We are well located here at Midland Barn with many places to visit and things to do in all directions – head over to the West to the Lake District, North to Hadrian’s Wall, East to Alston (the capital of the Pennines) and South to Sedbergh. 

As well as your typical tourist places that you can visit all year round, 2019 also brings plenty of planned events. Below are just a sample of what you can do during your stay here at Midland Barn through to June 2019. If you want to see a full extensive list and start planning on how to spend your days here, then head over to the Eden Valley What’s On website pageF

Feb 2019

  • 13thFeb through to 28thMarch
    • Garden Trail of Pancake Facts, Lowther Castle and Gardens.
      • As Shrove Tuesday (aka, Pancake Day) fast approaches, take a wander around the Garden Trail at Lowther Castle whilst learning about some rather surprising facts about Pancakes. And for you, young pancake detectives, if you are able to crack a code on the way, you will be rewarded with a treat!
  • 15thFebruary
    • Moulin Rouge Murder Mystery Night, North Lakes Hotel & Spa.
      • North Lakes are putting on a Moulin Rouge Murder Mystery Night, costing £30 per person. Are you able to solve the crime before the final curtain falls?
  • 15thFeb – 22ndApril 2019
    • “Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art” Exhibition, The Rheged Centre.
      • Explore how comic books are created by following each step of the process, from characters, settings, through to the plot and special powers. You will also get the chance to see Desperate Dan, Dennis the Menace as they were drawn in the 1940’s-1950’s along with all of your other favourite Comic Characters. 
  • 16thFeb
    • Brough Farmers Market, Brough.
      • Brough Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month and is the perfect opportunity to wander around the local stalls and try out the local produce.
  • 24thFebruary
    • 10k Trail Event, Dalemain Estate.
      • For those keen runners, Dalemain Estate is putting on a 10k trail event, and for those with children, there is also a free 1k even for children. Expect to get a little muddy! Head over to their website to register. 
  • Until 31stMarch 2019
    • Turner’s Painting, Lowther Castle.
      • In 1809, Turner visited Lowther Castle and was inspired to paint the scene he saw before him. Take this opportunity to visit Lowther Castle and view his painting. Can you spot any similarities/differences to the backdrop that you see today?
Lowther Castle

March 2019

  • 3rdMarch
    • Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive, Penrith. 
      • For you keen cyclists, why not try out the Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive. It’s just shy of 60 mile circular route, giving you plenty of views of the Eden Valley. Note, that this event does book up fast, so make sure to enter! 
  • 5thMarch
    • Guided Walk at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve, Near Penrith. 
      • Eycott Hill, a nature reserve that was shaped by volcanic activity over 450 million years ago, today presents a mosaic of habitats ranging from moorland to wetlands, so you can be sure to see a variety of wildlife and plants. Cumbria Wildlife Trust holds regular guided walks through this wonderful nature reserve. Head over to their website for more details on these events. 
  • 9thMarch
    • Orton Farmers Market, Orton.
      • Orton’s Farmers markets are held on the second Saturday of every month and with over 25 local famers, growers, producers and artisan craftsmen, it’s a local market not to be missed. 
  • 15th– 17thMarch
  • 16th– 17thMarch
    • Word’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival, Dalemain Mansion.
      • Love Marmalade? If so, then you can be sure that this festival is for you! In 2018, the festival saw over 3,000 entries from over 30 countries! So, you can be sure that 2019 will bring even more! Head over to Dalemain’s website for further details. 
  • In response to the festival, Penrith town centre will also go Orange on the 16thMarch to celebrate Marmalade. 
  • 16th March
    • Brough Farmers Market, Brough.
      • Brough Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month and is the perfect opportunity to wander around the local stalls and try out the local produce. 1
  • 19thMarch
    • Penrith Farmers Market, Penrith.
      • Penrith’s Farmers Market is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Why not pop down and purchase some local produce for your picnics or evening meals at Midland Barn. 
  • 13thFeb through to 28thMarch
    • Garden Trail of Pancake Facts, Lowther Castle and Gardens.
      • As Shrove Tuesday (aka, Pancake Day) fast approaches, take a wander around the Garden Trail at Lowther Castle whilst learning about some rather surprising facts about Pancakes. And for you, young pancake detectives, if you are able to crack a code on the way, you will be rewarded with a treat!
  • Until 31stMarch 2019
    • Turner’s Painting, Lowther Castle.
      • In 1809, Turner visited Lowther Castle and was inspired to paint the scene he saw before him. Take this opportunity to visit Lowther Castle and view his painting. Can you spot any similarities/differences to the backdrop that you see today?
  • 15thFeb – 22ndApril 2019
    • “Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art” Exhibition, The Rheged Centre.
      • Explore how comic books are created by exploring each step of the process, from characters, settings, through to the plot and special powers. You will also get the chance to see Desperate Dan, Dennis the Menace as they were drawn in the 1940’s-1950’s along with all of your other favourite Comic Characters. 

