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The stunning natural landscape of the Lake District and Cumbria makes this part of the country one of our most popular holiday destinations year on year. However, if you thought there wasn’t much more to this picturesque corner of England than natural beauty then let us persuade you otherwise!  There are fantastic events happening up and down the region every day. Whether you’re looking for something to keep the children entertained or just something a little different to do on your holiday, we’ve brought you our top picks of upcoming events in the Lakes and Cumbria over the next couple of months.

Keswick Mountain Festival

Derwentwater, Lake District

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This four day festival in the pretty Cumbrian market town of Keswick is an action-packed event that all the family are sure to enjoy. Taking place from 15th-18th May, this fantastic festival boasts a huge variety of activities, sporting competitions and speakers. In the evenings, there will also be a host of live music entertainment from local Cumbrian bands as well as some more well-known names; festival-goers will be able to enjoy the music as the sun sets against the stunning backdrop of Catbells, Skiddaw and the Borrowdale Valley. Some of the activities on offer include canoeing in Derwentwater, moonlight swimming, ghyll scrambling and treasure trails. For more information on the Keswick Mountain Festival, head to the Visit Cumbria website.

Easter Adventure Quest at Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle, Cumbria

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This Easter, adventurous children will love the events taking place at Carlisle Castle. From 18th– 21st April, this medieval castle is hosting a challenge that involves exploring hidden areas of the castle and finding and cracking clues to help you move forward with your quest. Along the way, expect to meet characters and Kings from the past with fascinating stories to tell, who will need your help. The brave volunteers that succeed in this quest will be rewarded with a delicious chocolatey prize at the end.

Family Cartooning at the Pencil Museum

The Pencil Museum, Keswick

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From 15th -17th April, The Pencil Museum is holding a family cartooning session with YouTube phenomenon and children’s author and illustrator, Shoo Raynor, which is certain to be an inspiring and creative day out at one of the Lake District’s most popular family attractions. Shoo has over 35,000 subscribers to his YouTube account and has illustrated over 250 children’s books. Visitors will be able to watch as he demonstrates how to draw step-by-step cartoons in this free family-friendly workshop. The event is suitable for children under the age of 10 and accompanying family members will be able to relax in the coffee shop while the kids get creative.

For more fun-filled events happening in the Lake District and Cumbria, take a look at the Visit Cumbria website where you will find an overview of all festivals, workshops and activities happening in the area over the next few months. If you’ve been inspired to head to the Lakes and visit these attractions, why not book one of our superb holiday cottages in the Lake District for the occasion; we’ve over 500 cottages of all shapes and sizes for you to choose from.

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