26 February – 1 March
Keswick Film Festival, Keswick.  Annual festival celebrating a wide range of UK and international films.

28 February - 1 March
The World’s Original Marmalade Awards, Dalemain near Penrith. Celebration of marmalade featuring preserves from around the world.


6 - 15 March
Words by the Water, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick

6 – 8 March
Spring Beer Festival, Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley. Beer festival featuring delicious drinks brewed by several different breweries.

7 – 8 March
Kendal Festival of Food, Kendal. Two day celebration of food and drink with loads of locally sourced Cumbrian goodies.


11 April
Damson Day Country Fair, Low Farm near Kendal. Spring country fair aimed at the whole family.

25 April
Pirelli International Rally, Carlisle. Annual car rally that starts and ends in Carlisle city centre.


7 – 10 May
Keswick Jazz Festival, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. One of the UK’s leading jazz festivals with local, national and international acts set to perform.

11 – 17 May 
Freerange Comedy Festival, Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. Hilarious week featuring stand up shows from some top comedians.

14 – 17 May
Keswick Mountain Festival, Keswick. Film screenings, speakers and art from the world of outdoor adventure.

29 – 31 May
Holker Garden Festival, Holker Hall in Cark-in-Cartmel. Three day event showcasing the best in gardening, countryside, food and crafts.


5 – 7 June
Appleby Horse Fair, Appleby.  Annual gathering of Gypsies and Travellers in the town of Appleby in Cumbria.

6 June
Cumberland Show, Carlisle Racecourse. Traditional agricultural show featuring stalls and entertainment for all the family.

12 – 14 June
Great North Swim, Lake Windermere.  Open water swimming challenge set in Lake Windermere.

21 – 28 June
Keswick Midsummer Festival, Keswick.  Week long programme of events including music, entertainment and stalls.


4  July
Skelton Show, Old Park near Penrith. Popular traditional agricultural show.

18 - 19 July
The Lakes Chilli Fest, Dalemain near Penrith. Over 80 producers offering the tastiest & spiciest chilli products

24 – 26 July
Potfest in the Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith.  Providing an opportunity to purchase pottery and meet/ talk to the artists who created the work.

25 July
Penrith Agricultural Show, Brougham Hall Farm near Penrith. Penrith’s annual agricultural show featuring market stalls and competitions.

25 - 26 July
Cumbria Steam Gathering, Cark Airfield in Grange over Sands. Biggest gathering of the year for Cumbria Steam and Vintage Vehicle Society

30 July - 2 August
Kendal Calling, Lowther Deer Park near Penrith. Cumbria’s biggest music festival


15 – 16 August
Lowther Show, Lowther Estate in Penrith. Welcoming the local community to a fantastic showcase of countryside living.


10 September
Westmorland County Show, County Showground near Milnthorpe.  One of the largest one day shows in the country

26 - 27 September
Taste Cumbria Food Festival, Cockermouth. Huge festival featuring an array of food and drink


11 October
Apple Day, Acorn Bank in Penrith. Family event dedicated to one of our favourite fruits


19 - 22 November
Kendal Mountain Festival, Kendal. UK’s biggest outdoor film festival featuring premières, speakers and art.

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