This month in the Lake District we welcome the change of seasons with a number of events that take advantage of the darker evenings. Apart from the half term week at the end of the month, October is one of the quietest months in the year, making it the perfect time to take advantage of early morning autumnal mists that can often be found coating the bottom of the Lake District valleys, creating beautiful vistas.

This month also sees the return of the Lake District Comic Art Festival, and we bid farewell to the farming season with the Wasdale Shepherd’s Meet. October ends in traditional style, with ghosts, witches, and terrifying monsters featuring in a number of Halloween inspired events.

October at the Rheged Centre, Penrith

Rheged October 2019

Rheged’s free art exhibition, The Westmorland Landscape Prize continues this month with artwork from 70 artists in a number of media. At the beginning of the month, on the 5th October, is the centre’s annual Wainwright Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered this year by fell running champion, Nicky Spinks.

Throughout the month, the centre’s cinema will be screening the latest blockbusters, as well as some one off events including theatre and music concert screenings, and a special Gala Evening on the 13th October with a canape and drinks reception that includes live jazz music, followed by a screening of Downton Abbey. The 13th October also sees a fabulous antiques fair at the centre.

During half term week, the centre is offering a plethora of activities, including a wand and spellbook craft workshop, archery sessions, a puppet show, a slime workshop, pumpkin carving sessions, a Lego animation workshop, a Halloween disco, and much, much, more. Finally, on the 26th and 27th October, there’s an autumn fair with a chance to purchase art, jewellery, and food gifts from local producers.

For full details of everything that is happening at Rheged this month, visit rheged.com.

October at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Theatre by the Lake October 2019

This month at the Theatre by the Lake, the 2019 programme of shows continues with performances of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Ladykillers, and Guards at the Taj amongst others. In addition to the main season’s plays, there are several one off events taking place this month:

  • The Simon and Garfunkel Story tells the story of the famous musical duo and features several of their much loved classic hits | Sunday, 6th October
  • Ya Mek Me Laff is an evening with members of the Lakeland Dialect Society who will bring their unique form of speech to the stage with stories, songs, and sketches | Sunday, 6th October
  • There Was n Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is a family friendly performance that brings to life this much loved nursery rhyme with song, dance, and puppetry | Sunday, 13th October
  • Lara Melda – Solo Piano is an evening of music from 2010 BBC Young Musician competition winner Lara Melda, who will perform the works of Chopin, Rachmaninov, and others | Sunday, 20th October
  • The Pitmen Poets are a group of musicians who celebrate the traditions of the mining communities through song and the spoken word | Sunday, 27th October

For full details of all the shows at the Theatre by the Lake this month, visit theatrebythelake.com.

October Events with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Various Locations

Cumbria Wildlife Trust October 2019

The Cumbria Wildlife Trust look after a number of nature reserves and other areas of interest across Cumbria, and they regularly host events inviting members of the public to visit these areas and learn more about their work.

Along with the charity’s regular beach cleans and conservation days that volunteers can assist with, there are multiple events taking place this month at locations across the Lake District and Cumbria, with highlights that include:

  • Cycle Maintenance – A free bike safety check with tips about basic bike maintenance. Eycott Hill Nature Reserve | Tuesday, 1 October, 2019, 11am to 2pm (Booking Required)
  • Armboth Fell Peatland Survey Day – Volunteers are needed to help the Trust survey Armboth Fell above Thirlmere to inform a plan to create a wetlands in the area | Friday, 4 October, 2019, 9:30am to 4:30pm (Booking Required)
  • UK Fungus Day – A free (donations welcome) guided walk around Craggy Woods nearly Staveley with the trust’s fungus expert | Sunday, 6 October, 2019, 10am to 12 noon
  • Guided Walk at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve – Learn more about the wildlife and geology of this upland nature reserve on the eastern fringes of the Lake District. Recommended donation £5 |  Saturday, 19 October, 2019, 10am to 12 noon
  • Family Discovery Day at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve – A free fun day for families with nature inspired crafts, minibeast hunts, and more | Thursday, 24 October, 2019, 1pm to 4pm
  • Outdoor First Aid Course – A two-day accredited course aimed at both outdoor enthusiasts and those working in the outdoors. £144. Booking essential through firstaidacademy.co.uk | Thursday, 24 October, 2019 to Friday, 25 October, 2019, 8.45am to 5.30pm

For full details of these and all of the other events hosted by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, visit cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/explore-near-me.

Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Gardens & Barns, Near Penrith

Greystoke October 2019

The Greystoke Cycle Café has now closed but the quirky workshops are still taking place in the barn and, this month, there are plenty to choose from. These workshops are very popular, so advanced booking is essential.

The all day workshops all include a two-course lunch, tea and coffee throughout the day, and freshly baked scones in the afternoon. Shorter courses include some light refreshments. The workshops offer the chance to learn an unusual skill in arts, crafts, or cookery. Highlights this month include:

  • Raku Style Pottery – Wednesday, 2nd October - £75
  • Willow Sculptures – Hares, Sheep, Hens, or Deer – Friday, 4th October - £78
  • Discovering Felt Art – Sunday, 6th October - £68
  • Introduction to Fused Glass –Tuesday, 8th October - £82

For full details of all the courses that are available this month and to book your place, visit quirkyworkshops.co.uk.

Creative Workshops at Cowshed Creative, Browfoot Farm, Staveley

Cowshed Creative October 2019

Cowshed Creative is an art studio housed within a traditional barn at Browfoot Farm, near Staveley. The farm is home to a number of glamping pods and the art studio is a fairly new addition, led by the owner who previously ran creative courses at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.

These fabulous courses are run by experienced professionals and lunch is included. Course attendees are welcome to make a mini break of the course by booking into one of the glamping pods. All courses include lunch. Courses available this month are as follows:

  • Needle Felt Animal – Create a needle felt animal inspired by children’s illustrations | 3rd October, 10am to 4.30pm, £68
  • Portraiture – Create a portrait from life, with guided drawing exercises to help you develop the skills need | 12th October, 10am to 4.30pm, £70
  • Felt Landscape – Create two landscape pictures from felt, one with 3D elements | 13th October, 10am to 4.30pm, £70
  • Raku Pottery – A two-day course that involves creating a range of tiles, pots, and models that you will then fire in a kiln using special glazes and oxides to create unique Raku designs | Day 1 – 19th October, 10am to 4.30pm, Day 2 – 26th October, 11.30am to 6pm, £140
  • Silver Bangle – Create a silver bangle that has been especially designed to suit the size and shape of your wrist, using your own design ideas, 27th October, 10am to 4.30pm, £70

For full details of all the courses that are available this month and to book your place, visit farmpods.co.uk/cowshed-creative.

Christmas Glass Bauble Blowing Experience, Cumbria Crystal, Ulverston

Cumbria Crystal October 2019

Christmas isn’t too far away and this month you can take something special away from your Lake District break by visiting Cumbria Crystal in Ulverston and creating your very own Christmas glass bauble. During these short workshop sessions, you will learn how glass baubles are created and you will be able to choose the colours you’d like to use to create your bauble.

The instructor will supervise you as you fuse the coloured glass granules to the glass and mould the glass into a bauble shape, before you then attempt to inflate it using a blowing iron. You will be able to collect your cooled bauble the next day, or postage can be arranged if required. The experience takes 15 minutes and slots are available from Saturday to Monday throughout the month with booking essential.

  • Date: Various dates in October
  • Time: 1.15pm to 4.15pm (15 minute slots)
  • Cost: £25
  • Tickets / More information: cumbriacrystal.com

Learn Illuminated Lettering – Two Day Course – Swallows & Artisans, Lanehead, Coniston Water

Illuminated Lettering October 2019

Swallows & Artisans is a creative workshop at Coniston Water that offers creative courses throughout the year. This month, join Sarah Lace at the workshop for a two-day course where you will learn the basic skills and techniques to create beautiful illuminated letters, a style of decorative calligraphy that was typically used on the first letter of manuscript pages created by monasteries during the medieval period. You will use watercolours and gold leaf to create your art and all materials will be provided, along with lunch and additional refreshments.

  • Date: Tuesday, 1st & Wednesday, 2nd 2019
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: £150 + booking fee
  • Tickets / More information: eventbrite.co.uk

Barrow Comedy Fest, Various Locations Across Barrow-In-Furness

Barrow Comedy October 2019

The Barrow Improvement District (BID) is a project that is designed to regenerate Barrow’s town centre and this month the project has organised a comedy festival that will raise money for charity. The event kicks off on Thursday, 3rd October with a comedy pub crawl. Starting at the Duke of Edinburgh pub and moving through three more venues, there will be different comedians performing at each venue, with an MC leading the audience around Barrow. Tickets cost £8.

