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Lake District Events 2015

If you're stuck for things to do when you visit the Lakes, or want some help planning your stay, we've listed some of the key events taking place over the next few months.

If you need any further help planning your trip, or want to make your stay extra special, just let us know and we'll do our best to help.

MARCH

Words by the Water at Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria is the centre for this exciting literature festival organised by Ways With Words. For 10 days writers and readers get together to share the pleasure of books, words and ideas.

For further details see www.wayswithwords.co.uk

Kendal Festival of Food at Kendal

Listed in the top 5 food festivals for 2014 by Country Living Magazine, Kendal Festival of Food is a 2 day celebration of all things food and drink; a chance to experience the best the region has to offer from artisans and producers, to world class chefs and fresh new talent.

The 2015 event is set to be tastier than ever before with a new Food and Drink Craft Village and the launch of Wainwright’s Drinks Yard. England’s North Country Food Market, the Family Festival Village and the Brewery Vat's Bar Beer Festival are back by popular demand. All that alongside a packed programme of food demonstrations, talks, tastings and pop up restaurants by some of Cumbria’s food heroes.

Over the weekend we will have guest appearances from a few famous festival friends. Food critic, Jay Rayner will be joining us on Sunday evening hosted by the Brewery Arts Centre for his live show “My Dining Hell”. Peter Sidwell from ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery and the Simply Good Taste Cookery School will also be joining us over the weekend.

Kendal town centre will also play host to food inspired street entertainment, music and art over the two days so there is sure to be something for everyone, from a serious foodie to those seeking a fun-filled day out.

For latest news and a chance to win one of many prizes sign up to our e-newsletter through our website below. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @KendalFoodFest and like us on Facebook.com/Kendalfoodfest for all the Food Festival action.

For further details see www.kendalfestivaloffood.co.uk

Tullie Textile Group at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

This is a chance to meet like minded people. With changes happening at Tullie House we are particularly interested in hearing from people who would like to volunteer and take over the running of this group.

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found at Stanwix Theatre

The award-winning play that follows one man's desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century.

When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in the form of a seafront fortune teller in Southend. Haunted by visitations from a pathologist who swears he is already lying flat out on her slab, he begins a nightmarish journey to the edge of existence that sees him stripped of everything that made him who he was.

The Laramie Project at Stanwix Theatre

Laramie, Wyoming, population 26,687. Laramie, often referred to as the ‘gem city of the plains’ was the site of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old, gay, University of Wyoming student. On October 6 1998, he was found tied to a fence, beaten and unconscious. He died 5 days later from his injuries. On November 14th 1998 members of Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie and conducted interviews with people of the town about their reactions to the attack.

The Laramie Project is the unflinching collection of those interviews as well as journal entries by members of the company.

Tullie Toddlers at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Tullie Toddlers at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

A selection of drop in play based activities to involve both children up to 5 years and parents. Sessions are themed and include a relevant visit to the galleries.

Upcoming themes:
• Making a ‘Festive’ Exhibition of Yourself
• Artist Rooms
• Carlisle guilds
• Winterwatch
• Mother’s Day

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found at Stanwix Theatre

The award-winning play that follows one man's desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century.

When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in the form of a seafront fortune teller in Southend. Haunted by visitations from a pathologist who swears he is already lying flat out on her slab, he begins a nightmarish journey to the edge of existence that sees him stripped of everything that made him who he was.

Three Sisters at Stanwix Theatre

In a small Russian town at the turn of the century, three sisters (Olga, Irina, and Masha) and their brother Andrei live but dream daily of their return to their former home in Moscow, where life is charming and stimulating meaningful. But for now they exist in a malaise of dissatisfaction, as the sisters grapple with frustrated love and disappointment until finally, tragedy strikes.

The Laramie Project at Stanwix Theatre

Laramie, Wyoming, population 26,687. Laramie, often referred to as the ‘gem city of the plains’ was the site of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old, gay, University of Wyoming student. On October 6 1998, he was found tied to a fence, beaten and unconscious. He died 5 days later from his injuries. On November 14th 1998 members of Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie and conducted interviews with people of the town about their reactions to the attack.

The Laramie Project is the unflinching collection of those interviews as well as journal entries by members of the company.

