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The Beatrix Potter Gallery – Telling Tales – 16 Feb
Featuring original artwork from some of Beatrix Potter’s most popular ‘little white books’, ‘Telling Tales’ looks at why, over 100 years after the publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, her delightful characters still resonate with so many of us today.

The Great Wray Castle Drawing Challenge – 16 Feb
Dramatic views, gothic details and natural wonders – there’s lots to sketch at Wray Castle, as the young Beatrix Potter found. Can you complete all of the drawing challenges?

Wray Castle Landmark in the landscape – 16 Feb
You’ll hear about how the Dawsons’ expressed their ancestry and position through the highly imposing building, and what they did with the surroundings to make their home feel like it’d been there for centuries. The tour will also take in some of the current restoration projects taking place, as well as showing photographs of other estate buildings you might want to walk to after your tour.

Conservation in Action – 22 Feb
An opportunity to ask those questions you’ve always wanted to know about conservation and hear about how the collection is managed. You’ll see objects that belonged to Beatrix Potter and are not usually on display to the public, such as early editions of Beatrix’s books or her jewellery.

Don Quixote – Live from The Royal Opera House – showing at Zeffirellis Ambleside – 19 Feb
Cevantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote had inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri. Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first productions for the Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the whole company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcina. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

Stargazing at Grizedale – 2 March
Enjoy an unforgettable night under the stars in Lake District! Experienced astronomer Robert Ince will be your guide taking you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, while also showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself. Observe some of the skies wonders through binoculars and powerful telescopes operated by local astronomers, who will attempt to answer your questions on life, the universe and everything! If the weather does not co-operate there will be colourful talks, images and videos with hands on help with telescopes, together with friendly advice on how to get started in this wonderful hobby.

Langdale Night Run – 9 March
Taking part in our Night Run is a great way to get a little fitter during the winter months at the same time as helping us care for the trails that you’re running on. So as you look after you, you’ll be looking after nature too. The run is approx. 7km Adventurer route and you can have fun at your own pace on our traffic free trails but don’t forget your head torch!

The Sleeping Beauty – (recorded at the Bolshoi) showing at Zeffirellis Ambleside – 10 March
The Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the evil Fairy Carabosse on her sixteenth birthday, falling into a deep slumber of one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince could break the spell. A resplendent fairy-tale ballet performed by the Bolshoi, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph). This is classical ballet at its finest.

Coniston 14 Road Race 2019 – 30 March
The Coniston 14 is probably the most beautiful road race in Britain. Each year it attracts some 1600 runners and has a reputation for being one of the best organised small races in the country. The Race is organised by an enthusiastic committee of volunteers from Coniston village.

Wray Runners at Wray Castle – 2 April
Every Tuesday evening in the grounds of Wray Castle, there will be running sessions taking place for beginners, intermediate and advanced. The sessions are led by Ursula Brendling, who is a Run Leader and British Athletics Coach. You’ll get helpful tips and techniques for running off-road, and there’ll be different drills every week to develop skills, confidence and fitness. These sessions take place in the grounds of Wray Castle, where the panoramic lake views provide all the motivation you need to keep going.

The King & I – (from the London Palladium ENCORE) showing at Zeffirellis Ambleside – 4 April
The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Centre Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King & I comes to cinemas in this unmissable evet recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium.

Bowness Bay Blues Festival – 12/13/14 April
After the sell-out show in 2018 BownessBayBlues will be celebrating its 8th year in 2019. From small beginnings BownessBayBlues has grown to be a flagship of all that is good about blues music. The Alzheimer’s Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society are the main charities we are fundraising for in 2019 together with other charities supported by The Rotary Club of Windermere.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt – 13 April
Join in the Easter fun in the quirky Beatrix Potter Gallery as you follow the clues to hunt out your Cadbury chocolate prize. Booking Essential.

