September is the time when we begin to say goodbye to this year’s long hot summer and start looking forward to the delights that autumn brings. The leaves on the trees slowly change colour as they lose their dark green shades and hints of yellow, gold, and orange shine through, whilst the hedgerows are dotted with bursts of colour, as berries and seeds become plump and ripe.

In September, children in England and Wales return to school, and thus the Lake District becomes a much quieter place as visiting families head back home. However, summer still flirts with the landscape, and the cloudy, drizzly days are often interspersed with glorious sunshine. It really is a delightful time to visit, especially when there is so much happening this month.

Last Weekend of the Carlisle Fringe Festival, Carlisle

Last Weekend of the Carlisle Fringe Festival, Carlisle Sept 2018

The Carlisle Fringe Festival will be drawing to a close during the first weekend of September, when the final acts to perform will include Scottish comedian and story-teller Jamie MacDonald. Jamie was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa during his teens, which later left him blind. Today, he is popular amongst the comedy show circuit for his irreverent take on his blindness.

Also taking place in the final weekend is the show Tsketchywetchywetchy, a surreal, family friendly show by comedian Katie Prichard that brings history to life through wacky performances that include singing and acting. Other performances include Sameena Zehra, comedian and blues musician, and The Refuge Woman, a show based on true events about a woman’s experiences in the refuge system.

  • Date: The festival takes place from Friday, 24th August to Sunday, 2nd September, 2018
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Varies
  • Tickets / More Information: www.carlislefringe.co.uk/all-shows

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival, Zeffirellis, Ambleside

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival, Zeffirellis, Ambleside Sept 2018

The first Ambleside Days Jazz Festival took place last year to commemorate the late Jazz musician, John Taylor, who worked closely with the venue. It was so successful that the organisers have decided to hold a second festival this year.

Top musicians from the UK’s jazz scene will be in attendance, including Paul McCandless, Claire Martin, and Gwilym Simcock. There are four nights of live music with musicians collaborating together to create remarkable performances.

Jane Austen & More At The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

Theatre by the Lake Performances in Sept 2018

Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake once again has a packed programme of events taking place this month. Jeeves and Wooster In Perfect Nonsense is a hilarious adaptation of the works of P.G. Wodehouse. Rails tells the story of young people trapped in a dead end town. Single Spies is an award winning comedy from Alan Bennett. Bold Girls depicts the lives of women in Belfast during the Troubles. Jane Austen’s classic is brought to life in an adaptation of Sense & Sensibility. These shows are all being performed on various dates throughout the month.

In addition, on the 2nd September the Reg Vardy Band who have been crowned North of England Brass Band Champions 36 times will take to the Keswick stage for one of their high quality concerts. On the 9th September, folk band the Houghton Weavers will perform. There is also a special talk on the 13th September about the lives of Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth. Finally, on the 16th September, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour comes to Keswick, with a collection of short films concerning divers, oceanographers, surfers, and others who spend their time on the ocean waves.

  • Date: Various dates throughout September
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Varies
  • Tickets / More Information: www.theatrebythelake.com

Shakespeare, Live Music, Comedy & More, The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-On-Windermere

Shakespeare, Live Music, Comedy & More, The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-On-Windermere Sept 2018

The Old Laundry Theatre at Bowness On Windermere has a number of performances taking place in September. On Friday 14th September, enjoy an evening of comedy, headlined by Dominic Woodward. On the 15th September, the Tom McConville Band take over the stage. The acoustic four piece are led by BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville, and mostly play traditional folk music with some influence from jazz, blues, and rock and roll.

On the 18th September, theatre-goers can opt for an afternoon performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, or an evening performance of his classic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, both produced by Merely Theatre.

Later in the month, comedy historian, Robert Ross, will be giving a talk on the history of the Carry On series. September ends with an interactive comedy dining experience where theatre goers are invited to the wedding of Kate and Will. The show includes a three-course meal and plenty of surprises.

Lakeland Trails – 5K, 10K, and 15K Races In Keswick

Lakeland Trails Sept 2018

Lakeland Trails organise a series of trail races around the Lake District throughout the year. The Keswick races all start and end at Fitz Park. There’s a 5K race ideal for beginners and those aged over 12 years, a 10K race that is on a well-marked course, a 15K trail challenge that is ideal for those who prefer to walk fast rather than run, and a 15k trail race for those who are more competitive.

There are also free children’s fun trails within the park that can be entered on the day for children under the age of 12. Entrants will receive a free t-shirt, digital photos, electronic timing, and refreshments. You must book your place in advance. For spectators, there will be a festival atmosphere in the park, with live music, food stands, and live commentary.

