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February

  • Penrith Players: Tiny Beautiful Things

    Penrith Players: Tiny Beautiful Things

    Penrith Players present: Tiny Beautiful Things by Nia Vardalos.  Advice columnists are meant to be The Ones Who Know. Dear Sugar isn't that person.

    Date: 21 February 2019 - 23 February 2019

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  • Dalemain Estate Trail 10

    Dalemain Estate Trail 10

    The Trail 10 Dalemain is a 10k trail running event that takes from Dalemain Estate near Ullswater in the Lake District. It starts and finishes in the court yard of Dalemain House which provides a stunning location for this popular event.

    Date: 24 February 2019

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March

  • Haweswater Half Marathon and Junior 2.5k Run

    Haweswater Half Marathon and Junior 2.5k Run

    The Haweswater Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 3rd March, 2019.  **RACE FULL! The entry limit for the race has now been reached and the online entry portal has closed. Watch this space between now and race day for for race info!**   The Haweswater Half follows an out and back course from Bampton Village (9 miles S of Penrith, 4 miles W of Shap) and passes along the shores of Haweswater in a remote and dramatic mountain valley.

    Date: 03 March 2019

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  • The Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive

    The Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive

    The Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive is a classic on the North West sportive calendar. Starting from Penrith Cricket Club, the route is just short of 60 miles through the stunning Eden Valley.

    Date: 03 March 2019

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  • Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2019

    Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2019

    The Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show has quickly established itself as the finest Northern Home and Garden Show of the year.  The weekend includes talks and demonstrations from leading regional experts, included in your show ticket.  Buy your fast track tickets online – skip the main ticket queue – simply show your e-ticket at the main desk when you arrive for your show wristband.  For those who want to get more in depth knowledge or hands on experience, a selection of the North’s best makers and designers are running a series of 15 different masterclasses over the weekend, which are ticketed separately. Check back soon for the full line up.  Cumbria is well known for its Arts and Crafts heritage, beautiful houses and gardens as well as garden designers with a national reputation.

    Date: 15 March 2019 - 17 March 2019

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  • The World's Original Marmalade Awards and Festival

    The World's Original Marmalade Awards and Festival

    The World’s Original Marmalade Festival will be returning on Saturday 16th March 2019, so put the date in your diaries and get ready to go orange! Join us at Dalemain for a weekend of marmalade celebrations with market stalls in the historic courtyard, cookery demonstrations, talks, entertainment and shows that will inspire you, your family and friends to take the nation’s marmalade to your heart. The Dalemain Festival is supported by Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce, who will be providing Classic Coaches to take visitors between Penrith and Dalemain, as well as organising lots of exciting orange windows and special offers in town.  We are delighted to be welcoming the festival back to its home, Dalemain Mansion, in March.

    Date: 16 March 2019 - 17 March 2019

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  • Marmalade Madness

    Marmalade Madness

    To celebrate the famous Marmalade Festival we are offering you the chance to cruise for free on our 9:30am sailing from Glenridding if you bring a jar of marmalade! You can also enjoy some complimentary toast too! Dalemain Historic Mansion and Gardens are also offering these passengers discounted entry to the festival over the weekend. All jars of marmalade we receive will be donated to the Salvation Army.

    Date: 16 March 2019 - 17 March 2019

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  • Teddies Go Free with Ullswater 'Steamers'

    Teddies Go Free with Ullswater 'Steamers'

    Our lovable Teddies Go Free event is back and our teddy trail returns too! Can you locate all of the bears?!  Every child travels free when accompanied onboard with their best friend (each child must be accompanied by a full fare paying adult with a Cruise All Piers Pass).   Don’t forget to share your favourite day out pictures online and use #TeddyFest.

    Date: 30 March 2019 - 22 April 2019

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April

  • EVAN Spring Open Exhibition

    EVAN Spring Open Exhibition

    EVAN Spring Open Exhibition 4 April to April 28 2019.  More information to follow.

    Date: 04 April 2019 - 28 April 2019

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  • Cumbria Easter Rally

    Cumbria Easter Rally

    Fabulous free classic commercial vehicle rally with the picturesque event returning to Kirkby Stephen and Brough on Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April 2019.  From 10am to 5pm.  Free entry Remember to park your car at Brough or at Kirkby Stephen station and take the Classic “donation only” bus ride between event sites starting at 10am.  Last bus 16:30.

