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What’s on in the Lake District this May?

3 May 2019

Lake District

The month of May has come round again, bringing with it slightly more stable weather, as well as a number of bank holidays. This means that there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about in the Lake District and enjoy some of the many events that are being put on across the region this month.

With that in mind we thought we would do a little roundup of some of the best events that you can attend this month in and around the Lake District!


Navigation skills for beginners – 11th May

Ullswater Information Centre


If you’re a keen walker, being able to navigate is a very useful and important skill to have when you’re out and about on the fells. If your map reading skills are not quite what they could be, then this beginners course will teach you to use a map and compass to navigate your way around, which will help you immensely if you have plans to head out hiking this summer.

You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness, and the walk will last around six hours. Your map and compass will be provided, so no need to bring your own!


Haweswater Dawn Chorus – 5th May



If you’re not an early bird, this one may not be for you, but if you’re a bit of a twitcher or a nature lover, then this event makes for a wonderful morning. Starting at 4.15am, you will be able to experience the dawn chorus with an RSPB guide who will share his specialist knowledge with you.

The morning involves a short circular walk with tea, coffee, and pastries to enjoy at the end.


Exclusive tour of Hill Top – Various dates between May and October

Near Sawrey


If you like to beat the crowds, this exclusive tour of Hill Top is a great way of getting to see Beatrix Potter’s beloved farmhouse as well as her possessions inside while it is closed to the public.

Enjoy this quieter experience and get up close to the items in her collection while Hill Top is closed at special events held from May to October.


Gilcrux Scarecrow Festival – 4th – 5th May

Gilcrux Village


Head to Gilcrux Village, where they will be holding their annual scarecrow festival, which has a viking theme this year! They have collaborated with the Moorforge Viking Settlement, so as well as seeing lots of scarecrows, you’ll get to learn lots about the history of the Norse settlement, and there will be food and trading stalls too. Don’t miss the Vikings Weapons Display at 2pm on Sunday the 5th!


Justin Moorhouse – Northern Joker – 17th May



Are you a fan of stand up comedy? You can catch Justin Moorhouse’s Northern Joker tour at The Beggar’s Theatre in Millom on the 17th of May, which is the perfect night out for any comedy fan in the area.

His routine muses over the current state of the world and how, perhaps it isn’t actually all that different to how it was when he was growing up, as well as family life and being a parent.


These are just a few of the great events that are taking place across the Lake District during the month of May. Keep an eye on the Lake District National Park website if you’re interested in taking part in any guided walks, or the Go Lakes Things To Do section, which lists plenty of fun things to do in the area throughout the year.

Be sure to check out our Lake District holiday parks if you need a place to stay for your own visit to the area!