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Mountain Film Festival

Many separate events take place in the Lake District throughout the year. For example: in November every year a prestigious Mountain Film Festival is held in Kendal. It is an international festival with a huge programme of films, lectures and entertainment. See

William Wordsworth Book Festival, Winter School and Summer Conference

In January, the William Wordsworth Book Festival is held in Grasmere for authors, artists and collectors. See Also held in Grasmere in January, the Wordsworth Winter School and, in June, the Wordsworth Summer Conference. See

Coniston Powerboat Records Week

In a sporty rather than arty vein, in November, look in at the Coniston Powerboat Records Week,

Many events are run by organisations like the National Trust, the National Park Authority, the Wildlife Trust or by other groups or individuals.

The Lake District National Park Authority

The Park Authority arranges both Guided Leisurely Walks and the more challenging Hill Walks, led by a local expert. They also give Talks and Slide Shows and have Special Interest Events. There are events especially designed for Families and Children and many Shows and Festivals. Check out Maps of the area, villages and towns can be found in a Document Library.

The National Trust

The National Trust website can advise on the multitude of events at their properties. Go to and be taken to a page 'What's On Around the Country. There you can click on 'find an event near you now'. Then in Step 1 enter Area: North West; County: Cumbria and then the property if you know it. Step 2 allows you to enter a Theme, such as Food and Cookery and a Special Theme, such as Farmer’s Markets. In Step 3 you can enter your dates.

The Cumbria Wildlife Trust

The Cumbria Wildlife Trust is devoted to the conservation of the wildlife and wild-places of Cumbria, in partnership with 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the UK. The Cumbria Trust has over 40 nature reserves, campaigns for the protection of endangered habitats, e.g. limestone pavements and species, e.g. red squirrels. It also helps adults and children discover the importance of the natural world. See Click 'What you can do' and then 'Come to an event' to find out what is happening in the world of wildlife.

To help plan your visit check out a selection of Windermere hotels.

Most of the following excellent list of annual events are reproduced here by kind permission of the Sharpedge Website:
A Selection of Cumbrian Events

• Keswick Film Festival

* Ambleside Daffodil and Spring Flower Show - 3rd Saturday and Sunday
• Keswick Literature Festival, a Way with Words

* Easter Quiz at Mirehouse (Keswick) - Good Friday
* Eden Classic Car Rally (Market Square, Kirkby Stephen) - April 3-4th
* Ulverston Walking Festival. - April 30th – May 9th
* Cockermouth Georgian Festival - late April to early May
* Easter at Grizedale Forest

* Carlisle and Borders Flower Show - Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday
* Cockermouth Sheepdog Trials - 2nd Saturday
* Melmerby May Day - 2nd Saturday
* Gilsland Garden and Crafts Fair - 3rd Saturday and Sunday
* Keswick Jazz Festival - 3rd Friday to Sunday
* Coniston Water Festival - Whit Weekend (commences Friday)
* Curwen Fair, Workington - Whit Saturday
* Hutton Roof Country Fair and Fell Race - Whit Saturday
* Kendal Mediaeval Market - Whit Monday
• Keswick Mountain Festival–mid May

* Appleby annual horse fair - 1st week of June
* Castletown Gala Day, Penrith - 1st Saturday
• Boot beer festival–Thursday to Sunday, first weekend
• Langdale Gala - 1st Sunday
* Carlisle Carnival - 2nd Sunday
* Winton Sheepdog Trials - 3rd Saturday
* Appleby Jazz Festival - 3rd Saturday and Sunday
* Barrow in Furness Rotary Gala - 3rd Sunday
* Brough Hound and Terrier Show - 3rd Sunday
* Cumbria Classic Car Show, Carlisle - 3rd Sunday
* Flookburgh Charter Fair - 3rd Sunday
* Keswick Carnival - 3rd Sunday
* Alston Sheepdog Trials - 4th Saturday
* Warcop Rushbearing - St Peters Day
* Woolfest at Cockermouth - last Friday in June and following Saturday
* Endmoor Country Fair - last Sunday
* Ullswater Country Fair - last Sunday

* Ambleside Rushbearing - 1st Saturday
* Flimby Carnival - 1st Saturday
* Musgrave Rushbearing - 1st Saturday
* Whitehaven Carnival - 1st Saturday
* West Cumbria Vintage Rally, Distington - 1st Sunday
* Westmorland Horticultural Society Show, Kendal - 1st Sunday
* Alston Gala - 2nd Saturday
* Appleby Annual Carnival and Sports - 2nd Saturday and Sunday
* New Lakeland Rose Show, Grange over Sands - 2nd Saturday and Sunday
* Allithwaite Carnival - 3rd Saturday
* Cleator Moor Sports - 3rd Saturday
* Cumberland County Show, Carlisle - 3rd Saturday
* Dalemain Craft Fair - 3rd Saturday and Sunday
* Dearham Carnival - 4th Saturday
* Eden Valley Dog Training Club, Stainton - 4th Saturday
* Lorton Hound Show - 4th Saturday
* Penrith Show - 4th Saturday
* North Lonsdale Show, Ulverston - Last Thursday
* Lanercost Craft Fair - Last Saturday
* West Cumbria Rose Society Show, Egremont - Last Saturday
* Coniston Country Fair - Last Sunday