  • Date: Saturday, 1st September, 2018
  • Time: Registration opens at 9am
  • Cost: £20-32 for race entrants
  • Tickets / More Information: www.lakelandtrails.org/keswick

Cumbria Crystal – Intensive Glass Cutting Workshop, Ulverston

Cumbria Crystal Sept 2018

Cumbria Crystal in Ulverston produces hand-blown and hand-cut crystal for royal families and dignitaries around the world. The company has a handful events throughout the year where just a small number of individuals can learn more about this special craft.

Participants will be taught how to use a diamond wheel to create a pattern on a hand-blown crystal tumbler. Lunch will be provided. Your finished piece will then be polished in the factory before being ready to collect four days later. Additional glassware will be available to purchase on the day for a discounted price.

Lakes Record & CD Fair, Windermere

Lakes Record & CD Fair, Windermere Sept 2018

A great chance to enhance your vinyl and CD collection, this popular and regular event is taking place three times in September, hosted by the Ladyholme Community Centre on Lake Road in Windermere. With prices ranging from just £1 to around £600 for rare collectables, you will find something here to suit all budgets. A full range of music is covered, from blues to boy bands, and from punk to pop music. Tea and coffee is available.

This Girl Did: Dorothy Wordsworth & Woman Mountaineers, Dove Cottage, Grasmere

This Girl Did: Dorothy Wordsworth & Woman Mountaineers, Dove Cottage, Grasmere Sept 2018

This September, the Wordsworth Museum at Dove Cottage will be showcasing a new exhibition that explores Dorothy Wordsworth’s place in the history of women’s mountaineering. It was on the 7th October 1818, long before the days of GPS navigation and fully waterproof clothing, that Dorothy climbed to the summit of Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak. The exhibition not only covers this impressive feat, but also looks at the successes of other female mountaineering pioneers.

  • Date: Saturday, 1st September to Sunday, 23rd December, 2018
  • Time: 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • Cost: Entry to the Wordsworth Museum is included with entry to Dove Cottage, costing £8.95 for adults with children going free; Museum only entry costs £7.95 for adults
  • Tickets / More Information: www.wordsworth.org.uk

Touch A Truck, Mitchells Auction Mart, Cockermouth

Touch A Truck Sept 2018

One for big and little kids alike, Touch a Truck is an opportunity to get hands on with some mighty machines. Expect cranes, lorries, diggers, tractors, mountain rescue vehicles, fire engines, police cars and more at this fun, family event. Most of the vehicles will be open for visitors to climb aboard and see inside.

This is a popular event that has a new venue for 2018, and the various vehicles will be accompanied by refreshment stands and children’s fairground rides. The event raises money for the Cockermouth Rotary Club who support local causes and charities.

  • Date: Saturday, 1st September, 2018
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: Adults £5, Children 4-16 Years £2, Children 3 and under go free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.cockermouth.org.uk/touchatruck

The Lowick Show, South Of Coniston Water

Lowick Show Sept 2018

On the first Saturday of every September visitors, local residents, and members of the farming community flock to the tiny village of Lowick for the annual Lowick Show. South of Coniston Water, on the edge of the Lake District National Park, the show celebrates the produce of the Crake Valley, and has been taking place for over 150 years. Expect to see livestock displays, Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling, sheepdog trials, local crafts, trade stands, and children’s entertainment at this charming country fair.

  • Date: Saturday, 1st September, 2018
  • Time: 8.30am to 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £6, Children £2.50
  • Tickets / More Information: www.lowickshow.com

Loweswater Show, Lorton Valley, Near Cockermouth

Loweswater Show Sept 2018

The 142nd Loweswater Show takes place this September in the beautiful Lorton Valley, close to Cockermouth. This is a traditional show, with an emphasis on farming livestock, but there is plenty to see and do for the whole family.

As well as livestock, sheepdog, and horse displays, visitors can enjoy fell races for categories for adults and children, Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling, a craft tent with locally made goods available to buy, carriage driving displays, archery sessions, children’s activities, and a beer tent with locally brewed ales. The show finishes with a grand parade and a fancy dress parade.

  • Date: Sunday, 2nd September, 2018
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: Adults £6, Children Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.loweswatershow.com

The Seals – Summer Sundays, The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

The Seals Sept 2018

Summer Sundays are free events hosted by the Brewery Arts Centre. Enjoy an afternoon of free live music this September from the Seals, a Cumbrian five piece guitar band who have been performing live together for over 12 years. The band cover a range of songs from six decades of rock and pop music and produce a lively and energetic show suitable for all ages.

