10 good reasons to visit the Lake District this summer

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As summer is now upon us this is a great time to visit the Lake District as there is so much going on. It’s been hard to narrow it down, but we’ve hand-picked 10 great events, exhibitions and festivals taking place nearby to us this summer.

1. Herdwick Art Trail - throughout the summer until 4 September

herdwick trailSpot 60 colourful and decorated life-sized Herdwick ewes which have been put on display by a number of Lake District businesses across the county, including Keswick. To follow the trail, you need to get hold of a trail map from one of the participating businesses, at a cost of £2, and you can see how many you can spot. The ewes have been decorated by artists, in brightly coloured patterns and designs and the trails have been organised to raise money for the Lake District Calvert Trust, which provides outdoor activities for people with disabilities. Find out more: www.goherdwick.co.uk

2. Derwent Island Open Day, Keswick 24 July, 10 August & 24 August

A rare opportunity to visit the 18th Century house on this little wooded island which is open to the public for five days every year, giving you the wonderful opportunity to have a look around the house and garden, find out about island life past and present and imagine yourself living in a house which must have one of the most beautiful commutes to the shops in the country! The trip to the island takes place by canoe, with qualified instructors on hand to help, followed by a guided tour of the house and time to enjoy the island at your leisure. Find out more www.nationaltrust.org.uk/borrowdale-and-derwent-water/features/derwent-island-and-house

3. Behind the scenes tour at Dalemain Mansion, near Penrith - Every Wednesday & Thursday during July and August

Go behind the scenes and learn more about what has happened over the last 350 years since the Hasells started living in the house. This specialist tour offers visitors a chance to explore parts of the house not normally open to the public, as well as Dacre Church and house. Lasting two hours, the tours include a personal guide and a break for coffee/tea and homemade scone. The tours cost £25 per person or £20 per person when booking for two or more people. Find out more: www.dalemain.com

4. Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest, Penrith 29-31 July

One of the UKs leading ceramic shows, between 29 and 31 July at historic Hutton-in- the-Forest, near Penrith. With over 100 exhibitors invited from across the world this ceramics festival takes place in and around marquees in front of the great house, and you can meet the potters, talk all things pots, and buy direct from the artists. Find out more: www.hutton-in- the-forest.co.uk

5. Cockermouth Show, Cockermouth 30 July

From sheep dogs and Cumberland wrestling to sheep shearing and show jumping, get a real taste of rural life at the world-renowned Cockermouth and District Agricultural Show. Find out more: www.cockermouthshow.co.uk

6. Victorian themed day at Dove Cottage, Grasmere 30 July

To celebrate 125 years of Wordsworth’s home being open to the general public Dove Cottage, Grasmere are hosting a day of costumed fun. Staff will be in period costume and there will be costumed re-enacters circulating with visitors. Visitors can join in the fun with a tasting of Lakes Distillery gin (the Wordsworths wrote about drinking gin with hot water after getting soaked in the rain) and whiskey. Find out more: https://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html

7. Lowther Show, Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust 13-14 August

One of the finest agricultural shows of country sports, championship events and displays for all to enjoy. Activities include the Lowther Horse Carriage Driving Trials, Taste Cumbria Food & Beer Festival, the Lowther Fishing Island and the Lowther Hound Show. Find out more: www.lowthershow.co.uk

8. Medieval Muncaster, Muncaster Castle & Gardens 27-29 August

Over the August bank holiday weekend, Muncaster Castle returns to Tudor times bringing the past to life with enthusiastic and knowledgeable re-enactors from the time of the Wars of the Roses. Find out how men were armed, go to Knight School, watch a siege re-enactment and find out what daily life was like for our ancestors from this period. Find out more: www.muncaster.co.uk/medieval-muncaster

9. Grasmere Lakeland Sports & Show, 28 August

The original and world famous Lakeland Sports has over 160 years of history. The Sports comprises the old and traditional sports of fell running, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and Hound Trailing. Find out more: www.grasmeresports.com

10. Loweswater Show, 4 September

A traditional style Lakeland Agricultural Show with the emphasis on livestock. However, there are many other attractions, including fell races for all ages, Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling, a superb local craft fair, a variety of trade stands and vintage section. Find out more: www.loweswatershow.com

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