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17th July 2019 to 24th August 2019
The Dukes are bringing movie magic to Williamson Park this summer with a season of special Sunset Screenings. As part of their project to provide more screenings in different settings across Lancaster and Morecambe, they'll be transforming The Dell in the park into an outdoor cinema for an array of big screen delights. Check out the complete timetable below to see what they've got lined up this summer!
17th August 2019
An annual show held in Kirkby Lonsdale for experts and locals alike to celebrate and showcase their expertise and achievements in horticulture and home industries.
17th August 2019 to 18th August 2019
Tidelines Literary Festival is a first in Grange-over-Sands, taking place 17th & 18th August 2019 on The Esplanade, where the world of words will be celebrated. We have an exciting line-up, where there will be activities for all ages and families can enjoy the day looking out at our unique, picturesque view of Morecambe Bay. On the Saturday 17th August, the day will begin with activities for families, from a Flamingo Fiesta celebrating 20 years of Usborne's 'That's Not My' books where we invite families to create their own flamingo art to add to our party atmosphere, you'll be hopping on one leg and turning pink with excitement! For 7-11 year olds we will have a Moon Base poetry competition commemorating 50 years since the moon landing. Tidelines will even have a renowned space consultant, Stuart Atkinson who will be bringing a REAL piece of the moon. Throughout the day there will be a hubbub of activities from intricate paper crafts with artist Penny Hillier Evans, giant crosswords, Typewriter Busking, 'Make Your Mark' Loesje poster workshops for teenagers and a Living Library of interesting people sharing their life stories in a 1-1 session. On the main stage, Matt Sowerby, an award-winning young poet, will perform his debut show 'Kidz Theez Dayz' in anticipation of his slot at Greenbelt, where he will talk passionately about the negative effects of climate change and the strength of 'generation Z'. Local author Katie Hale will be promoting her book, 'My Name is Monster' with a Q&A session to follow. The evening will begin with a spoken word, open mic slot where budding writers are welcomed to take to the stage and share their words proceeded by a Short Story Slam led by Garry Cook, where we are still looking for potential novelists to sign up for the 200 word competition. Our headline act on Saturday evening is the comedic Kate Fox, performing “Where there’s Muck, There’s Bras” a hilarious and thought-provoking show which sees stand-up poet Kate Fox and actor Joanna Holden explore the Northern women you’ve heard of (and the ones you haven’t). This funny performance lecture uncovers the hidden history of the writers, scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protestors, musicians and other heroines who make up a far more diverse North than we usually see. On the Sunday 18th, Linda Hampton a renowned children’s story teller will transport young ones into a fantasy world of words and the Living Library will continue throughout the day. In the evening comedian Tony Vino will entertain, followed by a Gospel choir from London to close our festival. Of course there will be much more happening at Tidelines Literary Festival from book stalls, refreshments, a poetry takeaway, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Morecambe Bay Partnership Oral Histories collection. We hope to see as many of you attend our FREE literary festival, please register for your tickets on Eventbrite and if you would like to be involved in the Spoken Word, Short Story Slam, Living Library or have any ideas or queries please email
19th August 2019
Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and the unstoppable Mr Toad as Attic Door arrive into town with their acclaimed production of Wind in the Willows. This band of merry friends will take you on an hour-long adventure from the sleepy Riverside, to the Chaos of Toad Hall, featuring songs, puppets and lots to join in and laugh along with, it’s the perfect treat for all the family.
28th August 2019
A fantastic evening where you can find out more about these intriguing mammals. Rich Flight will give a short talk and, after refreshments, will lead us on a walk to a pipistrelle colony at the rectory then down to the river in search of Daubentons. Organised by Kirkby Lonsdale Local Support Group
7th September 2019 to 8th September 2019
A two day Festival with specialist chilli companies from all over the country, local specialist food suppliers, catering featuring cuisine from around the world and a variety of quirky gifts. With entertainment, cookery demonstrations and the much anticipated chilli eating competition, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
8th September 2019
Lancaster city centre will be taken over with a celebration of all things Italian. With Italian entertainment, food and drink, and a street market showcasing top Italian brands alongside artisan produce, there really is sure to be something for everyone.
