Top Events and Activities in The Lakes this Summer

The Lake District is a hive of activity all year round, but come the summer months when the days are longer and the clime warmer it’s the perfect time to explore Cumbria and experience some events that make this part of the world come to life. There are some that will challenge and others that will inspire.

Below are our top recommendations within an hour of Grasmere. 


Follow in the Footsteps of Wordsworth

Right on our doorstep in Grasmere, there’s a long list of poetry and thespian themed events from July to September. Discover poetry with poet Polly Atkin and experience Grasmere as Wordsworth did with free guided tours ‘Places of Poetry’. Tickets are required for some of the events.

Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum host many free guided walks following the path and inspirations of Wordsworth which are well worth timetabling if you can.

Private Boat Hire on The Lakes

We all know there are boat trips on The Lakes, but ever considered a private charter? 

Book to fit in with your itinerary and enjoy at your pace. Cruise in luxury with a skippered boat and luxe it with a VIP Tour, a few nibbles and a glass of fizz. The ultimate way to take in the amazing scenery and serenity of the lakes. Or create your own adventure in a self-drive electric fishing boat on Lake Windermere.

Bowness Bay Marina has a huge selection of boats for hire on Lake Windermere and a little further round the bay overlooking Belle Island is Windermere Lake Cruises – no need to book. 

Coniston Boating Centre offers electric powered, rowing and sailing boats for hire – imagine yourself in a scene from Swallows and Amazons… 

Find Canadian canoes and romantic rows for two at Ullswater or turn up for a magical trip out on the water at Faeryland on Grasmere Lake. Make sure you take cash for hire here.

Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show

The summer culminates with the annual Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show on Sunday 25th August. 

A traditional event that has been running for 169 years bringing communities together to compete in Cumberland Wrestling, Fell Running and Hound Trails. Headline acts include Dangerous Steve and his fire and chainsaw juggling show and the Adamson Band who will open the show with their marching display. 

You’ll be entertained all day long with craft, trade and food stalls for a chance to sample local produce. Tickets go on sale 1st July 2019.

‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’

Now for something synonymous with The Lake District – The World of Beatrix Potter. Back for its fourth year this summer is ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’ a hugely popular live musical adventure that runs until September. Lyrics are by Alan Ayckbourn and the voices of Miriam Margoyles and Griff Rhys Jones feature. Popular with all ages with tickets available every day except Fridays. 

Make a day of it and book a Peter Rabbit package including ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’, priority entry to the attraction and an Afternoon Tea with Peter Rabbit himself. 

This is a delightful attraction where you will get to see other Beatrix Potter characters too. Remember Jemima Puddle-duck, Mrs Tiggy-winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and Mr Jeremy Fisher?

Lake District Summer Music

This internationally acclaimed arts festival runs from 27 July to 9 August. Established artists brush shoulders with emerging musical talent in over 40 events at intimate venues from Kendal to Ambleside. Peruse the festival programme and see how to book tickets here. 

Events are scheduled across the day and many are just down the road from us in nearby Ambleside Parish Church.

The Theatre by the Lake

A fabulous all-inclusive theatre 5 minutes from Keswick in a divine setting next to Derwentwater. 

This summer is packed with performances. From The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is a 1992 play written by English dramatist Jim Cartwright and made famous by the film adaptation Little Voice in 1998 to the Pasadena Roof Orchestra and their sounds of the golden era.

The Lakeside Café Restaurant offers delightful light bites with a view across the lake to Cat Bells making this uniquely situated theatre worth a visit in itself. 

The website provides an excellent insight into the theatre and productions so you can fully immerse yourself. Meet the playwright videos are a favourite. 

A visit is a great way to support this charity and resident company keeping the arts alive in Cumbria.
Note, a number of assisted performances; audio, captioned and relaxed are available including Q&A’s and backstage tours are available.

Infinity Bridge

If you’ve got a head for heights and enjoy seeing the land from a different perspective then get to Infinity Bridge. Summer is the best time to visit, due to its extreme location overlooking Honister Pass, weather naturally impacts on this high wire bridge as it spans a gorge 2,000 feet above the valley floor. 

It’s the longest hire wire bridge of its type in Britain and if you have the wits to free a hand for photography, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best shots in your album to date. Not a pre-bookable activity, call on the day and dress prepared.

Summer Break in the Heart of The Lakes

This summer, make the most of a visit to The Lakes with our Rothay Garden Hotel Summer Break Savers breaks and holidays.

The longer you stay, the greater the saving! Whatever you get up to, you know you’ll be returning to the tranquil surrounds of Rothay Garden, a relaxing spa, 2 AA Rosette dining and a supremely comfortable room for the night.

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