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Montane Trail 26 & Trail 13 – 4 Feb

Taking their lead from the highly successful MONTANE® Lakeland 100 and 50 ultra races, the purpose of the MONTANE® Trail 26 events is to provide the opportunity for both trail and road runners to ‘step up’ to longer distance trail challenges. Whether you’re looking to complete your first trail marathon, progress to ‘ultra distances’ or you’re a current ‘ultra runner’ training for longer challenges, these races provide all sorts of opportunities.

Secrets of the Grounds – 10 Feb

An outdoor tour to learn about Wray Castle both past and present. Taking place in the fresh air, this is a guided tour of the grounds to learn about the history of Wray Castle, see hidden architectural features and hear about ongoing restoration projects.

Beatrix Potter Guided Walk: Love of a lifetime – 11 Feb

Join our ranger on a guided walk around the village and nearby countryside of Near Sawrey, which Beatrix Potter described as ‘a perfect little place.’ The walk is approximately 2.5 miles.

A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof – showing at Zeffirellis Ambleside – 22 Feb

Recorded at The National Theatre Live – Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

Stargazing at Grizedale – 23 Feb

See some of the skies wonders through our powerful telescopes and binoculars. These are all operated by local astronomers, who will attempt to answer your questions on life, the universe and everything! We’ll tell you more about our dark skies and show startling images and videos of the objects we hope to see when we go outside, weather permitting. But even if the weather does not co-operate we’ll still have colourful talks, videos and hands on help with telescopes, together with friendly advice on how to get started in this wonderful hobby.

Carmen – (live from The Royal Opera House) showing at Zeffirellis Ambleside – 6 March

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

Langdale Night Run – 10 March

Do you fancy night-time trail running or exploring ancient woodlands after dark? The night runs is for you. Discover the Langdales in a different light.  Grab your head torch and see the Langdales in a different light this March! The route is approximately 9km and has some challenging uphill sections. Run, jog or walk – this event can be for everyone!

Lady Windermere’s Fan – (live from the West End) showing at Zeffirellis Ambleside – 20 March

A new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. This is the second play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by Classic Spring, a new theatre company led by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe.

Julius Caesar – (live from The National Theatre) showing at Zeffirellis Ambleside – 22 March

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Bowness Bay Blues Festival – 23/24/25 March

After the sell-out show in 2017 BownessBayBlues will be celebrating its 7th year in 2018. From small beginnings BownessBayBlues has grown to be a flagship of all that is good about blues music. This charity based weekend is set in the heart of The Lake District and the Rotary Club of Windermere are proud to have raised £12,000 from last year’s event to donate to Ambleside & Langdale Mountain Rescue and Lancashire & North-West Blood Bikes.

Walkers Cruise – 24 March

Take in the stunning scenery around Coniston Water on a combined a cruise and walk. Cruise down the length of the lake and then take an energising walk from Lake Bank back to Coniston Pier (12km) or from Parkamoor to Brantwood (7.5km).

Coniston 14 Road Race 2017 – 24 March

The race is Coniston’s largest annual community event and is organised by a small committee from the village. Each year over £20,000 is raised from the race and this is donated to about 30 local charities and clubs. Last year £5,000 was raised for St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston.

Langdale’s Wild Nature Trail – 26 March

Discover Langdale by becoming a nature detective for the day and finding everything on the Ranger’s spot sheet. Ask in the pub or car park for your copy.

Self-led Easter Nature Trail – 28 March

Take our spring trail to find out what’s growing in the garden this Easter and get closer to nature as you explore the outdoors.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt – 30 March

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.

Billie Buzzards Wild Garden Trail – 31 March

Bille Buzzard is soaring overhead, floating on the breeze and watching all the comings and goings of the Allan Bank woodland Garden.

Keswick Half Marathon – 6 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.

Barrow to Keswick Walk – 12 May

The 52nd Keswick to Barrow Walk will take place in May 2018.The Keswick to Barrow (K2B) Walk is a sponsored 40 mile walking and running event in the Lake District. Teams of 4 to 12 members test themselves on a challenging route, to raise money to charities and good causes. The idea of walking from Keswick to Barrow originated from a statement by the US President John F Kennedy, that every American should be capable of walking 50 miles a day. The Bay’s Coniston to Barrow (C2B) Walk is 21 miles, and takes place on the same day as the K2B.

The Fred Whitton Challenge – 13 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.

ASICS Windermere – 20 May

The newest World Heritage Site marathon is back for 2018. Voted the UK’s most scenic marathon by readers of Runners World, it’s bigger, better and as beautiful as ever. Finish this breathtakingly beautiful course, amidst a carnival atmosphere, in the grounds of Brathay Hall with its stunning views over England’s largest lake.

Beatrix Potter’s Landscape Cruise & Walk – 24 May

Spend the day with our local volunteer Ranger discovering the legacy and impact of Beatrix Potter’s life in the Coniston locality. Sail from Coniston Pier to Monk Coniston, walk through the Monk Coniston estate to iconic Tarn Hows, and return via Monk Coniston Hall for afternoon tea before re-boarding Gondola back to Coniston Pier.

Cartmel Races – 26/28/30 May

The Whit Holiday meetings.

The National Trust Grasmere Gallop – 2 June

This year’s Grasmere Gallop takes place on Saturday 2 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. You can choose a 5.7k, 10k or 17k run or you could join the Nordic Walk.

Keswick Mountain Festival – 8-10 June

The Keswick Mountain Festival returns to Crow Park from 8 to 10 June 2018, taking place on the banks of Derwent Water on the outskirts of Keswick in the Lake District. The Keswick Mountain Festival sporting programme, which runs across two days, attracted around 3,000 athletes in 2017.

The Great North Swim – 8/10 June

Join us in our new home 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 – 9 June

On Saturday 9 June 2018 the three SwimRun distances (short, middle and endurance) will be returning to Windermere. This time, the three distances will start and finish at our brand new location at Brockhole on Windermere. 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 course. 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!

Grand Victorian Circular Tour – 15 June

Retrace the steps of Victorian and Edwardian tourists on an adaptation of one of the original Furness Railway grand tours of the Lake District, in partnership with Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and Mountain Goat Tours. Tour accompanied throughout by a National Trust guide.

Lakes Charity Classic Vehicle Show 17 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.

Lake District 5 Peak Challenge – 29/30 June

Prepare for an epic challenge through the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Lake District, as you tackle five of England’s most demanding peaks, including its highest – Scafell Pike.

Windermere Triathlon – 1 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.

Ambleside Rush Bearing – 7 July

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.

Cartmel Races – 21 & 23 July

The Barbeque meeting.

Cumbria Steam Gathering – 28/29 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 – 21 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 – 25 & 27 Aug

The August holiday meeting.

The Grasmere Sports & Show – 26 Aug

The 2018 Annual Grasmere Lakeland Sports, 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.

Grand Victorian Circular Tour – 7 Sept

Retrace the steps of Victorian and Edwardian tourists on an adaptation of one of the original Furness Railway grand tours of the Lake District, in partnership with Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and Mountain Goat Tours. Tour accompanied throughout by a National Trust guide.

Westmorland County Show – 13 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 – 3 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 – 17 Nov

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 – 18 Nov

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 it’s 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 – 24/25 Nov

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 – 1/2 Dec

Hawkshead Christmas Fair and Beer Festival Come & join us for a very special Christmas fair in the beautiful village of Hawkshead in the heart of the Lake District.

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