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Overview of local events and activities in the Lake District area and on-site at Park Cliffe.

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Guided walks with LDNPA

Various throughout the Lake District

Various throughout the Lake District

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We have a range of easy to moderate level walks, in groups of up to 20 people, all led by our wonderfully cheery and knowledgeable volunteers. Our walks offer a great variety of routes and run from March through the summer until October.

Grade descriptions

All our walks are graded as easy and accessible, easy or moderate, to ensure you can choose the walk that’s right for you. But what do these gradings actually mean? The grades are based on a combination of factors including: terrain, accessibility (gates, stiles, path width), gradient, length, duration, total ascent and highest point. Families are welcome on all of our walks, but not all are pushchair friendly so please read the route descriptions.

Grade: Easy and accessible

  • Walk length: 3 – 7 km (1.8 – 4.5 miles)
  • Approximate duration: 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours
  • Easy and accessible walks go at a leisurely pace and follow generally flat or rolling paths with gentle hills. The paths are wide, firm and have no barriers to access such as steep sections, steps or stiles. The walks are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Grade: Easy

  • Walk length: 4 – 10 km (2.5 – 6 miles)
  • Approximate duration: 2.5 – 4 hours
  • Easy walks may include some short ascents and descents. The path surface might be earth, grass or stone and – while generally firm – it may have some loose or uneven sections, or be soft underfoot after rain. You may also encounter steps, gates and narrow sections. Most of our Easy walks are very suitable for families, and some are pushchair friendly (please check route descriptions).

Grade: Moderate

  • Walk length: 6 – 15 km (3.7 – 9 miles)
  • Approximate duration: 3 – 6 hours
  • Moderate walks include hilly ground and require a reasonable level of fitness. You might encounter climbs up some steeper sections. The surfaces may be rough and uneven, with rocky or muddy sections, and you may also find yourself walking up irregular steps, over stiles or through narrow gates and gaps.

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Live Music – Pete Lashley

Saturday 25th May 7pm-9pm

Park Cliffe

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Muncaster Medieval Festival

25 May - 2 June

Muncaster Castle

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Medieval Muncaster

Following the triumphant 2023 event, Muncaster will once again be turning back the clock and encouraging you to get involved.
This year, our newly opened attraction The Weapons Hall takes centre stage as we celebrate all things Medieval!
Join knights, peasants, wizards and fools and be part of a festival for “The King of the North” to be proud of.

Choose a Medieval Passport Ticket for a full Medieval Activity day out!
Adult Medieval Passports include: Axe Throwing, Archery, Crossbow, Kit up like a Knight, First Knight Assault Course and Cook like a Peasant.
Children’s Medieval Passports include*: Jousting, Archery, Pewter Coin Making, Kit up like a Knight, First Knight Assault Course and Cook like a Peasant.

*Parents may need to assist younger children with some activities.

All Medieval Tickets include:
• Muncaster Birds, Play Areas & Gardens – We will have our daily bird shows and you will have access to the play areas and gardens.
• Laugh like a Fool – watch our Fools Shows that are sure to make you giggle. This is the continuation of our festival of fools with a medieval spin.
• The Storming of the Castle – The kids will be assembled at the bottom of the cannon bank, receive a war speech before racing to the top.
• Feast Like a King – We will have a couple of vendors alongside our café
• The ‘Fools Tavern’ and Dragon’s Head Bars with live music on some days

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Cartmel Races

Various starting 25 May

Cartmel Racecourse

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Check their website for all race dates in 2024.

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Bouncefest, Brockhole

27-28 May

Brockhole

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Bouncefest

Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28

Have a wonderful day out to Bouncefest to enjoy boundless joy and adventure. A day sure to be filled with laughter and excitement as you navigate through the thrilling assault course of bouncy castles. Bounce your way through the course, conquering obstacles and testing agility.

Book online in advance

  • 9 months – 2 years: £7.95
  • 3 – 12 years: £12.95
  • Under 9 months: Free

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Ulverston International Music Festrival

31 May - 9 June

Various: Ulverston & South Lakes area

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With over 20 events around Ulverston & the South Lakes, there is something for everyone. Whatever your musical tastes, a mouth-watering array of music, food, splendid locations, spectacular scenery and warm friendships await.

