Go behind the scenes with Heritage Open Days

Take your pick from guided tours taking you behind the scenes of castles, churches, Turkish baths and Barrow Town Hall or guided walks.  From railway restoration projects to vintage recipes and a medieval festival at a corn mill there are opportunities a plenty to discover old industrial buildings that have been brought back to life with new purpose. Heritage Open Days (10-19 Sep) are taking place right across the county from, the historic border city of Carlisle and coastal town Barrow, to smaller communities such as Beetham, Backbarrow, Kirkby Stephen, Sedbergh, Townend and Waberthwaite. For full listings of Cumbria’s Open Heritage Day events. 

See over 200 new artworks at Rheged’s Gallery

For a large group show under one roof head to the Lake Artists Society Annual Exhibition (18 Sep-21 Nov) at Rheged’s Gallery. A joyful celebration of art and creativity, the exhibition features work by 45 artists from across Cumbria, all of which are being exhibited for the first time.

Enjoy open mic poetry or learn about herbs at Wordsworth Grasmere

Wordsworth Grasmere are hosting a regular series of events, part poetry reading, part open mic - and the guest poet and open mic theme change each month; An Evening with Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (22 Sep) is a Zoom event. Learn about the features, folklore and uses of Dorothy and William Wordsworth’s herbs in a workshop (30 Sept)

New Light Prize Exhibition

Stunning new art works on display as part of this touring exhibition. Set up to celebrate and promote Northern art in 2010, this biennial Prize Exhibition is now one of the UK’s largest and most celebrated open exhibitions. See it at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (18 Sep – 6 Nov) before it travels on to Bankside in London where the tour concludes.

Live music in real life

Take your pick from the gigs at Brewery Arts from electronica to indie and folk and soak up the acoustics of the newly refitted malt room. On this month; Mystery Jets, An Evening with Mark Radcliffe Ft. Une, Gnoss.

Explore the enduring legacy of artistic exchange between Britain and Japan

‘House of the Setting Sun’ (until 10 Oct) at Blackwell House, a stunning example of arts and crafts architecture, offers an inviting exhibition displayed within the house. A highlight for children is the playful Yokai trail, these cute mysterious Japanese characters are hidden around the house. Follow the map to find out more about their peculiar traits and intriguing stories.

Immersive yourself in the Cumbria’s coastal community

Enjoy a relaxed stroll along the Victorian Promenade at Grange over Sands and browse for gifts at the largest outdoor arts and crafts fair in Cumbria Prom Art (26 Sep), experience the West Coast Photo Festival online, Rediscover Copeland exhibition at The Beacon in Whitehaven is a photographic trip through Copeland in the 50s and 60s, by local photographer Ivor Nicholas.

Can you solve the puzzle?

WRECKED! at Windermere Jetty is a fun immersive experience for children and families; solve puzzles, reveal secrets, and discover stories that were once lost to the water (until 20 Mar 2022).

Open studio and art trails not to miss this month

You’ll find a wide range of original art including textiles, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, pastels and mixed media on show at Eden Valley Artistic Network (4-19 Sep) and Green Door Art Trail (25-26 Sep) or try your hand at painting animals with artist Thuline (18 Sep).

You can see Cumbria’s full Heritage Open Day listings here, and remember to book-ahead, directly with the organisers of each event before attending. For arts and culture events take a look at the what’s on listings on www.visitlakedistrict.com.

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