Keswick Half Marathon – 5 May
Keswick Half Marathon is said to be one of the most scenic half marathons in the country. The challenging course takes you around Derwent Water with an extra loop into the Newlands valley. Come and take part in this very popular annual event. The route is a circuit of Derwent Water, with a loop into the Newlands valley, probably the most scenic 13 miles 192.5 yards in the country.

Grand Victorian Circular Tour – 10 May
Explore the steps that Victorian and Edwardian tourists would have taken through the Lakes on a Furness Railway grand tour. The day includes a ride on the Haverthwaite steam train, a cruise on Windermere Lake, a picnic lunch, and a cruise on Steam Yacht Gondola, as well as plenty of opportunities to see the Lake District countryside.

Barrow to Keswick Walk – 11 May
The Keswick to Barrow (K2B) Walk is a sponsored walking and running event in the English Lake District. Teams of between 4 and 12 members test themselves on a challenging route, to raise money for charities and good causes. The event is organised by the Keswick to Barrow Walk Committee, whose President is John Hudson, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime.

The Fred Whitton Challenge – 12 May
The Fred Whitton consists of a 112-mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.

Keswick Mountain Festival – 16-19 May
Keswick Mountain Festival is a unique event offering a fantastic mix of outdoor activities and music. There is a varied choice of activities, events and entertainment aimed to inspire all ages and abilities. Set in one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District landscape; it’s a family friendly festival for everyone to enjoy. With a huge programme of activities, world class speakers, sporting events, camping and live music in the evening, there is something for every adventurer at the Keswick Mountain Festival.

ASICS Windermere Marathon – 19 May
One of a handful of marathons run entirely within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Often described as the friendliest and most beautiful UK marathon, finish this breath-taking course, amidst a carnival atmosphere, in the grounds of Brathay Hall with stunning views over England’s largest lake.

Wild about Wray Challenge – 25 May
Does your family have what it takes to complete all the activities, from musical trees to the bog of doom?

Cartmel Races – 25/27/29 May
The Whit Holiday meetings.

The National Trust Grasmere Gallop – 1 June
Grasmere Gallop will take place on Saturday 1st June amidst the spectacular surroundings of Grasmere village and Rydal Water. Fast gaining a reputation as one of the friendliest fell races in the Lakes, each year we see more and more first-time runners, Nordic Walkers and families racing alongside seasoned fell-runners.

The Great North Swim – 7/9 June
Hosted at Brockhole on Windermere for a fantastic weekend of open water swimming in the stunning Lake District. With distances to suit all levels and abilities you can enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors with friends and family. Take your pick from 250 metres, 1/2 a mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5k or a 10k…

The Great North SwimRun – 8 June
Based on teamwork, passion, and closeness to nature, teams of two embark on a seamless journey across the landscape, taking on land and water, as they navigate their way around the Short, Middle and Endurance distances. Individual participants are permitted for the short distance. The Great North SwimRun is an opportunity to ditch the roads and the pool; limber up and embrace an off-road, open-water island-hopping adventure!

Lakes Charity Classic Vehicle Show 16 June
The Lakes Charity Classic Vehicle Shows are organized by the Windermere & Ambleside Lions Club. All proceeds from our events are donated to worthwhile local charitable causes.

Cartmel Races – 28/30 June
The June meeting.

Cliff Richard – Diamond Encore 2019 at Cartmel Races – 28 June
The opening day of the June Meeting is sure to form a highlight of the Cartmel Racing season with a card of seven exciting races followed by a live music concert featuring none other than Sir Cliff Richard. The concert will take place following the racing and is expected to last approximately one and a half hours.

Ambleside Rush Bearing – 6 July (TBC)
This is a festival celebration associated with the ancient custom of annually replacing the rushes on the earth floors of churches, rushes being a general term for rushes, reeds and sweet smelling grasses. Once widespread, very few places now continue this tradition. Although the church plays a leading role, today Rushbearing is a community event. The bearings vary from large ornate devices such as hoops, staves and crosses to simple sheafs carried by children. Composed mainly of rushes cut from nearby lake shores, they are highly decorated with mosses, flowers and greenery.