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Festivals and Markets

Wild Goat Festival

31 May -2 June

Holker Hall

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Wild Goat Festival - Have Your G.O.A.T weekend

31st May – 2nd June 2024

Join us at the Wild Goat Festival for a mix of Sporting Events, Music, Food and heaps of fun outdoor activities for all ages. Take on the stunning Lake District trails with some of sports greatest leading the way.

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE INCLUDING FOOD!

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Lakeland Historic Car Club Meeting

1st Saturdays in the month & 4th May Classic Drive and Ride Day

Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow

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The Lakeland Historic Car Club meet on the first Saturday of every month at the museum and Cafe Ambio. Everyone is welcome to attend whether you’re an owner, enthusiast or just keen to see some great examples of some classic local cars.

The club roughly arrives at the museum around 10am and leaves after lunch (around 12.30pm).

To find out more about this private club, please visit their web site.

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Classic Drive & Ride Day 4th May, 10am onwards.

Bring your own classic vehicle
The event is open to the proud owners of classic cars, trucks, vans and motorbikes, as well as more recent hot hatches, supermini’s and high-performance sports cars. There is no need to book and there is plenty of free parking for owners to display their pride and joy. Participating drivers and their passengers will also receive vouchers for discount admission to the museum itself.

No classic vehicle necessary
You don’t have to own a classic vehicle to attend, just simply come along and join in the fun. View the private cars on display, take a visit to the museum or grab some refreshments at the riverside Cafe Ambio. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Lots to see and do
Previous events saw almost 100 motor cars and motorcycles come together to provide a diverse display of favourite marques outside the museum. We’re expecting a good mix of iconic styles from the 20th century, ranging from motoring classics to more recent sports and high-performance cars.

All in all, a great day out.

Who will win the coveted Chairman’s Trophy?
The most impressive classic car on show will be awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Trophy. The winner will be announced on the day.

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The Ambleside 10k

8-9 June

Start from Kendal Basecamp

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LAKE DISTRICT
CHALLENGE OPTIONS

8/9 JUNE 2024 – Registration Open!

A Saturday morning start from our Kendal basecamp, and ahead lies some of England’s finest scenery. There’re 100 km of trails, high passes, stunning scenery, Ambleside, the magnificent Lake Windermere, nature reserves, forests, and over 2,500 m of climb before returning back to Kendal – after an amazing challenge. There’s a 2 Day ‘Daylight’ 100 km option, with hostel accommodation at half way Lakeside, and with Half & Quarter distance options – a New Marathon option – and the fabulous Ambleside 10K – there’s a Lake District Challenge for everyone in 2024!

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Park Cliffe Family Entertainment

Live Music – Kev in Kendal

Saturday 29th June 7pm-9pm

Park Cliffe

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Park Cliffe Family Entertainment

Live Music – Kev in Kendal

Friday 19th July 7pm-9pm

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Live Music – Pete Lashley

Saturday 20th July 7pm-9pm

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Coniston Country Fair

Sunday 21st July

Coniston Hall

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Set in a stunning setting on the shores of Coniston Water, Coniston Country Fair is a traditional Lakeland Show offering visitors an enthralling insight into traditional Cumbrian Life. The show attracts thousands of visitors and locals alike each year and there is something for everyone with shows for Fell Foxhounds, Terriers, Beagles and Lurchers.

Traditional Cumbrian Sports are represented with a competition of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and a Fell Race takes place from the show field to the top of the mighty Coniston Old Man and back following a route which would take the normal visitor most of the day to complete, these athletes run the course in under an hour.There will be a dry stone walling competition taking place during the day, an opportunity to see a unique Lakeland skill at close quarters. Terrier Racing takes place through the afternoon. We have a superb Craft Marquee offering the best of Lakeland Crafts and food and there are trade stands, refreshments, amusements and much more.

