‘What’s On in March 2020’


A Selection Local Events and Activities
Further information available at www.visiteden.co.uk, www.cumbriaslivingheritage.co.uk and www.golakes.co.uk

Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick CA12 5DJ

We’re lucky to have one of the most friendly and beautifully situated theatres in all of England on our doorstep, with a year-round selection of high quality theatre, music, talks and festivals that provides stacks of entertainment to suit all tastes.

Did you know that The Rowley Estates are an Ambassador of Theatre by the Lake? You can get £3 off each ticket you book at the theatre.*

Discount code:   86926

Go to www.theatrebythelake.com to book your tickets online. Enter the code above in your ticket basket before proceeding to payment and the discount will be applied.

Please note – If you choose an ‘Over 60’ or ‘Student’ discount, you cannot also choose an Ambassador discount. Ambassador discounts only apply to full price tickets. If you have any problems please call the Box Office on 017687 74411
*Not applicable to some shows; terms and conditions apply – seewww.theatrebythelake.com/terms-and-conditions for details.

Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ

The Rheged Centre is an award winning visitor attraction just outside Penrith on the A66.
Throughout the year there are a number of events and activities taking place including;

  • Cultural Events – Arts & Crafts
  • Family theatre – Exhibitions
  • Cookery classes – Story Telling
  • Cinema / film club – Lots of interactive workshops

All these things along with soft-play, shops and cafes. There literally is something for everyone!

Films at Rheged 

Our huge, full-colour 3D cinema screen is the largest north of Manchester. With comfortable tiered seating, surround sound and excellent wheelchair access, it provides a unique experience. Our daily films might be documentaries exploring nature, wild places or rural life, children’s movies, or specially-made films which connect to where we are. Traditional sweets, locally made ice cream and drinks are all available to enjoy with your film..

For further information and tickets  and all other films and live streamings see:


Lowther Castle and Gardens, Penrith CA10 2HH

Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the English Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem. Built at the turn of the 19th century, on the site of two previous houses, the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were the envy of the north. But in 1957 the castle was demolished. Just the façade and outer walls remained standing and for over half a century, the place was empty – home only to chickens, pigs and the odd bat. The gardens were lost to wilderness.

Seventy years on from its demolition, Lowther Castle is now one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country. Dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens an adventure playground to rival the best in the land. For visitors young and old (and four-legged), Lowther Castle offers plenty to enjoy.


The Lost Castle – Huge Adventure Playground at Lowther Castle, Penrith CA10 2HH

Designed so that families can enjoy playing together in the great outdoors.  Built from over 18,000 metres of sustainably grown timber, the structure is an echo of Lowther Castle itself, with the addition of turrets, zipwires, walkways and slides.  Close by, you will find the ‘Into the woods’ cafe where you can buy hot and cold snacks and drinks. All in all, somewhere to enjoy a wonderful day out.


The National Trust, Cumbria

The National Trusts properties in Cumbria host a wealth of events and activities throughout the year.
Visit their website and search for things to do in Cumbria. There’s something for all ages and abilities including;

  • Beatrix Potter associated events – House and Garden Tours
  • Treasure Trails – Guided Walks
  • William Wordsworth associated events – Outdoor activities

For further details see:

Ullswater Steamers, Pooley Bridge CA10 2NN

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake. Operating one of the largest heritage vessel fleets in the world, offering visitors an experience they will never forget for 363 days a year. Cruises connect to some of the most famous and iconic walking routes in the UNESCO World Heitage site, the Lake District National Park, with views of Wordsworth’s Daffodils on the west shore in Spring. Excellent facilities onboard include open deck and covered upper deck seating areas in addition to covered downstairs saloons, licensed bars and toilets. Excellent facilities also located at the Pier Houses including free Wi-Fi.

Ullswater runs a serpentine course for eight miles through expansive vistas of Lakeland’s highest mountains. Helvellyn at 3,117ft (950m) crowns Ullswater, at the South-Western end of the valley, standing on a mighty plateau approximately 9 miles (14.5km) in length and 4.5 miles (7km) wide. The ‘Steamers’ operate an all year service with varying timetable connections between Glenridding, Howtown, Pooley Bridge Piers and between Glenridding and National Trust Aira Force Pier. Cruise times vary from 20 – 120 minutes.


Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, Penrith CA11 0HB

“Dalemain is a house that needs to be full of people. This is as true today as it always has been and as much as it is a home to my wife, myself and our children, it is a living, working entity that is of much wider importance and interest to the many people whose lives come into contact with it in one way or another.  We love it as our home, a very special house with an extraordinarily warm and welcoming atmosphere, and it is our pleasure to share it with the many visitors and friends who chance upon it. We are home to ‘The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival’ held annually in March at Dalemain”


Lakes Culture

Lakes culture brings together and showcases some of the Lake District’s cultural highlights festivals and events.

for further details see:


Icon Beauty in The Lakes

We offer a bespoke and luxurious beauty and holistic services for guests staying in The Rowley Estates cottages provided by Icon Beauty in the Lakes. Icon Beauty in the Lakes beauty and massage therapists will come to our cottages to provide treatments for individuals or guest parties and will bring their lovely treatment beds and REN clear skin product range to the cottages for these sessions.

Icon Beauty in the Lakes has a range of treatments from REN bespoke body treatments, hot stone massage treatments, replenishing facials, hand & feet treatments and pamper packages. These have been carefully designed to relax and fulfill guests to ensure you are enveloped in calmness, serenity and relaxation from the moment the therapists arrive at your door…..

Icon Beauty in the Lakes offers packages ranging in duration from 50 minutes up to an afternoon or morning session comprising a menu of mix and match treatment options for a wide variety of parties including for individuals, couples & romantic escapes, mums to be & partner or friends, celebrations and birthdays, corporate groups and events. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enjoy a unique, exclusive activity that allows you to truly relax and soak up the ambiance and atmosphere of the wonderful surroundings during your stay.

Please click through the link below to their website or contact Icon Beauty in the Lakes on the telephone number provided. Bookings with Icon Beauty in the Lakes are made independently by guests though we would be happy to help with recommendations –

Download the treatment menu
Tel: 01228 523412

Windermere Jetty – museum of boats, steam and stories is open!

Museum, shop and café with views over the lake open daily all year round except 25th and 26th December. For further information and admission see   www.windermerejetty.org

1-27 March  The Pancake Papers, Lowther Castle and Gardens, Lowther, Penrith, CA10 2HH

In the deep of winter when spirits are in need of a boost, thoughts at Lowther turn to pancakes. And to the mysterious case of 13,000 tins of missing Maple Syrup.
The story begins: “A small girl with a large hat, a pet puffin (called Puffin) and the appetite of a lion decided she wanted to become an international celebrity. She was tired of just being a small girl. The small girl lived in Askham Village in Cumbria – very close to Lowther Castle. It was the middle of winter. What could she do?
Meanwhile at Lowther Castle itself, an incredible theft was discovered. When chefs went to the Lowther Castle Kitchen Cupboard, they found it was empty. All the Maple Syrup that they had bought in, ready for Pancake Day, had gone. Vanished. It must have been stolen.”
Find out if Miss Eleanor manages to become an international celebrity, whether or not the maple syrup is found and how Puffin, Miss Eleanor’s constant companion, comes to the rescue.
A story trail round the garden suitable for all ages. The prize at the end – a free pancake to all children who complete in the café. Free with admission to the Castle and Gardens

Further information at www.lowthercastle.org or 01931 712192

1-8 March  Great Print Exibition, The Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ

This is the fifth edition of our popular Great Print Exhibition, the largest exhibition of original print in the UK.
This year it’s bigger than ever, with more artists taking part and more artworks to see. Featuring over 80 artists and more than 500 artworks on the wall, and many more to browse, this exhibition brings a huge range of styles and techniques.
With prices to suit all budgets it’s a great opportunity to buy a unique gift or an artwork to treasure in your own home.
This is also the first chance to see an exhibition in our brand new gallery space!
There is a catalogue available to buy featuring all the artists in the exhibition.

