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What's On in the Lake District in September

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Lake District Show & Festival Calendar

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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)

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 ...

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 ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Selected dates (Continues until 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 ...

Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness

1st - 3rd

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 ....


1st - 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 ....

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


Sunday 3rd September

Loweswater Show

A very traditional-style agricultural show with many other attractions, including Show and Fell ponies, sheep, cattle, heavy horses, carriage driving, Chirdrens' sports, fell races, and at 3.30 pm the Grand Parade and Fancy Dress parade. Held in field opposite New House Farm, Lorton, near Cockermouth. For more information see the Loweswater Show web site here ...

Crooklands Nr Kendal

14th September

Westmorland County Show

One of the oldest of the region's traditional shows, but bang up to date in terms of attractions. The show is regarded as one of the finest one day shows in the country and regularly attracts in excess of 25,000 visitors. As well as the traditional agriculturally themed elements, (including dancing sheep!), there will be cookery demonstrations led by TV chef Phil Vickery in order to provide inspiration for your visit to the massive food hall, which will be offering a huge range of local produce. For full details and to buy discounted tickets online, see the Westmorland Show web site here ....


15th September

Kendal Torchlight Carnival

For full details of this year's Carnival, see the Kendal Torchlight Carnival web site here ...


15th and 16th September

Crab Fair and Sports

Nothing to do with Seafood, despite Egremont being near the coast, the Crab Fair is an annual celebration after harvest time. The term fair is a traditional one, dating back to 1267, so don't expect a huge fun fair. It is called the Crab fair since The Lord of Egremont started a tradition of giving away crab apples, and the tradition continues to this day with the Parade of the Apple Cart, where apples are thrown to the crowds which throng the Main Street. The modern day fair commences with a number of sporting events, including Cumberland wrestling,and continues throughout the day and into th evenning with a variety of amusements include the celebrated World Gurning Championship where contestants pull ugly faces through a horse collar or 'braffin', a pipe smoking event and the singing of hunting songs. For more information see the Crab Fair web site here....

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

Saturday 16th September

The Professor of Adventure

He smelt like a mountain goat, chain-smoked and lived in a cave high up in
Borrowdale. Millican Dalton was a mountain guide, philosopher and self-proclaimed
inventor of shorts. A wonderful one-man show staged in the actual cave where
he lived.

The performance is in a cave, so seating will be limited and basic. If you
prefer your creature comforts please bring folding camping chairs.

Performance information

This is a unique and unusual performance in an unheated cave up a steep, uneven
path, therefore we suggest that you read the details below to ensure that the
arrangements are suitable for you.

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

Rosthwaite (Borrowdale)

17th September

Borrowdale Shepherds Meet and Show

Not as large as some Lakeland Shows, the emphasis at Borrowdale is on the traditional. Animal classes, Sheep dog trials, fell racing and hound trails. For more details see the Borrowdale Show Web site here .....


Festival of the Fells

21st - 25th September

A mountain, outdoor-activity and cultural festival, designed particularly to appeal to fell lovers of all levels, but there is plenty of interest for people who just love Ambleside

Get more information here ....


Grange over Sands

24th September

Prom Art

The final 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 ...


30th September

Eskdale Show

A traditional country show, with classes for Herdwick sheep, foxhounds and terriers, along with hound trailss, local handicrafts, children's sports events and fell races, vintage farm machinery and wrought iron working and wood turning. For full details, see the Eskdale Show web site here ...

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