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Wednesday, 24th May 2017

RSC Live: Anthony and Cleopatra

Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).

Café open from 5pm for dinner and drinks • £15 adult, £12 conc. • Performance 7pm • Book online at rheged.com• Free parking • For live broadcasts, performances start promptly, so please arrive 20 minutes before. Latecomers will not be admitted.


From 27th May 2017 to 29th May 2017

King Kong Climbing Tower


Enjoy being outside at Rheged with King Kong Climbing Centre and their fantastic free standing climbing tower. Take a go and climb the tower! Packed full of challenges, it’s great fun for all ages.

Monday, 29th May 2017

MOUNTAIN & GHYLL ADVENTURE with Reach Beyond Adventure

The ultimate rock & water challenge! Spend a day out in the fells above the Ullswater Valley rock climbing & ghyll scrambling.

29th May @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Greenside, Glenridding
Penrith, CA11 0QR United Kingdom

Sunday, 4th June 2017

Ullswater EPIC Lakes Swim

The Epic Lakes Swim Series consists of either 2 or 3 open water swim events at 3 different locations in Cumbria. Ullswater is the first event in the series.

For each date and location there are either 2 or 3 events distances to choose from which provides novices, intermediates and elite swimmers with a challenge to match.

Ullswater is our British Garden Party Swim and is host to a 1 mile and a 3.8k swim.

Wetsuits are compulsory and all finishers receive a bespoke medal.

The atmosphere is fun and friendly and the scenery is breathtaking.

From 20th June 2017 to 5th September 2017

Ullswater Steamers Fish Supper Cruise

Every Tuesday evening from 20th June to 5th September. Our famous fish supper cruises return on-board a two hour evening cruise with musical entertainment from Pete Lashley. Ticket price Adult £18.50 (Children under 13 £14.50) includes two hour evening cruise, fish & chip supper (veggie option available on booking) and live entertainment. Dogs not permitted. Departs Pooley Bridge Pier at 7pm returns approx. 9pm. (There will be a Pirate Themed Fish Supper Cruise on 22/08/2017, with Pete singing sea shanties, see separate event details for booking link)

Saturday, 24th June 2017


An evening of wonderful music ranging from classic opera to songs from the shows in Fitz Park, Keswick. Free Entry

Sat 24 Jun 2017 17:00 to 21:30

From 24th June 2017 to 25th June 2017

Lady of the Lake’s 140th birthday celebration

Lady of the Lake was built in Britain in 1877, this weekend she celebrates her 140th birthday. For those passengers joining us on this special weekend, we have a commemorative gift for Round the Lake ticket holders (t&cs apply) #stepbackintime

Saturday, 1st July 2017


Watch the Birkett Cup Race on-board an exclusive charter, departs from Pooley Bridge Pier at 12.30pm, returning at 3.30pm. Ticket Price Adult £22, Children £11, under 3's free. Ticket includes three hour cruise, race commentary and a complimentary glass of cava/squash on-board. Book in advance. Dogs not permitted. Excellent facilities onboard.


Saturday, 8th July 2017


The standard distance Ullswater Triathlon. Based at Park Foot Camping and Caravan site this race will feature a 1.5K swim in Ullswater, and undulating 40K bike via Askham and Lowther before a final flat 10K around Pooley Bridge. This race has been designed very much with the athlete in mind, with a sociable Saturday afternoon start and a very competitive entry fee.

From 8th July 2017 to 9th July 2017


A weekend of family fun on and beside Derwent Water. In the spirit of the eccentric 18th-century owner of Derwent Island, Joseph 'King Pocky' Pocklington, if you like messing around on the water with the whole family, then this is the event for you.

A join-in-and-take-part event with low cost watersports for beginners and FREE family activities on our free to access parkland. There will be dragon boat races, cannon fire, a parade of sail and a 'best dressed boat' competition, plus all the fun of a traditional summer fair with rides, side stalls, refreshments and competitions.

The fair and 50 Things actvities are taking place on Crow Park. The post code for your sat nav is CA12 5DJ.


Saturday, 15th July 2017


For the foodies of Cumbria, there will be no better place to be on July 15th than Penrith. Why? Superb food festival Penrith on a Plate will be coming to town for an unmissable day of top quality local produce, hog roasts, food tastings, demonstrations and more. And the celebration doesn’t end there – all week, as part of the Eden Food and Farming Festival, there will be summer fêtes, edible garden tours and some fine dining experiences to enjoy too.

Budding chefs and those who like to get creative in the kitchen will be delighted to hear that Peter Sidwell will be on stage for some live cooking shows, and, after years of experience in top restaurants and on cooking television programmes, you can bet that he’ll dish up the very best tips. There’s no better entertainment whilst tucking into Cumbria’s finest cheeses or some fruity Cumbrian fro-yo.

