We love the month of May here in the Lake District. The weather is warm. The Herdwick lambs are out in the fields. The bluebells are putting on a magnificent display. If you only get one chance to visit the Lake District, then make sure it’s in May.

Not only is spring in full swing, but it’s also the month when the events season really gets underway, with the return of the fantastic Keswick Mountain Festival and the Lakeland Festival of Light. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities to join on a guided walk, as well as theatre and comedy nights, and lots of family friendly entertainment.

Guided Walks with the Lake District National Park Authority

Guided walks with the Lake District National Park Authority

Now that the weather is improving it’s the perfect time to get your walking boots on and explore the Lake District’s fells. If you are new to walking or are unsure on the best route to take, then why not let someone else do all the navigation work for you and join in with a guided walk? The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) run guided walks throughout much of the year with a considerable number taking place this month.

The walks cost considerably less than those offered by activity companies, ranging between £5 and £15, and the profits go towards the upkeep of the national park. Walks range from very easy to very hard, and highlights this month include Haystacks on the 5th of May, Helvellyn on the 11th of May, and Ullswater & Gowbarrow with a steamer ride on the 27th May. Advanced booking is required and there is an equipment list for each walk that you will be required to bring with you.

May at the Rheged Centre, Penrith

May 2019 at the Rheged Centre

There are lots of events taking place at the Rheged Centre this May. On Friday 3rd May, a new exhibition launches at the centre. Thread: Contemporary Textiles is an exhibition exploring various forms of textile arts, looking at how the artwork has developed and how it can inspire us. It’s free to enter and visitors will have a chance to create their own embroidered artwork.

Continuing the textile theme, on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May, the centre is hosting the sixth annual Knit & Stitch Show. There will be around 40 exhibitors, along with expert talks and masterclasses. The masterclasses must be booked separately and include topics such as floral embroidery and block printing on cushion covers.

On Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May, the Rheged Centre will be hosting the fourth Northern Photography & Video Show. Throughout the show, visitors will be able to purchase specialist equipment from leading suppliers, explore an exhibition of around 250 photos from Cumbria’s camera clubs, meet photographers and filmmakers, and attend masterclasses on a number of different topics.

The centre also has lots of events taking place this month that are suitable for families with children, including a performance of the Greatest Show for Families on the 27th May, where singers and dancers will perform iconic songs from classic films, including The Greatest Showman and Moulin Rouge. There is a wand making workshop on the 29th May, an opportunity to meet exotic creatures with Zoolab on the 28th May, archery sessions on the 30th May, and a Mad Science show on the 31st May.

  • Date: Various dates in May
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Varies
  • Tickets / More information: rheged.com

May at the Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

May 2019 at the Theatre by the Lake

If you fancy a night of theatre during your Lake District break then head over to the Theatre by the Lake at Keswick. May kicks off with some creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky fun as The Addams Family will be appearing on stage thanks to the efforts of the Keswick Amateur Operatic Society. During this hilarious and quirky show, find out what happens when Wednesday Addams falls for someone entirely “normal”. Showing from 1st – 4th May.

On the 8th May, Phoenix Dance Theatre will be performing their version of the ballet The Rite Of Spring, whilst on the 17th May, Graeme Obree, AKA The Flying Scotsman, a record breaking cyclist, will be delivering a talk as part of the Keswick Mountain Festival.

Towards the end of May, there will be two very different shows to choose from. My Mother Said I Never Should is an award winning play by Charlotte Keatley that explores the loves and lives of four women from the same family. The Lady Killers is an adaptation by Graham Linehan of the 1955 move of the same name, and features sweet Mrs Wilberforce who takes on a gang of criminals. Both shows run in the last week of May.

