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Lakeland Mix: Our Editor's pick of the best of What's On in Cumbria

by Helen Wall

Highlights coming up in Cumbria's summer of sport, music, theatre, art, shopping and community.

Simon and Oscar

Simon and Oscar
Ocean Colour Scene

All the fun listed here can be found in our events listings. Just click on the links or browse the events diary. Lookster! click on yon events web link www.cumbriawhatson.co.uk/events.php

There's more information on our attractions listings too. Links on the left.

Booking alerts:
Theatre By The Lake's Pinter play is selling fast, so be sharp as we Northerners say. Telephone booking opens 1st August for The Old Laundry 2014 season

Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers
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Children

Happily, Cumbria has free play facilities in abundance, but for those who can afford it, there are attractions galore. Here we highlight some of the special events that enrich our summer for residents and visitors alike.

Rock, pop, jazz and blues

The must-do music events for the summer holiday season are Maryport Blues Festival and the Kendal Calling festival of rock music and related genres. This year's (2014) dates are 25th, 26th and 27th July for Maryport Blues with The Union and Soul City Walkers top o' the bill. The Maryport festival takes over the charming sea port and its characterful seaside pubs. Camping is popular, as is mooching from venue to vene, taking in as many blues artists as one wishes, or visiting the larger venues. This year sees the return of the dockside marquee. Should be super atmosphere. www.maryportblues.co.uk/

1st, 2nd and 3rd August for Kendal Calling where the headline bands are Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Suede and Example, with Tom Odell, Happy Mondays and De La Soul enough to attract crowds. It's many people's main summer holiday. The creators have always striven to create a celebratory feel with fun in the detail. A gig where everyone can feel comfortable. www.kendalcalling.co.uk

Theatre

Theatre by the Lake always tries to put on a comprehensive programme of productions and this year's looks excellent as always. There's a family farce (Rookery Nook), a family a thriller (The Winterling) and a classic (Dracula), a Shakespeare (Comedy of Errors), even a passionate and enigmatic Harold Pinter play (Old Times). Super to see also the Cumbrian-based Ashton Group's apprentice actors bringing Peregrine, a drama by Laura Turner, to Theatre by the Lake. Dates, times and prices at www.theatrebythelake.com. There are discounts for those lucky enough to be able to see all the productions. It's a highlight of Lakeland life so do join us. It's a treat to walk down to the lake before and after the performances,too, for one of Cumbria's many breathtaking views. There's a list of other great venues below.

Other venues:

music

Coronation Hall, Ulverston www.corohall.co.uk Sands Centre, Carlisle www.thesandscentre.co.uk The Brickyard, Carlislewww.brickyardonline.co.uk Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth www.thekirkgate.com Brewery Arts Centre, Kendalwww.breweryarts.co.uk The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness www.theforumbarrow.co.uk The Nines, Barrow-in-Furnesswww.thenines.co.uk Brantwood, Conistonwww.brantwood.org.uk Carnegie Theatre and Ats Centre, Workington www.carnegietheatre.co.uk Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven www.rosehilltheatre.co.uk Beggars' Theatre, Millom www.beggarstheatre.co.uk Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk

Booking alert - tickets for the opera The Elixir of Love by Donizetti at Workington's Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre on 25th August from the Carnegie online or phone 01900 602122

Theatre

Coronation Hall, Ulverston www.corohall.co.uk Sands Centre, Carlisle www.thesandscentre.co.uk Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth www.thekirkgate.com Brewery Arts Centre, Kendalwww.breweryarts.co.uk The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness www.theforumbarrow.co.uk Carnegie Theatre and Ats Centre, Workington www.carnegietheatre.co.uk Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven www.rosehilltheatre.co.uk Beggars' Theatre, Millom www.beggarstheatre.co.uk Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk

Outdoor activities:

See our attractions listings for outdoor venues, our Annual Events for agricultural/country shows and Coming Up for one-off sporting events.

Tip: Cumbria offers a unique horse-races experience www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk/racing-fixtures www.carlisle-races.co.uk




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