The Lake District is always as busy as spring arrives in earnest, and 2016 is no exception. For our guests, then, we present our guide to some of the most interesting activities this month.
For the Foodies
Re-enact your favourite Bake-Off moments with specialist home-made baked goods at the The Arnside Country Market, W.I. Hall, Arnside, every Friday, 9:30-11:30am
Stock up on fantastic local produce at Milnthorpe Farmers’ Market (perfect for Spring picnics), Milnthorpe Square, Friday 8th April, 9:30-2:30pm
Kick back with some fine local craft beers and live classic rock and pop (think Michael Buble and Fleetwood Mac) at Alexander’s Beer Festival in Kendal, Function House, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, Friday 8th – Saturday 9th April
Check out the atmosphere at Orton Farmer’s Market, with live music, demonstrations and an award winning chocolate factory to investigate. Orton Village Hall and Market Square, Orton, Nr. Penrith, Saturday 9th April, 9:00-2:00pm
Have a chippy tea with a difference! The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Fish Supper is £10.50 for dinner and a view from the train! Ravenglass Station, Friday 15th April, 6:00pm
Pick up some famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding at the Cartmel Food Market, Unsworth’s Yard, Cartmel, Friday 15th April, 10:00-4:00pm
The Kendal Made in Cumbria Farmers’ Market has been going since 1189, and is the oldest known market in Cumbria! Check out a piece of vibrant, living history at Kendal Market Place, Friday 29th April, 9:30-3;30pm
Music & Theatre
Immerse yourself in the complicated politics of Venice with Kendal Gilbert and Sullivan society (Kadgass) Present the Gondoliers (also known as The King of Barataria), Kendal Town Hall, Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th April, 7:30pm
Enjoy a programme of (mostly) 20th century favourites from Levens Choir Concert in Cartmel, Cartmel Priory, Saturday 9th, 7:30pm
In the mood for some jazz? Kendal Jazz Club Gigs in Staveley, at the Hawkshead Brewery & Beer Hall, Tuesday 12th April, 8:00pm, has you covered!
If you enjoy the 1930’s aesthetic, and Shakespeare at his witty and comedic finest, Twelfth Night from Ulverston Outsiders is something you’ll need to check out! It’s at Coronation Hall, Ulverston, Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd April, 7:30pm – tickets are a bargain at £8 on Tuesdays, £10 other days!
With a huge variety of traditional and experimental ciders and ales, live music, gifts and unusual crafts, Kirkby Lonsdale Beer & Music Festival is worth a look! Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC, Friday 29th to Sunday 1st May
Something for the kids… Or the big kids! ArtVenturers are running a Design Your Own 3D LEGO Minifigure Workshop at The Lofthouse Café, Stainton, Nr Penrith, Friday 8th, 11:00am. Immortalise yourself or your family in brick form!
Activities for all ages at the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Family Fun Weekend, including mini trips, guided walks, and special guests. Ravenglass & Dalegarth Stations, Saturday 30th to Monday 2nd May