On Friday, 4th October, there is a free comedy rhyme time at Barrow Library at 10.30am with funny stories aimed at young children. In the evening, there’s a stand-up comedy evening at the Forum, with five comedians performing. Tickets cost £14.

Finally, there are a number of events taking place throughout the day on Saturday, 5th October. There are special screenings of Toy Story 4 and Monsters Inc at the Forum with tickets available for just £2. In addition, there are comedy magic workshops where children can learn some hilarious magic tricks, taking place at the Custom House and costing £8. Throughout the afternoon, street performers will be entertaining shoppers in the town centre with comedy sketches and magic shows.

The festival takes place between the 3rd October and the 5th October and full details of all the events and online ticket purchasing can be found here - barrowbid.co.uk.

Poetry Party for National Poetry Day, Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Poetry Party October 2019

Join the team at the Wordsworth Museum at Dove Cottage to celebrate National Poetry Day with this special evening that is taking place in the museum’s Learning Space. Guest poet, Ruby Robinson, will be performing several of her works, with an emphasis on “Truth”, which is the theme for this year’s event. The party will also include an open mic session, allowing budding poets to share some of their own works, or for audience members to read one of their favourite poems.

  • Date: Thursday, 3rd October, 2019
  • Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Cost: £5
  • Tickets / More information: wordsworth.org.uk

Stargazing at Grizedale Forest, Near Hawkshead

Stargazing Grizedale October 2019

As one of the more remote parts of the Lake District, Grizedale Forest is an excellent place to seek out the stars in the night sky away from light pollution. The forest is offering visitors the chance to attend guided stargazing sessions where local astronomer Robert Ince will show you how to find various constellations and celestial objects in the sky, with several large telescopes available for use.

Advanced booking is essential and visitors are advised to wear warm clothing and bring a coat. Start and end times will be advised upon booking as they are dependent on sunset times.

  • Date: Friday, 4th October & Friday, 25th October, 2019
  • Time: TBC
  • Cost: £15 Adults, £7.50 children aged 8-15
  • Tickets / More information: forestryengland.uk

Two-Day Core Skills Mountain Biking, Cyclewise, Whinlatter

Mountain Biking Skills October 2019

The course for anyone who wants to become a more confident mountain bike rider, this two-day core skills course from Cyclewise at Whinlatter will give you the technical skills to take on the mountain bike trails around the Lake District.

You’ll spend the first day learning these core skills that include bike set up, weight shifting, stabilising the bike, front wheel lifts, climbing, descending, and braking. On the second day, you will be taken out onto the trails to practice your new skills with video feedback from the Cyclewise coaches. There are two courses available this month and advanced booking is essential.

  • Date: Saturday, 5th to Sunday, 6th October & Saturday, 26th to Sunday, 27th October, 2019
  • Time: 9am to 4.30pm
  • Cost: £150
  • Tickets / More information: cyclewise.co.uk

Tell Me On A Sunday, The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-On-Windermere

The Old Laundry Theatre October 2019

This month at the Old Laundry Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s icon musical Tell Me on a Sunday will be performed on stage most evenings. The one-woman show tells the story of a young girl from the UK who arrives in New York seeking love and a showbiz career, encountering a number of trials and tribulations along the way. For evening shows, there is the option to enjoy a pre-show dining experience in the theatre’s bistro with a two-course set meal available for an additional fee.

  • Date: Friday, 4th October to Saturday, 26th October, 2019 (shows on most days except Mondays)
  • Time: Matinee performances on some days at 2.30pm; Evening performances at 7.30pm
  • Cost: Adults £25, Under 25s £12.50
  • Tickets / More information: oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk

Greg Howard Fine Art Studio Landscape Workshops, Brantwood, Coniston

Fine Art Studio October 2019

Do you struggle to create landscape art with watercolour or pastel? If so, these workshops may help. Led by artist, Greg Howard, in the beautiful Brantwood House that overlooks Coniston Water, these workshops will teach you a number of techniques that will help you to create evocative landscape images that are brimming with atmosphere.

The workshops last all day and you can either bring a packed lunch or purchase something from the Brantwood Café. There are two dates available this month and places are filling up fast, with booking essential.

  • Date: Saturday, 5th October & Saturday, 12th October, 2019
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: £55 per person
  • Tickets / More information: greghoward.gallery

Introduction to Landscape Photography Workshop, Brantwood, Coniston

Landscape Photography October 2019

Going Digital is a photography training company that offers a number of photography skills courses across the UK. This October, one of their tutors will be at Brantwood House, the former home of John Ruskin, to offer a one day workshop in landscape photography.

