Discover what's on in the Lake District and Cumbria

Events in and around the Lake District

What's on in Windermere and the Lake District?

Whatever time of year you decide to visit the Lake District in Cumbria, you’ll find a variety of exciting events that can enhance your holiday experience, from summer parties to Christmas markets.

Support local traders and pop along to the Glebe Markets In Bowness-on-Windermere, participate in a charity run or competitive bike race, or immerse yourself in the local arts and crafts scene and join a workshop at Blackwell.

There are plenty of music events that will have you singing and dancing, markets and shows that showcase our exceptional food and drink, and festivals that celebrate the landscape and outdoor adventures.

Discover big events that draw in crowds from all over the UK, as well as smaller events that focus on community spirit.

Whatever you are looking for in the Lake District, you’ll find something for the whole family, dogs too!

Please check with the event organisers before attending to ensure the event is still taking place.

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Takeaway truck coming to Hill of Oaks!

Takeaway truck coming to Hill of Oaks!

28th and 29th of May | Dalegarth for Boot Station, CA19 1TG

Teddy Mountain® Build-A-Bear Workshops | Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Step into a world of cuddly possibilities! Come to Dalegarth station for an afternoon of terrific teddy bear creating fun! Conclude the workshop with a cuddly companion to accompany you on your train journey back to Ravenglass. Between 11am and 3pm.

31 May - 2 June 2024 | Holker Estate, Cark-in-Cartmel, LA11 7PL

Wild Goat Festival

This festival is the perfect getaway for nature lovers, whether you're a passionate cyclist longing for open trails or a runner keen on traversing rugged landscapes. Savour delicious cuisine, immerse yourself in the pulse of live music, engage in enlightening workshops, and be motivated by talks from sports personalities.

7th, 8th and 9th June 2024 | Ravenglass, CA18 1SW

The Ratty Arms Beer Festival

SAVE THE DATE! The Ratty Arms is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and we're excited to host our first beer festival weekend! Come and enjoy a weekend filled with fun and the best local beers and ales on June 8th and 9th.

14th June 2024 | 6:30 pm - 9:10 pm | Departs Ravenglass station

Spirit of the Lakes Train | With the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and Lanty Slee

Set off on a special 'Spirit of the Lakes' journey through the beautiful Eskdale valley. When you reach Dalegarth station, delve into the fascinating history of local legend Lanty Slee, an award-winning liquor company operating out of the Langdale Valley, and enjoy a tasting of their exquisite spirits.

29th and 30th June 2024

Bluey & Bingo | Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Bluey & Bingo are coming to Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. Come and see them at intervals throughout the day! Book special event tickets in advance.

28th June, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th July 2024, Pooley Bridge, CA10 2NN

Ullswater 'Steamers' Gin Cruises

Indulge in a gin-tasting experience like no other! Ullswater 'Steamers' have joined forces with Chestnut House for an evening of botanical delights against the backdrop of stunning Ullswater. Live music from Fiona Hanlon. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Departs/returns: Pooley Bridge pier

Pooley Bridge, CA10 2NN

Ullswater 'Steamers' Fish & Chip Cruise

Head to Pooley Bridge on the shores of beautiful Ullswater and hop aboard a cruise for a two-hour evening cruise with a fish & chip supper accompanied by musical entertainment from Pete Lashley. This cruise departs Pooley Bridge pier at 7 pm, returning at 9pm.

6th July 2024 | Departs/returns: Pooley Bridge pier, CA10 2NN

Ullswater 'Steamers' Birkett Trophy Cruise

Come and join our spectator cruise for the Ullswater Yacht Club’s biggest event of the year, the Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy race. Race commentary on board. You are welcome to bring your own picnic and our licensed bar will be open, so you can toast the celebrations in style! 12:00 - 3:00pm.

122A Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE

Brewery Arts Centre

World class cinema, live music, theatre and creativity in Kendal! Centrally located in the market town of Kendal, Brewery Arts offers an exciting programme of events including cinema, live music, comedy, theatre and dance, festivals - including the internationally renowned Kendal Mountain Festival, exhibitions and guests talks. Restaurant and bar. (Image: Cumbria Tourism)


The Beer Hall - Staveley 14 Back Lane, Staveley, Kendal LA8 9LR

Hawkshead Brewery

'Beer From The Lakes'. Home to award-winning favourites, try some of their distinctive handmade beers, accompanied by a food board. Set over two levels, the spacious and modern glass-fronted building is a great place to spend an evening. Visit the bottle shop to purchase beers & merchandise. (Image of Staveley, Cumbria Tourism)

Ravenglass, CA18 1SW

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway - Pie & Mash!

Step aboard the La'al Ratty for an lovely evening train ride through the Eskdale valley. Your ticket covers a round trip, starting at Ravenglass station, with pie and mash served upon arrival at Dalegarth station in Eskdale. Please note that a diesel locomotive is used for this journey.

November 7, 2024 - Glenridding, CA11 0US

Ullswater 'Steamers' Dawn Photography Cruise – Autumn Colours

Witness the magic of sunrise over one of England’s most beautiful lakes. Capture the serene Ullswater landscape bathed in warm hues—the perfect opportunity for photographers and nature lovers alike.

Bowness-on-Windermere (top image), Holker Hall, Brewery Arts Centre and Hawkshead Brewery images kindly provided by
Birkett Trophy Cruise image courtesy of Jeff Ashton.

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