Summer is here at last with the weather turning warmer and the days getting longer. June is a delightful time to visit the Lake District, as it’s an opportunity to make the most of the summer sunshine outside of the peak tourist periods that coincide with the school summer holidays.

The only problem with visiting the Lake District this June, is that you will find the event calendar so packed, you will struggle to fit everything in! This month sees the return of some of the Lake District’s major annual events, including the Keswick Mountain Festival and the Cumberland Show.

14-18-Now Poppies: Weeping Window, Carlisle Castle

14-18-Now Poppies: Weeping Window, Carlisle Castle, June 2018

In 2012, artist Paul Cummins decided he wanted to find a way of representing the deaths of British and military forces during the 1st World War. Two years later, in the centenary of the start of World War One, he and his team installed 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London. Many of the poppies were sold to individuals, but two sections were bought and donated to the 14-18-Now charity that aims to recognise the war through art.

Both sections are now on tour around Britain, and one, Weeping Window, can currently be seen cascading down the walls of Carlisle Castle. This is the final year of the tour, and therefore, Carlisle is possibly one of the last places to see this incredible installation.

  • Date: Every day in June until 8th July, 2018
  • Time: Castle opening hours are 10am – 6pm; The poppies are visible from outside of the castle
  • Cost: Free admission whilst the poppies are in situe
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The Keswick Beer Festival, Keswick Rugby Club Grounds

The Keswick Beer Festival, June 2018

What better way to celebrate the start the summer than with a pint of locally brewed real ale. The 22nd Keswick Beer festival heralds the start of June by taking over the grounds of the Keswick Rugby Club to give festival goers a chance to try one of well over 200 beers and ciders, with approximately two thirds of the beers being sourced from Cumbrian breweries. The festival atmosphere is enhanced with performances from popular local bands during the evenings. This is a very popular event with a limited number of tickets remaining, so don’t miss out!

  • Date: Friday, 1st June to Saturday, 2nd June, 2018
  • Time: 5pm-11pm Friday, 11am-11pm Saturday
  • Cost: Tickets from £15
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Hospice at Home: The 20 Challenge, Borrowdale & Buttermere

Hospice at Home: The 20 Challenge, Borrowdale & Buttermere, June 2018

Fancy taking on an epic hiking challenge and raising money for charity at the same time? Hospice at Home, who provide palliative and end of life care, are holding a fundraising event this June that will be a test of your stamina and resolve. There are three options to choose from. Option One – The 20 Challenge is a gruelling 20-mile walk that will cover 10 summits of fells around Borrowdale and Buttermere.

Option Two covers half the route of Option One. Option Three – The Wildlife Wander is a 9-mile, low level, guided walk suitable for families. All walks start at the Braithwaite Institute, near Keswick, and some refreshments / snacks, and t-shirts are provided. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of £125 in sponsorship.

  • Date: Saturday, 2nd June 2018
  • Time: Options 1 & 2 begin at 6am, Option 3 begins at 9am
  • Cost: Options 1 & 2 £30 per person, Option 3 Adults £15, Children 5-14 years £5
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Country Fest, Crooklands, Near Kendal

Country Fest, Crooklands, Near Kendal, June 2018

The Westmorland Agricultural Society, organisers of the Westmorland County Show that takes place later in the summer, are hosting a family friendly country festival in the showground of the County Show near Kendal. The festival is akin to a mini agricultural show without the livestock judging competitions.

This year, the main demo area will host a motorbike and quad bike stunt show. You will also find a kite festival, tug of war competition, sheepdog trials, a rabbit show, a dog show, a floral art competition, and a number of craft workshops and activities. Locally produced food will be available in abundance, and there will be trade stalls selling a range of goods.

  • Date: Saturday, 2nd June to Sunday 3rd June, 2018
  • Time: 10am-5pm (4pm on Sunday)
  • Cost: Adults £10, Children 5-15 Years £3
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Summer Evening Buffet Cruise, Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness-On-Windermere

Summer Evening Buffet Cruise, Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness-On-Windermere, June 2018

The long summer evenings mean that there is even more time to explore the splendid natural beauty of the Lake District. Starting this June, Windermere Lake Cruises are giving visitors the chance to take an evening cruise on Lake Windermere each Saturday evening until the end of August.