Roman Fort Guided Tour, The Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport

Roman Fort Guided Tour Sept 2018

The small coastal town of Maryport was once an important Roman fortification and part of the defences against the northern frontier. Today, the ruins of the fort lie adjacent to the Senhouse Roman Musuem, a treasure trove of Roman artefacts mostly recovered from the fort.

The site is now a working farm and not normally open to public access, however, the museum runs guided tours each Sunday. The tours take around 45 minutes and are included in the museum’s entry fee. Dogs, apart from assistance dogs, are not permitted on the site.

  • Date: Every Sunday in September
  • Time: Tours start at 2pm and 3.30pm
  • Cost: Adults £4, Children 5-15 £1.50 (includes entry into the museum)
  • Tickets / More Information: www.senhousemuseum.co.uk/whats_on

Wine Dinner With Irene Gori, Forest Side Hotel & Restaurant , Grasmere

Wine Dinner With Irene Gori Sept 2018

If dining at a Michelin starred restaurant isn’t enough, then this September you can combine the experience with an exclusive wine tasting evening with Irene Gori of the Vignamaggio estate. Vignamaggio, in Tuscany, Italy, has earned legendary status for its Chianti Classico red wines, and wines have been produced on the estate for more than 600 years.

On the evening of the 5th September, Irene Gori will host a six-course dinner created by chef Kevin Tickle, and will introduce diners to a range of wines from the estate. Advanced booking is essential.

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 5 & 6

The OVO Energy Tour Of Britain Stage 5 & 6

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is the biggest cycling event on the British calendar, attracting some of the most talented cyclists in the world. This year both Tour de France champion, Geraint Thomas, and Giro d’Italia winner, Chris Froome, will be amongst the competitors and Cumbria is hosting two of the stages. Stage Five takes place on Thursday, 6th September and will begin in Cockermouth. From there, the cyclists will undertake an uphill time trial, ending at Whinlatter.

Stage Six takes place on Friday, 7th September, and this time will begin at Barrow-In-Furness. This gruelling 168km stage will take the cyclists through Ulverston, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cockermouth, and Workington, before returning to Whinlatter once more. You can find the full details of where, when, and how you can see the cyclists in action on the Tour of Britain website.

  • Date: Thursday, 6th & Friday, 7th September, 2018
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.tourofbritain.co.uk

Lakes Alive, Kendal

Lakes Alive Sept 2018

Lakes Alive is a huge, free, family friendly festival that takes place in and around Kendal. The festival is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage, landscapes, and people of Cumbria. A public spectacle, the festival features extraordinary and vibrant performances, installations, workshops, parades, and more.

Highlights include Chorus, a giant installation of sculptures and spinning sound machines, Halo, which uses the movement of visitors to create changing patterns of light, and Wolves, a digital wolf hunt that takes place in the wider South Lakes area. The festival is launched by a “Jacob’s Join”, a traditional Cumbrian potluck meal where participants are invited to bring food to share with others, accompanied by music and dancing.

  • Date: Friday, 7th to Sunday, 9th September, 2018
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.lakesalive.co.uk

Holker Chilli Fest, Holker Hall, Near Grange-Over-Sands

Holker Chilli Fest Sept 2018

The annual Holker Chilli Fest returns this September setting taste buds alight with a fabulous selection of specialist chilli companies from around the world. There will be entertainment from live bands and cookery demonstrations, as well as a selection of trade stalls selling chilli based products. Chilli expert and stuntman, Tony Ainsworth, best known as Darth Naga, will be attending and presiding over a chilli eating contest.

Ceilidh With Mazurka, Threlkeld Village Hall, Near Keswick

Ceilidh With Mazurka, Threlkeld Village Hall Sept 2018

If you have never been to a ceilidh, then this September is the perfect time to experience this fun dance event. A ceilidh gets everyone dancing together, either as couples or in a large group, with a caller to teach you all the steps, meaning that no experience is necessary.

This month, Threlkeld Village Hall are once again hosting popular folk band Mazurka, who will provide all the music for the dancing, playing folk music from a variety of influences including Eastern European. Even if you prefer to stay out of the dancing, the music is guaranteed to provide a fun and entertaining evening. A licensed bar will be in operation.

