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Ambleside Sports

JULY – Ambleside Sports

Ambleside Sports is held on the last Thursday in July.

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Grasmere Sports

AUGUST – Grasmere Sports

Held on the Bank Holiday Sunday

Why not go to the traditional Lakeland sports.

The Annual Grasmere Lakeland Sports, now celebrating over 160 years of existence, has been a regular annual event since 1868, unbroken except for the two periods of the First and Second World Wars. Now one of the most popular traditional events in the English Lake District, participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland Wrestling, Fell Running and Hound Trails.

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AUGUST – Rydal Sheepdog Trials

August sees the annual sheep dog trials and hound show, held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Set in the spectacular Rydal Park it has been going for over 100 years.

Take a look at their website

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Westmorland County Show

SEPTEMBER – Westmorland County Show

The Westmorland County Show is one of the largest one day Shows in the Country and certainly one of the oldest, given that the Society was founded in 1799 and is still going from strength to strength 213 Shows later.

Voted by the Farmers Guardian readers as the 5th top Show and the only one-day show in the top 12!

The Westmorland County Show held on the second Thursday in September each year; attracts over 29,000 people. We pride ourselves on being a major livestock Show, with its heart firmly in agriculture. Sections include cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, heavy horses, alpacas, dogs and poultry, as well as marquees for The Women’s Institute, Learning for Life, Crafts from Cumbria, local produce Food Hall, Rural Crafts and over 350 trade stands. Not forgetting the very popular Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. A colourful event, with many competitors competing in traditional costumes.

Westmorland is proud to boast the largest local products Food Hall in the North West, and probably in the Country, entirely supported by local producers promoting their own products, with special demonstrators and Celebrity Chefs.
The Society are committed to supporting and promoting Cumbria’s wide range of wonderful artisan craft businesses.

The Westmorland County Show is Cumbria’s premiere “shop window” for a “taste, try and buy” experience in a convivial and relaxing atmosphere. The Show is a centre of excellence and a great place for people to meet and discuss current and future rural issues: bringing together people from all walks of life to meet, socialise and talk.
All the above combined with ongoing arena events in a number of locations ensures lots to see and do. Don’t forget to pack a brolly (just in case), and you’ll be guaranteed a great day out. Make a Day of It!

Please see their website for more information.

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SEPTEMBER – Ulverston Lantern Festival

A fortnight of events hosted by Ulverston Town Council to celebrate receiving the market charter in 1280, culminating in the town’s famous Lantern Procession.

Once a year children and their families create imaginatively designed lanterns in all shapes and sizes which they then proudly carry through the town. They come from the four sides of Ulverston where they meet at the Coronation Hall and then march to the sound of bands and drums to Ford Park .

The climax of the festivities are the fireworks and bonfires. The whole event “takes your breath away.”

All information on this event and other in Ulverston can be seen at their website

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SEPTEMBER – Mintfest, Kendal

Mintfest sees the town of Kendal come alive with Mintfest.

There are street acts and performances all weekend and there will definately be something for everyone.

For a full schedule of events please take a look at their website.

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OCTOBER – Halloween Week At Muncaster Castle

Dare you visit one of Britain’s most haunted castles this Halloween?!

Don’t forget to come in fancy dress and a TORCH would be a smart idea if you’re here after dark.

Visit their website is you are brave enough!!!

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NOVEMBER – Keswick Christmas Lights Switch-on

See the switch – on of the Keswick’s Christmas lights.

Music and festivities both in Packhorse Court and Market Square, lantern parade and the Rotary’s Tree of Light. A festive Market complete’s the days programme, with the lights switch-on at 5.30pm in Packhorse Court and 6.30pm in Market Square.

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Ulverston Festival

NOVEMBER – Ulverston Dickensian Festival

This Dickensian Christmas Festival is one of the most popular Dickensian Festival events in the country. It attracts thousands of people but its not too packed for visitors and local people to wander around and have a fabulous time and savour the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional market town in the Dickensian era.

Well worth a visit in late November.

Please see their website for more details.

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NOVEMBER – Kendal Mountain Festival

Held in November this event is over four days and sees outdoor enthusiasts and specialists travelling from all over the world to attend.

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