September marks the end of summer and the beginning of the autumn season here in the Lake District. It’s the time of year when we bid farewell to long drawn out evenings and witness the landscape gradually adopt new shades of yellow, orange, and gold.

As children return to school the peak tourist season comes to an end, and those who are not confined to school holiday dates are drawn to the area, seeking solitude in the fells and valleys and making the most of the final gasps of the warmer weather. Although September is seen as a quieter period, it’s still a popular time for large events, with plenty taking place this month.

Loweswater Show, New House Farm, Near Loweswater

Loweswater Show Sept 2019

September begins with the 143rd annual Loweswater Show. This is very much a traditional Lake District agricultural show with all the usual livestock judging competitions, set in the beautiful Lorton valley near Loweswater.

In addition to the livestock classes, you can expect to see hound trailing, Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling, carriage driving, Morris dancing, and fell races. There will also be numerous trade, craft, and food stands, plus a fantastic beer tent selling locally brewed ale. It’s a great day out for the whole family.

  • Date: Sunday, 1st September, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £7, Children Under 13 Years Free
  • Tickets / More information: loweswatershow.com

September at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-On-Windermere

September 2019 at the Old Laundry Theatre

The summer’s run of popular family friendly musical Where Is Peter Rabbit? at the Old Laundry Theatre draws to a close at the start of this month, and the focus of the theatre returns to more mature audiences with a selection of thought-provoking and thrilling plays. On the 13th of September, the theatre will host award winning company Box Tale Soup who will present their Edinburgh Fringe 2018 sell out show, The Turn of the Screw. This is a unique adaptation of Henry James’ classic tale told through puppetry and music.

On Wednesday 18th September, Malcolm Rennie will perform as Harry McNish in Shackleton’s Carpenter. This monologue depicts the only man who challenged British explorer, Ernest Shackleto,n when his ship sank in Antarctica and was later denied the Polar Medal, despite having played a crucial role in the survival of the ship’s crew.

For something a little more light-hearted, Pamela’s Palace on the 20th of September is a hilarious depiction of colourful characters working in a beauty salon, whilst on the 21st of September, the audience is invited to explore issues around identity in Orlando, a satirical play based on the 1928 book by Virginia Woolf.

For full details of all shows and to purchase tickets visit: oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk.

September at the Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

September 2019 at the Theatre by the Lake

There are a handful of new events being hosted by the Theatre by the Lake this month, starting on the 1st of September when explorer and filmmaker, Reza Pakravan, will deliver a talk about the Sahelian belt at the southern edge of the Sahara desert, where unique work is taking place to combat climate change.

On the 8th of September, The Rock of Ages Experience will see a six piece band perform some of the greatest rock songs of the eighties, whilst on the 15th of September, 60s band, The Manfreds, will be performing live on stage.

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour makes a stop at the theatre on the 22nd of September with a screening of a collection of short films, celebrating the worlds oceans. The month ends with a performance by the European Union Chamber Orchestra on the 29th September.

These events are running alongside the theatre’s main season performances that features a collection of shows to suit a variety of tastes, including The Ladykillers and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. For full details and to book tickets, visit theatrebythelake.com.

September Events at Whinlatter Forest, Near Keswick

September 2019 at Whinlatter Forest

There are several events taking place at Whinlatter, England’s only mountain forest, this month, including:

  • Go Batty – Friday, 6th September at 7.15pm: An evening event with local bat experts where you will be able to learn more about these nocturnal creatures and try and seek them out amongst the trees. £3 per person. Booking required.
  • Family Forest DaySaturday, 7th September at 10.30am: A fun day in the woods for families with children over 6, with den building, blindfold trails, forest walks, fire pit with marshmallows and more. £10 per child, £5 per adult. Booking required.
  • Wild Women DaysFriday, 20th September at 10am: A chance for women aged 16 and over to get together to discover traditional living skills, foraging, and learn traditional fire lighting. £40 per person. Booking required.
  • Wellbeing in the WoodsSaturday, 21st September at 10am: A chance to embrace the natural surroundings of the forest and discover the sense of well-being that comes from being connected to the natural world. £25 per person. Booking required.
  • Walking for HealthWednesday, 25th September at 10.30am: A guided stroll through the woods aimed at those who are least active. Free.