    Date: 20 April 2019 - 21 April 2019

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  • Cumbria Drive It Day

    Cumbria Drive It Day

    Cumbria Classic Car’s Drive it Day is back! The Cumbria meet for Drive It Day will take place at Dalemain on the slightly later date of Sunday 28th April, owing to the late Easter. The Drive It Day will be at Dalemain from 11am until 2pm.

    Date: 28 April 2019

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  • Ride2stride: The Settle-Carlisle Walking and Music Festival

    Ride2stride: The Settle-Carlisle Walking and Music Festival

    Ride2Stride2019 - April 30 to May 6th  Plans are afoot for another exciting week of walks and talks and music.   Put the dates in your diary and keep up to date by checking our Facebook page and website. Looking forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new.

    Date: 30 April 2019 - 06 May 2019

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May

  • Knit and Stitch Show 2019

    Knit and Stitch Show 2019

    In association with CoolCrafting and Marion Woolcott.  Whether you enjoy practical crafts or prefer experimental and decorative textiles, you’ll find everything you need to be inspired! Now in its sixth year, the show will feature over 40 selected exhibitors from across the UK carefully curated by Sarah Peel of CoolCrafting and Marion Woolcott, formerly of Woolfest, celebrating the finest yarns, natural wool and knits, spinning, weaving, cross stitch, applique, quilting, felting, block printing, haberdashery and much more!  Tickets include access to over 40 inspiring exhibitors, expert-led talks in the theatre and on-stand demonstrations and workshops, plus a show programme.  Specialist hands-on masterclasses are available throughout the weekend (charged separately). Book in advance to avoid disappointment (spaces are limited).

    Date: 04 May 2019 - 05 May 2019

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  • Penrith May Day Carnival

    Penrith May Day Carnival

    The brilliant Annual May Day Event in Penrith, featuring entertainment and grand carnival parade.  A great family day out.

    Date: 06 May 2019

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  • Brougham Hall Wartime Weekend

    Brougham Hall Wartime Weekend

    Brougham Hall becomes a living Museum for 3 days, reflecting Cumbria between 1939 and 1945. A large collection of British Commonwealth and American military vehicles plus living history and re-enactment groups will recreate Brougham Hall's role in the war.  Themes include the 75th anniversary of D Day 80th Anniversary of the reforming of the Woman’s Land Army and Cumbria at war the Home Front.

    Date: 10 May 2019 - 12 May 2019

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  • Fell Pony Society Stallion and Colt Show

    Fell Pony Society Stallion and Colt Show

    The 2019 Fell Pony Society Stallion and Colt Show will be held at Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens Near Penrith will take place on Saturday 11th May.

    Date: 11 May 2019

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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 ride is a real challenge and everyone who completes it has a true sense of achievement.

    Date: 12 May 2019

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  • Plant and Food Fair at Huttonin the Forest

    Plant and Food Fair at Huttonin the Forest

    Come and buy plants from specialist Northern nurseries and Cumbrian foods direct from producers.  Artisan breads, rare breed meats, specialist cheeses and Eden brewed beers.  Free garden tours.  Delicious lunches and teas in the Cloisters Tearoom.

    Date: 12 May 2019

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  • Flowers, Trees and HoneyBees at Lowther Castle and Gardens

    Flowers, Trees and HoneyBees at Lowther Castle and Gardens

    Friends, Gardeners and Countrymen, we have hosted a gardening fair or two in the past – but from 2019, we bring you an annual weekend of green delights for gardeners, garden-fans and plant-lovers of all kinds. Come and buy pots.

    Date: 18 May 2019 - 19 May 2019

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  • Classic Cars in the Park

    Classic Cars in the Park

    Classic Cars in the Park returns for 2019 on Sunday May 26, promising to be a packed day for the whole family.  The historic hall near Penrith is preparing to host one of the best-established events in the UK motoring calendar, providing the perfect backdrop to the roars of classic cars, motorcycles and beautifully-restored commercial vehicles from bygone eras.  There will be trade stands and auto jumble for the collector or restorers to make the most of, and visitors can sit back and enjoy full arena displays and commentary, as well as refreshments on site.  Photo opportunities and a chance to chat with other enthusiasts is encouraged, as is bringing your own classic if you have one to exhibit.