Three Sisters at Stanwix Theatre

In a small Russian town at the turn of the century, three sisters (Olga, Irina, and Masha) and their brother Andrei live but dream daily of their return to their former home in Moscow, where life is charming and stimulating meaningful. But for now they exist in a malaise of dissatisfaction, as the sisters grapple with frustrated love and disappointment until finally, tragedy strikes.

How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found at Stanwix Theatre

The award-winning play that follows one man's desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century.

When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in the form of a seafront fortune teller in Southend. Haunted by visitations from a pathologist who swears he is already lying flat out on her slab, he begins a nightmarish journey to the edge of existence that sees him stripped of everything that made him who he was.

Orton Farmers Market at Orton

At Orton Farmers' Market over 35 local farmers, growers, producers & artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts. The market takes place on the second Saturday of every month all year round.

For further details see www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

Rag Rugs with Lynne Stein at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

In this creative and experimental workshop with textile artist Lynne Stein you will learn the traditional hooking and prodding techniques of rag rug making, and many additional ways of decorating and embellishing your designs, all with an emphasis on creative recycling. By the end of the workshop, during which you will have created several textile sample areas and made a start on a small pictorial project, you will be able to embark on both large and small projects, from a small brooch to a rug to brighten up your hearth.

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

The Laramie Project at Stanwix Theatre

Laramie, Wyoming, population 26,687. Laramie, often referred to as the ‘gem city of the plains’ was the site of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old, gay, University of Wyoming student. On October 6 1998, he was found tied to a fence, beaten and unconscious. He died 5 days later from his injuries. On November 14th 1998 members of Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie and conducted interviews with people of the town about their reactions to the attack.

The Laramie Project is the unflinching collection of those interviews as well as journal entries by members of the company.

Three Sisters at Stanwix Theatre

In a small Russian town at the turn of the century, three sisters (Olga, Irina, and Masha) and their brother Andrei live but dream daily of their return to their former home in Moscow, where life is charming and stimulating meaningful. But for now they exist in a malaise of dissatisfaction, as the sisters grapple with frustrated love and disappointment until finally, tragedy strikes.

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meeting at Fellside Centre

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) meets monthly (except December) on Sundays 2-4.30pm at Fellside Centre, Low Fellside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4NH. All welcome. Meetings led by Sangha (Community of Buddhist Monks) authorised teachers.

For further details see buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/

Alan Davies: Little Victories at The Sands Centre

Following the sell out success of his long-awaited return to stand up, Alan Davies returns with his highly anticipated follow up show, ' Little Victories'.

Much lauded as resident dunderhead on 'QI' or the charming but reticent crime solver 'Jonathan Creek', Davies virtuosic story-telling and whip-smart funny bones combine to make this a show not to be missed.

"Had the audience in stitches - hilarious" The Age

"Alan Davies has lost none of his appeal, heart-tugging and deeply funny" Big Issue

"One of the best stand-up comics out there, packed with deft silliness and shrewd observation" The Guardian

Age Recommendation +15

For further details see www.thesandscentre.co.uk

Showaddywaddy at The Sands Centre

Formed in the 1970s in Leicester from several local bands, Showaddywaddy have sold more than 20 million records and have toured the world. Their live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all of their biggest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop charts of Europe. ‘Under The Moon of Love’, ‘Three Steps to Heaven’, ‘Hey Rock & Roll’, ‘When’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ and many, many more.
So come along to The Sands and join the ‘Dancing Party’… ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’!

The Watch at Brewery Arts Centre

The band’s unique approach together with a vocalist considered by all the most Gabriel-esque ever, will give the opportunity to hear the magnificent songs of the first Collins era in a totally unexpected way, as if Gabriel would have carried on with the band !!

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

Tullie Toddlers at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

A selection of drop in play based activities to involve both children up to 5 years and parents. Sessions are themed and include a relevant visit to the galleries.

Upcoming themes:
• Making a ‘Festive’ Exhibition of Yourself
• Artist Rooms
• Carlisle guilds
• Winterwatch
• Mother’s Day

For further details see www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Bowness Bay Blues 2015 at Bowness on Windermere

about windermere and bowness on windermere:
 

Windermere is the perfect Lakeland destination all year round. With the shores of the lake so close, you are never short of fantastic scenery or leisure activities. Several local viewpoints offer panoramic views of both the lake and more distant mountains.

Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most popular holiday locations in the Lake District. With immediate access to Windermere Lake, it is an excellent base for water activities, including boating and leisurely water attractions. As well as boat hire or family watersports. From the lake shoreline visitors can experience the lake by lake steamer or open-top bus..

places to stay

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Stefan Grossman at Brewery Arts Centre

One of the world's foremost authorities on acoustic blues guitar, the New York guitar wizard hold a very special place in the hearts of music fans across the globe. Hugely influential and an utter joy to witness live - expect genius playing at this long overdue Brewery show.

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

An Evening with Gretchen Peters at Brewery Arts Centre

Details

Twice Grammy-nominated, CMA Song Of The Year winner (for the groundbreaking “Independence Day”), Gretchen Peters has cut her own artistic path, touring continually in North America and Europe and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums on the way. She has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Her latest album, Hello Cruel World, described by NPR's All Things Considered as ""the album of her career”, appeared in numerous Best of 2012 lists including No Depression, AllMusic.com and Performing Songwriter. Of her music, the Associated Press said, “this is not jukebox music - the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

The Bootleg Beatles at The Sands Centre

Re-live the sights and sounds of the sixties with the world's premier Beatle's tribute band and their spectacular two hour multi-media stage production featuring all the classic Beatle hits.

Using film footage of the period and 'with a little help from' their regular brass and string ensemble the show traces the history of the Fab Four from Liverpool's Cavern Club through Sgt Pepper to The Apple Rooftop in what has now become one of the 'not to miss' annual traditions of the seasons calendar.

It's not the Beatles but you simply won't believe it!

For further details see www.thesandscentre.co.uk

North Westmorland Arts: Bones Apart Quartet at Appleby Public Hall

Bones Apart Trombone Quartet

We are delighted to welcome back the highly acclaimed trombone quartet Bones Apart which has established itself as one of the world's leading chamber ensembles.

Since forming in 1999, this unique group went on to win the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Competition, Rio Tinto Ensemble Prize and Miller Trophy, and has performed at major venues including London's Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, Royal Festival Hall, St. James's Palace, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Bones Apart has also appeared on television and radio, and been featured in articles in Muso Magazine and the Brass Herald among others.

The quartet has appeared as a guest artist at many national and international music festivals including the Cayman Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, International Belgian Brass Academy, International Trombone Festival, Leicester International Music Festival, Lieksa Brass Festival, Music In The Round, Royal Over-Seas League Arts, Sauerland Herbst Festival and the Vilnius Festival. This has involved touring throughout Europe, the United States, Japan and the Caribbean.

The group is keenly involved in education and outreach projects and is often invited to give masterclasses and ensemble coaching at schools and conservatoires. Recent masterclasses have been given at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, Rutgers State University in New Jersey, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Bones Apart has recently become an ambassador for pBone, a new plastic trombone designed to encourage more interest in the trombone and making music. Through this initiative Bones Apart has given a series of highly successful schools workshops demonstrating music and the pBone to primary school children.

Their hugely diverse recital programmes incorporate music of all styles and genres including baroque, classical, latin, jazz, popular and contemporary music. Bones Apart has commissioned many works for trombone quartet from composers such as Gary Carpenter, Matthew Taylor, Christian Lindberg, Dan Jenkins and John Kenny.
Bones Apart has recorded a number of CDs - All We Want For Christmas (2012), ten (2009), four4four (2009) and Enigma (2006).

For further details see www.appleby-concerts.org.uk

Literature course: Shelley and Mary Shelley at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

A series of 6 literature classes with Pamela Woof discussing the poetry of Shelley and the book 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley.

Was Shelley, in the words of the Victorian poet Matthew Arnold, ‘a beautiful and ineffectual angel beating in the void his luminous wings in vain’? Had his poetry no power at all to reform the world? Shelley had a high opinion of poets himself: ‘the unacknowledged legislators of the world’.