May at Whinlatter Forest

May 2019 at Whinlatter Forest

The forest is a delight in May, as the greenery returns to the trees and birdsong can be heard throughout. There are several events taking place at Whinlatter this month that will either help you to energise or relax:

  • Hygge Time – An immersive walk in the forest with a focus on the senses and your surroundings. Saturday 4th May, 10am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 3.30pm. £25 per person. Booking required.
  • Dawn Osprey Walk at Dodd Wood – Head across Bassenthwaite Lake to see the Osprey in action in the early morning. Monday 6th May, 7am to 9pm. £3.50 per person. Booking required.
  • Forestry 100 Running Series, Whinlatter 10K Race – Part of the 100 years of forestry celebration in partnership with professional race organisers, Nice Work. Sunday 12th May, 9am start (registration 8am). £20 per runner. Booking required.
  • Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) – Starting at Noble Knott car park, this is a walking and mindfulness practice in the forest, followed by a traditional tea ceremony. Saturday 18th & Saturday 25th May, 9.30am to 12pm. £20 per person. Warm clothes and roll mat required. Booking required.
  • Walking for Health – A guided walk aimed at those who are less active. Wednesday 22nd May, 10.30am to 11.30am. Free event.
  • Whinlatter 10K – A new 10K running route has opened at Whinlatter and this race is a chance to test it out. Saturday 25th May, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. £20 per person. Booking required.
  • Whinlatter Adventure Club – May half term multi-activity holiday club for children aged 7+. Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st May, 10am to 4pm daily. £60 per child. Advanced booking essential.
  • Wild Wednesday – Free drop in craft event for the school half term holiday. Wednesday 29th May, 11am to 3pm.

To find out more information and to book these activities, visit forestryengland.uk/whinlatter.

May at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

May 2019 at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal

Kendal’s premier entertainment venue once again has a packed programme of events taking place this month. The cinema will be screening a full range of films as per usual, but in addition, there is a special two-day marathon screening of all the Harry Potter films, with tickets including access to an all-you-can-eat buffet.

The theatre will host several plays, including Team Viking, a bittersweet tale of a man’s pledge to give his dying best friend a Viking funeral, and CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation, an improvised murder mystery play that has sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe for three years in a row. Comedians performing at the centre include Mark Watson and Shappi Khorsandi, plus there is a range of creative workshops available to book into.

Gandeys Circus: The Greatest Show Tour, Kendal Rugby Club

Gandey's Circus in Kendal May 2019

You have seen the movie, now you can see the real thing. Gandeys Circus have been touring the world and are now bringing their sensational troupe of artists to Cumbria with a fabulous show housed in a giant Big Top tent.

Expect West End quality performances with dancing, tumbling, balancing, and death-defying stunts that will have you on the edge your seat. Suitable for the whole family, the show features clowns, acrobats, African Warriors, and even motorbike riders!

  • Date: Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th, 2019
  • Time: Matinee & evening performances available
  • Cost: Adults £14-34, Children £10-26
  • Tickets / More information: gandeyscircus.com

Food & Drink Festival, Muncaster Castle, Near Ravenglass

Food & Drink Festival at Muncaster Castle May 2019

Love Cumbrian food? Head over to Muncaster Castle this May Day bank holiday weekend for their annual food and drink festival, previously known as the Cumberland Sausage Festival. The festival celebrates the rich food heritage of Cumbria with an amazing number of local producers in attendance, all offering visitors a chance to buy some of their delicious goods.

In addition, there are celebrity chefs attending and conducting demonstrations, including Gary McClure who once created the world’s biggest Cumberland sausage. There is plenty of entertainment throughout the event, with the reigning Fool of Muncaster, Frumpid Stumplestone, performing shows, as well as archery workshops and children’s crafts.

Whilst the name of the event has changed, the sausage is still supreme, with an entire marquee housing artisan sausage makers. Normal entry prices apply and there is no extra charge to enter the festival.

  • Date: Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May, 2019
  • Time: 10.30am to 5pm
  • Cost: Normal entry applies – Adults £12, Children £6 (£15 / £7.50 if including castle entry)
  • Tickets / More information: muncaster.co.uk/cumberland-sausage-festival

The Lakeland Festival of Light 2019, Cat Bells, Near Keswick

Lakeland Festival of Light May 2019

Now in its 5th year, the Lakeland Festival of Light is one of the most spectacular events of the year. Led by Lakeland Mountain Guides who provide outdoor adventures, the event has previously raised thousands of pounds to support communities in Nepal who were devasted by an earthquake in 2015. This year’s event will raise money for the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs who provide a vital service in the fells.

Participants are invited to meet at the Rawnsley Centre in Keswick, and the group will then walk around 2.5 miles to the base of Cat Bells. Walkers will then be invited to line up along the spine of Cat Bells and using headtorches they will create a line of light as night falls.

