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What's On in the Lake District in August

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Wrestling at Grasmere Sports, an event in the Lake DistrictWestomorland County Show, a traditonal county show in the Lake DistrictShowjumping at Hawkshead Show, a traditional show in the Lake District

Lake District Show & Festival Calendar

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Grasmere

All Month

Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition

From Landscapes to portraits, with a little bit of abstract thrown in for good measure. The Lake Artists Society exhibition is always worth the wait. For more details and pictures from last year see the Lake Artists web site here ....

The Armitt Museum, Ambleside

All Month

Beatrix Potter - Image and Reality

If you think that Beatrix Potter was just an author, think again. The truth about this remarkable and highly talented lady is revealed in this exhibition. Told through her own words and images using material bequeathed by Beatrix Potter to the Armitt upon her death in 1943, the exhibition tells the story of her extraordinarily life. For more details, see the Armitt Web site here ...

Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness

Throughout the month (except Fridays)

Where is Peter Rabbit?

Inspired by the famous stories, this unique theatre show brings Beatrix Potter's characters to life in a visual spectacular! For details and to book, click here ....

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Selected dates (Continues until 4th November)

After the Dance

A dazzling dissection of love, class and the capacity for self-deceit.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Selected dates (Continues until 3rd November)

Handbagged

What really happened when Margaret Thatcher met the Queen? This funny, insightful and brilliantly sharp satire was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015 and went on to be a West End smash hit.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Selected dates (Continues until 3rd November)

Miss Julie

Midsummer’s Eve, Sweden. A night when the sun doesn’t set. A night of drinking and dancing. A night to break the rules. Written at a time of industrial and social unrest, this is a ground-breaking masterpiece that still provokes and shocks audiences today.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Selected dates (Continues until 4th November)

As You Like It, by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s beguiling tale of mistaken identity, pastoral comedy and love.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Ambleside

1st - 11th August

Lake District Summer Music Festival

Hear great music played by world masters in the renowned beauty of the Lake District. Historic churches and halls in busy market towns offer the perfect setting for chamber music and orchestral concerts, recitals, music theatre, jazz, vocal works, pre-concert talks, and more. For full details see the Lake District Summer Music Festival web site here ...

Cartmel

2nd August

Cartmel Show

A traditional country show in every sense. Livestock, Horses, Dog Show, Hound Trail, Carriage Driving, Show Jumping, Village Industries, Show Ponies, Shepherds Crooks & Walking Stick Classes, Country Crafts, Food Hall and Demonstration Marquee. Plus, live music, circus entertainers, a bouncy castle and and childrens' face painting. For more information, see the Cartmel Show web site here ....

Ings (on A591 Nr Windermere)

3rd August 9.am - 5 pm

Lake District Sheepdog Trials

The annual sheep dog trials takes place at Hill Farm at Ings, located between Windermere and Staveley. There are open sheep dog trials, Hound trails, Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling, Fox hound and Terrier Show, craft displays and demonstrations. Admission is just £3, making it one of the best value days out in Cumbria.

Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow

5th

Lakeland Classic Car Club

The Lakeland Historic Car Club meet on the first Saturday of every month at the museum and Cafe Ambio. Everyone is welcome to attend whether you're an owner, enthusiast or just keen to see some great examples of some classic local cars. For more information about the Lakeland Motor Museum, click here

Rydal Park, Nr. Ambleside

10th August

Rydal Sheep Dog Trials and Hound Show

A traditional Lakel District event in every sense, as shepherds put their dogs through their paces in fierce yet friendly rivalry. There is also a Shepherd's Crook and stick competition, as well as hound trails in the afternoon. For more details see the Rydal Sheep Dog Trials web site here

Ambleside (Kelsick Centre)

12th and 13th

Ambleside Summer Flower Show & Craft Fair

The Ambleside Summer Flower Show & Craft Fair features horticultural and crafts' exhibits.

There are 250 competitive classes including vegetables, cut flowers, wine, eggs, fruit and pot plants. The handicraft section includes art and photography, wood, metalwork and walking sticks, embroidery, knitting, lace-work etc. Cookery classes range from currant pasties and sausage rolls to chocolate muffins, bread buns, jam and honey plus a men-only baking class.

