July brings haybales to the lowlands and the early blooms of purple heather to the uplands of the Lake District. The days are long, the nights are warm, and the paths become trickier to navigate, overgrown with wild flowers and plants. July is one of the busiest periods for tourism in the Lake District. The Scottish schools are on a break throughout the month, with the English and Welsh schools starting their six week long break towards the end of the month.

Therefore, if you are hoping to visit the area during this time, it’s best to book your accommodation as soon as possible. The influx of tourists means that many visitor attractions are hosting special events, whilst the early part of the harvest season sees a plethora of agricultural shows taking place across the county.

Keswick Midsummer Festival – Including Scruffs Fun Dog Show, Keswick

Keswick Midsummer Festival

The Keswick Midsummer Festival is a weekend of free events at various locations around Keswick. The festival kicks off on Friday evening with a rock concert in Keswick’s Market Square, featuring performances from Ed Sheeran and Rod Stewart tribute acts amongst others. The party atmosphere will continue long into the evening with pubs throughout the town hosting their own live music acts. On Saturday, bring a picnic and enjoy a sophisticated outdoor concert at the Prom in the Park, when Keswick’s Fitz Park will host a special concert of classical and opera music.

The weekend concludes on Sunday, with the return of Keswick’s annual Scruffs Dog Show, also taking place in Fitz Park. The show celebrates Keswick’s status as a dog friendly town, and takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to dog shows, with awards for categories that include “Best Biscuit Catcher” and “Waggiest Tale”. On the day, entries are taken on a first come, first serve basis, or you can sign up in advance at the Podgy Paws pet shop in Keswick.

  • Date: Friday, 29th June to Sunday, 1st July, 2018
  • Time: Saturday 6pm til late, Saturday 4pm to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.facebook.com/KeswickFestival

Make Your Own Traditional English Longbow, Greystoke Cycle Café, Penrith

Make Your Own Traditional English Longbow

The Greystoke Cycle Café near Penrith hosts a series of “quirky workshops” throughout the year, offering a chance for visitors to learn an unusual craft or trade skill. During the weekend of the end of June / beginning of July, visitors to the café can learn how to make a traditional English longbow. This ancient weapon was used during the medieval period for hunting and warfare.

The two-day course will involve shaping a piece of ash or yew using traditional tools to create the bow. The price of the course includes a two-course lunch, refreshments, and cream tea each day. Children over 12 years old can create a single bow with their parents for an additional fee. You must book your place in advance.

  • Date: Saturday, 30th June to Sunday, 1st July, 2018
  • Time: 9.30am to 5pm
  • Cost: £180, plus a small charge for additional materials
  • Tickets / More Information: www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk

Cumbria Auto Show, Carlisle

Cumbria Auto Show, Carlisle

The Cumbria Auto Show in Carlisle is now in its third year, and is a family-friendly event that brings a host of car enthusiasts together. The show will feature around 1,000 vehicles of all makes and models, including rare super and vintage cars, with around 50 car clubs in attendance.

There will be a show and shine competition, a 4x4 stunt display, and numerous trade stands selling a range of goods. Children under 16 can get in for free with a paying adult, but for just £5 they can access the children’s area where there will be inflatables, circus tricks, and balloon modelling.

  • Date: Sunday, 1st July, 2018
  • Time: 11am to 3.30pm
  • Cost: Adults £7.50, Children go free when accompanied by an adult
  • Tickets / More Information: www.cumbriaautoshow.co.uk

Brick Dinos, The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven

Brick Dinos, The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven

Over in Whitehaven, the Beacon Museum is welcoming some unusual visitors to its exhibition centre. Brick Dinos has been created by Warren Elsmore, an author and artist who works primarily with Lego bricks to create his work. Elsmore has worked with a leading palaeontologist to create this touring exhibition that presents a plethora of dinosaurs created in Lego bricks, including a life-sized pterosaur.

There are plenty of hands on exhibits as part of the show, including the option to create a Lego dinosaur. The exhibition is on throughout July. At the end of July, on the 28th and 29th, the museum is hosting a special dinosaur weekend, Dino Fest, with dinosaur themed activities and workshops.

