August Events


Sunday 18th June to end September - Jurassic Jubilee - Jubilee Park, Kirkby Stephen

Children of Kirkby Stephen and surrounding villages have been creating brightly coloured dinosaurs and murals in workshops with artist Sarah Hicks.  These will be hidden in the woods of this nature reserve for local families and visitors to find throughout the summer months.

Project inspiration by Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome and Kirkby Stephen Community Arts.

Part funding by Cumbria Community Foundation.

Also to look out for in Kirkby Stephen this summer................

Silver Street Gardens have been yard bombed with knitted flowers.

Boots have been planted by children with vegetables, herbs and salad crops to welcome walkers and have been dotted around the town alongside the usual spectacular floral arrangements.

Pick up a historic town trail leaflet from the Upper Eden Visitor Centre or download and discover the back alleys of the Conservation Area where history stands still.

The Kirkby Stephen Family Adventure 3K Trail has lots to look out for along the route plus a long list of free and inexpensive family activities to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather. The trail starts at an old fashioned sweet shop and finishes at one of two play parks. Free leaflet from the Upper Eden Visitor Centre or download

There is a new display of Saxon stones in the Kirkby Stephen Parish Church, Cathedral of the Dales alongside the world renown Viking Loki Stone.

Add in the art galleries and antique shops to complete the picture.

Summer Holidays at Rheged.............

Dinosaur Encounter - Daily Wed 12th July to 3rd Sept 

Make Your Own Wooden Catapult or Sword with Woodstone Learning - Mon 24th July to Fri 25th August, Mon - Fri, every half hour 10.30am to 3.30pm

Bushcraft - Improve Your Archery Skills - Mon 7th Aug, 21st Aug 11am

Bushcraft - Learn Firelighting - Mon 7th Aug, 21st Aug 12pm

Make Your Own Dinosaur Fossil with Woodstone Learning - Mon 24th July to Fri 25th August, Mon - Fri, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Make Your Own Clay Dinosaur with Woodstone Learning - Mon 24th July to Fri 25th August, Mon - Fri, 1.30pm & 2.30pm

Bushcraft - Campfire Cooking - Mon 7th Aug, 21st Aug 2pm

Bushcraft - Improve Your Archery Skills - Mon 7th Aug, 21st Aug 3pm

Spy Academy - Thurs 3rd Aug, Thurs 17th Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Professor Pumperickel's Mind Bending Magic Show - Thurs 24th Aug, 11.30am, 2.30pm

Dinosaur Roar - read by author Paul Stickland - Wed 2nd Aug 10.30am & 1.30pm

Make a Pop Up Paper Dinosaur Mouth with Dinosaur Roar - Author Paul Stickland - Wed 2nd Aug 11.30am & 2.30pm

The Riddle of Redhills - an interactive show for children by Steve Wharton - Thurs 3 Aug, Tues 22nd Aug 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm

Build Your Own Unicorn With Artventurers - Friday 4th Aug, 11am & 1pm

Dinosaur and Unicorn Canvas Bags with Artventurers - Wed Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Zoolab - Thurs 10th Aug, Tues 15th Aug, Fri 25th Aug, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

Make a Magical Fairy Garden with Artventurers - Thurs 10th Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Foam and Silk Clay Dinosaurs with Creation Station - Fri 11th Aug 11am

`Dogs Don't do Ballet' by Little Blue Monster Theatre (formally known as Blunderbus Theatre) - Fri 11th Aug 11.30am, 2.30pm

Dinosaurs Tales and Heads with Artventurers - Mon 14th Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Decorate a Jewellery or Keepsake Box with Creation Station  - Wed 16th Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Build Your Own Bear with Artventurers - Mon 21st Aug 11am, 1pm

Make Willow Wands and Fairy Canvas with Creation Station - Wed 23 Aug 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Make Dancing Dinosaur String Puppets with Artventurers - Tues 29th Aug 11am & 1pm

Animalphabet From The Edinburgh Fringe - Wed 30th Aug 11.30am & 2pm

Friday 4th August 2017 - The Handlebards present `A Midsummer Night's Dream' - Appleby Castle, Appleby

A rip-roaring, bicylce-powered, all-male production of Shakespeare's `A Midsummer Night's Dream'.  

Starts 7.00pm.  Contact 07804 050 820 or book tickets at 

Wednesday 9th August - Dales Young Rangers - Dry stone walling for beginners

Near Orton - bus from Sedbergh.  Learn how to dry-stone wall with the Friends of the Lake District or brush up and improve on the skills you have.  The day is suitable for all abilities.

To book a place contact Rachael Alderson on 01969 652366 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thursday 10th August - Appleby Show - The Barley Field, near Appleby Golf Course, Appleby in Westmorland

Adults £7, Concessions £5, Children free.

The show this year is to be held (by kind permission of Appleby Golf Course as Lord of the Manor, and Hilltop Commoners) on the Barley Field near Appleby Golf Course.  With the close proximity to the A66 and free parking, and free taxi service from Appleby the show is easiliy accessible.
Appleby Show is a great day out for all the family with free entry for children.  We have a wide variety of classes for sheep, cattle, poultry, vintage machinery, dogs, children's pets, produce, handicrafts and horticultural products.  Equestrian classes include Veteran Horses and Ponies, Sports Horses, Fells, Dales, Driving, Shetlands, Mountain and Moorland, Pony Riding, Working Hunter and Handy Pony.
In addition to the exhibits show there are a variety of stands, a Craft and Food Hall with local exhibitors, and main ring events.  Attractions for 2017 include Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, Terrier Racing, childrens sports, and a Fell Race plus many, many more..............

Telephone 07777 697814 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th August 6.30pm - `Peter Pan' by J M Barrie - Appleby Castle, The Inner Bailey, Appleby, CA16 6XH

Adapted by Laura Turner.  By arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Adult £15/ Child £10/ Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £44.  10% discount for parties of 10 or more.  Gates open at 5.30pm.  Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating.

Tickets and information from Appleby Castle (01768) 330 318 or visit See Tickets (0871) 220 0260 or 

Thursday 17th August - Brough Show - Popping Lane, Kaber, Kirkby Stephen

Adults £6, children £2.

129th Annual Show.  Over £3,000 prize money and silver cups will be awarded for events and classes in:
- Fell, Dales, Shetland & Coloured Ponies, Children's & Veteran Riding Classes, Driving Classes, Marathon Drive and Obstacle Course, Mounted Fancy Dress and Gymkhana.
- Sheep breeds, including Zwaratable Young Handlers Classes (10 years and under, and 16 years and under on Show Day)
- Classes for Vegetables and Flowers, Floral Art & Confectionary, Miscellaneous, Art, Handicraft, Photography and Children's Art & Confectionary
- Poultry, Bantams, Rabbits, Ducks, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Dogs, Sticks, Dry Stone Walling, Classic Cars and Vintage Vehicles

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Saturday 26th August 2017 - Dufton Agricultural Show - Dufton, Appleby, Cumbria, CA16 6DA

Dufton Agricultural Show was established in 1864 and has been an integral part of the calander since.  
Attractions included sheep, sheepdog trials, Cattle, Riding Ponies, Mountain and Moorland Ponies, Coloured Horses, Gymkhana,  Open Jumping under British Show Jumping Rules, Carriage Driving, Handy Hunter Competition, Veteran Horse & Pony, Dogs, Horticulture, Quoits, Fell Race, Produce and Handicrafts, Children's Sports, Children's Pet Show, Children's Fancy Dress, Mounted Fancy Dress, Vintage Vehicles, Dry Stone Walling.

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