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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, and visit exhibitions, outdoor theatres and sporting events, no matter the time of year.

Ten Thousand Daffodils

Daffodils on the shores of Ullswater

From 24 April until 24 June

Helen Ratcliffe’s project and art installation of ten thousand daffodils made of ceramic is unveiled this April. The charity fundraising initiative brings communities together as described by William Wordsworth’s famous poem.

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.

Rheged: film, café, creative space, gallery

Entrance to the Rheged Centre

All year

Throughout the year, the Rheged centre screens unusual productions, from West End theatre live from London, to independent film. Discover latest exhibitions, art from Cumbria and much more.

‘Words on Wednesdays’

Forty Farms

One Wednesday a month

Monthly evening events at the local bookshop in Pooley Bridge, hear from writers and poets, great and small. Who will be speaking during your stay?

Dalemain Plant Fair

The World’s Original Marmalade Festival at Penrith & Dalemain Mansion

Sunday 11 June

A selection of craft stalls, independent growers and specialist nurseries set within Dalemain’s RHS garden and established plantsman’s garden. Take a tour with the head gardner, visit the tearoom and taste the world’s best marmalade.

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.

Ten Thousand Daffodils

Daffodils - credit Janet Wedgwood

 From 24 April to 24 June 

Lowther Castle will be hosting “Ten Thousand Daffodils” an installation of ceramic daffodils within the gardens echoing William Wordsworth’s experience over 200 years ago.

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.

Lakeland Fell & Trail Run

Running alongside Ullswater

Saturday 19 August

A scenic route across Askham Fell and the Lowther Valley, a 13 mile route with 14000ft of ascent. For registration and route details use the link below.

Lake District Summer Music Festival

Theatre by the lake

Throughout July and August

See, hear and experience the finest classical music across the Lake District. Events take place in various locations. The full line-up is released in May.


Stand-up paddleboarding on Ullswater

Saturday 9 September 

The ultimate triathlon event, watch the event from the lake shore or register to take part. Over 150 participants will be involved. SUP lessons and SUP yoga lessons are included in the ticket price.

Cumbria dark skies festival

Stars in the night sky over Cumbria


A selection of night time events in the wilds of Cumbria, get closer to nature, appreciate the dark skies above you. The festival takes place annually in November. Full programme coming soon…

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