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December

  • Santa Special at South Tynedale Railway

    Santa Special at South Tynedale Railway

    Ho, Ho, Ho, join us for our fabulous Santa Specials.  After a train ride through the wintry South Tyne valley, Santa’s chief elf will be waiting for you and will take you to see the man himself!  Your ticket includes return train fare, refreshments and a visit to Santa which includes a present for every child. Dogs are welcome and Santa will have a special present for them too!  Please note we don’t post tickets out.

    Date: 15 December 2018 - 16 December 2018

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  • Santa's Grotto at The Pot Place, Plumpton

    Santa's Grotto at The Pot Place, Plumpton

    Back by popular demand Santa will be visiting the Pot Place Garden Centre and Tearooms on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday 1st Dec until Sunday 16th Dec 2018. He will be here between 11am and 3pm.

    Date: 15 December 2018 - 16 December 2018

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  • Santa and Christmas Magic Cruise

    Santa and Christmas Magic Cruise

    A festive treat and fun for all, activities on-board with the Happy Elf, Stu-di-doo Christmas Magic show and of course meet Santa and hand over that all important letter! Two sailings from Glenridding - 10.30am (returns 12noon) or 1.30 pm (returns 3pm). Ticket price £16 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).  Dogs not permitted.

    Date: 16 December 2018

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  • Eden District Council: Chairman's Carol Service

    Eden District Council: Chairman's Carol Service

    Eden District Council Chairman’s Carol Service will take place at St Andrew’s Church in Penrith from 6pm on Monday 17 December 2018.  Refreshments are available after the Service in the Church.  All welcome.  All proceeds from the Carol service will be donated to the Chairman’s chosen charities Hospice at Home, the Great North Air Ambulance and Penrith Mountain Rescue.

    Date: 17 December 2018

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  • The Snow Queen

    The Snow Queen

    A magical winter fairy tale brought to life in a stunning original production.  December 9th and 16th at 2pm  December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 28th at 1:30pm and 3:30pm  December 29th, 30th and 31st at 2pm  January 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th at 2pm Available for school bookings 10th - 21st December.  Based o­n the fairytale­ by Hans Christian Andersen. A stunning and original production, using a mixture of puppet types and special scenic effects which includes projected moving images and a revolving stage.

    Date: 22 December 2018 - 24 December 2018

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January

  • A Winter Pom-Pom Trail at Lowther Castle and Gardens

    A Winter Pom-Pom Trail at Lowther Castle and Gardens

    This winter’s trail around the gardens features a gingerbread girl by the name of Tammy O’Shanter and her quest to find the perfect bobble or pom-pom for her woolly hat. Follow the arrows round the garden, count off all ten bobbles, go to the shop and claim your gingery prize.  Trail is free with admission to the castle and gardens and is suitable for all ages.  NB.

    Date: 01 January 2019 - 13 February 2019

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February

  • 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.  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. The hilly course offers an exhilarating run in unique surroundings.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male & Female, 1st Male and Female V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65 and V70.  On the day, you’ll also get one of our unique souvenir mugs filled with piping hot tea and a piece of delicious flapjack supplied by Traybakes.  Entries from 2018 will automatically carry over to the 2019 event (the 2018 event was cancelled due to the unprecedented weather conditions).

    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

    Now truly a global phenomenon, the Marmalade Awards last year welcomed over 3,000 entries from over 30 countries, and we hope to see even more jars flying in from all corners of the globe in 2019.  These quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh with the initial idea of preserving, growing and widening one of the most British of customs - making marmalade. They have gone on to generate a following far beyond Jane’s wildest expectations and have humour and a life of their own, inspiring people from all over the world to get involved.  The Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion; a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years, which also happens to hold a very rich archive of Marmalade recipes.  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 for a weekend of marmalade celebrations with demonstrations, talks, exhibitions and shows that will inspire you, your family and friends to take the nation’s marmalade to your heart.

    Date: 16 March 2019 - 17 March 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Dalemain Plant Fair

    Join us on Sunday 16th June for this quality event and enjoy a lovely day celebrating all things gardening in the beautiful surroundings of Dalemain Mansion and award winning Historic Gardens.

    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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  • 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 2019 Cumbria Classic Car Show will be held on 18th August at Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens.  More information to follow.

    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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  • 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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  • 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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