Summer 2019: Things To Do In The North

The North of England is one of the most beautiful places in the World. It is home to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Pennines and other areas of outstanding beauty. As we approach summer 2019, it’s important to know what’s happening across our region.

Our blog at Hanley Caravans provides you with a guide to some of the events happening in Lancashire, Cumbria and the North East this summer. All of our caravan parks are perfectly located for travelling around these areas, making exploring as easy as possible.

July 2019


Garstang Scarecrow Festival, July 5 to July 7

Held in the Lancashire market town of Garstang, the annual Scarecrow Festival will take place over the first weekend in July. There will be various activities including competitions to enter, face painting and more.

Lytham Festival, July 8 to July 14

This event is now celebrating its 10th anniversary and music in 2019 comes from Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue and Stereophonics. You can find out more on their website about stage times and tickets.


Hawkshead Brewery Summer Beer Festival, July 18 to July 20

For those who enjoy beer, then the annual summer festival at Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley is the perfect place to go. Children and dogs are welcome and there is live music and food.

Ambleside Sports, July 25

The popular event has been running since the 17th century and features a whole host of activities to take part in or watch. These include wrestling, fell and guide races, children’s races, track races, hound trailing, and grass track cycling.

Kendal Calling, July 25 to July 28

The popular music festival returns and promises a weekend of exciting sounds and culture. This year’s line-up includes the Courteeners, Manic Street Preachers, and Nile Rodgers and Chic.

North East

South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade, July 6

As one of the largest parades in the North East of England, the event takes place in South Shields and welcomes thousands of visitors. With bright costumes and floats, it’s sure to be an exciting day out.

Durham on Film, July 6

For those who want to discover more about the local area’s heritage, then this event is ideal. Durham on Film shows footage of the past, giving people an idea of what the area used to be like.

BRASS Oktoberfest, July 18

For one day only the town hall of Durham becomes home to German culture, food and beer! This year marks 50 years since the partnership between the town and Tübingen in Germany started and it is sure to be an eventful day.

August 2019


Garstang Show, August 3

If a family day out is something that you are looking for, then the Garstang Show is perfect. There is plenty to do here, from exploring the foot hall to a variety of children’s entertainment.

Blackpool Air Show, August 10 and 11

Featuring the Breitling Jet Team, this year’s Blackpool Air Show is one not to miss. Alongside displays and fly-bys, there will also be several activities to take part in.

Vintage by the Sea, Morecambe, August 31 to September 1

As an award-winning festival, Vintage by the Sea celebrates the past in a beautiful setting. Whether you enjoy live music or classic cars, you’ll always find something to enjoy over the weekend.


Lowther Show, August 10 and 11

This is one of the largest events to take place in Cumbria and is hosted by the Lowther Estate near Penrith. Dogs are welcome and there are several events, activities and plenty of local food and drink!

Helvellyn Moonlight Guide Walk, August 16

Taking place between 4.30 pm and 11.30 pm, the moonlight guide walk takes you from Glenridding over Helvellyn. There are other dates available to select in July and towards the end of August.

North East

Great Northern Dragon Boat Challenge, August 11

Ever wondered what it’s like to race a dragon boat? The Chinese sporting tradition has been running for more than 2000 years and sees teams race the boats across a 250-metre course.

Durham Classic Car Gala, August 26

For those who love classic cars, the annual gala being held in Durham is an event to attend. To find out more, please visit the Facebook event for the day.

Dig For Victory, Beamish, August 29 to September 1

Taking place in the last weekend of August is the 5th Dig for Victory event at Beamish. It marks the start of the Great North Festival of Agriculture and shows the role of the countryside during WW2.

September 2019


Illuminations Tram Tours, Blackpool

Starting in September you will be able to go on tram tours of the world famous Blackpool Illuminations. Find out more about prices and tickets here.

Lancaster Festa Italia, September 8

A celebration of Italian food, art and culture will take place this September in the city of Lancaster. Alongside top Italian brands will be a variety of activities and food to enjoy.

World Fireworks Championship, Blackpool

This year the World Fireworks Championship is set to take place in the seaside resort of Blackpool and will run on the 6, 13, 20 and 27 of September. Expect amazing displays and a perfect opportunity for pictures.


Holker Chilli Fest, September 7 and 8

If you love all things spice, then there is nowhere better to go than the Holker Chilli Festival. It runs over a full weekend and you can find several local food suppliers here.

Westmorland County Show, September 13

The Westmorland Country Show happens to the south of Kendal and was first founded in 1799. For decades local farmers have been coming here to celebrate the event and today over 30,000 people attend.

Kendal Torchlight Carnival, September 27 and 28

Having first been established in 1970, the torchlight carnival in Kendal features dancers, carnival floats, as well as bands. You can find out more on their website here.

North East

Durham Doggy Social, September 1

During July, August and September there will be several Durham Doggy Social events taking place by at Whiskey River. If you have your own dogs and would like to socialise with locals, these events could be the best place for you!

Kynren, September 7 and 14

Taking place on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland, Eleven Arches presents an unmissable show comprised of 1,000 cast and crew members as well as a seven and a half acre stage. There are also other days available during July and August.

Find Out More

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