- English Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK

Events in Grasmere and the English Lake District

Grasmere Rushbearing - courtesy of visitcumbria.comIf you're lucky enough to be in Grasmere in August, you could enjoy the thrills and spills of Grasmere Sports. This is the main event in the Grasmere calendar and one of the most popular traditional events in the Lake District. Indeed, it's been so popular over the years that this event has been running since 1852!

Events at Grasmere Sports include Cumberland wrestling, fell running and hound trails. The event is usually held on the August bank holiday Sunday but do double-check before making your final plans.

Another popular event in Grasmere is the rushbearing ceremony held at St. Oswald's Church. This is an ancient custom that dates back to the days before church floors were flagged. Parishioners used to bring rushes to lay on the church floor to purify the air and protect against the cold. Today the children of Grasmere are rewarded with gingerbread if they carry one of the rushes!

Grasmere Information Centre can be contacted on 015394 35245 for upto date details.

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