For full details of all these events, visit forestryengland.uk.

September at The Rheged Centre, Penrith

September 2019 at the Rheged Centre

It’s an exciting month at the Rheged Centre this September as they launch their first ever Food & Drink Show, celebrating the rich food heritage that Cumbria has. The event, taking place on the 14th and 15th of September, will be attended by a range of producers who will be selling their goods and offering tastings. Tickets cost £5 and includes entry to a number of talks and demonstrations.

Other events taking place at the centre this month include a vintage fair on the 8th of September, a talk by restaurant critic and MasterChef judge, Jay Rayner, on the 14th of September, and the Over 50s Lifestyle Show on the 21st of September. A new exhibition also launches at the centre this month. The Westmorland Landscape Prize features artwork from 71 artists across the UK, exploring our relationship with the landscape. For full details on all events, visit rheged.com.

Glass Blowing Bauble Experience, Cumbria Crystal, Ulverston

September 2019 Glass Blowing Bauble Experience

Cumbria Crystal is the only remaining producer of hand-blown and hand-cut crystal in the UK. This September, they are offering visitors a rare and unique opportunity to create their own glass bauble. Participants will first see how glass baubles are created and will then be able to choose coloured glass to decorate their bauble.

They will then use a blowing iron to fuse the coloured glass to some molten glass before blowing and shaping the bauble. Baubles can either be collected the next day once cooled, or postage can be arranged.

  • Date: Slots available from Saturday to Wednesday throughout September
  • Time: 15 minute slots available between 1.15pm and 4.15pm
  • Cost: £25 per person
  • Tickets / More information: cumbriacrystal.com

Arts and Crafts Courses at Cowshed Creative, Staveley, Near Kendal

September 2019 at the Cowshed Creative

Cowshed Creative is a small arts and crafts studio situated on a farm that also offers glamping near Staveley. This month, the studio has a delightful programme of courses open to members of the public to book onto. These include:

  • Spinner Ring1st September: Create your own sterling silver spinner ring, learning a range of jewellery techniques. 
  • Photographing the Natural World6th September: Learn new techniques to create beautiful photographic images of nature.
  • Harvest Festival Wheatsheaf7th September: Create a traditional salt dough wheatsheaf in celebration of harvest.
  • Pastel Painting Water10th September: Learn new techniques to depict the movement of water using pastel chalks.
  • Wooden Spoon Carving14th September: Using a Swedish carving tradition, create beautiful decorative spoons out of wood.
  • Mosaic in a Day15th September: Create a colour mosaic plaque to brighten up your home.
  • Sterling Silver Jewellery21st September: Create a unique item of jewellery inspired by the natural world.
  • From Sketch to Stitch23rd September: Transform sketches of the landscape into embroidered art.
  • Paper Cut and Collage 3D Light Boxes28th September: Create a beautiful light box depicting an intricate scene.

Courses are one day in length and cost between £65 and £70, with lunch included. To book visit farmpods.co.uk/cowshed-creative.

The Krankenhaus Festival, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

September 2019 at the Krankenhaus Festival

British Sea Power are an acclaimed indie rock band who are famous for their unusual concert locations. This September, the band are taking over the Muncaster estate with their very own music festival. The Krankenhaus Festival will be headlined by British Sea Power but will also feature a plethora of musicians, speakers, and performers, including Stephen Morris of Joy Division and New Order, snooker player come radio presenter, Steve Davis, and UK Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage.

Music performances will take place in a barn, whilst talks and literary performances will take place within Muncaster Castle. Festival-goers will also get full access into the castle, gardens, and Hawk and Owl Centre, with free camping included (an overnight parking charge applies). Food and drink will be available to purchase throughout the event.

