The team at the Plough Inn love a Lake District festival and we are so lucky that there are so many close by. We have put together some of our favourite Lake District festivals for you to feast your eyes on.
Keswick Beer Festival
Date- 2nd – 3rd June
Calling all lovers of beer and cider, this is officially the biggest beer festival in the north with 170 real Ales and a huge variety of beers and ciders. This festival has been held at the Keswick rugby club, in the heart of the Lake District, since 1997. Obviously this sounds like a great festival already but every time you have a cool pint you are giving money to charity. This year funds will be raised to employ a full time Youth Support Development Officer and to support a variety of local charities in the area. The festival attracts 6000 people over the 2 days so as you can imagine this is an incredibly fun day out.
So what goes perfect with a few ales or cider? Of course music!! Keswick Beer Festival has an eclectic mix of local bands to get the party going. From cover bands to Irish folk to acoustic music there is something for everyone. The bands this year include Tethera, HARDBOP, The Shakes, Emerald Thieves, The Kasios, The Herdeez, The Moobs and there is still a few left to be confirmed.
Grasmere Gallop 2017
Date- June 3rd
Grasmere Gallop 2017 is in the spectacular surroundings of Grasmere village and Rydal Water. You will need to get your running or walking trainers on! As you will have the choice of a 5.7k, 10k or 17k trail run or you could join the 10k Nordic Walk.
Fast gaining a reputation as one of the friendliest trail races in the Lakes, each year there are more and more first-time runners, Nordic walkers and families racing alongside seasoned fell-runners. The Grasmere Gallop 17km Trail Race takes in what is arguably some of the most beautiful landscape in the world; Loughrigg Terrace, Loughrigg Fell and Loughrigg Tarn, then returning to the village via the jewels of Rydal Water and Grasmere lake. After all that you will need a good lie down at your beautiful room in the Plough Inn.
Date- July 8th - 9th
Derwentwater Regatta was created by the eccentric landowner Joseph Pocklington (alias King Pocky) in the 1790s after he bought Derwent Island in 1778, and built a grand mansion and several follies. He devised a series of madcap regatta activities on Derwent Water, with a fair on Crow Park for spectators to watch teams of people rowing, sailing and swimming around the island. The festivities would reach their climax with a mock attack of the island, when Pocklington fired a cannon towards the local invaders. Over 200 years later, the National Trust revived this regatta, for locals and visitors alike to enjoy, by recreating the spirit of King Pocky’s vision for the lake.
The first Derwentwater Regatta for 200 years was held on the lake in 2014 and was such a success that the National Trust has made an annual event of stone-skimming, boating and bathtub racing. The best thing about King Pocky’s Derwentwater Regatta is that it’s all about joining in and having fun, getting out on the water and having a go at something you never thought you’d try.
Last year hundreds of people took part in low-cost watersport and activity sessions as part of the regatta. All water activity sessions are provided by local outdoor providers and will include canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, sailing dinghies, a catamaran and bath tubs. There will also be dragon-boat races to raise funds for the National Trust.
Date- July 27th - 30th
What a fantastic festival! I would describe it as a mini Glastonbury but in an incredible landscape. This festival has a number of stages playing a variety of music, comedy and poetry. There really is something for everyone. It even attracts big names as this year headlining are The Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand and Tinie Tempah and there will also be a special appearance by The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. There is an array of great food and (of course) good Ales on the menu. It is a festival that is very family friendly, you can either go for a weekend or you can just do a night then joining us here at the Plough Inn to rest those dancing shoes.
Tip- The Saturday is incredible.... It is a huge fancy dress party this year the theme is ‘Kendal Calling Goes Into The Wild!’ and seriously everyone dresses up. This truly is our favourite Lake District festival and our favourite music festival.
Grasmere Lakeland Sports & Show
Date- August 27th
This traditional village show on Grasmere’s green has been running for more than 160 years, and features local sports such as fell-running, Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling and hound-trailing.
Also at this extraordinary festival there is a Dog Show, Dog display teams, Circus Juggling, Car Displays, a family Tug of War and of course a beer tent.
Egremont Crab Fair & World Gurning Championships
Date- Sep 15th-17th
One of the Lake District’s oldest and most famous festivals. Established in 1267, this ancient fair celebrates the fine art of face-pulling, in which contestants are asked to pull their ugliest face, with prizes being awarded for the most grotesque expressions. According to folklore, it was started by the Lord of Egremont, who gave away crab apples to mark the end of the harvest season; the tradition of gurning is said to have been inspired by the fruits’ sour taste.
Best of all this very unique festival is free!
So if you are running through the trails of the Lake District or relaxing at a real Ale festival or dancing to Tinie Tempah or even gurning to your heart’s content. There is a perfect place for you to come and spend the night or fill your belly. The Plough Inn at Lupton is a stylish historic pub with boutique rooms, relaxed atmosphere and friendly service.
Our beautiful, quiet and tranquil rooms will allow you to drift away and dream about the fantastic festival day you have had. Accommodation starts from £85 and are all unique. You could stay in the Bellingham suite with its super king size bed and separated oak floored sitting room complete with sofa bed, roll top bath and monsoon shower. Or you could stay in the Harrington which is light and airy feel gives it a serene and relaxing feel. We have brought the outdoor tones in, the calming pale-green and cream colour makes you feel instantly at home in this pretty and charming king size bedded room. We really have a room to satisfy anyone’s taste.
Maybe you are on your way home from one of these fantastic festivals and you are feeling the hunger. Here at the Plough Inn centuries of tradition has dictated, our priority is to offer a warm welcome and top quality food. If you need to warm up after a 17km trail run, well our Steak and Ale Pie will have you fully restored. Or if you have been to the beer festival and you are in need of a curry, our Cauli Ra Aloo Curry will hit the spot. Or if you have been to the Lakeland show and are in the mood for something traditional, the Cumbrian lamb rump is a Lake District favourite.
If your taste buds are watering then have a look at our menu. We can’t wait to see you soon!