Lake District Events 2014

Published: Monday 30th Dec 2013

Written by: Natalie Barker

Anyone staying in our Lake District cottages could well be forgiven for spending their entire week walking the fells and valleys without a thought to other attractions in Cumbria. However throughout the year there are plenty of Lake District events for people with a wide variety of interests, from food to agriculture, art to sport, serious to downright silly.

For the foodies among you Cumbria has a wealth of local producers, many trading through the ‘Made in Cumbria’ initiative. In March Dalemain House nr Penrith will host ‘The Worlds Original Marmalade awards’ whilst Kendal hosts their ‘Festival of food’. April brings us ‘Damson Day’ at Low Farm in the Lyth valley. In August Levens Hall will once again be hosting ‘The Lakes Chilli festival‘ featuring some of the worlds hottest chillis, cookery demonstrations and a beer tent to try to dampen the chilli burn.The ‘Made in Cumbria‘ pavilion will be a fixture at many of our local agricultural shows and traditional sports events – offering the chance to browse some of the fantastic produce on offer from Cumbria’s farmers, micro breweries & small businesses (also letting me stock up my supplies of Mr Vikkis condiments and Starlys spice mixes).

Dates for the major shows are: 

  • Keswick Mountain Festival  - Wed 14th – Sun 18th May 2014
  • Holker Hall Garden Festival – Fri 30th May – Sun 1st June 2014
  • Cumberland Show – Sat 14th June 2014
  • Penrith Agricultural Show – Sat 26th July 2014
  • Ambleside Sports – Thurs 31st July 2014
  • The Lowther Show – Sat 9th- Sun 10th August 2014
  • Grasmere Lakeland Sports & Show – Sun 24th August
  • Westmorland County Show – Thurs 11th September 2014

Sporting events are always a draw in The Lake District as our natural landscape offers a world class playground for water sports, climbing enthusiasts, trail runners, orienteers & cyclists. Starting with the ‘Brathay Windermere Marathon’ in May, the summer offers a non stop series of completive events to wet the taste buds of the most enthusiastic outdoorsmen & women. To name but a few, how do you choose between The Grasmere Gallop, Great North Swim, Total Warrior (my favourite), The Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive, Whinlater Mountain Bike Challenge, Grizedale Adventure Challenge series, The Great Langdale 1/2 marathon & Christmas Pudding Run, 10 Peaks or the Coniston 14 road race.Check out the GoLakes website for up to date event listings – the events mentioned here are only scratching the surface.

For those who’d like to enjoy something a little more cerebral & cultured both Brantwood in Coniston, and Dove Cottage in Grasmere have a fantastic schedule of events, exhibitions, concerts and outdoor theatre on offer throughout the year. The Lake District has historic houses in abundance with Muncaster Castle, Sizergh Castle, Blackwell House, Rydal Mount and many more worth a visit to find out about their history and also their current use.Visit for up to date listings and a ‘whats on’ guide.

I did say that we could offer the downright silly as well –  well you couldn’t have a sillier day than visiting the Egremont Crab fair & sports where the World Gurning Championship will be held in September, have a go and see if you can finish your holiday as a world champion. If bending your face into strange shapes isn’t your thing then try bending a story as far as it goes to compete for the title of ‘Worlds biggest liar’ in November (a tradition in the North lakes since the 19th Century) . Sponsored by Jenning Brewery, a few pints to loosen the tongue can be just the thing to convince people that all Cumbrians are 4% Badger.

So there you have it, just a few things to tempt you all to Cumbria in 2104 and if you’re coming this way why not stay in one of our perfectly located, comfortable cottages. we have all our old favourites and a few new cottages to try as well.

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Natalie Barker
Natalie Barker


Operations Manager

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