  • Date: Friday, 6th through Sunday, 8th September, 2019
  • Time: From 6pm Friday
  • Cost: Weekend Tickets – Adults £125, Teenagers 12-16 years £65, Children 6-11 years £25; Car Parking £15
  • Tickets / More information: krankenhausfestival.com

Lakes Alive, Kendal

September 2019 Lakes Alive Arts Festival

Lakes Alive is a free, annual, contemporary arts festival that aims to champion the rich landscape of the Lake District. Art installations will be erected across Kendal and the southern Lake District with free access to members of the public. The event will start on the Friday evening with a traditional Jacob’s Join – a supper where everyone brings a dish to share in the Abbott Hall Park. Highlights of the festival include:

  • Colony – An installation that transforms a park into a sonar landscape with large sonic sculptures.
  • VR Playground – Using a virtual reality headset and a swing, participants will be able to navigate through a series of colourful geometric virtual reality worlds.
  • Ferguson’s Gang – Satirical street theatre performances inspired by women in 1930s who campaigned for social reform.
  • Hart – An illuminated giant sculpture of a White Stag or Hart, created entirely from recycled plastic, to highlight the threat of plastic pollution.
  • We Are Stardust – A story telling session from renowned story teller, Ian Douglas.

There will also be theatrical performances, guided walks, film screenings, and much more. The festival runs from Friday, 6th September until Sunday, 8th September. For a full listing of all the events, visit lakesalive.co.uk

Stargazing at Grizedale Forest

September 2019 Stargazing in Grizedale Forest

Located in the heart of the Lake District and a fair distance from large urban centres, Grizedale Forest is an ideal location to attempt some stargazing. This September, local astronomer, Robert Ince, is offering visitors to the forest a chance to learn more about the constellations in the Milky Way that are visible from the UK, using a selection of telescopes and binoculars. Ince will also teach participants how to locate objects of interest in the sky and will attempt to answer any questions about space you may have. Booking is essential and warm clothing will be required.

  • Date: Friday 6th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September, 2019
  • Time: TBC
  • Cost: Adults £15, Children 8-15 Years £7.50
  • Tickets / More information: forestryengland.uk

Ladies of the Lake – Women Only Sportive, Ulverston

September 2019 Ladies of the Lake cycling event

What started as a women only cycling event has now grown into a mini festival. This year’s Ladies of ohe Lake includes two cycle rides. “The Short One” is just under 50km with a climb of 690m, whilst “The Long One” is 83.5km and includes 1307m of ascent. In addition, there are series of events taking place around Ulverston to coincide with the races.

These include a family fun day on the Sunday, women’s skills workshops, and a film evening with a question and answer session. Full details of the festival will be announced closer to the event, whilst registration for the cycle races is now open.

  • Date: Friday 6th through Sunday 8th September, 2019 (rides take place on Sunday)
  • Time: TBC
  • Cost: 83km race £34, 50km race £32, accompanied children 10-15 years 50km race £16; Prices for other activities TBD
  • Tickets / More information: sportivelakes.co.uk

Ardal O’Hanlon – The Showing Off Must Go On Preview Show, Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

Ardal O'Hanlon September 2019

Ahead of his national tour in the Autumn, Irish comedian, Ardal O’Hanlon, is testing the waters for his new show with a series of preview shows this month, including this one in Whitehaven. Preview shows allow comedians to test out new material to see how audiences respond, and consequently, tickets tend to be lower in price. The former Father Ted star will be exploring the tricky world of identity politics and culture wars, wading in on a host of topics that are sure to raise an eyebrow or two.

  • Date: Friday, 6th September, 2019
  • Time: 8pm
  • Cost: £15
  • Tickets / More information: rosehilltheatre.co.uk

Lowick Show, Lowick, Near Coniston Water

September 2019 Lowick Show

On the southern edge of the Lake District, in the Crake Valley that lies a few miles south of the southern top of Coniston Water, the Lowick Show is a small and friendly country fair that celebrates all things agricultural. The show has a long history, having first started over 150 years ago, and it remains a traditional event, with livestock judging being the main focus.

During the event, there will be displays of various livestock, horse displays, local crafts, trade stands, pet competitions, and as ever, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. There is plenty to keep children entertained and the show will include a licensed bar.

