the Robber King.

Guests will need to bring their own seating and wear clothing appropriate for the weather. For those travelling from Coniston village a special ferry service will be in operation taking audience members to and from the performance, with advanced booking through Brantwood required.

  • Date: Tuesday, 20th August, 2019
  • Time: 6.30pm
  • Cost: Adults £12, Children £8
  • Tickets / More information: brantwood.org.uk

Sense and Sensibility – Open Air Theatre, Talkin Tarn Country Park, Carlisle

The Pantaloons are a playful travelling theatre company who have delighted audiences up and down the country with their quirky adaptations of classic tales and plays. This summer, they are taking their unique adaptation of Jane Austen’s celebrated novel, Sense and Sensibility on tour and will be performing in Carlisle’s Talkin Tarn Country Park at the end of August. This is an open air theatre event that will go ahead in all weathers so you will need to dress appropriately and bring something to sit on.

  • Date: Thursday, 29th August, 2019
  • Time: Gates will open at 6pm for a 7pm start
  • Cost: Adults £10, Children £5
  • Tickets / More information: Tickets are available from the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre (01228 598596), from Talkin Tarn tearoom (016977 41050) or via thepantaloons.co.uk/sense-and-sensibility
 

Workshops & Courses

August Courses at the Cowshed Creative

Check out all the courses available at the Cowshed Creative this August, including this one on landscape watercolouring

 

Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy, Swallows & Artisans, Coniston

Swallows & Artisans is a creative arts studio overlooking Coniston Water, where they offer various courses throughout the year. On this one-day course, you will learn the basics of the fascinating art of calligraphy. You will learn how to assemble your calligraphy pen, how to make swirls and other shapes, and then how to make letters and words.

Each participant will receive a calligraphy set to use during the course and take home at the end. In addition, there will be a stall where you can purchase additional inks and other items. Cakes and hot drinks will be available throughout.

Courses at Cowshed Creative, Kentmere Farm Pods, Staveley

Cowshed Creative is a small arts studio located on the Kentmere Farm Pods glamping site near Staveley. The art studio is set amongst the stunning Kentmere valley landscape, providing fabulous inspiration, and with glamping pods on site you can make your creative course into a mini break.

This August, the studio is offering courses in watercolour landscape painting (20th August), clay animal sculptures (24th August), sea glass jewellery (25th August), and abstract landscape painting (31st August). All four courses last one day and lunch is included in the price.

 

Festivals & Retreats

Lake District Summer Music Festival

The Lake District Summer Music Festival is taking place from the 27th of July to the 9th of August

 

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival, Zeffirellis, Ambleside

Zeffirellis is a chilled out café bar with a cinema and small stage. It hosts jazz performers throughout the year and, at the end of August, its jazz festival is back by popular demand. There are two afternoons and four nights of music during the festival, featuring some exciting established and up-and-coming musicians, including Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker, and Tim Garland.

  1. Date: Thursday, 19th August though Sunday, 1st September, 2019
  2. Time: Afternoon concerts 3pm, evening concerts 7pm
  3. Cost: Individual concerts £15 - £35; Whole festival pass £145
  4. Tickets / More information: amblesidedays.co.uk

Yoga, Mindfulness, & Walking Retreat, Broadrayne Farm, Grasmere

This August, take some time out from the busy nature of modern life and spend a weekend at a yoga retreat on a peaceful farm near Grasmere. Sion Jones and Rosanna Gordon normally teach yoga in Liverpool but they will be leading this two night retreat at Grasmere where they will lead various yoga and mindfulness sessions, as well as a mindful walk to a nearby tarn, singing sessions, and an optional outdoor swim. The cost includes all meals (vegan) and accommodation (shared) and beginners are welcome.

  • Date: Friday, 2nd August through to Sunday, 4th August, 2019
  • Time: Arrivals from 5pm on Saturday; The retreat ends at 2pm on Sunday
  • Cost: £395
  • Tickets / More information: bookwhen.com/rosannayoga

Lake District Summer Music International Festival, Various Locations

Now in it’s 35th year, the Lake District Summer Music International Festival has a packed programme of events taking place across the southern Lake District. Performers from around the world will be showcasing their talents in classical music concerts in various venues in Ambleside, Bowness-On-Windermere, and Kendal, whilst Fellini’s cinema in Ambleside will be screening shows and concerts performed elsewhere.

Creating Joy Festival, Fell Foot Wood, Newby Bridge

Following the Joy are a creative studio based in Lancashire, offering workshops throughout the year that are designed to bring joy. They are once again returning to the Lake District this August for their annual retreat. This weekend micro-festival is an opportunity to escape to a relaxing and joyful space, filled with workshops that will lift your soul.

There will be meditation sessions, yoga, crafting workshops in skills, such as crochet, needle felting, and more, as well as dance workshops, singing sessions, and even a dance/drama club for children. There will be evening entertainment around the campfires each night, but you will need to bring your own food to cook.

  • Date: Friday, 23rd August – Monday, 26th August, 2019
  • Time: Arrival from 2pm Friday; Depart before 11am Monday
  • Cost: Adults £98, Children £28; Includes three nights camping and all workshops
  • Tickets / More information: facebook.com/fellfoot

Wannasee Festival, Hutton-In-The-Forest, Penrith

If you missed out on the opportunity to see your favourite top acts this year, then Wannasee Festival at Penrith has the next best thing. This unique festival features some of the best tribute acts in the UK for a whole weekend of pop and rock music. This year’s line up includes tribute acts for the Spice Girls, David Bowie, the Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Bon Jovi.

Along with the music the festival, there will be a licensed bar and a plethora of food stands. There is a family zone that includes activities and rides for children. Day and whole weekend passes are available, with a shuttle bus in operation between Penrith town centre and the festival site. Camping is available, including a designated family camping zone that has a noise curfew.

