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  • Kirkby Stephen Beer and Bangers Festival

    Kirkby Stephen Beer and Bangers Festival

    Don’t forget to put this weekend in your diary because The Beer and Bangers Festival is coming around again. Join us for another weekend of scrumptious ales, sizzling local food, rollicking entertainment and excellent company.  It’ll be a great way to round off the summer.

    Date: 04 September 2015 - 05 September 2015

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  • Hutton Horse Trials

    Hutton Horse Trials

    A great day out for competitors, spectators and volunteers! Eventing is an adrenaline pumping sport in which horse and rider combinations compete in the disciplines of dressage, cross country and showjumping.Hutton Horse Trials is based at Hutton in the Forest, the stunning home of Lord and Lady Inglewood. The Estate has been the family's seat since 1605.Hutton has become one of the most popular events in the North of England, and regularly attracts over 500 competitors over the weekend.Come and join us for a great day out in majestic surroundings with crazy people galloping all over the place!.

    Date: 05 September 2015 - 06 September 2015

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  • Hesket Newmarket Agricultural Show

    Hesket Newmarket Agricultural Show

    Held between Hesket Newmarket and Newlands Mill - signposted in the village. A traditional agricultural show event held every year in September. It aims to celebrate the finest of agricultural traditions with top class livestock, horse and dog sections and it boasts one of the finest exhibitions of animals anywhere in the North of England. It takes a whole year to prepare, organise and arrange the Hesket Newmarket Show.

    Date: 05 September 2015

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  • Alston Agricultural Show

    Alston Agricultural Show

    Annual Alston Agricultural Show featuring Sheep Classes, Dog Classes and Terrier Racing. Licensed Bar and Refreshments, Children's Races and Rides plus lots more.  A great day out for all the family!.

    Date: 05 September 2015

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  • The 9 Bar Helvellyn Triathlon

    The 9 Bar Helvellyn Triathlon

    Relay option this year.     1 mile swim in Ullswater - England's most beautiful lake     38 miles cycle - including the Kirkstone Pass     9 miles run up Helvellyn - 3118 feet (England's 3rd highest peak) .....(only 75 feet less than the highest). The only UK based race in Triathlete Europe's Top 10 Toughest Races on the Planet. Anyone want to argue? This is a very challenging race, but I think if you speak to anyone that has done it you will be told it is well worth the effort.

    Date: 06 September 2015

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  • Aviva Tour of Britain: Stage Five

    Aviva Tour of Britain: Stage Five

    Stage Five of the Aviva Tour of Britain arrives in Eden on Thursday 10th September and starts from Prudhoe in Northumberland and follow Hadrian’s Wall to Brampton before heading down the Eden Valley and then into the Lake District National Park, running alongside Ullswater. After racing through Penrith the stage will head to Melmerby at the foot of the eight-kilometre climb to Hartside Pass.

    Date: 10 September 2015

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  • Alston Flower Show

    Alston Flower Show

    The annual Alston Flower Show.

    Date: 12 September 2015

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  • C-Art Open Studios

    C-Art Open Studios

    Cumbria’s big and vibrant county wide visual arts festival continues in September with an extended programme featuring 'Art in Extraordinary Places', piloted in 2014, taking visitors on a cultural journey through some of the most beautiful places the county has to offer.   C-Art Open Studios 2015 takes place from 12 to 27 September with around 115 artists, designers and independent galleries opening their doors to the public. In addition to the popular open studios and gallery events, this year’s event will feature artists taking their art practice outside of their studios into unusual and extraordinary locations.

    Date: 12 September 2015 - 27 September 2015

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  • Tour de Hartside

    Tour de Hartside

    Introduced to celebrate the arrival of the Aviva Tour of Britain to the area and starting and finishing in the historic market town of Penrith, the ‘Tour de Hartside’ features 60 undulating miles around the beautiful northern Pennines and Eden Valley including the 5 mile ascent of the iconic Hartside Pass.  Route: From Penrith riders will head to Beacon Edge with stunning views to the left across the town and towards The Lake District. A right turn and the course travels towards and through the lovely Cumbrian villages of Lazonby and Armathwaite before arriving at Castle Carrock to begin an undulating section along the base of the Pennines.

    Date: 12 September 2015

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  • The Saddleback - Lake District Adventure Duathlon

    The Saddleback - Lake District Adventure Duathlon

    Stunning high level mixed terrain cycle route from Penrith to Blencathra, otherwise known as Saddleback (due to its distinctive shape) and back. The 24 mile outbound cycle route encompasses the famous ancient byway (including 7 miles of off-road joy) along the Old Coach Road between Matterdale End and Threlkeld Quarry.

