The Lake District hosts hundreds of world-famous cultural events and festivals. You can watch farmers show off their livestock, cooking and horticultural demonstrations, young men racing up mountains and live entertainment. These family-friendly events are a great way to experience the traditions that have shaped the Lake District’s history and economy. There's lots of things for children to enjoy at the shows, from bouncy castle's to face-painting and competitions like 'best young rider' or 'dog with the waggiest tail'. Add in the Herdwick sheep found at every event, goats and the occasional alpaca, and it's a fabulous day out for all.
Here’s a selection of what’s on in the Lake District in 2020.
- The North Lakes New Year Half Marathon, 5th January 2020 - Kick off your healthy 2020 with a half marathon through Lake District scenery. The course follows a relatively gentle route through the Lorton Valley.
- Keswick Film Festival, Keswick, 27th February - 1st March 2020 - Enjoy a fantastic range of films showing at the Alhambra Cinema, Theatre by the Lake and Rheged IMAX.
- Words by the Water, Keswick, 6th - 15th March 2020 - A 10-day celebration of words and ideas.
- Derwentwater Head races, 7th March - a rowing race event hosted by Lakeland Rowing Club
- The Dalemain Marmalade Festival, 14th - 15th March 2020 - The event will take place at Dalemain stately home and Penrith. The main attraction will be the competition marmalades on display in the state rooms at Dalemain House together with the World's Best Marmalades available to taste and buy in the Great Barn at Dalemain.
- Keswick Half Marathon, 3rd May 2020
- Food and Drink Festival, Muncaster Castle, Date TBC - A three day celebration of good food, drink and all things Cumbrian
- Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival, 7th – 10th May 2020 - This four day festival brings together an array of top Jazz and Blues musicians from Britain, Europe and America. Over 100 jazz events are hosted across a dozen different venues, all covered by your festival pass.
- Keswick Mountain Festival, Keswick, 15th – 17th May 2020 - Jam-packed full of outdoor events, live music, sports events, food stalls, and speakers. The ultimate outdoors weekend!
- Festival of Fools at Muncaster, Ravenglass, Date TBC - Held at Muncaster Castle, this is a wacky festival to welcome back the spring.
- National Trust Grasmere Gallop, Grasmere, 30th May 2020
- Boot Beer Festival, Eskdale, 4th - 7th June 2020
- Appleby Horse Fair, 4th - 7th June 2020
- Keswick Beer Festival, Keswick, 5th - 6th June 2020
- Great North Swim in Windermere, 5th - 7th June 2020
- Cumberland County Show, Carlisle, 13th June 2020
- Light the Lakes, various locations, 12th - 14th June 2020 - lighting up the fells to raise money for the charity Care of Police Survivors
- Lakes Classic Vehicle Show, Grasmere, 21st June 2020
- Keswick Midsummer Festival, 26th - 28th Jun 2020 - a weekend of free events including Midsummer Rock Concert, Prom in the Park and Scruffs Fun Dog Show
- 10in10 Walking Challenge, 20th June 2020
- The Lakesman Triathalon, 21st June 2020
- Woolfest in Cockermouth, 26th - 27th June 2020
- Skelton Show, Hutton-in-the-Forest, 4th July 2020
- Derwentwater Regatta, 4th - 5th July 2020
- Penrith Agricultural Show, 18th July 2020
- Potfest in the Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest, 24th - 26th July 2020
- Cumbrian Steam Gathering, 25th - 26th July 2020
- Ambleside Traditional Sports Day, 30th July 2020
- Kendal Calling, 30th July - 2nd August 2020
- Cartmel Agricultural Show, 5th August 2020
- Appleby Show, 13th August 2020
- Rydal Sheepdog Trials and Hound Show, 13th August 2020
- Gosforth Agricultural Show, 15th August 2020
- Lakeland Country Fair, Torver near Coniston, 16th August 2020
- Hawkshead Show, 18th August 2020
- Solfest Music Festival, 28th - 30th August 2020
- Patterdale Dog Day, 29th August 2020
- Dufton Agricultural Show, 29th August 2020
- The Keswick Agricultural Show, 31st August 2020
- Loweswater Show, Date TBC
- Holker Chilli Fest, 5th - 6th September 2020
- Westmorland County Show, 10th September 2020
- Borrowdale Shepherds' Meet and Show, 20th September 2020
- Eskdale Show, 26th September 2020
- Egremont Crab Fair and Sports, 18th & 19th September 2020
- Kendal Torchlight Carnival, 25th - 26th September 2020
- Lakes International Comic Art Festival, 9th - 11th October 2020
- Wasdale Head Shepherds' Meet and Show, 10th October 2020
- Kendal Mountain Festival, 19th - 22nd November 2020
- Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival, 28th - 29th November 2020
- The World’s Biggest Liar, Santon Bridge Inn, Date TBC
- Taste Cumbria Christmas Festival, Date TBC