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What's On in the Lake District in December

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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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South Lakeland What's On guide


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Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Selected dates throughout the month

The Secret Garden

Misselthwaite is a mysterious place full of dark corners and strange night-time noises, and Mary is sure there are secrets to unearth. With the help of some unexpected friends, Mary sets about discovering the legend of its secret garden, in one of literature’s most enduring and magical adventures.

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

Blackwell, the Arts and Craft House, Bowness

All month (Continues to 1st January)

Women of the Arts and Crafts movement

In anticipation of Lakeland Arts’ 2018 programme celebrating the 1918 Representation of People’s Act in which women first received the right to vote in the UK, this exhibition highlights the diverse skills of the women artists and designers associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement.

For more information see the Blackwell web site here ....

Abott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

All month

Land | Sea | Life - A British Art Collection

Works on loan from The Ingram Collection which is recognised as one of this Country’s most significant collections of Modern British Art.

This exhibition explores recurring themes in the work of British artists of the twentieth century emphasising trends in subject matter including still life, the human figure, landscape and abstraction.

For more details see the Abott Hall Web site here ...

The Armitt Museum, Ambleside

Thoughout the 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 ...

Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow


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


2nd and 3rd December

Hawkshead Christmas Fair

Over 50 market and seasonal craft & gift stalls, plus seasonal entertainment and street entertainers including jugglers, stilt walkers and magicians plus Father Christmas in his grotto. There'll be Community Carols in the Main Square on Saturday 30th. For info and updates see the Hawkshead Christmas Fair Facebook page here...


Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December

Windermere Christmas Celebration

Windermere Christmas Celebration (formerly known as Windermere Christmas Market)  is an exciting family friendly event on the streets of Windermere

For more details, see the Windermere Christmas Celebration Website here...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Sunday 10th December

Sir John Tomlinson

Sir John is a legendary singer of his generation. His magnificently intense and expressive voice is ideal for both intimate and heroic music, moving in different regards. Here he will be exploring both genres. First, Schubert’s final burst of creativity, the song collection Schwanengesang, his ‘Swansong’ and, after the interval, Wotan’s Journey - all Wotan’s great solos from The Ring – a distillation of the heart of Wagner’s drama. This will be an unforgettable evening - early booking is recommended.

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

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

17th, 19th- 23rd December

The Lock in Christmas Carol

Half gig, half dance show and half panto! Join the BBC Award Winning team of musicians & dancers for 150% of the very best festive live music, song and dance!

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

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Sunday 17th December

Snow Play

What would you do if one year Winter decided to stay and moved into your house? Well that’s what happens in our snowy spectacular show where you are guaranteed a white Christmas, no matter what the weather or the time of year!

Snow Play is a showdown between Winter and Spring over who gets to stay and who has to go away.

Help Mr Green against Mr White in this highly interactive smash-hit London production. You get to make a giant snowman, cover a whole house in snow and have a super snowball fight!

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ... is a free website offering information about hotels, guest houses, attractions, activities and what's on in the Lake District National Park. For more information about Lakes -breaks .com click the about Lakes Breaks link above.