  • Date: Brick Dinos is open daily throughout July; Dino Fest takes place 28th & 29th July
  • Time: 9.30am to 4pm
  • Cost: Adults £6.50, Children £3.25
  • Tickets / More Information: www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk

Roald Dahl at the Rheged Centre, Penrith

Roald Dahl at the Rheged Centre, Penrith

The Rheged Centre are celebrating the wonderful and wacky world of Roald Dahl this July. There is a fun interactive exhibition that will take you on a journey through some of Dahl’s best loved adventures. Visitors can crawl into James’ giant peach, or create their own sweets in Wonka’s chocolate factory. The exhibition operates on a timed entry and it is anticipated to sell out during peak periods, so it’s best to book your tickets in advance.

Combined tickets are available that include entrance to the exhibition and a film screening, with some of Dahl’s most famous works being shown in cinematic form on the centre’s big screen, including the Fantastic Mr Fox and Matilda.

  • Date: Exhibition is open throughout July & August; Film screenings available most days
  • Time: Exhibition open from 10am, last entry at 4.30pm
  • Cost: Adults £6.50, Children £5, Family £20
  • Tickets / More Information: www.rheged.com/play/roald-dahls-wondrous-world

Oakmere Homes Sunday Funday, Cartmel Racecourse, Cartmel

Oakmere Homes Sunday Funday, Cartmel Racecourse, Cartmel

One of several racing fixtures taking place at Cartmel Racecourse this summer, the Oakmere Homes Sunday Funday is a more relaxed affair. Alongside the racing that includes the Class 2 Oakmere Homes Handicap Steeplechase with a prize fund of £40,000 there will be a number of events aimed at families, including children’s entertainers and a fairground.

The first race starts at 2.10pm, but the entertainment begins at 11am. There will also be various local food producers in attendance, as well as a real ale tent. Discounts are available on entry fees if you book in advance.

  • Date: Sunday, 1st July, 2018
  • Time: Entertainment 11am, First race 2.10pm, Last race 5.10pm
  • Cost: Adults £24 (paddock), £15 (course), Accompanied Under 18s go free, Parking £6
  • Tickets / More Information: www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk

Forest Side Garden Tour, Grasmere

Forest Side Garden Tour, Grasmere

Forest Side is a luxury hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant on the outskirts of Grasmere. This summer, the hotel’s gardeners have teamed up with the National Garden Scheme to put on a series of private garden tours around the hotel’s gardens. This is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the effort that goes into creating a Michelin star dining experience, with the tour taking in the fruit, vegetable, ornamental, fragrance, and woodland gardens, all of which are used to source ingredients for the hotel’s award winning cuisine. 

The tour will include information on eating seasonably, planting in the Lake District, and a guide to growing in a green house, as well as a three-course lunch in a private dining room. Places must be booked in advance.

  • Date: Wednesday, 4th & Wednesday, 18th July, 2018
  • Time: 11am til late afternoon
  • Cost: £40
  • Tickets / More Information: www.theforestside.com

Skelton Show, Hutton-In-The-Forest, Penrith

Skelton Show, Hutton-In-The-Forest, Penrith

The largest “village show” in the north of England, Skelton Show attracts around 10,000 visitors each year. What started as a small country fair in the village of Skelton in the 1800s has grown into a major attraction that is now held in the Old Park of Hutton-In-The-Forest, a short distance from the village. This traditional show features an array of cattle, sheep, horses and dogs, with awards for various classes.

The quirky sport of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling makes an appearance here, and you will find trade stands selling a plethora of gifts and produce, a craft and gift tent, live music, and children’s activities. There will be a selection of fast food vendors, bar, and ice cream sellers. This is a great day out for the whole family.

  • Date: Saturday, 7th July, 2018
  • Time: 9am to 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £12.50, Children Under 11 Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.skeltonshow.com

Outdoor Theatre: The Reluctant Dragon, Holker Hall, Grange-Over-Sands

Outdoor Theatre: The Reluctant Dragon, Holker Hall, Grange-Over-Sands

Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s story, The Reluctant Dragon, will be presented in this new adaptation by Quantum Theatre in the grounds of Holker Hall. The play tells of a dragon who is more interested in poetry than fighting, and the brave efforts of a boy determined to save the dragon from the threat of St. George, the dragon slayer.

