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 Milnthorpe Farmer’s Market runs from 9:30 to 2:30 in Milnthorpe Square on Friday the 12th.
The following day (Saturday the 13th), is the monthly Orton Farmers’ Market between 9am and 2pm at Orton Village Hall. Remember, Orton also houses a prize winning chocolate factory!
The Cartmel Monthly Food Market takes place the following weekend, on Friday the 19th Unsworth’s Yard will be open as always between 10am and 4pm for artisanal and speciality foods.
On the 20th, 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 on Friday the 26th, running from 9:30 to 3:30 in the Market Place. It’s the perfect place to stock up on beautiful fresh foods before the month ends.
Out and About
Running from now all the way to the 25th of September is 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.
On Tuesday the 9th, the Kendal Jazz Club will be playing at the River Bar in Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley for their monthly performers. Jazz lovers will not want to miss this!
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.
Thursday the 11th sees the 2016 Vale of Rydal Sheepdog Trials taking place in Rydal Park near Ambleside from 9:00am. Sheepdog trials are accompanied by hound trails and gun dog demonstrations!
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.
Sunday the 21st sees the Lakeland Country Fair 2016 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.
The 24th of August sees an Open Day at Derwent Island House. This National Trust property will be open to show visitors the realities of island life past and present, with most of the trip being outdoors – so dress appropriately!