The course will cover topics, such as how light affects shot, how to use filters, how to compose your image, and other skills that will enable you to capture those special places you visit on your travels. To attend this course, you must have previously attended Going Digital’s Explore Your Camera Part 1 workshop or be confident shooting in Aperture Priority and using Exposure Compensation.

  • Date: Saturday, 5th October, 2019
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: £90 per person
  • Tickets / More information: goingdigital.co.uk

Apple Day, Ford Park, Ulverston

Apple Day October 2019

October typically marks the end of the Autumn harvest and this month Ford Park is once again hosting a special Apple Day to celebrate the annual bounty of this humble fruit. A fun event for the whole family, there will be an abundance of apple products to taste and buy, along with the opportunity to press your own apples into juice. There are children’s craft activities, traditional games, apple competitions, and market stalls selling food and gifts.

  • Date: Saturday, 5th October, 2019
  • Time: 11am to 4pm
  • Cost: Free entry
  • Tickets / More information: ford-park.org.uk

Planet Mirth Comedy Evening, Laurel & Hardy Museum, Ulverston

Laurel & Hardy Museum October 2019

Raising money to support the staging of the Another Fine Fest comedy festival in Ulverston during summer next year, Planet Mirth is an evening of comedy and dance within the delightful Laurel & Hardy Museum.

Five comic acts will take to the stage, including rising star Steve Shanyaski, as well as “Best Comedy” winner at the Fringe World Awards 2018, Jinx Yeo. Once the comedy has finished DJs will take over with a set that includes dancefloor classics in a number of genres, and there will also be a prize raffle.

The Great Cumbrian Run, Carlisle

Great Cumbrian Run October 2019

Fancy taking on Cumbria’s leading half marathon? The Great Cumbrian Run is taking place this month and is run by Better, who operate 250 leisure centres on a not for profit basis and offer low cost swimming lessons to children.

Your entrance fee for this race will help Better to be able to teach more children this vital life saving skill and support the organisation to continue to offer sporting facilities for local communities. The race will depart from the Sheepmount Athletics stadium in Carlisle and will take a 13-mile route out of the city and back to the stadium. A one-mile fun run route is also available.

  • Date: Sunday, 6th October, 2019
  • Time: TBC
  • Cost: £34 (half marathon) or £5 (one mile)
  • Tickets / More information: better.org.uk

The Big Forest Find – Discover the Miniature World of Mosses, Whinlatter Forest

Big Forest Find October 2019

As part of a community science project, the rangers at Whinlatter are inviting members of the public to come and learn more about the vast range of mosses that inhabit the forest. Once you have learnt how to identify the different types of mosses, you will be encouraged to use this knowledge to post on an app that will help scientists monitor their growth. This event is not suitable for children.

  • Date: Sunday, 6th October, 2019
  • Time: 11am to 1pm
  • Cost: £3
  • Tickets / More information: forestryengland.uk

A Shepherd’s Life, Wordsworth House, Cockermouth

A Shepherd's Life October 2019

When Matterdale farmer, James Rebanks, began posting pictures on Twitter of his flock of Herdwick sheep, little did he know how popular his images would become, or that it would lead to a book deal. His book, The Shepherd’s Life, published in 2015, became a bestseller and described life on his Lake District farm and the struggles he has faced balancing his desire to maintain the traditions of his forefathers and the needs of modern farming industry.

This October, Rebanks will be delivering a special talk on his life as a farmer in the Lake District at Wordsworth House in Cockermouth. Booking is essential and ticket costs also apply to National Trust members.

  • Date: Thursday, 10th October, 2019
  • Time: 8pm to 9.30pm
  • Cost: £10
  • Tickets / More information: nationaltrust.org.uk

All Hands On Deck, Threlkeld Village Hall, Near Keswick

All Hands on Deck October 2019

Mikron Theatre are a touring theatre company who were formed in 1972 with the aim to bring theatre to more unusual venues. This month they will be appearing on stage at the Threlkeld Village Hall where they will be performing their new play All Hands On Deck. The show is a tribute to the Navy’s Jenny Wrens, focusing on two women, Ginger and Lily, one of which wants to stay on land, with the other desperate to serve at sea.

