What’s On

Events in Cumbria this month and next

JUNE

2–3 KESWICK. Beer Festival. Great beers and ciders, excellent bands and a warm friendly atmosphere. Details www.ulverstonmusicfestival.co.uk

2–3 BASSENTHWAITE. St Bega’s Church and St John’s Church. Festival of Baroque Music. Three concerts of beautiful and fun music for voices, strings and continuo by Bach, Buxtehude, Purcell, Keiser and Telemann. Details www.bassfest.org.uk

2–4 BRATHAY, Nr AMBLESIDE. Adventure Cycle Festival. Brand new cycle festival to inspire people to use bikes for adventure. Details www.adventurecyclefestival.co.uk

3 ASKHAM AND IRELETH CARNIVAL. Colourful parade through the streets, dancing competitions, stalls, bouncy castles and food. Details www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk

3 GRASMERE. Sports Field. Grasmere Gallop. 5.7k, 10k or 17k runs or you could join the 10k Nordic walk. Details www.grasmeregallop.co.uk

3 BERRIER, Nr Penrith. Eycott Hill Nature Reserve. Wildlife Extravaganza. Free family event. www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

3–4 CROOKLANDS. County Showfield. Country Fest. Food and drink, children’s workshops, daring stunt demonstrations, live music, kite festival, tug of war and great shopping. Details www.westmorlandshow.co.uk/ country-fest/

3–4 WIGTON. Showfield. Dog Agility Day. 9am–5pm. Details www.hutton-in-the-forest.co.uk

4 KIRKBY STEPHEN. The Yomp Mountain Challenge. Combination of fell race, trail race and long distance walk. www.yomp.org

5–12 CARTMEL. Priory. Organ Concerts. 1pm. Details www.cartmelpriory.org.uk

7–17 ULVERSTON. International Music Festival. A fantastic range of music for the whole family. www.ulverstonmusicfestival.co.uk

8, 9, 19 & 28 CARLISLE. Racecourse. Flat Racing. Details http://carlisle.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on

8–11 BOOT. Beer Festival. One of the biggest beer festivals in Cumbria with over 140 beers, plus entertainment for the whole family. www.bootbeer.co.uk

8–11 KESWICK. Mountain Festival. The ultimate outdoor weekend with a packed schedule of activities, sports events, family attractions, camping and live music. Come along and say hello to our Cumbria and Lakeland Walker magazine editor John Manning, and his team. www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

8–14 APPLEBY. Horse Fair. Gathering of gypsies and travellers. Details www.applebyfair.org

8–18 SEDBERGH. Food and Drink Festival. A celebration of food, drink, and local culture. Details www.sedberghfoodfestival.co.uk

9 MILNTHORPE. Farmers’ Market. 9.30am–2.30pm. www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk

9–11 WINDERMERE. Great North Swim. One of the UK’s biggest weekend of open water swimming. www.greatrun.org/great-swim/great-north-swim

10 KENDAL. Bendrigg Trust Fete and 10k Race, plus stalls, games, climbing, archery and zip wire. 1pm. Details www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk

10 PRESTON PATRICK. Plant sale at Preston Patrick Memorial Hall. 10am–12 noon. In aid of the Cumbria Group of the Hardy Plant Society. Refreshments available. Free parking; small entrance fee.

10 ORTON. Farmers’ Market. Details www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

10 GRANGE OVER SANDS. Edwardian Festival. Punch and Judy, magic, miniature train rides plus traditional food. 10am–4pm. Details www.grangeoversandstowncouncil.gov.uk/events

10 DALTON. Carnival. Entertainment for all the family including rides, bouncy castles, stalls and food. Parade begins 1pm. Details www.daltoncarnival.co.uk

10 to 3 September. BOWNESS ON WINDERMERE. World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. Where is Peter Rabbit? Highly-acclaimed theatre show. Details www.hop-skip-jump.com

9–10 SILLOTH. Vintage Rally. Steam engines, classic cars, motor cycles, tractors, military vehicles. Details www.vintagerally.co.uk

