Has the ‘New Year’ excitement rubbed off yet? And the fact that we’re back to the grind – and even back out in the snow if you’ve been anywhere further North than Manchester in recent weeks! Hopefully, that will be it for now but I guess we’ll have to see only a few years ago we were graced with heavy snowfall in March.
Why not escape up to the Lakes for a night or two midweek or at the weekend and come and see what’s on?
Words by the Water Festival
Saturday 9th – Monday 18th March 2019
Based at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, this week and a half long literature festivals includes both talks, workshops and Q&A sessions with writers and authors themselves. Be sure to check out the full programme on the website as there is a huge variety of artists making an appearance this year from crime to romance and to political and international genres is you enjoy picking up a book there will certainly be something for you.
Bowness Bay Blues
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th April 2019
BOWNESS – ON – WINDERMERE
What’s not to like about Blue’s?
You might not see Radio One’s Big Weekend or Glastonbury been launched next to Lake Windermere but it sure is the setting for a brilliant Blue’s festival. If Blue’s music is your thing I wouldn’t miss it. To check out the line-up for 2019 and reviews from previous years just visit their website.
Lost Voice Guy: I’m only in it for the parking at the beggar’s theatre
Saturday 13th April 2019
Lee is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid and after being the first comedian to ever win Britain’s Got Talent in 2018 he has quickly gone on to perform at Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Liverpool Comedy Festival and Glasgow International Comedy Festival. If you’re partial to a laugh I wouldn’t miss the chance to watch the ‘Lost Voice Guy’ stand-up performance!
Sunday 14th April 2019
BOWNESS – ON – WINDERMERE
Sunday 28th April 2019
GRANGE – OVER – SANDS
Prom Art is an arts and craft fair like no other spanning both the promenade at Grange and The Glebe in Bowness with the atmosphere of a European Street Market. Buskers will playing for passers-by and plenty of artists demonstrating their variety of talents: stall holders range from art graduates to original art and craft by professional creative and everything in between. Whilst looking round you can give your feet a rest and take in the view of Morecambe Bay and the salt marsh or alternatively look up the water of Lake Windermere. This event in free to attend and I’ll certainly be going to have a wander round!
Keswick Mountain Festival
Friday 16th – Sunday 19th May 2019
This events offers a wide range of outdoor activities, live music and entertainment aimed at all ages and abilities. There is a jam packed programme of word class athletes, adventurers, writers and local legends leading workshops, giving talks and doing Q&A sessions. Certainly something for every adventurer out there!
Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd June 2019
Held at the Westmorland County Showground in Crooklands near Kendal this festival celebrates the start of Summertime – not the end of the Great British rain but what we hope to be the start of finer weather in the Lakes! They’ll be a wide range of food and drink, countryside activities’, children’s workshops, live music, shopping, daring stunt demonstrations and plenty to get involved in or watch.
Light the Lakes 2019
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June 2019
This event raises money for the charity COPS (Care of Police Survivors) and started in 2012 when a group of police officers, colleagues and friends climbed Wainwright peaks in the Lakes to raise money for the orphaned children of murdered Surrey DC Heather Cooper. Ever since the first year this event has continued to grow and the dream is to cover all 214 Wainwright fells to honour fallen police colleagues. This event is family friendly and anybody can get involved and help raise money for the charity. Please see their website for more details and how to sign up.