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What's On in the Lake District in September

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


August Events listing for the North Lakes


September National Park Authority events listing


October National Trust Events listing





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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 ...


1st - 5th 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 2nd 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

13th 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 ....


14th September

Kendal Torchlight Carnival

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


14th and 15th 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....

Rosthwaite (Borrowdale)

16th 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 .....

Grange over Sands

23rd 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 ...


29th 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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