Image: The fell race trophy Fell Race & Wrestling images Copyright Dave Oswald

In addition to this the Coniston Country Fair offers something for all the family – there are plenty of amusements and other activities for the children. If the weather permits, local hang gliding enthusiasts will be leaping off the Old Man and landing near the showfield. We have two falconry displays by Ridgeside Falconry who are also bringing a large number of their Birds of Prey for people to view and handle. Children will be able to compete in the Sports and the old favourite Egg Throwing Competition, and hopefully all who bring their pets along will take part in the Childrens Pet Show.

The Fell Pony Display Team will be performing in the Main Ring.

We are extremely grateful to our friends at the Westmorland Agricultural Society for once again bringing their Farm to Fork display which provides visitors with a wealth of information about current farming practices in the Lake District.

There will be at over 40 trade stands and 22 craft stalls in the Craft Marquee and along with the fantastic displays in the main ring of hilarious lurcher racing and fascinating falconry displays, the dog shows along with everything else, there really is something for everyone. The fell race is a huge attraction and runners can be seen climbing and descending the Old Man from the showfield.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN 2024

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Ambleside Sports

Thursday 25th July

Rydal Park, Ambleside

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Evolving from Ambleside area sporting events and fairs dating back to the 17th century, the modern Ambleside Sports became organised in 1886, the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

The permanent setting used today, and the current form of the Sports, was established following the end of World War II in 1946.

Today Ambleside Sports is one of the most well known and well attended countryside sports fairs in Cumbria and is one of the few places to view, among many events, the famous Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling.

Events include :

  • Fell & Guide Races
  • Hound Trailing
  • Cumberland & Westmmorland Wrestling
  • Children’s Races
  • Grass Track Cycling
  • Track Races

Facilities include :

  • Food Court selling both traditional and exotic foods
  • Well stocked Bar with traditional ales
  • Trade stands with clothing, jewellery, variety of crafts, cakes, chocolates, cheese, fudge, books and much more
  • Children’s rides and games, and a climbing wall

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Kendal Family Festival

Saturday 27th July

Various around Kendal

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Kendal Family Festival will take place at various locations around the town on Saturday 29 July from 10am to 5pm.

Peter Brendling, the manager of organisers Kendal Business improvement District (BID), said: “We are very excited to be putting on this fun and free event, which we believe will appeal to local families as well as tourists visiting the area.”

Among the free activities on offer will be a 30 feet-high climbing wall at Stramongate School, which youngsters and adults will be able to try and test their head for heights under the supervision of qualified experts.

People will be able to have a go on Segways within the school grounds and there will also be football, golf and archery taster sessions at the school.

In the centre of Kendal crazy golf will be on offer in Elephant Yard and in Finkle Street there will be a Dino Rodeo and a giant games area featuring Jenga, Connect 4 and Snakes and Ladders.

To tie in with the Kendal Family Festival, there will be performances at 11am and 2pm on the day of Kitchen Zoo’s The Tortoise and The Hare, an interactive story for under 6s and their grownups including live music and puppetry, at the Brewery Arts.

There will also be other activities, which are still to be confirmed.

It will be the third festival staged in town by Kendal BID this year following the successful Kendal Cycling Festival on 30 April and 1 May and Kendal Folk & Food Festival on 17 June.

“The aim of these festivals is to raise the profile of Kendal, increase business and footfall in the town and make it even more of a ‘go-to destination’ for locals and visitors,” said Mr Brendling.

“Lots of people have said the first two festivals had positive benefits, with cafes, for example, saying they experienced an increase in footfall.

“Businesses which have taken part have seen a return on their investment and have raised their profile.”

He added that the festivals also played a part in boosting community spirit in the town.

Kendal BID, a not-for-profit organisation, was established in 2014 and is now in its second five-year period of operation.

Its wide range of activities include marketing Kendal as a destination for visitors, running projects and providing benefits to businesses and the public that use them.

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Cumbria Steam Gathering

27-28 July

Flookburgh

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Having marked 50 years of the Society in 2023, the weekend of July 27th and 28th 2024 will see the 50th Cumbria Steam Gathering organised by members and friends of the Cumbria Steam and Vintage Vehicle Society Ltd and we look forward to welcoming old friends and new either as exhibitors or visitors.

