The Lake District in February is still very much in the grasp of winter, but there are subtle signs of an emerging spring, with daffodil bulbs pushing up through the ground and nesting birds setting up home amongst the trees. After a relatively quiet January, February brings a resurgence of events and activities, especially towards the latter part of the month when many schools break up for a half term holiday.

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Live Theatre, Music, & Comedy

Live Theatre, Music & Comedy in the Lake District February 2020

Several exciting acts are performing in Cumbria this month, providing the perfect way to spend those darker evenings.


February 2020 at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Kendal’s biggest entertainment venue is offering a wide number of events this month, from poetry and Cumbrian music to a spooky evening with a clairvoyant!

  • Fatoumata Diawara – Saturday, 1st February: Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Fatoumata Diawara takes her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights on her new album FENFO.
  • Clinton Baptiste in The Paranormalist Returns – Friday, 7th February: The world-renowned clairvoyant, medium and psychic will give readings to the audience, offering advice from beyond the grave.
  • Ladies That Bus – Tuesday, 11th & Wednesday, 12th February: This heart-warming tale is based on real-life interviews and features original songs and music. It shows a day-in-the life of the Route 555 bus to Keswick, and the kaleidoscope of different characters that travel on it – each with their very own tales to tell. It’s a celebration of Cumbria and its people.
  • The Price of Land – Saturday, 22nd February: Eight voices, eight stories, eight working lives, eight moments spread across half a millennium. This powerful verse-drama gives a voice to the forgotten people of the Cumbria. Presented by local poet and author, Geoff Cox.
  • Hollie McNish – Saturday, 29th February: An evening with the award winning poet and writer who is also known as Hollie Poetry. She writes on several topics, including politics and parenthood.

In addition, the Brewery will be hosting its regular selection of film screenings, workshops, and more. For more information and to book tickets, visit

February 2020 at the Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

During February, Keswick’s lakeside theatre has something on nearly every day. We have picked out the highlights here, but do check out their website for details of all the shows that will be taking place this month:

  • Open Space – Wednesday, 5th February: A first for the theatre, this event allows local performers to share their work with the audience. Four acts have been selected and will each perform for around ten-minutes. Afterwards, the audience will be invited to give feedback.
  • Tannie and Tannie – Thursday, 6th February: A play depicting two women who decide to leave their home after several earthquakes and head off on a trek. Before they leave, there’s just time for a story or three.
  • Strangers on a Train Set – Friday, 7th February: A murder mystery, books that transport the readers to parallel universes, and multiple train sets. This quirky show will have a broad appeal.
  • Fell – Tuesday, 11th & Wednesday, 12th February: Developed in collaboration with Cumbrian youth groups, this play explores the lesser seen side of Cumbria, through a friendship forged by two runaways from the deprived West Cumbrian coast.
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour – Thursday, 13th February to Saturday, 15th February: Three-days of film shorts, showcasing extreme adventure in extreme environments.
  • Ladies That Bus – Friday, 14th & Saturday, 15th February: This heart-warming tale is based on real-life interviews and features original songs and music. It shows a day-in-the life of the Route 555 bus to Keswick, and the kaleidoscope of different characters that travel on it – each with their very own tales to tell. It’s a celebration of Cumbria and its people.
  • Tim Kilphuis Sextet: The Brandenburg Seasons – Sunday, 16th February: Classically trained violinist, Tim Kliphuis, is joined by three brilliant Scottish musicians, who together with his Trio, effectively form a string quartet, plus guitar and bass. They will perform interpretations of Vivaldi and Bach’s music, blending classical, gypsy jazz and folk music.
  • Riot Act – Tuesday, 18th February: This critically acclaimed show was a West End hit and is now on tour. It’s solo piece that was created from interviews with a Stonewall survivor and explores the history of the LGBT rights movement.
  • Simon Evans: The Work of the Devil – Tuesday, 25th February: Stand up comedy from Mock the Week and Radio 4 performer, Simon Evans.

