Events & Festivals
South Lakeland’s beautiful scenery provides the perfect backdrop for fantastic festivals and events all year round. From performing and visual arts, music and theatre to sporting and traditional agricultural events, there's plenty to choose from for all the family to enjoy.
Here’s a quick flavour of some of the annual events on offer in South Lakeland:
Three-day fun-filled extravaganza of street entertainment. 'A weekend of performance that is one of the friendliest and most enjoyable on the outdoor calendar. Mintfest is a reminder of the power of streets arts to bring a community together and also attract audiences from outside the area.' Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, August 2011.
Annual festival with a diverse and varied programme of concerts performed by international musicians and ensembles in venues including historic churches and halls found in the region's villages and towns. Integrated with these concerts, educational projects nurture young talented musicians.
A world-acclaimed festival featuring films, inspirational speakers and photography covering some of the most awe-inspiring mountains and extreme sports to be found. This is the biggest festival of its type in the world!
A celebration of rural life and a highlight of the agricultural year, with shows and judging of livestock and traditional farming skills such as hedge laying and dry stone walling.
Coniston is the 'spiritual home' of record breaking (famous for Donald Campbell's ill-fated world record attempt) and this annual event hosts boats from tiny hydroplanes to large cruisers taking part on Coniston Water. It's also the only event in the powerboat racing calendar to bring together all classes.
A free family event with hundreds of festive stalls, street entertainers, brass bands and Victorian costumes!
Traditional Sports and Sheepdog Trials
Traditional sheepdog trials are part of the tapestry of the Lake District, with a number of events talking place throughout the year, usually also featuring fell running races, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling demonstrations, craft displays and trade stands. Events include:
For other events and further details, visit the Explore South Lakeland.