Lake View Country House is a Grasmere bed and breakfast, and so we are brilliantly located for many exciting local events taking place throughout the year. Here is our run down of the main events taking place in 2017. Watch this space for new dates for your diary!
Cyclists competing in the Fred Whitton Challene
Fred Whitton Challenge: 7th May 2017
The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a gruelling 112 mile cycle race around the Lake District. The ride starts and finishes at Grasmere Sports Field, and takes in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes. Just turn up and watch or if you want to take part there are a few charity rider places left at a reduced entry price of £45. As the name suggests, it is run in honour of Fred Whitton. Fred, who died aged just 50 in 1998, was an extremely popular member of the Lakes Road Club.
Cumbrian Challenge 12th May 2017 to 13th May 2017
Taking place on the Grasmere Sports Field, the Cumbrian Challenge is Walking With The Wounded's fun and testing flagship fundraising event for teams of four. Enter your team to take on one of three stunning routes in the fells above Grasmere alongside our beneficiaries, staff and expedition team members. Each team is challenged to raise £1,000 in advance and can support another wounded veteran back into employment and independence. Enjoy a memorable weekend of camaraderie while supporting our wounded.
Lake District Might Hike 17 June 2017
Challenge yourself through the fells and raise vital funds for Macmillan. Hike the beautiful Cumbria Way through the Borrowdale and Langdale Valleys from Keswick to Ambleside. Grasmere is a perfect spot to stay, right between the start and end point of the walk. And with big baths to soak in when you have finished!
Lakes Charity Classic Vehicle Show Sunday 18th of June 2017
Now in the 6th year, this classic vehicle show has grown each year. Come and see the most beautiful cars, motorbikes, tractors and trucks in the most beautiful setting surrounded by the fells of the Lake District. All funds raised are donated to charity, including this year 'Blood Bikes' and 'Mountain Rescue' Family tickets - 2 adults and children £12.00.
Classic cars lined up in the Grasmere show
Grasmere Rushbearing Date TBC, Mid-July
Grasmere celebrates its rushbearing festival currently in mid-July. Rushbearing is a ceremony whereby the floor rushes in church were renewed – the floor has been paved at Grasmere for many years but the ceremony continues! Six costumed Rush Maidens carry a white sheet holding the strewing rushes while the rest of the procession carry rush-based flower-covered “Bearings” in a variety of shapes including harps and crosses. The procession starts at the school at 3.30 and after a short church service at 4.15 the children are given the famous Grasmere Gingerbread to eat.
The Lake Artists Summer Exhibition 29th July to 6th September 2017
The Lake Artists Society, founded in 1904 by artist W.G.Collingwood, who was also secretary to John Ruskin. Each year they hold two Exhibitions. The Summer Exhibition, held in the New Hall Grasmere, is on for 6 weeks, attracting thousands of visitors every year. They encourage non-members to exhibit their paintings and sculpture. Awards are given by local business sponsors and presented to artists of merit.
Grasmere Sports Day Bank Holiday Sunday 27th August 2017
The 2017 Annual Grasmere Lakeland Sports, now celebrating 167 years of existence, has been a regular annual event since 1868, unbroken except for the two periods of the First and Second World Wars. Now one of the most popular traditional events in the English Lake District, participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland Wrestling, Fell Running and Hound Trails.
Fell runners at Grasmere Sports Day
Don't worry if you're not here when any of these events are on! Throughout the year a range of great talks and events are held at the Wordsworth Museum and Allan Bank. And every other weekend from March to September there is an Antique & Collectors Fair held in Grasmere's village hall.
Lake View Country House makes a great base to enjoy these local events. We are just a minute's stroll to the village, but as we are down a quiet lane we're away from all the hustle and bustle!