The summer holidays may be over, but there’s plenty of things to do and places to visit to keep you busy as we head into autumn.
Whether you’re a foodie, love a good throwback, or enjoy browsing art – Cumbria and the Lake District is the best place to spend some time this September.
Retro Rendezvous Festival, Ulverston
September 3-5, 2021
Throw it back to years gone by in Ulverston as the Retro Rendezvous Festival takes over the town. The beloved Velo Retro Vintage Cycling event will also take place throughout this weekend, so why not make a day or two out of it!
There will be vintage cars and motorcycles, live music, food, and market stalls dotted around this picturesque town. The festival itself will begin on September 4 but the cycling events will get started on September 3.
Open studios and ART trail
September 4-19, 2021
Take an artistic tour of Cumbria this September as artists open up their studios and create exhibitions for the public to view their work. You’ll also get to experience the incredible views that the county has to offer too.
From Penrith to the west coast, you’ll be able to see jewellery, photography, paintings, ceramics, prints, and more. It’s entirely free too, so why not explore the artwork that Cumbria has to offer.
Chilli Fest, Holker Hall
If you’re a foodie, it’s only natural that you’d want to attend one of the county’s biggest food festivals – Holker Chilli Fest.
Specialist chilli companies from all over the country descend on the beautiful grounds of Holker Hall for this two-day event. Expect fiery and non-spicy food, quirky spice-inspired gifts, and plenty of family-friendly entertainment at this event.
Westmorland County Show
September 8-9, 2021
For the first time in its 222 year history, the Westmorland County Show will be held across two days due to Covid-19 safety measures. However, this just means there will be more for us to enjoy!
Alongside the livestock classes, there will be vintage tractors, a food hall, craft marquees, and more than 400 trade stalls. It’s one of the most popular annual events in the county for a reason – make sure you don’t miss out!
Keswick Mountain Festival, Keswick
September 10-12, 2021
Are you a family of walkers or do you love exciting outdoor activities? You’ll want to head down to Keswick for the annual Mountain Festival!
Over three days, there will be speakers sharing their tales from the mountains, skills sessions, live music, and taster activities. Grab a bike and try out the bike pump track, test your climbing skills, and go on a wildlife walk around the lake. There’s no shortage of things to do at Keswick Mountain Festival.
Ernie’s Journey, The Beggars Theatre
September 10, 2021
Excite your children, and your own inner-child, as stage magic, circus tricks, poetry, puppetry, and more bring Ernie’s Journey to life.
Original harp music will place you onboard a pirate’s ship as you hear sea shanties and it will transport you to dreamy distant shores. It’s the perfect show for all ages!
Artful Ways, Tullie House
September 18, 2021
People from across the county have joined together to produce artwork inspired by the sights and sounds of Cumbria for this touring exhibition with Tullie House.
In July, people were invited to meet-up for walks between cultural venues and to make a piece of work in response to what they experienced. Some of these pieces have been turned into an exhibition that will be available to view at Tullie House from September 18-November 6.
There is poetry, pottery, films, and paintings for you to browse at both the physical and digital exhibitions.
The Lake Artists Annual Exhibition, Rheged
September 18, 2021
We’re spoiled for choice in September when it comes to talented artists showcasing their work. The 117th annual exhibition of the Lakes Artists Society will be held at Rheged with more than 300 pieces of art on display.
Artists from the length and breadth of the county will show off their incredible work from portraits and landscapes to sculptures made of stone and ceramic. There will be something to everyone’s taste at the event which runs until November 21, 2021.
Why not make a day of it while you’re at Rheged? There’s plenty to do such as visit their brand new cafe or watch a film!
Heritage Open Days: Biedun, Heron Corn Mill
September 19, 2021
Heron Corn Mill will return to medieval times in mid-September for a one day festival celebrating its heritage. It will showcase work from the heritage project ‘1220 – 2020: 800 Years of Milling’, as well as welcome vendors, entertainers, and more to the grounds.
Take a little look at artwork from the Medieval Minecraft project or tuck into a Medieval pudding whilst watching a puppet show. This event will be a fantastic way to learn about local history with a fun twist.
Cumbria Pride, Carlisle
September 25, 2021
Cumbria Pride is once again returning to Carlisle Castle with an impressive line-up of acts set to wow you. Last year’s event wasn’t able to take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic so this year’s Pride event isn’t one to be missed.
The headline act is the one and only Cascada and there will be performances from Shane Nolan, Soraya Vivian, Stevie D, and Ronan Parke too. This year, they are running a raffle system to allocate tickets to ensure safety, so make sure you enter before it closes on September 8. If you don’t get tickets, or you can’t attend, the event will also be livestreamed.
Green Door Art Trail, Kendal
September 25-26, 2021
Cumbrians are being treated to not one but two art trails in September, so if you’re based in the South Lakes, or just don’t think you’ll be able to attend the previously mentioned trail – then this one is for you.
23 venues across south Cumbria will be opening their doors to the public to showcase the artwork of more than 40 artists during this two day event. You’ll be able to see textiles, photography, print-making, mixed media, and more as you travel across Cumbria.
Taste Cumbria, Cockermouth
September 25-26, 2021
You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing your lunch and the popular Taste Cumbria festival at the end of the month.
The entire family will enjoy going for a wander down Main Street to see what the producers have to offer or getting a taste of incredible local food from the hot food stalls. There will be demonstrations from chefs as well as cocktail masterclasses for adults. Whilst children can enjoy fairground rides and activities with Rainbow Jelly Productions.