IF you are looking for plans for the family this weekend, do not fear as we have you covered.

1. Lake District Summer Music Festival

Lake District Summer Music Festival takes place from Friday, July 29 until - Sunday, August 7, events will take place at various venues across the Lake District.

From string quartets, jazz ensembles and solo recitals to family events walks and the next generation of exciting young artists, there are so many new things to see, hear and experience.

Composers and performers have long explored the limits of their art much as humans have climbed the highest mountains and ventured into the unknown - there's plenty of irresistible peaks and serene waters to discover in our scenic surroundings.

Head to the Lake District Summer Music Festival website to find out more about what is going on.

2. Club visit: Toyota MR 2 Drivers Club

On Sunday, July 31 head down to the Lakeland Motor Museum for the Toyota MR 2 Drivers Club. 

The drivers club will be there from 10:00am onwards and like all visiting clubs the member's vehicles will be displayed in the outdoor exhibition area just outside the museum's main entrance.

Tickets are free and anyone can go down and enjoy the cars.

3. South Lakes Safari Zoo entry

This weekend head down to the South Lakes Safari Zoo and explore the different animals they have on offer. The Zoo is open from 10:00am till 17:00pm.

You will need to reserve arrival slots online for Zoo entry. Tickets are £19.99.

4. Rock Climbing Courses

This weekend why not try something new with The Lakes Mountaineer,

If this is the first time you put on a harness, or you are experienced climbers wanting to review and add to your skills, The Lakes Mountaineer offers a range of courses to suit you.

Single-pitch: ideal for groups to stay together, and no long walks to the crag (less than 15 minutes) with plenty of time for everyone to try out a range of climbs and abseiling.

Multi-pitch climbing is a one or two person experience, best for those with some experience, but tuition with a highly qualified instructor is to hand if you have none.

For more information on the courses contact info@TheLakesMountaineer.co.uk or call 07903456136.

5. The Cumbria Steam Gathering

The Cumbria Steam Gathering takes place annually over the last weekend in July.

This year, in addition to the usual fantastic collection of vintage exhibits, we are welcoming owners of customised cars and modern trucks to be part of the show.

As long as you keep your dog on a lead,  they are welcome to come to the Cumbria Steam Gathering with you. 

Advance Tickets: Adult £10, Child (5 to 16) £4, Family Ticket £24.

On-the-day tickets: Adult £12, Child (5 to 16) £5, Family Ticket £25.

6. Nurturing Creativity x Folded Zine

An exciting new multi-media exhibition featuring the works of young creatives in the Lakes and Dales brought to you by Folded Zine.

The exhibition will be held on Friday, July 29 at The Brewery Arts Centre.

This exhibition will showcase and provide a platform for young creatives and emerging artists to develop and amplify their voices, while also showcasing the outputs of the Nurturing Creativity micro commissions.

7. Street Market

Head down to Ulverston this Saturday and support independent businesses at the street market. The street market is open on Thursday and Saturday every week.

The market is open from 7:00am till 15:00pm so head down and grab a bargain.

8. Puppet Theatre

Head down to Hallgarth Community Centre on Friday, July 29 for the puppet theatre.

Build your own mini theatres and bring your very own production to life! We will help you create crazy characters, and imaginative sets using a wide range of art materials. The workshop includes a hot lunch.

Children do not need to be accompanied for this workshop. Once you have booked on we will be in touch with a permissions form for you to complete.

Non-funded child ticket costs £30.

9. Barbara Nicholls

Head down to the Windermere Jetty Museum for Barbara Nicholls exhibition. A spectacular display of large-scale watercolours reflects the Lake District’s dramatic environment. Using walking as a way of deeply immersing herself in nature, the artist absorbs the effect this has on her own body.

10 Afternoon Family Tea

A great afternoon is in store on Saturday, July 30 when St Mark’s Church, Natland will be staging a Family Afternoon Tea sponsored by Housing21

 There will be something for all ages with a teddy bear trail and a teddy zip wire from the church tower starting at 13:30pm. 

The Vicarage garden will host a magician, Kendal Big Band, pop-up archery and refreshments which will be served as well as plant, jam, cake and other stalls, a grand raffle, Tombola, & other entertainments. There will be something for everyone.