Lake District Events And Festivals

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The Lake District has a diverse calendar of events and festivals throughout the year. If you're planning on attending one of these, staying in Keswick is an excellent option. With its convenient location, wide range of accommodation and dining options, access to outdoor activities, and local attractions, Keswick is the perfect base for exploring the region and experiencing all that it has to offer. 

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Lake District Events and Festivals

Marmalade Festival Dalemain Estate, Ullswater 22nd April Festival celebrating all things marmalade, from the competitive Marmalade Awards, to demonstrations, talks and exhibitions
Taste Cumbria Wigton Wigton 22nd April Food stalls, local produce, live music and children’s activities
10,000 Daffodils Lowther Castle and Gardens 24th April to 24th June A spectacular celebration of the rich literary and historical legacy of Ullswater. 10,000 ceramic daffodils will be “planted” against the romantic background of Lowther Castle and Gardens
Potfest Penrith 2nd – 4th June
Celebrating all things clay. The best in ceramics from across the UK. Meet the artists, talk pots and buy directly from the makers
Lakes Classic Vehicle Show Stavely near Kendal 18th June
Hundreds of Classic Vehicles, family-friendly trade stands, attractions, entertainment and games
Lord Birkett Regatta Ullswater Yacht Club 1st to 2nd July Festival of sailing on Ullswater. Ullswater Steamers are hosting a special cruise to follow the action
Kendal Calling Penrith 27th 30th July Large music festival with masses of bands and experiences, suitable for the whole family
Lake District Summer Music Festival Various venues 28th July – 6th August From string quartets to jazz and baroque specialists to world music. Watch todays leading musicians and passionate young musicians, all in the beautiful Lake District
Wild Goat Festival Holker Hall near Ulverston 11-13th August A family festival for an action-packed weekend of trail running, gravel biking, music, food and inspirational talks
Taste Cumbria Maryport Maryport - seafood 12th & 13th August Taste of the Sea Festival. Producer’s market, drinks tent, chef demonstrations and live music. All to promote locally caught fish and seafood
Silloth 24th – 27th August An independent, eclectic, family festival which has grown from a local shindig to one of the UK's best loved independent festivals
Wannasee Festival Hutton-in-the Forest, Penrith 25th – 27th August World class tribute bands, a family friendly atmosphere in a popular festival
Taste Cumbria Cockermouth Cockermouth 23rd & 24th September The flagship Taste Cumbria festival returns with the producer’s market, street party, live music, chef demonstrations and fairground rides
The Winter Droving Penrith 28th October The annual torchlit procession. Dress up and enjoy the music, masks, market stalls and street performances
Kendal Mountain Festival Kendal 16-19th November The UK’s biggest adventure festival. With films, talks, stands and activities. This event is in multiple venues in Kendal and is a must see for outdoor enthusiasts
Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival Ulverston End of November - dates TBC A Christmas festival with a Dickensian theme. Dress up and enjoy the street performers, mulled wine, stalls and parades
Taste Cumbria Christmas Cockermouth 9th & 10th December More than just fantastic food and drink, this Christmas Taste Cumbria brings gifts and homewares alongside the producer’s markets. Why not stock up on sweet treats and Christmas presents while you’re here

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