  • Date: Friday, 7th September, 2018
  • Time: Doors open at 7.15pm; Dancing commences at 8pm
  • Cost: Adults £10, Under 18s £5
  • Tickets / More Information: www.threlkeldvillagehall.org/whats-on

Family Fun Day at Jennings Brewery, Cockermouth

Family Fun Day at Jennings Brewery Sept 2018

This year Cockermouth brewery, Jennings, are celebrating 190 years of brewing history. On the 8th September, the brewery is hosting a special family fun day to help celebrate, and entry is free! Children will be entertained with face-painting, bouncy castles, local party entertainers, Imagination Parties, and demonstrations by wacky science enthusiast, Professor Pumpernickel. There will be free brewery tours, live music, a BBQ, a Prosecco bar, family games, a raffle, and a prize for the first 190 people who come through the door.

Heritage Open Days, Various Venues Across Cumbria

Heritage Open Days Sept 2018

Heritage Open Days relies on 40,000 volunteers each September to host 5,000 events across the country to celebrate Britain’s heritage and culture. Places that are normally closed to the public or charge an entrance fee are opened up for free, giving visitors a chance to explore their local history in a way that is not normally accessible.

In Cumbria, there are a plethora of events taking place, in churches, museums, and country houses around the county. Highlights include a behind the scenes tour of the Steam Yacht Gondola at Coniston Water, free entry to National Trust property Allan Bank, a tour of the private chapel of the Stricklands of Sizergh at Sizergh Castle, and a heritage guided walking tour of Keswick. You can find the full list of events taking place in Cumbria by visiting the Heritage Open Days website and searching by county.

  • Date: Thursday, 6th to Sunday, 9th & Friday, 13th to Sunday, 16th September, 2018
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.heritageopendays.org.uk

HSBC UK Lets Ride the Lakes – Family Cycling Festival, Brockhole, Windermere

HSBC UK Lets Ride The Lakes Sept 2018

This September, British Cycling, in association with HSBC UK, and the Lake District National Park Authority, are hosting a free family cycling festival at the Brockhole Visitor Centre on the shore of Lake Windermere. During the day, families will be able to ride a 2km safe route around the centre’s grounds exploring all the facilities at Brockhole. In addition, there are three guided rides that cyclists can sign up for. The Family Ride will take you on the bike boat across the lake to the western shore, then along quiet paths up to Wray Castle.

It’s around four-miles in total and suitable for everyone aged 5 and up. The Quiet Ride is a longer 12.6 mile ride suitable for adults and children aged 11 and up. It also starts with a ride on the bike boat and takes the riders to Near Sawrey and Hawkshead. For both of these rides, bikes can be provided free of charge with tag-alongs and child seats available for free for the Family Ride. The final ride is a mountain bike ride for adults only, where cyclists will cross the fells to head to Troutbeck and back. You must book your place in advance.

Quirky Workshops – Needlefelt A Hare, Greystoke Cycle Café, Near Penrith

Quirky Workshops Sept 2018

The Greystoke Cycle Café near Penrith hosts a series of quirky workshops throughout the year that enable participants to learn an unusual skill. This September, you can learn how to create your very own needlefelt hare with local artist, Annis McGowan. The final creation will be around 34cm high, and you will be able to choose how you pose your hare.

The course will cover the basics of needle felting, giving you the confidence to make your own creations at home. Other workshops taking place in September include Artisan Cheese Making, Willow Sculptures, and Raku Pottery. Advanced booking is essential and lunch is included.

  • Date: Sunday, 9th September, 2018
  • Time: 9.30am to 5pm
  • Cost: £68 in advance, plus £18 on the day for materials
  • Tickets / More Information: www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk/book.htm

Lecture By James Rebanks – Learning To Be A Sustainable Farmer, University Of Cumbria, Ambleside.

Lecture By James Rebanks Sept 2018

Five years ago James Rebanks was simply an ordinary rural shepherd in the Lake District. Then he started a Twitter account, @herdyshepherd1, posting beautiful pictures of his life as a farmer on the fells. He quickly amassed a large following and then came a bestselling book, the Shepherd’s Life, where he wrote about the farming year on the fells, interspersed with snippets from his childhood and about wider farming issues.

More recently, he worked on the successful bid for the Lake District World Heritage Status. This September, Rebanks will be talking at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside about the ethics of farming and the responsibilities that come with this vital area of work. This is a free event but you must register your interest in advance as it is expected to be over-subscribed.

