If July couldn’t be more of a fantastic time of the year to visit Ambleside, Windermere and the South Lakes, the must visit event of the year takes place on the last Thursday of the month annually. Ambleside Sports being held on Thursday 28 July 2016 on Rydal Park is #theplacetobe for the day for families, sports lovers, traditionalists and simply just for fun and spectating.
This highly regarded day is now in its 200th year and is the one of the biggest events on the fell running calendar attracting the very best Lake District and Cumbria based fell runners as well as those from outside of the county both track and fell opportunities. There’s also cycling races to take part in or watch, hound trails and Cumbria & Westmorland wrestling. It’s a day for the whole family, those of all ages when it comes to both races and events to take part in and activities and entertainment.
Alongside the sports and spectacles will be trade stands from local businesses, plenty of local food and beverages courtesy of Made and Cumbria and various other vendors and a giant barbeque. Five hours of sports and very much more.
Lovers of traditional Lakeland sports and attendees of Ambleside Sports for some considerable years, the Rothay Garth Bed & Breakfast in Ambleside is a great choice for somewhere to stay on the day or as part of the short break. Handy car parking and within walking dstane of Rydal Park, room start from £94 including breakfast.
For information on the Amble Sports visit, http://www.amblesidesports.co.uk/.
Ulverston is most definitely the place to be in Cumbria this July with events galore. Starting with Saturday 2nd July and it’s the annual Ulverston Hospice Carnival. A full days entertainment for the whole family in the centre of the town with a street market, food stalls, flats, dancers and bands with proceeds going to St Mary’s Hospice.
But it is the following weekend where visitors will really be spoilt for choice. Over Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July experience and enjoy retro, vintage and folk. Firstly Retro Rendezvous, a vintage festival offering a true step back time experience. There’s a vintage tea room, rock & roll music and memorabilia, retro craft and clothing stalls, classic cars and live music. Alongside this is a special vintage cycling festival À L’ancienne, back for a third successive year after extremely popular 2014 and 2015 events. Organised by Sportive Lakes, bring along your bike of any era pre 1987 to show or choose to enter either the 47km or 81km retro cycling sportives.
Finally and it’s all about folk music in Ulverston again July 8th to 10th. From folk music performances to storytellers and dancers, the festival is all about promoting and supporting the folk music traditions of Cumbria but especially in Furness. The performances and events will be taking places in various locations throughout the town centre. A full line up and programme can be found here http://furnesstradition.org.uk/
Where to stay?
Just 8 miles from Ulverston is the Newby Bridge Hotel. Offering easy access to Ulverston whilst having views over Lake Windermere. Combine with a few days in The Lakes too. The hotel has a large car park, restaurant, bar and leisure facilities.