Booking is not needed and participants are requested to donate £20, either online in advance or on the night. Before leaving Keswick, there will be a raffle to raise additional funds, with some fabulous prizes available, including store vouchers and tickets for the Keswick Mountain Festival.

Haweswater Dawn Chorus, Naddle Farm, Haweswater

Haweswater Dawn Chorus May 2019

Venture to a rarely visited part of the Lake District this May and join the RSPB on International Dawn Chorus Day, for a short, guided walk at the crack of dawn in the woodlands by Haweswater. The walk will be led by an RSPB guide who will help you identify the various bird songs you will hear.

Species that can be found in the vicinity include the Green Woodpecker and the Pied Flycatcher. The ticket includes a hot drink and pastry at the end of the walk. Places are limited and therefore advanced booking is essential. Dogs are not allowed and the event is suitable for those aged 12 and up. You will need clothing appropriate for walking on trails.

Gilcrux Scarecrow Festival, Gilcrux, Near Cockermouth

Gilcrux Scarecrow Festival May 2019

Moorforge is an educational centre in at Gilcrux near Cockermouth that teaches about life during the Viking era. The centre is not currently open on a daily basis, focusing on educational groups whilst they develop the resource.

However, this May they are working with residents of Gilcrux village to put on a Viking themed scarecrow festival. Various hours in the village will have scarecrow displays and on the village green there will be a display from Moorforge about life in Norse settlements, as well as a Viking weapons display.

  • Date: Sunday, 5th May, 2019
  • Time: Display available all day; Weapons display 2pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More information: gilcruxvillagehall.co.uk

Penrith Lions May Day Carnival, Penrith

Penrith Lions May Day Carnival May 2019

Join the townsfolk of Penrith this May Day bank holiday as they crown the May Queen at the annual carnival. Run by the Penrith Lions who raise funds for local causes, this is a fun event for the whole family. The carnival begins at 10am with street entertainment, stalls, and a funfair all within the town centre. The queen will be crowned at 2.30am and then a parade sets off from the leisure centre at 3pm, going through the town centre.

Sing in the Cumbrian Landscape, Buttermere

Sing in the Cumbrian Landscape May 2019

Celebrate the arrival of spring on the May Day bank holiday in a different way this month by joining singer, Dave Camlin and a group of community singers, to sing songs on the shore of Buttermere. No experience is necessary, this is simply about joining in with others in celebration.

The event is organised in partnership with the National Trust and Dave Camlin has previous led choirs in singing sessions on some of the UK’s highest peaks. This event will take place on the shore of Buttermere that is closest to the village. Booking not required.

  • Date: Monday, 6th May, 2019
  • Time: 2pm to 3pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More information: nationaltrust.org.uk

RSPB Guided Wildlife Walk, Swindale Valley, Haweswater

RSPB Guided Wildlife Walk May 2019

The RSPB are inviting members of the public to join them on a guided walk this May to a corner of the Lake District that is rarely visited, and therefore is a haven for wildlife. Join one of the charity’s experts as they lead you from their office at Naddle Farm by Haweswater and up through the beautiful Swindale valley, where you may encounter red squirrels, deer, along with several species of bird, including peregrines and redstarts.

The walk will take you past streams and through meadows and woodland where spring flowers can be found in abundance. The walk lasts around three hours and is on mostly level terrain. There are several dates available and booking is essential.

  • Date: Monday 6th, 13th, 20th & Tuesday 28th May, 2019
  • Time: 1pm
  • Cost: £15 to £30
  • Tickets / More information: ww2.rspb.org.uk

Yoga & Hiking Retreat, Northern Fells

Yoga & Hiking Retreat May 2019

Into the Outside are a specialist outdoor adventure company and they have joined with Anna Hill Therapies to create a Yoga and Hiking retreat this May. This three-night journey will take you into the Lake District fells where there will be a programme of outdoor yoga sessions to enable participants to feel at one with nature. The yoga sessions are appropriate for beginners, though progression is possible. There will also be guided hiking sessions where you will be able to explore the natural beauty of the Lake District.

In the evenings, you will stay in a woodland camp with shepherd’s huts and cabins that sleep up to four people and are equipped with luxury camping comforts. Vegan meals and snacks will be provided throughout. Places are limited and advanced booking is essential with a £150 deposit required to secure your place.

