What’s on

Sally Matthews at Grizedale Forest, until 29th September 

In Sally Matthews' own words, "I make and draw animals as I see them – no myth, no fairytale – animals that share the earth." And so her stunning sculptures of wolves and deers sit perfectly in their natural surroundings in the heart of the Grizedale Forest.      

Worldwide Whispers exhibition, Fairfield Mill, 31st August to 27th October

In this exhibition quilters of the world unite, sharing their own takes on twelve carefully selected quilt choices. Ann Hill and four other international quilters – Paula Rafferty from Ireland, Jeltje van Essen from The Netherlands, Debbi Cagney from USA and Kim Caskey from Canada are the masterminds. 

Margaret Atwood Live in Cinemas, Zeffirellis, 10th September

The Handmaid's Tale is as legendary as a novel can get. The dystopian feminist bible has spawned immitators and a blockbuter series. Atwood returns this September with The Testaments, a thrilling sequel to the 1985 classic. See her introduce it live from London in an apperance that could prove to be memorable. 

Lakes Cakes Fest, Kendal, 15th September

This is the Lake District's only festival completely dedicated to cake. There's really nothing else that you need to know. But, just incase you want the details, you'll find a who's who of local bakers, expert demonstrations and, of course, all the cake that you could dream of. Wear comfy trousers.   

Taste Cumbria Cockermouth, 28th - 29th September

Taste Cumbria now offer a wealth of food events throughout the year, but their Cockermouth festival remains the biggest. Expect 80 producers' stalls, a pop-up restaurant from a legendary local chef, demos, a beer festival, comedy night and activities for kids. 

Mexican Ofrenda Workshop, Cowshed Creative, 5th October

At Kentmere's stunningly rural farm pods creative workshops are run out of a two-storey traditional Lakeland barn cow shed conversion. The peaceful Kentmere Valley is the perfect setting to create, enjoy their home made lunch and learn something new. At the ofrenda workshop you can create your own exotic Day of the Dead shrine. 


Lakes District Yoga Retreats, Ambleside, ongoing

The natural beauty of the Lakes makes it the perfect place to fully unwind and get in touch with your inner yogi. At the Herdwick Huts you can stay for three nights in basic but gloriously cosy wagons on wheels and spend your days focussing on your mind and body with a yoga expert.   

Gong Bath, Castle Street Centre Kendal, first Monday of each month 
Gong baths are all the rage and with good reason. Experience the healing and resonant healing powers of a circle of carefully placed gongs that surround you. Ondray is an expert in Far Eastern techniques based on Ayurvedic and the 5 Element theories and she has been working with gongs for many years.   

Melvin Nicholson Photography Workshop, 2nd - 5th November

Melvin Nicholson is a world-renowned landscape photographer who shoots everywhere from the Canadian Rockies to the Isle of Skye, but he heads to the Lakes in autumn and spring for the "light, colour and opportunities to capture something extraordinarily special on camera". His workshops are considered second to none.   

Cumbria Crystal Glassblowing Workshop, Ulverston, ongoing

Cumbria Crystal is famed across the globe as the last producer of completely hand-cut and hand-blown crystal in the UK. Their one-to-one glassblowing workshop is a Cumbria Tourism Awards 2019 Experience of the Year finalist and offers you the opportunity to work with an expert to create your own designs.