Admission charges for the 2024 rally remain unchanged from previous years and discounted tickets along with public camping passes will be available on line from the beginning of March 2024.

Entries have now closed for the 2024 Steam Gathering. Thank you to everyone who has entered this year, we look forward to seeing you all at the end of July.

Once again we have managed to attract a varied entry of all types of vintage and classic vehicles and machinery along with the new class, introduced last year, for modern trucks.

After an absence of a few years, we are pleased to welcome back the members of the British Lawn Mower Racing team who will be demonstrating their unique version of motorsport over the two days; hopefully kicking up dust rather than mud! A rather unusual and potentially noisy group, the flamboyant Samba Espirito drumming team will also be entertaining us throughout the weekend.

Booking forms for trade stand, autojumble and craft marquee pitches are now available to download from the Traders page of this website.

All enquiries via the contact us page of our website or by phone to 07825 369601

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Ulverston & North Lonsdale Show

Wednesday 31st July

Lindal Cote Farm

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Live Music – Pete Lashley

Saturday 3rd August

Park Cliffe

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Cartmel Show

Wednesday 7th August

Cartmel

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Cartmel Show is held in the stunning village of Cartmel, near Grange over Sands, just 20 minutes from junction 36 of the M6.

The show will offer a brilliant range of family friendly activities, including local food, drink, livestock and horse classes, craft and Village Industries. There’s plenty of vintage tractors and vehicles, as well as children’s entertainment, a mini zoo, have-a-go areas, a food theatre, lots of shopping and so much more!

Cattle, sheep and light horse classes

Carriage driving and heavy horses

Terrier Racing

Local food and drink, Food Theatre

Craft, horticulture, arts, home baking and Village Industries

Dog Show

Trade stands, local businesses and shopping

Agricultural Education centre with sheep shearing demo, milking demo

Vintage vehicles and tractors

Children’s entertainment

What else is on at Cartmel Show?

Dog Show – See dog breeds of all sizes and types be shown in the ring by their handlers

Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling – watch the spectacle of this traditional local sport

Mounted fancy dress – A highlight of the show for many, local ponies and riders don their colourful and creative costumes to compete for first place in the mounted fancy dress class

Brass band & morris dancing

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Live Music- Kev in Kendal

Friday 9th August 7pm-9pm

Park Cliffe

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Live Music – Pete Lashley

Saturday 17th August 7pm-9pm

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Rusland Show

Saturday 17th August

Whitestock Meadow

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The marquees are filled with exhibits of horticulture, home produce, handicrafts, photography and film. On the sports field there are fell races, track races plus many other events such as egg throwing and tug-of-war. There are also many children’s competitions covering everything above and much more including fancy dress and a pet competition. There is the possibility you could win one of thirty trophies which are presented each year and of course one of many cash prizes.

There are many other activities for all, including craft and local interest stalls, catering and beer tents. Rusland Show is set up and run by the local community. We work hard to give you a great day out. Something we have done for over 130 years now.

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Lakeland Country Fair

Sunday 18th August

Nr Torver

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The Lakeland Country Fair takes place at Torver, near Coniston, in beautiful countryside looking across to the Coniston fells and Coniston Old Man. It is easily accessible, at Little Arrow, Torver, on the A593, a few miles west of Coniston village.

As well as being a typical Cumbrian show, the Lakeland Country Fair acts as a showcase for traditional Cumbrian skills and activities. There will be sheep on display and demonstrations of hand-clipping will take place during the afternoon.

The Main Ring Attraction will be a Fell Pony display and Coniston Fire Brigade.

Regular features of the show include a Terrier Show followed by Terrier Racing, a Lurcher and Whippet Show, a family Dog Show, Wrestling, Horn blowing, a Childrens’ Sports Challenge, a Stick Show, and a Foxhound Show, There will be Fell Races for adults and juniors.

