What a year it’s been! We’re all hoping for Christmas filled with peace and joy. Some of you maybe able to travel here to get your Lakes fix over the festive period, so here’s a quick rundown of what you can do whilst you’re here.
Things will undoubtedly be different, and check out our Guide to enjoying your Lodge in these different times. Please rest assured all our attractions, cafes, pubs and hospitality are Covid-safe, sanitised, using social distancing and check-in regulations.
Please follow the guidelines about travel according to which Tier you live in.
The air in the Lake District in winter is pure and fresh, and if we’re lucky, we get clear blue skies and crisp snow on the tops. Whatever the weather though, you’ll be guaranteed beauty and peace. Getting out and about on our myriad of walks, rambles and wanders is sure to clear your mind, and remove some of the stresses of the year.
If you want something more organised, here’s what some of our friends around the county are up to this December:
This fantastic family-friendly location is offering free parking from 2-23 December, and is right on the shores of Windermere with lots to keep you busy and active, and delicious food & drink options to whet your whistle !! Through December weekends and school holidays, you can try Archery and Laser Clay Shooting. The new Krazi Karts are also ready for you to test your handling skills on our winter off-road track. You’ll need to book online if you can, though if you are there on the day there may be availability.
The Gaddum at Brockhole:
There’s a great choice of food – The Gaddum restaurant offers delicious Christmas lunches and Afternoon Teas in an elegant setting overlooking the Lake, or try the cafe for a light bite or hot drink. The terrace and cafe are open for table service with limited spaces for distancing. You can also buy a Gift Voucher for the Gaddum by calling 015394 40250 or email email@example.com
Perhaps you’re after a tea-party with Father Christmas, or Mrs Claus’s Workshop? Head to the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere for some crafty, family fun. There’s also a new look cafe with lots of goodies to eat, and the shop for a reminder of your visit.
Take a Cruise:
Need to head indoors?:
Rheged, the Visitor Centre in the Northern Lakes, near Penrith and Ullswater is open 8am-9pm daily. In their own words: “Discover an artist. Share a pizza. Fill your stockings. Try on a jumper. Escape to the movies. Plug in your laptop. Hang out with your children. Read a book. Eat local food. Watch a ballet. Get ready for Christmas. Be together.”
Find Rudolph on a Winter Walk!
If you’re visiting but would rather do something a little quieter and with less people, how about deer-spotting in various locations in the county?
We might not have reindeer here in the Lake District, but we do have other species of deer roaming amongst the fells, such as Red Deer, Roe Deer & Fallow deer. Wrap up warm, pack a flask and some treats, and see if you can spot Rudolphs cousins or one of Santa’s other deer helpers amongst the trees. Hotspots for viewing include the shores of Wastwater, Ennerdale Forest, Grizedale Forest, and Martindale Common between Ullswater and Haweswater. Further south you’ll see deer in Levens Park, and around Beetham Tower Milnthorpe. Please observe basic fell walking safety at all times, checking the weather forecast before you go, and be as quiet as a church mouse so as not to disturb the wildlife!
Pop up Christmas Markets with local craftspeople
The creative hub that is Yew Tree Barn is hosting pop up markets through the month, from 4th – 24th December, with a different selection of local craftspeople each week. We hope you will come along and support YTB and the stallholders and shop local!
Go on an Elf Hunt at Holker Hall Gardens
Christmas Opening 11th – 13th / 18th – 20th December, 10:30am – 4pm. The house remains closed, but the Elliptical and Summer Gardens will be open to walk around and escape into, where a group of naughty elves are causing mischief! Grab your hunt sheets from the kiosk and see if you can track them down. The Café and Gift Shop will be open for you to warm up with a glass of mulled wine or to find that perfect gift for Christmas, and the courtyard and surrounding areas will be dressed for Christmas. Garden entry is free, but please book a timeslot here . They are also hosting a Bess & Barrel evening on Friday 18 December, for festive food, fun and a local jazz singer.(Tables of 6, within guidelines) Book here.
Buy gifts and foodie treats from your armchair, with the first Virtual Christmas Market brought to you from Visit Cumbria
For those of you who can’t make it, have a look at the Virtual Christmas market featuring some of the brilliant artisan businesses here in Cumbria, supplying the best quality local produce for you to enjoy.
Why not have a little piece of The Lakes delivered directly to your door? Visit Cumbria have put together a virtual Christmas market – so whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone special, or a well-deserved treat for yourself, browse through local produce, wines, gins, chutneys and cheeses for a delicious gift or treat. We’ve also got some great local Cumbrian gifts available as vouchers, from dining out gifts, pamper spa days to action packed adventure days. Pick up a voucher for the perfect gift or something to look forward to yourself.
There’s even a free prize draw you can enter with a fabulous ‘Ultimate Luxury Lake District Christmas Hamper’, packed full of delicious Cumbrian produce brought to you by our friends at A Day’s Walk. Enter the free prize draw here. You can also order food to be delivered to your Lodge from A Day’s Walk too.
Still looking for that perfect gift? Our Gift Vouchers last for two years from purchase and can be used for any available break or lodge. You can download them straight away, or order a nice posh printed one (need 7-10 days).
Now more than ever, Cumbrian businesses need your support and by visiting them and buying your Christmas gifts and treats directly, you are helping independent businesses survive and flourish in these difficult times, bringing us the world famous Lake District produce we all love so much.
Visit a local pub to enjoy log fires, comfort food, craft ales and ‘substantial meals’..
There are so many great pubs in the Lake District, all of which are open again for business, and many are serving Christmas Dinner on the Big Day, and Christmas-themed meals right through December. Check out our Favourites here – many of them have roaring log fires, mulled wine, craft ales and are also dog friendly. They are all keen to welcome you back and make your visit as pleasant as possible, within the guidelines.