Things to do in the Lake District: July

With a broad range of fun activities to enjoy including water sports, show jumping and outdoor walks, it’s no wonder the Lake District will be one of the busiest locations in the UK this July.

Temperatures are rising, so it’s important to keep yourself protected this summer – if you need any summer essentials before your break at the Lakes, visit our store in Penrith or browse online.

Here is John Norris’ guide to the Lake District in July…


Nestled in the charming Old Park at Hutton in the Forest near Penrith, this show boasts a grand display of over 150 trade stands, cementing its status as one of the largest events in the region.

Running since the late 1800s, the Skelton Show is one of the major agricultural shows in Cumbria hosting a large horticultural and industrial marquee, alongside classes of cattle, sheep, horses, vintage vehicles and much more.


Dive into the ultimate aquatic adventure with a 7.5-mile open water swim from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge, covering the entire stretch of Ullswater. The swim will be taking place on 15th July for all avid water-lovers, a fun activity during the scorching summer days.


The perfect family day out - with an array of exciting activities to enjoy, including trade stalls, a food hall, crafts marquee, farm livestock competitions, and show jumping, there's something for everyone at the Penrith Show.

Tickets can be bought in advance and children under five go for free!


Embark on an exciting navigation course that promises to equip you with the necessary skills to plan your route and assess your surroundings with ease. Not only will it keep you safe, but it will also boost your confidence when exploring.

This introductory course will allow anyone with a curiosity for navigation to explore the stunning surroundings of the Langdale Pikes, sending you away with all of the necessary skills for map reading and outdoor walking.


Get ready for an action-packed day out with the family! The event lineup is jam-packed with exciting activities such as wrestling, track races, children’s races, fell & guide races, hound trailing and grass track cycling.

The Ambleside Sporting event will take place on 27th July and is a perfect outing for families and friends who love taking part in sports.

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July is filled with fun and amazing activities for you and your family in the Lake District – from walks to sporting excitement, there’s something for everyone this summer. As temperatures soar, you must remember to keep cool and use sun protection.

Browse our outdoor equipment, sunglasses and cooling boxes or visit us in-store to see them for yourself.