September is the month of the autumnal equinox – on Wednesday the 22nd to be precise – and the leaves begin to change and fall with a newfound crisp in the air. The Lake District is a truly magical place to visit in the autumn, but on top of all of that, there are also some wonderful events taking place.

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Cumbria Opera Festival

Cumbria Opera Festival September 2021

The Cumbria Opera Group are hosting the Cumbria Opera Festival from the 4th to the 11th this September. The event includes a week worth of operas, recitals, and workshops across Cumbria in Ambleside, Appleby, Carlisle, Grange-over-Sands, Kendal & Penrith. Check out the line-up on the festival website.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust – September Conservation Events & More

Cumbria Wildlife Trust September 2021

The Cumbria Wildlife Trust put on some great events throughout the year with September's events including a wellness walk, conservation days where you can help plant trees or help pick up rubbish along the beach, a family fun day at Foulshaw Moss, a night time wildlife adventure where you can learn about nocturnal creatures, a creative writing workshop, and plenty of other fun days out for those who love nature and conservation. Check out everything that's going on September here.

Holker Chilli Fest

Holker Chilli Fest

Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of September sees the return of the famous Holker Chilli Fest – a two day festival that celebrates all things chillies. The festival entails stalls from chilli specialists but also caters to those who simply can't handle the heat. The event takes place in Holker Gardens from 10.30am to 5pm and entry is £5 per person with children under 16 able to attend for free. Dogs on leads are also welcome to attend. You can check out the details on the Holker Hall & Gardens website.

Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener (Autumn Colour)

Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener

Also taking place at Holker Hall & Gardens this September is a Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener, featuring the spectacular autumnal colours this time of year. Head Gardener, Glyn Sherratt, will give you the tour, which will be followed by an afternoon tea. You can check out more details and order tickets on the Holker Hall website.

Kendal Torchlight Carnival

Kendal Torchlight Carnival

The Kendal Torchlight carnival is taking place at the end of September on the 24th through to the 26th. The aim of the festival is to promote Kendal and it's surrounding areas for both the locals and visitors coming to the Lake District. On the Friday night, the torchlight procession will be run slightly differently with four different processions leaving from different parts of Kendal, which will come together in the centre of Kendal for the ceremonial opening of the Garden of Delights – Lantern Garden in Abbot Hall Park. On the Saturday and Sunday, there will be a street party, which includes vendors, creative workshops, live music and street theatre performances. Find out more about what's happening on the official website.

Taste Cumbria: Cockermouth Food Festival

Taste Cumbria Cockermouth

It's back! This September, on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th, Taste Cumbria presents the Cockermouth Food Festival. Think delicious food ready to eat there and then from local Lake District vendors, makeshift bars, music, fairground rides, activities for kids, cocktail masterclasses and more. Check out the line-up here.

Hutton-in-the-Forest: Classic Cars in the Park

Hutton-in-the-Forest Classic Cars in the Park

Hutton-in-the-Forest is showing off some classic cars on their land on Sunday the 12th of September this year. So, for all you car enthusiasts, head on over to admire some of the fine craftsmanship from 10am to 4pm. For further information or queries, check out Hutton-in-the-Forest's official site.

Cowshed Creative – September Courses

Cowshed Creative September 2021

For those of you into your art projects, the Cowshed Creative may be of interest. This September, the arts and crafts centre is hosting events, such as Raku pottery making, creating mosaics, making colourful aluminium jewellery, as well as clay jewellery, turning drapes into dungarees, and a silver clay jewellery course. The classes are vary from £150 to £70 for a day or two-days and includes lunch. You can check out what's on and book a place here.

Quirky Workshops – September Courses

Quirky Workshops September Courses

Quirky Workshops is another one for the craft obsessed in your family. An example of some of the courses taking place in September include: Letter & Stone Carving, Willow Sculptures, New Needle Felt a Hare and more! Check out everything that is on offer and book your course here.

The Lake Artists Society Annual Exhibition – Rheged Centre

The Lake Artists Society Annual Exhibition

The Rheged Centre is host to the Lake Artists Society Annual Exhibition, taking place from the 18th of September and well into November. This year's show features 300 of Cumbria's finest artists, depicting Cumbria life and landscapes. Tickets are free, but you may want to secure a time and date online just to be safe. Check it out on the Rheged website.

Wordsworth Museum Poetry Events

Wordsworth Museum Poetry Events

The Wordsworth Museum is famous for hosting poetry nights – for both kids and adults – often in Wordsworth's former home, Dove Cottage. What better way to learn poetry, eh! In addition, they are known for their Little Wanderers series where you and your children get to go for a nature walk and discover where Wordsworth found his inspiration, all the while using your imagination and crafting your own masterpiece. Check out all the events on the Wordsworth Museum website.

Brewery Arts: Cinema, Comedy & Exhibition

Brewery Arts: Cinema, Comedy & Exhibition

The Brewery Arts Centre has loads of great films on at the moment, including Jungle Cruise, Peter Rabbit 2, Free Guy and plenty of others. There are also a couple of comedians performing, including Tom Stade and Rob Newman, as well an exhibition taking a look into the lives of local Cumbrians at home. You can check out everything that's on for September and pre-book tickets online.