What’s on, in and around Penrith this summer.
Thinking of visiting Penrith this summer?
We’ve listed a number of shows and events that are happening during July and August. If you’re visiting any of these events, why not pop along to our shop and showrooms in Penrith to see our amazing range of country clothing, fishing tackle and dog products.
We are very close to the M6 motorway, the main route north to Scotland. We are only a couple of minutes from Junction 40. Our showrooms, shop and car park are located on Victoria Road just 200 yards from the Sainsbury’s superstore and the New Squares shopping development. Up to 3 hours of free parking in the New Squares car park should give you plenty of time to experience all we have to offer.
Our shop is open every day except the first May Day Bank Holiday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. We’re open 9.00am to 5.30pm (Monday to Saturday) and 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday’s and Bank Holidays.
Saturday 28 July - Penrith Agricultural Show
Competition classes for farm livestock, arable, horses, rabbits, poultry, show jumping, industrial and horticulture, a host of local trade stands, a food hall and rural crafts marquee. The show’s attractions provide entertainment for all the family and friends. This is a great day out, whatever your age.
Thursday 26 July to Sunday 29 July - Kendal Calling - Lowther, near Penrith
An independent weekend music festival on Lowther Deer Park, just 5 miles from Penrith. This is a family-friendly festival, with its very own kid's area. A huge variety of entertainment for the little ones.
Friday 27 July to Sunday 29 July - Potfest in the Park – Hutton-in-the-Forest, near Penrith
Over 100 exhibitors invited from all over Europe and beyond. All with very distinctive individual styles, all passionate about working with clay. The venue, Hutton-in-the-Forest, is a cultural destination in itself with the historic house, walled garden, topiary terraces and woodland walks. The ceramics festival takes place in and around marquees in front of the castle, with the potters special competition pieces on the lawn, juxtaposing ancient architecture and modern ceramics.
Friday 3 August to Sunday 5 August - Potfest in the Pens - Skirsgill Auction Mart, Penrith
The only unselected show in the UK giving an opportunity to see the work of the well-established alongside the up-and-coming. Around 170 potters will be taking part in this, the oldest potters’ market in the UK. The result is an exciting mix of the sophisticated and the raw power of the next generation. No art hype, no gallery glitz, just potters and public enjoying each other’s company in a down to earth setting. The event is held under permanent cover at Skirsgill Auction Mart, Penrith – 100 yds. west of junction 40 off the M6.
Saturday 4 August - Cockermouth and District Agricultural Show
Entertainment for everyone, an action packed day for all the family including Sheep clipping, working sheep dog demonstrations and Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. Just 30 minutes from Penrith.
Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 August - Lowther Show – Penrith
Within the beautiful grounds of Lowther Castle just 5 miles from Penrith, the Lowther Show includes the Lowther Horse Driving Trials, Food & Beer Festival, the Lowther Fishing Island and the Lowther Hound Show.
Saturday 25 August - Patterdale Dog Day/ Sheep Classes
Including the Lonsdale Stakes Sheep Dog Trail, Hound Trail Demonstration, Children's and Adult Fell Races and a Men only cookery Competition. Throughout the day you’ll be able to enjoy the Craft Tent, Trade stands, Refreshments and Beer Tent. 30 minutes from Penrith.
Monday 27 August - Keswick Show
Showing Ponies, Horses, Sheep, Dogs & Poultry with Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, Fell races and an Art & Craft Marquee. Children’s amusements and a display of vintage vehicles and machinery by the West Cumbria Vintage Club. 30 minutes from Penrith.
A couple of other events worth attending later in the year –
Friday 14 September to Saturday 15 September - Kendal Torchlight Carnival
Since 1970, the Torchlight Carnival has lit up and entertained children and adults alike with a variety of Carnival Floats, Dancers, Bands and other processions. 30 minutes from Penrith.
Saturday 27 October – The Winter Droving
The magical day of rural celebration, food, fun, games - masquerade and fire. Many attractions during the day and early evening including a market, street performers, bands and musicians, the torch procession and Kyloes Drovers Cup - a multi skilled challenge event for local groups and teams consisting of – Hay Bale Racing, Pint Carrying, Sausage Eating, Egg throwing and a good old fashioned Tug-o-War! – all happening in Penrith.