  • Date: Saturday, 7th September, 2019
  • Time: 8.30am – 6pm
  • Cost: TBC
  • Tickets / More information: lowickshow.com

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

September 2019 Holker Chilli Festival

Holker Hall hosts a chilli festival each year in September. It’s a two day event that sees chilli companies from around the world in attendance, showcasing their fiery cuisine and gifts. Along with the producers’ market, the festival features entertainment, cookery demonstrations, and a chilli eating competition for those who are feeling brave. There will be plenty of hot food available to eat on the day, including Thai, Indian, and Jamaican cuisine.

  • Date: Saturday, 7th & Sunday 8th September, 2019
  • Time: 10.30am – 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £6.50, Children Free
  • Tickets / More information: holker.co.uk

Intermediate Navigation With More Than Mountains, Keswick & Coniston

September 2019 Intermediate Navigation Course with More than Mountains

More Than Mountains offer tours and outdoor activity courses around Keswick and Coniston. This September, they are offering two opportunities for individuals to hone their navigation skills. These courses are ideal for those who have some basic map reading skills but are looking to develop their ability to use a compass and to navigate off the beaten track.

During the course, you will learn a host of navigation skills, such as taking a compass bearing, understanding contours, and how to relocate yourself when lost. The courses have a maximum of four participants to ensure a good level of tuition for everyone, and advanced booking is essential.

  • Date: Keswick 7th & 8th | Coniston – 28th & 29th September, 2019
  • Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Cost: £100
  • Tickets / More information: morethanmountains.co.uk

Heritage Open Days 2019, Various Locations

September 2019 Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is a national festival of history and culture where 2,000 organisations across the country open their doors and put on special events for free in Cumbria, including many places that are not normally open to the public will be open for guided tours and other events. This year’s festival will take place over ten days, allowing more opportunities for visitors to seek out some of the wonderful heritage the county has to offer.

Throughout the ten day event, the National Trust are hosting various guided walks that will explore the history of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the national park. In addition, there are a host of other events taking place, with highlights that include guided tours of the private residence Cockermouth Castle, free entry to the Keswick Museum for one weekend, and an opportunity to hear a 1927 Wurlitzer Organ (the only working one of its kind in Europe), whilst enjoying a behind the scenes tour of the 1920s silent movie Royalty Cinema. The festival runs from the 13th to the 22nd September and for full details of everything that is happening in the Lake District visit heritageopendays.org.uk.

The Westmorland County Show, Crooklands, Near Kendal

Westmorland County Show September 2019

The annual Westmorland County Show returns to Crooklands near Kendal this September, celebrating Cumbria’s rich agricultural heritage. As one of the biggest agricultural shows in the county, it’s set to be a fantastic day, with something to keep everyone amused. Livestock play a major part in the show, with judging classes for cattle, sheep, pigs, alpacas, and more.

There are equine displays with show jumping and heavy horses, as well as hands on activities, traditional crafts, and a fantastic food market with local artisan producers selling their wares. The show takes place during term time, but for younger children, there is the option of dropping them off at the show’s creche, and of course, no Cumbrian agricultural show would be complete without the quirky display of Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.

  • Date: Thursday, 12th September, 2019
  • Time: 8am – 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £19, Concession (65+ & Students) £17, Child 5-15 years £3; Discounts are available for advanced online purchase
  • Tickets / More information: westmorlandshow.co.uk

Ulverston Lantern Festival, Ford Park, Ulverston

September 2019 Ulverston Lantern Festival

Ulverston’s spectacular Lantern Festival returns to the town this month, and this year, the theme is “Fantastical Beasts”. This is an event where the whole community comes out to parade through the town with giant, crafted lanterns lighting up the streets. Four different processions will gather at locations across the town and march through the streets before merging into one at the County Square and then heading to Ford Park for the finale.

If you want to take part but are not sure how to make a lantern, then the organisers are helpfully putting on a series of workshops in the days leading up to the parade. In addition, several businesses in the town will be selling lantern kits for £5 so you can make a lantern at home.

  • Date: Saturday, 14th September, 2019
  • Time: Assemble from 7.15pm, parade starts at 7.50pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More information: ulverstonlanternfestival.org

The Lakes Distillery Gin Masterclass, The Trout Hotel, Cockermouth

September 2019 Lakes Distillery Gin Masterclass

Sister company to the Lakes Distillery, The Trout Hotel in Cockermouth is hosting a gin masterclass this September, where participants can taste five different gins created by the distillery and learn more about how the products are created. Nibbles will also be provided during this event and spaces are limited so advanced booking is essential.