Certainly Shelley’s readers do not forget him. His words change the colour of the glass through which we view his subjects – politics, religion, science, love, friendship, nature, theatre, solitude, his West Wind, his Ozymandias, his Skylark, his great lament for Keats, his contempt for the later Wordsworth; all these hold our attention.

In contrast, the themes Mary explored are different from those that gave Shelley his ever-unsatisfied hunger. What does it mean for society, Mary wondered, if a man can create his own off-spring without need of a woman? How much guilt is involved in scientific exploration? Mary’s novel has rightly become a modern myth. It questions our assumptions.

We will consider Mary’s novel in the middle sessions of the course, and begin and end with Shelley’s poems. Bring a text if you have one; some copies will be provided.

APRIL

Feast of Fiddles at Brewery Arts Centre

It’s a feast by nature and a feast by name which is guaranteed to be enjoyed even by the most doubting of friends dragged along! Be prepared for laughter, tears, dancing and an all round evening of fabulously entertaining live music.

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

Introduction to Rock Climbing at More Than Mountains

For total beginners or for those who have only climbed indoors this is a two day introduction to single pitch climbing on real rock. The course is based in Langdale, one of the most scenic parts of the Lake District and only fifteen minutes by car from Ambleside.

You will cover all of the basics of rock climbing including warming up and bouldering, tying on to the rope, movement skills, belaying (i.e. holding the rope for another climber) and abseiling. Each day will be run at a different venue to give you the opportunity to try as many climbs as possible at different grades and on different rock.

No prior experience is needed for this course: just lots of enthusiasm to try out a new challenge. We will meet in Langdale at 09.30 each day and will finish by 16:30. We will be outside all day. There are a number of suitable cliffs that can be climbed on in all conditions so the course will go ahead whatever the weather.

Here's what one of our customers said about the course: "Nick came across as being very approachable and experienced. This combination helped us feel totally at ease whilst attempting to climb the rock, we both agree that we felt comfortable in putting our trust in Nick". (Kevin, Introduction to Climbing)

Swede Dreamz at The Sands Centre

Following the sell-out success of the last 'Jersey Boys Sing Along Party', The Sands presents another 'Ultimate Party Night', this time featuring everything ABBA! Starring Swede Dreamz, one of the UK's busiest and most popular tributes, there'll be giant screens displaying the lyrics, so there's no excuse not to 'Sing It Out Loud!'

Damson Day at Low Farm

Damson Day is a country fair aimed at all the family. Come and see the orchards in blossom and to try the variety of food and drink made from damson fruit.

For further details see www.lythdamsons.org.uk

Orton Farmers Market at Orton

At Orton Farmers' Market over 35 local farmers, growers, producers & artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts. The market takes place on the second Saturday of every month all year round.

For further details see www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

The Hollies at The Sands Centre

The Hollies perform their classics – ‘The Air That I Breathe’, ‘Carrie Anne’, ‘Bus Stop’, ‘Just One Look’, ‘Stop Stop Stop’, ‘On a Carousel’, ‘Long Cool Woman’, ‘In a Black Dress’, ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ and many more hits in a brilliant Hollies celebration lasting more than two hours.

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meeting at Fellside Centre

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) meets monthly (except December) on Sundays 2-4.30pm at Fellside Centre, Low Fellside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4NH. All welcome. Meetings led by Sangha (Community of Buddhist Monks) authorised teachers.

For further details see buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/

Hallé at The Sands Centre

We’re delighted to welcome the Hallé orchestra back to Carlisle for two concerts. The first of these, conducted by Jamie Phillips, starts with Strauss’s delightful Suite for Winds. This is followed by Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, which is heavily influenced by jazz, and the opening theme is said to have come to Ravel on a train between Oxford and London. The second half features Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, showcasing a new style in the composer’s writing where classical elements intertwine with romantic ones. Beethoven himself thought it one of his best works – see what you think!

Nathan Carter in Concert at The Sands Centre

Nathan Carter is one of the biggest names on the Irish music scene and is fast becoming a big name all over the UK with his fine performances that include the mega hit songs ‘Wagon Wheel’. Nathan and his six man band perform a great variety of country, Irish, pop and ballads - music for everyone of all ages. Nathan is an expert accordion player so you can expect a bit of an hand clapping, foot tapping hooley as well and this friendly and good looking young man will perform a superbly entertaining show that will make you want to see him again. Special guests on the show will be The Haley Sisters who have been very popular for a number of years. Jo-Ann, Becky and Brian perform some great songs and the sisterly harmonies of the two ladies have achieved wide recognition.

