Thinking of visiting Ambleside in the sunny Lake District this summer? Well there are lots of exciting events and fascinating places to visit.

We’ve compiled a handy list of the top 10 things to do in Ambleside this summer especially for you. From sports activities to music festivals there is something for everyone!

Let’s get started…

1. Ambleside Sports

What? A day of traditional Lakeland sports, including Fell and Guide Races, Hound Trailing and Wrestling, as well as a food court and trade stands.

When? Gates open 10.00am, with the first event at 12.00pm and the last at 5.30pm, Thursday 27th July.

Where? Rydal Park, Ambleside, LA22 9PL: half a mile north of Ambleside on the A591.

Price? £6.00 entry fee for adults, £3.00 for youths (12-17 years), under 12s free if accompanied and £3.00 per car.

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2. Lake District Summer Music International Festival

What? An international arts festival with a special focus on chamber music, LDSM will hold over forty events in locations across the Southern Lake District, including an Ella Fitzgerald Tribute Concert, Carole Presland, and various masterclasses.

When? Saturday 29th July to Friday 11th August.

Where? Various locations across the Southern Lake District, with numerous events in Ambleside.

Price? See individual events on website (below) to book tickets.

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3. Ambleside Summer Show

What? A classic village flower, craft and produce show with refreshments available.

When? 10.30am to 5.00pm Saturday 12th August and 10.00am to 4.00pm Sunday 13th August.

Where? Kelsick Centre, St. Mary's Lane, Ambleside, LA22 9DG.

Price? £2 entry fee for adults, £1.50 for concessions and children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult.

Further information: Contact David Capstick of the Ambleside Horticultural & Craft Society by phone: 015394 32252 or email by clicking here.

4. Cycling along the Grasmere Trail: Guided Cycle at Ambleside

What? Led by a trained volunteer Lake District National Park Ranger, you will be guided along a traffic-free route from Ambleside, along the shores of Rydal Water, to Grasmere and back. This activity is suitable for leisure cyclists and active families (minimum age 10 years, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult).

When? 11.00am on Thursday 3rd, 10th or 17th August.

Where? Ambleside.

Price? £5 for adults, children free.

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5. Ambleside Days: a Contemporary Music Festival

What? With two main sets every evening and a half an hour intermission, the opening night of this contemporary festival features John Helliwell’s Crème Anglais followed by the Ambleside Days Quintet.

When? 7.30pm-10.30pm every evening from Thursday 31st August to Sunday 3rd September.

Where? Zeffirellis main auditorium, Compston Road, Ambleside, LA22 9AD.

Price? One evening ticket to include both concerts for £30, or a special four day Festival Pass for £100.

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6. Antique and Collectors Fairs

What? ‘Lakes Fashion & Collectables’ will be holding three antique and vintage fairs over the summer in Ambleside, providing the opportunity to purchase ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal ware and so much more.

When? Open 10.00am to 4.00pm, with later finish times on some days (see website for further details).

  1. Thursday 3rd August to Saturday 5th August.
  2. Saturday 26th August to Sunday 27th August.
  3. Friday 1st September to Sunday 3rd September.

Where? Kelsick Centre, St. Mary's Lane, Ambleside, LA22 9DG.

Price? Entrance fee of 50p.

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7. Festival of the Fells

What? Organised by the group ‘Ambleside Together’, this four day festival celebrates the nature surrounding Ambleside and includes guided walks and swims, fell running, climbing and abseiling, and accessible events for wheelchairs.

When? All day from Thursday 21st September to Sunday 24th September.

Where? Various venues in and around Ambleside, LA22 9DH.

Price? There will be free events at a number of outdoor locations, but owing to the nature of some of the events, pre-booking may be essential (see website below for further details).

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8. The Armitt’s Summer Exhibitions

What? Over the summer the Armitt museum, gallery and library will display three summer exhibitions entitled ‘Still Lives’, ‘Beatrix Potter: Image and Reality’, and ‘Kurt Schwitters: The Ambleside Legacy’.

When? April to October open 10.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday to Saturday, with last admission at 4.00pm.

Where? The Armitt Museum and Library, Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BL.

Price? £5 entry fee for adults, £4.50 for concessions and children under 16 free.

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9. Galava Roman Fort

What? Explore the well-marked remains of Ambleside Roman Fort on the shores of Lake Windermere, dating from the 2nd century.

When? Throughout summer open any reasonable time during daylight hours.

Where? Borrans Field, Ambleside, LA22 0EN.

Price? Free entry.

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10. Bridge House

What? Standing proud since the 17th century, visit the quirky little Bridge House located in the middle of Ambleside and learn about its varied past.

Where? Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9AY.

When? Open throughout summer, 11.30am to 4.15pm.

Price? Free entry.

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Anything take your fancy? If so why not turn your trip to Ambleside into a weekend away? We have a host of different bed & breakfast rooms available here at Brathay Hall from luxury to budget.  

Check out our short breaks page here for all the info you need!

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