August Events

 

Sunday 18th June to end September - Jurassic Jubilee - Jubilee Park, Kirkby Stephen

Children of Kirkby Stephen and surrounding villages have been creating brightly coloured dinosaurs and murals in workshops with artist Sarah Hicks.  These will be hidden in the woods of this nature reserve for local families and visitors to find throughout the summer months.

Project inspiration by Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome and Kirkby Stephen Community Arts.

Part funding by Cumbria Community Foundation.

Also to look out for in Kirkby Stephen this summer................

Silver Street Gardens have been yard bombed with knitted flowers.

Boots have been planted by children with vegetables, herbs and salad crops to welcome walkers and have been dotted around the town alongside the usual spectacular floral arrangements.

Pick up a historic town trail leaflet from the Upper Eden Visitor Centre or download http://www.walkeden.org/Things-to-do.aspx and discover the back alleys of the Conservation Area where history stands still.

The Kirkby Stephen Family Adventure 3K Trail has lots to look out for along the route plus a long list of free and inexpensive family activities to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather. The trail starts at an old fashioned sweet shop and finishes at one of two play parks. Free leaflet from the Upper Eden Visitor Centre or downloadhttp://www.walkeden.org/Things-to-do.aspx

There is a new display of Saxon stones in the Kirkby Stephen Parish Church, Cathedral of the Dales alongside the world renown Viking Loki Stone.

Add in the art galleries and antique shops to complete the picture.


This Summer at Lowther  Castle and Gardens............

The story of Lowther exhibition is now open.  The Story covers from 1150 to present day.  It's a visual and original production with a splash of humour, some stunning items and plenty of wit. From viking hogback tombs to the original Lowther Park imparkment seal (dating from 1283) through most of the family's unrivalled collection of silver, the exhibition includes many stunning items previously unseen.  These include the bracelet given by Kaiser Wilhelm II to Gracie Lonsdale when he visited in 1895.  

Bear Hunt School Holidays  - This summer holidays we are making our very own bear-garden. Follow our specially laid bear-trail and find the sleeping grizzly.  Free with admission.

Archery School Holidays - The bow and arrow have been in use since 10,000 BC.  Come and pit your wits against the targets in the Castle's Countess Garden.  Dates to be confirmed.

Crafty Vintage 5th - 6th August - Vintage collectibles, crafts, magic, street food, live music, cocktail bar and craft ales - all within the delightful piazza of Lowther Courtyard.  Saturday 5th 11am to 8pm, Sunday 6th 11am to 5pm.  Free with admission.

Lowther Show 12th - 13th August - A country fair of the sporting kind.  Horses, dogs, field sports, food and much more, in the glorious setting of Lowther Park.

Summer Holidays at Rheged.............

Dinosaur Encounter - Daily Wed 12th July to 3rd Sept 

Make Your Own Wooden Catapult or Sword with Woodstone Learning - Mon 24th July to Fri 25th August, Mon - Fri, every half hour 10.30am to 3.30pm

Bushcraft - Improve Your Archery Skills - Mon 7th Aug, 21st Aug 11am

Bushcraft - Learn Firelighting - Mon 7th Aug, 21st Aug 12pm

Make Your Own Dinosaur Fossil with Woodstone Learning - Mon 24th July to Fri 25th August, Mon - Fri, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Make Your Own Clay Dinosaur with Woodstone Learning - Mon 24th July to Fri 25th August, Mon - Fri, 1.30pm & 2.30pm

Bushcraft - Campfire Cooking - Mon 7th Aug, 21st Aug 2pm

Bushcraft - Improve Your Archery Skills - Mon 7th Aug, 21st Aug 3pm

Spy Academy - Thurs 3rd Aug, Thurs 17th Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Professor Pumperickel's Mind Bending Magic Show - Thurs 24th Aug, 11.30am, 2.30pm

Dinosaur Roar - read by author Paul Stickland - Wed 2nd Aug 10.30am & 1.30pm

Make a Pop Up Paper Dinosaur Mouth with Dinosaur Roar - Author Paul Stickland - Wed 2nd Aug 11.30am & 2.30pm