Opening times: 10am to 5pm Free Admission

14  March  Orton Farmers’ Market, Orton, near Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3RU

Orton Farmers’ Market happens on the second Saturday of every month and includes over 25 local farmers, growers, producers and artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts Orton is a tranquil, attractive (and award winning) village that nestles in the heart of Eden.  The village is transformed on market day by the sights, sounds and smells of a thriving country market.     With live music at most markets, special events such as cookery demonstrations, an award winning chocolate factory on the doorstep, and parking for the disabled, a trip to the award winning Orton Farmers’ Market is a great day out for the whole family.

Opening times: 9am-2pm

13-15  March  Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2018, Rheged, Penrith CA11 0DQ

In partnership with Buzy Lizzie Garden Design and Whitemore and Thwaytes Interiors.  Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show at Rheged has established itself as the finest Northern Home & Garden event of the year, with stands from over 80 inspirational exhibitors.  Cumbria is well known for its Arts and Crafts heritage, beautiful houses and gardens, as well as designers and makers with a national reputation. The show brings together an exciting and complementary range of exhibitors showcasing the very best in design, craftsmanship and innovation from across the North, carefully curated by Interior Designer, Maureen Whitemore, of Whitemore and Thwaytes and Garden Designer Liz Newport, of Buzy Lizzie Garden Design.  Stands across five exhibition halls will be complemented by a series of talks and demonstrations from leading experts, included in your show ticket, and hands on masterclasses, charged separately, where you can learn a new skill or craft.  Buy your fast track tickets online – skip the main ticket queue – simply show your e-ticket at the main desk when you arrive for your show wristband.  For those who want to get more in depth knowledge or hands on experience, a selection of the North’s best makers and designers are running a series of 12 different masterclasses over the weekend, which are ticketed separately.

Tickets £6.   For further information – www.rheged.com

14-15  March   Marmalade Awards and Festival 2020, Dalemain Mansion & Gardens, Dalemain, Penrth CA11 0HB

The World’s Original Marmalade Festival will be returning to Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens in 2020 on 14th and 15th March.
Join us at Dalemain as we celebrate 15 years of the Marmalade Awards. We will be celebrating this occasion with more marmalade magic than ever before! It begins at 10am with the Awards Ceremony, when the official 2020 BEST IN SHOW will be revealed!
Competitors are encouraged to send their entries to Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria, on or before 7th February. As always, there are two competitions:

  • The Artisan Awards for small-scale Artisan producers who sell their marmalades commercially
  • The Homemade Awards for homemade cooks and those who make marmalade for fun – or, indeed, have never made it before!

The Dalemain Festival is supported by Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce, who will be organising lots of exciting orange windows and special offers in town.

We are delighted to be welcoming the festival back to its home, Dalemain Mansion. We have lots of exciting activities in store, with thousands of marmalades on display in the mansion, and thousands more to taste in the Artisan barn. There will be marmalade lectures and workshops, cookery lessons, marmalade games, films, music and children’s activities. We will be serving a delicious array of homemade refreshments with, of course, a special orange theme. The town of Penrith will once again be ‘Going Orange’ with an array of orange windows and special offers.

On Sunday 15th March, start your day at the special Festival service at St Andrew’s Church, Dacre at 9.30am. Follow it with a leisurely brunch back at Dalemain and watch live marmalade judging with the famous ‘MarmalAshes’, and try those artisan marmalades you didn’t get a chance to taste on Saturday. Gold Award-winning jars will be available to buy throughout the weekend.

In the meantime, you can find out more about the Marmalade Awards by visiting www.marmaladeawards.com

14 March  Marmalade Cruise Ullswater ‘Steamers’, The Pier House, Glenridding, Penrith,
CA11 0US

Celebrate the annual Marmalde Festival with us as we offer you the chance to cruise for free on our 9:30 sailing from Glenridding if you bring a full size jar of marmalade!  All jars we receive will be donated to the Salvation Army.