  • Date: Thursday, 10th October, 2019
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Cost: Adults £13, Family (2 adults and 3 children) £35
  • Tickets / More information: threlkeldvillagehall.org

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival October 2019

Kendal’s popular festival of comic art returns to the town this month featuring superheroes, fantasy creatures, future dystopias, space travel, politics, comedy, and much more. The festival celebrates the unique art form found in comics, with talks from writers and illustrators, exhibitions, and even international comic book launches.

In addition, there is a fabulous comic book market place, a family zone with activities for children, a comic art trail through the town, masterclasses led by comic book artists, and even live drawing sessions with some well-known comic book artists.

There will be signing sessions and film screenings of films inspired by comic art, as well as evening entertainment. The festival takes place at the Brewery Arts Centre and other venues across the town. Weekend passes or single day passes are available.

  • Date: Friday, 11th October to Sunday, 13th October, 2019
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Weekend Festival Pass Adults £35, Concessions £25 | Single Day Passes Adults £19 to £22, Concessions £14 to 17
  • Tickets / More information: comicartfestival.com

Quintessential Gin Evening, North Lakes Hotel, Penrith

Gin Evening October 2019

Join the gin expert at the North Lakes Hotel for this special evening where you will learn about the history of gin making and what makes the perfect G&T. There will be tastings and light nibbles included in the price.

  • Date: Friday, 11th October, 2019
  • Time: 7pm
  • Cost: £35
  • Tickets / More information: northlakeshotel.co.uk

Greenwood Fair, Sizergh Castle, Near Kendal

Greenwood Fair October 2019

Join the team at Sizergh Castle on the 12th October where volunteers, experts, and skilled crafts people will come together to celebrate the woodlands and offer members of the public a chance to learn more about how woodland can be used in a sustainable way.

On the day, visitors can have a go at wood splitting, create a witch’s broomstick, or watch a demonstration of a traditional skill, such as spoon making. Visitors can also join in with a guided walk and children are encouraged to attempt tree climbing.

  • Date: Saturday, 12th October, 2019
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: Normal admission rates apply – Adults £12, Children £6
  • Tickets / More information: nationaltrust.org.uk

SpeakEasy! TM Mason at Kittchen, Hawkshead

SpeakEasy! October 2019

If you are a lover of cats, cafés, and spooky stories then you need to head over to Hawkshead and visit Kittchen this October. This quirky café bar is home to a clutter of cats who wander freely through the café as you eat. Kittchen hosts regular open mic nights and this month they have a guest speaker who will be reading a trilogy of modern ghost stories by TM Mason. The evening will also include a 45-minute open mic slot during, which anyone can perform their original work. Space is limited so booking is essential.

  • Date: Saturday, 12th October, 2019
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Cost: £5
  • Tickets / More information: eventbrite.co.uk

The Wasdale Head Show & Shepherd’s Meet, Wasdale

Wasdale Head Show October 2019

The last agricultural fair of the year in the Lake District takes place each October in the remote valley of Wasdale Head, and has done so for over 100 years. It’s thought that the event originally started when farmers from several valleys brought their rams together at Wasdale to trade, so that the rams could start mating with ewes in November.

The fair is one of the most traditional in the Lake District, featuring a programme of events that includes livestock judging, a shepherd’s crook competition, children’s sports and pet competitions, fell races, and wrestling matches. It’s a fun day for the whole family with plenty of traders in attendance selling gifts and food.

  • Date: Saturday, 12th October, 2019
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £4, Children free
  • Tickets / More information: wasdaleheadshow.co.uk

Breakfast & Twilight Rut Struts, Haweswater

Twilight Breakfast October 2019

October is the rutting season for the Lake District’s deer popular and this month the RSPB, who manage a nature reserve at Haweswater where there is a large population of Red Deer, are offering guided walks for visitors to see the rut struts. This magical courtship sees stags roaring and shoving one another and the activity peaks at both dawn and dusk.

You will meet your guide at the Mardale Head car park and take a 1.5 mile walk to the viewing point at Riggindale. You can bring your own binoculars but there will be some to borrow if required. As the walk takes place in low level light you will need to bring your own torch and the walk is not suitable for children under 14 years. Booking is essential.

