July in the Lakes: Don’t miss these Cumbrian events for all ages…

When it comes to UK summer stays, Cumbria is hard to beat (even if we do say so ourselves!). Sunny green landscapes and vast countryside for exploring, excellent local restaurants, shops and attractions, and diverse events celebrating everything from Lake District heritage to mainstream music. 

Our Threshing Barn is the perfect holiday destination for multi-generational families so we’ve chosen the top events around the region in July, with something for every age group…

For all the family (especially the seafarers)

Derwentwater Regatta, 7 & 8 July

Crow Park, Keswick

This has to be the quirkiest regatta event in the country! Every year hundreds of people gather at Derwentwater for two days of madcap watersports including bathtub boating, stone skimming competitions and Viking longboat races. Local outdoor companies offer low-cost activity sessions so it’s a chance for all the family to try their hand at canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and more. The event is inspired by the eccentric former owner of Derwent Island, Joseph Pockington who organised crazy water activities on the lake over 200 years ago.


For grandparents

Weeping Window at Carlisle Castle, until 8 July 

Carlisle Castle is the location for the iconic Weeping Windowsculpture of thousands of poppies this summer. The original artwork was displayed at the Tower of London in 2014 with 888,246 poppies to mark every British or Colonial life lost in the First World War, and some of those now cascade over the walls of Carlisle Castle in an incredibly moving sculpture. Grandparents whose families were affected by the First World War will appreciate paying their respects, and this iconic installation is a sight to behold for all generations.


For mums and daughters

Race for Life Carlisle, in aid of Cancer Research UK, 15 July

Bitts Park Carlisle

Cumbria’s Race for Life route is a great route of field, track and path starting and finishing in Bitts Park, overlooking Carlisle Castle. Open to women and children, our female visitors can walk, jog or run the route and raise vital donations for Cancer Research UK. Relax in the park with a picnic afterwards, or refuel at one of Carlisle’s lovely independent cafes in the town centre.


For the youngsters

Kendal Calling festival, 26 – 29 July

Lowther Deer Park, near Penrith

Described as “small but beautifully formed” by the Independent, Kendal Calling is now in its 13thyear and has earned a reputation as Britain’s prettiest boutique festival. This time the family-run event welcomes The Libertines, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Ocean Colour Scene, Run DMC, Idris Elba and many more across four days of music and Cumbrian culture in the green pastures of Lowther Deer Park. Revelers can swap muddy tents for comfy beds at our Threshing Barn (just 30 minutes from the festival site) while the rest of the family enjoys more peaceful pursuits such as…


For everyone

Penrith Agricultural Show, 28 July

Brougham Hall Farm, Penrith

For a real taste of Cumbrian life head to Penrith’s Agricultural Show, an annual celebration in the region since 1834. Kids will love the livestock competitions for horses, rabbits, sheep and horses and the displays of ancient tractors and farm machinery. There’s always a delicious selection of local food stands and craft stalls showcasing local wares. Don’t forget to pack your wellies!

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