The hills and endless footpath leading to and around them provide enough reasons to come and spend time here but there’s actually enough local events that can make your stay even more fun!
This weekend, from 9th to 11th of June is the Keswick Mountain Festival held in the most beautiful setting just by Derwentwater in Keswick. The festival combines music, sporting challenges, inspirational talks and great atmosphere and is a definite must-go for anyone with even the slightest interest in the great outdoors! Those who wish to see how their training has progressed can take part in swimming, cycling or running events, or those who wish to do them all, you can also try out the triathlon. There are also many outdoor activities from guided walks to climbing and canoeing to dry stone walling. If you’re short of inspiration, the various speakers and presentations will definitely spark your passion again. We can only anticipate in excitement what the two strong women known for their ultrarunning triumphs, Nicky Spinks and Jasmine Paris have to say on Friday night! The headliner for music is KT Tunstall but all other bands will definitely give you reasons for some festival-style dancing.
If going, you should go and check out the stand for Independent Hostels UK to find new and exciting places to stay all over the country!
There is more great music coming our way with the Kendal Calling festival at the end of July from 27th to the 30th. A music festival in the beautiful green countryside just couple of miles outside Shap in Lowther Deer Park is definitely one of the main events of the year. The lineup this year is just unbelievable with Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand and Jake Bugg being just some of the headliners. The fours days are guaranteed to be full of fun and amazing musical performances.
The weekend after Kendal Calling offers a different reasons to get down and muddy – Total Warrior takes over the fields around Shap on 5th and 6th of August. The obstacle race brings thousands of people into Shap who all wish to challenge themselves on the course. The village will be buzzing with adrenaline over that weekend as men and women run through mud and rivers, up the hills and down the fields over this beautiful terrain. For those of you who are not gluttons for punishment, there are hours worth of entertainment watching people crawling through mud and sliding down the hill!
For those of you who prefer more traditional countryside events, Lowther Show is held again on 12th and 13th of August. The show brings together the best in country sports such as clay shooting and angling. It’s also home for Horse Carriage Trials, the Lowther Hound Show, Food and Beer Show and Lowther Trail Run. It is a great family day out offering something for everyone!
Cumbria and the Lake District is an exciting place for whatever you like doing. We have only mentioned some of the biggest events near us but there’s surely much more going on all over the county. Keep your eye out on Cumbria Tourism calendar to find events that you might be interested!