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Plenty to do in South Cumbria this summer

Published on: Tuesday 21st July 2015
Categorised under: Play, Active , Lake District, Tourism

There are heaps of activities for all the family in South Cumbria this summer holidays.

Here is our list of some of the highlights to keep you entertained.

Heroes and Villains Summer Trail – Every day

Every day during the summer holidays Dove Cottage, the former family home of William Wordsworth, will be opening up their heroes and villains summer trail. This will give you and the little ones the chance to find out about all the heroes and villains from the Napoleonic wars, with a very special prize available from the venue’s shop once you reach the end.

Cumbria Steam Gathering – July 25-26

The Cumbria Steam Gathering is held annually at Cark Airfield and around 1,300 exhibitors are set to attend this year’s event. It’s the biggest event of the year for the Cumbria Steam and Vintage Society and is highly recommended for anyone who loves a good, old fashioned engine. Even if it’s not your usual cup of tea you’re bound to marvel at the astonishing machinery that will be on show.

Kendal Calling – July 30-August 2

Providing a line-up that features both international stars and the best local talent has seen Kendal Calling’s popularity increase year on year. This year you’ll be able to catch Snoop Dogg and the Kaiser Chiefs alongside Cumbrian acts like Colt 45 and My Little Brother, let’s just hope our homegrown bands don’t show up the big name performers.

Ambleside Sports – July 30

If you love sport and Cumbria then this is the perfect event for you. Rydal Park in Ambleside will host five hours of historical Cumbrian games and sports with a Made in Cumbria marquee and plenty of trade stalls also on hand to keep you entertained. Traditional Cumbrian sports such as Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, fell running, cycle races and loads more on the day.

Lake District Summer Music International Festival – August 1-14

The Lake District Summer Music International Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year so this event is set to be one of the summer’s best. A whole host of international musicians will be performing in towns and halls across Cumbria during this two week festival.

Lowther Show – August 15-16

The big highlight of this event is the fast and furious Lowther Horse Carriage Driving Trials, which together with the Lowther Hound Show ensure that animals and their talented owners are well represented whenever the Lowther Show comes to town. Held on the grounds of the glorious Lowther Castle where there will also be a fun fair, food festival and loads of other activities suitable for both parents and children.

Lakeland Country Fair – August 16

The Lakeland Country fair is both a typical country show and a showcase for traditional Cumbrian skills and activities. It takes place at Torver near Coniston and it provides a great chance to get back to basics and try out some of the skills and traditions that have helped make Cumbria what it is today.

Cartmel Cup Day – August 29

Horse racing and family fun are both on the agenda for Cartmel Racecourse’s Cartmel Cup Day at the end of August. There’ll be all the usual horse races on the day but a huge fun fair will ensure that the whole family are catered for, whether you’re six years old or 96 years old.

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