* Cartmel Show - 1st Wednesday
* Lake District Sheepdog Trials, Staveley - 1st Thursday
* Lake District Summer Music Festival – first two weeks
• Beetham Sports - 1st Saturday
* Cockermouth Agricultural Show - 1st Saturday
* Grasmere Rushbearing - 1st Saturday
* Thirlmere Flower Show - 1st Saturday
* Fell Pony Society Breed Show, Brougham Castle - 1st Sunday
* Solway and Hadrian Fuchsia Show, Houghton, nr Carlisle - 1st Sunday
* Lunesdale Agricultural Show, Kirkby Lonsdale - 2nd Tuesday
* Appleby Agricultural Show - 2nd Thursday
* Lowther Driving Trials and Country Fair - 2nd Friday to Sunday
* Dalston Show - 2nd Saturday
* Hawkshead Show - 3rd Tuesday
* Gosforth District Agricultural Show - 3rd Wednesday
* Threlkeld Sheepdog Trails - 3rd Wednesday
* Brough Agricultural Show - 3rd Thursday
* Grasmere Sports - 3rd Sunday
* Ambleside Flower Show and Crafts - 3rd Friday to Sunday
* Barbon Annual Sheepdog Trials - 3rd Saturday
* Crosscrake Flower Show - 3rd Saturday
* Ravenstonedale Agricultural Show - 3rd Saturday
* Skelton Agricultural Show - 3rd Saturday
* Storth Gardening Show - 3rd Saturday
* Gatesgarth Country Fair - 3rd Sunday
* Lakeland Festival of Brass, Grange over Sands - 3rd Sunday
* Langdale Country Fair - 3rd Sunday
* Kendal Gathering - Week commencing 4th Friday
* Kirkby Lonsdale Gardening Show - 4th Saturday
* Kendal Folk Festival - Bank Holiday Friday to Sunday
* Wigton Dog Training Obedience - Bank Holiday Saturday and Sunday
* Greenodd Horticultural Show - Bank Holiday Saturday
* Patterdale Dog Day - Bank Holiday Saturday
* Esthwaite Open Sheepdog Trails - Bank Holiday Sunday
* Kentmere Sheepdog Trials - Bank Holiday Sunday
* Dentdale Gala - Bank Holiday Monday
* Keswick Show - Bank Holiday Monday
* Muncaster Fair and Sheepdog Trials - Bank Holiday Monday
* Silloth Carnival - Bank Holiday Monday
* Ennerdale and Kinniside Show - Last Wednesday
* Burton, Milnthorpe and Carnforth Show - Last Thursday
* Caldbeck and Hesket Sheepdog Trials - Last Thursday
* Crosby Ravensworth Show - Last Thursday
* Dufton Show and Sheepdog Trials - Last Saturday
* Millom and Broughton Agricultural Show - Last Saturday
* Hesket Newmarket Agricultural Show - Last Saturday
* Eskdale Fete - Last Sunday

* Selside and Grayrigg Show - 1st Thursday
* Alston Show - 1st Saturday
* Appleby Gardeners Show - 1st Saturday
* Lowick Show - 1st Saturday
* Thornthwaite Home and Garden Show - 1st Saturday
* Kirkby Lonsdale Victorian Fair - 1st Saturday and Sunday
* Westmorland Horticultural Society Show, Kendal - 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday
* Westmorland County Show, Crooklands - 2nd Thursday
* Alston Flower Show - 2nd Saturday
* Gilsland Show - 2nd Saturday
* Ulverston Lantern Procession - 2nd Saturday
* Ulverston Market Charter Festival - 2nd Saturday
* Westmorland Horticultural Society Show, Kendal - 3rd Wednesday
* Loweswater and Brackenthwaite Show - 3rd Thursday
* Brampton Sheepdog Trials - 3rd Friday
* Egremont Crab Fair - 3rd Saturday
* Borrowdale Shepherds Meet and Show - 3rd Sunday
* Cumbria Open Brass Contest, Whitehaven - Last Saturday
* Eskdale Show - Last Saturday
* Urswick Rushbearing - Last Sunday
* Coniston Walking Festival - 25 / 27 September
* The Ullswater Outdoor Festival - Sat September 26th to Sun October 4th

* Cockermouth Sheepdog Trails - 1st Saturday
* Wasdale Head Shepherds Meet and Show - 2nd Saturday
* Buttermere Shepherds Meet and Show - 3rd Saturday

* Walna Scar Shepherds Meet and Show - 1st Saturday
* Stoneside Shepherds Meet, Ulpha - 2nd Saturday
* The Biggest Liar in the World Competition, Santon Bridge - 3rd Thursday
* Hensingham Chrysanthemum Show, Whitehaven - 3rd Saturday
* Lakeland's Christmas Crafts Extravaganza, Brockhole - 4th Friday to Sunday
* Crafts at Christmas, Kendal - Last Saturday
* Kendal Mountain Festival, 19 - 22 November

* Crafts at Christmas, Kendal - 1st Saturday
* Crown and Mitre Christmas Crafts, Carlisle - 1st Saturday
* Keswick Victorian Fayre - 1st Sunday
* Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair - 1st Saturday

(For full details, confirmation of the exact dates, name and address of the secretary and information about other events not listed, call in at any Cumbrian Tourist Information Centre)

Much of the information is thanks to hard work by
Sharp Edge, please check out their site.

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