Windermere Triathlon – 7 July
The Windermere Triathlon takes place at England’s longest and most iconic lake. Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park with stunning views in every direction, The Windermere Triathlon is without doubt one of the most scenic, fun, and exciting Olympic Distance Triathlons in the country.

Cartmel Races – 20 & 22 July
The Barbeque meeting.

Cumbria Steam Gathering – 27/28 July
For over four decades, the Cumbria Steam & Vintage Vehicle Society Ltd has been bringing together vintage vehicles from far and wide to Cark Airfield in Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands, for one massive summer gathering.

Hawkshead Show – 20 Aug
The annual Hawkshead Show has traditional craft and trade stands, horse classes, dog shows, sheep classes, stick classes, hound trailing, horticultural, floral art and home baking. Refreshments available.

Cartmel Races – 24 & 26 Aug
The August holiday meeting.

The Grasmere Sports & Show – 25 Aug
The 2019 Annual Grasmere Lakeland Sports, now celebrating 169 years of existence, has been a regular annual event since 1868, unbroken except for the two periods of the First and Second World Wars. Now one of the most popular traditional events in the English Lake District, participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland Wrestling, Fell Running and Hound Trails.

British Heart Foundation Lakes Peaks Challenge – 31 Aug
Challenge yourself to take on three, five or EIGHT peaks of the Lake District – and in just one day! This is one of the toughest challenges that the UK has to offer, putting you through the ultimate test of strength, endurance and determination. You will tackle some of England’s most rugged and demanding mountains over a matter of hours.

Grand Victorian Circular Tour – 6 Sept
Explore the steps that Victorian and Edwardian tourists would have taken through the Lakes on a Furness Railway grand tour. The day includes a ride on the Haverthwaite steam train, a cruise on Windermere Lake, a picnic lunch, and a cruise on Steam Yacht Gondola, as well as plenty of opportunities to see the Lake District countryside.

Westmorland County Show – 12 Sept
The annual Westmorland County Show offers something for everyone and is one of Britain’s oldest and Cumbria’s largest livestock show with about 30,000 visitors attending each year. The Westmorland County Show boasts a wide range of the best that English agriculture has to offer. This includes cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, poultry, alpaca’s, hounds, dogs and rare breeds.

Hawkshead Village Bonfire & Fireworks – 2 Nov
Spectacular Fireworks display held on the Village Recreation Ground – Free entry but donations are asked for on the gates. Food and beverages available.

Ambleside Father Christmas Cruise & Christmas Lights Switch On – 16 Nov (TBC)
The annual Ambleside Christmas lights switch-on involves a Father Christmas cruise followed by a parade through the Lake District town at dusk, featuring hundreds of paper lanterns. Young and old turn out to witness the spectacular procession and the Christmas street lights throughout Ambleside town centre are switched on, as if by magic, by Santa Claus!

Cumbria Cracker Cycle Sportive – Nov (TBC)
The Cumbrian Cracker is one of the original Lakeland cycle sportives. It’s a 60 miles route which starts and finishes in Grasmere village and climbs ‘Red Bank’ within the first mile! The route continues round the back of Coniston Water to reach the food stop at Cartmel scout hut. The return leg then weaves its way through fantastic country lanes, via Grizedale forest, Hawkshead and Ambleside. The route is undulating but does not climb any of the major passes. The roads in South Lakeland are some of the best you will ever ride and well worth the trip! This is a classic Autumn sportive and an EPIC day out on the bike, make sure you join us!

Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival – 28/30 Nov (TBC)
The annual Dickensian Christmas Festival takes place in Ulverston. It’s one of the most popular Dickensian Festival events in the country and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Why not savour the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional market town in the Dickensian era.

Hawkshead Christmas Fair – 6/7 Dec
Hawkshead Christmas Fair. Come & join us for a very special Christmas fair in the beautiful village of Hawkshead in the heart of the Lake District. Look us up on Facebook!

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