10 iconic Cumbrian Experiences to Enjoy …

There’s always something happening in Cumbria.

Food, music, literature, walking, performance, arts and craft, seasonal fun – anything and everything goes in Cumbria and we’re guaranteed to have an event for you to enjoy.

Canalleto Celebrating Britain at Abbot Hall, Open now until 14th February 2016

Join an exclusive tour of the Canaletto: Celebrating Britain exhibition after hours. Take in the exhibition in the company of only a dozen people before joining the curatorial team to hear more about the paintings and discuss the work. Canaletto, is today remembered as one of Italy’s greatest view painters.

His images of Venice were particularly popular with the well-bred English gentlemen undertaking the Grand Tour of Europe. When war caused the flow of British visitors to Venice to dry up Canaletto followed his patrons home to Britain

After Hours Tour: Thursday 14th January 2016. Exhibition: Open now until 14th February 2016


Keswick Film Festival, 25 – 28 February 2016

Keswick Film Festival is an annual celebration of cinema set within stunning mountain scenery and it is back for another year of exciting, unusual, little-known and top quality film.

This is your chance to experience around 30 of the best UK independent and international films over four days and all in the spectacular surrounds of Keswick.


Askham Hall Classical Music Festival, 26 –28 February 2016

The Cumbrian village of Askham will come alive with the sounds of Beethoven, Mozart and Dvorak during February, as it hosts its first ever Music Festival Weekend. Askham Church will be the venue for a series of classical music events featuring Israeli pianist Noam Greenberg and French chamber music ensemble The Ardeo Quartet.

Three ticketed concerts will take place over the three days, including piano concertos and piano quartets by Mozart, string quartets by Mozart and Beethoven, and the Dvorak Piano Quintet.


Kendal Food Festival 12 & 13 March 2016

Kendal Festival of Food, Cumbria’s huge celebration of all things foodie, returns to the pretty market town of Kendal for the seventh time on the 12th and 13th of March 2016 and it will boast a host of new additions as well as the England’s North Country Market for which it has become renowned.

A brand new feature for 2016 is a ‘Grow Your Own’ area complete with its own Potting Shed, which promises a bumper crop of gardening stalls, informative talks from gardening experts, demonstrations, tips and advice for all those with green-fingered, good life aspirations.


Worlds Original Marmalade Awards & Festival at Dalemain, 19 & 20th March 2016

Since 2005, Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens has hosted The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival firmly placing it at the centre of the marmalade map. From 50 jars in 2005, the Awards have grown each year and in 2014, nearly, 2400 jars of marmalade were entered and judged.

We have a varied and interesting programme of events planned including a Food Fair, Speciality Foods, Crafts, Music, Children’s Activities, and of course Marmalade and more marmalade in the beautiful surroundings of Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens.


National Trust Book Festival at Wray Castle Celebrating Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary, 4-6 March 2016.

Calling all book-lovers for a fun-filled, family weekend. To celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday, the National Trust is hosting its first Children’s Book Festival Weekend at Wray Castle in the Lake District on 4-6 March 2016.

Come and meet your favourite authors and illustrators in our bookable events, including Axel Scheffler, Philip Ardagh, Benji Davies, Sophy Henn and Steven Lenton. You can even meet Peter Rabbit himself.


Words by the Water Literary Festival at Theatre by the Lake 4 – 13 March

The Words by the Water Festival at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is the north-west of England’s premier festival of words and ideas. Although the festival can’t summon Wordsworth and Coleridge to take part in their programme, there are many other literary folk coming to the Lake District in March 2016.

James Naughtie might be walking on the banks of Derwentwater; Melvyn Bragg may be strolling the fells. Howard Jacobson may be seen walking up Skiddaw. David Hare, the dramatist, might be spotted in conversation with Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri.


Bowness Bay Blues Festival 18-20 March

Bowness Bay Blues has built a reputation as ‘a flagship for the very best of British blues’ (Rosy Greer, Lancashire Blues Archive and Blues in the Northwest). In 2016, the festival will again offer a wide range of top-class music, from acoustic to Chicago-style blues, from roots, soul and funk to electric blues-rock.

The Friday highlight will be Trafficker, fronted by superb guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Allen. The Saturday headliner will be Sean Webster and the Deadlines, one of the best bands on the British and European blues scene, featuring outstanding vocals from Sean Webster.


Lakes and Dales Loop March 2016

Be one of the first to take in part of the Lakes and Dales Loop, a new 190 mile cycle route exploring some of the most scenic landscapes across Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. From towering peaks and rolling green valleys to the hidden treasures of Morecambe Bay, the Lakes and Dales Loop is a circular route which will appeal to a range of cycling interests and abilities.

The on-road route is a significantly revised and revitalised version of the former Cumbria Cycleway, but uses quieter lanes, following the boundary of the Lake District National Park on its north, west and south sides. It then completes the loop by linking the Lune and Eden Valleys to the east.


Distillery Tours at The Lakes Distillery

Set in the backdrop of the beautiful Cumbrian hills and mountains, The Lakes Distillery, the largest distillery in England, is set in an area of unimaginable beauty next to Bassenthwaite Lake. Overlooked by one of the Lakes’ highest peaks, Skiddaw, our location has been an inspiration to many people over the years including the poets Wordsworth and Tennyson.
The Distillery welcomes visitors to learn about their spirits via their cutting edge distillery tours. Visitors will be taken on a tour through the ages, exploring the history of distilling, learning about what makes The Lakes Distillery’s products so special and unique, and of course having a sample of the spirits themselves!


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