May Events & Activities

Review whats on in the month of May in the Lake District and Cumbria.

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Houghton Farmer's Market - second Saturday of the month at Houghton village hall from 9am-130pm. There is a wide selection of meat, cheese, bread, cakes, hot food, preserves and lots of craft stalls too. Along side is a coffee morning run by different local charities and organisiations each month.

Brampton Farmer's Market - The market runs from 9.00 to 1.30 on the last Saturday of every month, except December, when it is the third Saturday.

Orton Farmers' Market - held on the second Saturday of every month, with over 35 local farmers, growers, producers & artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts.

Kendal Farmers Market - Shop for the very best in local foods and enjoy all that this vibrant market town has to offer. This event is held on the last Friday of each month and is organised by Made in Cumbria.

The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge- starts & finishes at Grasmere, and the route includes the climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes. It is now the most popular and prestiges sportive in the country. Entries are limited to 1400 and are decided by ballot in early January.

Cockermouth Georgian Fair - Cockermouth hosts a Georgian fair every 2 years. There's something for everyone, from guided tours round historic Cockermouth, through sedan chair racing to music and dance of all sorts.

The JENNINGS Keswick Jazz Festival - Keswick’s 5-day festival will once again bring together many of the world’s finest exponents of mainstream and traditional jazz. Keswick's jazz festival continues to be a mecca for world class traditional and mainstream jazz.

Ireby Festival - Ireby offers a great choice of music venues the likes of St James' church, with it's natural acoustics and a firm favourite for afternoon concerts. Or just a short walk beyond the village is the 12th century chancel, an intimate and secluded venue for those who like to go that extra mile to keep fit and reap the additional benefits of good music.  In the village square, the Globe Hall provides a heady mix of music styles, new talent and always a few surprises. The Lion pub is literally next door to the Globe Hall and is perfect for those who prefer a session or two... music or otherwise! With a hint of bygone leisurely times, The Women's Institute will be a hive of culinary activity producing the most cromulent home bakes, sandwiches, soup and pots of tea. From the village square you are never more than a few minutes walk to any of the venues including the main stage marquee and camping area. As before we anticipate an early sell out, so make sure you don't leave it too late to secure tickets for what promises to be another great event in this tiny Cumbrian village of less than 150 residents.