Many traditional skills will be on show; these will include stick making, chair-caning, fly tying, lacemaking, swill basket making, weaving, felting, spinning and sheep clipping.

There will also be a number of Displays;

These will include Fell Ponies, with information for people to learn about this ancient native Cumbrian breed. There will also be a display of fell foxhounds and beagles, and the children will be invited into the ring to meet them and give them a stroke. A popular feature of the show will be teams from the local Young Farmers taking part in a Tug-of-War.

The Lakeland Country Fair offers something for all the family – as well as numerous Trade Stands there is a childrens’ area with bouncy castle, roundabout, trampolines and other sideshows. There is a licensed bar, home-made refreshments and a barbecue.

We are keeping our low admission price as we want to encourage as many people as possible to come and enjoy the show. Car parking is free, so this is an opportunity for an inexpensive day out to see a cross-section of Cumbrian life!

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Hawkshead Show

Tuesday 20th August

Nr Hawkshead

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Set in the Vale Of Esthwaite famous for William Wordsworth & Beatrix Potter, who happens to be one of our founder members. The show field is situated half a mile north of our quaint village.

With plenty of attractions for people to see all day – We have the judging of all horse classes ranging from the miniatures to the heavy horses, Private driving (horse & small carriage) and jumping classes, Judging of a large variety of sheep along with dogs & cattle.

The Horticultural is a must to see. With home produce, flowers vegetables, arts & crafts.

Directions

Post Code for SAT NAV – LA22 0NN

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Hawkshead show field is located 5 miles to the south of Ambleside to the west side of Windermere Lake.

Take the A593 Coniston, Langdale road out of Ambleside for half a mile then take the first left onto the B5286 for 4 miles show field on the left to the north of the village

Traveling from the south or Furness Turn off the A590 at Newby Bridge onto the B5286 for 9 miles, at the recreation ground turn left onto North Lonsdale Road. Half a mile North of village show field on the right.

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Live Music – Harvey Boddy

Saturday 24th August 7pm-9pm

Park Cliffe

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Patterdale Dog Day

Saturday 24th August

King George V Playing Field, Patterdale

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Welcome to Patterdale Dog Day, our small show runs on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday weekend and is centered around an open sheep dog trials competition. As well as the dog trial there are many other attractions and shows to keep you entertained throughout the day.

Our traditional country show is situated in one of the most beautiful locations in England.The show field experiences the spectacular back drop of some of the most beautiful Lakeland fells including part of the Helvellyn massif.

Patterdale Dog Day is one of the few remaining genuinely traditional shows. 2024 show will be the 119th show to be held at Patterdale and we hope you will join us to enjoy the day.

Come to our day, stay a while amid the beauty of this lovely Lakeland dale and mingle with hill farmers, their families, local residents and visitors from around the world. Take a while to listen to the ancient Cumbrian dialect whilst enjoying the attractions for a leisurely few hours.

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Grasmere Lakeland Sports & Show

Sunday 25th August

The Showfield, Stock Lane, Grasmere

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Now one of the most popular traditional events in the English Lake District, participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, Fell Running and Hound Trails.

The 2024 Annual Grasmere Lakeland Sports, now celebrating 174 years of existence, has been a regular annual event since 1868, unbroken except for the two periods of the First and Second World Wars, and then in 2020 and 2021 for Covid-19.

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Live Music – Kev in Kendal

Friday 6th September 7pm-9pm

Park Cliffe

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Live Music – Fiona Hanlon

Saturday 19th October 6pm-8pm

Park Cliffe

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Park Cliffe Halloween

Saturday 26th October

Park Cliffe

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Join us for our Halloween celebrations, including a Children’s Magic Show in the afternoon, with games and prizes for children’s fancy dress, best carved pumpkin and best dressed tourer, pod or static later in the evening.

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Park Cliffe Bonfire and Fireworks

Saturday 2nd November pm

Park Cliffe

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Join this on Saturday 2nd November for our annual bonfire and fireworks evening following by games in the bar and our charity raffle.

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End of season Party

Saturday evening 9th November

Park Cliffe

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Details coming soon……

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