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Lake District Hotel in Grasmere - Bridge House Hotel - Grasmere Sports

Photographs of Grasmere Sports and Lakeland Show held every year in England's Lake District.

Next Sports Day - Sunday 24th August 2014

 
Grasmere Sports and Lakeland Show dates back to 1852 in its modern formal format, however, its origins are much earlier. Like most rural meetings of this kind it probably emanates from farmers gathering to exchange and barter livestock. Sheep roam freely in the Lake District and annual gatherings were necessary to return strays to their rightful owners.

Grasmere Sports in its heyday. Click on the top left corner for a close up of Bridge House.

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Grasmere Sports still attracts 5-10,000 spectators, but, in its heyday, crowds were often three or four times that! Back in 1909 the prize fund for the various events was 250. That is equivalent to over 23,000 in today's money! The winner of the heavyweight wrestling won 15 (1400eqv.) and the Guides Race 10 (940eqv).

Grasmere Sports in its heyday.

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For You Tube Video of the Grasmere Sports 2011 click here.

 
Grasmere Sports and Lakeland Show is a full day out for everyone to enjoy. It takes place at Grasmere sports field just a two minute walk up the road from Bridge House Hotel in Grasmere. There is constant activity and plenty for spectators or participants. Fell running, mountain biking, Westmorland Wrestling for men and women.
 

Grasmere Sports 2007 - Senior Guides Race

 
A Lake District favourite is the hound trailing where a special scent is dragged up the surrounding mountains and the dogs follow the course which starts and finishes in the main Grasmere arena.

The return of the Trail Hounds - Grasmere Sports 2009 ...... If you cannot see the video go to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level > Enable Videos & Animations.

Grasmere Sports - Hound Trailing Grasmere Sports - the wrestlers line up for the Judges Grasmere Sports - the Sports field

Grasmere Sports - the Senior Guides Race

Grasmere Sports - Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling

Grasmere Sports - Wrestling

Another Lake District tradition is Fell Running or Guides Racing - people running up and down the mountains, by all ages and both sexes. The youngest category is the under nines!

Typical entertainment at the Grasmere Sports and Lakeland Show, includes a dog show, marching bands, hawking, hang gliding, trampolines and bouncy castle for the children and there are always numerous stalls selling local produce, arts and crafts, hot and cold food and, of course, a beer tent!                                               

Grasmere Sports and Lakeland Show - a great Lake District day out!

 

Click the 3 photographs below for 360 panoramas from Grasmere Sports 2008.

Lake District 360 Panorama - Scroll from right to left for best results

Grasmere Sports 360 Panorama - the show field during Sports Day Grasmere Sports 360 Panorama - the Sports Field before the crowds arrived Grasmere Sports 360 Panorama - Brackenfell before the Senior Guides Race

 

   

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