Horseriders at Keswick show copyright Charlie Hedley
Horseriders at Keswick show

Country shows and festivals 2014

We run over 500 events from guided walks to family-friendly events, many of which are free. There's also loads going on in and around the National Park. Check out our selection below.

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Sat 5 - Sun 6 April: Lakeland Craft Fair - Cartmel

Sat 12 April: Damson Day country fair near Kendal

Fri 11 - Sun 13 April: Dorothy Wordsworth Festival of Women's Poetry - Grasmere

Sat 12 - Sun 13 April: Lakeland Craft Fair - Grasmere

Sat 26 April - Mon 5 May: Ulverston WalkFest

Sun 27 April: Drive It Day pitstop at Lakeland Motor Museum


Until Mon 5 May: Ulverston WalkFest

Sat 3 - Sun 4 May: Printfest - Ulverston

Sat 3 May: Lakeland Craft Fair - south of Kendal

Thu 8 - Sun 11 May: Keswick Jazz Festival

Sat 10 May: Beached Art - St Bees

Sat 10 - Sun 11 May: Lakeland Craft Fair - Grasmere

Until 11 May: Land Keepers Exhibition - Grasmere

Mon 12 - Sun 18 May: Freerange Comedy Festival

Thu 15 – Sun 18 May: Keswick Mountain Festival

Sat 17 - Sun 18 May: Lakeland Craft Fair - Cartmel

Sun 18 May: Hutton-in-the-Forest Plant and Food Fair

Sun 18 May: Brathay Windermere Marathon

Sun 25 - Thu 29 May: Festival of Fools, Muncaster Castle

Fri 30 May - Sun 1 June: Holker Garden Festival

Sat 31 May - Sun 1 June: Country Fest, Westmorland County Showground

Sat 31 - Sun 1 June: Lakeland Craft Fair - Glenridding


Until Sun 1 June: Holker Garden Festival

Until Sun 1 June: Country Fest, Westmorland County Showground

Thu 5 - Sun 8 June: Boot Beer Festival

Fri 6 - Sat 7 June: Keswick Beer Festival

Thu 5 - Wed 11 June: Appleby Horse Fair

Sat 14 June: Cumberland County Show

Sat 8 June: Grasmere Gallop - 6km, 10km and 17km trails

Sat 8 June: Secret Windermere Celebration Family Fun Day

Fri 13 - Sun 15 June: Great North Swim in Windermere

Sat 14 - Sun 15 June: Lakeland Craft Fair - Cartmel

Sat 21 June: Lakeland Craft Fair - south of Kendal

Fri 27 - Sat 28 June: Woolfest in Cockermouth

Sun 29 June: Ullswater Fair


Sat 5 July: Skelton Show, Hutton-in-the-Forest

Sat 5 July: Herdwick 10K Road Race, Great Langdale

Sat 12 and Sun 13 July: West Cumbria Game Fair and Lakeland Gathering, Cockermouth

Sun 20 July: Coniston Country Fair

Fri 25 - Sun 27 July: Potfest in the Park - Hutton-in-the-Forest

Sat 26 July: Penrith Agricultural Show

Sat 26 and Sun 27 July: Cumbrian Steam Gathering 

From 26 July: Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition in Grasmere

Thu 31 July: Ambleside Traditional Sports Day


Fri 1 Aug: Luing Cattle Society Annual Open Day - near Windermere

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Aug: Potfest in the Pens - Penrith

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Aug: Kendal Calling - music festival near Penrith

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Aug: Lakes Chilli Festival, near Ullswater

Sat 2 - Sun 15 August: Lake District Summer Music

Wed 6 Aug: Cartmel Show

Sat 9 Aug: Dalston Show

Sat 9 and Sun 10 Aug: Lowther Show

Tues 12 Aug: Lunesdale Show

Thur 14 Aug: Rydal Show

Sat 16 Aug: Gosforth Show

Sat 16 Aug: Appleby Agricultural Show

Tues 19 Aug: Hawkshead Show

Sat 23 Aug: Patterdale Dog Day

Sun 24 Aug: Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show

Mon 25 Aug: Keswick Agricultural Show

Mon 25 Aug: Black Combe Country Fair

Sun 24 Aug: Kentmere Valley Sheep Show 01539 821689

Fri 29 Aug - Sun 31 Aug: Mintfest in Kendal

Until 3 Sept: Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition in Grasmere


Until 3 Sept: Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition in Grasmere

Thu 11 - Sun 14 Sept: Heritage Open Days

Thu 11 Sept: Westmorland County Show

Fri 12 Sept: Kendal Torchlight Carnival

Sat 13 - Sun 28 Sept: C-Art Cumbria Artists Open Studios

Sat 20 Sept: Egremont Crab Fair and Sports including the World Championship Gurning Competition

Sun 21 Sept: Borrowdale Shepherds' Meet and Show

Sat 27 Sept: Eskdale Show


Sat 4 Oct: Lakeland Trails - Coniston

Sat 11 Oct: Wasdale Head Shepherds' Meet and Show

Fri 17 - Sun 19 Oct: Lakes International Comic Art Festival


Thu 20 - 23 Nov: Kendal Mountain Festival

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Nov: Dickensian Christmas Festival, Ulverston

December 2014

Wed 3 - Sun 7 Dec: International Market, Carlisle

Sat 6 - Sun 7 Dec: Taste Cumbria Christmas Fayre, Muncaster

Need holiday accommodation?

Cottage near Coniston - copyright Charlie Hedley

We've cosy holiday cottages, quirky boutique hotels, friendly bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels!

Our commission goes towards keeping the National Park special: Browse and book accommodation online here

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