Summer Holidays in the Lake District

Spend summer in our beautiful World Heritage Site and you’ll be spoilt for choice on things to do, whatever the weather.

Here’s some ideas for you to get planning your next trip!

1. To September 2017: Kids of all ages are loving ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’ at the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness.

2. To the 31st August at Grizedale Forest Centre : The Long View. A study and exhibition of photographs, poetry, video and installations over two years by Rob and Harriet Fraser of seven lone trees in Cumbria and spent time in all seasons, all weathers, night and day.

3. Join the National Trust and support conservation in the Lake District. There’s always lots going on at all their places year round, but summer is even more special with family activities and the chance to stay outside for longer days, and lighter evenings. Check things out here. You’ll also enjoy free parking at all NT Car Parks, and free entrance to all their places – from Townend in Troutbeck, to Sizergh Castle in Kendal; Wray Castle, the huge gothic castle near Ambleside and Bridge House, Ambleside – possibly the smallest house in the world? And of course find out all about Beatrix Potter at HIll Top and the Beatrix Potter Gallery. Going further north, head for Acorn Bank near Penrith, Wordsworth House Cockermouth, Allan Bank, Grasmere.


Wednesday 26 July: Ulverston and North Lonsdale Agricultural Show
Thursday 27 July: Ambleside Sports
Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 July: Kendal Calling – Lowther, near Penrith
Saturday 29 July 2016: Cockermouth and District Agricultural Show
Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 July: Cumbria Steam Gathering
Saturday 29 July to Friday 11 August: Lake District Summer Music International Festival
Saturday 29 July to Wednesday 6 September: Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition – Grasmere

Kirkstone Pass on a summers day by Mark Gilligan, Wastwater Photography.


Various dates in August: Summer evening Cruise on Windermere Lake Cruises
Various dates in August: Fish & Chip Supper Cruise on Ullswater Steamers
Wednesday 2 August: Cartmel Show
Thursday 3 & 31st August: Steam to the Hills with a local ranger
Tuesday 8 August: Lunesdale Show
Thursday 10 August: Lake District Sheep Dog Trials, Ings near Windermere
Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 August: Lowther Show – Penrith
Friday 11 to Sunday 13 August: Lake District Folk Weekend, Staveley
Saturday 19 August: Gosforth Show
Tuesday 22 August: Hawkshead Show
Sunday 27 August: Grasmere Sports
Monday 28 August: Blackcombe Country Fair
Wednesday 30 August: Ennerdale Show

Ennerdale Water

So if you’re up here for a short break, or your main summer holidays, there’s absolutely loads to do, and many of these days out are free, or low cost.

Get yourself out to one of the local shows or fairs, have a wander around and get to know the Cumbrian culture and way of life, and of course, sample some of our amazing food and drink – all in the most beautiful setting of the newest World Heritage Site in the UK.

Just make sure you pack for all weathers, and you’ll be fine.

We never let a bit of rain stop play…

Ullswater Steamers by Mark Littlejohn