Breakfast walks take place on the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, 13th October, 2019 - 7:30am to 11:30am
  • Monday, 21st October, 2019 - 7:30am to 11:30am
  • Sunday, 27th October, 2019 - 8am to 12 noon

Twilight walks take place on the following dates and times:

  • Monday, 14th October, 2019 - 2:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Sunday, 20th October, 2019 – 2pm to 6pm
  • Saturday, 26th October, 2019 – 1.30pm to 5.30pm

Tickets for the breakfast walks and the twilight walks can be purchased at Event Brite. They cost £20 for adults and £15 for under 18s and include a pastry at Riggindale.

Pumpkin Picking & Halloween Fun at Walby Farm Park, Carlisle

Pumpking Picking October 2019

This half term, children are invited to join in with a host of Halloween inspired fun at Walby Farm Park near Carlisle. There will be pumpkin picking throughout the week with a free pumpkin for every child. In addition, there’s a brand new interactive spooky show that will be performed daily, featuring Camilla Collywobble and Bertha Bumfuzzle, two witches that are on a mission to make sure that Halloween is as spooky as possible!

The farm’s mini maze will include a Halloween themed puzzle, and as usual, the indoor soft play, outdoor play area, and farm paddocks will be open.

  • Date: Thursday, 17th October to Thursday, 31st October, 2019 (Show from 19th to 27th October only)
  • Time: Park opens 10am to 6pm daily
  • Cost: General admission charges apply – Adults £11.45, Children £11.95
  • Tickets / More information: walbyfarmpark.co.uk

Colour and Light, Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal

Colour & Light October 2019

A new exhibition launches this month at the Abbot Hall Gallery in Kendal, focusing on the work of the Scottish Colourists. Featuring around 50 works, the Fleming collection is one of the finest outside of Scotland and includes works by, S.J. Peploe, J.D. Fergusson, and George Leslie Hunter.

In particular, the collection houses Hunter’s masterpiece Peonies in a Chinese Vase. This exhibition examines the careers of these artists and how their work developed from early experimentation to later masterpieces. The exhibition launches on the 18th October and runs until February 2020, with a special book about the work of the Scottish Colourists available to buy in the gallery’s shop.

  • Date: Friday, 18th October until February 2020 (museum is closed on Sundays)
  • Time: Park opens 10.30am to 5pm daily
  • Cost: General admission charges apply – Adults £7.50, Children Free
  • Tickets / More information: abbothall.org.uk

OctoberFest Comes To Langdale, Sticklebarn Tavern

OctoberFest October 2019

This October sees the return of the National Trust’s mini OctoberFest festival at Sticklebarn Tavern in the Langdale valley. This festival combines great music with outdoor activities. There are two stages where several local and upcoming acts will be performing, and entry is free! There will also be food and drink to buy, with some delicious local produce.

In addition, there are chargeable events that you can book onto, including a family trail run, a 10K trail run, a gruelling fell race, a 10K dog walk, yoga and mindfulness sessions, orienteering, guided mountain biking, and an introduction to climbing sessions. Camping is available in the nearby Great Langdale campsite.

  • Date: Friday, 18th October to Sunday, 20th October, 2019
  • Time: Music start times – 3pm Friday, 12pm Saturday & Sunday; Event times vary
  • Cost: Free entry into festival; Charges apply for outdoor activities
  • Tickets / More information: nationaltrust.org.uk

Beginners Navigation with More Than Mountains, Bowness-On-Windermere & Keswick

Beginners Navigation October 2019

Led by experienced professionals, this one-day course is ideal for those who are new to map reading and want to be able to plan routes and navigate through the fells. You will learn a number of essential skills, including understanding map symbols, orienteering the map, estimating distance, and what to do in an emergency.

The course takes place outside so appropriate clothing will be required, and you will need to bring a packed lunch. There will be a maximum of four participants on the course to ensure a good level of tuition. There are two dates available this month, with one course taking place near Keswick and one course taking place near Bowness-On-Windermere.

  • Date: Saturday, 19th October (Bowness) & Saturday, 26th October (Keswick), 2019
  • Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Cost: £50
  • Tickets / More information: morethanmountains.co.uk

Halloween at Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Munster Halloween October 2019

There is plenty of spooky fun taking place at Muncaster Castle this month, starting on the 12th October, where visitors are invited to take part in a pumpkin competition. Earlier in the year, Muncaster staff were given a pumpkin plant to grow and during this event the staff pumpkins will be assessed to determine the heaviest and the biggest. In addition, visitors are invited to bring in their own pumpkins, with prizes for the best dressed / prettiest. Children who bring a pumpkin on this day will get free entry into the gardens.