For details of these shows and all other shows taking place at the theatre this month, visit

February 2020 at the Sands Centre, Carlisle

Some big names are heading to Carlisle’s Sands Centre this month:

  • Nathan Carter – Sunday, 2nd February: One of Ireland’s biggest pop stars will be performing on stage at Carlisle this month.
  • The Chicago Blues Brothers - A Night at the Movies – Friday, 7th February: Direct from London's west end, join the Chicago Blues Brothers and their band for a brand new show bringing you the greatest movie anthems of all time, performed live.
  • The Legends of American Country – Sunday, 9th February: This award winning music show is on a European tour and features hits by artists, such as Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Don William, Patsy Cline, and Kenny Rogers.
  • Sinderella – Friday, 14th February: Packed with inuendo and starring acts from Ru Paul’s Drag Race, this adult pantomime is perfect for Valentine’s who like to laugh.
  • The Magic of Motown – Saturday, 15th February: Now in its 13th year, this popular show features hits from all the Motown favourites.
  • The Boys Are Back – Thursday, 20th February: Boyband throwbacks A1, 5IVE, Damage, and 911 have come together to bring their hits to audiences across the UK and will be stopping in Carlisle as part of their tour.
  • Fascinating Aida – Friday, 21 February: This comedy singing group and satirical cabaret act have been performing together since the 1980s and are currently on tour with their hilarious songs.
  • James Arthur – Tuesday, 25th February: The singer-songwriter has achieved global success and is now on tour. Ticket sales are limited to four per person.

For more information on all of these events and to book tickets, visit

February 2020 at Zeffirellis, Ambleside

The cinema and jazz bar in the heart of Ambleside has several live performances this month, many with free entry! For more information and a full line-up, visit

  • Prohibited Strangers – Saturday, 1st February: A quartet that have been inspired by the likes of Dave Holland and Kenny Wheeler. Free entry.
  • The Nightcreatures – Friday, 7th February: New Orleans R&B band that features renowned pianist, Henry Botham. Free entry.
  • Tim Franks Quartet – Saturday, 8th February: A well established group covering a wide range of jazz music. Free entry.
  • Valentines Day – Friday, 14th February: A romantic three-course meal with live music from The Retrosettes. £40 per person with booking essential.
  • Pocket Orchestra – Saturday, 15th February: A popular jazz group hailing from the north-east. Free entry.
  • Nel Unlit – Friday, 21st February: A group from Middlesbrough whose concept album was inspired by a graphic novel by Neil Gaiman. Free entry.
  • Sam Dunn Quartet – Saturday, 22nd February: Masters of contemporary harmonic and melodic languages. Free entry.
  • Norma Winstone – Sunday, 23rd February: Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year 2017, performing contemporary jazz. Tickets cost £12.50 or £25 with a two-course meal.
  • Katherine Lupino – Friday, 28th February: Jazz singer who takes inspiration from Old Hollywood. Free entry.
  • Flat 5 – Saturday, 29th February: A quintet covering a number of jazz composers. Free entry.

Bill Bailey – Work in Progress, The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-On-Windermere

Many well-known comedians will take to smaller and more intimate venues around the country when putting together material for new shows. The practice gives the comedians the opportunity to test new material, and it gives audiences a chance to view big names at lower prices. This month, popular comedian, Bill Bailey, will be working on his new show at The Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-On-Windermere. Tickets are expected to sell out fast!

  • Date: Tuesday, 11th & Wednesday, 12th February, 2020
  • Time: 8pm
  • Cost: £17.50
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Classical Music Festival, Askham Hall, Near Penrith

This month, Askham Hall is bringing together internationally acclaimed musicians, pianist, Noam Greenberg, and the Castalian String Quartet. Three unique performances will take place over three days, with the musicians performing a selection of chamber music by Robert Schumann inside the hall’s atmospheric renovated 18th century barn that offers excellent acoustics and a fully stocked bar.

Following the Saturday and Sunday performances, there will be a special meal with Askham Hall’s Michelin-starred chef, Richard Swale, using the best of the estate’s authentic local produce. Places are limited and booking is essential.

  • Date: Friday, 28th February to Sunday, 1st March, 2020
  • Time: Friday concert 7pm, Saturday & Sunday concert 5pm, Dinner 7pm
  • Cost: £18 per person per concert or £45 for all three concerts; Saturday dinner £80, Sunday dinner £70
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Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John, Kendal Leisure Centre

Award winning Welsh comedian, Rhod Gilbert, is on tour with a brand new show this month following a six-year long break from stand-up comedy. Rhod will discuss the difficulties he has faced in recent years with brutal honesty. This show is taking place at the Kendal Leisure Centre but booking is through Carlisle’s Sands Centre.

