A couple of years ago we headed to the Lake District to defeat the final mountain in our three peak challenge. The Lake District is stunning in the winter, especially when you reach the snowy summit. It’s somewhere we’ve wanted to go back to again, and as it’s one of the closer mountains to where we live, it’s been on our agenda again more recently (especially since we’ve been planning another little UK getaway!).
The Lake District is home to a year-round programme of exciting events for walkers, theatre-goers, shoppers and more. During the winter months, visitors can enjoy a host of welcoming activities and events, making Lake District breaks the perfect choice for a breakaway. If you’re visiting Keswick and the North Lakes this winter, choose from a range of regular and one-off events to make your trip truly special!
Me (pictured below) fighting 50mph and -11°C windchill on the summit of Scafell Pike, the Lake District on New Years Day 2017. Get the look: Shop similar raincoats and jackets at Lighthouse Clothing*.
Bonfire Night – 5th November
With displays held across the Northern Lakes and further afield, you can enjoy this cosy time of year on your break. The nearby Newton Rigg College in Penrith is just a short drive from Keswick and, in association with Penrith Lions, holds a dazzling annual fireworks display.
Christmas Lights Switch on – 24th November
An eagerly anticipated event in the town’s calendar, join in the festivities as Market Square and Packhorse Court are illuminated for the festive season. See Keswick truly sparkle!
Keswick Live Advent Calendar – 1st – 24th December
This unique celebration of the town sees festively themed windows in local shops and businesses illuminated over the course of Advent. A magical window trail is formed around the town which visitors and residents alike can follow and enjoy.
Keswick Traditional Victorian Christmas Fayre – 3rd December
For a truly festive atmosphere, take your break during Keswick’s popular Traditional Victorian Christmas Fayre. Victorian costume is encouraged and free parking is made available for the entire day. A visit from Santa and entertainers in Packhorse Square will keep the whole family entertained. It’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and support local charities.
Taste Christmas – Cockermouth – 9th & 10th December
For foodies, this Christmas market is the perfect destination. Festive food with added sparkle is available for an entire weekend as part of Taste Cumbria. Wander down Main Street taking in the sights and sounds of the season while picking out the perfect Christmas gifts. Take a day trip to Cockermouth for this eagerly anticipated event.
Keswick Farmers market – every Thurs & Sat
Keswick Farmers Market has been running for 740 years and is still a mainstay in the town. This vibrant market boasts over 70 stalls selling locally produced food, crafts and traditional fare. With two opportunities to shop every week, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Whinlatter Forest and Visitor Centre
Just west of Keswick, Whinlatter is a true Mountain Forest. The centre offers activities for the whole family, is open all year round and welcomes dogs. Pop in with the little ones for half term activities, try your hand at Nordic walking or take a ride on a mountain bike trail. A great way to get outdoors in the North Lakes.
Keswick Cookery School
Situated on the edge of Keswick, the Cookery School is a hive of culinary activity. Book a class on bread-making or cooking with game for yourself or as a gift. Enhance your cookery skills during your Lake District break!
Whatever you choose to do during your Lake District break, you’ll find a warm welcome at Inn on the Square. Our snooze-worthy rooms are dog-friendly, meaning you can enjoy a break with your whole family. Enjoy the laid-back luxury on offer and dine on amazing food with us in our restaurant. Start your Lake district adventure with us today!