The Full Monty at The Sands Centre

In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers took the world by storm! Now they’re back and this time they really have to go The FulL Monty...live on stage.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar winning writer of the film has gone all the way with this hilarious and heartfelt adaptation that’s getting standing ovations every night. With songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, The Full Monty is one huge package of laughs and emotion.

MAY

Hallé at The Sands Centre

The Hallé return to conclude the season with a mouth-watering programme, this time with Markus Stenz at the helm. Quattro versioni originali della "Ritirata notturna di Madrid" was originally written by Boccherini but in 1975 Berio superimposed it for a large orchestra when La Scala asked him for a short concert opener. The Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, one of classical music's rising stars, is sure to provide a thrilling performance of an audience favourite Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto before the concert concludes with a real treat in the form of Mahler's Symphony No.1, also known as the Titan.

Orton Farmers Market at Orton

At Orton Farmers' Market over 35 local farmers, growers, producers & artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts. The market takes place on the second Saturday of every month all year round.

For further details see www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

Keswick Mountain Festival at Crow Park

Keswick Mountain Festival will take place on 14th - 17th May 2015 in the heart of the Lake District. The Festival programme is made up of guided activities including MTB biking, hiking, canoeing, navigation training, ghyll scrambling, climbing and so much more, to be enjoyed with friends and family. There is also a fantastic line-up of challenging sporting events including Triathlons, Trail Races, Open water swims and a Sportive.

But it’s not over there, we have an incredible selection of kids activities, local food stalls, exhibitors, camping, live music and the views from Crow Park! And if you’re looking for something to do in the evenings we have a speaker programme at the lovely Theatre by the Lake on the shores of Derwentwater.

Tickets for the Keswick Mountain Festival will be on sale January 2015 - so you can create your perfect KMF weekend.

Listen up for updates and announcements via Facebook.com/KeswickMountainFestival or Twitter @keswickfestival.

For further details see www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

Gelt Gladiator at Gelt Woods

The picturesque Gelt Woods that follows the River Gelt through a deep Sandstone ravine forms the amazing location for the new Gelt Gladiator event. A mud trail run through the wood followed by Mud Obstacles on nearby land before a even muddier finish on the terrain used for regular Motorcross meets makes Gelt Gladiator one of the toughest extreme challenges around in the UK today.

The 2 mile section from the start at Middle Gelt Bridge (Under the viaduct) to Low Gelt Bridge will see participants pass through the famous historic Roman quarry, overlooking the River Gelt, from which stone for Hadrian's Wall was carved out nearly 2,000 years ago around 122 (AD). The quarry cliff face will be seen by all taking part and the chisel marks can still be seen today.

The natural terrain within the wood is a challenge in itself that will be made even harder with off trail river tunnels to contend with before you leave the wood onto the Mud Obstacle section after Low Gelt Bridge.

The remainder of the event will see the toughest tests of endurance and stamina going under, over and through walls to get to the other side.

Gelt Gladiator is offering 3 great experiences - the 10k event, a beginner 5k (For those new to mud events) plus a fun 1 mile for all the family. For full details, running times, entry prices, and to sign up, visit the website.

For further details see www.geltgladiator.com

Brathay Windermere Marathon at Brathay Hall

Welcome to the Brathay Windermere Marathon, voted 2nd most popular marathon of 2011 by readers of Runners World! Each year runners raise thousands of pounds to help vulnerable and hard to reach children and young people. On May 17th 2015 the beautiful marathon will enter its nineth year as one of the most distinctive marathons in Europe.

The marathon starts and finishes in the beautiful grounds of Brathay Hall, at the Northern end of Windermere, England’s largest Lake. The course takes you through some of the Lake District’s most stunning scenery as you pass through the picturesque village of Hawkshead, towards Newby Bridge at the Southern end of Windermere. You then head back to Brathay Hall passing through cheering crowds in Bowness and Waterhead. The race ends on the front lawn of Brathay Hall, where a fantastic atmosphere will greet you at the finish line.

