June 2017 in the Lake District


Over the last weekend, visitors to Keswick have enjoyed its annual Mountain Festival 2017, so we’ve put together a list of some of the wonderful things happening around the Lake District during the rest of June.

Where is Peter Rabbit?, throughout June

The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-WindermereThis highly acclaimed musical theatre show will be a delight to fans of Beatrix Potter both young and old. Based on the original stories by the well-loved author, and with incredible puppetry and music, the show is a must see. Head over to The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere for a performance.

Take a look at our cottages around Winderemere.

Ulverston International Music Festival, 7th – 17th June

Set up in 2004, the Ulverston International Music Festival introduces classical music to visitors of all ages. With musical events such as a touring production of the opera, Tosca, a Jazz Night, saxophone concerts for children, and recitals from a range of different instruments, the Festival is a must for anyone who loves music. On the 15th June there is a dynamic duo of percussionists, along with children from local schools. It's an entertaining way to learn about and experiment with drums and other percussion instruments.

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Cumberland Show, 17th June

Calfs in the Lake DistsrictThis yearly event is arranged by the Cumberland Agricultural Society, which has been promoting agriculture and rural life in Cumbria for over 175 years. The Cumberland Show celebrates a mix of traditional farming methods and modern techniques, culminating in a festival of the countryside, food, and farming. There is something here for everyone, whether you’re a farming expert or just want to learn some more. From machinery displays, horticulture and garden areas, renewable technologies, a car showroom, and lots of games, rides and activities, the Cumberland Show is a great day out for all the family.

Set yourself up close to the Show in one of our cottages in the northeast Lake Disitrct.

Sedbergh Food and Drink Festival, 18th June

Sedbergh in CumbriaSedbergh is a pretty town that has the privileged position of being part of both Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. As a result, its food and drink festival is a celebration of both regions. The Sedbergh Food and Drink Festival promotes local businesses and food, and offers an exhibition of local heritage. If you want to experience flavours from further afield, there is even international food made with local produce: try food from India, Thailand, and Japan. If you feel like getting more hands on, why not try the pie making competition? There are lots of other events at the festival, including a food market, afternoon tea, and an Open Farm on the 18th June. Some events require advance booking.

Take a look at our cottages in the Yorkshire Dales.

Colin Caygill Antiques Fair, 18th June

Whether you’re a serious collector of antiques or just like to hunt for a bargain, the Colin Caygill Antiques Fair will have something for you. The Fair, in Penrith’s Rheged heritage centre, is bursting with all sorts of treats, including home furnishings, collector’s items, vintage jewellery and clothes, militaria, and much more. Once you’ve tired yourself out from all that shopping, you can enjoy delicious local food in one of Rheged’s cafes, or explore the other activities and exhibitions taking place.

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Summer Solstice Fun, 21st June

Castlerigg Stone CircleCelebrate the longest day of 2017 with a mystical druid ritual at the famous Castlerigg Stone Circle. Join Lake District Hotels on a guided walk to the stunningly-situated stone circle where you will greet the sunrise, have a tasty hot breakfast, listen to the druid ritual, and enjoy a short talk about pagan rituals and the relevance of Castlerigg Stone Circle. Booking essential.

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Woolfest 2017, 23rd – 24th June

Herdwick Sheep over DerwentwaterWoolfest first came to Cockermouth in 2005 to showcase and celebrate the best wool and wool crafts. Though the demand for wool has been declining fro a number of years, Woolfest displays the versatility and importance of this natural fibre. The festival also offers the chance to explore the creativity of local wool craftsmen.

Take a look at our cottages in Cockermouth.

Dentdale Music and Beer Festival, 24th – 26th June

Musician at Maryport Blues FestivalImagine a summer weekend with a bottle of locally-brewed beer in hand and an array of FREE music and fun. If that sounds ideal, then Dentdale Music and Beer Festival is the place for you. With music ranging from Ska and Reggae, to rock and even ‘folkadelic dance’, you’ll be bopping along for the full three days of the festival.

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Shipwreck Survival Skills, 25th June

Canoe on WastwaterTake the kids along to the Glenridding Sailing Centre for an exciting day of canoeing, campfire building, map-making and exploring. Alongside forest skills practitioner, Stomping Ground, the Sailing Centre lead the group in a challenge to survive a shipwreck! The kids will love this adventure where they got to learn new skills during a fun and hands-on activity day.

Whilst the kids are busy, put up your feet in one of our Glenridding cottages.

Cartmel Races, 30th June – 2nd July

Cartmel Racecourse is a small racecourse in Cartmel – but don’t let its size put you off! Despite its size, it attracts one of the largest audiences in the country. This racemeeting features the most valuable race of the year for the course: The Cumbria Crystal Hurdle Race, which is worth over £25,000! This year is extra special, with Tom Jones performing during the event. Booking is essential.

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We hope we've given you enough to keep you busy during June. To see a full list of cottages, visit our cottage search.

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