    Date: 13 September 2015

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  • Ullswater Outdoor Festival

    Ullswater Outdoor Festival

    The 2015 Ullswater Outdoor Festival takes place from 19th to 27th September.  Serene and tranquil Ullswater valley offers fantastic walking opportunities - from gentle lakeshore strolls to challenging airy high fell hikes. Our volunteers have chosen some fabulous walks for this festive week to help you discover and explore some of lakeland's most stunning scenery. Let our experienced walk leaders guide you to some of our very favourite special spots.  We've teamed up with Ullswater Steamers to offer you a chance to experience one of our wonderful steamer walks - with a reduced boat fare - only available on our festival walks! Visit our events listing and search for the Walking events taking place during the Festival week .

    Date: 19 September 2015 - 27 September 2015

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  • Penrith Triathlon

    Penrith Triathlon

    The 2015 Penrith Triathlon will take place on Sunday 20 September 2015, from Penrith Leisure Centre.  The Triathlon is a British Triathlon registered sprint event which includes:      Swim 400 metres - Penrith Leisure Centre pool swim      Cycle 23 kilometres - on open roads      Run 5 kilometres - on adjacent fields  Who was the triathlon event open to?  The event is open to persons aged 18 years and over on race day, and in recent years has successfully involved beginners to the sport to more experienced athletes. Competitors can enter the event as individual athletes or as a team.  How to enter the 2015 triathlon: To enter yourself or a team in the Penrith Triathlon 2015 visit the Penrith Triathlon webpage.

    Date: 20 September 2015

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  • North Pennines Walking Festival

    North Pennines Walking Festival

    Following the success of the first North Pennines Walking Festival in which an ambitious programme of 50 walks and 9 events was delivered and 400 participants and 80 volunteers involved, the focus is now on this year’s festival.  This year’s North Pennines Walking Festival will combine the two in one unforgettable programme for 2014. There will be a packed programme of walks and events right across the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) celebrating the best local produce the hills and dales have to offer.

    Date: 26 September 2015 - 04 October 2015

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  • Eden Valley Horse Trials

    Eden Valley Horse Trials

    The sandy soil, the all-weather arena, the accessibility, the compact layout makes Nord Vue Farm an ideal venue for running multiple Grassroots eventing competitions....Keeping you and your horse eventing without travelling too many miles.  Concentrating on BE80T, 90 and 100 classes with PONY CLUB sections in July, these events let you develop your horse trials skills and focus on consistency, pace and flow in all the disciplines before tackling the more challenging Hutton and Warwick Hall and farther a field venues.  An ideal event for a FIRST TIMER eventer!.

    Date: 03 October 2015 - 04 October 2015

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  • Fly Fest Fishing Expo

    Fly Fest Fishing Expo

    Fly Fest will host the largest collection of the very best domestic and international Fly Tying talent ever assembled in the UK. Fly casting legends Henrik Mortensen, Hywel Morgan, Glenda Powell, Stevie Munn, and many more will be on hand displaying their technique and offering tricks and tips in casting clinics.

    Date: 03 October 2015 - 04 October 2015

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  • The Ride for Michael Bonney Cycle Sportive

    The Ride for Michael Bonney Cycle Sportive

    The 2015 Ride for Michael Bonney will take place place from Penrith Leisure Centre on October 4th 2015. There are 2 route options on the day, the long route is approximately 60 miles and the short route approximately 30 miles.

    Date: 04 October 2015

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  • Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay

    Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay

    Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay. Sunday 4th October 2015.

    Date: 04 October 2015

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  • Red Deer Rut: Book in advance

    Red Deer Rut: Book in advance

    An RSPB escorted cruise from Glenridding to Howtown. Transfer to a minibus into Martindale to witness nature’s spectacle the Red Deer Rut.

    Date: 08 October 2015 - 11 October 2015

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  • Apple Day at Acorn Bank

    Apple Day at Acorn Bank

    A perfect way to spend an autumn Sunday at our annual apple extravaganza!  Serious apple stuff, including apple identification, advice surgeries, pruning demonstrations, apple tasting and grafted trees for sale, plus stalls, myriad activities and entertainment for all. Charges apply, including NT Members, £6 Adult, £3 Child. Assistance dogs only are welcome.