To top off the day, enjoy the eclectic musical stylings of Trio Gitan: a group made up of an accordion, violin and guitar player. Add into the mix some family activities from face painting to animal petting and even a rodeo bull, and you’ve definitely got yourself entertainment for everyone.

Tuesday, 25th July 2017

Ullswater Myths and Legend Cruise

A relaxing cruise on Ullswater with commentary by a national park ranger. Meet on the pier at 6.30pm for the 6.45pm sailing. Returns 8.15pm. Parking included. In partnership with Ullswater Steamers. Discover why this spectacular landscape deserves to become a World Heritage Site in 2017.

Starts from: Ullswater Steamer Pier, Glenridding at 06:30 pm

Price: Adult £13, child £6.50, includes complimentary tea or coffee. Booking advised. Call 017684 82229 or book online.

Friday, 11th August 2017


Appleby Show is a great day out for all the family,
free entry for children under 16.

We have a wide variety of classes for horses, sheep, cattle, poultry, vintage machinery, dogs, childrens pets, produce, handicrafts and horticultural exhibits. Equestrian classes include Veteran Horses & Ponies, Riding Horses, Fells, Dales, Shetlands and Coloured Horses, Working Hunter and Handy Pony.

From 12th August 2017 to 13th August 2017

Lowther Show

We are very excited to welcome back the Lowther Show to the sporting calendar in August 2017, welcoming back the local community to a fantastic showcase of countryside living.

Taking place within the beautiful grounds of Lowther Castle, this year’s Lowther Show will bring to you a full line-up of activity, which will include the Lowther Horse Driving Trials, Food & Beer Festival, the Lowther Fishing Island and the Lowther Hound Show.

With so much going on, the Lowther Show is a date to add to your diary, so why not book up your tickets today so you don’t miss it!


Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

Pirates By Day

Ahoy there and set sail with our pirate crew onboard a 90 minute adventure across the high seas from Pooley Bridge Dock at 11am or 2.30pm. Load the cannons and prepare to battle it out with our rogue pirates, keeping an eye on the horizon at all times! £12.50 per pirate, under 3s free, includes cruise, gold chocolate coins, tattoos, face painting and on-board games. Tea/Coffee and Parrot squash included. Be warned - you will get wet!


From 25th August 2017 to 27th August 2017

Wannasee Music Festival

Wannasee Tribute Festival is back for its third year in Cumbria, in 2017, with a stunning line up of World-class tributes, to many of music history’s most popular acts, past and present, that you could never dream of seeing all at once. These bands offer the closest possible live tributes to the artists they represent, in stunning detail, guaranteeing a huge open air live music festival experience and non-stop hits, from start to finish, in the beautiful setting of Hutton in the Forest.

With tributes to Michael Jackson, Queen, David Bowie, Meatloaf, Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Meatloaf, Bon Jovi, Bee Gees, Simple Minds, The Blues Brothers, and many more, Wannasee Weekend is the perfect way to enjoy a huge variety of fantastic live music at affordable prices across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, of the Bank Holiday weekend of 25-27 August 2017, in the beautiful grounds of the Hutton in the Forest estate, near Penrith, Cumbria. There’s a free shuttle bus to and from the festival, from Penrith, running throughout the festival weekend, camping option (including a quiet family area), with full camping facilities, where you can park next to your tent, caravan or motor home, free car parking for day visitors, food from around the globe and fully licensed bar, both at very reasonable prices, kids go free (accompanied by adult) and attractions and rides for kids and adults alike, all weekend.

Full details and tickets on sale at: www.wannaseefestival.com. Live music entertainment at its best and every band you ‘wannasee’ – in one great weekend!

Saturday, 26th August 2017

Patterdale Dog Day

Patterdale Dog Day is one of the few remaining genuinely traditional shows and is situated in one of the most beautiful locations in England with a spectacular back drop of some of the most beautiful lakeland fells, including part of the Helvellyn massif.

2017’s show is the 114th show to be held at Patterdale and we hope you will join us to enjoy the day.

Among the attractions on the day include:

Open Sheep Dog Trails All Day
Terrier Show (open )
Open Gundog Show
Children’s Pets Class
Show of traditional Sticks and Crooks
Ullswater Foxhound Show
Fell Race (open)
Children’s Fell Race
Hound Trials
Craft Tent
Trade Stands
Matterdale & St John’s Sheep Show (classes for swaledale & herdwick)

For further details of the days program please see the timetable page.

As well as the above attractions there are refreshments available all day with a catering tent together with a bar

Sunday, 8th October 2017


Superb one lap course amid the wonderful scenery of Lowther Park, on grass, farm tracks and tarmac.

Race HQ and Start at Lowther Castle Age Limits for the 10km Trail Run, 15 or over.

Light refreshments - hot drinks and food will be available at the start/finish in Lowther Castle Cafe.

4km Fun Run:

An attractive 2 lap course on tracks and grass adjacent to Lowther Castle.


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