  • Date: Saturday, 29th February, 2020
  • Time: 8pm
  • Cost: £27.50
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Creative Arts Workshops, Talks, Courses, & Exhibitions

Workshops, Talks, Courses & Exhibitions in the Lake District February 2020

Get those creative juices flowing this month with one of these fabulous events.


Writing Workshop with the Poetry Business, Dove Cottage & the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

According to the Guardian, Ann and Peter Sansom are “the best poetry teachers in the world.” With such high acclaim it’s clear that this workshop, led by the duo, will certainly encourage you to put pen to paper and create your own piece of literature. After the workshop there will be an opportunity to enjoy readings from the winners of the 2019 Poetry Business Competition. Booking essential.

Landscape Photography for Beginners with Ben Bush Photography, Keswick

Photographer, Ben Bush, has been making waves here in Cumbria for his spectacular landscape images, particularly those taken underneath the glorious night skies. This special workshop has just four places available to guarantee a good level of personal tuition.

The course is aimed at beginners and intermediates and will cover basics such as using the camera off auto mode, framing and composition. You will need your own DSLR camera, along with a tripod and interval timer. Booking is essential.

Discovering The Lake District 200 Years Ago, Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

The annual Jonathan Wordsworth Memorial Lecture returns to the Jerwood Centre at Dove Cottage this month and this year the lecture is formed of three parts. Tony Mehew will be discussing Peter Bicknell’s The Picturesque Scenery of the Lake District, 1752-1855, David Turner will examine the tour of the Lakes taken by the Reverend John Pering in 1808, and Dr Cecilia Powell will talk in depth about the creation of an illustrated version of Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes that will be published by the Wordsworth Trust this year. Booking is required.

The Keswick Film Festival, Keswick

The 21st Keswick Film Festival is Cumbria’s answer to Cannes. Over 30 films are screened across a number of venues in the town and it showcases work from independent filmmakers. It’s a chance to catch gripping movies that you won’t find in the big chain cinemas and with films from all over the world, shorts, documentaries, and rising stars, there is something to suit everyone. The festival also includes the Osprey Short Film Awards that celebrates Cumbrian film makers.

  • Date: Thursday, 27th February to Sunday, 1st March, 2020
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Festival passes £65, single film entry £7.50
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Painting Animals in Mixed Media, Thuline Studio Gallery, Windermere

Led by artist, Thuline, participants will develop new skills to create portraits of animals using acrylics or pastels. The images will be inspired by photographs and participants can either bring their own photo or use one from the artist. All materials will be provided and there is the option to paint on canvas for an additional £15. Lunch is not provided but there will be hot drinks and biscuits. Booking essential.

  • Date: Saturday, 29th February, 2020
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: £50 per person
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Outdoor & Fitness Activities

Outdoor & Fitness Activities in the Lake District February 2020

Don’t let the colder weather put you off. Wrap up warm and get outdoors. Perhaps try a new skill or simply improve your fitness with these events.


February 2020 at Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick

There are some fantastic events taking place in the mountain forest above Keswick this month:

  • Shinrin-Yoku – Sunday, 2nd February: A chance to discover the Japanese art of forest bathing with a guided mindfulness session and a traditional tea ceremony. £25 per person. Booking essential.
  • Wassailing – Saturday, 8th February: Celebrate the apple tree with some cider making around a fire pit. £5 per person.
  • Mountain Bike Night Ride with Cyclewise – Friday, 21st & Saturday, 22nd February: A chance to take to the mountain biking trails in darkness, led by Cyclewise professionals. Booking is essential and a reasonable level of fitness is required. Cost is £39 per person that includes bike hire, helmet, and lights.
  • E-Mountain Bike Night Ride with Cyclewise – Friday, 21st & Saturday, 22nd February: As above but with electric assisted bikes that will give you that extra boost to get up the hills. Cost is £49 per person that includes bike hire, helmet, and lights.
  • Whinlatter Dark Skies Walk – Friday, 21st February: Led by a qualified mountain leader, this two-hour walk will take you through the forest at night, with the possibility of star gazing. Booking is essential and the walk costs £6 per person or £9 for an adult with two children under 12 years of age.
  • Nature’s Nightlife at Whinlatter – Saturday, 22nd February: A magical walk through the forest at night time, ideal for families. Participants can listen out for owls and enjoy a hot chocolate around a campfire. Booking essential. Adults £4, Children £3. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Wild Women Day – Friday, 28th February: This women-only event is a chance to learn new skills. such as foraging and traditional fire lighting. Booking is essential and you will need to provide your own lunch. £40 per person.

