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Lake District Events 2015

If you're stuck for things to do when you visit the Lakes, or want some help planning your stay, we've listed some of the key events taking place over the next few months.

If you need any further help planning your trip, or want to make your stay extra special, just let us know and we'll do our best to help.

MAY

Chess the Musical at Stanwix Theatre

Details

What happens when a sport known for introverted personalities is thrust into the public limelight? We find out when a very talented, though also arrogant and conceited Chess player demands the spotlight, creating interest in the game well beyond its usual fan base.

A board game rivalry becomes a spectacle, with the added intent of the media to highlight the political turmoil between their two nations who do not trust one another. The impact changes lives, loves and the ability to trust. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand.

With a stunning score the musical Chess will stay with you long after the curtains have closed.

Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Based on an idea by Tim Rice. An amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Sweet Charity at Stanwix Theatre

Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather, misadventures in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guiless lady known as Charity Agnes Valentine - "the lady of the evening" who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through a string of romances, always believing she’s found Mr Right. Featuring the hit songs ‘Big Spender’, ‘If They Could See Me Now’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’, ‘Sweet Charity’ is a musical not to be missed this year!

Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Field Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinello and Ennio Flaino. Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris. Conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse. By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

Chess the Musical at Stanwix Theatre

What happens when a sport known for introverted personalities is thrust into the public limelight? We find out when a very talented, though also arrogant and conceited Chess player demands the spotlight, creating interest in the game well beyond its usual fan base.

A board game rivalry becomes a spectacle, with the added intent of the media to highlight the political turmoil between their two nations who do not trust one another. The impact changes lives, loves and the ability to trust. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand.

With a stunning score the musical Chess will stay with you long after the curtains have closed.

Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Based on an idea by Tim Rice. An amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Holker Hall Garden Festival at Holker Hall and Gardens

In true Festival style, Holker brings together magnificent show gardens, glorious horticulture, delicious artisan produce and fine craftsmanship to entertain and delight visitors of all ages.

Hosted by Lord and Lady Cavendish and set in the beautiful Holker Parkland, the 23rd Holker Garden Festival promises to be an exciting blend of new attractions and the return of some familiar and much loved sights.

For further details see www.holkerfestival.co.uk

Sweet Charity at Stanwix Theatre

Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather, misadventures in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guiless lady known as Charity Agnes Valentine - "the lady of the evening" who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through a string of romances, always believing she’s found Mr Right. Featuring the hit songs ‘Big Spender’, ‘If They Could See Me Now’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’, ‘Sweet Charity’ is a musical not to be missed this year!

Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Field Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinello and Ennio Flaino. Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris. Conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse. By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

The Dardanelles at Brewery Arts Centre

That was their UK debut and many regarded them as one of the event’s outstanding highlights? Since then, they have returned as one of the main visiting attractions at Shetland Folk Festival in 2014 where they were once more singled out for praise following barnstorming performances that left crowds exhilarated and utterly breathless? When they went on to hit the mainland, they played a string of sold-out shows before returning home?

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

Chess the Musical at Stanwix Theatre

Details

What happens when a sport known for introverted personalities is thrust into the public limelight? We find out when a very talented, though also arrogant and conceited Chess player demands the spotlight, creating interest in the game well beyond its usual fan base.

A board game rivalry becomes a spectacle, with the added intent of the media to highlight the political turmoil between their two nations who do not trust one another. The impact changes lives, loves and the ability to trust. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand.

With a stunning score the musical Chess will stay with you long after the curtains have closed.

Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Based on an idea by Tim Rice. An amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Country Fest at County Show Ground

Country Fest – For Country Lovers is organised by the Westmorland County Agricultural Society.

Country Fest will be held Saturday 30 May & Sunday 31 May 2015. Building on previous successes, another weekend of wide-ranging activities is planned for all ages

For further details see www.westmorlandshow.co.uk

Sweet Charity at Stanwix Theatre

Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather, misadventures in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guiless lady known as Charity Agnes Valentine - "the lady of the evening" who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through a string of romances, always believing she’s found Mr Right. Featuring the hit songs ‘Big Spender’, ‘If They Could See Me Now’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’, ‘Sweet Charity’ is a musical not to be missed this year!

Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Field Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinello and Ennio Flaino. Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris. Conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse. By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

JUNE

The Railsplitters at Brewery Arts Centre

Working out of The Colorado Rockies, The Railsplitters are widely recognised as 'the band to watch' on the progressive bluegrass scene, having carried off Best Band title at the prestigious Rockygrass festival in 2013. When their album got its UK release, reviewers were glowing in their praise.

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

Appleby Horse Fair at Appleby in Westmorland

A traditional, informal gathering of gypsies and travellers - lively atmosphere with plenty to see - horses being washed in river, raced down street, stalls etc.