Introduction to Rock Climbing, Keswick

Introduction to Rock Climbing May 2019

More than Mountains are an outdoor adventure company who offer a range of activities. This May, they are hosting a two-day course that is aimed at total beginners to rock climbing, or for those who have only ever used indoor climbing structures. The course will cover all of the basics that you will need to begin your rock climbing journey, including using ropes, bouldering, and abseiling.

No experience is needed and you will get the chance to try a number of different grades of climb. The course is open to adults only, and all equipment will be provided. You will need to bring appropriate clothing and shoes, as well as a packed lunch and plenty of drinks and snacks. Advanced booking is required.

  • Date: Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th May, 2019
  • Time: 9.30am to 5pm
  • Cost: £95
  • Tickets / More information: morethanmountains.co.uk

Wild Walking Weekend – Scafell Pike

Wild Walking Weekend at Scafell Pike May 2019

Get away from the humdrum of modern life this May and join with a group of other explorers on this Wild Walking Weekend that is being hosted by outdoor adventure company Path to Adventure. You will walk up several fells in the central and western Lake District, including Scafell Pike, Bow Fell, and the Pike of Blisco. You will be accompanied by an experienced mountain instructor the entire time, making this expedition an ideal choice for those who are beginners to mountain navigation.

You will spend Saturday night wild camping alongside a tarn, and all camping equipment will be provided, along with all meals, except for the first packed lunch that you will need to bring. You will walk around 28km in total with over 2000 metres of ascent, and therefore need to have a good level of fitness. Advanced booking is essential.

The Esk Extreme, Canyoning in the Esk Gorge, Eskdale

The Esk Extreme May 2019

West Lakes Adventure are holding a series of open sessions this May where anyone can book onto one of their canyoning adventures. Located in the Esk Valley in the western Lake District, this is extreme canyoning, where you will be able to do both ghyll scrambling up a mountain stream, and canyoning when you can jump into deep pools of fast flowing water.

You will be guided by professional and qualified instructors at all times and need to be of a good level of fitness. The activity is open to anyone aged 12 and up, but those under 16 must be supervised by an adult. All specialist equipment is provided, and you will need to bring appropriate clothing and a packed lunch.

  • Date: Saturdays 11th, 18th, & 25th May, 2019
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: £55
  • Tickets / More information: westlakesadventure.co.uk

Plant & Food Fair, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Near Penrith

Plant & Food Fair May 2019

Hutton-in-the-Forest’s annual Plant & Food Fair returns this May, bringing together local food suppliers and plant nurseries. You will be able to browse a huge selection of plants grown in the region and chat to nursery workers who will be able to give you tips and advice for your own garden.

There will also be plenty of delicious Cumbrian food on offer, including cakes, rare breed meats, artisan breads, locally brewed beers, and much more. Entrance to the fair includes entrance to the estate’s gardens.

  • Date: Sunday, 12th May, 2019
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: Adults £5, Children Free
  • Tickets / More information: hutton-in-the-forest.co.uk

Carlisle Colour Run, Carlisle Racecourse

Carlisle Colour Run May 2019

A 5K run with a difference, the annual Colour Run returns this May to raise money for Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw. Thousands of runners will do two laps of Carlisle’s racecourse, and along the way there will be foam and paint stations that the runners will pass through, getting covered with bright colours as they do so.

You can choose to walk, run, or even dance around the course and there is no minimum sponsorship required. Advanced booking is required to sign up to the event and the registration fee includes a t-shirt, sunglasses, and a finishers medal. Spectators can enter the racecourse for free on the day.

  • Date: Sunday, 12th May, 2019
  • Time: 1pm to 3pm
  • Cost: Adults £25, Children £10
  • Tickets / More information: edenvalleyhospice.org

Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, Allan Bank, Grasmere

Quilters Guild of the British Isles May 2019

Allan Bank in Grasmere will be joined by members of the Quilter’s Guild this May to bring this special one day workshop in the house. Visitors will be provided with all the equipment and consumables needed to create their own small piece of quilt, and this can either be taken home or added to a collaborative banner. This is a free, drop in workshop, but normal entry prices apply.

