FREE must-attend Cumbrian festivals

_DSC4705FESTIVALS have become a British summer staple, but with increase in popularity prices can increase, and affordability can be difficult.

So RACHAEL GREALISH has been on the outlook for free festivals to attend in Cumbria this summer.

  • Dentdale music and beer festival – June 24 – 26

More than 25 artists will perform in the main stage marquee, and new to this year will be the open mic stage located in an undercover seating area.As well as giving adults access to a wonderful time, there is a separate area on the festival field dedicated to younger visitors.

  • Irton Hall’s Summer Line-up- August 5 – 6

Back for another year, Irton Hall’s Summer Line up promises a family-friendly weekend of free live music with an idyllic setting. The Lottery Winners and Gus MacGregor are set to headline the weekend, but other local acts such as: Mylittlebrother, Thirteen Stars, Mama-Sang and the Robot, among others, are also set to take centre stage on the weekend.

  • Grasmere Guzzler – September 2 – 4

Now on its 10th outing, the Grasmere Guzzler Festival has grown from having 100 visitors sampling eight guest ales in 2006 to last year the festival brought over 4000 people into Grasmere Village, with more than 100 ales, ciders and world beers on offer and live music all weekend. This year the festival hopes to be bigger than ever as along with all it had to offer last year they’re a BBQ and are allowing visitors to camp in the gardens.
In the past visitors have come from as far as Australia to celebrate their love of real ale and music.

  • Langdale Charity Folk Festival – September 9 – 10

Langdale Folk Festival promises two full weekends a year of free music, real ales and stunning scenery – no matter what the weather.

Musicians from Cumbria and around the UK play music from noon to 11pm all weekend. One of the headliners is Daz Rice & Co. The Americana group from Cleveleys will be playing songs from past album as well as new original music.

The festival is completely in support of The Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs and the Great North Air Ambulance and since 2008 has raised £38,500.