For more information on all of these events and details on how to book, visit

Fit Cumbria, The Rheged Centre, Penrith

Fit Cumbria is a two-day health and fitness show that will be hosted by the Rheged Centre this month. Dedicated to inspiring visitors to engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle, the show will feature trade stands from top fitness brands from both Cumbria and the wider UK who will be showcasing their products.

In addition, on stage will be various demonstrations and talks from fitness gurus, whilst in a separate studio there will be classes available throughout the event, including yoga, circuits, Zumba, as well as a guided trail run setting off from the centre. There is an additional charge for studio classes and these are only available to show ticket holders.

  • Date: Saturday, 1st & Sunday, 2nd February, 2020
  • Time: 9am to 5pm
  • Cost: £5 entry per person. Additional charges apply for classes.
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Bushcraft Fundamentals Day with Path to Adventure, near Coniston

This one-day course will give you a host of survival skills and is set in private woodlands near Coniston Water. Participants will learn how to identify potential resources, light a fire and cook a meal, use equipment safely, create utensils, and build a shelter.

There will also be the chance to explore the woodland and immerse yourself in the natural environment. The cost includes lunch, hot drinks, and a specialist bush craft knife to take home. Minimum age is 14 years.

Love Yourself Yoga, Lakes Yoga, Windermere

This one-day yoga workshop is suitable for beginners and will leave you feeling refreshed and energised. During the day, you will practice breathing exercises and poses that are designed to make you feel better about yourself. The day will also include a walk through woodland, and a delicious vegetarian lunch. Booking essential.

Alpkit Clean Up, Rydal Water & Caves

Alpkit is an outdoor gear store and this month they are encouraging everyone who loves the outdoors to take some time out to help care for the environment. Join them on this litter pick around Rydal water, caves, and terrace.

Litter picking equipment will be provided but outdoor clothing will be required. Flapjacks and hot drinks will be provided but participants are requested to bring their own mugs to drink out of to avoid the use of single-use cups.

Dalemain 10K Trail Run, Dalemain House, Near Ullswater

The Dalemain 10K is a popular running event that takes runners through and around the Dalemain estate on an undulating course that can be muddy. It’s a beautiful location for a run and furthermore, spectators can enjoy tea and cake in the tea room whilst you run.

There will even be a children’s 1K trail run available on the day that is free to enter. Booking is essential and your entry fee will include a finishers’ medal, technical t-shirt, electronic timing, and event photographs.

Courses With Cyclewise Bycycle Shop, Whinlatter Forest

The specialist cycling shop at Whinlatter Forest is hosting three different courses this month. On the 1st of February, they are offering a one-day intermediate mountain biking course that will cover skills such as bunny hops, step overs, drop offs and more, all around the forest.

On the 23rd of February, there are two courses to choose from. The Suspension Service course will teach you everything you need to know about servicing and replacing parts on your bike’s rear suspension. The Pump & Jump Skills course will take you out into the forest to teach you how to clear tabletops and how to use natural features and pumping to get off the ground.

All the details of these events can be found on the Cyclewise Facebook page.

Hounds Around Harrop, Thirlmere

Canine celebrities Max, Paddy and Harry, along with their owner Kerry, are inviting walkers with two legs and four to join them on a fundraising walk from Thirlmere up to Harrop Tarn. This is a ticketed event with the proceeds going to PDSA who provide low cost and free veterinary care around the UK. The walk will take around 2.5 hours and involves a steep climb at the start.


February Half Term Events For Children & Families

Half Term Activities in the Lake District February 2020

A round up of the family friendly events taking place during February half term in the Lake District.


Family Friendly Half Term Events at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

The Theatre by the Lake is offering three different performances that area ideal for families this half term. On Sunday, 16th February Dutch violinist, Tim Kliphuis, and his trio will perform a one-hour, family friendly programme of music through the ages featuring a mix of classical, jazz improvisation and folk music. A wonderful introduction to music’s greats, the show includes audience interaction and participation, to breakdown the “stuffiness” that is sometimes associated with classical music.

On the 18th and 19th of February, families can enjoy a captivating performance of the Elves and the Shoemaker. This classic children’s tale has received a modern update and is told through charming puppets.

