Local events coming up in Cumbria

A few suggestions to help you plan throughout the summer

Summer events in Cumbria for 2011

Many events are now being confirmed and final arrangements made as the summer approaches.

Here is our selection of some of the major events happening in the county this year.

For details of other events happening in the county keep listening to BBC Radio Cumbria.


BBC One Big Weekend - 14-15 May. Carlisle airport. Featuring Lady Gaga and The Foo Fighters. The BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend is attracting interest from all over the UK.

Keswick Mountain Festival - 18-22 May. Climb, bike, hike or have family fun at a series of events.


Appleby horse fair - 2 - 8 June. Thousands of gypsies and travellers from Britain and beyond gather every year in Appleby, Cumbria, for the horse fair.

Image caption Whitehaven harbour fills thousands of people for the festival

Whitehaven Maritime Festival - 17 - 19 June. Held mainly around Whitehaven harbour the festival usually attracts tens of thousands of visitors to west Cumbria.


Lakeland Rose Show - 9 -10 July. Crooklands near Kendal. This event features marquees full of displays of roses, sweet peas and fuchsia.

Cumberland Show - Saturday, 16 July. Carlisle racecourse.

CockRock - 22-24 July. CockRock is an annual three day, 5000 capacity, grass roots festival held in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

Maryport Blues Festival - 29 -31 July. The Cumbrian harbour town will be alive with over 40 bands and 150 individual muscians.

Kendal Calling - 29-31 July. Lowther, near Penrith. Acts already confirmed include Echo & the Bunnymen, Blondie, The Cribs and Yousef.

Cumbria Steam Gathering, Flookburgh. 30 - 31 July. For 39 years, the Cumbria Steam & Vintage Vehicle Society has been bringing together vintage and steam vehicles from across the world, to Flookburgh.


Solfest - 26 - 28 August. Highlights already announced include The Stranglers and The Damned, cult Irish band The Saw Doctors and classic 90's Britpop outfit Cast.

Grasmere Sports - 28 August. Traditional sports including Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling and fell running.


Image caption Many events in the county highlight assorted farming animals

Westmorland County Show - Thursday, 8 September. Crooklands near Kendal. Billed as one of Britains oldest livestock shows.

Kendal Torchlight - Friday, 9 September. The torchlight procession sees floats and bands travelling through the streets of Kendal.

World Sheep Dog Trials - 15-18 September. Lowther near Penrith. The World Trial will feature 240 dogs and handlers from around the globe.

Extra inspiration

Check out this whole page of links to local attractions for other ideas of things to do around Cumbria.

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