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August Events & Activities

Review what's on in August in the Lake District & Cumbria:

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Houghton Farmer's Market - second Saturday of the month at Houghton village hall from 9am-1pm. 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.

Kendal Calling Music Festival - is an award-winning, innovative, independent festival based in the Lake District. It features pioneering contemporary music and art alongside traditional rural entertainment. We pride ourselves on being the most fun you can have in the countryside with fields full of activities and attractions for everyone, from families to stag parties!Come and join us for a weekend of festivity and escapism in the fresh country air.We have a small capacity so you wont be herded around like cattle or spend hours in queues at the bar. Feel the freedom of being able to move between the 8 performance stages in a matter of minutes and never miss an artist.This is fun the old fashioned way, great times, great entertainment and great friends all in one place!

The Lake District Summer International Music Festival - Enjoy this special event, set against the stunning scenery of the English Lake District and featuring some of the best artists from the world of classical music as well as emerging young professional performers.

Cartmel Show - Come and have a great day out at a traditional country Show set in the heart of beautiful South Lakeland."The most comprehensive and picturesque show in the North".Cartmel Show is always a firm favourite with both visitors and locals. The Show, held on the first Wednesday in August, offers a profusion of family entertainment packed into the picturesque parkland setting at Cartmel Racecourse. A traditional Country Show with its roots firmly within the agricultural community, Carmel Show provides the opportunity to sample the delights of rural life at its best.

Lowther Game and Country Fair - The Lowther Estate is situated amidst the beautiful Cumbrian countryside and the Lowther Game and Country Fair takes place on the second weekend in August every year. Prescribing to the award-winning formula that has made each of Countryman Fairs' shows so successful, the Lowther Game and Country Fair will bring together world-class sporting championships, top-class demonstrations and hundreds upon hundreds of top-line, quality driven exhibition stands for visitors to truly indulge in and experience.

The Lunesdale Agricultural Show - (NO SHOW 2019) - the Lunesdale Agricultural Show attractions will include Horse & Pony Classes (including light & heavy horses, native ponies, coloured, private driving and British show jumping), Holstein, Jersey and Beef Cattle, Sheep, sticks and crooks, poultry, home industries and produce including classes for cakes and preserves, dog show, craft marquee, food hall, vintage vehicles plus Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling.

Vale of Rydal Sheepdog Trials & Hound Show - takes place at Rydal Park, Ambleside and features sheepdog trials, beagle, harrier and hound show, hound trails, stick show, gun dog demo and dog dash.The Rydal Show also has over 20 trade stands offering country life shopping including clothing and accessories, art and displays. A licensed bar will available and food will include full catering using local produce from a seated catering tent, as well as sandwiches, cakes, Cumberland sausage and burgers.

Hawkshead Agricultural Society Show -  traditional craft and trade stands, horse classes, dog shows, sheep classes, stick classes, hound trailing, horticultural, floral art and homebaking. Refreshments available.The main attraction is a sheepdog and duck driving display, scheduled for approx. 2:00pm. Other classes and displays will include heavy horses, light horses, working hunter, shetland ponies, fell ponies, private driving, show jumping, mountain and moorland, terrier, fox hounds, hound trails, local sheep section and a wild bird display. Also industrial produce and baking, horticulture, floral art, children's pets and pet classes. There will also be a catering tent and trade and Made in Cumbria stands.

Brough Agricultural Show - Brough Agricultural Show is organised by the Brough Agricultural Society. Competitions for ponies, sheep, poultry, horticultural vegetables & flowers, confectionery, needlework, etc.Venue is Leacett Lane Brough, Cumbria, CA174.

Solfest Music Festival - Located near Aspatria, West Cumbria, Permanently featuring in the Best Family Festival category of the UK Festivals Awards and set atop a Cumbrian hillside, Solfest is back for a glorious eighth year this August bank holiday. Whilst boasting an assault course of kids' activities to tucker out a small army there's also over 100 acts from the musical worlds of indie, world, rock, folk, dance and roots including Cast, The Stranglers and Camille O'Sullivan. What with a view of the Lake District, the Galloway Hills and Isle of Man, Solfest also features seven stages and various tents for open-mic sessions, a Solar cinema, an indoor market and local food stalls.

Cumbria Vintage and New Guitar Show - The North of England's premiere event for Guitar Enthusiasts. Still held at Rheged, an excellent Exhibition and Visitor centre just of junction 40 of the M6 it is easily accessible from all points of the UK. There is a large free car park at Rheged plus regular bus service from Penrith Rail station and Penrith Bus terminal. Rheged has lots to do for all the family as well with big Imax cinema with 3D films, shops, cafe and restaurant plus lots for the kids to do. 10am till 5pm, Tickets on the door.

The Grasmere Sports & Show - one of the longest running Lake District sports events. It features traditional sports from Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling to fell running, hound trailing and Tom Longton's Sheepdog display. Also more modern sports such as Mountain Bike Racing are included. Additionally, there is a Terrier and Pet Dog Show, Gundog display and a family Tug of War competition.