    Date: 11 October 2015

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  • Hamlet - Live from the National Theatre

    Hamlet - Live from the National Theatre

    Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.  Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart.

    Date: 15 October 2015

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  • Rival Arts Early Christmas Food and Gift Fair

    Rival Arts Early Christmas Food and Gift Fair

    A chance to select early Christmas gifts from artists, photographers, jewellers, craft and food sellers.  Free entry.

    Date: 17 October 2015 - 18 October 2015

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  • Ghostly Galleon - Book in Advance

    Ghostly Galleon - Book in Advance

    Magic, monsters and mayhem onboard the Ghostly Galleon with magician Stu-Di-Doo, 90 minute cruise departing from Glenridding at either 12.30pm or 2.30pm.  Ticket price £12 per spook, under 3s’ free, includes cruise, monster balloon and sweetie goody bag. Tea/Coffee and Pumpkin squash included.

    Date: 31 October 2015

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  • Lakeland Trails in Helvellyn

    Lakeland Trails in Helvellyn

    Starting and finishing at Jenkins Field (CA11 OUS), on the shores of Ullswater in Glenridding, the 10km Helvellyn Trail Run, 15km Helvellyn Trail Race and 15km Helvellyn Trail Challenge follow circuits along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways that take you into the foothills of Helvellyn, with elevated panoramic views of Ullswater, and dramatic vistas of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks. Underfoot conditions are generally good for those used to off road running, but can be tricky in places.  A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish.

    Date: 07 November 2015

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  • Lakeland Trails in Ullswater

    Lakeland Trails in Ullswater

    Starting from the Ullswater Pier at Glenridding (CA11 OUS), your journey starts with a beautiful half hour cruise aboard the Ullswater Steamer "Raven", which takes you to the start in the hamlet of Howtown, whilst being serenaded by singer/songwriter Pete Lashley. The 10km Ullswater Trail Run, 14km Ullswater Trail Race and 14km Ullswater Trail Challenge follow well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways along the lake shore, giving panoramic views of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks, finishing in Jenkins Field, next to the Ullswater Pier.

    Date: 08 November 2015

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  • The Winter Droving

    The Winter Droving

    A right rural gathering, with rural games such as tug of war and hay bale racing to win the Drovers Cup, as well as fantastic array of street entertainment.  Then as night falls welcome the mystical masked procession...featuring fire, music, mayhem and animals aplenty, concluding with a spectacular finale in Great Dockray.  The Winter Droving has quickly established itself as a key event in the Cumbrian calendar, attracting thousands of people from all over the north.  There are lots of opportunities to join in (carry a torch in the procession or enter a team into the Drovers Cup) or to simply stand around gawping and feeding your face and maybe throw a few coconuts about!!!  Join the Herd for a spectacular celebration of winter and Penrith’s agricultural heritage – illuminating Penrith with fire, animation, music and merriment.  The Winter Droving is organised by Eden Arts with the support of Eden District Council, Arts Council England, Cumbria County Council, Penrith Bid, Penrith Lottery, and is sponsored by a number of local businesses.  (Photo courtesy of John Burrows Photography).

    Date: 14 November 2015

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  • Appleby Sparkle Day

    Appleby Sparkle Day

    Appleby Sparkle Day with the switching on of the towns Christmas lights.  Stalls, Street entertainment a visit from Father Christmas.

    Date: 28 November 2015

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  • Santa Cruise and Christmas Magic

    Santa Cruise and Christmas Magic

    Santa Cruise and Christmas Magic A festive treat and fun for all, activities onboard with the happy elf, a Stu-di-doo Christmas Magic show and of course meet Santa and hand over that all important letter! Sunday 12th December - Two sailings from Glenridding - 10.30am (returns 12noon) or 1.30 pm (returns 3pm) Ticket price £14.50 per person includes cruise, gift for the children, magic show and Christmas balloon, return journey voucher for the grown-ups and complimentary tea / coffee and mince pies. Under 3's free (token gift).

    Date: 12 December 2015

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  • Rheged Christmas Food and Gift Fair

    Rheged Christmas Food and Gift Fair

    Enjoy a Festive day out with the chance to buy lovely gifts and treats from local craftspeople and producers.  Free entry.

