By long-standing right, the end of August is still declared annually as 'Carlisle Great Fair' a week long street market with entertainment thrown in. It was originally established in 1353, and now runs as a sort of mini 'Edinburgh Festival'.
Every April sees Carlisle become both the start and finish of the Pirelli International Rally. Over the years the Pirelli International Rally has become one of the countries classic events offering competitors in the MSA British Rally Championship, and the thousands of enthusiasts who annually flock to Cumbria, a great weekend's motorsport. As a round of the British Championship, the rally attracts a horde of young up and coming British drivers keen to use it as a stepping stone onto the world rallying scene.
The Cumberland Show hosts Cumbria's best family day out at Carlisle Racecourse. Tradition and agriculture are combined with a fresh, modern focus to create a real celebration of farming food and countryside. The top quality animals on show offer one of the best exhibiting experience in the region. For anyone with a love of local produce and age old traditions, then the County show really is a must go. For details of the next Cumberland County Show visit their website.
Built in 1805 by predecessors of the current owners. Castletown is a good example of Grecian style architecture. It boasts fine ceilings and an extensive collection of Royal pictures. Set in its own garden and grounds all overlooking the River Eden, this is a great place to bring the whole family and let them run around for the day.
Just a short ride out of Carlisle you will find Trotters World of Animals - home to hundreds of friendly animals including traditional favorites, endangered species, birds of prey and reptiles. A great deal is also under cover, so rain need not spoil this day trip.