Things are starting to get a bit more back to normal around here in the Lake District with plenty of great summer events taking place this August. Whilst we're not seeing a lot of the usual agricultural shows taking place (a lot of them are saying they will re-start in 2022), there's a fair few taking still place! There are lots of wonderful outdoor events that are Covid-safe and will make the most of the beautiful summer days here in the Lake District.

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Hutton in the Forest: Wannasee Music Festival

TEXT August 2021

Hutton in the Forest is once again host to a music festival in the month of August, providing a stunning backdrop to this fun weekend of live music. The Wannasee Music Festival will take place between Friday the 27th and Sunday the 29th of August. You can purchase tickets in advance on their website and find out more about this year's line-up. In addition to the music, there will be a fully licensed bar, entertainment for children, food stalls, full camping facilities, and more.

Rydal Show: Sheepdog Trials & Hound Show

Rydal Show August 2021

We are happy to report that the Rydal Show is scheduled to take place this summer and is planned for Thursday the 12th of August, 2021. The event takes place at Rydal Park in Ambleside and features Sheepdog Trials and a Hound Show. Spectators are very welcome with an entry fee of £7 for adults and £3 for children.

In addition to the dogs, you'll find about 20 different trade stands selling clothing, country life shopping and other goods. There will, of course, also be a catering tent selling sandwiches, cakes, Cumberland sausages and burgers to go. Lastly, there will be a fully licensed bar from 11am to 7pm. Please refer to the Rydal Show's official website for further details.

Hawkshead Show: Horticultural Show Only

Hawkshead Show August 2021

The Hawkshead Show is set to take place on Tuesday the 24th of August in 2021 in Hawkshead Church and is only featuring the Horticultural show this year. Due to Covid, this year's main show has been cancelled, however, the Horticultural Committee plans to put on a scaled down version. The main focus will be raising funds to help preserve their society. Please visit the official website for further details.

The Ennerdale Show

Ennerdal Show August 2021

The Ennerdale Show is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 25th August, 2021. The show centres around traditional sports and pastimes in the area with an annual fell race normally taking place for both adults and children. The show also includes plenty of animals with sheep, dogs and horses a popular feature. Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling normally always takes place, as well, usually in the late afternoon. With food and drink stalls, as well as local vendors, the Ennerdale Show is a great family-friendly day out. Please check the official Ennerdale Show website in advance of your visit to ensure it's still taking place.

Once Upon a Crime – Murder Mystery through Holker Gardens

Once Upon a Crime August 2021

Once Upon a Crime is a murder mystery event taking place at the beautiful Holker Gardens. The "part Mystery, part Scavenger Hunt and Treasure Trail" event is taking place on August the 11th with start times at 12pm, 12.15pm, and 12.30pm. They say the quest should take approximately 1.5 hours but quicker for the super sleuths with sharp investigatory skills! Find out all about it here.

Lake District Summer Music Festival

Lake District Summer Music Festival August 2021

The Lake District Summer Music Festival is on for 2021 and is set to take place from the 30th of July to the 8th of August. It's an international music festival with a special emphasis on chamber music for classical musicians. Check out everything you need to know on the official LDSMF website.

Discover Blencathra & Bannerdale: Small Group Walk

Discover Blencathra & Bannerdale August 2021

This 9-mile small group guided walk takes approximately 6 to 8 hours and costs £35 per person on Sunday the 8th of August. The walk includes 4 summits, including Blencathra and provides stunning views across the Lake District. The walk starts at 8.45am and ends around 4pm. You'll need a reasonably good level of fitness to complete this walk and you'll want to book well advance as places will go quickly. You can book your place here.

Solfest: Music & Arts Festival

Solfest August 2021

Solfest returns in 2021 and lands on the 26th through the 29th of August. The lineup includes: Razorlight, Maximo Park, Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Echo and the Bunnymen, the Amazons, Henge, Band of Skulls, Dutty Moonshine, Big Band, Melt Yourself Down, DJ Format, amongst others! As it's a festival, there's camping available for those that wish to stay overnight on site with the usual camping amenities. Order your tickets quick to ensure you get them before they sell out. Check out the official Solfest website for further information.

The Importance of Being Earnest - Windermere Jetty Museum

The Importance of Being Earnest - The Jetty Museum

Oscar Wild's heart warming tale, The Importance of Being Earnest, will be performed at the Windermere Jetty Museum on Saturday, 14th August, 2021 between 7 and 9pm. The price is £18 for adults, £11 under 18's, and it's free for under 10's. You can buy tickets on the Lakeland Arts page.

The Steamboat Association of Great Britain Boat Parade

The Steamboat Association of Great Britain Boat Parade

The Windermere Jetty Museum is also hosting the Steamboat Association of Great Britain Boat Parade between 5th August and 7th August from 10am-5pm each day. The event is free and doesn't even require entrance to the museum. Spectators can admire boats decked out in bunting and other decorations moored along the jetties with owners dressed in period costumes. There will be a grand flotilla on the Saturday afternoon. You can find out more information on the Lakeland Arts official website.

Sunflower Appeal

Sunflower Appeal

The Sunflower Appeal raises funds to support patient and family care. Each hand-crafted metal sunflower is sold for £35 and will be displayed with hundreds across two venues in Lancaster and here in Cumbria. After the display is over, the sunflowers can either be collected or will be boxed up and sent to you via post for you to display in your garden or to give as a gift. The display in the Lake District will take place between Monday 2nd August and Tuesday 31st August at Brockhole on Windermere (and Lancaster Castle further afield). The money raised will support local hospices. You can find out more information on the St John's Hospice website.

Films on Windermere - Windermere Jetty

Films on Winderere - Windermere Jetty

The Windermere Jetty Museum is hosting Films on Windermere over the August bank holiday weekend toward the end of the month. On Thursday the 26th, they'll be showing Pirates of the Caribbean, on Friday the 27th Wonder Woman 1984, Saturday the 28th is The Greatest Showman, and Sunday the 29th is Jaws. Doors open at 6.20pm and the film will start at 8.20pm. Parking is free but tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for under 16s. Additionally, you can hire a deck chair for £5. You can find out more information and book tickets here.