    Date: 26 May 2019

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June

  • Wigton Dog Agility

    Wigton Dog Agility

    Wigton Dog Agility on the Showfield at Hutton in the Forest.

    Date: 01 June 2019 - 02 June 2019

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  • The Yomp Mountain Challenge

    The Yomp Mountain Challenge

    The 2019 Yomp will be on Sunday 2nd June 2019.  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: 02 June 2019

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  • Eden Escape Festival

    Eden Escape Festival

    ADVENTURE and INsPiration to discover the great outdoors.  Boot camps | yoga | wild swimming  inspirational talks | adventure films | cinema  family yoga and fitness classes  workshops | nordic walking | forest school | slacklining  markets | spa | street food and Bar  Local musicians.......

    Date: 07 June 2019 - 09 June 2019

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  • EVAN Open Studios and Art Trail

    EVAN Open Studios and Art Trail

    The EVAN Art Trail will take place 15 to 23 June 2019.  More details to follow.

    Date: 15 June 2019 - 23 June 2019

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  • Dalemain Plant Fair with Artisan Food and Crafts

    Dalemain Plant Fair with Artisan Food and Crafts

    Join us on Sunday 16th June from 10am to 4pm for the 2019 Dalemain Plant Fair!  Enjoy a great day out at the Dalemain Plant Fair, celebrating all things gardening in the beautiful surroundings of Dalemain Mansion and its award-winning Historic Gardens, including:      Hand-picked selection of the best nurseries in the North of England      Craft and Artisan food stalls on the front lawn      Plants from the Dalemain Gardens on sale      Garden tours with Jane Hasell-McCosh      Cream teas and Mediaeval Hall Tearoom and Corner Byre      Gift Shop with The World’s Best Marmalades for Sale from this year’s Festival including the Double Gold Homemade    Winners with 50p from each jar sold going to Hospice Care Entry to the Fair is FREE; discounted entry is offered on the day - Gardens £5, House & Gardens £7, Children FREE.  If you would like to exhibit at the 2019 Dalemain Plant Fair, please contact Harriet Holme at shop@dalemain.com  We look forward to seeing you at the Plant Fair!.

    Date: 16 June 2019

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  • Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim

    Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim

    The Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim is event 1 of the Epic Lakes Open Water Swim Series. It takes place from Jenkins Field, in Glenridding, Patterdale and it is a celebration of being British.

    Date: 16 June 2019

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July

  • Skelton Agricultural Show

    Skelton Agricultural Show

    The 2019 Skelton Show will be held on Saturday 6 July 2019.  Skelton Show is a popular agricultural show with something for all the family. Skelton Show has been running since the late 1800's and grown from a small local show held in the village to one of the major agricultural shows in Cumbria.

    Date: 06 July 2019

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  • 57th Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy

    57th Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy

    Iconic round-the-island race the full length of Ullswater on both days. The event was founded in 1963 in memory of Lord Norman Birkett who prevented the lake from becoming a reservoir which would have restricted public access.

    Date: 06 July 2019 - 07 July 2019

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  • Lake District Mighty Hike

    Lake District Mighty Hike

    Hike along the Ullswater Way in the beautiful Lake District from Dalemain to Lowther Castle.  Raise £250 for people living with cancer and in return we’ll give you a fantastic day out, including: A free Macmillan technical t-shirt A free buffet lunch and hot food at the finish Regular check points with free drinks and snacks Clearly marked route Medical assistance Finisher's medal and bubbly Set up your JustGiving Page today. Please note the minimum age for this event is 18. Children aged between 14 – 17 can still take part but must be accompanied by an adult over 18.

    Date: 13 July 2019

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  • Victorian 160th Anniversary Weekend at Ullswater 'Steamers'

    Victorian 160th Anniversary Weekend at Ullswater 'Steamers'

    Step back in time to celebrate Ullswater Navigation and Transit Company’s 160th birthday. As soon as you step onto our piers you will be transported back to the Victorian era. Enjoy listening to a brass band at Pooley Bridge, pick up some sweets and take a ride on the Victorian funfair at Glenridding Pier.

    Date: 13 July 2019 - 14 July 2019

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  • Alston Live

    Alston Live

    A two-day live music festival in the beautiful and picturesque market town of Alston in the North Pennines featuring an array of local, regional and national artists performing across two stages.  More information will be available on the Alston Live website.