The Fair is an annual gathering of Gypsies and Travellers which takes place on the first week in June, from Thursday to the following Wednesday, but this is essentially a weekend event the main days being the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Appleby Fair is unique in Europe and, as well as attracting around 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers, over 30,000 other visitors attend the Fair, with Sunday being the traditional main visitors' day.

Please note *This is not an organised event.* Visitors attend at their own risk. More information is available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

For further details see www.applebyfair.org

Cumberland Show at Carlisle Racecourse

Celebrating it's 176th anniversary, this is a traditional county show with a great mix of farming, food and entertainment. Thousands of animals on display, countryside skills, traditional sports, local produce, cookery demonstrations, crafts, shopping and activities for all. Shetland Pony Grand National, Titan the Robot and many other entertainment features. A great value family day out.

For further details see www.cumberlandshow.co.uk

Grasmere Gallop 2015 at Grasmere Sports Field

Challenge yourself to a scenic trail run in the stunning setting of Grasmere and Rydal. Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that your entry fee will be invested right back into looking after this world-famous landscape.

For further details see www.grasmeregallop.co.uk

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meeting at Fellside Centre

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) meets monthly (except December) on Sundays 2-4.30pm at Fellside Centre, Low Fellside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4NH. All welcome. Meetings led by Sangha (Community of Buddhist Monks) authorised teachers.

For further details see buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/

Great North Swim at Windermere

The Great North Swim is a mass participation open water swim in Windermere. The event takes place at the heart of the beautiful Lake District and provides a real challenge to expert swimmers and amateurs alike. Choose from 4 distances – ½ mile, 1 mile, 2 miles or 5km. Wetsuit only event.

For further details see www.greatswim.org/

Orton Farmers Market at Orton

At Orton Farmers' Market over 35 local farmers, growers, producers & artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts. The market takes place on the second Saturday of every month all year round.

For further details see www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

Hutton Horse Trials at Hutton in the Forest

Top level names from the world of Eventing will be competing in the Hutton Horse Trials, bringing all the thrills and spills of the sport at this high level to county.

The Hutton experience is one for all the family - not just its pony mad members! Set in the grounds of a beautiful country estate the horse trials promise memorable days out.

Come and join us and enjoy sporting excellence at its best!

For further details see www.cumbriahorsetrials.com

Woolfest at Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre

The original British wool festival, celebrating nature's finest fibres with over 170 producers and craftspeople. Demonstrations, rare breed animals and wool craft inspiration for everyone.

For further details see www.woolfest.co.uk

Appleby Rotary 10k and Eden Valley Fun Run at Appleby Grammar School

For a great day out for all the family come along to Appleby Rotary 10k (a road race licenced by UK Athletics)and Eden Valley Fun Run. Organised by The Rotary Club of Appleby all money raised goes to local schools and charities. Online entry available through Appleby Rotary website.

JULY

A L'ancienne: The Lakes Vintage & Cycling Festival at Ford Park House

We’ve learnt a lot from our first Á L’ancienne in 2014. Now we ready to deliver something special. We’re creating a weekend of cycling times gone by. A time when things were simple. We’re creating an event where traditional Lake District fun, friendship and amazing rides are all that matter. So join us!

New, longer, better routes with more choice on the day.
On site music venue with live music all weekend.
Vintage fair.
Cycle market and cycle jumble.
On site camping and motorhome parking.
Traditional music festival in the town centre from Furness Tradition.
Great food available on site.
Pub – The Coro Arms
Our very own Á L’ancienne beer.
Lower entry fees – more for less!

For further details see www.sportivelakes.co.uk

Orton Farmers Market at Orton

At Orton Farmers' Market over 35 local farmers, growers, producers & artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts. The market takes place on the second Saturday of every month all year round.

For further details see www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

The Lakes Chilli Festival at Dalemain Historic House & Gardens

The Lakes Chilli Fest is back! The festival itself will once again bring the great and the good from the chilli scene alongside Made in Cumbria members bringing the local element to the event. There will be fantastic Street food from around the globe, entertainment and a fully licensed bar bringing real ales, wines and cocktails.

For further details see www.thelakeschillifest.co.uk/

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meeting at Fellside Centre

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) meets monthly (except December) on Sundays 2-4.30pm at Fellside Centre, Low Fellside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4NH. All welcome. Meetings led by Sangha (Community of Buddhist Monks) authorised teachers.

For further details see buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/

Calamity Jane at The Sands Centre

Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams, for the Deadwood Stage. But things don't go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her 'Secret Love'...

With an Oscar nominated score that includes 'The Black Hills Of Dakota', 'The Deadwood Stage' (Whip-Crack-Away), 'Just Blew In From The Windy City' and the award winning song 'Secret Love', don't miss this new production which blows into Carlisle for one week only.

Potfest in the Park at Hutton in the Forest

An amazing day out amongst some of the most creative makers in clay from all over the UK, Europe and beyond in the magnificent surroundings of Hutton-in-the-Forest, nr. Penrith, Cumbria.

