Who, what, where and when: At-a-glance guide to festival events

This is an at-a-glance guide to what’s happening at the festival, in (where possible!) chronological order. For full details about each event (including prices, how to book and more) please check out details elsewhere in the site by clicking on the link here.

NOTE: All references to Market Cross refer to the pedestrianised area across the road from the Post Office. The letters

tbc mean ‘to be confirmed’. 

THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

  • MOUNTAIN ART: An exhibition of Lake District images

10am-5pm, Cookhouse Gallery, Church Street

  • TALK: Wendy Dodds – Forty Years on the Fells, 7pm, The Golden Rule, Smithy Brow
  • MUSIC: Soul and Funk with DJ Shark Le Funk (tbc) 9-11.30pm, The Lily, Lake Road

 

FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

  • TRIPLE SPINE LAKELAND CHALLENGE: Day 1 of 3-day charity walk

Ambleside to Threlkeld, The Hard Way
Leave Ambleside at 6.30am (from Post Office) – 21 miles, 14 Wainwrights, 7300ft of ascent

  • GUIDED WALK: Fairfield Horseshoe, 9am at Market Cross – Fairfield Horseshoe (clockwise)
  • GUIDED WILD SWIM: in Windermere9.30am: Wild Swimming Taster Session. Meet at Swim The Lakes, Compston Street. Pre-booking essential
  • GUIDED WALK: Loughrigg Fell 10am at Market Cross – Lily Tarn, Loughrigg Fell, Loughrigg Terrace, Rydal Cave
  • AMBLESIDE TOWN GUIDED WALKS: guided by Ambleside Civic Trust 10am and 1pm, from Market Cross
  • FESTIVAL POET: John Phoenix Hutchinson 10am-5pm, Market Cross
  • MOUNTAIN ART: An exhibition of Lake District images 10am-5pm, Cookhouse Gallery, Church Street
  • FOOD: Earthworm Kitchen 10am-5pm (tbc), Market Cross
  • GUIDED WILD SWIM: in Windermere 2.30pm: Wild Swimming Taster Session. Meet at Swim The Lakes, Compston Street. Pre-booking essential
  • TALK: 2 awesome cycling stories 3.30pm, at Copper Pot, Church Street. With Sarah Philipson and Julie Coldwell
  • WORKOUT WARRIORS: FBX class with Ursula Brendling 5pm (meet at 4.50pm at Market Cross)
  • NORDIC WALKING: Two-part course (part 1) 5-7pm, Rothay Park; meet at Vicarage Road entrance
  • TALK: Alan Hinkes (K2) and Alan and Terry Abraham (bio pic)6pm-8pm, Zeffirellis (Screen 1), Compston Road
  • TALK: Mark Hatton –mining and quarrying in the Lake District 6.30pm, The Golden Rule, Smithy Brow
  • TALK: Ashley Cooper – State of the Planet 7pm-8pm, Zeffirellis(Jazz Bar), Compston Road
  • GUIDED WILD SWIM: in Windermere 7.30pm: Secret Britain Night Swim. Meet at Swim The Lakes, Compston Street. Pre-booking essential
  • LIVE MUSIC: At the Market Cross 7.30-8.15pm – support act Scrogans Run 8.30-10pm: main act – Room Full of Mirrors Food by Earthworm Kitchen
  • MUSIC: Open mic night 9-11pm, The Lily, Lake Road
  • MUSIC: tbc 9pm, The Unicorn, North Road
  • MUSIC: tbc 9pm, Copper Pot, Church Street
  • MUSIC: tbc 9.30-11.30pm, Ambleside Tavern, Compston Road
  • NIGHTCLUB: tbc 11pm-2am, Ambleside Tavern, Compston Road

 

SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

  • GUIDED TOUR: Coniston Coppermines Valley, with Mark Hatton 9am at Market Cross
  • GUIDED WALK: Scandale Horseshoe 9am at Market Cross – Scandale Horseshoe, including Red Screes
  • GUIDED WALK: Loughrigg Fell 10am at Market Cross – Lily Tarn, Loughrigg Fell, Loughrigg Terrace, Rydal Cave
  • NORDIC WALKING: Two-part course (part 2) 10am-12pm, Rothay Park; meet at Vicarage Road entrance
  • AMBLESIDE TOWN GUIDED WALKS: guided by Ambleside Civic Trust 10am and 1pm , from Market Cross
  • CRAFT FAIR 10am-4pm, at Ambleside Parish Centre, Vicarage Road
  • MOUNTAIN ART: An exhibition of Lake District images 10am-5pm Cookhouse Gallery, Church Street
  • FOOD MARKET 10am-5pm, – Millans Park
  • FOOD: Earthworm Kitchen 10am-5pm (tbc), Market Cross
  • WORN WEAR: Free clothing repairs 10am-5pm, Market Cross – rear shop
  • FESTIVAL POET: John Phoenix Hutchinson 10am-5pm, Market Cross
  • ELECTRIC BIKING: Guided rides with Ghyllside Cycles Two rides: 10.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm, Ghyllside Cycles, The Slack
  • THE GREAT AMBLESIDE DOG WALK: with Max and Paddy 11am-1pm, starting from Rothay Park, Vicarage Road entrance followed by Dog Show and Dog Agility 2-4pm, at Rothay Park
  • FILMS @ ZEFFS: 2 hours of outdoor cinema 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm (times tbc), Zeffirellis, Compston Road
  • TALK: Sarah Anderson – the life of a Fix The Fells upland ranger 4pm, The Armitt, Rydal Road
  • WORKOUT WARRIORS: Kettlercise with Ursula Brendling 5pm (meet at 4.50pm at Market Cross)
  • TALK: Mark Richards – on his two new books 5pm-6pm, Zeffirellis (Jazz Bar), Compston Road
  • TALK: Craig Mathieson – Some Like It Cold 6pm-7pm, Zeffirellis (Jazz Bar), Compston Road
  • TRIPLE SPINE LAKELAND CHALLENGE: Day 2 of 3-day charity walk Brocavum (near Penrith) to Galava (Waterhead), A Roman Highway Arrive at Ambleside around 6.30pm after – 25 miles, 9 Wainwrights, 4800ft of ascent
  • TALK: Simon Yates – climbing ‘The Stans’ 7pm/7.30pm (tbc), University of Cumbria, Rydal Road
  • TALK: Andy Beck – The Wainwrights in Colour 7.30pm, Wesley Room, Ambleside Parish Centre
  • LIVE MUSIC: At the Market Cross 7.30-8.15pm – support act Phil,Saunders & Friend 8.30-10pm: main act – The Mojo Blues Band Food by Earthworm Kitchen
  • MUSIC: tbc 9-11.30pm, The Lily, Lake Road
  • MUSIC: tbc 9pm , The Unicorn, North Road
  • MUSIC: tbc 9pm, Copper Pot, Church Street
  • MUSIC: tbc 9.30-11.30pm, Ambleside Tavern, Compston Road
  • NIGHTCLUB: tbc 11pm-2am, Ambleside Tavern, Compston Road

 

SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER

  • TRIPLE SPINE LAKELAND CHALLENGE: Day 3 of 3-day charity walk Ambleside to Keswick, The Bog HopLeave Ambleside at 6.30am (from Post Office) –20 miles, 10 Wainwrights, 5200ft of ascent
  • GUIDED WALK: Langdale Pikes 9am at Market Cross – Langdale Pikes (Harrison Stickle, Pike o’ Stickle, Loft Crag, Pavey Ark)
  • ABSEILING: Hodge Close quarry 9-11.30am, quarry between Tilberthwaite and Little Langdale
  • FOOD MARKET 10am-5pm, – Millans Park
  • MOUNTAIN ART: An exhibition of Lake District images  10am-5pm, Cookhouse Gallery, Church Street
  • AMBLESIDE TOWN GUIDED WALK: guided by Ambleside Civic Trust 10am, from Market Cross
  • AR PULL: Ambleside to Kirkstone Pass (tbc) 11am , starting from Ambleside Post Office, North Road
  • FREEDOM WIZARD: Rydal ramble for wheelchair users and their carers 11am-3pm, meet at Market Cross. Route: Ambleside-Rydal Hall-Ambleside
  • GHYLL SCRAMBLING: in Stickle Ghyll, Great Langdale 12pm , meet at Stickle Barn National Trust car park
  • DUCK RACE: for charity 2pm (first heat), at Rothay Park
  • COMEDY NIGHT: with compere Pete Otway and three comics 8-10.30pm, The Lily, Lake Road