During this special event, wood fired pizza and salad will be served for you to enjoy whilst watching the show. Children can eat for free.

Cumbrian Fish Supper Cruise, Ullswater Steamers, Ullswater

Cumbrian Fish Supper Cruise, Ullswater Steamers, Ullswater

Every Wednesday evening throughout July and August, the Ullswater Steamers are hosting special evening cruises. The two hour cruise that departs from Pooley Bridge will take you on a tour around Ullswater as the sun dips low on the horizon.

There will be live music from local singer-songwriter Pete Lashley whose acoustic blues and folk music has made him a popular choice for live music venues across Cumbria. During the cruise, passengers will be served a traditional fish and chip supper, with a vegetarian option available. Advanced booking is required.

EskFest, Eskdale Valley

EskFest, Eskdale Valley

Now in its third year, EskFest returns this July to bring a weekend of rock and folk music to the remote valley of Eskdale in the western Lake District. This small, intimate, community-run festival operates on a not for profit basis, with all of the proceeds from last year’s festival now used to make 2018’s festival even better. This year, the festival is headlined by the Tin Pigeons, described by BBC Introducing as “one of the best festival bands we know”.

There are over 30 other acts performing during the weekend, as well as numerous other activities to keep you entertained, including live comedy performances, arts and crafts, children’s entertainment, and chill-out zones. You will also find street food stalls, and fully stocked bars. Weekend tickets that include camping have now sold out, and for day ticket holders a parking pass is included.

  • Date: Friday, 6th July & Saturday, 7th July, 2018
  • Time: TBC
  • Cost: Adults £40 (Weekend), £20 (Friday), £30 (Saturday), Children £15
  • Tickets / More Information: www.eskfest.com

King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta, Crow Park, Keswick

King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta, Crow Park, Keswick

The original Derwent Water Regatta took place in the 1790s when the eccentric owner of Derwent Island, Joseph Pocklington, AKA King Pocky, hosted wacky day of rowing and sailing activities on the lake before staging a mock invasion of the island. The tradition was revived in 2014 by the National Trust and is now a popular event that attracts hundreds of visitors.

The regatta will include the opportunity to book onto low cost water sports activities. There will be canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and even a Viking longboat. The full details of the water based activities are to be confirmed. In Crow Park itself on the shore of Derwent Water, there will be various stalls and children’s activities.

  • Date: Saturday, 7th & Sunday, 8th July 2018
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: Entry is free, Charges apply for some activities
  • Tickets / More Information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

An Evening With Eddie Hall, World’s Strongest Man, Coronation Hall, Ulverston

An Evening With Eddie Hall, World’s Strongest Man, Coronation Hall, Ulverston

Last year, Eddie Hall become the first Brit to win the World’s Strongest Man title in 24 years. He is currently the only person to have deadlifted 500kg under strongman rules. He was also the subject of a recent Netflix documentary. Hall has an interesting history, starting with his early swimming career that was waylaid when he was expelled from school.

This July, Hall is coming to Ulverston’s Coronation Hall to give a talk on his career, explaining his journey from the rebellious teenage years to his earning of the Strongest Man title and the training regimen it took to get him there.

  • Date: Saturday, 7th July, 2018
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Cost: Standard tickets cost £25, VIP tickets include a photo and autograph opportunity and cost £45
  • Tickets / More Information: www.corohall.co.uk

Picnic Cinema – Withnail & I, Sleddale Hall, Near Penrith

Picnic Cinema – Withnail & I, Sleddale Hall, Near Penrith

Picnic Cinema is an arts charity that brings outdoor cinema screenings to rural communities. The organisation has been offering these extra special screenings of UK cult film Withnail & I for several years and they usually sell out very fast. The screenings take place at Sleddale Hall, used in the film as the location for Crow Crag, or Uncle Monty’s Cottage. This is more than an outdoor cinema experience.

Camping is compulsory due to the remote location of the site, and film-goers will be encouraged to dress up, with fun and games before the film, as well as music and dancing. An evening meal will be provided, there will be a bar on the site, and breakfast will be available to purchase the next morning. Tickets include the cost of camping.

