With long sunny days, shimmering lakes and some of the country’s greenest fields, the Cumbrian calendar really bursts into life over the summer months. And with such a diverse local culture, there is commonly a cause for celebration!

One of the best ways for visitors to get a taste of the region is by checking out one of the many festivals. Combining tradition, excitement, and buckets of community spirit, the events cover the spectrum; from big name bands to steam engines, and everything in between!

Here are some of our favourites:

Penrith Agricultural Show: July 23rd


Taking place annually, on the fourth Saturday in July, the Penrith Agricultural Show dates back to 1834. A mainstay in the local calendar, this community event makes a great day out for the whole family. The main arena traditionally hosts entertaining events, such as show-jumping or bird of prey demonstrations, while the surrounding village stalls bring together many of the region’s top producers. Kids will love the rural crafts marquee and the chance to see some of their favourite farmyard animals in action!

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The Cumbria Steam Gathering: July 30th and 31st

Grange over Sands

Organised by the Cumbria Steam and Vintage Vehicle Society, this is a haven for motor heads. You can spend a weekend exploring the fantastic display of vintage commercial vehicles, steam engines and classic cars, enjoying routines from performing motorbike troupes and more!

Additional entertainment is provided by local artists, a traditional fairground, music acts and a Segway experience!

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Lake District Summer Music: July 30th – August 12th

Various locations

If you know your symphonies from your sonatas, then this one’s for you!  Claimed as one of the best classical music festivals in the country, Lake District Summer Music welcomes international performers to North West England. The popular festival relies on numerous venues across the region, from Keswick to Kirby Lonsdale, to host a musical celebration in inspirational settings.

Grasmere Lakeland Sports: August 28th


Cumbria has a well-built reputation as a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, and the Grasmere Lakeland Sports festival is a great way to experience some of the region’s best open-air pursuits. The annual event, which dates back to 1868, combines active events, such as sprint races and fell running with family friendly puppy trails and musical performances. Don’t miss the Cumberland Wrestling competition, in which participants are encouraged to dress in traditional garb!

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Taste Cumbria Cockermouth: September 24th and 25th


Ok, so this one may be a little later in the year, but Cumbria is beautiful in the September sun! The region is rightly proud of its fantastic producers and suppliers, and Taste Cumbria Cockermouth is one of the highlight events of the foodie calendar. From pop-up restaurants fronted by Michelin-starred chefs, to tasty tipples, courtesy of local breweries, you’ll want to make sure you bring your appetite with you. There are more than 80 stalls for you to explore, a music night, and the Sunday tasting sessions from Lakes Distillery is sure to keep everyone in high spirits!

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