Shap Outdoor Festival


Jim Bliss
Lowther Estate Wilding

The talk will be on the transition of Lowther Estate from conventional farming to its current practice of wildland farming. Within this talk, Jim will discuss where Lowther has come from and the brief history of the estate. We will also discuss the problems faced with previous agricultural systems. Then the talk will go into detail why we changed our farming system and how we shaped it. Finally we will explore what we are doing now and how this is restoring our natural environment.

Eve Borrino
Bats - Talk & Walk

Local bat expert Eve Borrino will give a short talk
before leading us to a nearby spot to listen
out for these amazing mammals.

Red Squirrel Walk at
Shap Wells Hotel

Join rangers Jerry & Gary at Shap Wells for a short walk
to watch the local red squirrels.

Wild Fell Jacket

Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Farm

Lee Schofield's personal account of the work the RSPB are carrying out in partnership with United Utilities at Haweswater. Discover how efforts to balance ecological restoration with hill farming are helping wildlife to thrive alongside sustainable livestock production, improved water quality and combatting climate change. Copies of Wild Fell will be available to purchase at the event, and if you’ve already got it, why not bring it along to be signed!

New RSPB logo

Dawn Chorus Walk

Experience the magic of nature’s music festival on this exclusive event, and be immersed in the wild symphony of the dawn chorus here at Haweswater. Under the expert eyes and ears of our Warden Spike, amble through the enchanting ancient oak woodland of Naddle Forest, as an array of woodland birds come to life with their morning song.


Lichens Walk

A short walk round Shap to look at the lichens in the playing field and church yard. There will be lichens to look at on the trees, dry-stone walls, grave stones and the outside of the church. No prior knowledge necessary. Tea or coffee at 9:30 with short introduction, starting walk at 10:00 and back by 12 noon.

Save Our Reds
with Robert Benson

Brief look at squirrels worldwide – reds in UK and what has happened – grey introduction and effects. Red conservation as a result of grey incursion – tools at our disposal – funding. And part that public can play in helping conservation both financially and practically.

Bluebells Mindfulness & Meditation Walk
at natures pace

On this mindfulness and meditation walk amongst the bluebells, we will take our time, engaging all of our senses, connecting deeply with nature; observing it’s beauty, moving slowly through the landscape, really taking time, to notice, to find peace, clarity and relief from stress.


Dark Skies
with Jack Ellerby

Join Project Officer Jack Ellerby for a
presentation to learn about the value of Dark Skies


Friends of the Lake District
Walling Competition

At Green Farm, Shap. Spectators welcome.

The LUniverse Dome-less Planetarium

“Have you ever looked up on a dark night and wanted to know more about our universe?
From the LUniverse team at Lancaster University comes a 
dome-less planetarium experience, the answer to all your questions.

At The Memorial Hall, Shap
Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Local Peatland & Heathland Vegetation

A guided walk by Cumbria Wildlife Trust Peatland Restoration Team
to look at a local site close to the River Lowther.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Peatland Restoration & Habitats

Join Cumbria Wildlife Trust Peatland Restoration Team experts to hear about the work being carried out to reverse the damage to peatland areas.

Prehistoric Landscapes
with Patrick Neaves
Talk & Walk

Join us on a tour of our local prehistoric sites 

Other Wildlife & Landscape Events to Enjoy!

Wild Haweswater

Wildlife Experiences

Badger Hide

Enjoy intimate views of one of Haweswater’s most enigmatic
woodland mammals, the Badger.

©Wild Intrigue

Wild Intrigue | Woodland Wildlife Hide

This hide has been custom built for wildlife photography, offering excellent opportunities to capture Red Squirrels and woodland birds in comfort, within a beautiful, private section of the forest.

Pied Flycatcher Hide

Discover the jewel of Haweswater’s temperate rainforest, the Pied Flycatcher, by booking a day in Wild Intrigue’s Pied Flycatcher photography hide.

Mountain Skills Course – 29th & 30th April in the Haweswater area– run by Graham Uney Mountaineering for Mountain Training.

Your key to getting started in mountain walking. These courses are aimed at beginners, so you don’t need any previous experience of mountain walking to attend. If you’d like to start your own walking adventures but aren’t confident about planning walks, navigating and understanding the equipment required, then this course is for you. We will spend 2 days covering everything you need to get you started whilst exploring the beautiful Haweswater area.

Details at but to book for this weekends course please email

A huge thank you to those organisations and individuals who made this Festival happen!

Places to Stay

Tel: 01931 713673

Tel: 01931 716719

The Hermitage

Tel: 01931 716671