The resident band will provide entertainment by playing a mixture of Latin, Jazz, and Pop tunes, and all passengers will receive a two-course buffet. There will also be a fully licensed bar. Advanced booking is essential.

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave, Rheged Centre

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave, Rheged Centre, June 2018

The ravers of the 1990s have now grown up and many have children of their own. Of course, some still like to party, which is where Big Fish Little Fish come in. Ravers and parents themselves, the owners of this entertainment company host family friendly raves all around the country.

The raves usually include experienced DJs playing club classics, bubble machines and balloons, craft activities, face painting, play areas, glow sticks, and plenty of refreshments. This June, the team are coming to Rheged for a one off special event with a superhero theme, and fancy dress is welcome. Advanced booking is required. All children need adult supervision.

A Packed Programme of Events at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Events at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, June 2018

Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake once again offers a full programme of events this month. PG Wodehouse’s famous duo, Jeeves and Wooster, are brought to the stage in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, a hilarious adaptation by brothers Robert and David Goodale. Rails by Simon Longman, will see its world premier at the Theatre this June.

The play explores the dreams of teenagers stuck in a dead end town. Alan Bennett’s award winning comedy, Single Spies, tells the true story of two of the Cambridge Spies who passed on British secrets to the Russians during the second world war. Finally, Bold Girls explores the lives of young women living in Belfast during the Troubles.

Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival, June 2018

THE festival for outdoor enthusiasts, the Keswick Mountain Festival combines numerous outdoor activities with sporting challenges, guest speakers, and live music. Book onto one of thirty different outdoor activities, including fell walking, rock climbing, and canoeing, or join in one of several races in either running, cycling, or swimming, as well as all three combined in a triathlon.

These events take place at various locations in the Lake District, whilst in Crow Park in Keswick you will find the festival village, where there will be live music from well-known acts, including former Spice Girl Melanie C. The festival village also features various taster activities that are free to festival village ticket holders. You do not need a ticket for the festival village to book onto one of the outdoor activities or sporting events, which are booked and paid for separately. Camping options are available.

  • Date: Friday, 8th June to Sunday, 10th June, 2018
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Adult weekend festival village tickets start at £52.55 without camping, Cost of outdoor activities and other events varies
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Feel Good Festival, Kirkoswald, Penrith

Feel Good Festival, Kirkoswald, Penrith, June 2018

The Feel Good Festival is a unique health and wellness festival that gives participants the opportunity to focus on the well-being of themselves and their family. The festival features a programme of activities that will help soothe the mind, soul, and body, including workshops in meditation, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, various aerobic exercise classes, and much more.

There will be live music and entertainment, food and gift stalls, and spa therapy treatments. In addition, this family friendly festival includes forest school activities, as well as the option to pay for on site childcare.

  • Date: Friday, 8th June to Sunday, 10th June, 2018
  • Time: 4pm Friday to 4pm Sunday
  • Cost: Adults £79, Children £25 (Full weekend), Camping is available separately
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The Great North Swim, Brockhole, Lake Windermere

The Great North Swim, Brockhole, Lake Windermere, June 2018

The Great North Swim started ten years ago at the Low Wood Bay Resort with 3,000 swimmers. It is now Europe’s biggest open water swimming event with nearly 10,000 participants, and this year it moves to its new location at Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Authority’s visitor centre.

The new venue means that the event now includes live music and entertainment, family activities, and even a beer tent for a post swim treat. Participants can sign up for one of a range of distances from 250 metres to 10km. There is the option to raise money for charity as part of your entry, and you must book your space in advance.

Joe & Connie Calling, AKA Cartmel Rocks, Cartmel

Joe & Connie Calling, AKA Cartmel Rocks, Cartmel, June 2018

Cartmel Rocks is charity fundraising festival that aims to raise money for Butterfly Hugs. This is a local charity that provides support to children in southern Cumbria with rare illnesses and was originally established following fundraising efforts to help two siblings, Joe and Connie, who both suffer from metachromatic leukodystrophy, a rare and incurable genetic condition.

