Welly Top 5
1. Tour of Britain, Kendal
This month it’s all about the mighty Tour! On Monday 5th September the Tour of Britain will return to Cumbria beginning in Carlisle city centre where the proposed 195 kilometre route will make its way through the heart of the Lake District, climbing the Whinlatter and Kirkstone Passes as it makes it way towards Ambleside and south to Kendal. All eyes will be on our fabulous county as the Tour makes its way through what is quite frankly in my opinion the most stunning scenery in the UK. If you’re seeking a good vantage point in striking distance of a pint, find yourself a space outside The Rifleman’s Arms, Kendal. You’ll get a great view of the cyclists as they finish their stage as well as an appreciation for the the textile bunting and other knitted objets d’art outside the pub as contributed by the local Knit and Natter group in celebration of the great race.
2. Westmorland County Show, Crooklands, Kendal Thursday 8th September 2016, 8am – 5pm
One of the country’s largest one day shows, make sure you get down to Crooklands near Kendal for a fantastic day out jam-packed with livestock, shows and local Cumbrian produce. Voted by the Farmers Guardian readers as the 5th top show in the UK. There’ll be rural crafts, local produce, trade stands, not to mention major livestock and our infamous Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling (I’m in!). Check out their website for more info including schedules and entries. Early bird tickets close at noon on 4th September 2016 – £14 for adults, £2 for children under 16. Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £29.
Venue: Lane Farm, Crooklands, Kendal, Cumbria, LA7 7NH
www.westmorlandshow.co.uk t: 015395 67804 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Holker Chilli Fest, Holker Hall
Keep the country fest buzz going with a trip down to Holker Hall where the two day Chilli Fest will set your taste buds on fire. Specialist chilli companies from all over the country travel to Holker to promote their fiery wares. There’ll be lots of entertainment, cookery demonstrations and the much anticipated chilli eating competition with Darth Naga. Buy tickets online here at the bargain price of £5.20 per adult (accompanied children free – just keep them away from the hot stuff!)
Been to the Westmorland Show? Thirsty for more? Then get down to the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal on Thursday 8th September for an evening of wine tasting with Chris Leather, director of local wine merchant Stainton Wines. Explore classic wines alongside some lesser known labels in the Brewery’s Warehouse Café where Chris will teach you the basics ad bibendum and beyond. Tickets are limited and can be bought online at the Brewery website here at a cost of £15.50 per person. Session starts at 7h30pm
The Brewery Arts Centre, 122a Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
Box Office: 01593 725133 www.breweryarts.co.uk
5. A Celebration of Simon and Garfunkel, Ulverston – Friday 9th September 2016
Who doesn’t love a bit of Simon and Garfunkel? If you’re a fan, then make the effort to go and see talented professional singer-songwriters Tim Chu and Ian Bailey perform their classic tracks at the Water Yeat Village Hall in Ulverston. Having grown up listening to Simon and Garfunkel’s music these two great musicians pay hommage in their own unique way whilst honouring the original recordings. Set to be an ambient evening featuring some of Simon and Garfunkel’s much loved hits, take your own tipple, settle back and enjoy this duo’s fantastic vocal blend.
Doors open 7h30pm, show starts 8pm. Tickets £10 available from here.
Water yeat Village Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8DJ
Other Top Picks:
Sunday 4th September 16 – Loweswater Show, opp New House Farm, Lorton Valley
The show starts at 10am and features open sheep dog trials, goat judging and carriage driving – great fun for all the family me-thinks! Adults £6, under 13’s free.
Friday 9th September 16 – Kendal Torchlight, Kendal
This year’s Torchlight theme will be ‘Celebrating Kendal’s Spirit’ with the aim of celebrating the passion and spirit within Kendal’s community as well as everything else residents love about the town – very apt considering the misery produced by Storm Desmond back in December. 2016 also sees the inaugural Kendal Carnival Street Party take place the next day on Saturday 10th September in conjunction with the Torchlight Carnival. For more details visit their website.
Thursday 15th September 16 – Opera Australia, Reghed, Penrith
After last year’s hugely successful Aida on Sydney Harbour, Handa Opera return with their most exciting opera yet: Turandot. Don’t miss this incredible annual opera event with lavish sets, extraordinary costumes and a spectacular firework display from Sydney’s beautiful harbour.
Café open beforehand for dinner and drinks from 5pm • Performance 7:30pm • Tickets £15 adult, £12 conc • 2 hours 15 mins (including 15min interval) • Performed in Italian with English subtitles • To book, please call 01768 868000 • Free parking • For live broadcasts, performances start promptly, so please arrive 20 minutes before. Latecomers will not be admitted.
Encore broadcast 18th September at 2pm.
Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th September – Taste Cumbria, Cockermouth
Cockermouth hosts the original Taste Cumbria festival, a firm favourite on the foodie calendar. It’s the highlight of the Taste festival season with over 80 producers promoting their food and drink all day Saturday and Sunday along the town’s Main Street. There will be a pop-up restaurant where you can sample the amazing food cooked by Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan as well as chef and expert demonstrations in the main marquee.
Sun 18th September 16 – Borrowdale Shepherds’ Meet, Rosthwaite, near Keswick
Showcases various crafts and stands including a have-a-go Archery session and a swill basket demonstration. This year also sees the return of the Terrier Show starting at 12h45pm with the following classes: Best Looking Lakeland Terrier Dog, Terrier Bitch, Border Terrier and Best in Show.
Thursday 29th September 16 – Life of a Mountain Double Bill: Scafell & Blencathra, Reghed, Penrith
Part of the Ullswater Outdoor Festival, award winning outdoor film maker Terry Abraham has produced two documentaries which use captivating cinematography and inspiring interviews to focus on two iconic lake districts fells. In this exclusive evening, view both films (1 hour each) on Rheged’s giant cinema screen with a special twenty minute introduction with film maker Terry Abraham.
5pm café open• 6:30pm Introduction with Terry Abraham • 6:50pm film • 7:50pm interval • 8:10pm fil• 9:10pm finish • Tickets £10 adult and £8 conc• Book on 01768 868000
Cinema across the County:
BFG (PG) Finding Dory (U) Jason Bourne (12A) Suicide Squad (15) Pete’s Dragon (15) Swallows & Amazons (PG) David Brent: Life On The Road (15) Sausage Party (15) The Shallows (15) Bad Moms (15)
Note that I amend this list throughout the month as I come across other interesting and fun events happening around the county. If you would like me to include your own event details please email me: email@example.com