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The Lake District National Park Authority alone runs nearly 600 events every year, so there is always something to do around the area. There are guided walks on offer, many free, ranging from lakeside ambles to more challenging ascents. They're led by knowledgeable volunteer rangers or park rangers. Many of the walks are free, although donations are welcome to help towards conservation costs. There are also boat cruises, special events for families and also events that cater for the disabled or those who'd like to bring along their dogs.
There's usually something going on at Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre. On the shores of Windermere, this is a great spot for a day out. Entry is free, although you have to pay for parking. But you can also get there by bus or even boat! There's gardens, an adventure playground, cafe, shop, exhibitions, watersports in the summer and some great views across to the Langdales. During school holidays there's often performers and street theatre, and even craft sessions.
Lake District towns also offer many special events. Many have agriculture shows in the summer including Grasmere Sports. At Cockermouth, the birthplace of William Wordsworth, farmers gather to show off their cattle, horses, produce and handmade crafts. Gilsland has an equestrian show with pony-riding classes, and Lowther has a horse and carriage driving fair as well. There are also more cultural events, such as the three-week Lake District Summer Music festival based in Kendal, with events throughout Cumbria. This is the largest music festival in the United Kingdom and takes place every August. Around the same time, there is also a Buddhist Himalaya Festival in Penrith which offers Tibetan and Nepalese art and craftwork.
The Muncaster Experience is a great day out for all ages, a beautiful historic castle which has been home to the pennington family for 800, over 70 acres of gardens to explore, famous for its collection of rhododendrons and azalias, are at their best in april and may and on into June. Muncaster is home to the World Owl Trust, the collection is on view to the public and home to over 40 species of owl from all over the world, tiny pygmy owls to giant eagle owls! you can learn more at the daily 'Meet the Birds' display! The childrens MeadowVole maze and playgrounds keep the little ones happy and will guarantee to tire them out!. The cafe sells a wide variety of refreshments from main meals to soup and sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks. The gift shops sell a wide range of gifts and books for all pockets and interests. The attraction also has a fanastic events programme offering something for everyone espeically during the school holidays - don't miss The Festival Of Fools, Summer of Fun and the infamous Halloween week if your brave enough! their website is excellent www.muncaster.co.uk