Lakes Cakes Fest, The Factory Tap, Kendal

September 2019 Lakes Cakes Fest

We love cake here in the Lake District. In fact, we love it so much we have an entire festival devoted to it! The Lakes Cakes Fest takes place this month at the Factory Tap in Kendal. Local businesses and suppliers will be attending, showcasing their delicious goods and there will be demonstrations from cake experts where visitors will be able to learn some simple but stunning cake decorating techniques.

Roots Refill Pantry will also be attending, giving visitors the chance to fill their own containers with cake ingredients, eliminating the need for plastic packaging. There are also activities to keep children entertained.

  • Date: Sunday, 15th September, 2019
  • Time: 10.30am – 4pm
  • Cost: Adults £5, Children Free
  • Tickets / More information: lakescakesfest.co.uk

Borrowdale Shepherds Meet, Rosthwaite

September 2019 Borrowdale Shepherds Meet

The Borrowdale Shepherds Meet is the most prestigious show as far as Herdwick sheep farmers are concerned. The focus is very much on this hardy upland breed of sheep and farmers compete against one another with their prize stock for various awards. This isn’t a large scale show like you might find elsewhere in the national park, but it is an opportunity to learn more about Cumbrian farming practices and experience a more traditional style of Lake District show.

Along with the livestock judging, there will be clipping demonstrations, sheepdog trials, and a shepherd’s crook competition. The show also includes the Dale Head fell race, a gruelling five-mile race up to the summit of Dale Head fell, and an arts exhibition featuring local artists in the nearby Borrowdale Institute.

  • Date: Sunday, 15th September, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: TBC
  • Tickets / More information: borrowdaleshow.org.uk

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors & Awful Egyptians, The Sands Centre, Carlisle

September 2019 Horrible Histories

Two fantastic shows are coming to Carlisle this September from the Horrible Histories Team Using fantastic 3D effects these shows will bring history to life in a thrilling, yet perhaps gruesome manner that will delight children and adults alike.

Terrible Tudors explores the reign of the Tudor family, including the terrible fate of Henry VIII’s wives, whilst Awful Egyptians focuses on the foul habits of the Egyptians and their fascination with the afterlife. Which show will you choose?

  • Date: Thursday, 19th – Sunday, 22nd September, 2019
  • Time: Morning, matinee, and evening performances available on some dates
  • Cost: Adults £16.50-£18.50, Children under 14 £12.50-£13.50
  • Tickets / More information: thesandscentre.co.uk

Egremont Crab Fair, Egremont

Egremont Crab Fair September 2019

Perhaps the most unique traditional fair in the country, the Egremont Crab Fair takes over the West Cumbrian town every September and the highlight is the extraordinary World Gurning Championship. The competition sees men and women of all ages competing against each other in an attempt to pull the most ridiculous looking face possible.

The two-day event begins on the Friday evening with a free concert. During the day on the Saturday, there will be a large market, dog, horse, and ferret shows, fairground rides, and the tradition of crab apple throwing from which the festival gets its name. There will also be a sports field with running and cycling events, as well as a vintage vehicle display. The gurning championship takes place on the Saturday evening.

  • Date: Friday, 20th & Saturday, 21st September, 2019
  • Time: Friday concert begins 4pm, Market opens 10am, Apple cart spectacle begins 12.30, Gurning championship begins 6pm
  • Cost: Free entry to all except the sports field where a small charge applies
  • Tickets / More information: egremontcrabfair.com

Scafell Pike Sunset Walk, Wasdale

September 2019 Scafell Pike Sunset Walk

Fancy seeing England’s highest mountain in a different light? Mountain Adventure are an outdoor activity company and this month they are offering walking enthusiasts the opportunity to experience sunset at the summit of Scafell Pike.

Led by an experienced mountain leader, you will leave Wasdale Head around three hours before sunset and take a fairly leisurely walk to the summit. Once at the top, you will be able to enjoy some Champagne whilst watching the sun set over the Cumbrian coast. You will then return to Wasdale Head by torchlight with the opportunity to enjoy a pint in the Wasdale Head Inn. A photographer will accompany you on the walk to take professional pictures of the experience. Advanced booking is essential.