At the end of the month, the castle will be going all out to celebrate Halloween with two consecutive weekends of fun. The castle will host the Muncaster Monster Cabaret who will be entertaining visitors with fire juggling shows and more, plus there will be spooky story-telling sessions, a scary maze, potion making workshops, and a ghostly grotto with children’s crafts, plus much more - all of which is included with general admission.

For an additional fee, visitors can book onto a special castle Halloween tour that is a theatrical event put on by the University of Cumbria Performing Arts Department. Although aimed at families, some young children may find this tour upsetting and advanced booking for this event is required.

  • Date: Pumpkin Competition 12th October | Muncaster Halloween 25th to 27th October & 31st October to 2nd November, 2019
  • Time: 9am to 4.30pm
  • Cost: General Entry Adults £13, Children £6.50 | General Entry + Daytime Castle Visit £16 / £8 | General Entry + Daytime Castle Visit + Evening Castle Theatrical Tour £24.50 / £12.25
  • Tickets / More information: muncaster.co.uk

Family Bushcraft & Survival Skills With Path To Adventure, Near Coniston

Family Bushcraft October 2019

This half term, outdoor adventure company Path to Adventure are offering families a chance to try something a little different and learn the fundamentals of bushcraft. Families are invited to the company’s private woodland where you will learn about how to build the perfect shelter, how to light a campfire using flint and steel, and how to cook on the campfire.

There is a larger shelter so that this activity can go ahead in most weathers and although there is no minimum age children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.

  • Date: Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019
  • Time: 2pm to 5pm
  • Cost: £35 per person
  • Tickets / More information: https://www.pathtoadventure.co.uk/bushcraft-courses-lake-district-uk

A Bunch Of Amateurs – Ambleside Players Autumn Production, The Kelsick Centre, Ambleside

Ambleside Players Autumn Production October 2019

Ambleside Players is a well established amateur dramatics group that has been entertaining the people of Ambleside for 80 years. This month, they are performing a hysterical comedy by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.

A Bunch f Amateurs tells the story of fading Hollywood star Jefferson Steele who travels to the UK to play King Lear in Stratford, only to discover that he’s been offered the part in a performance by the local am-dram group in a sleepy Suffolk village, rather than the renowned home of the bard.

  • Date: Tuesday, 22nd October to Saturday, 26th October, 2019
  • Time: Bar open 6.45pm, Show starts 7.30pm
  • Cost: £9
  • Tickets / More information: amblesideplayers.co.uk

Discover Langdale With Mountain Walks

Discover Langdale October 2019

Enjoy a relaxed, low level walk through the picturesque Langdale valley this month, when the autumn colours will dominate the surrounding landscape. This 11-mile guided walk will be taken at a fairly gentle pace, giving you time to take in the sights.

During the walk, you will visit stunning locations, such as Blea Tarn, Skelwith Bridge, Cathedral Cave, Colwith Force, and much more, with the walk starting and ending at Elterwater. Although the pace is fairly relaxed you will be walking for up to 8 hours, often on rough ground, so you do need a moderate level of fitness.

  • Date: Saturday, 26th October, 2019
  • Time: 9am to 3pm (approximate finish time)
  • Cost: £29
  • Tickets / More information: mountain-walks.co.uk

Autumn Whisky Festival, Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite

Autumn Whisky Festival October 2019

Join the Lakes Distillery for their annual celebration of their founding at this mini whisky festival. Founder members will be able to collect their fourth bottle and the distillery will be launching the second edition of the Quatrefoil Collection.

There will be demonstrations and entertainment, a BBQ, live music and outside bar throughout the day, with free entry. In addition, there will be paid activities available, with a sherry workshop, a tasting and dinner package, and a distillery tour.

  • Date: Saturday, 26th October, 2019
  • Time: 10am to 10pm (approximate finish time)
  • Cost: Free entry, Sherry Workshop £50, Tasting & Dinner £40, Tour £12.50
  • Tickets / More information: lakesdistillery.com

Eden Arts Ullswater & Winter Droving, Pooley Bridge & Penrith

Eden Arts October 2019

Long ago before the arrival of motorised vehicles, farmers seeking to sell their cattle would take part in the annual “droving” where cattle would be walked down from the uplands to the market towns. Penrith was a hub for this annual event, and today it is remembered in the town through an annual celebration led by Eden Arts.

This year, the festival is a two-day event, beginning with a torchlight procession through Pooley Bridge on Friday, 25th October. On Saturday, 26th October, Penrith will host a giant market and six stages will be erected in the town with some fabulous musical acts performing.