  • Date: Tuesday, 14th May, 2019
  • Time: 10.30am to 3pm
  • Cost: Normal entry applies – Adults £7.50, Children £4.70
  • Tickets / More information: nationaltrust.org.uk

Create an Embroidered Lavender Bag, Swallows & Artisans, Coniston Water

Create an Embroidered Lavendar Bag May 2019

Swallows & Artisans is a creative arts studio located near the shore of Coniston Water. They host creative workshops throughout the year. This three-day workshop will enable you to embroider a beautiful beetle that will adorn a lavender bag.

The workshop will be led by Sara who has undertaken several notable commissions and has exhibited at Hampton Court Palace. All materials will be included and lunches will be provided each day. Overnight accommodation may be available in the adjacent property, Lanehead, if required.

  • Date: Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th May, 2019
  • Time: 10pm to 4pm
  • Cost: £180
  • Tickets / More information: eventbrite.co.uk

Justin Moorhouse, Northern Joker, the Old Fire Station, Carlisle

Justin Moorhouse at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle May 2019

Justin Moorhouse is feeling lost. Brexit, Putin’s rise, and Trump’s America have fuelled his uncertainty, whilst at home he’s adapting to life as a parent of older children who are getting ready to leave home. On the other hand, America has always seemed a little crazy and the Russians were always terrifying, so maybe not that much as changed.

Join Justin as he explores these issues in a night of comedy at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle. Justin has previously performed on television shows that include Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and 8 out of 10 Cats.

  • Date: Thursday, 16th May, 2019
  • Time: Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm
  • Cost: £14
  • Tickets / More information: https://www.oldfirestation.carlisle.city/whats-on/justin-moorhouse

Keswick Mountain Festival, Crow Park, Keswick

Keswick Mountain Festival May 2019

Festival season is here and it starts in Keswick. The Keswick Mountain Festival returns to Crow Park this May offering a unique mixture of outdoor activities and live music. The festival village will have a huge array of exhibitors and trade stands, selling specialist outdoor equipment along with a wide choice of food and drink.

In the evenings, there will be live music performances, including a DJ set led by Bez from the Happy Mondays, and there will be inspirational speakers talking on a range of topics throughout the event. The festival village will also have several activities that are open to wristband holders, including archery, Segway, and a climbing wall. As usual, there will be a fantastic choice of outdoor activities to try throughout the event, including guided fell walks, navigation training, ghyll scrambling, canoeing, kayaking, wild swimming, and Via Ferrata.

Outdoor activities can be booked separately without needing tickets to the festival village. There will be several sporting events that individuals can enter, including triathlons, swimming, fell running, and trail running. Camping is available.

  • Date: Thursday, 16th to Sunday 19th May, 2019
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Weekend tickets including camping, music, and activity wristbands £45 to £203; Individual event tickets vary in price
  • Tickets / More information: keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

Workington Go, Workington

Workington Go May 2019

Over in West Cumbria, there is a chance to get active this May at the Workington Go Festival. This event gives members of the public the chance to try a plethora of activities for free, with the aim of encouraging a more active lifestyle. Activities include archery, panna football, boxing, bowling, climbing wall, circus skills, badminton, and much more.

In the newly built leisure centre, the pool will be taken over by a giant inflatable, and there are some gentler activities available, including crafts and cooking. Some activities have age restrictions and all are free of charge, but you do need to book your place.

Westmorland Orchestra Classical Concert, Kendal Leisure Centre

Westmorland Orchestra Classical Concert May 2019

The Westmorland Orchestra will perform its second concert of the season this May at the Kendal Leisure Centre. The concert programme will feature Schubert's Symphony No 6 in C, Bruch's Romance in A minor Op 42 with guest soloist, Lily Whitehurst, and Brahms' Serenade No 1 in D. Tickets can be purchased from the Brewery Arts Centre.

  • Date: Saturday, 18th May, 2019
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Cost: 19 Years+ £12, Under 19s Free
  • Tickets / More information: westmorlandorchestra.org.uk

Discover Derwent Water Guided Walk, Keswick

Discover Derwent Water Guided Walk May 2019

Mountain Walks offer several guided walking experiences throughout the Lake District. This May you can join their professional leaders on a 16-mile walk around Derwent Water, taking on the fells and points of interest that surround this stunning lake. You will ascend Cat Bells, Walla Crag, and Grange fell, as well as visit view points such as Ashness Bridge, Watlendlath Tarn, and Surprise View.

