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Thousands expected to flock to Grasmere’s historic Sports extravaganza

Wrestling at the Grasmere Sports

[T]he beautiful Lakeland village of Grasmere is once again preparing to welcome thousands of visitors for its annual ‘Grasmere Sports’ show. The event, which is steeped in history and tradition, is taking place on Sunday 27th August on Grasmere’s Sports field on Stock Lane, and will be its 167th 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, the ferret world roadshow, the bird of prey and lurcher display and children’s sprint races. Returning this year will be the ‘long-leap’ for youngsters. 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. 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 – hopefully – fine conditions, there should be something for all the family,” he said. “The event has always been a popular draw. It’s history and heritage place it as one of Cumbria’s most famous events and this year, we have some 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 and to book tickets, please visit or call 07783 504029. (Online tickets: Adults: £9; children 5-14 years: £4; under 5’s: FREE; On the gate: Adults: £10; children 5-14 years: £5; under 5’s: FREE)

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