We'll be providing details of all of the 2016 events and activities that are successful in securing Discover Cumbria funding on this page so stay tuned.

If you have an idea for an event or activity or already have something planned, it may qualify for a Discover Cumbria grant. We're placing an emphasis on events and activies that help Cumbria get back on its feet after the flooding in some way, eg bring in visitors and spend. We will favour events being held in or near flood hit areas, especially the Keswick, Appleby, Kendal and Glenridding areas but will consider applications from anywhere in the county.

If you think your event may qualify or want to discuss an idea, follow the link for more information, application guidance and contact information.

2016 Discover Cumbria Grants information

Discover Cumbria 2016 Events

"The Lake District by Night"-  Pop-up Exhibition & Activities

"The Lake District by Night Experience".  A combination of pop-up photography exhibitions and night time themed activities for families in locations close to the pop-up exhibitions.

25, 26, 27, 28, 29th August, 10am-4pm, Moot Hall Keswick. Free exhibition open to the public each day.

Disconnect with the natural world

Night time in its natural form is something both children and adults are becoming increasingly remote from in our society. People's experience of night time is largely being indoors in a lit room, disconnected from the primordial darkness outside.

That is a loss. Areas such as the Lake District are magical places where night time presents an entirely different mood and atmosphere to daytime. Sights, sounds and sensations treat us to a completely different perspective on an otherwise familiar world.

More details to follow...

Discover Cumbria 2015 Events Archive

Longsleddale Haikus - 20th September 2015

Independent journey for 9-11 year olds from school to the head of Longsleddale, overnight stay, and gill scramble in River Sprint the following day.

Sixteen children from the local area and north Kendal were in Longsleddale for the first time.  Families who came to help saw the beauty of the valley and realised its potential for recreation and inspiration.

A collection of the haikus children wrote after their adventure... (pdf)

Small Blue Butterfly - 2nd September 2015

Help sow seeds for the Small Blue Butterfly

Paws in the Park - 30th August 2015

View/download poster (pdf)

Swim the Eden - 23rd August 2015

Three brothers, Jack, Callum and Robbie Hudson have completed their 90-mile (145km) nine-day swimming challenge along the river Eden. They're the first siblings to swim the entire river course from the source at Mallerstang to the Solway Firth raising money for the Swimming Trust.

Huge congratulations to the three of you!

Their objective was to inspire the local community to reconnect with the true natural beauty of the Cumbria countryside.

You can find out more about them on their website and Facebook pages:


We're very pleased to have supported them on their epic swim via our Discover Cumbria Grants Scheme run in partnership with Natural England If you'd like to find out more about the scheme visit our grants page

Butterflies in Burton Day - 29th May 2015

The Butterflies in Burton day was co-ordinated by Kath Hayhurst. The morning session was taken by butterfly expert Reg Hesketh showing a series of films and explaining the lifestyle and habitats necessary for their survival. Each artist chose one example to paint. Later everyone transferred to the Quarry Reserve where Reg recounted that 25 different species had been seen. At the end of an enjoyable day, all paintings were completed in time for display at the annual Arts and Crafts exhibition.


Tindale Past and Present - 12th June 2015

Friends of the Lake District and Natural England awarded small funding grants to groups to highlight some of Cumbria's treasured environment... We chose to focus on Tindale in North Cumbria... it's past and present! http://tindalepastandpresent.weebly.com/

Skelton to Unthank Footpath - 21st July 2015

There was a fantastic turnout on Sunday for the inaugural walk and opening of the newly completed Skelton to Unthank footpath. Walkers young and old were treated to a Punch and Judy show and accompanied on their walk by sheep, sheepdog and giant Punch and Judy! You can view more images of the days events in our Facebook Album

Saturday 27th June - Community Work Day at Growing Well

Growing Well is an organic farm and mental health charity based at Low Sizergh Farm.  We work 6 acres, supported by people recovering from mental health problems.  Our produce is sold through cropshare, or vegetable bags, which means we grow a large variety of produce, some of it very unusual. 

We opened our doors for a community volunteering day for anyone to come down and get involved in practical tasks on our site. This a day for anyone, from beginner to expert grower to get outdoors and enjoy getting a bit muddy!  Everyone of any age is welcome, however practically it is a walk (with a hill) onto site.

Working together on various horticultural tasks in the fields and polytunnels so this was a great opportunity to learn new skills (come armed with any questions!) and meet like minded people.

We provided tea, coffee and biscuits, plus a soup for lunch in one of our yurts with a wood burner.


Independent journey for 9-11 year olds from school to the head of Longsleddale, overnight stay, and gill scramble in River Sprint the following day.