  • Date: Screenings shown on Friday, 13th July, Saturday, 14th July, Friday, 20th July, Saturday, 21st July with an overnight stay required after each screening
  • Time: Arrive at 5.30pm, meal 7pm, entertainment 7.30pm, screening starts at dusk
  • Cost: £45
  • Tickets / More Information: www.picniccinema.co.uk

Macmillan Mighty Hike – The Ullswater Way, Dalemain

Macmillan Mighty Hike – The Ullswater Way, Dalemain

Macmillan Cancer Support host a series of marathon length hikes around the country to raise funds for their vital work supporting cancer patients and their families. The Lake District hike takes place this July and starts at the beautiful Daleman estate by Pooley Bridge. From there, walkers will join the Ullswater Way, walking from Dalemain all the way down to Glenridding on the opposite end of the lake, before heading back along the lake to Lowther Castle near Penrith.

This is a 26-mile hike that will take you through the picturesque landscape that surrounds Ullswater, with sights along the way that include Aira Force and the Cockpit Stone Circle. Participants must pledge to raise £250 and as part of the event they will receive a Macmillan technical t-shirt, a free buffet lunch and hot supper, a clearly marked route with check points that include free drinks and snacks, and a finisher’s medal and sparkling wine. You must book your place in advance and there is a sign up fee of £25.

  • Date: Saturday, 14th July, 2018
  • Time: Hikers will start in waves from 6.50am
  • Cost: £25 entry fee, plus minimum sponsorship of £250
  • Tickets / More Information: www.macmillan.org.uk/get-involved

Find Your Meaning and Purpose, National Trust Footprint, Windermere

Find Your Meaning and Purpose, National Trust Footprint, Windermere

Aged 18-30? Feeling unsure about your life goals? Have questions about your purpose, and how to be successful? The National Trust have teamed up with Laurence Udell, founder of the Udell Group, a specialist consultancy firm who have worked with multi-national corporations to help them achieve the best possible results for their businesses.

Laurence will be hosting this special one-day workshop aimed at 18-30 year olds. The workshop will focus on your core values and how to find meaning and purpose in your life. You will receive practical support and advice on how to make decisions and find direction. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Advanced booking is required.

Caves, Falls, & Fells, Guided Walk, Little Langdale

Caves, Falls, & Fells, Guided Walk, Little Langdale

The Lake District National Park Authority have a series of volunteer led guided walks throughout the year. This walk is a fabulous opportunity to explore the industrial past of the Lake District, taking in the former quarry areas of Hodge Close and Cathedral Cave along former quarry roads. The walk also includes a visit to Colwith Falls and a stroll up High Oxen Fell.

This is a 6 mile walk that is expected to take around 5 hours to complete with moderate ascents. Good walking boots and weather appropriate clothing is required, along with enough food and water for the duration of the walk. Advanced booking is essential.

Hawkshead Brewery Summer Beer Fest, Staveley

Hawkshead Brewery Summer Beer Fest, Staveley

The Hawkshead Brewery at Staveley hosts a number of beer festivals each year and this July sees the return of its Summer Beer Fest. The three-day festival takes place in the brewery’s beer hall and outside area, with four different bars serving 80 different varieties of cask and keg ales. There will be live music throughout the event from local performers, and there will be hot food stands covering a varied range of cuisine.

  • Date: Thursday, 19th July to Saturday, 21st July, 2018
  • Time: Noon til late
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk

Aspatria Music Festival, Aspatria

Aspatria Music Festival, Aspatria

Aspatria Music Festival is a small, not-for-profit festival that takes place each year in the grounds of Aspatria Rugby Club, half way between Cockermouth and Carlisle on the edge of the north-western Lake District. This year, in 2018, the festival is being headlined by chart toppers the Hoosiers whose hits have included Goodbye Mr A and Cops & Robbers, as well as Platinum, and ABBA tribute band who are widely considered as the best tribute band in Europe.

The festival will host around 30 acts in total, and the Sunday is a special family fun day, where accompanied children under 12 go free and will be able to take part in activities that include a children’s disco, fairground rides, face painting, and an air guitar workshop!

