As we enter August, the land’s bounty becomes more of a focus than ever. As well as the usual range of farmers’ markets dotted around the Lake District (which are always fantastic places to pick up something new and delicious), there are some amazing walks and days or evenings out under the open sky to enjoy.
Food and Markets
The Arnside Country Market runs every Friday between 9:30 and 11:30 am in the WI Hall in Arnside. Delicious home baking and home-grown plants and vegetables are the standout attractions.
Ullswater Steamers run a Cumbrian Fish Supper Cruise every Tuesday evening, departing Ullswater at 7:00pm.
The Cartmel Monthly Food Market takes place at Unsworth’s Yard will be open for artisanal and speciality foods.
Appleby Castle plays host to the Summer Pudding, a festival running from 11am to 11:30 at night offering “a fruity, gooey, indulgent one day festival for all the family!” The Summer Pudding comes round only once a year and is not to be missed.
The Made in Cumbria Farmers Market arrives in Kendal , running in the Market Place. It’s the perfect place to stock up on beautiful fresh foods before the month ends.
Out and About
The Maize Maze and associated entertainments – a home-grown corn maze themed this year around Roald Dahl’s BFG and with many other entertainments beside! At Raines Hall Farm in Sedgwick, this is one Lake District custom that has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
Elsewhere on the same day the Lunesdale Agricultural Show runs from 8:30 to 5:30 in Underley Park, a traditional country show which is sure to fascinate and entertain. Vintage vehicles and Punch and Judy are just some of the events taking place within.
Departing from Bowness Pier 1 at 7pm every Wednesday and Saturday this month are a series of Summer Evening Windermere Cruises. The lake’s magnificent especially on a cool summer evening, so make sure you take the opportunity.
The Lakeland Country Fair at Torver, near Coniston. It runs from noon to 5:30 and promises fell racing, working horses, sheep shearing, ferret racing and birds of prey.