August is one of the most popular months to come to the Lake District, and its not hard to see why! With an array of events, warmer weather, and the usual spectacular scenery, it’s the ideal place for a staycation! It’s also festival season and there are lots of country shows and festivals taking place across Cumbria. So get your wellies on and head down to any one of these fun days out!
Cockermouth and District Agricultural Show, 4th August
The Cockermouth Show really has something for everyone. There’s the usual classes including cattle and dog judging (including a special category for children’s pets!), but also more unusual displays including a Mobile Meerkat Display, courtesy of the Lake District Wildlife Park. You can also experience some local customs and traditional activities including Cumberland Wrestling, demonstrations from the Lace and Embroiderers Guild, sheep clipping, and ferret racing!
Cockermouth and District Agricultural Show opens at 9am at The Fitz, Low Road, Cockermouth. £8 adults, £5 concessions, £20 family tickets. Under 5’s go free
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Lake District Sheep Dog Trials, 9th August
Now on it’s 120th event, the Lake District Sheep Dog Trials are a long-standing must-see in the region’s year. Sheepdog trials see specially-trained dogs herding sheep around a set of obstacles, in response to the commands of their owners. It’s really wonderful to watch the dogs and people work together and the skill has great practical use in an area where hill farming takes place on unfenced land. Aside from the trials themselves, the event includes craft displays and demonstrations, hound trails, and Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling.
The Lake District Sheep Dog Trials take place at Hill Farm in Ings, near Staveley and Windermere. The day runs from 10am to 5pm. Adults, £5, children free.
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Lowther Show, 11th - 12th August
Set on the spectacular Lowther Estate - home to the still-impressive façade of Lowther Castle - the Lowther Show is a weekend packed full of events and activities. Billed as “the UK’s finest showcase of country life”, it includes horse driving trials, a clay shooting festival, falconry, hunting dog trials, an antiques fair, music festival, food & beer festival, survival camp, ‘have a go’ activities… the list goes on!
The Lowther Show takes place at Lowther Castle and is open from 9am to 5pm on both days (last entry, 3.30pm). Adult tickets are £15 for one day or £28 for the full weekend, children under 15 go free.
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Gosforth Show, 18th August
Gosforth is a lovely little village that lies between the Lake District fells and the coast. Its annual show is a brilliant event and this year includes all sorts of exhibitions, competitions, and displays ranging from the traditional animal classes to, this year, the Xtreme Stunt Team with their amazing motorbike show by award-winning stuntmen. Other attractions include terrier racing, vintage and steam machinery, a local history tent, children’s sports and pet classes, horticulture, and animal classes for goats, sheep, cattle, and more!
The post code for the show field is CA20 1HT, just outside Gosforth Village. Gosforth Show opens at 8.30am. Adults £7, children £3 (pre-school children go free).
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Lakeland Country Fair, 19th August
Taking place at Torver, near Coniston, the Lakeland Country Fair prides itself on being a traditional event showcasing Cumbrian skills and activities. Alongside the usual, their attractions include Herdwick sheep hand-clipping demonstrations, falconry displays (with the chance to meet the birds), a "Fun Training Activities for You and Your Dog" demonstration, a horn blowing competition, chair caning, leatherwork, weaving, cookery, and much more.
The Lakeland Country Fair opens at 12pm at Torver, near Coniston. Admission is £7 for adults and £3 for children.
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Hawkshead Show, 21st August
Set up by Beatrix Potter (amongst others), this show takes place just half a mile from Hawkshead, a quaint village that allows no traffic in its centre! There are horse classes covering all sizes from miniature to heavy horses, hound trails, horticulture, horse & carriage driving, and over 50 trade stands where you can browse and buy an array of local Lake District produce. The main event is Shaun Raywood’s Dog Display Team.
To find your way to the show at Hawkshead Hill Farm, use the post code LA22 0NN on your SatNav. Adult tickets are £7 and children’s are £3 and the first class starts at 9am.
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Patterdale Dog Day/ Sheep Classes, 24th August
This small event is one of the few remaining truly traditional shows in the Lake District. Centred around an open sheep dog trial, it also boasts other attractions throughout the day. There is a showing of sticks and crooks, a sheep show, craft tent, gundog and terrier shows, hound trials, a craft tent, and a beer tent.
The event takes place on the King George V Playing Field in Patterdale and starts at 8.30am with the Lonsdale Stakes Sheep Dog Trial. Adults £5, concessions £2.50, family ticket, £10.
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Millom and Broughton Agricultural Show, 25th August
Shining a light on rural life and skills, the Millom and Broughton Show hosts an array of livestock showings (horses, sheep, and cows), Cumberland Wrestling, vintage vehicles, children’s classes, dog shows, and fell racing. So whether you’re into horticulture, ponies, crafts, or machinery, there will be something for you!
The Millom and Broughton Agricultural Show is in the historical market town of Broughton-in-Furness at West Park and starts at 9am. £7 adults, £5 children, free for under 11’s.
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Grasmere Sports, 26th August
The Annual Grasmere Lakeland Sports has been running regularly since 1868, interrupted only by the First and Second World Wars. It is one of the most popular events in the Lake District calendar and you’ll definitely want to see it for yourself! There are hound trails, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, fell running, and much more, all set amongst the stunning scenery of the southern Lake District.
Grasmere Sports takes place on The Showfield on Stock Lane, Grasmere. Pre-booked tickets are £11 adults, £3 4-14 years, free for under 5’s, £28 family ticket. Costs are slightly higher when buying on the gate.
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Keswick Show, 27th August
Run by the Keswick Agricultural Society, one of the oldest societies in Keswick, this show aims to encourage improvement of management of land and breeding of animals and to promote agriculture. There will be an array of animals at the event, including ponies, horses, cows, sheep, and dogs. On top of that, you can expect to see displays and competitions in crafts including cross-stitch, patchwork, cushion making and even Wellington boot decorating! There are also the usual events including fell racing, vintage displays, and Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling.
Keswick Show is at the Pump Field, Braithwaite Old Bridge, Braithwaite, just outside Keswick. Adults £8, children under 16 £2, under 6’s free, family ticket £18, senior citizens £5.
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Ennerdale Show, 29th August
The 111th Ennerdale Show is set in a rural location close to Ennerdale Water. Take a bet on the hound trailing, experience traditional animal showings (including sheep, cows, horses, and chickens), or step back in time with the vintage machinery displays. If you’re feeling a bit more active (or if you want to tire out the kids) there is fell racing and children’s sports to participate in. On top of that you have a produce marquee and plenty of refreshments in the form of Cumbrian-brewed ale, local food, and much more.
The Ennerdale Show is in Kirkland, near Frizington. It is suggested that you use the post code CA26 3XZ and, from there, follow the clearly marked route. Tickets are £5 each, young children free. Gates open at 9am.
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Whichever show you decide to head to, we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic time and will come away with a better knowledge of local traditions and a strong appreciation for rural life! You can find your perfect cottage nearby with our cottage search.
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