The Ullswater Fair


The annual Ullswater Fair is a calender highlight and perfect for a family outing, especially if you're staying at one of our Ullswater Cottages. This year the Fair takes place on Sunday 27th June 2015 in Patterdale at the King George V Playing Fields. You can expect fell races, dog competitions and much more at this excellent local event.

The Ullswater Fair a really traditional Cumbrian affair and has a great convivial atmosphere  - locals and visitors alike wander around the stalls inspecting what they have on offer and grilling the stallholders at length about their products. 

Then for refreshments, take your pick from the ice-cream stand, the burger and chips stall or the beer tent – there are also home made cakes and biscuits on sale and last year there was a speciality cider stand!

The stalls are arranged around the edge of the outfield and then the area inside this is left open, so there is plenty of room to sit on the carefully tended grass and have a drink or a picnic and the children can run and play to their hearts content.

There are entertainments for the kids as well – a blow up slide and quaint little rides and then there are the children’s races as well. 

My personal highlight is the terrier racing – ten or fifteen terriers sprint for victory over a 15 meter course - for true aficionados it’s a very serious affair but I find it quite hilarious and the kids love what seems like complete mayhem as little dogs sprint frantically in all directions. It's well worth a watch at this year's show!

There’s a grueling Lake District fell-race as well – it’s 15 minutes of hell, which gives the local youngsters (and some who look old enough to know better) a chance to pit their will power against each other on the ascent and test their nerve on the sprint down – the prize is a small amount of cash and more importantly the lifelong glory of having your name on the list of champions.

We have several beautiful self catering cottages near Ullswater.  Have a look at all of our Lake District Cottages near Ullswater.

You can also have a look at our review of the Lake District shows for more information about Lakeland Shows and Fairs throughout the Lake District.