11 BEER AND BIKE FESTIVAL. Beer and Bike Festival. Road and mountain bike rides for all, starts 10am, Langdale Primary School. Details www.langdalebeerandbikes.co.uk

11 KENDAL. Low Sizergh Farm. Open Farm Sunday. A day to look around the farm and join in with tours and egg collecting. Free event. 10am–4pm. Details 01539 560426. www.lowsizerghbarn.co.uk

12 BARROW IN FURNESS. The Forum. Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards Theatre Tour. Eddie talks through his incredible life-journey. Details www.theforumbarrow.co.uk

16 CARTMEL. Food Market. Finest food from around the area. 10am–4pm. Details www.cartmelvillage.com

16–18 STAVELEY. Carnival weekend. This fuel-free procession features costumes made from recycled material; an awe-inspiring sea of colour to the infectious rhythm of carnival bands. Followed by a village fête, stalls, live music, fairground, BBQ, food and bar. Details www.staveleycarnival.com

17 ST BEES. Village School. Village Fête. 12pm–5pm. Details www.stbees.org.uk/events/fete.html

17 CARLISLE. East Park, Brisco. Cumberland Show. Range of livestock classes, horses, donkeys, show jumping, fun dog show, vintage vehicles, rural crafts, food hall, trade stands plus a variety of entertainment. Details www.cumberlandshow.co.uk

17 PENRITH. St Andrew’s Church. Gifted Eden Artisan Market. Details www.giftededen.co.uk

17 WINDERMERE. Explore Windermere by Canoe. Taster sessions for age 7 plus and suitable for family groups with younger children from 3-plus. £10. Sessions 10.30am, 11.45am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm. Details 0845 2720004. www.brockhole.co.uk

17 to 3 September. CONISTON. Brantwood. Bright and Beautiful. Exhibition of wildflower paintings by Cumbrian artist Tracy Levine. 10.30am–5pm. Details 015394 41396. www.tracylevine.co.uk

18 PENRITH. Askham Hall. Summer Fête. Array of stalls with local produce, crafts, seasonal gifts and plants plus garden tours and workshops. 10am–5pm. Details www.askhamhall.co.uk

18 GRASMERE. Sports Field. Lakes Charity Classic Vehicle Show. Over 300 classic cars and motorbikes, trade stands and live music. Details www.lakesclassiccarshow.org.uk

18 PENRITH. Rheged. Antiques Fair. Details 01768 868000. www.rheged.com

22–24 BARROW IN FURNESS. Forum 28. The Wizard of Oz. Production by Cast Theatre Company. Performances 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Details 01229 820000. www.theforumbarrow.co.uk

23–24 COCKERMOUTH. Woolfest. Celebrating nature’s finest fibres. A showcase of talents, and advice given. 10am–5pm. Details 016974 78707. www.woolfest.co.uk

23–25 DENTDALE. Music and Beer Festival. Details www.dentmusicandbeer.com

23–25 SILVERDALE AND ARNSIDE. Art and Craft Trail. 9 key venues and 40 smaller venues. Details www.silverdalearttrail.co.uk

25 GRANGE OVER SANDS. Prom Art. Up to 60 stalls on the promenade selling paintings, jewellery, glassware and many other crafts. Details www.promart.info

30 CARTMEL. Racecourse. Tom Jones. Sir Tom will be performing live at the racecourse in the evening, following racing in the afternoon. Details 01539 536340. www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk

30 KENDAL. Farmers’ Market. 9am–3.15pm. Details www.madeincumbria.co.uk

JULY

To 22 KENDAL. Brewery Arts Centre. ‘Structure of Decay’ – new exhibition by artist and printmaker Tom Harforth. Details www.breweryarts.co.uk

1 SKELTON. Show. Terrier racing, scurry racing, food hall demonstrations, Meerkat roadshow, Silverband, Falconry display, fairground organ, donkey rides, and the little giant traction engine. Details 01768 484122. www.skeltonshow.com

1 WINDERMERE. Ladyholme Community Centre. Record and CD Fair. Details www.golakes.co.uk

1–2 RAVENSTONEDALE. Open Gardens. Visit four gardens, plant sales, refreshments in High Chapel Community and Heritage Centre. Adults £6, children free. Details www.ngs.org.uk