Lowther Castle

12th and 13th August

Lowther Show

Featuring the Lowther Horse Carriage Driving Trials and the Lowther Hound Show. as well as an array of family-inspired features including craft and antique fair, Food Festival offering home-grown food-stuffs and produce, a licensed bar and picnic areas, countryside sports and championships. For full details of the weekend's programme, see the Lowther show web site here ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Selected dates 12th - 30th August (Continues to 4th November)

Remarkable Invisible

This rich and compelling new play from award-winning writer Laura Eason is a resonant American family drama exploring the complex joy, love, and disappointments anyone with a family will recognise.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Torver

20th August

Lakeland Country Fair

A traditional Lakeland Show with something for everyone, including Dog Show, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, Terrier Racing, Ferret Show, and falconry display. Plus there will be a displays of local crafts, including stick making, swill basket making and fly tying,  For full details see the Lakeland Country Fair website here

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Sunday 20th August

Muscial Mystery Tour

A real afternoon treat for all the family, featuring original songs, tunes, choruses, humourous sketches and audience participation. Sing along with the Parrot-Parrot from Hong-Hong-Kong-Kong and twist your tongue around the Flock of Fat Flamingoes. The show features a wide variety of musical instruments to see and hear: the mandobass, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, Victorian bodiless fiddle, ukulele and percussion.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ..

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Sunday 20th August

Simon Mayor's Mandolinquents

What could be better than infectious fun, stunning virtuosity, offbeat humour, bluegrass banjo, fiddle, guitar and voices? The answer is of course mandolins of all sorts of sizes. Britain’s leading hot-fingered mandolin virtuoso and wild wit, Simon Mayor brings together an evening of traditional airs, hot swing and ragtime, not to mention Vivaldi, Bizet, Mozart and Tchaikovsky in a riot of music and humour.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ..

Hawkshead

22nd August

Hawkshead Show

Held at Hawkshead Hall, half a mile north of the village, Hawkshead is one of the most popular of all the Traditional Lakeland Shows, Hawkshead features Show jumping, heavy horses, cattle, sheep and an array of home made produce and crafts. A wonderlully relaxing day out for locals and visitors alike. For full details see the Hawkshead show web site here ....

Brantwood, Coniston, Home of John Ruskin

22nd

Outdoor Theatre by Illyria

Outdoor theatre in Brantwood’s lakeside meadow.“The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen. Performed by Illyria. For more information see the Brantwood web site here ...

Cartmel

26th August

Cartmel Races

The first race day of the August Bank Holiday meeting features feature race the Totepool Cartmel Cup, plus six more races, a fairground and lots of family entertainment. For more information see the Cartmel racecourse web site here ....

Broughton

26th August

Millom and Broughton Show

A traditional show on the edge of the Lake District, with all the attractions of a local show giving an insight into everyday life in this part of the world. cattle, sheep, poultry and horses will all be present, as will craft, industrial and horticultural marquees, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling and fell racing. For more information, see the Millom and Broughton web site here ....

Grasmere

27th August

Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show

Taking place on the show field in Grasmere village, Grasmere Sports is probably the most famous of all the traditional Lakeland events, Grasmere Sports started in 1868, and is now one of the most popular traditional events in the English Lake District. It features comptetitors not only from the Lake District but also other parts of the the British Isles, in a variety of sports, including Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, Running and Hound Trails. A key feature is the Fell guides race, a not to be missed spectacle where runners dash up the fells to the East of the village to Butter Crags and back. For information and timetable fo what's on and when, see the Grasmere Sports website here .....

Grange over Sands

27th August

Prom Art

The fifth Prom Art event of the year, as Grange over Sands promenade is transformed into an open air art gallery as local artists display and sell their work. For more details, see the prom art web site here ...

Braithwaite (Nr Keswick)

28th August

Keswick Show

Held on the outskirts of Keswick, close to the village of Braithwaite on the main A66 road, Keswick Show features a wide range of animal exhibits, including Herdwick and Swaledale sheep, Cattle, Ponies and Horses, poultry, working Sheep dogs, Terriers, Foxhounds and children's pets. There is a marquee exhibiting produce, home baking, flowers, and honey, and Also an Art & Craft marquee including leather craft, paintings, photography, jewellery, Horn craft, hand spun wool items etc. For full schedule and other information, see the Keswick Show web site here ...

Cartmel

28th August

Cartmel Races

The second day of the August Bank Holiday meeting features seven races, a fairground and lots of family entertainment. For more information see the Cartmel racecourse web site here ....

Bootle

28th August

Black Combe Country Fair

Set in the stunning foothills of Black Combe, the Black Combe Country Fair is a traditional Lakeland Show offering visitors a fascinating insight into Cumbrian Life.  There are a number of show classes for dogs including Foxhounds, Terriers, Beagles, Whippets, Lurchers, Gundogs and a fun novelty K9 class. Judging also takes place for Cumbrian Walking Sticks, Vintage Vehicle, Agricultural Engine, Stationary Engine and Trikes. Traditional Cumbrian Sports are represented with a competition of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and a Fell Race. Terrier Racing takes place throughout the afternoon. 

For more information, see the Black Combe Country Fair Web site here ....

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