  • Date: Friday, 20th July to Sunday, 22nd July, 2018
  • Time: Friday 6.30pm, Sunday 9.30pm
  • Cost: Friday Only £25, Saturday Only £25, Sunday Only £10, Weekend Tickets £50
  • Tickets / More Information: www.aspatriamusicfestival.co.uk

Coniston Country Fair, Coniston Hall, Coniston

Coniston Country Fair, Coniston Hall, Coniston

Perhaps the country fair with the best setting in Cumbria, the Coniston Fair takes place each July on the shores of Coniston Water. This traditional Lakeland show attracts a few thousand visitors each year. This year the show will feature displays from a fell pony display team, and a falconry team.

The show also includes gun dogs, livestock, and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. Those who are feeling fit can take part in a race from the show field up to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston and back, and there will be the usual trade stands, craft tent, food stands, and children’s activities that include children’s sporting competitions and a pet show.

  • Date: Sunday, 22nd July, 2018
  • Time: 11.30am to 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £6, Children Under 16 £3
  • Tickets / More Information: www.conistoncountryfair.co.uk

Ulverston and North Lonsdale Agricultural Show, Lindal Cote Farm, Lindal In Furness

Ulverston and North Lonsdale Agricultural Show, Lindal Cote Farm, Lindal In Furness

The Ulverston and North Lonsdale Show is a traditional show with something for the whole family. This year the show is moving to a new venue in the village of Lindal In Furness, south of Ulverston. The show’s arenas will feature displays and competitions that include horse riding, dog agility, tractors, and a tug-of-war. There will be awards available for a huge range of categories, including various livestock, children’s pets, flowers, vegetables and more.

The wonderful aspect of this show is the wealth of possibilities offered for children to get an award, with a varied list of categories that include colouring, junk modelling, handwriting, baking, and photography, with classes for various age groups.

School Holiday Fun at Whinlatter Forest, Keswick

School Holiday Fun at Whinlatter Forest, Keswick

Whinlatter Forest is once again hosting its Wild Wednesdays throughout the school summer holidays. Starting on Wednesday 25th July, the forest’s visitor centre will host free activities for children that will engage them with the natural forest environment. These are drop in events and booking is not required.

On Thursdays during the holidays, starting on the 26th July, there will be fun activities for children linked to the forest’s Highway Rat trail. There may be a small charge for these activities, with the details to be confirmed.

  • Date: Wednesdays & Thursdays during the English school summer holidays
  • Time: 11am to 3pm
  • Cost: Wednesdays are free, Charges may apply on Thursdays (depending on the nature of activity)
  • Tickets / More Information: www.forestry.gov.uk

Summer Ball, Beech Hill Hotel, Bowness-On-Windermere

Summer Ball, Beech Hill Hotel, Bowness-On-Windermere

The delightful Beech Hill Hotel & Spa in Bowness-On-Windermere is once again hosting its annual summer ball this July. This black tie event will commence with a glass of Champagne and entertainment from the hotel’s resident jazz band. There will be a three-course meal with a fabulous choice of dishes to choose from, using the best of seasonal and local ingredients.

Following the meal, there be a live covers band, with the evening finishing off late in the night with music from the resident DJ. You must book your ticket in advance, and accommodation is available for an additional charge.

The Cumbria Steam Gathering, Cark Airfield, Grange-Over-Sands

The Cumbria Steam Gathering, Cark Airfield, Grange-Over-Sands

The Cumbria Steam Gathering has taken place each year for over 40 years, celebrating vintage vehicles and machinery. Organised by the Cumbria Steam & Vintage Vehicle Society, the event will feature around 1,200 machines and vehicles from around the world. Expect to see tractors, steam traction engines, motorbikes, vintage cars, fire engines, military vehicles, and more, all from a bygone era.

This year, Australian stuntman, Matt Coulter, AKA, the Kangaroo Kid, will be wowing the crowds in the main arena with his incredible quad bike show. There will be live music, street performances, children’s activities, and trade stands. Food and refreshments will also be available.

  • Date: Saturday, 28th July & Sunday, 29th July, 2018
  • Time: 9am to 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £14, Children Under 16 Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.steamgathering.org.uk

Culture Camp, Dove Cottage, Grasmere

Culture Camp, Dove Cottage, Grasmere

If you fancy a few child-free days this summer, then Dove Cottage are hosting their annual Culture Camp for children during the school summer holidays. This three-day event will give children aged 7-13 years the opportunity to learn more about the Wordsworth family.

