The beautiful Lakeland village of Grasmere is once again preparing to welcome thousands of visitors for its annual ‘Grasmere Sports’ show this week.  The event, which is steeped in history and tradition, is taking place this Sunday 26th August on Grasmere’s Sports field on Stock Lane and will be its 168th year.  This year, the programme is packed with a vast selection of activities for all the family and is expected to attract in the region of 5000 visitors.

Heading the programme will be the traditional Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, hound trails, fell running for both adults and children, the ever-popular dog show, children’s sprint races, and the ‘long-leap’ for youngsters.  New acts for 2018 include the H&M dog display team and ‘Dangerous Steve’, who juggles fire and chainsaws.  There will also be an array of trade stands, a beer tent and veteran car static display.  Car parking will be free on the day.  Following record weather conditions across the whole of the UK, Show manager, George Gale, is keeping his fingers crossed for fine weather and anticipating high attendance numbers:

“We are expecting many thousands of visitors to this year’s Grasmere Sports and with a jam-packed schedule and – fingers crossed – sunny conditions, there should be something for everyone,” he said.  “The event has always been extremely popular.  Its history and heritage place it as one of Cumbria’s most famous events and this year, we have even more fantastic activities.  The wrestling is popular each year, with competitors coming from across Europe.  I should like to thank Jennings Brewery and Rathbones – our two main sponsors – for their support and look forward to a tremendous day!”

For more information about the Grasmere Sports 2018 event and to book tickets, please visit www.grasmeresports.com or call 07783 504029. (Online tickets: Adults: £11; children 5-14 years: £4; under 5’s: FREE; On the gate: Adults: £12; children 5-14 years: £5; under 5’s: FREE)