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What's On in the Lake District in July

Photographs copyright of (left to right) Martin Rushton, Eric Worsley, Martin Rushton

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


Events listing for the North Lakes


September National Park Authority events listing


October National Trust Events listing





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Ambleside Rushbearing

Ambleside Rushbearing dates back to the nineteenth century when the old rushes, used to keep the floor of the church warm during the winter, were replaced. A very colourful procession, with people carrying ‘Bearings’, is led by a band around the streets of Ambleside. This is followed by a short service in church, and sports for the children which includes a fell race. For more full details see the Ambleside Church 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 ...

Hutton in the Forest

7th July

Skelton Show

Held in the picturesque setting of Old Park, Hutton-in-the Forest near Penrith, Cumbria, Skelton Show is a popular traditional Cumbrian Agricultural show, the largest village show in Cumbria. Featuring classes of cattle, sheep, horses including show jumping, dogs, vintage vehicles, fur and featured animals and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. Over 100 trade stands, Skelton Food Hall, a wide variety of entertainment, music, food and bar. For full programme details, see the Skelton Show web site here ...

Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow

7th July

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


22nd July

Coniston Country Fair

A traditional Lakeland Show with something for everyone, including Dog Show, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, Fell Race to the top Coniston Old Man and back (usually completed in under an hour!), Tug O' War, and Terrier Racing, which is always great fun!takes place through the afternoon.  Plus there will be a Craft Marquee offering the best of Lakeland Crafts and food, trade stands, refreshments, amusements and an Archery exhibition. If the weather permits, local hang gliding enthusiasts will be leaping off the Old Man and landing near the showfield.  There will be two falconry displays by Ridgeside Falconry who are also bringing a large number of their Birds of Prey for people to view and handle.  Children will be able to compete in the Sports and the old favourite Egg Throwing Competition, and hopefully all who bring their pets along will take part in the Childrens Pet Show.

For full details see the Coniston Country Fair website here

Urswick, (Nr Ulverston)

25th July

North Lonsdale Show

A traditional show, but this year in a new location, the North Lonsdale has usual cattle, sheep, horse, rabbit and poultry displays,  as well as horticultural children’s classes, a rural craft marquee and other trade and craft stands. The 'Kid's Zone' will be sure to keep the younger ones well entertained. Also appearing will be  'Cyril the Squirrel', a bird of prey display by Cuerden Birds of Prey, Barrow Vintage Motorcyle Club, a display of chain saw carving and a Dog Show. Sounds like a pretty full day out to us. For more details, see the North Lonsdale Show Web site here ...

Rydal Park, NrAmbleside

26th July

Ambleside Sports

Traditional Lakeland Sports in the stunning setting of Rydal Park, half a mile north of Ambleside on the A591. Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, running and cycle races, fell guides race, plus trade stands, children's amusements and plenty of catering facilities. Something for everyone and a spectacle not to be missed. For full details see the Ambleside Sports web site here


28th - 31st July (Continues to 10th 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 ...


28th July

Cockermouth Show

Billed as entertainment for everyone, an action packed day for all the family. Judging of animals starts at 9.30pm along with the BSJ show jumping. You can take a ride on the rodeo bull, visit the sheep clipping demonstration and enjoyorking sheep dog demonstrations. The Grand Parade starts at 2pm. For more details see the Cockermouth Show Web site here .....


28th and 29th July

Cumbria Steam Gathering

Held at Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange Over Sands, Cumbria Steam Gathering is a colourful and noisy weekend event with a variety of entertainments, the Steam Gathering features splendid steam engines and vintage commercal vehicles, as well as hundreds of classic transport favourites including cars, motorcycles, military vehicles and pedal cycles. For full details see the Cumbria Steam Gathering Web site here


28th - 31st July, (continues to 6th September)

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 ....

Grange over Sands

29th July

Prom Art

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 ...

Lowther Deer Park

26th - 29th July

Kendal Calling

Don't be fooled by the name of this wonderful pop festival. It started in Kendal, but outgrew the site and moved to Lowther Deer Park where there was more room, and over the years it has established itself as one of the best medium sized outdoor pop festivals in the country. For all the information you will need, see the Kendal Calling web site here ...



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