Cumbrian events over August Bank Holiday weekend

As I was driving into Kendal today, I noticed a sign advertising sheepdog trials. My first thought was that sheep are quintessential in the Lake District, and where there are sheep, there are sheepdogs. My second thought was that I would really appreciate going to one of the trials to see how they work first hand, rather than simply viewing the action on TV. Well, I may not be able to attend any Cumbrian events over the Bank Holiday weekend since I will be working, but I can still tell visitors to the Lake District about some of them in case they would like to check them out.

So here is some information about a few agriculture-based community and sports events that will take place over August Bank Holiday long weekend. I have also included information about an activity taking place later in the day on Friday, 24th August, as by then most visitors to the Lake District for the Bank Holiday long weekend will have arrived and checked into their accommodation. All these events involve animals in one way or another.

‘Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in north-west England, and home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. You might see deer too, not to mention butterflies aplenty!’ (Quote and photo courtesy of

On Friday, 24th August and Monday, 27th August, at 7 pm, ‘ join the staff at RSPB Leighton Moss for a guided walk to see red deer and other summer wildlife. Early evening is the best time to observe red deer and at dusk bats can also be witnessed. 

No booking is required for this walk to look for these fabulous creatures. The 2 hour walks begin . . . at 7:00pm during August.’ ( For more information, please contact 01524 701601 or visit

On Saturday, 25th August, the Patterdale Dog Day Farming Community event will take place on King George V Playing Field, Patterdale. Along with the usual attractions, which I will list below, is ‘the “Men Only” cookery competition, which this year will see the men folk of the valley pit their culinary talents against 3 scones, one plain, one fruit and one cheese’.

Order of Events

Main Ring
8.30am Lonsdale Stakes Sheep Dog Trail
1.45pm Fell Race
2.30pm Hound Trail
2.30pm Children’s Fell Race (after the hound trail has started)
3.30pm Puppy Trail
4.00pm Men only cookery Competition
4.00pm Open Restricted Hound Trail
5.30pm Presentation of Trophies by the President

Side Rings
12 noon Judging of Foxhounds
12.30pm Judging of Pet Dogs, followed by: Judging of Gundogs and Terriers

Show Field
10.30am Matterdale & St. John’s Sheep Show
1pm Judging of Sticks and Crooks

Throughout the day
Craft Tent, Trade stands, Refreshments and Beer Tent


For lovers of country sports, why not visit Grasmere on Sunday, 26th August?

At the Show field on Stock Lane beginning at 10am: Here are all the traditions of the Lake District and Cumbria with visitors both local, countrywide, and from all over the world arriving to see  Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, hound trailing, track events, sheepdog displays, equestrian events, dog shows, exhibitions of traditional Arts and Crafts, mountain bike races, music, refreshments and much more to delight the whole family. Don’t miss the Senior Guide Fell race to the top of Butter Crags and down again in less than 15 minutes!! Why not go to the top and cheer them on? Always popular is the Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling with competitors dressed in the traditional wrestling costume “tekking hold” to begin a contest of the best of 3 falls.


On Monday, 27th August, Cartmel Races is hosting their ‘August Bank Holiday Festival – Gates open: 10:00am; First Race: 2:15pm; Last Race: 5:30pm’. The August Bank Holiday meetings actually begin on Thursday, 23rd August. ‘As well as three action packed days of racing at Cartmel, there’s a hugely popular funfair, a good range of trade stands, public bars and numerous catering outlets.’ (

The excitement of Cartmel Races can be experienced at Cartmel Racecourse in Cartmel, a lovely medieval village located 15 minutes’ drive from Blenheim Lodge. (Photo courtesy of

So there you have it: things to see and do on each day over August Bank Holiday long weekend. Besides these activities, there will be lots of others to enjoy and places to see in the Lake District. You will be spoilt for choice and probably find that these few days will not be quite enough to see and do everything that you might like to accomplish. If that is the case, never fear – you will always be made welcome to the Lake District time and time again!

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