Events, markets and festivals over 2011, near Low Hall Cottage, a beautiful, historic, 4-star, eco-friendly cottage in the English Lake District. I will keep adding to this list as I come across things, so do visit again.
10-13 February Keswick Film festival. Gone for this year…plan for next year!
12-13 February Worlds Original Marmalade Competition, Dalemain Estate, near Penrith…eyeball and argue about the results, and bookmark your place for 2012!
4-13 March Words by the Water Cumbrian Literature Festival featuring well known writers…see below
2 April Cockermouth Made in Cumbria Farmers Market 9.30-2pm Market Place. Local produce, crafts, speciality meats, sausages, baking.
29 April The Royal Wedding. Low Hall Cottage has a great TV.
7 May Cockermouth Made in Cumbria Farmers Market 9.30-2pm Market Place. Local produce, crafts, speciality meats, sausages, baking.
7-8 May Bassenthwaite assymetric regatta
12-15 May Keswick Jazz Festival Further information below….
14-22 May is the Cumbria Fishing Festival Many events, for beginners as well as experienced fisher-people.
18-22 May 2011 Keswick Mountain festival is a festival of outdoor adventure. Events include sporting events such as fell running or a mass swim in nearby Derwentwater; an adventure base where you can try “tasters” of exciting new activities, and inspirational speakers, including Ray Mears, the survival and bushcraft expert who features on ITV’s “Ray Mears Wild Britain” and Sir Chris Bonnington.
27-28 May is Ireby music festival billed as “the most intimate of music festivals”
3-4 June Keswick beer festival “The Biggest Beer Festival in the North -170 Real Ales plus bottled beers and ciders”.
3-4 June Bassenthwaite Festival. Classical music festival “a feast for the soul”with events at the beautiful St Begas church, in a spectacular location overlooking Bassenthwaite
4 June Cockermouth Made in Cumbria Farmers Market 9.30-2pm Market Place. Local produce, crafts, speciality meats, sausages, baking.
Saturday 11 June “Fell Gather” Celebrating Cumbrian farming, food and rural life Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre Cockermouth
17-26 June Cockermouth Midsummer Festival Events in and around Cockermouth
19 June Cumbria Life and Dalemain Garden festival “one one of the North West’s most beautiful gardens . Many trade stands, talks & demonstrations”. Great roses.
24-25 June Woolfest celebrating wool and natural fibres with visitors from around the nation and overseas coming to Cockermouth to share their yarns.
2 July The Ten Peaks challenge. Only 10 peaks, 73 km and over 5,600 metres of ascent to run non stop-maybe pre-order some takaway to be delivered alongside your celebration bottle of wine as you recover at Low Hall Lake District Country Cottage
2 July An alternative to the Ten Peaks challenge is Cockermouth Made in Cumbria Farmers Market 9.30-2pm Market Place. Local produce, crafts, speciality meats, sausages, baking.
1-2 July Skylark cruises Sail with the RSPB across Ullswater to hear the skylarks sing. (Other birds included, free of charge)
8-10 July Food and Craft fair Dalemain House, near Penrith
22-25 July Cockrock ‘Imagine a place where age, sex, race, colour of your skin, religion, politics and even wealth count for nothing then imagine a place surrounded by natural beauty where music is played in its most raw and pure form, by artists who just want to perform . If you can do this it may be that you have just imagined CockRock , as we were in the beginning and as we will be in the end……’ Cockermouths own music festival, non profit, raising funds for the “Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance and Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team. Held at Wellington farm, between Low Hall Cottage and Cockermouth.
24 July The Cumberand Show is held at Rickerby Park, in Carlisle
29-31 July is the thirteenth Maryport Blues Festival drawing blues fans together from all over the UK
30 July Cockermouth Agricultural Show Large traditional country show, with events and interest for the whole family.
30 July -7 August Bassenthwaite regatta
29 July-14 August is the Lake District International Summer Music festival The festival belives in “The power of music to inspire and change lives” and events are held in a range of Lake District venues
6 August Cockermouth Made in Cumbria Farmers Market 9.30-2pm Market Place. Local produce, crafts, speciality meats, sausages, baking.
