2017 Events To Help You Experience Everything The Lake District Has To Offer
The Lake District is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. It is commonly seen as being the ideal destination for adventure holidays, thanks to the proliferation of lakes and waters, as well as some of the country’s finest hills, mountains, and countryside. It has much more to offer than outdoor activities; boutique hotels, stunning views, and some of the greatest breweries around, as well as hot spots and destinations that are ideal for families and individuals make this a great place to visit. Below is a small selection of some of the most appealing events taking place during 2017 in Windermere and the surrounding towns of Windermere.
What: Spinning The Colours Of Lakeland
Where: Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House
When: To 29Jan 2017
The Lake District has long been at the heart of arts and crafts in the UK. In the late 19th Century, Annie Garnett was well known for her production of high quality yarn and textiles. She managed a spinnery in Windermere, and employed local women to spin the yarn that not only became popular with Lake District residents, but was purchased by companies from around the world. Spinning the Colours of Lakeland is a show dedicated to her life and works. It includes photos, diary entries, and monochromes. The exhibition, which is already well under way, continues until the 29th January.
What: Woodworking Workshops With Woodstone Learning
Where: Rheged Centre, Penrith
When: 21 Feb 2017 – 23 Feb 2017
The Rheged Centre in Penrith plays host to numerous events throughout the year, including the Woodworking Workshops with Woodstone Learning. During these workshops, children, who must be accompanied by adults, can make swords, shields, and wooden wall decorations. Each of the three courses lasts approximately half an hour, and you can spend the rest of the day looking around the centre, as well as nearby Penrith town centre.
What: Marmalade Festival 2017
Where: Dalemain House & Gardens, Penrith
When: 18 Mar 2017 – 19 Mar 2017
The Marmalade Festival is a two day event, held at Dalemain House & Gardens. Thousands of locally and globally produced marmalades are entered into a tasting contest, while stalls and entertainment can also be found at the event. Turn up, try a host of different marmalades for free, and buy jars of your favourite, while enjoying the kind of local food event that is quintessentially Cumbrian.
What: Cumberland Sausage Festival
Where: Muncaster Castle, Cumbria
When: 29 Apr 2017 – 1 May 2017
If marmalade isn’t your thing, and you prefer something more savoury, then the Cumberland Sausage Festival is ideal. It celebrates arguably the county’s favourite local delicacy – the Cumberland Sausage. As well as locally produced sausages, you will also find a host of other local products at the plethora of stalls and pop-up shops that appear.
What: The Cumbria Photography Show
Where: Rheged Centre, Penrith
When: 13 May 2017 – 14 May 2017
Back to the Rheged Centre in May, for the weekend long Cumbria Photography Show. As well as highlighting some of the best photos and art of the region, this event is ideal for the budding photographer, because it plays host to camera brands. Find deals on cameras and accessories, and attend the workshops that are designed to help improve your photography results.
What: The Cumberland Show
Where: East Park, Carlisle
When: 17 Jun 2017
The Cumberland Festival is a massive festival that is dedicated to everything great about the Lake District and Cumbria. You can see the animals that are farmed, buy produce from the farm stalls, and you can enjoy exhibitions and features like sheepdog trials and a collection of traditional farming machinery. This is the first year that the event has been held at East Park, which organisers say will enable them to combine everything into a single and more convenient locale.
What: Hawkshead Beer Festival
Where: Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley
When: 20 Jul 2017 – 22 Jul 2017
Another product that Cumbria is famous for is its locally brewed beer. In particular, the region is famed for its massive number of micro-breweries, many of which are no bigger than a pub cellar. Hawkshead Beer Festival not only brings some of Hawkshead Brewery’s best pints, but it also features many local breweries, most of whom bring a minimum of three brews with them. This is the perfect event for ale lovers.
What: Pirates By Day
Where: Ullswater Steamers, Glenridding
When: 23 Aug 2017
Of course, if you’re looking to celebrate everything that the Lake District has to offer, then you have to spend at least some time on the water. Pirates By Day is an exciting event geared towards the kids, but you can tag along too. Spend the day fending off pirates, and share a booty of gold coins, tattoos, and enjoy onboard games and face painting. Warning: you will get wet at this event.
What: Windermere One Way Swim
Where: Fell Foot, Ulverston
When: 3 Sep 2017
If you’d rather be in the water than on it, then the 10 mile Windermere One Way Swim is a major challenge. Participants have a cut off time of 10 hours to complete the swim and every entrant receives one on one support from a paddle boat. The swim starts off from Fell Foot and ends at Low Wray.
What: Wasdale Head Show and Shepherds Meet
Where: Wasdale Head
When: 14 Oct 2017
The Wasdale Head Show is a unique and quirky event that provides fun for the whole family. Events range from bear judging contests to crook and staff judging. There’s also sheepdog shows, stalls for the kids, and you can find plenty of local produce for sale. For the more active, there’s also a fell race and Cumberland wrestling events taking place over the course of the day.
What: Workington Model Railway Exhibition
Where: Energus Building, Lillyhall
When: 18 Nov 2017 – 19 Nov 2017
The Workington Model Railway Exhibition is the largest of its kind in Cumbria; a county famed for its beautiful country train journeys and railway lines. There will be a multitude of layouts while demonstrations and displays will be provided by groups like Northern Rail, the West Cumbria Guild of Model Engineers, and the Cumbrian Railways Association.
What: Colin Caygill Antique Fair
Where: Rheged Centre, Penrith
When: 10 Dec 2017
The Colin Caygill Antique Fair takes place just in time to get some last-minute Christmas gifts in. There are stalls selling locally sourced items, as well as stalls from suppliers and traders across the country. You will also be able to find food and drink aplenty, and the Rheged Centre is chock full of amenities and features to help ensure you have a great day.
Whatever time of year you are visiting, there is always plenty to do in the Lake District to ensure a great stay. The Hideaway at Windermere, http://www.thehideawayatwindermere.co.uk/, is a luxurious, boutique hotel conveniently situated in Windermere, which is the transport and central hub for the region.