There will be two days of creative activities, including painting, writing, and walks in the area that will inspire the children. The children will also spend one day at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake with a backstage tour. Advanced booking required.

  • Date: Tuesday, 31st July to Thursday, 2nd August, 2018
  • Time: 10am to 4.30pm
  • Cost: £25 per day or £60 for three days; A discount of 50% is available for children entitled to pupil premium
  • Tickets / More Information: Contact Alice Carthy, 01539 435544

International Buddhist Summer Festival, Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, Ulverston

International Buddhist Summer Festival, Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, Ulverston

The Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre is the birthplace of modern Kadampa Buddhism, and host to an international festival of Buddhism this summer. Hundreds of people from around the world will attend the festival to learn more about the teachings of Buddhism.

Week one will focus on meditations that make our lives precious, and week two will focus on attaining complete purity, with teachings from experienced spiritual practitioners. Camping and dormitory style accommodation is available, paid separately. Meals are provided each day for an additional fee.

  • Date: Friday, 27th July, 2018 to Saturday, 11th August, 2018
  • Time: TBC
  • Cost: Daily rates from £0 to £35 per day, depending on date chosen
  • Tickets / More Information: www.kadampafestivals.org

Ambleside Sports, Rydal Park, Ambleside

Ambleside Sports, Rydal Park, Ambleside

It’s thought that organised sports days in Ambleside date back to the 17th century, but the current Ambleside Sports day first took place in 1886, in honour of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. This first event was so popular it has returned each year since (with the exception of periods of war) and is now a highlight of the Lake District calendar. This year, the event features races and competitions in a variety of disciplines, including cycling, fell running, track racing, wrestling, and hound trailing.

There is something for everyone, from the gruelling nine-mile “Rydal Round”, also known as the Fairfield Horseshoe, to a sprint race for toddlers. Along with the sporting events, you will find trade stands, a bar, a food court, and children’s rides. Fell races and children’s events can be entered on the day with no advanced booking required, however, other races may require advanced booking to be guaranteed a place.

  • Date: Thursday, 26th July, 2018
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £6, Youths 12-17 £3, Children Under 12 Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.amblesidesports.co.uk

Penrith Agricultural Show, Brougham Hall Farm, Penrith

Penrith Agricultural Show, Brougham Hall Farm, Penrith

First held in 1834, the Penrith Show is an annual celebration of Cumbria’s rich agricultural heritage. The show offers a full day of entertainment for the whole family. There are competitions in a wide ranging number of classes, including farm livestock, horses, flower arranging, vegetable produce, rabbits, poultry, and more.

There is a food hall with offerings from local producers and cookery demonstrations, displays in the main arena, and various children’s activities, including a craft workshop. You will also find traditional Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling matches, live music, and trade stands - many of which offer family friendly activities. On the day, a free park and ride service will be available from Penrith town centre.

  • Date: Saturday, 28th July, 2018
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £12, Children 5-15 Years £4, Children Under 5 Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.penrithshow.co.uk

Lake District Summer Music International Festival, Southern Lake District

Lake District Summer Music International Festival, Southern Lake District

The Lake District Summer Music International Festival is held each year at the end of July and beginning of August. Various venues across the southern Lake District, including Bowness-On-Windermere, Ambleside, Hawkshead, and Kendal, will host a series of over 40 events, with musicians from around the world performing pieces by over 87 different composers.

This year, the festival focuses on the centenary of the peace treaty that ended World War I, with music from composers who were inspired by the arrival of peace during that time.

  • Date: Saturday, 28th July to Friday, 10th August, 2018
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Varies
  • Tickets / More Information: www.ldsm.org.uk

Taste Cumbria Whitehaven

Taste Cumbria Whitehaven

Taste Cumbria host food festivals throughout the year at various venues around Cumbria. The festival was held in Whitehaven for the first time last year and it was so successful the team are returning to the coastal town this July.

Along with the huge producer’s market selling delicious goods from across the region, festival goers will find cookery demonstrations, a beer tent, live music, gin tasting masterclasses, a range of children’s activities, and a competition for the best dressed boat in the harbour.