3 September Cockermouth Made in Cumbria Farmers Market 9.30-2pm Market Place. Local produce, crafts, speciality meats, sausages, baking.
4 September 2011 Loweswater show a traditional country show in a beautiful location
17 September is the world famous Egremont Crab Fair, featuring the World Gurning Championship. Going back to 1267, this is one of the oldest fairs in the world. Gurning, for non-experts involves pulling a grotesque facial expression, with your head stuck through a horse bridle. The origins of this custom are, not surprisingly, unknown. The Fair itself has a Royal Charter from Henry III in 1267, still held by the British Museum in London. Go for it….try gurning…..someone has to win.
18 September Borrowdale Shepherds Meet and Show
23-24 September A Taste of Cumbria. “The Norths of Englands largest multivenue dining event”. Cumbrian food, Cumbrian Chefs, Cumbrian cookery, Cumbrian entertainment, all in the streets of a Georgian gem town, Cockermouth. Last years event was outstanding.
1 October Cockermouth Made in Cumbria Farmers Market 9.30-2pm Market Place. Local produce, crafts, speciality meats, sausages, baking.
1-2 October Postman Pat and Jess the Cat at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Real Steam Locomotives
3rd Saturday in October is the Buttermere Shepherds meet and show, one of the loveliest small shows in England, held in a breathtakingly beautiful setting, in the Buttermere valley.
5 November Cockermouth Made in Cumbria Farmers Market 9.30-2pm Market Place. Local produce, crafts, speciality meats, sausages, baking.
5 November Guy Fawkes or Bonfire night. Cockermouth fireworks display happens on the evening of the nearest Sunday to 5th November, often making a memorable display across the river, with the castle in the background
November 2011 The Worlds Biggest Liar Competition at the Santon Bridge, Eskdale. Sponsored by Cockermouth’s Jennings Brewery, who happen to brew a beer called the “Worlds Biggest Liar“….yes this is true….no it is not me practising for the competition in November.
Late November Cockermouth Christmas Lights Switch-on. An excuse for a big street party, with entertainment, stalls, and the switch on of Cockermouth Illuminations “Reputedly one of the best displays in England” (town website). Judge for yourself. The lights stay on until 5th January. Combined with Cockermouths setting, below the NorthWestern Fells which may be snowcapped this time of year, the “Window dressing” competition, where the individual shops compete for the most “Christmassy” window, and the abundance of unique small shops and galleries selling handcrafted or unusual gifts this is a great town for the sort of Christmas shopping experience that brings back the spirit of Christmas.
3 December Cockermouth Made in Cumbria Farmers Market 9.30-2pm Market Place. Local produce, crafts, speciality meats, sausages, baking.
Sunday 5th December Keswick traditional Christmas market. Decorated stalls, entertainment, colourful lights.
6-8 December Spirit of Christmas cruise and lunch. Enjoy mulled wine, cruising on Ullswater, followed by Christmas Lunch at Dalemain House stately Home
December weekends and days before Christmas Santa’s special trains run on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
18 December Santa Cruises Meet Santa, Sammy Squirrell, the Happy Elf and his musical bell orchestra, on a cruise on Ullswater. Beats mince pies in a shopping mall any day.
And for all you star gazers, future planners, dreamers of 2012 and what it holds, here are some ideas:
23-26 February 2012 is Keswick Film Festival 2012. Never mind the Oscars, skip the BAFTA’s for once and get yourself to the beautiful English Lake district and the friendly Keswick film festival….hold your breath for the winners of the Osprey awards…the audience awards…..and some great films …mark your diary now. (and check out the Keswick Film Club showings too……)
5 May 2012 is the next Cockermouth Georgian Fair. See Cockermouth recreate its Georgian history, take the historic town trail, tour the castle, race in a sedan, have a great day out.
Why not enjoy these events while having a relaxing stay in the beautiful surroundings of Low Hall Country Cottage in the English Lake District.