  • Date: Tuesday, 11th September, 2018
  • Time: 5pm to 7pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.cumbria.ac.uk

The Westmorland County Show, Crooklands, Near Kendal

Westmorland County Show Sept 2018

Cumbria Tourism’s 2018 Event of the Year, the Westmorland Show, is taking place this September at Crooklands in south-east Cumbria. It is one of the largest shows of the season, attracting around 30,000 visitors. Expect to see competitions for cattle, sheep, goats, horses, dogs, and even alpacas.

In addition, there is plenty of family friendly entertainment, including rural crafts, a food hall, school displays, forestry displays, and much more. You will also find a great selection of trade stands here selling various crafted goods and produce, plus plenty of refreshment stands.

  • Date: Thursday, 13th September, 2018
  • Time: 8am to 5.30pm
  • Cost: Adults £18, Children 5-16 Years £3, Children Under 5 go free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.westmorlandshow.co.uk

Piano Impressions with Alistair McGowan, The Forum, Barrow-In-Furness

Piano Impressions With Alistair McGowan Sept 2018

Alistair McGowan is better known for his witty impressions of celebrities and other known figures, including David Beckham, Prince Charles, and Tony Blair, but more recently he has earned a reputation for his classical piano performances.

In his latest show that is currently touring the UK, McGowan combines the two talents to create a show of piano music and comedy performances. The show is coming to the Forum in Barrow this September.

Adventure Academy – Mountain & Expedition Skills, Wasdale Head.

Adventure Academy Sept 2018

The Adventure Academy is an amazing opportunity to get in touch with your wild side and head out on a guided expedition to the rugged fells surrounding the magnificent Wasdale Valley. This is a three-day long trip during which participants will learn a number of skills including navigation, working with ropes, camp craft, route planning, and risk assessment.

The adventure starts with an evening of navigation skills training in a hostel. On day two, you will head up into the fells, setting up a wild camp high above Wasdale, before heading back the next day. Meals and specialist equipment will be provided but participants will be expected to provide their own kit, a list for which is available on request. Advanced booking is essential.

Kendal Torchlight Carnival, Kendal

Kendal Torchlight Carnival Sept 2018

The Kendal Torchlight Carnival has been running for nearly forty years and always takes place on the Friday that follows the Westmorland County Show. On the Friday evening, there is a carnival parade through the streets of the town, with floats, bands, dance troupes and more, all by torchlight.

The theme this year is books and authors, and it’s hoped that there will be a wide range of entrants inspired by hundreds of years of literary history. The carnival is followed by a street party on the Saturday, where the town centre will host a live stage, street performances, and workshops.

  • Date: Friday, 14th & Saturday, 15th September, 2018
  • Time: Carnival starts at 7.30pm on Friday; Saturday street party from 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.kendaltorchlightcarnival.co.uk

Ulverston Lantern Festival, Ulverston

Ulverston Lantern Festival, Sept 2018

The Ulverston Lantern Festival is an annual event celebrating the town’s market charter status that was awarded in 1280 by Edward I. There is a new theme each year, and this year the theme is Under the Sea so you an expect to see a plethora of marine inspired lantern creations.

During the week leading up to the festival, there will be lantern making workshops held in the town. Workshops cost £5 for a standard lantern and £10 for a large lantern with materials and expert help provided. Various shops in the town will also stock lantern kits. This year, there will be four procession routes, all starting at different points in the town and merging together in the County Square.

Ladies of the Lakes Cycling Sportive, Ford Park, Ulverston

Ladies of the Lakes Cycling Sportive Sept 2018

Sportive Lakes have a mission to bring fun to Lake District cycling events, taking away some of the seriousness and making cycling events more accessible. The events are carefully planned with every detail covered, and participants are given cakes and tea served in china cups, making the experience that little bit more special.

The Ladies of the Lakes is one of the company’s annual events and takes place this September, starting in Ford Park, Ulverston. There are two routes from which to choose: The Short One is around 50km and of moderate difficulty. The Long One is just under 90km and includes an optional summit with a selfie. Places are limited so booking is essential.

Riddle at Casino Royale – Murder Mystery Evening, Lindeth Howe, Bowness-On-Windermere

Riddle at Casino Royale Sept 2018

This September, test out your super sleuth skills by joining a team of secret agents on a mission to uncover a Spectre agent and steal a microchip from a Russian agent. A mystery will develop before your eyes as it becomes apparent that a serious crime has been committed.

Whilst enjoying a three-course meal at the Lindeth Howe Hotel, you will interrogate suspects and piece together clues to discover the truth and ensure justice prevails. Your ticket will include your meal and you must book and pay for your place in advance.

