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2020 Festivals in the Lake District

Aerial Festival,

Ambleside and various Lake District locations 

26 - 29 March 2020 

Brand new for 2020 is Aerial Festival, brought to the Lake District by the folk behind the extremely successful Kendal Calling music festival.

The exciting event programme has been carefully curated to give festival goers an exclusive chance to see the work of contemporary Lake District artists, established and up and coming, in unique Lake District spaces, such as on a boat on Windermere and set in the ambience of an Ambleside church.

The jaw-dropping beauty of the Lake District has been inspiring artists for decades and this art festival brings new talent to the forefront.

There’s radio broadcasts from Langdale Valley, poetry readings and musical performances.   

Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival 

Thursday 07 - Sunday 10 May 2020 

2019 was a stellar year for Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival, which takes over the north Lakes market town for four days.

It’s a family-friendly festival, with a fun umbrella parade on Saturday.

This is the UK’s largest celebration of world-class jazz and what makes it even more special is that it takes place in various unique spaces across Keswick.

The ‘stroller tickets’ are a wonderful excuse to explore this iconic Lake District town as you Bop from event to event, of which there are over 100 to choose from!

On the line-up for 2020 look out for world-class musicians like Marla Dixon and Scott Hamilton. It’s going to be sensational! 

Summer Beer Festival 2020, Staveley

Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 July 2020

A good beer festival is more than enough to get us and about over the summer, and what a festival The Summer Beer Festival is! 

Whether it is by taxi, bus, bike or designated driver, turn off the A591 to the little-known village of Staveley, a few miles outside Windermere.  Over mid-July on a (hopefully) balmy summer day, you’ll find Staveley Mill Yard industrial estate (a unique beer festival location) taken over by beer festival-goers. The Mill Yard is home to Hawkshead Brewery, an enormously impressive contemporary building for a regional brewery. Suppliers are invited to hand-pick their best cask and keg experiences for festival goers, as this beer festival is all about showcasing the revolution in craft ale brewing. 

We also promised you great food, and there are few who are not pleasantly surprised with the beer tapas and there’s an artisan pizza oven too.  Live music keeps spirits merry and whilst there’s no charge or tickets required, bringing some good craic is a must! 

Ambleside Sports, Rydal Park 

Thursday 30 July 2020

Many great things are borne from a ‘meeting in a pub’ and Ambleside Sports is one such occurrence. 

Forget velodromes, all-weather synthetic running tracks and nylon and spandex suits, Ambleside Sports is about ‘first up and down the fell’, chalk marked running tracks, Cumberland Wrestling ‘bouts’. The weather is usually glorious, and the sports action - taking place at the centre of the huge grassy field that is Rydal Park, surrounded by mountains - is heated and highly competitive! There’s five hours of sports, of which the Cumberland Wrestling is popular. The festival has everything for a great day out for all the family, including bouncy castle and inflatable slide, beer tent, burger vans and live music. 

Rydal Park is the place to be for the summer of 2020 and as it is only 1-mile from the town centre it is just a short stroll from many of our Ambleside cottages.

Kendal Mountain Film Festival 

Thursday 19  - Sunday 22 November 2020 

Kendal Mountain Film Festival is one of the UK’s biggest festivals for outdoor enthusiasts and brings high-tech clothing and equipment brands, athletes, adventurers and film buffs together under several festival roofs.

A traditional tented festival village is erected in various locations in and around the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.

This has become a highly respected mountain festival of which there isn’t a comparison in the UK.

Starting life 40 years ago as an annual celebration of climbing and mountaineering, today it has one of the most diverse programmes of its kind, including talks, book launches, film premiers, speakers, demonstrations and the HOTL’s sponsored inspiring photography competition.

We have over 300 perfectly placed Holiday Cottages in the Lake District National Park - Perfect locations from which to explore the Largest UNESCO World Heritage site Lake District, Heart of the Lakes will be sure to have something perfect for you.