    Date: 19 July 2019 - 20 July 2019

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  • Penrith Agricultural Show

    Penrith Agricultural Show

    Come and visit Penrith Show as we celebrate 185 years as a Society. A full range of livestock, vintage tractors, Industrial & Horticulural Sections; crafts and food hall; Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling; dry stone walling; show jumping.....entertainments for all the family!  The 185th anniversary of Penrith Agricultural Society will be marked with a new show date, adapting to changing times to make Penrith Show an even better and less congested event.

    Date: 20 July 2019

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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: 25 July 2019 - 28 July 2019

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  • Montane Lakeland 50 and 100

    Montane Lakeland 50 and 100

    The event requires competitors to be experienced ultra distance runners with excellent navigation skills. The drop out rate for this event is a warning signal for anyone contemplating entry, the majority of those who fail are inadequately prepared.

    Date: 26 July 2019 - 28 July 2019

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  • Potfest in the Park

    Potfest in the Park

    Over 100 exhibitors invited from all over Europe and beyond. All with very distinctive individual styles, all passionate about working with clay.  The venue, Hutton-in-the-Forest, is a cultural destination in itself with it’s historic house, walled garden, topiary terraces and woodland walks.

    Date: 26 July 2019 - 28 July 2019

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  • Westmorland Dales Day

    Westmorland Dales Day

    Kirkby Stephen is nestled in the heart of one of Britain's most scenic regions and the Northern Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The town is a perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the English countryside and enjoy the great outdoors.  Kirkby Stephen will be a hive of activities for you all to enjoy.  Organised walks, runs, cycles, art, craft, music and more. To recognise this we would like you all to join us for the Westmorland Dales Day on 28 July 2019.

    Date: 28 July 2019

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August

  • Potfest in the Pens

    Potfest in the Pens

    The only unselected show in the UK giving an opportunity to see the work of the well established alongside the up-and-coming. Around 160 potters will be taking part in this, the oldest potters’ market in the UK.

    Date: 02 August 2019 - 04 August 2019

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  • Red Cross Garden Opening

    Red Cross Garden Opening

    From March until October, you can visit 200 gardens in England and Wales - including some never seen before by the public.  Keen gardeners share their passion, while helping people in crisis.  You can explore their gardens - and maybe get a cup of tea and slice of cake. Some gardens offer cream teas, light lunches, plant sales, treasure trails and more.

    Date: 04 August 2019

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  • Fell Pony Society Breed Show

    Fell Pony Society Breed Show

    The 2019 Fell Pony Society Breed Show will be held at Dalemian Mansion and Historic Gardens, Near Penrith on Sunday 4 August.

    Date: 04 August 2019

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  • Appleby Agricultural Show

    Appleby Agricultural Show

    The 2019 Appleby Agricultural Show will be held on Thursday 8th August.    Appleby Show is a great day out for all the family with free entry for children.

    Date: 08 August 2019

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  • The Lowther Show

    The Lowther Show

    Taking place within the beautiful grounds of Lowther Castle, the Lowther Show brings to you a full line-up of activity, which will include the Lowther Horse Driving Trials, Food and Beer Festival, the Lowther Fishing Island and the Lowther Hound Show. With so much going on, the Lowther Show is a date to add to your diary.  In 2019 the Lowther Show will take place on 10th and 11th August 2019.

    Date: 10 August 2019 - 11 August 2019

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  • Brough Agricultural Show

    Brough Agricultural Show

    The Brough Agricultural Society is holding its 2019 Show on on Thursday 15th August, so, put it in your diaries in the Show Field, Kaber, Kirkby Stephen.  The Show, a traditional one, has classes for Fell, Dales, Shetland, Piebald Coloured Ponies, Veteran Horses, Riding Ponies and Mounted Fancy Dress. Marathon and Obstacle Driving competitions are also held.  Sheep classes include Swaledale, Rough Fell, Blackfaced, Mule and Blue Faced Leicester, Texel, Herdwick, Beltex, Suffolk and Lleyn sheep together with a Young Handler competition which is a qualifier for the Cumbria Young Sheep Handler.  The Horticultural Classes are for Vegetables, Flowers, Floral Art, a Co-Operative Effort, Confectionery, Art Classes, Handicrafts and Photography.