The Riddle of Redhills - an interactive show for children by Steve Wharton - Thurs 3 Aug, Tues 22nd Aug 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm

Build Your Own Unicorn With Artventurers - Friday 4th Aug, 11am & 1pm

Dinosaur and Unicorn Canvas Bags with Artventurers - Wed Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Zoolab - Thurs 10th Aug, Tues 15th Aug, Fri 25th Aug, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

Make a Magical Fairy Garden with Artventurers - Thurs 10th Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Foam and Silk Clay Dinosaurs with Creation Station - Fri 11th Aug 11am

`Dogs Don't do Ballet' by Little Blue Monster Theatre (formally known as Blunderbus Theatre) - Fri 11th Aug 11.30am, 2.30pm

Dinosaurs Tales and Heads with Artventurers - Mon 14th Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Decorate a Jewellery or Keepsake Box with Creation Station  - Wed 16th Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Build Your Own Bear with Artventurers - Mon 21st Aug 11am, 1pm

Make Willow Wands and Fairy Canvas with Creation Station - Wed 23 Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Make Dancing Dinosaur String Puppets with Artventurers - Tues 29th Aug 11am & 1pm

Animalphabet From The Edinburgh Fringe - Wed 30th Aug 11.30am & 2pm


Tuesday 1st August to Thursday 3rd August - BRFC Community Trust Soccer Camp - Parrot Park, Hartley Road, Kirkby Stephen

In partnership with Westmorland FA.

Only £10 per day.  For boys and girls aged 7 - 12 years.  To book or reserve a place(s) call 01254 508256 or email Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Places are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  All children will receive rewards for taking part.



Friday 4th August 2017 - The Handlebards present `A Midsummer Night's Dream' - Appleby Castle, Appleby

A rip-roaring, bicylce-powered, all-male production of Shakespeare's `A Midsummer Night's Dream'.  

Starts 7.00pm.  Contact 07804 050 820 or book tickets at www.handlebards.com 


Aug 4,5,6th - Potfest in the Pens - Skirsgill Mart, Penrith

Every year up to 150 potters come from all over the UK and beyond to be part of the oldest potters market in the UK.  Open to any working potter from recent graduates to the well established, from the young aspiring to the seasoned veterans this show features a complete cross section of the ceramics world.  Talk with the potters and buy from them at affordable prices.

Open daily 10am to 5pm.  Adults £4.50, seniors £4.  Accompanied children free.   Ample parking.  Refreshments on site.  Dogs on leads welcome. CA11 0DN for satnave users.


Sunday 6th August - Duck Race & BBQ - Gt Musgrave

Duck race starts 12pm - River Eden, Church Field, Gt.  Mustgrave.  BBQ at the Village Institute Field from 12.30pm.  Bring your own cutlery and drinks!  Adults £6 Children £3.

Tel 017683 41718/41990


Wednesday 9th August - Dales Young Rangers - Dry stone walling for beginners

Near Orton - bus from Sedbergh.  Learn how to dry-stone wall with the Friends of the Lake District or brush up and improve on the skills you have.  The day is suitable for all abilities.

To book a place contact Rachael Alderson on 01969 652366 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Thursday 10th August - Appleby Show - The Barley Field, near Appleby Golf Course, Appleby in Westmorland

Adults £7, Concessions £5, Children free.

The show this year is to be held (by kind permission of Appleby Golf Course as Lord of the Manor, and Hilltop Commoners) on the Barley Field near Appleby Golf Course.  With the close proximity to the A66 and free parking, and free taxi service from Appleby the show is easiliy accessible.
Appleby Show is a great day out for all the family with free entry for children.  We have a wide variety of classes for sheep, cattle, poultry, vintage machinery, dogs, children's pets, produce, handicrafts and horticultural products.  Equestrian classes include Veteran Horses and Ponies, Sports Horses, Fells, Dales, Driving, Shetlands, Mountain and Moorland, Pony Riding, Working Hunter and Handy Pony.
In addition to the exhibits show there are a variety of stands, a Craft and Food Hall with local exhibitors, and main ring events.  Attractions for 2017 include Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, Terrier Racing, childrens sports, and a Fell Race plus many, many more..............