Discover Langdale Guided Walk, Mountain Walks, Elterwater

September 2019 Discover Langdale Guided Walk

An ideal experience for those looking to explore the landscapes of Langdale without strenuous and overly steep walking, this guided walk from outdoor activity company Mountain Walks will cover many of Langdale’s gems. Starting in Elterwater, the 12-mile, low level walk will take in various points of interest including Blea Tarn, Slater’s Bridge, Cathedral Cave, Colwith Force, and will include spectacular views of some of Langdale’s most iconic fells, including the Langdale Pikes.

The walk will be taken at a relaxed pace so is suitable for most fitness levels, though you can expect to complete around eight hours of walking over rough paths. The walk will be led by an experienced mountain leader and there will be plenty of time for photographs.

  • Date: Saturday, 21st September, 2019
  • Time: Depart Elterwater 9am
  • Cost: £29
  • Tickets / More information: mountain-walks.co.uk

Born Survivor, Lowther Castle, Near Penrith

September 2019 Born Survivor at Lowther Castle

Have you got what it takes to take on the ultimate obstacle course? Born Survivor is the brainchild of an ex Royal Marines Commando and it’s designed to test participants to the limit. The event consists of a 12km obstacle course over the rugged terrain of the Lowther estate. Expect to encounter climbing nets, tunnels, scaling walls, cold water obstacles and more mud than you can possibly imagine.

Join as an individual or a team. The event is perfect for fundraising, team building, or for an exhilarating party, whatever the occasion. Participants will be rewarded with a medal and free photos of themselves during the event. Food and drink will be available to purchase after the event and spectators can enjoy free entry to the challenge area in the estate, where on the day, there will be an inflatable obstacle course for children

  • Date: Saturday, 21st September, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 5pm (11 waves of participants will be launched between 10am and 1.30pm)
  • Cost: £80 per person
  • Tickets / More information: racespace.com

Borderlines Book Festival, Various Locations Across Carlisle

September 2019 Borderlines Book Festival in Carlisle

Set to be bigger than ever, the Borderlines Book Festival returns to Carlisle city centre this month with a fantastic range of events that celebrate the written word. This year’s events will take place in Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle Library, Cakes and Ale Café, Tullie House Museum, the Tithe Barn, and Stanwix Arts Theatre. A host of authors, poets, and other famous faces will be in attendance, offering talks on a range of topics, including BBC Breakfast presenter, Louise Minchin, politician, Tim Farron, journalist, Lauren Sharkey, crime fiction author, Ann Cleeves, and acclaimed author, Joanne Harris.

There will be talks on mental health, forensic science, politics, climate change, history, and even a talk on life as a shepherdess from Amanda Owen, AKA the Yorkshire Shepherdess. In addition to the guest speakers, the festival will include writing workshops, comedy nights, theatre, open mic nights, and a poetry breakfast. The festival runs from 26th September until the 8th October and events have individual tickets. To see the full programme and to purchase tickets, visit borderlinescarlisle.co.uk.

Kendal Torchlight Carnival, Kendal

September 2019 Kendal Torchlight Festival

Kendal Torchlight Carnival is an annual event that aims to bring the entire community together in celebration. This large carnival features over 100 floats, dance troupes, and bands, with local businesses, schools, charities, and clubs all joining in with the fun. The carnival procession takes place on Friday 27th September in the evening, and it will set off from Kirbie Kendal School and follow a route around the town centre to the leisure centre.

On Saturday 28th September, there is a street party taking over the town centre, with live music and dance performances across two stages from 10am right through until the early evening. Along with the live music, a number of venues in the town will be hosting workshops on the Saturday, where participants can get creative by designing their own carnival headdress, build a castle, and lots more! In addition, there will be a vintage market on Kendal’s Main Street throughout the day.

