The Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit on a glorious summer day. At the Plough Inn, Pub and B&B, we can’t wait for you to spend your summer days with us. We know that this one time holiday will become an annual event.
If you want to see the Lake District at its most verdant, summer is definitely the time to go. At this time of year, the fells are busy, the meadows and hedgerows are in full bloom, and lively festivals spring into life on many a village green, including the Grasmere Sports Day (held on the August Bank Holiday), when locals battle it out in traditional sports such as hound trailing, guides racing and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.
Other events to look out for here include the gruelling Borrowdale Fell Race (August 5), the Lake District Summer Music Festival (until August 11) and the Grasmere rushbearing ceremony (the Saturday nearest to August 5), when bundles of rushes are paraded through the village’s streets to the parish church where they were once used for flooring, a practice that dates back to medieval times. Click here to see our guide to the Lake District festivals.
Fun Summer Things To Do
Come rain or shine the Lakes is full of things to do. From hiking to checking out ancient castles.... There is something for everyone! Below you will see some of our reccomendations to make the most of these long summer days.
Calling all Beatrix Potter fans
The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden in Portinscale, near to the foot of Cat Bells, has become the latest must-see for Beatrix Potter fans visiting the Lake District. The Potter family spent several of their annual summer holidays at Lingholm, and the kitchen garden was the inspiration behind Mr McGregor's Garden! Beatrix Potter also based the setting for The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin on the estate's woodlands! Lingholm's newly built café has a stunning outside terrace with views towards Skiddaw, or you can choose to sit inside and enjoy the view through enormous sliding glass doors.
Cruise one of the Lake District's magnificent lakes
There's something so special about the sight of glistening water on a hot summer's day! You can catch a lake cruise on Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater or Derwentwater, and we recommend you use it to break up a scenic lakeside walk. Some of the boats have a lot of history too - the 'steamer' MV Tern, which belongs to Windermere Lakes Cruises, celebrated its 125th birthday this year! You can also experience Victorian travel on Coniston Water, on board the National Trust's steam-powered yacht Gondola!
Enjoy an activity-packed day out at the Lowther Show
The Lowther Show, which is held in the splendid grounds of Lowther Castle, attracts thousands of equestrian fans each year to see its amazing Horse Carriage Driving Trials - and they're fast! Lowther brings together the best in competitive field sports, with world-class championship events in clay shooting, gundogs, airguns, angling and terriers and lurchers. It's not all about the competition though - the show makes a fantastic family day out, with a programme of arena events, have-a-go countryside sports activities, live music, a Taste Cumbria Food and Beer Festival and Village, rural crafts, an antiques fair, trade exhibitors, country sports tuition, and children's features such as land zorbs, crafts and entertainment!
Discover a new walk at the Ullswater Way
Earlier this year the new Ullswater Way was unveiled, with additional pathways created to provide 20 miles of uninterrupted walking around the whole of Ullswater! There's no need to walk the full distance however - why not break up the day with a trip on a steamer or open top bus?
Potfest in the Park
Potfest in the Park will take place from 29th - 31st July in the beautiful gardens and grounds of Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith, featuring the work of over 100 ceramic artists from across the UK and Europe. Hutton-in-the-Forest is already a wonderful place to explore, with its walled garden, topiary terraces, and woodland walks, so makes the perfect setting for an event such as this! Potfest in the Pens, which is being held at Skirsgill Auction Mart in Penrith from 5th August - 7th August, brings together around 130 new and established potters with exhibitor stands, classes, demonstrations and children's activities.
Explore one of the Lake District's beautiful gardens
It's a great year to get out and about exploring some of the Lake District's finest horticulture. One garden that looks just fantastic in the summer is Levens Hall near Kendal. It also happens to have the oldest topiary in the world, and its enormous geometric topiary shapes sit alongside long borders filled to the brim with colour, a rose garden, an orchard, and a living willow labyrinth!
The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick
With six different shows on this summer, the Theatre by the Lake has entertainment for everyone, with comedies, thrillers, and thought-provoking and psychological dramas!
Where to Stay
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 beautiful boutique rooms, relaxed atmosphere and friendly service.
Our 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.
Summer is a lot better up here in the Lake District.