The venue, Hutton-in-the-Forest, is a cultural destination in itself with it's walled garden, topiary terraces and woodland walks. The ceramics festival takes place in and around marquees in front of the castle, with the potters competition pieces on the lawn, juxtaposing ancient architecture and modern ceramics.

Hutton-in-the-Forest lies 5 miles northwest of Penrith, Cumbria (M6 junction 41) - on the edge of the stunningly beautiful Lake District National Park.

For further details see www.potfest.co.uk

Cumbria Steam Gathering at Cark Airfield

Cumbria Steam Gathering is back for its 43rd year and is set to be as loud, colourful and fun-packed as ever! Taking place over the weekend of 25th & 26th July, the gathering is always a real crowd pleaser and a great day out for all the family with tonnes of activities to get involved in.

There will be a stunning variety of spectacular steam engines, vintage commercial vehicles, hundreds of classic cars, motorcycles, bicycles, agricultural and industrial tractors, farm equipment and stationary engines to admire and enjoy.

The event is catered for by a variety of food outlets and a fully licensed bar area ensuring that the Cumbria Steam Gathering is a great way to experience all of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a marvelous and quintessential Cumbrian weekend.

For further details see www.steamgathering.org.uk

Ambleside Sports at Rydal Park

Join us at Rydal Park on Thursday 30th July for the annual Ambleside Sports. There will be a variety of sports throughout the day including:

* Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling
* Hound Trails
* Track Races
* Guides Races
* Rydal Round Fell Race

In addition there will be numerous trade stands and a catering marquee.

For further details see www.amblesidesports.co.uk

Kendal Calling 2015 at Lowther Deer Park

Kendal Calling is an award-winning, innovative, independent festival based in the Lake District. It features pioneering contemporary music and art alongside traditional rural entertainment. We pride ourselves on being the most fun you can have in the countryside with fields full of activities and attractions for everyone, from families to stag parties!

For further details see www.kendalcalling.co.uk

Potfest in the Pens at Penrith Auction Mart

The only unselected show in the UK giving an opportunity to see the work of the well established alongside the next generation. Up to 130 potters will be taking part in this, the oldest potters' market in the UK. The result is an exciting mix of the sophisticated and the raw power of the next generation.

No art hype, no gallery glitz, just potters and public enjoying each other's company in a down to earth setting. The event is held under permanent cover at Skirsgill Auction Mart, Penrith - 100 yds west of junction 40 off the M6, on the edge of Britain's beautiful Lake District.

For further details see www.potfest.co.uk

AUGUST

Lake District Summer Music at Lake District Summer Music

Join us from 1-14 August and hear great music played by world masters in the renowned beauty of the Lake District. Historic churches and halls in busy market towns offer the perfect setting for chamber music and orchestral concerts, recitals, music theatre, jazz, vocal works, pre-concert talks, and more.

Inaugurated in 1985, Lake District Summer Music Ltd (Charity No.516350) was launched alongside two sister charities, The Patrons of LDSM and the LDSM Trust. Our united aim is to fulfil a major role in the provision of music, its performance and training.

Share with us the power and joy of music in the incomparable setting of the Lake District.

For further details see www.ldsm.org.uk

Orton Farmers Market at Orton

At Orton Farmers' Market over 35 local farmers, growers, producers & artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts. The market takes place on the second Saturday of every month all year round.

For further details see www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

The Lowther Show at Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust

The Lowther Show will in time define its own unique look and feel, offering the finest of country sports, championship events and displays for all to enjoy. The north will delight in sampling the very best of what the Great British countryside has to offer. With so many features and attractions for people to take part in, quality exhibition stands, picnic areas, crafts and antiques fairs, plus much more, the Lowther Show makes the perfect family day out.

For further details see www.lowthershow.co.uk

Lunesdale Agricultural Show at Underley Park

The Lunesdale Agricultural Show is a traditional local country show that is held in Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale on the second Tuesday in August each year.

There are classes for cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, sticks and crooks, home industries including flowers and vegetables as well as a dog show. Exhibitors come from the local area as well as further afield particularly in the sheep section where 17 different breeds of sheep are shown. The Craft marquee contains a selection of individually made items and the Food Hall hosts many of our local food producers.

The show field overlooks the Lune valley with the famous Ruskin's View a two minute walk away and the town of Kirkby Lonsdale only a five minute walk (depending on how long you stop to admire the view).

For further details see www.lunesdaleshow.org.uk

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meeting at Fellside Centre

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) meets monthly (except December) on Sundays 2-4.30pm at Fellside Centre, Low Fellside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4NH. All welcome. Meetings led by Sangha (Community of Buddhist Monks) authorised teachers.

For further details see buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/

Grasmere Lakeland Sports & Show at Grasmere Sports Field

The original and world famous Lakeland Sports has over 160 years of history. The Sports comprises the old and traditional sports of fell running, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and Hound Trailing.

For further details see www.grasmeresports.com

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