  • Date: Friday, 27th & Saturday, 28th September, 2019
  • Time: Friday procession starts 7.30pm, Saturday street party, market, and workshops from 10am
  • Cost: Free (charges may apply for some workshops)
  • Tickets / More information: kendaltorchlightcarnival.co.uk

Cumbria Pride, Carlisle

September 2019 Cumbria Pride

At the end of this month, a huge party will be taking over the streets of Carlisle, as Cumbria Pride gets underway. This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the Cumbria Pride charity, an organisation set up to promote equality for Cumbria’s LGBT community. To celebrate, it’s hoped that this year’s Pride festival will be bigger than ever.

There will be a parade around the city centre starting at the Civic Centre from 11am. The festival will also be taking over the grounds of Carlisle Castle where a stage will host multiple music acts and guest speakers, including actress and LGBT activist, Heather Peace, British singer, Sonique, and former X Factor contestant, Christopher Maloney.

Green Door Arts Trail, South Lake District

September 2019 Green Door Arts Trail

Green Door are a not-for-profit arts collective who have joined together to promote art in the South Lake District and Cumbria area. Their annual art trail is a popular event that sees over 50 artists in the area open their doors to members of the public.

Visitors can explore a wide range of artwork, including painting, sketching, ceramics, photography, print-making, jewellery, textile art, and much more. The artists will be present to discuss their work and visitors will be able to explore their studios. There are numerous venues across the area, from Kendal to Ulverston and some in northern Lancashire.

Eskdale Show, Show Field Near King George IV Hotel, Eskdale

September 2019 Eskdale Show

Eskdale Show is one of the biggest social events in the Eskdale Valley in the western Lake District. It’s popular with Cumbrian sheep farmers thanks to its World Champion Herdwick Sheep competition, which is thought to be the most prestigious award for Herdwick Sheep farmers. The show features a range of livestock judging competitions, as well as local produce displays, shepherd’s crook displays, working dog displays and trails, children’s pet competitions, and fell races including categories for children.

Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling makes an appearance here, and there are numerous traders in attendance, along with vintage farm machinery displays and craft displays. There’s plenty of entertainment for children and enough food and drink to keep everyone refreshed.

  • Date: Saturday, 28th September, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: Adults £4, Children Free
  • Tickets / More information: eskdaleshow.co.uk

Dalemain Harvest Celebration, Dalemain House & Gardens, Near Penrith

September 2019 Dalemain Harvest Celebration

September is the month when the hard work of the summer has paid off and crops can be harvested in abundance. Dalemain near Penrith is particularly known for its bumper crop of apples that grow on a large collection of ancient apple trees and this year the estate has decided to celebrate this bounty with a special harvest day. Throughout the day, there will be guided tours through the orchards, talks about the fruit, and fun activities that the whole family can enjoy.

  • Date: Sunday, 29th September, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Cost: TBC
  • Tickets / More information: dalemain.com

Taste Cumbria Food Festival, Cockermouth

September 2019 Taste Cumbria Food Festival in Cockermouth

Now in its tenth year, the Taste Cumbria food festival returns to Cockermouth once more, bringing with it a plethora of artisan food producers who will be setting up shop in a market that takes over the town’s Main Street. There will be plenty of samples on offer and you can expect to see cheese, bread, cakes, chocolates, fish, and much more, including locally made gin, whisky, and beer.

 

Northbound Music Festival

This year, the festival is combining with Cockermouth’s Northbound Music Festival, which means that along with the food festival events, Cockermouth will also host a stage in the park where local bands will perform. As usual, the festival features a demonstration stage where chefs and producers will showcase their skills, and new for this year Market Place will host a “makers’ market” where you will find a range of gifts, crafts, and other goods from local artisan businesses. There will be lots of hot fresh food and drink available to buy throughout the event, and plenty of activities to keep children entertained.

 

Pop Up Restaurant

No Cockermouth Food Festival would be complete without an exclusive pop-up restaurant and this year it will be hosted by Ben Wilkinson, head chef at Cottage in the Wood at Whinlatter. If that’s not enough, the festival will also include a comedy show on the Friday evening, various masterclasses, and outdoor theatre!

It’s set to be a great weekend and perhaps the biggest one yet, marking 10 years since the devastating floods that hit Cockermouth in 2009, the event that led to the first festival taking place.