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Events in Cumbria

From marmalade festivals to long distance swims

We’ve spent time curating a list of local events in Cumbria, so you can strike out for Lakeland adventures with your family, no matter the time of year.

Rheged Forty Farms Exhibition

A sheep in the Lake District

Friday 16 September – Wednesday 4 January

Forty Farms offers a unique insight into the everyday lives, fears and hopes of 40 extraordinary farmers, through photography, film and words.

Theatre by the lake

Theatre by the lake

All year

Musicals, comedy, beer festivals, screenings, opera and a unique setting. Theatre by the Lake has a rich line-up of events taking place this year.

Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal mountain festival

Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 November

A festival for outdoor lovers. This festival is dedicated to awe inspiring adventurous tales from all around the world.  Let film, inspirational speakers, music, art and dance take you to the wildest corners of the planet.

Christmas show: The Borrowers

Theatre by the lake

Friday 25 November – Saturday 14 January

This family friendly production promises to turn the theatre in to one big adventure, with exciting acrobatic treats, fantastic story telling and music.

A fabulous adaption of the classic children’s tale.

Dalemain Marmalade Festival

Marmalade Festival

 Saturday 22 April 2023

Celebrating marmalade in all its brilliance. There will be demonstrations, talks, exhibitions and shows that will inspire, including a special visit from Paddington bear.

Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival

Friday 19 May – Sunday 21 May 2023

Run, swim, hike, cycle, dance, watch, visit. Keswick Mountain Festival is back with a full line up of events including inspiring talks, guided activities and competitive events.

The Great North Swim

Great North Swim

Friday 9 – Sunday 11 June 2023  

The Great North Swim at Windermere is the largest open water swimming event in the UK. As well as swimming events, there will be exhibition stands, food stalls and activities.

Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling

Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 July 2023

The Lake District festival set in the Deer park at Lowther estate. With 250 artists set across 13 stages. Headline acts last year include the Stereophonics, Supergrass and The Streets.

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