Events

You will find it hard to discover another area in the UK that offers such a broad range of colourful festivals and events all year round.  We have listed below some seasonal events taking place in the South Lakes every year, giving links to their English language websites where available. These websites will be updated with dates for the current year when these are confirmed. If your visit coincides with some of these events, come along and enjoy them with us!

Many local attractions organise an extensive events programme, from spring through to autumn and also at Christmas - remember to check for an up-to-date events calendar when you visit in person or check attraction websites before or during your visit. 

For comprehensive, current information on the hundreds of events taking place all over the Lake District and Cumbria throughout the year, find out more here... (information in English)

For events in the Windermere area and throughout South Lakeland, find out more here... (information in English)


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April

Damson Day, Lyth Valley

Prom Art, Grange-over-Sands (last Sunday of each month, April - September)

May

Printfest, Ulverston

Lakes Alive Summer Festival (events throughout Lake District until September)

Cartmel Races

Country Fest, Kendal Showfield

June

Holker Festival, Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel

Edwardian Festival, Grange-over-Sands

Great North Swim, Lake Windermere

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Ambleside Rushbearing   

Cartmel Races

Grasmere Rushbearing

Ambleside Traditional Lakeland Sports

August

Lake District Summer Music International Festival

Cartmel Agricultural Show

Rydal Sheep Dog Trials

Hawkshead Agricultural Show

Cartmel Races

Grasmere Lakeland Sports & Show

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Mintfest - Kendal International Street Arts Festival

Westmorland Country Show, Kendal Showfield

Ulverston Lantern Procession

October

Coniston Power Boat Records Week

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

November

Kendal Mountain Festival

Christmas Lights Switch Ons in all towns

Dickensian Festival, Ulverston

December

Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair & Procession

 

wobpa25anniversary.jpg2016 is a very special year at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction...

2016 marks 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, one of the world's best-loved children's authors, who has captured our imagination for over 100 years with her beautifully illustrated Tales. On Thursday 28 July, Beatrix Potter's birthday, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction also celebrates its 25th anniversary. A special series of events celebrates both milestones. 

For information on all events at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction during this special year, find out more here...

Mini Egg Hunt - Sunday 27 March

Bunnies and Chicks in the Garden - Tuesday 29 March

Where is Peter Rabbit? Easter Treasure Trail: The Great Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt - Saturday 9 April, 10.00

In 2016, 150 beautiful limited-edition ceramic eggs will be hidden around the Lake District with top prizes to win this year including tickets for the new show 'Where is Peter Rabbit?', the Beatrix Potter musical adventure!

Owl Day - Sunday 19 June

Where is Peter Rabbit? - the Beatrix Potter musical adventure stage show - Monday 27 June to Sunday 4 September at 11.00 and 16.30 with extra shows at 19.00 during summer holidays.

This summer sees the world premiere of the Beatrix Potter Musical Adventure. Inspired by the world-famous storties, this unique show brings to life Beatrix Potter's favourite characters in a visual spectacular, staged in the Old Laundry Theatre within The World of Beatrix Potter. Don't miss this fantastic show!

Beatrix Potter Day - Thursday 28 July 10.00 - 16.00

It's 25 years since The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction opened so we're celebrating by offering entry to everyone at 1991 prices all day! Our very own Beatrix Potter will be meeting visitors during the day and a selection of her favourite animals will be in the garden.

Meeting Bea by Eric Pringle - in the Old Laundry Theatre Friday 16 September - Sunday 9 October

This charming play takes us into Beatrix Potter's later life as Mrs Heelis the Herdwick sheep farmer and countrywoman.

Peter Rabbit Tea Parties

Enjoy a scrumptious party lunch of sandwiches, sausage rolls crisps and cakes galore with Peter Rabbit. A guest of honour will read 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' and every child receives a present and a balloon. Your ticket also includes entry into the exhibition. Fun for all the family! 

All parties start at midday and last 2 hours. Dates for 2016 are:

Sunday 14 February

Saturday 26 March

Sunday 27 March

Wednesday 30 March

Sunday 3 April

Wednesday 6 April

Sunday 10 April

Sunday 1 May

Saturday 28 May

Wednesday 1 June

Wednesday 26 October

Saturday 29 October

For information on more events throughout the year, visit The World of Beatrix Potter website here...

