Cumbria Shows Info

A mini guide to country events and Cumbria events to perhaps consider or combine with your holiday to The Lake district this summer.


Kendal Food Festival

Each March Kendal town centre plays host to a two day celebration of all things food and drink; a chance to experience the best the region has to offer from artisans and producers, to world class chefs and fresh new talent. Taking place in the pretty market town of Kendal with the beautiful Lake District as its backdrop. 

ORGANISERS of the popular Kendal Festival of Food have announced the event will not return in 2017 after its ‘biggest a most action-pack’ running in 2016.Instead, festival chiefs have said they plan to develop for its return in 2018. READ HERE 

Hawkshead Beer Festival- 24 – 26 March 2017

There’re beer festivals are brilliant, especially when the sun shines. They have been doing them twice a year since 2007. 

“It’s all about British craft brewing… what’s new, who’s new, what’s stood the test of time, but most of all… what’s good.”


Damson Day at The Lyth Valley around 16th April.

The Lyth Valley damson is a member of the plum family. It is thought to be a type of Shropshire prune (possibly the Blue Violet) but improved by the unique conditions and pollination by the wild Bullace and Sloe. There are damsons in other parts of the British Isles but the flavour of the smaller Cumbrian damson is said to be second to none. If you love damsons then head to this event!

Cumberland Sausage Festival 29 Apr-1 May 2017

Returning for the third year at Muncaster Castle is The Cumberland Sausage Festival. A three day celebration of good food, drink and all things Cumbrian, over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.


Keswick Mountain Festival

The Keswick Mountain Festival takes place from 8th to 11th June 2017 on Crow Park in Keswick, Cumbria. The Festival programme is made up of guided activities including MTB biking, hiking, canoeing, navigation training, ghyll scrambling, climbing and so much more, to be enjoyed with friends and family. There is also a fantastic line-up of challenging sporting events including Triathlons, Trail Races, Open water swims and a Sportive.

Freerange Comedy Festival

For one weekend the town hosts to more than 50 international guest creatives – taking both art and comics in uncharted directions. There are live draw events, comic marathons and workshops and drawing masterclasses. Taken place at the brewery Arts Centre and surrounding places.


Appleby Horse Fair

The fair is an annual gathering of Gypsies & Travellers in the town of Appleby in Cumbria. See them wash their horses in the river and see their carts and horses. It takes place the first week in June.

Country Fest

A fantastic family weekend of countryside activities, spectacular demonstrations, delicious local food and drink. 

Cumberland Country Show

The County show brings a taste of county life to the city, a fantastic day out with something for everyone. Tradition and agriculture are combined with a fresh, modern focus to create a real celebration of farming, food and countryside. The top quality animals on show offer the best exhibiting experience in the region.


Penrith Show

The Penrith Agricultural Society held the first Penrith Show in 1834. Since then this annual celebration is held on the fourth Saturday in July each year, with the 2017 show on 22nd July.

Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling was born from a group of music lovers who felt the fabulous fields of the Lake District could be put to better use. When summer came, it was time to take to the fields for a shindig that would grow so big the whole country would hear it calling! Founded in 2006 the event is still going strong and is held at Lowther deer park.

Cumbria Steam Gathering

The Cumbria Steam Gathering Festival will be hosting it’s 44th event at Cark Airfield, Flookburgh on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th July 2017. Last years event included over 1,200 classic exhibits, displays, entertainment and stalls. Starting with just 200 visitors at their first event, the Steam Gathering now attracts 20-25,000 every year! 


Cartmel Show

Cartmel Show is a Traditional Country Show set in the heart of beautiful South Lakeland. The Show is held on the first Wednesday in August. read my blog post about it HERE

Lunsdale Show

The Lunesdale Agricultural Show is a traditional country show that is held on the second Tuesday in August each year. It is held at Underley Park, Raygarth, Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2DS.

Grasmere Sports

The 2017 Annual Grasmere Lakeland Sports, now celebrating 167 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.


Westmorland County Show

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 217 Shows later. Always held on the second Thursday in September.

Torchlight Carnival

It’s a large evening event in the Lake District. It usually attracts over 25,000 people from all over the country. Since the beginning the carnival attracts tens of thousands of spectators who line the streets of Kendal to witness the colourful procession of bands, floats, vintage tractors, carnival performers and dance troupes winding its way through Kendal. The Torchlight Carnival promotes the best of Kendal and, over the last 47 years, has enabled the chosen charities to collect many tens of thousands of pounds towards their worthy causes. Each year Torchlight has a different theme, in 2015 it was ‘Think Big’and last years theme was ‘Celebrating Kendal’s Spirit’. SEE MY BLOG POST HERE

October – November:

Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival is the UK’s premier mountain film festival. It is an award-winning and the most diverse event of its type in the world. There vision is to inspire more people to explore, enjoy and represent mountains, wilderness and their cultures.

Lakes International Comic Arts Festival

Taking over the town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, the Festival features international comic artists and creators, as well as live drawing, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, performance, master classes, free Family Zone and independent publishers.

These are to name but a few of the shows and festivals going on throughout the year. If you also ‘google’ Cumbria events I’m sure more will come up for you to look at. I hope you have found this useful and with the links above you can start planning what you will get up to this year in the lake district!