A Guide to Lake District Festivals - Summer 2017


Summer’s here and festival season is already upon us. If you’re lucky enough to live in the Lake District, or if you’re coming to see us this year on a summer staycation, you’re bound to find a festival that appeals to you, whether you’re a music lover or a keen runner.

Here’s our list of the top 8 events to check out in and around the Lake District this Summer, 2017!


Cockermouth Live: June 30 to July 2

The self-described ‘festival of music, inspiration and family fun’ is back this July. Set across and around 14 venues spread all over the town, the event brings music of every genre imaginable to stages and street performances over three eclectic days.

The UK’s most prolific session saxophonist Snake Davis, will headline on the Saturday, with theatrical productions, choir performances and even ukelele workshops also featuring on a stacked list of attractions.

For more information, check out the festival website.


Lakeland Trails Ultra 110k - July 1

For those who consider a regular marathon to be a walk in a park, the Lakeland Trails 55k and 110k Ultra Marathons are here to provide a picturesque endurance challenge for the keenest of distance runners.

The routes, starting and ending in Ambleside, take in spectacular views of the dramatic Lake District mountain scenery. Although this year’s event is now full, a carnival atmosphere is guaranteed, so come on down to the finish line and cheer on the competitors!

Visit Ultimate Trails for more information.


Maryport Carnival - July 8

After a year out, Maryport Community Carnival is back on Saturday July 8th. The carnival, famous for its atmosphere of local community spirit, features a parade through the town finished off with presentations and live entertainment.

For more information visit the Maryport Carnival Facebook page.


Kendal Calling – 27 – 30 July

A permanent fixture set in the hilly grounds of Lowther Deer Park, Kendal Calling has reached almost legendary status as one of the UK’s top Summer festivals.

This year’s lineup is one surely not to be missed, with the Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Franz Ferdinand and Tinie Tempah headlining the three-day event among scores of artists, DJs, comedians and alternative acts sharing space over a staggering 15 stages, areas and unique venues.

The full lineup and more details can be found here.


Cockermouth Agricultural Show - July 29

With entertainment for everyone and an action packed day for all the family comes the Cockermouth show, featuring sheepdog demonstrations, Cumberland Wrestling and more!

Craft exhibitions, vintage machinery, bubble football, ‘ridden fancy dress’ and a grand parade are among the hugely varied attractions planned for the event, with visitors encouraged to take part!

For more information visit the show website.


Solfest – August 25 to 27

With over 90 acts on seven stages across a packed three-day event, Solfest - regarded as Britain’s ‘friendliest festival’ - returns to Tarnside Farm near Aspatria this August.

Among this year’s lineup is the instantly recognisable Newton Faulkner. Walkabout artists, workshops, kids activities and kite displays are among the countless additional attractions the festival has on offer over an engaging, family-friendly 3 days.

For more information, visit the Solfest website.


Silloth Beer and Music Festival – September 7 to 10

Is there any greater combination than beer and music? If you’re inclined to agree with that statement, then you’ll love what the great minds in Silloth have put together!

Located towards the Scottish border to the North of the Lake District national park, this festival is perhaps a little further afield than others on this list - but it’s worth the trip to see a combination of global musicians and some of the greatest tribute acts known to man, including Bon Giovi, the Clone Roses and Absolute Bowie.

Arguably though, the stars of the show are the 60 real ales and some 22 draft ciders, many local to the area, all making an appearance over the three day event!

For more information visit the Silloth Beer Festival website.


Westmorland County Show - Sep 14

One of the UK’s favourite Agricultural Shows, the Westmorland County Show is among the largest of its type in the country, with around 30,000 people making the trip annually.

This major livestock show features cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, heavy horses, alpacas, dogs and poultry sections as well as craft and food halls and more than 350 trade stands to view. Displays, shows and competitions throughout the day make it an unmissable event, especially if the weather holds off!

For more information visit the Westmorland Show website.


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