Wander Out West This Bank Holiday & Half Term

Half term is looking like an event fest in Cumbria this year with so much going on from the far north to the far south of the county and lets not forget the far west to the far east of the county.

I don’t want to harp on about “West is Best” and all that but with so much going on, I have to focus on one area which happens to be the region I reside in, West Cumbria.

There really is something going on for everyone this weekend out west and into the half term week, let’s just hope the weather behaves itself but let’s not worry about that just now.

Starting off on a musical vibe and Friday, Saturday and Sunday sees the “Mighty Boof At The Stadium” festival at Copeland Stadium in Whitehaven. This the 4th festival and the biggest so far has the fantastic Reverend & The makers headlining Saturday along with Goldie Looking Chain, Space and my personal favourite, John Power of Cast. What makes this festival special is the mix of local bands, new and upcoming as well as tribute and those main headline acts.

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Music Festival at Copeland Stadium Whitehaven

Keeping with the arts but a very different genre is the Eskdale Art Show running from Saturday until Monday. This is the 21st Eskdale Art Show showcasing artwork available to purchase from local artists and further afield in many different mediums and from bags ans scarves to pottery and jewellery. Open daily 10am – 4pm with refreshments and located near Irton Road railway station means it can be tied in with a trip on La’al Ratty.

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Eskdale Art Show

A complete change here and something for the those seeking to enjoy outdoor activities. West Lakes Adventure have a number of different sessions enabling people to have a taster of everything from canoeing toe rocking climbing and ghyll scrambling. With morning and afternoon sessions throughout next week you can experience any of those activities for 3 hours in the hands of professional instructors around the Eskdale and Wasdale areas for just £25 per person. Visit their events calendar for booking and availability details by clicking here.

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Ghyll scrambling with West Lakes Adventure

Finally, starting on Sunday and running until Thursday 29th is the Muncaster Festival. Something for the whole family here in the grounds of the historic and haunted Muncaster Castle. Outdoor games, activities and food court, crafts, archery, stalls and more culminating in the International Jesters Tournament and the chance to become the Fool of Muncaster 2014.

Muncaster Festival

So surely you’ll agree, every base is covered this Bank Holiday and half term in West Cumbria and the Western Lake District.