    Date: 15 August 2019

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  • Cumbria Classic Car Show

    Cumbria Classic Car Show

    The biggest Classic Car event in the region returns to Dalemain for its 30th outing! This historic occasion promises to be the most fantastic show ye. Visit for a day packed full of entertainment, with autotests, arena displays, music and discounted entry to Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens.  All cars present get a souvenir slate coaster and the concours awards, which are done by self judging, are superb mounted model cars.

    Date: 18 August 2019

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  • Wannasee Tribute Festival

    Wannasee Tribute Festival

    Wannasee Festival in Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, is back on the Bank Holiday Weekend of 23-25 August 2019, for a fifth year. More fantastic tribute bands than ever before, rides, entertainment and more, for campers and day visitors alike.  Tickets are now on sale at Penrith TIC - 01768 867466.  Adults: Non Camping - Day £25 / Weekend £35   Adults: Camping - Day + overnight £30 / Weekend £45  14 to 17 Years: Non Camping - Day £17 / Weekend £25  Camping: Day+overnight £20 / Weekend £30  Under 14’s: Non camping - FREE  Camping: Day and overnight £8 / Weekend £12 All ticket purchases include entry to the free Friday night.  Friday night camping is FREE with any camping ticket.

    Date: 23 August 2019 - 25 August 2019

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  • Patterdale Dog Day

    Patterdale Dog Day

    Open sheep dog trails all day, open terrier show, open Gundog show, Children's pet classes, show of traditional sticks and crooks, Ullswater Foxhound show, Fell Race (open), Children's Fell Race, craft tent, trade stands.

    Date: 24 August 2019

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  • Penrith Arts Festival

    Penrith Arts Festival

    Penrith Arts Festival - August 29th - Sept 1st 2019.  Come and join in a week of artistic fun in August/September.

    Date: 29 August 2019 - 01 September 2019

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  • Kids FREE Fridays at Ullswater 'Steamers'

    Kids FREE Fridays at Ullswater 'Steamers'

    It is Summer and that means Kids Free Fridays are back! Just bring along an adult with a valid Cruise All Piers Pass and get FREE child entry (one free child per full paying adult).  26th July 2019  2nd August 2019  9th August 2019  16th August 2019  23rd August 2019  30th August 2019 .

    Date: 30 August 2019

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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: 31 August 2019

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  • Dufton Agricultural Show

    Dufton Agricultural Show

    Dufton Agricultural Show was established in 1864 and has been an integral part of the calendar since.  The 2019 Show will take place on Saturday 31st August.  Sheep, Sheepdog Trials, Cattle, Riding Ponies, Fell Ponies, Mountain and Moorland Ponies, Coloured Horses, Gymkhana, Open Jumping under British Show jumping Rules, Carriage Driving, Handy Hunter Competition, Veteran Horse and Pony, Dogs, Horticulture, Quoits, Fell Race, Produce and Handicrafts, Children’s Sports, Children’s Pet Show, Children’s Fancy Dress, Mounted Fancy Dress, Vintage Vehicles, Dry Stone Walling.

    Date: 31 August 2019

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September

  • Helvellyn Triathlon

    Helvellyn Triathlon

    One of the toughest triathlons in the world      Swim in crystal clear Ullswater      Cycle includes the infamous "Struggle" to the top of the Kirkstone Pass (1489ft)      Run up and down Hellvellyn (3118ft) This is no ordinary triathlon and you are required to bring and race with extra items of equipment.  Please read the instructions carefully. View the video for a flavour of what to expect.  You must have this race in your triathlon portfolio.  **Sunday 1st September 2019     8.30am**.

    Date: 01 September 2019

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  • EVAN Open Studios and Art Trail

    EVAN Open Studios and Art Trail

    EVAN Open Studios and Art Trail 7 to 15 September 2019.  More details to follow.

    Date: 07 September 2019 - 15 September 2019

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  • Dalemain Harvest Celebrations

    Dalemain Harvest Celebrations

    Dalemain has always been famous for its beautiful autumn colour, and wonderful collection of ancient apple trees. This year, we will be celebrating all things Autumnal with a special Harvest Day!  There will be lectures, activities and guided tours, to be enjoyed by everyone from families to gardening experts!  Learn all about picking the fruit, find out more about the range of ancient apple trees at Dalemain - including the Dalemain Gloriana - and try some delicious Autumnal treats in the Tearoom.

    Date: 29 September 2019

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