April 2019

  • 13thApril
    • Orton Farmers Market, Orton.
      • Orton’s Farmers markets are held on the second Saturday of every month and with over 25 local famers, growers, producers and artisan craftsmen, it’s a local market not to be missed. 
  • 16thApril
    • Penrith Farmers Market, Penrith.
      • Penrith’s Farmers Market is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Why not pop down and purchase some local produce for your picnics or evening meals at Midland Barn. 
  • 16thApril
    • Guided Walk at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve, Near Penrith. 
      • Eycott Hill, a nature reserve that was shaped by volcanic activity over 450 million years ago, today presents a mosaic of habitats ranging from moorland to wetlands, so you can be sure to a variety of wildlife and plants. Cumbria Wildlife Trust puts on regular guided walks through this wonderful nature reserve. Head over to their website for more details on these events. 
  • 20thApril
    • Brough Farmers Market, Brough.
      • Brough Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month and is the perfect opportunity to wander around the local stalls and try out the local produce.
  • 20th– 21stApril
    • Cumbria Easter Rally, Brough and Kirkby Stephen. 
      • Do you love to see classic vehicles drive by? Then how about stopping at the free classic commercial vehicle rally. Park your car at Brough or Kirkby Stephen station and take the Classic bus ride between the two event sites. 
  • 15thFeb – 22ndApril 2019
    • “Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art” Exhibition, The Rheged Centre.
      • Explore how comic books are created by exploring each step of the process, from characters, settings, through to the plot and special powers. You will also get the chance to see Desperate Dan, Dennis the Menace as they were drawn in the 1940’s-1950’s along with all of your other favourite Comic Characters. 
  • 30thApril – 6thMay
    • Ride2stride; The Settle-Carlisle Walking and Music Festival
      • The 73 mile long Settle-Carlisle Railway, runs through remote scenery covering the Dales and Pennines, ending at Carlisle, close to the Scottish border. The Ride2Stride is a week-long festival to celebrate both the breath-taking landscape and culture. With a busy programme of walks, talks and music along the railway, be sure to check out their website to take advantage of this festival during your stay.  

May 2019

  • 30thApril – 6thMay
    • Ride2stride; The Settle-Carlisle Walking and Music Festival
      • The 73 mile long Settle-Carlisle Railway, runs through remote scenery covering the Dales and Pennines, ending at Carlisle, close to the Scottish border. The Ride2Stride is a week-long festival to celebrate both the breath-taking landscape and culture. With a busy programme of walks, talks and music along the railway, be sure to check out their website to take advantage of this festival during your stay.  
  • 11th May
    • Orton Farmers Market, Orton
      • Orton’s Farmers markets are held on the second Saturday of every month and with over 25 local famers, growers, producers and artisan craftsmen, it’s a local market not to be missed. 
  • 11thMay
Dalemain Estate
  • 12thMay
    • Plant and Food fair, Hutton in the Forest.
      • Buy from specialist Norther Nurseries and Cumbrian foods direct from local famers and producers. Why not pick up a treat of you to take back home with you? 
  • 18th– 19thMay
    • Northern Photography and Video Show, The Rheghed Centre. 
      • Do you have a keen interest in Photography, then this is the event for you! This show is the only one of its kind in the North and offers you the opportunity to hear talks from some of the UKs inspiring photographers and filmmakers. With the stunning local scenery surrounding Midland Barn, you can be sure that your creative juices will be flowing after a visit to this show. 
  • 18thMay
    • Brough Farmers Market, Brough.
      • Brough Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month and is the perfect opportunity to wander around the local stalls and try out the local produce.
  • 21stMay
    • Penrith Farmers Market, Penrith
      • Penrith’s Farmers Market is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Why not pop down and purchase some local produce for your picnics or evening meals at Midland Barn. 
  • 26thMay
    • Classic Cars in the Park, Hutton in the Forest. 
      • A typical event for a warm spring day. Wander around the beautiful gardens of Lord and Lady Inglewood whilst reminiscing over the sights and sounds of classic cars ranging from Austin Sevens to Land Rovers. 

June 2019

  • 1st– 2ndJune
    • Wigton Dog Agility, Hutton in the Forest.
  • 6th– 12thJune
    • Appleby Horse Fair, Appleby.
      • The renowned annual gathering of Gypsies and Travellers at Appleby arrives in June and is said to be the largest fair in Europe, with over 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers and 30,000 visitors attending the fair. The main days to attend the fair are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We recommend not attending on the Monday/Tuesday as there is very little to see. 
  • 15thJune
    • Brough Farmers Market, Brough.
      • Brough Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month and is the perfect opportunity to wander around the local stalls and try out the local produce.
  • 16th June
    • Dalemain Plant Fair, Dalemain.
      • For those passionate about their gardens, head over to Dalemain to attend their plant fair. Stalls are plentiful coming from the best nurseries in the North, learn about Dalemain’s garden on one of the garden tours and purchase some local produce from the Artisan food stalls. A wonderful day out for all. 
  • 18thJune
    • Penrith Farmers Market, Penrith
      • Penrith’s Farmers Market is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Why not pop down and purchase some local produce for your picnics or evening meals at Midland Barn. 

We hope that you have a great stay here at Midland Barn!

Liam and Lucy

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