1–2 SEDBERGH. Cycling Festival. Great weekend of cycling events and entertainment for the whole family. Details www.sedbergh.org.uk

1–2 STAINTON. Garden Gadabout. 15 village gardens will be open from 12pm-5pm. Selection of stalls. Tickets and refreshments available from the village hall. Details www.opengardens.co.uk

2 CARLISLE. Borderway Auction Mart. Cumbria Auto Show. Display of special cars plus trade stands, and entertainment. Details www.cumbriaautoshow.co.uk

2 CARNFORTH. Leighton Hall. Classic Car and Bike Show. Details 01524 734474. www.leightonhall.co.uk

2 WHITEHAVEN. Bioblitz 2017. Take part in a mass participation event to learn, find, record and share knowledge of the wildlife of the Whitehaven coast. Details www.wherecanwego.com

2 RAVENGLASS. Muncaster Castle. Colour Run. 1km and 5km routes. Both courses start by the castle. Entertainment and fun activities before and after the runs. Details 01229 717614. www.muncaster.co.uk

2 MARYPORT. Whale and Dolphin Watch, bring your binoculars. Free family event. Details www.cumbriawildlifetrust

5–7 GRASMERE. Village Hall. The Importance of Being Earnest, presented by the Grasmere Players. 8pm. Details 015394 35627. www.grasmereplayers.co.uk

7 ARNSIDE. WI Hall. Country Market. 9.30am-11.30am. Details www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk

7–9 BOOT. Woolpack Inn. Esk Fest. Three days of the finest music and food. Bands, theatre, circus skills and more. Details 01946 723230. www.woolpack.co.uk

7–8 CARLISLE. The Sands. Titanic the Musical. With stunning period costumes, a nineteen-piece orchestra and a massive multi-level stage set. Details www.thesandscentre.co.uk

7–9 ULVERSTON. Furness Tradition. Music Festival. Camping available at Ford Park. Details www.furnesstradition.org.uk

8 ORTON. Farmers’ Market. 9am-2pm. Details www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

8–9 KESWICK. Crow Park. Derwent Water Regatta. Kayaking, coracle building, motor boat trips. Details www.keswick.org

10 BARROW IN FURNESS. The Forum. Sir Ranulph Fiennes Mind over Matter UK theatre tour. Details www.speakersfromtheedge.com

10 CARTMEL. Priory. Organ concerts with a wide range of talented guest organists. Continues 17 and 31. Details www.cartmelpriory.org.uk

12 PENRITH. Rheged. Dinosaur Encounter. Watch dinosaurs in a jaw-dropping exhibition from the Natural History Museum. 9.15am–10.45am. Details 01768 868000. www.rheged.com

13 HIGH LORTON. Yew Tree Hall. Cumbria Minerals – talk by Lorton & Derwent Fells Local History Society. 7.30pm. £3 includes refreshments.

13–14 CARLISLE. Racecourse. Flat racing. Details www.carlisle.thejockeyclub.co.uk

14–16 ULVERSTON. The Lake District Vintage Festival. Details www.retrorendezvous.co.uk

15 PENRITH. Eden Food and Farming Festival. Sample food and beverages, cooking demonstrations plus music and entertainment. 10am–5pm. Details www.edenfoodfestival.org

15 PENRITH. St Andrew’s Church. Gifted Eden Artisan Market. Details www.gifteden.co.uk

20–22 STAVELEY. Hawkshead Brewery. Beer Festival. Featuring more than eighty cask and keg beers. Details 01539 822644. www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk

20–23 BRAMPTON. Music on the Marr, with comedy, food and real ale. Details 01228 670329. www.musiconthemarr.com

21 CARNFORTH. Leighton Hall. Shakespeare in the Garden. Merry Wives of Windsor open-air production. Bring seating and picnics. Details 01524 734474. www.leightonhall.co.uk

