If you are looking for some plans to keep entertained over the next week, look no further as we have rounded up the events taking place across South Lakeland.

1. Kendal Walking Festival 

On Friday, May 6 head down for the 5th annual walking festival.

There are 19 walks and events planned over a 4 day weekend. All events bar 1 are free - although if you enjoy a walk a voluntary donation will help fund future festivals.
Kendal makes a superb base for those who enjoy walking.

Surrounded by beautiful scenery it offers a wide variety of walking experiences. It's a 5-minute drive into the Lake District National Park and 20 minutes from the Yorkshire Dales.

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2. Lakeland Historic Car Club

Head down to the Lakeland Motor Museum for the monthly Lakeland Historic Car Club meet. The group meet on the first Saturday of every month at the museum and Cafe Ambio.

 Everyone is welcome to attend whether you're an owner, enthusiast or just keen to see some great cars. The event takes place on Saturday, May 7 between 10amd and 12:30pm.

3. Belshazzar's Feast

On Sunday, May 8 head down to Stavely Village Hall at 8:30pm for Belshazzar's feast. 

Acclaimed musicians Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson are notorious for their superlative ability, wit, rapport and depth of experience.

Together they have entertained audiences across the UK, Australia and beyond with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes, songs and humour that sends audiences home with a smile.

General admission tickets are on sale for £15.00.

4. Street Market

This Saturday, you can head down to the Ulverston street market and grab yourself some bargains and support independent local businesses. The market takes place every Thursday and Saturday.

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5. Fred Whitton Challenge

This weekend marks the return of the Fred Whitton Challenge. The competition takes place across Saturday and Sunday. 


The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 113 mile sportive around the Lake District, now a World Heritage Site. Starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott, Wrynose and Blea Tarn passes.

6. South Lakeland Zoo entry

Over the weekend head down to South Lakeland Zoo. The Zoo is home to over 1,000 of the rarest and most endangered animals in unique natural environments which enable you to learn about the animals on show.

Tickets for adults are £19.99, children go for £15.99 and under-fives go free.

Kendal Museum Entry

7. Tickets are now available for Kendal Museum Entry at Kendal Museum, Kendal on Saturday, April 30 between 9:30 - 4:30pm.

Tickets are £5 for adults £2 for 5-18-year-olds and under-fives go free. If you are thinking of visiting as a group, or if you are an official group organiser, give the museum a call, or send them an email to discuss your visit.

The Westmorland Gazette:

8. Spring Fair

The Holker Spring Fair will run across the weekend.

The Fair will bring together a fine selection of home, food, garden and gift exhibitors set in our bustling Courtyard and Piazza.

Join us to discover a spring showcase of delicious artisan food, glorious flowers and plants and beautiful handmade gifts alongside lively entertainment. After the success of last year, 2022 will see the return of our Fun Dog Show! 

9. Dorothy: Writer, Sister, Friend

Head down to Dove Cottage in Grasmere for Dorothy Wordsworth's story, told in her own words from original manuscripts in celebration of her 250th birthday.

The exhibition kicked off on Friday, April 1 between 10am and 4pm and will remain through to the summer. Tickets can be purchased on the Wordsworth Grasmere website. 

10. Lost in Cumbria

Watch Blackwell come alive with creatures great and small! Maddy Humberstone’s Lost in Cumbria gives us a glimpse of the endangered and extinct species we could be living alongside.

This mixed media experience showcases local artist Maddy Humberstone’s craft, weaving together carpentry, upholstery, welding, photography and more.

With a dress by internationally renowned designer Deborah Milner and pieces made alongside local community groups and St George’s Primary School, this installation is a nod to the Arts and Crafts Movement’s philosophy to return to nature.