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:

Jennings Keswick Jazz Festival - 11th-14thMay

Feeling jazzy? Then you can’t miss the 25th Keswick Jazz Festival… the UK’s largest of its kind. This popular weekend event celebrates everything from traditional to mainstream jazz with over 90 performances from top international and UK guests. Dancing and singing in the beautiful surroundings of Keswick in spring… what more could you ask for? 

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Derwentwater Regatta – 8th & 9th July

Organised by the National Trust, the Derwentwater Regatta is a great day out for everyone. Families can try out taster sessions in kayaks, or groups can take a motorised trip around the lake. For the more adventurous, there are catamarans and even a Viking Long Boat! 

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Kendal Calling – 27th-30st July

Held at the beautiful Lowther Deer Park, we couldn’t imagine a better setting for a music festival. The multi-award winning festival has some big names in the line-up, from Rudimental to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. And if your feet need a rest from all the dancing, you can pop over for some pampering at the Garden of Eden… the festival’s area of sanctuary. Bliss!

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Maryport Blues Festival – 28th – 30st July

A blues festival by the seaside? What could be better?! Get your dancing shoes ready for a weekend of blues, brews and music workshops… There’s even a nifty festival app that you can download with a full listing of acts and events!

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Solfest – 25th – 27th August

If you’re looking for an authentic, local music festival that focuses on handpicked talent then Solfest is the place for you! Since it launched in 2003, it has grown to become one of the UK’s best loved independent festivals. Run solely by incredible volunteers, it’s a fantastic event that really brings together people of all ages. But it’s not just music… there’s a creative kids area and even a Healing garden where you can practice yoga!

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