Events and Festivals
Events and Festivals
Lake District Events & Festivals Calendar 2020
Allerdale’s 2020 festival and events calendar has unfortunately been hit-hard by the Covid-19 outbreak. Please check on individual event websites for the latest information and cancellation / postponement details.
Whinlatter Forest Park is a centre for events and activities for all ages including a challenging 10k. Cockermouth is taken over by the area’s biggest and best food festival, Taste Cumbria Cockermouth for a weekend in September and December. Keswick hosts our major outdoor festival, Keswick Mountain Festival, as well as a wide range of other great events such as Words by the Water. Silloth is home to the fabulous annual Music and Beer Festival on the famous town Green and each of our towns put on some fabulous Christmas events each year.
Words by the Water
Malcolm Wilson Rally
Cockermouth Daffodil Day
Unfortunately Cockermouth Daffodil Day 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The event will return on the first Saturday in April 2021.
Keswick Mountain Festival
Keswick Mountain Festival is your ultimate outdoors weekend. Challenge yourself with a world class sporting event, get inspiration from top speakers, then finish it all off with two evenings of live music. Every year in May.
Workington Party in the Park
A great annual community festival held in Vulcan’s Park, Workington.
A packed programme of entertainment including live music, a local market, fun fair, children’s entertainment, crafts, face painting and more…
All of the entertainment, except for the fun fair, is free of charge!
Silloth Green Day
Fun fair, craft stalls, food stalls, live music, kids entertainment and much more on Silloth Green. Free entry!
Keswick Beer Festival
Great Beer Festival atmosphere both inside a huge marquee and outside on the wonderful green, green grass of Davidson Park, the home of Keswick Rugby Club, surely one of the most scenic rugby grounds in the country, under the watchful gaze of Skiddaw, the 4th highest mountain in England.
Silloth Vintage Rally
Steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, classic motorcycles – Silloth Vintage Rally has it all and more. On the Green in the centre of town every June, the rally has plenty of food, drink and music to keep you mightily entertained.
Ranked as one of the best UK triathlon events, the Lakesman offers full and half-distance iron-man courses in the heart of the stunning Lake District. The swim takes place in Derwentwater, Keswick, with the bike and run routes taking competitors through beautiful countryside with views of the fells.
The Comedy of Errors at Workington Hall
Oddsocks returns to Workington once again with a performance of The Comedy of Errors; one of William Shakespeare’s early plays. Set in the Greek city of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth.
There is no charge to watch either performance and there is no need to book, just turn up!
An extremely popular event held at Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 0QQ.
Woolfest was founded by members of The Wool Clip cooperative to provide a celebration of natural fibres and a showcase for the best of wool and wool crafts.
Live music and fun being delivered on YouTube this year.
Aspatria Music Festival
An action packed day for the whole family. Based on the Fitz near Lakes Home Centre in Cockermouth.
Animals, Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, crafts, beer tent and much more!
Workington Festival of Running
Organised by Workington Town Council in conjunction with Cumberland Athletic Club, you can do a 1km fun run, or a 5km or 10km run.
Whether you are taking part yourself or cheering someone on, there will be something to keep you entertained with our craft activities, children’s entertainment and stalls.
Races will start at Workington Leisure Centre and will take you out and around Workington allowing you to take in the beautiful scenery while motivating you to run your fastest race.
- 12pm – 1k fun run
- 12.30pm – 5k
- 1.30pm – 10k
Solfest is a family friendly music festival spanning many musical genres and eras. There’s plenty to enjoy in addition to the music from walkabout performers, the green area workshop and the healing garden.
Firmly established in Allerdale’s events calendar Silloth carnival provides a great day out full of excitement and colour. Watch the amazing floats and participants glide by and then make the most of everything that this great seaside town has to offer.
Taste Cumbria Cockermouth
Sadly, the decision has been taken to not go ahead with September’s Taste Cumbria food festival in Cockermouth. Whilst a new date hasn’t been agreed, organisers are holding out hope that the festival might be able to be rescheduled for a special event in the Spring of 2021, if the coronavirus situation improves.
Tour of Britain
The Tour of Britain will return to Cumbria in September 2020. Watch this space for further details as soon as they are confirmed.
Silloth Music and Beer festival
Around 60 real ales, many from Allerdale are featured with 22 draft ciders. For the non-real ale drinkers, there is lager, perry ciders, wine, soft drinks and water! Add in a fine selection of tribute bands, it has all the right ingredients for a great weekend. Every early September.
Cockermouth Lantern Parade 2020
Join the spectacular Cockermouth lantern parade as winds its way through the pretty market town. An evening the kids will love.
Workington Christmas Festival
Taking place every December, Workington Christmas Festival is an event jam packed with entertainment including live music, walkabout entertainers, face painting, fun fair, and storytelling. A local market stretches out onto the main street with a fabulous mix of independent local businesses selling tempting treats and beautiful hand-made gifts.
Keswick Live Advent Calendar
A festive-themed window is illuminated in a different Keswick business from the 1 to the 24 December. Alongside this each day will be a different festive event, from story-telling to fancy dress canoe racing! The illuminated windows stay lit until early January, forming a magical and festive window trail around town which visitors and residents can follow and enjoy.
Keswick Victorian Fayre
Keswick Victorian Fayre takes place every December and it’s a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and supporting a wide range of charities and good causes. Fun for all the family.
Taste Cumbria Christmas
A host of artisan producers, a covered live music stage, kids activities and Cockermouth’s great independent shops – a great day out and the perfect opportunity for some Christmas shopping. Join us in Cockermouth town centre for the Taste Cumbria Christmas Festival. Eat, drink and be merry!