Telephone 07777 697814 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Saturday 12th August - Table Top Sale - Mill Gardens, Kirkby Stephen

Also cake stall, raffle, tea & coffee.  All proceeds in aid of The Great North Air Ambulance - please come along and show your support for this great service.

10am to 12pm.  To pre-book your table space for £6 please contact Debi on 017683 71184


Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th August - BRFC Community Trust Soccer Camp - Appleby FC, Broad Close, Chapel Street, Appleby

In partnership with Westmorland FA.

Only £10 per day.  For boys and girls aged 7 - 12 years.  To book or reserve a place(s) call 01254 508256 or email Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Places are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  All children will receive rewards for taking part.


Tuesday 15th August - Butterflies and Wildlife Management at Smardale Gill Nature Reserve  

10am to 3pm ,  An event in partnership with Butterfly Conservation.  We'll be looking for a wide range of mid-Summer butterflies, including the Scottish argus was well as other more common species.  

Booking is required.  Call 01539 816300 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a place.



Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th August 6.30pm - `Peter Pan' by J M Barrie - Appleby Castle, The Inner Bailey, Appleby, CA16 6XH

Adapted by Laura Turner.  By arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Adult £15/ Child £10/ Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £44.  10% discount for parties of 10 or more.  Gates open at 5.30pm.  Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating.

Tickets and information from Appleby Castle (01768) 330 318 or visit www.applebycastle.co.uk See Tickets (0871) 220 0260 or www.seetickets.com 

 
Thursday 17th August - Brough Show - Popping Lane, Kaber, Kirkby Stephen

129th Annual Show.  Over £3,000 prize money and silver cups will be awarded for events and classes in:
- Fell, Dales, Shetland & Coloured Ponies, Children's & Veteran Riding Classes, Driving Classes, Marathon Drive and Obstacle Course, Mounted Fancy Dress and Gymkhana.
- Sheep breeds, including Zwaratable Young Handlers Classes (10 years and under, and 16 years and under on Show Day)
- Classes for Vegetables and Flowers, Floral Art & Confectionary, Miscellaneous, Art, Handicraft, Photography and Children's Art & Confectionary
- Poultry, Bantams, Rabbits, Ducks, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Dogs, Sticks, Dry Stone Walling, Classic Cars and Vintage Vehicles

Entries strictly close on Saturday 29th July 2017

Entrance to Show Field by Payment at the Gate - Adults £6, Children £2, Society members free, Car Parking free, Ring Side Parking £5 per vehicle. Show field opens at 8.30am

For further details email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit website www.brough-show.org.uk 


Saturday 19th August 2017 - Ravenstonedale Annual Open Show and Sheep Dog Trials - High Lane Field, Newbiggin-on-Lune

-  Large industrial marquee
-  Children's Footsports
-  Fell race
-  Vintage vehicles and tractors
-  Tractor run around local villages
-  Dry stone walling competition
-  Trade stands
-  Rural craft tent
-  Raffle

Schedules can be found at the H&H Auction, Pendragon Vets, Eden Farm Supplies, Kings Head, Fat Lamb and the Black Swan.

Secretary - Mrs R Marston tel 017683 71229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 
Saturday 26th August 2017 - Dufton Agricultural Show - Dufton, Appleby, Cumbria, CA16 6DA

Dufton Agricultural Show was established in 1864 and has been an integral part of the calander since.  
Attractions include Sheep, Sheepdog trials, Cattle, Riding Ponies, Mountain and Moorland Ponies, Coloured Horses, Gymkhana,  Open Jumping under British Show Jumping Rules, Carriage Driving, Handy Hunter Competition, Veteran Horse & Pony, Dogs, Horticulture, Quoits, Fell Race, Produce and Handicrafts, Children's Sports, Children's Pet Show, Children's Fancy Dress, Mounted Fancy Dress, Vintage Vehicles, Dry Stone Walling.

For further details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit website www.duftonshow.co.uk 


Sunday 27th August 2017 - Musgrave Summer Show - Musgrave

Doors open 1pm.  Pet judging at 1.30pm.  Free admission.  Tea and refreshments.  Craft tent.

Auction of flowers, produce etc will be at 3.30pm.  Enquiries: Tel 41990/41718