For further details see www.brathaywindermeremarathon.org.uk

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meeting at Fellside Centre

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) meets monthly (except December) on Sundays 2-4.30pm at Fellside Centre, Low Fellside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4NH. All welcome. Meetings led by Sangha (Community of Buddhist Monks) authorised teachers.

For further details see buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/

Muncaster Festival at Muncaster Castle

Come along and soak up the atmosphere on the front lawn of the castle with something for all the family.

2015's line-up is still coming together but we expect it to be a worthy successor to 2014's great week of fun, entertainment and activities for everyone.

The festival culminates with the International Jesters Tournament held on the final day. Come along and watch the hopefuls battle it out to win the prestigious title of Fool of Muncaster 2015.

For further details see www.muncaster.co.uk

Chess the Musical at Stanwix Theatre

Details

What happens when a sport known for introverted personalities is thrust into the public limelight? We find out when a very talented, though also arrogant and conceited Chess player demands the spotlight, creating interest in the game well beyond its usual fan base.

A board game rivalry becomes a spectacle, with the added intent of the media to highlight the political turmoil between their two nations who do not trust one another. The impact changes lives, loves and the ability to trust. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand.

With a stunning score the musical Chess will stay with you long after the curtains have closed.

Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Based on an idea by Tim Rice. An amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Sweet Charity at Stanwix Theatre

Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather, misadventures in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guiless lady known as Charity Agnes Valentine - "the lady of the evening" who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through a string of romances, always believing she’s found Mr Right. Featuring the hit songs ‘Big Spender’, ‘If They Could See Me Now’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’, ‘Sweet Charity’ is a musical not to be missed this year!

Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Field Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinello and Ennio Flaino. Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris. Conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse. By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

Chess the Musical at Stanwix Theatre

What happens when a sport known for introverted personalities is thrust into the public limelight? We find out when a very talented, though also arrogant and conceited Chess player demands the spotlight, creating interest in the game well beyond its usual fan base.

A board game rivalry becomes a spectacle, with the added intent of the media to highlight the political turmoil between their two nations who do not trust one another. The impact changes lives, loves and the ability to trust. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand.

With a stunning score the musical Chess will stay with you long after the curtains have closed.

Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Based on an idea by Tim Rice. An amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Holker Hall Garden Festival at Holker Hall and Gardens

In true Festival style, Holker brings together magnificent show gardens, glorious horticulture, delicious artisan produce and fine craftsmanship to entertain and delight visitors of all ages.

Hosted by Lord and Lady Cavendish and set in the beautiful Holker Parkland, the 23rd Holker Garden Festival promises to be an exciting blend of new attractions and the return of some familiar and much loved sights.

For further details see www.holkerfestival.co.uk

Sweet Charity at Stanwix Theatre

Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather, misadventures in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guiless lady known as Charity Agnes Valentine - "the lady of the evening" who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through a string of romances, always believing she’s found Mr Right. Featuring the hit songs ‘Big Spender’, ‘If They Could See Me Now’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’, ‘Sweet Charity’ is a musical not to be missed this year!

Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Field Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinello and Ennio Flaino. Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris. Conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse. By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

The Dardanelles at Brewery Arts Centre

That was their UK debut and many regarded them as one of the event’s outstanding highlights? Since then, they have returned as one of the main visiting attractions at Shetland Folk Festival in 2014 where they were once more singled out for praise following barnstorming performances that left crowds exhilarated and utterly breathless? When they went on to hit the mainland, they played a string of sold-out shows before returning home?

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

Chess the Musical at Stanwix Theatre

Details

What happens when a sport known for introverted personalities is thrust into the public limelight? We find out when a very talented, though also arrogant and conceited Chess player demands the spotlight, creating interest in the game well beyond its usual fan base.

A board game rivalry becomes a spectacle, with the added intent of the media to highlight the political turmoil between their two nations who do not trust one another. The impact changes lives, loves and the ability to trust. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand.

With a stunning score the musical Chess will stay with you long after the curtains have closed.

Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Based on an idea by Tim Rice. An amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Country Fest at County Show Ground

Country Fest – For Country Lovers is organised by the Westmorland County Agricultural Society.

Country Fest will be held Saturday 30 May & Sunday 31 May 2015. Building on previous successes, another weekend of wide-ranging activities is planned for all ages

For further details see www.westmorlandshow.co.uk

Sweet Charity at Stanwix Theatre

Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather, misadventures in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guiless lady known as Charity Agnes Valentine - "the lady of the evening" who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through a string of romances, always believing she’s found Mr Right. Featuring the hit songs ‘Big Spender’, ‘If They Could See Me Now’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’, ‘Sweet Charity’ is a musical not to be missed this year!

Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Field Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinello and Ennio Flaino. Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris. Conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse. By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

JUNE

The Railsplitters at Brewery Arts Centre

Working out of The Colorado Rockies, The Railsplitters are widely recognised as 'the band to watch' on the progressive bluegrass scene, having carried off Best Band title at the prestigious Rockygrass festival in 2013. When their album got its UK release, reviewers were glowing in their praise.

For further details see www.breweryarts.co.uk

Appleby Horse Fair at Appleby in Westmorland

A traditional, informal gathering of gypsies and travellers - lively atmosphere with plenty to see - horses being washed in river, raced down street, stalls etc.

The Fair is an annual gathering of Gypsies and Travellers which takes place on the first week in June, from Thursday to the following Wednesday, but this is essentially a weekend event the main days being the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Appleby Fair is unique in Europe and, as well as attracting around 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers, over 30,000 other visitors attend the Fair, with Sunday being the traditional main visitors' day.

Please note *This is not an organised event.* Visitors attend at their own risk. More information is available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

For further details see www.applebyfair.org

Cumberland Show at Carlisle Racecourse

Celebrating it's 176th anniversary, this is a traditional county show with a great mix of farming, food and entertainment. Thousands of animals on display, countryside skills, traditional sports, local produce, cookery demonstrations, crafts, shopping and activities for all. Shetland Pony Grand National, Titan the Robot and many other entertainment features. A great value family day out.

For further details see www.cumberlandshow.co.uk

Grasmere Gallop 2015 at Grasmere Sports Field

Challenge yourself to a scenic trail run in the stunning setting of Grasmere and Rydal. Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that your entry fee will be invested right back into looking after this world-famous landscape.

For further details see www.grasmeregallop.co.uk

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meeting at Fellside Centre

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) meets monthly (except December) on Sundays 2-4.30pm at Fellside Centre, Low Fellside, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4NH. All welcome. Meetings led by Sangha (Community of Buddhist Monks) authorised teachers.

For further details see buddhistgroupofkendal.co.uk/

Great North Swim at Windermere

The Great North Swim is a mass participation open water swim in Windermere. The event takes place at the heart of the beautiful Lake District and provides a real challenge to expert swimmers and amateurs alike. Choose from 4 distances – ½ mile, 1 mile, 2 miles or 5km. Wetsuit only event.

For further details see www.greatswim.org/

Orton Farmers Market at Orton

At Orton Farmers' Market over 35 local farmers, growers, producers & artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts. The market takes place on the second Saturday of every month all year round.

For further details see www.ortonfarmers.co.uk

Hutton Horse Trials at Hutton in the Forest

Top level names from the world of Eventing will be competing in the Hutton Horse Trials, bringing all the thrills and spills of the sport at this high level to county.

The Hutton experience is one for all the family - not just its pony mad members! Set in the grounds of a beautiful country estate the horse trials promise memorable days out.

Come and join us and enjoy sporting excellence at its best!

For further details see www.cumbriahorsetrials.com

Woolfest at Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre

The original British wool festival, celebrating nature's finest fibres with over 170 producers and craftspeople. Demonstrations, rare breed animals and wool craft inspiration for everyone.

For further details see www.woolfest.co.uk

Appleby Rotary 10k and Eden Valley Fun Run at Appleby Grammar School

For a great day out for all the family come along to Appleby Rotary 10k (a road race licenced by UK Athletics)and Eden Valley Fun Run. Organised by The Rotary Club of Appleby all money raised goes to local schools and charities. Online entry available through Appleby Rotary website.

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