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A look ahead to what’s on in Cumbria in 2017
It’s only January but there’s already a huge selection of events planned for Cumbria in 2017. Here are some dates to stick in your diary from Cumbria Live.
Battle of the Bands Final - Friday January 20
Head to Workington's Monroes Bar for the grand final of this exciting competition. Following a series of intense heats, this evening promises to showcase big talent as the remaining acts go head to head for a chance to win £1,000 and a slot at Aspatria Music Festival.
Cumbria Life Culture Awards - Friday February 3
Organised by Cumbria Life magazine, this event is a big highlight of the cultural calendar. For the second time since it began, the evening will be held at Theatre By The Lake and will be hosted by writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie. The evening will also feature performances by folk legend Maddy Prior and more.
Keswick Film Festival - Thursday February 16 to Sunday February 19
Film lovers can pair the stunning Lakeland landscape with some of the 'best films you will see' at this fantastic film event. Share your own views and opinions and discover incredible visual talent along the way.
Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards - Thursday March 30
Held at Kendal College last year, this annual awards evening is the highlight of the food calendar in Cumbria. The evening will consist of awards being dished out for the best restaurants, pubs, chefs, products and retailers around the county.
Cumbria Photography Show - Saturday May 13 to Sunday May 14
Rheged is set to bring a weekend dedicated to all things photography. Those attending will discover trade stands, talks and demonstrations, films and an exhibition of photographs from Cumbria‘s leading camera club.
Taste Ulverston - Saturday May 27 to Sunday May 28
Ulverston will host the ideal festival for foodie fans. In its fourth year, the Spring bank holiday weekend will attract families and food lovers. Food and drink businesses from across the county will be sampling their products, providing hands-on activities and giving live demonstrations.
Keswick Mountain Festival - Thursday June 8 to Sunday June 11
Music, thrills, food and challenges make up this adventurous weekend. With the music line-up being released in January, festival-goers can expect big things. Pack your tent and arrive prepared, who knows what you'll end up doing?
The Cumberland Show - Saturday June 10
The annual countryside jamboree will move venues next year to farm land at East Park, Brisco, on the outskirts of Carlisle. The event is a real celebration of farming, food and countryside and is a great family day out.
Kendal Calling - Thursday July 27 to Sunday July 30
Following an incredible line up this year, festival-goers will put on their wellies and take to Lowther Deer Park again to see some top performances from big artists and bands. The line up will be released early next year.
Solfest - Friday August 25 to Sunday August 27
Held at Tarnside Farm, this non-commercial music and arts festival boasts a massive range of musical and cultural adventures. The weekend offers something for everyone, with music as well as a children's area.
Cumbria Pride - Saturday September 16
Take to the colourful streets of Carlisle as crowds don fancy dress and bright outfits. With a series of acts performing, everyone comes together to celebrate diversity within the county.
Keep up to date with all the latest events in Cumbria at Cumbria Live.