Chris Ramsey Live, Coronation Hall, Ulverston

Chris Ramsey Live, Coronation Hall Sept 2018

Comedy star, Chris Ramsey, is coming to Coronation Hall this September. The comedian has had numerous television appearances including Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Celebrity Juice, and is the host of Stand Up Central on the Comedy Central channel.

He is bringing his “Just Happy to Get out of the House” tour to Ulverston, where he discusses life as a father of a toddler, and touches on deep topics with a poignant but hilarious style.

  • Date: Wednesday, 19th September, 2018
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Cost: £20 per person
  • Tickets / More Information: www.corohall.co.uk/1463-2

Autumn Whisky Festival, The Lakes Distillery, Basenthwaite.

Autumn Whisky Festival, The Lakes Distillery Sept 2018

The Lakes Distillery at Bassenthwaite near Keswick is hosting a one day whisky festival this September. There will be live music in the courtyard and special tastings with the distillery tours. There will be an alpaca parade from Alpacaly Ever After, and special whisky cocktails available in the bistro. Entry is free, but tours are charged separately.

Needle Felting: Make A Ruskin Kingfisher, Coniston

Needle Felting Sept 2018

Local artist, Hanne Crank, will be leading this workshop during which participants will create a beautiful and vibrant needle felted kingfisher, using John Ruskin’s famous picture “Study of a Kingfisher” as inspiration. The workshop will cover the basic techniques of needle felting, so you will be able to take this skill further at home should you wish.

On the day, all materials and tools will be provided, along with lunch, refreshments, and sweet treats. The event is being hosted by Swallows & Artisans who provide specialist creative workshops at Lane Head in Coniston. Advanced booking is required.

Taste Cumbria, Cockermouth

Taste Cumbria, Cockermouth, Sept 2018

The biggest food festival in Cumbria, the Taste Cumbria Cockermouth festival returns to the streets of this historic town once more this September and is expected to attract around 40,000 visitors during the two-day event. The town’s Main Street will be taken over by around 80 different stalls selling a huge variety of produce and goods from around the county.

This year, a special pop-up restaurant will be set up in Wordsworth House, serving food prepared by Michelin starred chef, Kevin Tickle of Forest Side. Jennings Brewery will be hosting a beer festival and there will be a secret gin garden, a Prosecco picnic, plus chef demonstrations and masterclasses. The event will kick off on the Friday evening with a comedy night at the Kirkgate Centre.

Yoga & Hiking Retreat, Near Penrith

Yoga & Hiking Retreat Sept 2018

Adventure company, Into the Outside, and yoga tutor, Anna Hill, have teamed up to create this very special retreat. Suitable for beginners and those with experience, the four-day retreat will take place in a woodland camp with shepherds huts and cabins for sleeping in.

Yoga sessions will take place outside wherever possible, though there is a marquee should the weather require it. There will be guided fell walks that will also include yoga sessions at the summit if the weather is favourable. All food and accommodation will be provided.

  • Date: Friday, 28th September to Monday, 1st October, 2018
  • Time: 2pm Friday until 2pm Monday
  • Cost: £300 to £400 (depending on accommodation chosen)
  • Tickets / More Information: www.facebook.com/events/495400437591592

Cumbria Pride, Carlisle

Cumbria Pride Sept 2018

Celebrating diversity, this year’s Cumbria Pride will include both a march, as well as a live music stage. Acts that will be performing on the stage at the Brampton Road campus of the University of Cumbria include glam rock legends, Dr & The Medics, Scottish recording artist and LGBTQ Music Award 2016 winner, Allan Jay, and Carlisle Walkabout resident, DJ Marc Allan. The march will start at 11am from outside the Carlisle Civic Centre, and there will also be fairground rides and information stands from local charities.

  • Date: Saturday, 29th September, 2018
  • Time: 11am for the march; Entertainment starts at 12.30pm
  • Cost: Free, but donations will be requested on the day
  • Tickets / More Information: www.cumbriapride.org

The Eskdale Show, Eskdale

The Eskdale Show Sept 2018

Over in Eskdale, it’s a pretty special September, since it’s the 150th Eskdale Show. Originally established to promote and improve the Herdwick breed, today, the show is very much a community affair with fun for the whole family. There are judging competitions for sheep, working dogs, and poultry, plus displays of vintage vehicles and machinery, traditional crafts, fell races, wrestling, children’s sports, and various trade stands.

  • Date: Saturday, 29th September, 2018
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £4, Children Free
  • Tickets / More Information: www.eskdaleshow.co.uk