Finally, on the 21st and 22nd of February, children can enjoy some pre-show craft workshops followed by a performance of The Naughty Fox, an immersive and multi-sensory puppet show about the importance of friendship and sharing. This relaxed performance includes creative captions for those who are hearing impaired and is ideal for children under 5.

For full details and to book tickets, visit

Whinlatter Adventure Club, Whinlatter Forest, Near Keswick

Looking for a way for the kids to burn of some energy this half term whilst you do your own thing? Check out the Whinlatter Adventure Club. Running for three days over the half term, parents can drop their child off each day for hours of fun amongst the trees.

This half term the theme will be “survival” with children learning bushcraft skills, as well as getting the opportunity to play games and explore. Booking is essential and children will need a packed lunch for each day and warm clothing.

Half Term Fun at the Rheged Centre, Penrith

The Rheged Centre near Penrith has had a mini makeover in the last few weeks and its new play area and creative station is now open. The soft play area is substantially bigger and it’s now overlooked by a café so parents can relax whilst their children play. This half term the centre is offering several events that are suitable for children:

  • Exploring Printing with Creation Station – Monday, 17th February: To coincide with the centre’s Print exhibition, this workshop is offering children the opportunity to try various printing techniques, including block and tile printing. Children will then print a design on a fabric bag to take away. Slots are available throughout the day and the session costs £8 per person.
  • Mini Canadian Canoe Building – Monday, 17th February: Led by Open River Canoe Adventures (ORCA), this workshop will give you the opportunity to build a 25cm long wooden canoe to take away and float. Cost is £11.50 per person.
  • Archery with Reach Beyond Adventure – Tuesday, 18th February: Various sessions are available on this day, aimed at beginners and improvers. Cost is £7 per person.
  • Slime Workshop with Creation Station – Wednesday, 19th February: Let someone else clean up the mess with this workshop where your child will create their own slime to take away. Cost is £7.50 per person.
  • 3D Printing Workshop – Wednesday, 19th February: Led by arts manager, John Stokes, this is a chance to learn more about 3D modelling and will include a chance to create a 3D printed model to take home. £7.50 per child.
  • Animal Encounters with Zoobidoo – Thursday, 20th February: An interactive and hands-on animal workshop. £7 per child.
  • Aardman Animations Model Making – Friday, 21st February: Experts from Aardman Studios will be leading three different workshops to create a model Gromit, Shaun The Sheep, or Feathers McGraw. Participants will also learn more about animation techniques and children on the workshop get free entry into a cinematic double bill of Aardman films in the cinema. Tickets cost £9.50 per child and adult entry into the cinema costs £2.50.
  • Interactive Performances from Pyjama Drama – Saturday, 22nd February: Suitable for children under 7 years, there are three shows on this date from Pyjama Drama who specialise in drama and imaginative play - The Tiger Who Invited Me for Tea, The Gruffalo Goes to the Dentist, and Sid the Shark. £6 per child.

Throughout the week the centre’s cinema will be showing a host of family friendly films. For more information and to book tickets, visit

Half Term at the Tullie House Museum, Carlisle

Tullie House Museum has recently launched a new exhibition, “Treasures of China”, exploring 4,000 years of Chinese culture. To coincide with this exhibition, the museum will be holding daily craft sessions during half term with a Chinese theme. Every day between Saturday, 15th February and Sunday, 23rd February, there will be a drop in session from 1pm until 4pm and each day there will be a different craft activity for children to try. Sessions available include Chinese lantern sun catchers, panda crafts, bamboo paintings, and more. As spaces are limited, booking is essential, and tickets cost £1 for children, or are free for any child accompanied by an adult with an annual ticket.

In addition, the museum is hosting bubbleologist, Jesse Ward, on the 20th of February who will be offering four special sessions for children to explore the wonderful world of bubbles. After a magical bubble show by Jesse, there will be a chance for children to be put inside a giant bubble, giving a wonderful photo opportunity. The one hour sessions are available at 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm, and 3pm and booking is essential. Tickets cost £6 for children and £3 for adults.

For more information on all of these events, visit

Orienteering at Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot Park on the southern tip of Windermere is a delightful place to visit with the family and this half term you can explore the park in full whilst learning a new skill. There will be a selection of orienteering courses set up around the park. Can you find all of the markers using a map? Best of all, it’s free, though normal admission applies.

