ULVERSTON WalkFest celebrates its 18th year with 32 walks and activities to suit all abilities and tastes. Kicking off on Saturday (April 22) to May 1, this South Lakeland institution has added more interesting walks with an archaeological theme, highlighting the rich copper and slate mining background of the South Lakes region. For instance on Sunday (April 23) guide, John Dennis, will walk you through history, as far back as the beginning of copper mining in the 1590s, with visits to the sites which were the bases of Coniston's past wealth, copper mines, slate quarries and water resources. You can download the programme of walks or print it off by logging on to www.ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk/walks.
Prices from £2 per walk.
T.REXTASY, the official live tribute band presents The Marc Bolan 40th Commemorative Anniversary Tour. The band has been performing for 25 years, a career that ironically out-lives Marc's own T.Rex métier. Audiences will be transported back to the 70s with Marc's own Rock-a-Boogie songs which includes Telegram Sam, Jeepster and his eternal signature tune I Love to Boogie. You can re-live the experience of attending a Marc Bolan concert on Saturday (April 22, 8pm), at The Platform, Morecambe.
Box office 01524-582803
THE fruitful-fest that is Damson Day is being celebrated on Saturday (April 22) from 10.30am-6pm. This significant day on our seasonal calendar announces the arrival of spring in Westmorland by way of the sweet-scented Damson Blossom. The event had to be cancelled last year due to wet weather so this year, a fun-filled, activity-packed entertaining day is planned for all to enjoy. As in past years there's an open categories Damson competition, which is held in the judging marquee and includes classes for Damson jam, gin or liqueur, preserve and dessert, plus there's photography and many more. Special children's classes are available, too. The event takes place at Low Farm, Lyth Valley, LA8 8DJ.
Visit www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk/whats-on for more info.
Tickets: Adults £6; children (under 16) £3; family £15.
A STUNNING interpretation of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time, Whitney Houston, is featured in an award-winning production Whitney - Queen of the Night. West-End star Rebecca Freckleton delivers a powerhouse and breathtaking performance, taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hits that include I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time and everyone's favourite, the iconic I Will Always Love You. This show beautifully remembers the most highly awarded female artiste in the world - ever! On stage at Carlisle's The Sands Centre on Saturday (April 22, 8pm).
Box office 01228-633766.
Tickets: £24, £22.
THE Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive takes place on Sunday (April 23). This challenging cycling sportive starts from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, in Great Langdale, and is approximately 69 miles long, taking in some of the finest views of the Lake District and equally challenging climbs.
You will need to register when you arrive at the hotel and registration will be open from 8am, at the same time you will collect your food stop wristband and timing chip.
For further information and to register visit www.epicevents.co.uk/cycle-sportives-2/
GARDEN Open Days at Conishead Priory & Buddhist Temple, two miles south of Ulverston. Families are especially welcome to this unique Buddhist Temple and romantic gothic mansion surrounded by gardens and parkland. You can walk the Temple and Wildlife Gardens, Arboretum Cottage Gardens and take woodland strolls to the beach on the edge of Morecambe Bay. Also, there’s a guided tour of the temple and a 15 minute guided meditation should you wish to join in. The priory is open on Saturday & Sunday (April 22 & 23) at 11am-5pm.
Go to www.manjushri.org for details.