 

beatrixpotter150logo.jpg... and the National Trust is celebrating Beatrix Potter's 150th anniversary too!

 

Beatrix Potter™ © Frederick Warne & Co. 2016.

 

Exhibitions:

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead

Realism and Romance: Beatrix Potter, a life inspired by nature

12 March - 30 October, 11.00 - 16.30

Beatrix's original watercolours and illustrations which explore the inspiration she found in the natural world. From an early age, Beatrix made intricate studies of wild animals, the cycle of the seasons and the woodland environment of her beloved mushrooms.

 

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Two Bad Mice: Mischief in Beatrix Potter's tales

25 March - 30 June, daily except Friday, 11.00 - 16.00

Revisit the magic of childhood among Beatrix's beautifully observed drawings of her best-loved characters - and see naughty mice and curious kittens break the rules!

Beatrix Potter's love of the Northern Lakes

16 July - 30 October, daily except Friday, 11.00 - 16.00

Beatrix had a lifelong love affair with the Lake District and the wild beauty of the northern lakes, in particular, had a profound influence on her creative input. Discover how Squirrel Nutkin, Benjamin Bunny and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle all owe their existence to this glorious landscape.

 

Regular Events:

Allan Bank, Grasmere

Beyond Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter's inspiration

February - December

Throughout the year, Allan Bank will be celebrating by looking beyond Beatrix's work as a children's author and exploring the inspiration she took from her enduring friendship with Canon Rawnsley.

 

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Hill Top, Near Sawrey

Defenders of the Lakes: Potter and Rawnsley

Daily from 25 March, 10.00 - 17.00

In 1882, the young Beatrix Potter met Canon Rawnsley. Discover more about their enduring friendship and how his views inspired Beatrix to preserve special places in the Lakes from being irreparably damaged by development.

Hill Top Showcase Tours

3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June, 1 September, 6 October

Each tour costs £25.00 and starts 30 minutes after closing time (16.00, 17.00 or 18.00, depending on time of year)

This after-hours tour is perfect for Beatrix Potter fans - a chance for exclusive access to the house and to get up close to items from the collection. There'll be time to browse in the shop and enjoy a glass of wine.

 

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead

Exhibition Curator Evenings

£15 per person, 4th Thursday of every month, March - October, except July and August. Starts 30 minutes after closing.

Join the National Trust Curator of the Beatrix Potter Collections for an intimate tour of the Gallery exhibition. Discover more about how Beatrix was inspired to create, conserve and campaign in a life that took her from fashionable London to an idyllic Lakeland village. The tours also give an insight into how the Trust cares for the collections through their programme of conservation work.

 

Castle Cottage Showcase Tours

Each tour costs £25, including refreshments. Friday 8 and Thursday 28 July, 16.45 - 19.00

As part of the Trust's special anniversary celebrations, take an exclusive tour around Beatrix Potter's marital home in Near Sawrey. Rarely open to the public, this is a unique opportunity to peer into Beatrix's most private home. Meet in the Hill Top car park.

 

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Two wild children: Beatrix and William

Wednesdays and Saturdays during school terms, 12 March - 19 October, 11.30

A special 10-minute talk about how the natural world shaped these inspirational figures.

Beatrix Potter by the fire

Tuesdays 29 March, 5 April, 31 May, 26 July, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August, 25 October; Thursday 27 October - 11.30 and 14.30

Get cosy by the kitchen fire as Beatrix Potter shares some of her little books and the stories behind them.

 

Steam Yacht Gondola, Coniston Water

Beatrix Potter's Landscape Cruise and Walk

£19.50 per person. Thursdays 7 April, 12 May, 9 June, 8 September 11.00 - 16.15

Spend the day with a local National Trust Ranger discovering the legacy and impact of Beatrix Potter's life in the Coniston locality. Walk through the Monk Coniston estate to iconic Tarn Hows, returning via Monk Coniston Hall for afternoon tea before re-boarding Gondola back to Coniston Pier. Booking essential.

For more details on how the National Trust will be celebrating Beatrix Potter's 150th anniversary in the Lake District, see their website here...

 

 

The Great Peter Rabbitâ„¢ Egg Hunt

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction's Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt is a popular event in the Lake District calendar, taking place each April.

Saturday 9th of April 2016 - View


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