Venues in and around Cartmel will host an eclectic mix of live bands with something to suit most tastes. Venues include the Pig and Whistle, the Royal Oak, the Priory Hotel, various other pubs, and the Cartmel Priory. Over at the Cartmel Racecourse, festivalgoers can take part in a range of activities, including cookery demonstrations, and see additional performances from dance groups.

Ulverston International Music Festival, Ulverston

Ulverston International Music Festival, Ulverston, June 2018

The 15th annual Ulverston International Music Festival is an 11 day celebration of music from around the world. Throughout the event, various venues around the town will host performances from both internationally recognised artists and up and coming local acts.

The English Touring Opera will be performing Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, there will be a concert dedicated to the works of Rossini featuring a number of soloists and the Ulverston Festival choir, and there will be a screening of the classic film Brassed Off, as well as a performance by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band who were the inspiration for the film. There will be over twenty events in total, including a family friendly concert, the Carnival of the Animals.

  • Date: Wednesday, 6th June to Saturday, 16th June 2018
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Adult tickets range from £7-35
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CumbriaVAG Show & Shine Festival, Westmorland County Showground, Nr Kendal

CumbriaVAG Show & Shine Festival, Westmorland County Showground, Nr Kendal, June 2018

CumbriaVAG (Cumbria VW & Audi Group) are holding a two day Show & Shine festival this June at the Westmorland County Showground near Kendal. The festival combines cars with camping, comedy, live music, and other entertainment. There will a huge array of VW & Audi cars on display, from vintage vehicles to modern speedsters.

Clubs from across the country will be sending their best motors and there will be trophies awarded for a number of different categories. In the evenings, festivalgoers can either dance the night away to some of the world’s top drum & bass acts or chill out over at the Canopy stage with a night of comedy. Camping is available on the Saturday night only with a dedicated camping area for families, and there is plenty for children to do during the day.

  • Date: Saturday, 16th to Sunday, 17thJune, 2018
  • Time: Gates open Saturday 12.30pm, Sunday 10am
  • Cost: On the door prices – Saturday day tickets £35 Adults, £5 Children 10-16 years; Sunday day tickets £10 Adults, Children free; Advanced booking weekend tickets from £30
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The Cumberland Show, East Park, Brisco, Nr Carlisle

The Cumberland Show, East Park, Brisco, Nr Carlisle, June 2018

Kicking off the agricultural show calendar, the Cumberland Show is one of the biggest events of the year and celebrates Cumbria’s rich agricultural heritage. There is a huge variety of entertainment at the show. In the main ring, you will find a vintage vehicle display, a carriage driving challenge, Pony Club games and more.

In the Countryside Area, you will find sheepdog displays, a ferret road show, and a gundog display. The show also features live music, street performances, and the quirky sport of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. There is a craft marquee, food hall, and a huge array of trade stands, plus plenty of activities to keep children entertained.

  • Date: Saturday, 16th June, 2018
  • Time: 8am-5pm
  • Cost: Adults £14 (£11 when booked in advance online), Children under 16 years go free
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Another Fine Fest, Ulverston

Another Fine Fest, Ulverston, June 2018

Marking the birthday of Ulverston’s most famous son, Stan Laurel, Another Fine Fest will be taking over the streets of the market town this June for a weekend of fun and frolics. This is a free event organised by the local community that saw around 15,000 visitors last year. This year, the festival will feature live music, street art and theatre, circus acts, comedy, poetry performances, magic, and more.

There are two outdoor stages and nine venues, as well as acts who will patrol the streets to delight and amaze. It is hoped that throughout the event the town will become a vibrant display of colour as artists and yarn-bombers create original pieces of art around the town.

  • Date: Saturday, 16th June to Sunday, 17th June, 2018
  • Time: 10am-11pm (7pm Sunday)
  • Cost: Free
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Lakes Classic Car Show, Grasmere Show Ground

Lakes Classic Car Show, Grasmere Show Ground, June 2018

Raising money for the Windermere and Ambleside Lions who support local charities, the Lakes Classic Car Show is an annual event that is fun for the whole family. Featuring around 300 vintage cars and other vehicles from around the country, the show is a great day out for those who are fans of cars from a bygone era. There will be various owners’ clubs in attendance, and a great selection of family friendly activities, such as a Scalextric challenge, plus live music, a beer tent, and food stalls.

