A mini-guide to the best summer fairs and festivals in Lancashire and the Lake District
PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:43 29 December 2015
There are plenty of country fairs and festivals throughout the region in 2016, come rain or shine
Huntley’s Country Fair
Family fun at the country stores just off the A59 at Samlesbury with a fair and dog show plus stalls, classes, demonstrations, pony rides and agricultural machinery.
Garstang Walking Festival
Explore the countryside at this year’s Walking Festival. The theme is High Fells and Low Pastures, so grab a programme to view and try out 50 walks around Garstang and the district.
Tel: 01995 602125, www.wyre.gov.uk/garstangwalkingfestival
Keswick Mountain Festival
The ultimate outdoors weekend, there will be something for every adventurer at Keswick Mountain Festival including outdoor activities, world class speakers and sporting events through to camping and live music.
Keswick Mountain Festival, Keswick, CA12 5DJ
Tel: 03300 555 723, www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk
Come along and soak up the carnival atmosphere at Muncaster Castle. With something for all the family, you can watch the hopefuls battle it out to win the prestigious title of Fool of Muncaster 2016 and or revel at the International Jesters Tournament.
Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ
Tel: 01229 717 614, www.muncaster.co.uk
Holker Garden Festival
The 24rd Holker Garden Festival is bound to be an explosion of colour and fascinating horticulture. Peruse at the show gardens and browse in the huge Horticultural Marquee, stalls and exhibitors.
Holker Estate, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7PL
Tel: 015395 58328, www.holker.co.uk
July 16 - 17
Great Eccleston Show
This two day event and is a showcase for all things associated with the country. With agriculture shows and competitions, cooking, handicraft and horticulture, the show is a big attraction to townspeople and country folk alike.
Garstang Road, Great Eccleston, Lancashire, PR3 0YP
Tel: 01995 679204, www.greatecclestonshow.co.uk
Running for over 200 years, the Garstang Show is a staple date in the agricultural and horticulture calendar. A day out for the whole family, the show features a range of quality livestock and horticulture exhibits, entertainment for all ages and local food and crafts.
The Garstang Showfield, Off Green Lane East, Garstang, Preston, PR3 1JS
Tel: 07867313346, www.garstangshow.org
Royal Lancashire Show
A celebration of great British countryside, the Royal Lancashire Show held at Witton Park has lots to entertain the family. From livestock displays, wonderful food, drink and crafts to a huge country life area and lots of traditional entertainment, it’s a jam packed weekend.
Witton Country Park, Preston Old Road, Blackburn, BB2 2TP
Tel: 01254 814712, www.royallancs.co.uk
The Westmorland County Show is one of the largest one day shows, founded in 1799 and attracting over 29,000 people. Not just a major livestock show, with sections including cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, heavy horses, alpacas, dogs and poultry, there are marquees including a food hall, crafts and over 350 trade stands. Don’t forget the very popular Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling!
Westmorland County Agricultural Society, Lane Farm, Crooklands, Milnthorpe , Cumbria, LA7 7NH
Tel: 015395 67804, www.westmorlandshow.co.uk
Lancashire Game Festival
Returning for a second year, the festival will showcase many aspects of the local game industry, including shooting and fishing and gundogs, as well as attracting some of the top sporting brands and leading industry bodies. There will also be countryside crafts, artisan food stalls, game cooking demonstrations, clever gadgets and top technology.
Woodacre Lodge Farm, Gubberford Lane, Scorton, Nr Preston, Lancashire, PR3 1BN
Tel: 07772264363, www.lancashiregamefestival.co.uk