  • Date: Monday, 17th February & Wednesday, 19th February, 2020
  • Time: 10am to 3pm
  • Cost: Free (normal admission applies)
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Family Bushcraft with Path to Adventure, Near Coniston

Path to Adventure are an outdoor activity company that offer a range of courses usually aimed at adults, but during the school holidays, they host regular open events aimed at families with children. This half term, they are offering families with children aged 5 and up the chance to learn some bushcraft skills in their private woodland near Coniston. Participants will learn how to build a shelter and there will be the opportunity to cook on a campfire. Booking is essential.

Family Yoga, Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

This half term, Carly Harding from Lakes Yoga, will be leading this guided yoga session especially for families with children aged 5-11 years. The session will include games, stories, and partner poses that you will then be able to practice at home. If you have younger children in your family, there will be alternative craft activities in a side room so there is no need for anyone to miss out. Places are limited and booking is recommended.

The Great Wray Castle Sketch, Wray Castle, Near Ambleside

This half term, come and get the whole family involved in art activities with drawing games and sketching challenges dotted around Wray Castle. Take inspiration from the castle’s gothic architecture, just as Beatrix Potter did when she took a holiday there, and create lovely pieces of art to take home.

Throughout the week, there will be a number of activities available, including dot-to-dot challenges, blindfold sketching, hidden easels, and more. These events are free but normal admission to the castle applies.

  • Date: Daily from Saturday, 15th to Sunday, 23rd February, 2020
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Cost: Normal admission applies
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Little Trackers Week – Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

During half term at the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, children who have a combined railway and Lakes Aquarium ticket will be given a worksheet to complete. They will need to find all the locations that mascots Oscar and Plumpton have visited and will need to keep their eyes peeled to answer questions.

In addition, there will be craft activities on board the train and special “meet the creatures” events at the aquarium. Plumpton Bear will be at Haverthwaite station and children can have their photo taken with him.

Chinese Cultural Trail, The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven

During half term week, the Beacon Museum is offering children the chance to complete a Chinese Cultural Trail. Children will be able to learn more about China by seeking out clues and information across the museum and completing the worksheets. There will also be oriental themed craft activities. The trail and crafts are free with normal admission.


Other Events

Other Events in the Lake District February 2020

A round-up of all the other events that are taking place across the Lake District and Cumbria this February.


Carlisle City of Lights

Carlisle’s 900 year-old cathedral will be taking the centre stage for this event that will see many buildings across the city lit up in celebration of space and creation. Artist collective, Luxmuralis, will be taking over the cathedral with The Great Exhibition – SPACE: God, the Universe and Everything, a spectacular art installation that will see the inside of the cathedral transform into a walk-through universe. Visitors to the cathedral will be treated to illuminations showing the Milky Way, planets, and other celestial objects. Furthermore, around the city there will be light displays and projections.

  • Date: Wednesday, 12th February to Saturday, 15th February, 2020
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Displays around the city will be free of charge but entry to the cathedral will cost £5 for adults and £4 for children, with timed slots available
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Cumbria Dark Skies Festival, Various Locations

Campaign group and charity, Friends of the Lake District, are currently leading a campaign to achieve a “Dark Skies Reserve” status for Cumbria, and as part of this campaign they have organised a Dark Skies Festival that will take place across various locations in the Lake District and Cumbria this month. Many activities are free. Activities include:

  • Planetarium and Meteorite Workshop – A pop up planetarium at Rheged and Ambleside Parish Centre led by Kielder Observatory Astronomers, with a chance to handle some space rocks. £5 adults and £2.50 children.
  • Darkening Skies - Design and Making of Cowling Systems for Outdoor Lighting – A workshop led by Grizedale Arts to create decorative Cowlings to minimise light pollution from outdoor lights. £35.
  • Twilight sensory walks with Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
  • Night time biking sessions at Whinlatter.
  • A public dark skies event at Crow Park, Keswick, with the Cockermouth Astronomy Society that is free to attend with special equipment to make it accessible for children and those with disabilities.
  • A stargazing high tea at Beckfoot Retreat near the shore of Ennerdale Water.
  • An art installation at Grizedale tarn.
  • An Earth Photo exhibition at Grizedale Forest.

Several of these events require advanced booking and places are limited. The festival takes place between Friday the 21st of February and Sunday the 23rd of February and full details of all the events can be found at