Things to do in the Lakes in 2021

Cumbria is usually full of amazing events, festivals, music, food & drink and art – we know that 2021 maybe a little different.

Here’s what we have so far on dates for some of the bigger events, but also some ideas of places to go and enjoy the great outdoors. Our walks and hikes are legendary, and you can choose from a potter around a Lake, to a full day fell top walk.  Alternatively, our gardens offer a chance to be at one with nature, have a gentle stroll and a view, and generally enjoy that wonderful feeling of being outside.

Children playing by the lake

Things to Do in the Lakes in 2021 in the great outdoors:

Brockhole Visitor Centre – right by Lake Windermere, adventure playground, garden trails, shop, café, the Gaddum Restaurant, Tree Top Trek, kayak/canoe hire, archery, pony rides.

Low Sizergh Barn, Farm Shop & Farm Trail – award winning National Trust farm, selling delicious local produce, crafts and art. Raw Milk, home-made cakes, pastries and a cheese counter to rival all others in the shop.  Tea-room, watch the cows being milked at 3.30pm. every day.

Lakeland Farm Visitor Centre, Ings, near Windermere. With farm shop, kitchen, butchers and an Arena where you can release your inner farmer.

Alpacaly Ever After – Bassenthwaite. This family run farm rescues alpacas and llamas, and you can visit, walk with them and experience their relaxing personalities.

Graythwaite Adventure, Windermere – for high adrenaline fun in the form of water based, or land-based activities – for just the two of you or larger groups.  Off-roading, archery, dinghy/raft races, paddleboarding etc

Things to Do in the Lakes in 2021 when the weather sends you indoors..

Climbing Walls:  Keswick, Ambleside, Kendal. Our local friendly climbing walls are great for practice or if the weather turns.  With cafes, music and a friendly vibe you’ll be most welcome.

Rheged, Penrith. Open all year, with shops, cafes, art galleries, a cinema and changing exhibitions. Lots of space and a great way to spend an afternoon, and have lunch too.

Check out our full Things to Do pages 


  • Coast to Coast Packhorse cycling Festival 12-15 April –. A 4-day cycling challenge and an actual event to participate in, whilst mass-participation events remain banned.
  • Carlisle Country Music Festival 14- 16 May 2021.
  • Keswick Mountain Festival: 21 – 23 May 2021 Crow Park, Keswick. Sporting events, outdoor activities, pop-up campsite and Festival Village packed with fun child-friendly activities, delicious food and drinks as well as live music in the evenings
  • Daffodil-watch: February- March: Head to the famous place where William Wordsworth was inspired – Glencoyne Bay on Ullswater to see the ‘host of golden daffodils’.  You’ll also see them near to his home Dove Cottage in Grasmere, Dora’s Field (named after his daughter). You’ll see these lovely yellow blooms nodding & dancing all over the Lakes.
  • Bluebell-watch: April-May: These delicate blue-purple flowers carpet the Lakes in woodlands or meadows.  Famous spots include Rannerdale, near Buttermere, Grasmere & Rydal, Grizedale Forest, Muncaster Castle.


  • Keswick Beer Festival – 4-5 June 2021 Keswick Rugby Club. Over 200 VS beers and ciders, excellent bands on both nights, huge marquee, scenic rugby club.
  • Kendal Calling: Lowther Castle, Penrith:  July 29th – 1st
  • Great British Food festival, Lowther Castle, Penrith: 3 & 4 July 2021.
  • Westmorland County Show Ground: Country Fest 5 & 6 June. Celebrating country life & food.


  • Westmorland County Show: 9 September 2021. Crafts, animals, food & drink a great day out.
  • Wasdale Show & Shepherd’s Meet: October 9 2021. One of the oldest local shows. Tractor Run, Terrier Racing a Craft Barn, and fell running is all part of the day.



We’ll keep updating this page through the year as more events come on board or are confirmed. 


Watch this space!

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