Street performers will be wandering through the streets and the highlight of the day will be a fire and lantern procession through the town. There’s even a fancy dress competition for dogs!

  • Date: Friday, 25th October & Saturday, 26th October, 2019
  • Time: Pooley Bridge entertainment & parade starting from 5pm Friday | Penrith market and music from 11am Saturday | Penrith parade from 6pm Saturday
  • Cost: Free entry
  • Tickets / More information: https://www.edenarts.co.uk/projects/winter-droving

Murder at Monster Mansion, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

Murder at Monster Mansion October 2019

The Castle Green Hotel are once again hosting one of their fantastic murder mystery evenings. This year, there’s a murderous mad professor, a wicked witch, and a bloodthirsty bride to be, all of whom were acting suspicious in the run up to the gruesome murder of the victim.

Guests are invited to enjoy a three-course dinner and question the suspects to try and determine who was responsible for the crime, guided by the Inspector who will unearth clues as the evening progresses. Booking is essential and the ticket includes an arrival drink, meal, and the entertainment.

  • Date: Saturday, 26th October, 2019
  • Time: 7pm to 11pm
  • Cost: £38
  • Tickets / More information: castlegreen.co.uk

Halloween Fun at Holker Hall, Near Grange-Over-Sands

Hallown at Holker Hall October 2019

This half term, children visiting Holker Hall can take a magical journey in a Potter inspired Wizarding School with theatrical workshops that will be taking place throughout the day on the 25th and 26th of October. These workshops must be booked and paid for separately, costing £12.50 for one child and one accompanying adult, with additional adults costing £6.50.

In addition, from the 25th to the 27th of October, there will be a spooky pumpkin trail available in the gardens and children are invited to dress up in their spookiest costumes for a chance to win tickets to the hall’s Santa experience in December.

  • Date: Friday, 25th October to Sunday, 27th October, 2019
  • Time: Gardens open 10.30am to 5pm | Wizarding workshops available at bookable timeslots throughout the day
  • Cost: Adult general entry all areas £13, garden & parks only £9 | Children accompanied by a paying adult go free | Pumpkin trail £2 | Wizarding workshops are bookable separately with additional ticket costs
  • Tickets / More information: holker.co.uk

Kendal Wool Gathering, Kendal Leisure Centre

Kendal Wool October 2019

Now in its seventh year, the Kendal Wool Gathering is a chance for farmers, manufacturers, and crafters to come together and showcase their talents and products. Kendal has a long history with the wool industry and the Lake District is filled with cottage industries creating unique products from this versatile material.

During this event, exhibitors will be attending with a range of goods, including yarns and other raw materials for crafting, as well as finished products such as carpets, clothing, and artwork. In the outside space, several farmers will be attending with their flocks of sheep and llamas, giving visitors the chance to learn more about farming in the Lake District. Throughout the event, there will be talks and demonstrations and food will be available from several stalls.

  • Date: Saturday, 26th October & Sunday, 27th October, 2019
  • Time: TBC
  • Cost: TBC
  • Tickets / More information: kendalwoolgathering.co.uk

It’s Franken Time! The Jerwood Centre, Dove Cottage, Grasmere

It's Franken Time! October 2019

For book lovers, there is only one text to read on Halloween, and it’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This Halloween, join expert, Richard Stanton, who will be exploring Shelley’s tale of the doctor who sought to create life, and examining the books, films, and other media that have since been inspired by Shelley’s work, with a particular focus on the modern era. This talk is not suitable for children.

  • Date: Thursday, 31st October, 2019
  • Time: 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Cost: £5
  • Tickets / More information: wordsworth.org.uk

Cockermouth Ghost Walk, The Bush, Cockermouth

Cockermouth Ghost Walk October 2019

Halloween night is about to get even spookier with this thrilling ghost walk exploring the darker side of Cockermouth, a quaint market town on the edge of the Lake District. The town centre might seem pleasant with its Georgian architecture, but peek beyond the period charm and you will uncover spooky secrets from a disturbing past. This guided walk will take you to the town’s most haunted spots, exploring its secret history. The event is suitable for everyone over the age of ten years. Booking is essential.

  • Date: Thursday, 31st October, 2019
  • Time: 6.20pm
  • Cost: Adults £10, Concessions £8
  • Tickets / More information: lakelandhauntings.co.uk