The walk starts and ends in Keswick will take around ten hours, with about 1,000 metres of ascent. It is not technically challenging but you do need a good level of fitness to complete it. Advanced booking is required with a 35% deposit required to confirm your place.

Kendal Colour Dash, Kendal Castle

Kendal Colour Dash May 2019

Join hundreds of other fun runners to raise money for St John’s Hospice at the fifth Kendal Colour Dash. Runners will race 5KM around the ruins of Kendal Castle, passing through several colour stations where non-toxic vibrant paint will be thrown towards them, creating a rainbow effect.

You can run, walk, or skip your way around the course, and you will be asked to raise sponsorship for the hospice when you register. Registration closes on 13th of May.

Cumbria International Motor Show, Westmorland County Showground, Milnthorpe

Cumbria Internat'l Motor Show May 2019

The Elite Sports & Performance Car Club (ESPCC) will be hosting the 8th Cumbria International Motor Show this May. The event is one of the most exclusive and glamourous motor shows in the north west, with exhibitors and entrants from across the county.

Visitors to the show can expect to see some of the finest and valuable cars on display, with several luxury clubs in attendance, including Porsche, Lotus, and Jaguar. There will be various trade stands selling a range of gifts and automotive memorabilia, and there is plenty of family friendly entertainment with live music and street performances.

Whit Holiday Race Meeting, Cartmel Racecourse, Cartmel

Whit Holiday Race Meeting

Racing at Cartmel dates back to the 12th century when monks inhabited the nearby priory. The tradition of racing on the May Day bank holiday began in 1856, and continues once again this year. There will be seven races on each day, as well as a funfair, entertainment, and trade stands. Picnics are permitted and dogs are welcome.

  • Date: Saturday 25th, Monday 27th & Wednesday 29th May, 2019
  • Time: Saturday & Monday Entertainment 10am, First Race 2.10pm, Wednesday First Race 5pm
  • Cost: £14 - £50
  • Tickets / More information: cartmel-racecourse.co.uk

The Festival of Fools, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Festival of Fools at Muncaster Castle May 2019

It’s that time of year again, when Muncaster Castle appoints its new Fool, with three days of frolics and festivities to celebrate. There will be a carnival atmosphere in the castle grounds and visitors will be entertained with performances from the various contenders who will be vying for the role of Fool. Expect to see magic tricks, juggling, fire eating and more, plus the retiring Fool, Frumpid Stumplestone will be giving his final performances.

Carnival Sensible will be hosting daily shows and workshops, plus there will be plenty of family friendly fun including face painting, archery workshops, children’s crafts, inflatable fun, and much more. Hot and cold refreshments will be available from a variety of different stall holders, and entry to the festival costs an additional £1 on top of normal entry rates.

  • Date: Sunday 26th to Tuesday 28th May, 2019
  • Time: 10.30am to 5pm
  • Cost: Normal entry applies – Adults £13, Children £6.50 (£16 / £8 if including castle entry)
  • Tickets / More information: muncaster.co.uk/festival-of-fools

17th Classic Cars in the Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith

Classic Cars in the Park May 2019

Lord and Lady Inglewood are opening up their home at Hutton-in-the-Forest to fans of classic cars this Spring bank holiday weekend with the 17th Classic Cars in the Park Festival. Organised by Mark Woodward Classic Events, the weekend will see a plethora of classic cars and vehicles in the beautiful estate grounds, with everything from Land Rovers to light commercial vehicles on display.

There will be arena displays, trade stands selling automotive memorabilia, and plenty of entertainment. Tickets to the event include access to the park, gardens and tea room, and house tours are available for an additional charge.

Weave a Rush Hat / Basket, Greystoke, Penrith

Weave a Rush Hat May 2019

This May, head over to Greystoke near Penrith to pick up a new quirky skill. The team behind the Quirky Workshops held at the former Greystoke Café have teamed up with an award winning artist to offer two one-day courses using bulrush.

On the 28th of May, you can learn how to weave your very own hat, and on the 29th of May, you can create your very own woven rush basket. Both courses include lunch. In addition to the course fees that are payable when you book online, you will need additional cash on the day to pay for materials used (£15 or more).