Fabulous Festivals in the Lake District

Enjoy a blast of energy with our short film introducing the amazing line-up of annual festivals in the Lakes!

Discover the heart and soul of the Lakes!

The Lake District provides a beautiful backdrop for a fantastic line-up of festivals throughout the year. Ping into spring with a celebration of words, art, comedy and jazz, and then schmooze into summer with classical and contemporary musical delights. For art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, autumn and winter bring more spectacular experiences, along with unmissable festival merriment served in true Cumbrian style.

Check out the impressive line-up of annual festivals celebrating culture that you can only experience in the Lake District… art, music, performance, film and much more!

// Spring Festivals in the Lake District

Lakes Ignite, artworks located at various venues in the Lake District until July
Words by the Water, Keswick
Green Door Art Trail, various locations in Cumbria
Printfest, Ulverston
Freerange Comedy Festival, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Keswick Jazz Festival, various locations in Keswick

// Summer Festivals in the Lake District

Woolfest, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Lake District Summer Music, various Lake District locations
Kendal Calling, Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

Potfest in the Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest, near Penrith, Cumbria

// Autumn & Winter Festivals in the Lake District

C-Art, various locations in Cumbria
Lakes Alive, various locations in Kendal & the wider Lake District National Park
Lakes International Comic Art Festival, various locations in Kendal
Kendal Mountain Festival, various locations in Kendal
Winter Droving, Penrith


Lakes Ignite 2018 presents six specially commissioned contemporary artworks to celebrate the Lake District’s designation as a World Heritage site. From January to July 2018, six artists are bringing their creative vision to the Lakes in a unique collection of artworks that are free to visit and explore.

Lakes Ignite 2018
Lakes Ignite 2018

A celebration of contemporary art in a World Heritage landscape

Each installation provides a different perspective on our World Heritage story using very different media including metal, wood, mirrors, inflatables, performance and virtual reality. So, whether you’re 8 or 80, come and spark your imagination in 2018 and experience art in our celebrated Lake District landscape.

Tell us what you think about Lakes Ignite and be entered into a draw to win a hamper of Cumbrian goodies courtesy of Rheged!

Lakes Ignite 2018 – Festival Map
Lakes Ignite 2018 – Festival Map