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What's On in the Lake District in July

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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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September National Park Authority events listing


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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)


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 ...


1st July

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

1st 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 ...

Abott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

1st and 2nd

Julian Cooper

An exhibition of work by Cumbrian artist Julian Cooper on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Predominantly from private collections this retrospective show offers an insight into his working practice over five decades. Over 30 monumental paintings will reflect the artist’s travels in the Lake District and all over the world. For more details see the Abott Hall 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

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Selected dates from the 8th July, (Continues to November 4th)

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 ...


22nd July

Cartmel Races

The first race day of the July meeting features feature race the Totepool Cumbria Crystal Cup, worth £26,000 to the winner, plus six more races, a fairground and lots of family entertainment. For more information see the Cartmel racecourse web site here ....

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Sunday 23rd July

The La'al Big Band

Cumbria's own seventeen-piece swing orchestra featuring the excellent vocals of Sara Creeney and Nick King, present their exciting new show. This concert is a stunning celebration of musical history, celebrating the great bandleaders, arrangers and performers of the 20th century and beyond, including features and solos from top musicians, and memorable songs from the likes of legends such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Buble.

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


23rd 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


24th July

Cartmel Races

The second race day of the July meeting is Barbecue Raceday. Bring a barbecue, enjoy 7 races, a fairground and lots of family entertainment. For more information see the Cartmel racecourse web site here ....

Brantwood, Coniston, Home of John Ruskin


Outdoor Theatre by Illyria

Outdoor theatre in Brantwood’s lakeside meadow. “A Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare.  Performed by Illyria. For more information see the Brantwood web site here ...

Urswick, (Nr Ulverston)

26th 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

27th 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


29th - 31st July (Continues to 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 ...


29th 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 .....


29th and 30th 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


29th - 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 ....

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Sunday 30th July

The Mighty Doonans

The Mighty Doonans have a deserved reputation for their imaginative and innovative interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs. With brass, drums, keyboards, electric guitars and amazing vocals, they have the ability to blend different genres of music and dance (and the occasional joke) into their act.

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

Grange over Sands

30th 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

27th - 30th 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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