21 CARLISLE. Sands Centre. Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Details www.sandscentre.co.uk

21 CARTMEL. Food Market. Details www.sedbergh.org.uk

22 BOOTLE. Village Hall. Rock the Fells. Music and arts entertainment. Details www.rockthefells.com

22 BARROW IN FURNESS. Vintage, classic car and bike display. Details 10am-4pm. Details www.golakes.co.uk

22 PENRITH. Show. Food hall, rural crafts, Penrith Town Band, dry stone walling competition, vintage tractors, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. Details www.penrithshow.co.uk

22–23 BRAMPTON. Birdoswald Roman Fort. How to be a Roman soldier. A variety of hands-on activities from games to drills. Hear stories about life as a soldier and citizen, and try on costumes. Continues 29-30. Details www.english-heritage.org.uk

22–23 DUFTON. Village Hall. Annual Art in the Hills Exhibition. Sale of work by artists from the Eden area plus free felting workshop by Debra Esterhuizen for all ages. 10am-5pm. Details www.duftonvillage.info

22 & 24 CARTMEL. Racecourse. National hunt racing. Details 015395 36340. www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk

23 CONISTON. Coniston Hall. Country Fair. Trade stands, craft marquee, terriers, beagles and lurchers, junior and adult fell race and more. Details 01539 432469. www.conistoncountryfair.co.uk

25 CONISTON. Brantwood. A Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare. Performed by Illyria. Held in the setting of Brantwood’s lakeside meadow. Bring your own seating. Gates open 6pm, show starts 7pm. Details 015394 41396. www.brantwood.org.uk

26 ULVERSTON. Ulverston and North Lonsdale Agricultural Show. Comical garden question time, food hall, horses, vintage motorcycles, and more. Details 01229 467315. ulverstonandnorthlonsdaleshow.com

26 WINDERMERE. Brockhole – Lake District Visitor Centre. Wordsworth Wednesdays. Fun-packed day of activities for all the family. Details www.golakes.co.uk

26 KESWICK. Force Crag Mine. Open day. One of the Lakes’ most quirky yet fascinating secrets located in the stunning Coledale Valley. 10.30am. Details www.golakes.co.uk

27 AMBLESIDE. The Traditional Lakeland Sports. Fell and guide races, hound trailing, wrestling, children’s rides and games, food court, bar and trade stands. www.amblesidesports.co.uk

28 KENDAL. Farmers’ Market. 9am–3.15pm. Details www.madeincumbria.co.uk

28–30 HUTTON IN THE FOREST. Potfest in the Park. Displays from more than 100 of Europe’s most accomplished potters. Details 017684 83820. www.potfest.co.uk/in-the-park

28–30 MARYPORT. Blues Festival. Details www.maryportbluesfestival.com

29 VARIOUS VENUES. Lake District Summer Music International Festival. Events in various towns and venues. Unique collaborations, intimate venues, inspiring events, thrilling performances. Details 01539 742620.

29 BEETHAM. Village Sports Day. Adults’ and children’s races, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. Details www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk

29 CARLISLE. Sands Centre. Ken Dodd. 7pm. Ken returns with his famous Happiness Show. Details www.thesandscentre.co.uk

29 COCKERMOUTH. Agricultural Show. Sheepdogs, foxhounds, show-jumping, an action packed day for all the family. Details www.cockermouthshow.co.uk

29–30 KESWICK. Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum. Annual Steam Gala with visiting locomotives. Details 017687 79747. threlkeldquarryandminingmuseum.co.uk

29–30 FLOOKBURGH. Cark Airfield. Cumbria Steam Gathering. Vintage and steam vehicles. Details www.steamgathering.org.uk

29–30 WORKINGTON. Theatre Royal. The Wind in the Willows, 6pm. Details www.theatre-royal-workington.co.uk

30 ST BEES. Beached Art. Family fun day on St Bees beach, including the popular sand sculpture competition. Free. Details www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

30 GRANGE OVER SANDS. Prom Art. Up to sixty stalls on the promenade selling paintings, photographs, jewellery, and many other craftworks. Details www.promart.info

All dates, details, times, contacts etc. are given in good faith and believed to be correct at the time of going to press. Always to check beforehand in case circumstances have changed.