  • Date: Sunday, 17th June, 2018
  • Time: 10am-5pm (7pm Sunday)
  • Cost: Adults £7, Children Free
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Askham Hall Summer Fete, Near Penrith

Askham Hall Summer Fete, Near Penrith, June 2018

The delightful Askham Hall is hosting a fun summer fete suitable for the whole family this June. Taking place in the hotel’s grounds, there will be live music performed by the Penrith Town Band and other local artists, and garden workshops covering a number of topics.

Children will delight in the garden games, treasure hunt, animal trails, and face painting that is on offer. The café will also be open with a BBQ available in the courtyard. There will also be a number of stalls selling local produce and crafts.

  • Date: Sunday, 17th June, 2018
  • Time: 11am-8pm
  • Cost: Adults £2, Children Free
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The Gin Society Gin Festival, Coronation Hall, Ulverston

The Gin Society Gin Festival, Coronation Hall, Ulverston, June 2018

The Gin Society is coming to Ulverston for the first time this June, bringing their popular Gin Festival with them. The festival gives participants the opportunity to sample 120 gins in total, with classic and contemporary varieties available. There will be distillers in attendance who will discuss how they have created the flavours of their creations, and for those who prefer a little more sparkle, there is a prosecco cocktail bar combining fruit flavoured gins with this popular sparkling wine.

Throughout the event, resident DJs will play mellow and soothing sounds to accompany you on your gin journey. There are three sessions available, and your ticket is valid only for your chosen session. Once inside, you will be able to purchase gin vouchers to use at the various bars.

Grizedale Rocks 2018, Grizedale Campsite, Satterthwaite, Nr Ulverston

Grizedale Rocks 2018, Grizedale Campsite, Satterthwaite, Nr Ulverston, June 2018

Grizedale Campsite have hosted a small, family-friendly music festival for the last couple of years, and this June, the festival is set to return once more. The line-up is yet to be revealed, but the festival aims to create a relaxed atmosphere with music, entertainment, local crafts and food stalls, all within the beautiful location of the Grizedale Forest. Camping is available, with the option to stay in a yurt or a camping pod if preferred.

  • Date: Friday, 22nd June to Sunday, 24th June, 2018
  • Time: TBC
  • Cost: Adults £20, Children Free; Camping is charged separately and starts at £7 per adult & £3 per child per night
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Woolfest, Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth

Woolfest, Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, June 2018

Woolfest returns yet again this June to Cockermouth. This popular craft festival will this year aim to be the most vibrant yet, with the festival venue decorated with woollen flowers created by visitors, stallholders, and festival associates.

There will be a huge range of demonstrations in various techniques, including silk paper making, crochet, felting, weaving, and more. In addition, you will find various displays and exhibitions, an exciting programme of workshops, sheep shearing demos, and there will be trade stalls selling an array of crafting goods, including a raw fleece sale.

  • Date: Friday, 22nd June to Saturday, 23rd June, 2018
  • Time: 10am-6pm (5pm on Saturday)
  • Cost: Adults £10 one day, £15 two days, Children go free
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Gangsta Granny, the Sands Centre, Carlisle

Gangsta Granny, the Sands Centre, Carlisle, June 2018

The producers of the highly acclaimed children’s TV show, Horrible Histories, have taken their love of all things horrid and created a stage show version of David Walliams popular children’s novel, Gangsta Granny. The show tells the story of Ben, son of ballroom dancing fanatics. Ben dreams of being a plumber, whilst his parents’ aim is for him to become a professional dancer.

One day, Ben discovers that his Gran is an international jewel thief, and from there, hilarious hijinks begin. This June, the show is coming to the Sands Centre in Carlisle, with morning, afternoon, and evening performances available.

  • Date: Wednesday, 27th June to Saturday, 30th June, 2018
  • Time: Show times at 10.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 7pm
  • Cost: Adults £18.50, Children Under 14 £14.50
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