Lake District Summer Music
Saturday 1st – Friday 14th August
The Lake District Summer Music Festival has been going strong for 30 years, bringing a wonderful blend of beautiful music and stunning scenery together. At venues throughout the Lake District you can find performances ranging from Classical, to Jazz, even Gaelic music, as well as hosted talks and masterclasses.
You can find a full range of events on their website http://www.ldsm.org.uk/
Dales and Lakes Historic Vehicle Day
Sunday 9th August, Grange Over Sands
For classic car and bike enthusiasts, the Dales and Lakes Historic Vehicle Day is bound to be a treat. Display 250 cars and bikes from the 1920s through to the 1990s, the festival is one of the biggest historic vehicle events in the country. And historic vehicles isn’t all there is to see. Various performances will include mainline jazz, country music, a circus, a bird of prey roadshow, a vintage bus ride, and even a bouncy castle if little ones are visiting.
All in all, the day promises to be full of fun and enjoyment. You can find out more about it at http://www.grangehistoric.org/
Western Lake District Kite Festival
Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th August, Millom Rugby Union Ground, Haverigg
The Western Lakes Kite Festival is so much more than it sounds. The kite displays are more akin to bonfire night than your traditional kite in the park. Large, colourful, exuberant and incredibly well designed, the kite collections you’ll see will range from giant, four person kites, to balletic kite displays to parachuting teddy bears and much, much more. Not a series of displays to be missed.
Find out more about the Kite Festival on their website http://www.kite-fest.co.uk/
Beautiful Birds of Prey at Brockhole
Sunday 16th August, Brockhole Visitor Centre
It’s always a pleasure to see trained birds of prey in action, and Brockhole are putting on a free display this August. Watch the birds, including owls and falcons, demonstrate their amazing hunting and flying skills, meet them up close and generally enjoy the scenery.
You can find out more about the Birds of Prey event on the Brockhole website.
Saturday 22nd – Monday 31st August, Carlisle
On Saturday the 22nd August, Carlisle Pageant will open up with a puppet parade, starting at 2pm from the Old Fire Station. The parade includes giant puppets representing key historic characters from the Jacobite period and is a great way to kick off the 10-day event. From the Saturday until the Tuesday there will be the Best of Carlisle Market Stalls, and for the following days an international market will be held.
You can find out more about the Carlisle Pageant on the Discover Carlisle website.
As summer peaks in late July and early August, you can expect a multitude of agricultural shows all throughout the Lake District. All involving local farmers, food and crafts from local communities, animal shows for both livestock and pets and frequently funfairs, these agricultural shows are all bound to be worth a visit if you’re in the area. Since there are so many, all across the Lake District, we thought we’d summarise them for you here:
- Wednesday 5th August: Cartmel Show
- Tuesday 11th August: Lunesdale Show
- Thursday 13th August: Rydal Show
- Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th August: Lowther Show
- Saturday 15th August: Gosforth Show
- Tuesday 18th August: Hawkshead Show
- Monday 24th August: Keswick Agricultural Show
- Wednesday 26th August: Ennerdale Show
- Saturday 30th August: Dufton Traditional Show