10th September 2019
Following last year's huge success, the Tour of Britain Cycle Race will be coming through Cumbria once again on Tuesday 10th September. In Eden, Stage 4 of the race, having started in Gateshead, will pass through Brough, Great Musgrave and Kirkby Stephen before heading to Sedbergh and a finish in Kendal. So why not come up and visit for a long weekend to join in the festivities? Please note: When travelling by car in the area, there will be a rolling road closure with police motorcyclists closing the roads on the route approx. 20 minutes before the bikes are set to go through.
12th September 2019
Located on the fringes of the Lake District, Westmorland County Show is a fantastic day out – voted as one of the UK’s favourite Shows and enjoyed by over 30,000 visitors every year. A major livestock Show with classes for cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and alpacas, heavy and light horses too, there’s plenty to see. With livestock, foxhounds, and more, you can learn about the industry or take to the shops and buy some bespoke local produce.
15th September 2019
Ridiculously Rich South Lakeland host a fantastic festival celebrating all things cake! Discover the best that cake has to offer from local businesses and food producers. Get inspired by demonstrations from the experts. All hosted at The Factory Tap, Kendal.
22nd September 2019 to 29th September 2019
The Foodie Foray is a celebration of local food and the distinctive local dishes found across the Forest of Bowland. This week-long programme includes walks, foraging and feasting. Whether you fancy finding out more about the local delicacies that thrive within our landscape, finding food for free amongst the hedgerows or tucking into a locally sourced feast, there’s an event for everyone.
27th September 2019 to 28th September 2019
Kendal Torchlight Carnival has, since 1970, lit up and entertained children and adults alike with a variety of Carnival Floats, Dancers, Bands and other processionists. It's aim is to promote the best of Kendal to the rest of the world; to promote local business and enterprise, to show Kendal’s skills talents and capabilities, and to enliven and stimulate Kendalian community spirit. Lots of floats, exciting antics, and freebies - a fantastic annual event to put in the calendar
28th September 2019 to 29th September 2019
Bringing together some of the most mouthwatering and thirst quenching food and drink for foodies across Cumbria, Taste Cumbria 2019 is returning to bless the taste buds of Cockermouth in one of the county's biggest culinary events. The event has been carefully compiled by Taste Cumbria magazine and Cumbria Life, two major players in the Cumbrian food world, and definitely the right people to organise any event about Cumbrian food! With over 80 stalls and an expected 40,000 attendees, the event is going to be a big one you're not going to want to miss. There will also be a pop-up restaurant with one of the county’s best chefs, demonstrations from some brilliant food and drink experts, a beer festival, comedy night, children’s activities and free town trails to help visitors explore.
4th October 2019, 18th October 2019, 31st October 2019, 1st November 2019, 15th November 2019, 29th November 2019, 13th December 2019, 27th December 2019
Whilst the nights are still dark, Lancaster Walks, Talks & Tours will be hosting evening tours exploring the darker side of Lancaster’s past with tales of ghosts, executions & murders most foul! Due to the nature of some of the stories it is not recommended that children under 12 years of age attend these tours.
26th October 2019 to 27th October 2019
Returning for their seventh year over the weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October 2019, Kendal Wool Gathering mixes demonstrations, fun activities and displays, all connected to the cloth on which the town’s wealth was built. The Gathering has cemented itself as one of the big events of the year in the area, and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country. Once again, a large number of exhibitors will be bringing a huge variety of goods including yarns, dyes, crafts, art, accessories, tools, felting, crochet, patterns, carpets, looms, spinning wheels and more. Outside there will be livestock, where you can meet a variety of sheep and Llamas, whilst learning about the important Lake District sheep farming industry. There's also walks and talks, demonstrations, Knit and natter groups, Some exhibitors give demonstrations, some let you try your hand, but all are friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The venue once again this year is Kendal Leisure Centre, which is accessible, easy to find, and also with free parking. Fantastically fun, educational and, above all, family-friendly festival, that's not to be missed! They are a not-for-profit event, organised and run by volunteers.
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