    Date: 13 December 2015

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  • Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive

    Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive

    The 2016 Eden Valley Epic will take place from Penrith Leisure Centre on 6 March 2016.  The route is just short of 60 miles and starts from Penrith Leisure Centre in Cumbria. The route initially heads South towards Orton village before looping north to Appleby in Westmorland for the half way food stop.   Following the food stop the homeward leg then weaves its way through fantastic cycling lanes, via Dufton, Milburn and Langwathby.  The route is undulating but does not climb any major hills or mountains.

    Date: 06 March 2016

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  • Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2016

    Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2016

    In association with Buzy Lizzie Garden Design and Whitemore and Thwaytes Interior Design.   Be inspired this spring! The Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show will bring a wealth of expertise, ideas and advice.

    Date: 12 March 2016 - 13 March 2016

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  • Easter Food Fair

    Easter Food Fair

    Come along and pick up some lovely Easter treats from local producers including chocolatiers, bread and baking goods, cheese and chutney producers.  Free entry.

    Date: 28 March 2016

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  • Knit and Stitch Show

    Knit and Stitch Show

    Whether you enjoy practical crafts or you prefer experimental and decorative textiles, you'll find everything you need to be inspired! Catch numerous demonstrations including spinning and weaving, felt making and more. Experts will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions.

    Date: 16 April 2016 - 17 April 2016

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  • Fred Whitton Challenge

    Fred Whitton Challenge

    The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty.The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.As the name suggests, it is run in honour of Fred Whitton.

    Date: 08 May 2016

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  • Appleby Horse Fair

    Appleby Horse Fair

    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.  The Horse Fair has taken place since the reign of James II, who granted a Royal charter in 1685 allowing a horse fair "near to the River Eden."  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.  More information is available from Appleby TIC - 017683 51177 or via  **Please note: This is not an organised event.**  Visitors attend at their own risk.

    Date: 02 June 2016 - 08 June 2016

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  • The Yomp Mountain Challenge

    The Yomp Mountain Challenge

    A fell running, racing or walking event over the fells around and above Kirkby Stephen choose from 6 1/2 miles, 11 1/2 miles or 23 miles. Has been held annually for over 30 years and is organised by the Rotary Club of Upper Eden to raise money for charity, this years charities are MDN, MS, Stroke Awareness and Cancer Research.

    Date: 05 June 2016

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  • Eden Valley Fun Run and Appleby Rotary 10k

    Eden Valley Fun Run and Appleby Rotary 10k

    For a great day out for all the family come along to Eden Valley Fun Run and Appleby Rotary 10k on Sunday 26 June 2016 at Appleby Grammar School, Battlebarrow, Appleby.  The fun run, which is a 4k route around the pretty market town of Appleby, starts at 10.30am.  Re-introduced in 2014, Appleby Rotary 10k starts at 12 midday and is a licensed road race with UK Athletics.  You will find the race a fast, slightly undulating, one lap course set in the surrounding and beautiful Eden Valley.  Trophies are awarded to all the usual categories with medals for all competitors.  Additional £100 cash prizes are on offer for winning the race and setting a new course record in both the men's and women's 10k race.  Both events are organised by the Rotary Club of Appleby and all profits are donated to our local schools.

    Date: 26 June 2016

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  • Skelton Agricultural Show

    Skelton Agricultural Show

    Skelton Show is now to be held on the first Saturday in July in the picturesque setting of Old Park, Hutton-in-the Forest near Penrith, Cumbria. It is a popular traditional Cumbrian Agricultural show with something for all the family.  With an annual attendance of 10,000 it is the largest village show in Cumbria and a real showcase for the countryside.

    Date: 02 July 2016

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  • Kendal Calling

    Kendal Calling

    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.

    Date: 28 July 2016 - 31 July 2016

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  • The Lowther Show

    The Lowther Show

    Taking place within the beautiful grounds of Lowther Castle, the Lowther Show will bring to you a full line-up of activity.  2015 at the Lowther Show brought together world-class sporting championships, including the Great Wall Motor World Series Clay Shooting and Great Wall Motor World Series Gundog Championship, top class main arena acts, demonstrations and hundreds upon hundreds of top line, quality driven, local exhibition stands for visitors to truly indulge in and experience. A fantastic place for the whole family, the Lowther Show also hosts an array of family inspired features including a crafts and antiques fairs, a superb Food Festival offering home grown food stuffs and produce, a licensed bar and picnic areas, countryside sports and championships, plus countryside stores selling the latest clothing and accessories for you to buy. With so much going on, the Lowther Show is a date to add to your diary for 2016!.

    Date: 13 August 2016 - 14 August 2016

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