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What's On in the Lake District in November

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Lake District Show & Festival Calendar

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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

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 ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

1st 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 ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

1st 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)

2nd and 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)

2nd and 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 ...

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)

Saturday 11th November


Four couples, each with their own problems, arrive to celebrate their friends’ tenth wedding anniversary, but their hosts aren’t to be found and a gun has been fired. What follows in this clever and highly entertaining farce is near impossible to explain when the police arrive. With injuries galore and confusion abounding, this is the ultimate dinner party gone wrong. One of Simon’s most celebrated comedies, don’t miss this enjoyable romp through courses of hilarity, hijinks and pathos.

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

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Saturday 11th November

Alone I sing, together we perform

Cumbria Education Trust is delighted to launch their first musical performance. Children and young people aged 4- 18 from across the Trust’s family of schools will come together to share the stage in a showcase of musical theatre, contemporary dance and acrobatic gymnastics.

This concert is a fabulous opportunity for youngsters to demonstrate their skills, celebrate their talent and inspire others to shine.

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

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Sunday 12th November

The Escher String Quartet

One of the most sought after ensembles, the Escher Quartet brings a programme of absorbing and contrasting music including one of Mozart’s greatest quartets, Samuel Barber’s piece with the famous adagio at its heart, and Grieg’s only quartet, rich in texture and invention.

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

Kendal (Various venues in Town Centre)

16th - 19th November

Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival is the biggest and most diverse event of its type in the world, and includes a highly respected international film competition, a packed lecture programme of guest speakers, filmmakers and athletes and crucially it’s the UK's top social gathering for outdoor enthusiasts. For full details, see the mountain festival website here ...


Saturday 18th November

Christmas Lights Parade and Fireworks

A full day of pre Christmas celebration as the town of Ambleside turns on it's Christmas lights in style. The day kicks off at with a Craft Fair at the Kelsick Centre, and Culminates with a Grand Firework Display. For full details see the Ambleside Christmas lights web site here ...


Sunday 19th November

Cockermouth Christmas Lights Switch on

Cockermouth gets into the festive spirit from 2pm, with the Christmas lights switched on at 5pm. Main Street will feature a Children's Fun Fair and Christmas stalls provided by many local charities and organisations selling Christmas gifts, crafts, mince pies, mulled wine etc. Father Christmas will be in his grotto and free face painting will be available in the Cockermouth Town Council tent.


Sunday 19th November

Kendal Christmas Lights Switch on

Santa and his reindeer will arrive in Abbot Hall from 2pm to join in the festive activities before leaving at around 4.10pm to lead the parade through town.

There will be plenty of Christmas festivities and entertainment going on throughout Kendal’s town centre all afternoon before Santa arrives for the lights switch-on at 4.45pm.

The Lakeland Radio stage will host a fabulous selection of festive talent along with live music.


Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November

Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival

Why not savour the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional market town in the Dickensian era? There'll be costume competitions, free events for children, horse drawn carriages, balloon modelling, music and dancing. Plus a traditional fairground, complete with Helter Skelter and a variety of music from folk to brass bands.

There will also be a Christmas market, with lots of unusual gifts and festive food, providing plenty of opportunity for Christmas shopping in a great atmosphere. Why not go in costume and enter into the spirit of the event and take part in the period dress competition? A grand parade around Ulverston takes place on both Festival days. For more information, see the Dickensian Festival web site here ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

25th - 30th November

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 ... 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.