Things to do in the Lake District in August

Published: Sunday 29th Jul 2018

Written by: Natalie Barker

Schools out, the sun is (hopefully) shining and your little cherubs or larger family members are looking to you for entertainment this summer.

Come and have fun here, there’s lots happening in the Lake District for all your family to enjoy. Here’s some of our favourite things to do in the Lake District in August.

Stories and Songs for Tiny Tots

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere host fun and imaginative sessions for children aged 6 months to 5 years. The hour long sessions will introduce your child to a story or poem through songs, rhymes and imaginative play. The stories or poems are often about people who lived at Dove Cottage or the natural world, making these sessions educational and (importantly) lots of fun!

Lake District Summer Music

For the musical among us the Lake District Summer Music programme is not to be missed! With a variety of talented musicians and singers performing throughout August there’s something for everyone. You’ll find events in Ambleside, Windermere, Kendal and other surrounding areas. Pianists, string quartets and baritone singers are part of the jam-packed programme. Just make sure you book tickets so you don’t miss out!

Windermere Buffet Cruise

Through the summer in the Lake District, Windermere Cruises host ‘Buffet Cruises’ on Saturday nights. If you’re looking for an elegant way to spend an evening when you’re on holiday in the Lake District this is something you need to get booked! Enjoy live music, a two course buffet and the fully licensed bar as you cruise the full length of Lake Windermere. Family tickets are available and over 5s are welcome, so you can enjoy a unique evening out as a family too.

Hawkshead Agricultural Show

Enjoy Hawkshead Agricultural Show on the third Tuesday in August. Half a mile from the village of Hawkshead the event is a great day out for all the family! Animal classes run throughout the day, breeds of sheep, cows and horses are all admired. As well as animals there’s about 50 stalls for you to browse and enjoy. If you have come on holiday with your four-legged friend enjoy taking part in the pet classes and maybe you’ll take home a rosette as a souvenir from your Lake District holiday.

Grasmere Sports

Held on the Sunday of August Bank Holiday weekend this traditional sports event originates back to a mid 19th century sheep fair. By the early 1870s Grasmere Sports took shape and attracted the best athletes in the north. Nowadays you can take part or watch a variety of sporting events. Cumberland wrestling, fell running and hound trails are some of the events you can enjoy at Grasmere Sports. There’s lots for all the family to enjoy; the dog show, beer tent and flat races for the children are just a few.

Windermere Wild Swin

Held at Fell Foot Park in Windermere and near to Newby Bridge this wild swim takes place on the Sunday of August Bank Holiday weekend. Swim in the lake and river surrounded by beautiful views of Gummers How fell. Enter one of the varying distances and enjoy this wild swim in a very special place!

Your summer holiday should be packed full of fun, creating memories that we hope you take away and treasure for years to come. Of course we’re biased, but a holiday in the Lake District always promises to be special.

We’d love to hear if you enjoy our suggestions in this blog, send us a photo or tag us on social media.

Enjoy your summer holiday in the Lake District! 

Natalie Barker
Natalie Barker


Operations Manager

Good Life Lake District Cottages - We know what makes a good holiday



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