August Highlights

The poppies may have moved on and Lionel and Paloma have left us with some great memories, but there’s plenty more to look forward to throughout August in Carlisle.

Here’s a selection of what’s coming up. More events can be found using the what’s on search.

Sands Centre

There are more big names from the world of entertainment. The month opens with two nights from TV stand up Sarah Millican bringing her latest one-woman show to the Sands Centre. The same venue hosts The League of Gentlemen Live Again – the BAFTA award-winning comedy’s first UK tour in more than 12 years – on Thursday 23 August.

Carlisle Racecourse

At the annual Ladies Night on Monday 6, not only will there be top class action from an all-female jockey racecard and a great social buzz, but a DJ set by Spice Girl Melanie C.

Talkin Tarn Country Park

There’s two chances to enjoy some outdoor theatre in the beautiful surrounds of Talkin Tarn.
On Thursday 9 August there is the children’s production Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster and two weeks later on Thursday 23 August it’s time for some Shakespeare with the Bard’s As You Like It.

The Global Village Market

Returns for five days from 23 August when traders on the city centre’s English Street will be offering produce from across the world. Visitors can enjoy the very best international flavours and crafts from more than 30 stalls.

Carlisle Fringe

Is back and this year it’s bigger and better than ever with a huge variety of amazing events between August 24 and September 2. The 2018 programme will be a dazzling and bold selection of top notch shows that will send pulses racing with non-stop music and entertainment. This year there are more than 100 events over 10 days, at 11 different venues, including the Old Fire Station, Tullie House, Stanwix Theatre and Source Collective.

The majority, covering dance, music, comedy and theatre are free to attend.

Tullie House

Join Tullie throughout the month as it explores the mighty River Eden's journey through Cumbria and the Eden Valley. This hands-on exhibition contains displays of Natural Science collections alongside fun and exploratory activities for all ages.

Tullie also offers the workshop Graphite Chisel Point Goes to the Seaside on Saturday 4 August, focussing on the use of solid graphite sticks.


Carlisle's annual comic book convention Megacon returns for another round of nerdy goodness on Saturday 18 August at the Richard Rose Central Academy.

Football League

And, of course, August signals the start of a new football season. Historic Brunton Park, the home of Carlisle United, is set to host three league games in the month on August 11, 21 and 25.