The Lake District has a wide range of events and attractions for you to visit at any time of the year, but with spring fast approaching, we thought we’d offer a selection of events that are happening in the Lake District throughout March. Whether there are spring showers or warm blue skies, there are always things happening for you to enjoy.
The World Original Marmalade Awards
Saturday 28th February – Sunday 1st March, Dalemain Mansion & Gardens, Cumbria
Set in the beautiful Dalemain mansion and gardens, the World Original Marmalade Awards is a festival celebrating this wonderful preserve in all its forms. With over two hundred competition marmalades available to taste, you’ll definitely have a wonderful day. There will be readings from the Paddington Bear books, and a number of demonstrations, lectures and workshops, including a ‘Wines to Go with Marmalade’ workshop and a lecture on the history of the Aga.
For more information, please visit: http://www.dalemainmarmaladeawards.co.uk/
Made in Cumbria Farmers Market
Friday 6th March, Carlisle City Centre
Made in Cumbria seeks to deliver quality, innovation and craftsmanship through Cumbria’s local business community. Not only do they sell high quality and delicious food, you’ll also be able to find a variety of jewellery, ceramics and clothing designed and made in Cumbria. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the rich and unique heritage of Cumbria and the Lake District in all its forms, and enjoy a fine day out.
You can find more information here: http://www.madeincumbria.co.uk/
Kendal Festival of Food
Saturday 7th March – Sunday 8th March, Kendal Town Centre
Visit the pretty market town of Kendal for the 6th Annual of festival of food to explore the best produce the Lake District has to offer. There will be over 95 stalls across the festival dedicated to producers, artisans, world class chefs and upcoming talent in the culinary world. There will be plenty of demonstrations, talks and tastings to keep you busy and, especially for 2015, Wainwright’s Yard will be hosting Wainwright’s Yard Drinks Village. Here you can see and taste the region’s best drinks and meet their producers.
Fish and Chip Supper at Ravenglass and Eskdale RailwayFriday 13th March, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Set off from Ravenglass station at 6pm for a traditional fish and chip supper at Fellbites Café. Spend your Friday evening on one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways England has to offer. On the way to Fellbites, you’ll be retracing one of Wainwright’s favourite routes and travelling through seven miles of gorgeous scenery, including the Scafell Range, England’s highest mountain range, as well as the nature reserves of the Ravenglass Estuary, following on to the timeless woodland and fells of the Eskdale Valley.
To find out more, please visit: http://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/
An Evening of Classical Saxophone
Friday 13th March, Coronation Hall, Ulverston
If your tastes are more musical, you may want to attend an evening of classical saxophone music. A mixture of legends such as Snake Davis, Tommy Smith, Courtney Pine and Rob Buckland join the best of up and coming talents, including Jess Gillam and Jess Wood. You’ll be sure to enjoy a talented and magical night of classical saxophone music not to be missed.
Abbot Hall Art Gallery Talk: Curiosities of the Collection
Monday 16th March, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
Abbot Hall Gallery can boast a number of outstanding pieces of art, from artists including George Romney, John Varley and Edward Lear. Abbot Hall also boasts modern and contemporary landscapes, with works from Gillies, Hitchens, Sutherland, Lowry and Piper. There will be a talk by a member of the curatorial team, Suzannah Brown, to help you discover some of the lesser known pieces in the collection.
For more information, please visit: http://www.abbothall.org.uk/
Royal Opera House Live Screening of Swan Lake
Tuesday 17th March, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
A truly stunning performance not to be missed, the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal will be showing a live screening of the Royal Opera House’s performance of Swan Lake. The beauty of Tchaikovsky’s ballet score is matched by the elegant choreography created for the Mariinsky Theatre in Anthony Dowell’s production. Designs based on the Russian Imperial Court will sweep you away into another world where historical accuracy and gothic fantasy really bring the production to life.
Find out more information here: https://www.breweryarts.co.uk/
Walk Over Tom Heights to Colwith Force and Holme Fell
Sunday 29th March, Glen Mary Bridge
Any visit to the Lake District is incomplete without at least one walk over the hills and fells. This medium length walk will have exceptional views over the gorgeous Coniston Water as you walk the 6.2 miles from Tom Heights to Holme Fell. There’s no cost for the guides, so feel free to join in at the Tom Gil NT car park at Glen Mary Bridge, at 10:30am, although you can make a donation if you wish. This is the perfect opportunity to dust off your walking boots and your waterproof clothing to see the full majesty of the Lake District. It’s recommended that you bring your own refreshments and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
Artisan Cheese Making in the Home
Tuesday 31st March, Greystoke Cycle Café, Penrith
Greystoke Cycle Café are well known for the ‘quirky’ workshops that set them apart as so much more than a mere café. As a family run tea-garden, they have unusual opening hours, although they will occasionally serve cyclists at other times. As well as a lovely two course meal and refreshments including home baked cake, you will be learning to make cheese with local dairy sheep farmer, Rachael Shreeve, from Aries Dairies. You will be making soft cheese in the day, as well as learning about the process of hard cheese making, and how to deal with the difficulties surrounding artisan cheese making. Finally, you will be able to sample a selection of the wonderful cheeses Rachael has made.