Do you remember the 21st night of September?...

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, August 11, 2016

Although this article is not a tribute to the legendary American R&B group that is Earth, Wind & Fire (shame), the group HAS got us wondering, how can we make our September a little more interesting? Here in The Lake District, September is an unusual month, where the height of the summer season comes to an end, and the majority of holiday makers gradually start making their way home. However, it is a month which has been known to grace us with surprisingly good weather (for The Lakes), leaving our little village in a state of autumn bliss. Therefore, if you want to remember “dancing in September” (last EW&F reference, I promise), fear not, as there are a number of events happening in The Lake District that are guaranteed to give you a dose of fun and excitement this September.


After sampling the many delights and activities on offer in Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere village, why not venture further afield and experience a taste of what the locals enjoy. From lantern festivals to jazz gigs, there is an event for every preference.



Friday 9th September 2016 - Kendal Torchlight Festival 2016

The Kendal Torchlight Festival is a firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, often attracting over 25,000 people from all over the country. It is one the largest one-day events in The Lake District and Cumbria. The carnival and traditional procession aims to promote and exhibit 'the best of Kendal', plus, it enables the chosen charities to raise tens of thousands of pounds towards their worthy causes.

The 2016 Torchlight carnival and parade will begin at 7.30pm on the 9th of September (Kendal's streets will start closing to incoming and outgoing traffic from around 6.30pm, to be reopened at approximately 10.30 pm). The following afternoon, the carnival organisers will be hosting a street party in Kendal town centre with attractions such as carnival performances, a dance stage and a samba workshop. Be prepared for a spectacle of colour, creativity and energy.

For more information about The Kendal Torchlight Festival 2016, visit the website at


Saturday 10th September 2016 to Sunday 25th September 2016 - C Art Open Studios

For two weeks in September 2016, the public are given a rare opportunity, as artists from across Cumbria welcome you into their private studios and galleries. From ceramicists to photographers, print makers to sculptors, this event by C-Art encourages art lovers to meet a huge range of artists and view their work in what is usually their private space. Explore and discover the extensive and varied selection of traditional and contemporary visual art, craft, and design that's available within The Lake District and Cumbria.


For more information about C Art Open Studios 2016, visit the website at


Tuesday 13th September 2016 - Kendal Jazz Club Gig in Staveley

 Fancy toe-tapping the night away while sipping on Cumbria's finest real ale? Well, look no further! On Tuesday 13th September, Jeff Barnhart and 'Spats' Langham enliven the River Bar of Hawkshead Brewery so you can do just that. The swing / stride / blues / ragtime pianist coupled with a wonderful rhythm guitarist provides the basis of a highly enjoyable evening (and you may even be tempted to attempt a dance move or two!)


For more information, visit the website at

Saturday 17th September 2016 - Ulverston Lantern Festival

Enjoy the annual Ulverston Lantern Festival this September, a truly stunning event consisting of beauty and attractions for the public's entertainment. Featuring the glorious spectacle of hundreds of lanterns parading through the town, theatrical performances, and impressive fireworks, this festival in not one to be missed.


For more information about the various parades and layout of the festival, visit the website or Facebook page at

Thursday 22nd September 2016 to Sunday 25th September 2016 - Ambleside Festival of the Fells

For the more active among you, The Ambleside Festival of the Fells is ideal. The festival features walking, swimming and scrambling, while celebrating the landscape, culture, history and outdoor activity in the Lake District.


For more information, visit the Go Lakes website at

Saturday 24th September 2016 to Sunday 25th September 2016 - Taste Cumbria Festival in Cockermouth

Calling all you foodies! The seventh Taste Cumbria Festival in Cockermouth will serve up food and drink from over 100 of the Lake District and Cumbria's producers, hoteliers and restauranteurs. This is a highly popular two day event that annually attracts over 30,000 people.

Watch celebrity chefs demonstrate their skills as they create some edible delights, or if you're about the eating and drinking(naturally), feast on local food at the pop up restaurant or the Market Place Food Court, all to be washed down with the selection of fine ales and craft beers on offer.

For more information, visit the Taste Cumbria website at

Friday 30th September 2016 - Kendal Made in Cumbria Framer's Market

The Kendal farmers' market is organised by Made in Cumbria, and is the oldest known market in the area, with Kendal's market charter dating back to 1189. The vibrant market is held in Market Place, beside the flowing waters of the River Kent in Kendal. It boasts many varied stalls by local traders, offering a range of products from fresh produce to clothes and crafts.


For more information visit the website at

Visit The Lake District this September and discover all it has to offer. Make this month the best yet.


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