  • Date: Friday, 23rd August – Sunday 25th, August, 2019
  • Time: Gates open 5.30pm Friday and again at 11.30am Saturday & Sunday; Gates close each evening at 11.45pm
  • Cost: Adults £25-£45; Children aged 14-17 £17-£25: Children under 14 go free
  • Tickets / More information: wannaseefestival.com/penrith

Solfest, Silloth

Solfest is a friendly independent festival held each year in north-west Cumbria near the coastal village of Silloth. This year’s headline act is Mark Chadwick, lead singer of the Levellers, and he will be joined by up-and-coming artists,the Undercover Hippy and Baka Beyond, in addition to a wide selection of pop, rock, soul, and cover bands.

The festival features a range of activities to keep you entertained in between the music performances, including a healing garden with various therapies available, a market selling gifts and other goods, a children’s activity zone, street performers, and art exhibitions. Tickets include camping for two nights.

  • Date: Friday, 23rd August – Sunday, 25th August, 2019
  • Time: Gates open noon Friday
  • Cost: Adults £99, Youth 13-17 £59, Child 4-12 £35, Child Under 4 Free
  • Tickets / More information: solfest.org.uk
 

Other Events

The Lakes Distillery

Take a tour of the Lakes Distillery or join them for their gin festival (Photo Credit: The Lakes Distillery)

 

Crow Park Sports Days with the National Trust, Keswick

Get active this summer with the National Trust at Crow Park, Keswick, where they will be hosting sports days throughout August. Participants can try a range of sports, including egg and spoon races, balance bikes, javelin throwing, and sack races. This event is free of charge. The entrance to Crow Park can be found opposite the Theatre by the Lake near Derwent Water in Keswick.

  • Date: 3rd, 7th, 12, 20th, & 28th August, 2019
  • Time: 11am – 3.30pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More information: nationaltrust.org.uk

Historic Carlisle Guided Walking Tour, Carlisle

Anna Grey is an experienced tour guide who focuses on the history and culture of the Lake District on all her guided tours. Throughout the summer, she is offering visitors to Carlisle the chance to learn more about the history of this city that dates back to the Roman era, 2000 years ago.

During this two and a half hour walk, you will explore the city’s ancient walls and visit some of Carlisle’s hidden historic gems. The tour starts at the Tullie House Museum reception and you must book your place in advance.

  • Date: Every Thursday in August
  • Time: 1.30pm – 4pm
  • Cost: POA
  • Tickets / More information: Places must be booked in advance at the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 01228 598596) or directly through Anna Gray on 07557 915855

Lakes Gin Festival, Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite

This August, gin aficionados should head over to the Lakes Distillery, where on the 3rd August they will be celebrating this aromatic spirit. There will be an outside bar, live music, and a BBQ, as well as gin mixologist demonstrations.

To mark the occasion, the distillery will also offer special Gin Experience tours, available for £30. This 90 minute tour of the distillery will include the opportunity to sample the distillery’s gins and gin liqueurs, as well as tuition on mixers and garnishes.

  • Date: Saturday, 3rd August, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 7pm
  • Cost: Free entry to the courtyard; £30 for tour
  • Tickets / More information: www.lakesdistillery.com

Beached Art, St Bees

Cumbria Wildlife Trust are once again holding their annual family fun day at St Bees beach. Everyone is invited to create sculptures out of sand using inspiration from the marine life found in the Irish sea. There will also be the opportunity to join in with a Rockpool Ramble where you can learn about the creatures that can be found in the rocks when the tide goes out. There is a judging competition for the sand sculptures, and if you are lucky, you may spot a dolphin out in the sea.

  • Date: Saturday, 10th August, 2019
  • Time: 11am – 5pm
  • Cost: Sand Sculpture plot £3; Face painting £2; Other activities are free but donations are welcome
  • Tickets / More information: cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

Max’s Birthday Big Bash and Splash Birthday Party, The Pencil Museum, Keswick

Fans of celebrity spaniels Max, Paddy and Harry will be pleased to learn that the trio, along with their owner Kerry, are hosting a special event to celebrate Max’s birthday. The event will raise money for the PDSA with £8 from every ticket sold going to the charity. The event includes a family friendly walk (dogs included) from the Pencil Museum in Keswick to the shore of Derwent Water down to Strandshag Bay.

Dogs will be invited to join the three spaniels as they splash in the water and possibly make the jetty jumps that they have become famous for. Afterwards, everyone will return to the Pencil Museum car park where all of the four legged friends can enjoy a special party tea, with the possibility of some treats for their human companions.

Force Crag Mine Open Day, Braithwaite, Near Keswick

Force Crag was the last working mineral mine in the Lake District and it closed in 1990, but since then, it has been preserved by the National Trust and other partner organisations. It’s normally closed to the public due to the dangers that are associated with accessing a mine, but the Trust have open days during the summer where visitors can have a special guided tour of the above ground area.

During the tour, you will find out more about what it was like to work here and the type of minerals that were brought up from underground. The tour is not suitable for small children as you will be walking on rough and occasionally steep terrain. You can either choose to walk the two-miles along the track from Braithwaite to access the mine, or book a place on the transport provided by the National Trust. Booking is advised.

  • Date: Tuesday, 20th August, 2019
  • Time: One hour long tours available between 10.30am – 3pm
  • Cost: £6 per person (must be paid by cash on the day)
  • Tickets / More information: nationaltrust.org.uk

Summer International Market, Carlisle City Centre

The popular international market returns to the centre of Carlisle this August bank holiday weekend. The pedestrianised zone will be partially taken over by stalls selling food, crafted goods, and gifts from around the world.