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.

February 2020

Keswick Film Festival

A celebration of world and independent cinema in the heart of the Lake District. Over 25 films with the latest work from some of the world’s leading directors and new talent. 

March 2020

Words by the Water

The festival promotes both the written and the spoken word, bringing people together in the beautiful surroundings by the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Meet top authors and writers every March to listen, talk, debate, learn. and have your favourite authors sign copies of their books for you.

Malcolm Wilson Rally

The Malcolm Wilson Rally returns to Allerdale on the 14 March 2020 starting at 7 am. Scrutineering will take place at P & R Benn on the Mitchell’s Auction Mart site just outside of Cockermouth.

April 2020

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.

May 2020

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! 

June 2020

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.

The Lakesman

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.

July 2020

Cockermouth Live!

Live music and fun being delivered on YouTube this year.

Aspatria Music Festival

Aspatria Music Festival, formally known as “Spyatstock” was originally setup in 2013 by local musician Damon McRea (of Brightside et al fame) and Matthew Turnbull in aid of CDH UK. It’s an annual, not for profit festival benefiting charities. Join 1500 music fans every July.

August 2020

Cockermouth Show

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.

  • Timetable
  • 12pm – 1k fun run
  • 12.30pm – 5k
  • 1.30pm – 10k

Solfest 2020

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.

Silloth Carnival

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. 

September 2020

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.

November 2020

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.

December 2020

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!