• Christmas in the Lake District

    With Christmas nearly upon us again we are making an early New Year’s resolution and that is to slow things down, stop all the pre-Christmas rushing about and just enjoy the fun leading up to the big day. The Lake District has some fabulous events to help you relax into the festivities with lantern processions, lights switch on events and Christmas markets. Here are a few of our favourites, all just a short drive from us here in Ambleside.

    Ambleside Christmas Lights Switch On – Saturday 18th November

    One of our favourites, we might be slightly biased, but this is a Christmas celebration with a difference. Where else could you go on a boat cruise along Windermere Lake with Father Christmas? There then follows a spectacular lantern procession with Santa firmly back on dry land in his sleigh. Loads going on throughout the day including local entertainers, musicians, brass band, Christmas stalls and a grand finale of fireworks to end the celebrations.

    Keswick Christmas Lights Switch On – Friday 24th November

    Keswick is a lovely place to visit any time of the year and their Christmas lights event is the perfect excuse. Plenty of market stalls with delicious festive food, great gifts and entertainment in the Market Square before the big lights switch on at 7pm, including their local rock choir. Definitely one not to miss.

    Hawkshead Christmas Fair – Saturday 2nd / Sunday 3rd December

    What better way to enjoy the festive season than with a traditional Christmas fair. Hawkshead is a pretty village that puts on a great event amongst its picturesque alleys, squares and cobbled streets. Jugglers, stilt walkers, craft and gift stalls, locally made puddings and pickles and if that wasn’t enough there is also a Winter Beer Festival with a selection of 25 specially selected ales.

    Jingle Bell Jog. Windermere – Sunday 17th December

    Something a bit different to burn off all those mince pies you have eaten at the Christmas Fairs? Open to all ages and abilities you can run, jog, walk, jingle, push a pram or wheelchair as long as you are in festive fancy dress. A really fun way to get that Christmas spirit flowing, dress up as Santa, a Christmas pudding, maybe an elf or snowman and enjoy the views around the flat and scenic course along the shores of Lake Windermere.

    Come and enjoy the countdown to Christmas with us, we have rooms available and are the ideal location for easily getting to all the events. Happy nearly Christmas!

  • 08 November 2017

    Come in from the cold

    The Lake District looks beautiful any time of year but autumn and winter can be especially stunning as there is such an array of colours everywhere from the highest hills to the leafy woodlands. There is much more to the Lakes though than just outdoor adventures so if you don’t feel like braving the cold then here are some great ideas for places to visit where you won’t need your hat and scarf.

    Wray Castle


    Owned by the National Trust this mock-Gothic castle sits on the shores of Windermere and is far from a ‘typical’ National Trust house full of old paintings, furniture and antiques. It is a truly fascinating building with turrets and towers and a real sense of historical grandeur and some pretty amazing views too!

    If you have children to entertain then this is the perfect place to let their imaginations run wild. With dressing up, castle building, adventure play area with den building and rope swings they will be kept busy all day and if they, or you, run out of energy there is a lovely little cafe to take a break in. For a bit of added adventure you can even arrive by boat direct to Wray Castle’s jetty.

    Blackwell Arts & Craft House


    One of the most enchanting historic houses in the Lake District and one that encourages you to relax and immerse yourself within the atmosphere. The inviting window seats allow you to gaze out over the stunning surrounding scenery and you are free to wander around the house without restrictive roped-off areas. Retaining many of its original decorative features including a rare hessian wall-hanging, stained glass and carved wooden panelling, the rooms also contain historical exhibitions and furniture and objects from many leading designers from the Arts & Craft Movement.

    Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum


    A visit to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the home of the very famous William Wordsworth. Take a tour around this traditional Lakeland cottage to discover what life was like for Wordsworth and his family then take a stroll around the garden he created with his sister that provided the inspiration for some of his greatest poetry.

    The museum, just next door, is dedicated to Wordsworth’s life, where he travelled and what he saw, in addition to various exhibitions of historic artefacts, original manuscripts and wonderful pictures by artists ranging from the famous to the obscure.

    Hill Top - home of Beatrix Potter


    On everyone’s list, not just the children, you can explore this time capsule of what life was like when Beatrix Potter lived at Hill Top more than 70 years ago. The house is maintained to reflect exactly how it would have been when this famous writer lived there, every room containing a reference to a picture in one of her stories. You will even recognise the rhubarb patch where Jemima Puddle-Duck laid her egg and the garden where Tom Kitten and his sisters played.

    Take a leisurely amble around her garden which even in autumn is buzzing with colours of pink and white Anemones and Michaelmas Daisies. The vegetable garden is brimming over with pumpkins, raspberries and apples from the ancient tree in the paddock.

    There are so many more places to visit and things to do in the Lake District, many just a short walk or drive away from us here in Ambleside. Our team love to share their favourite places to go and might even give you some insider local top tips. Come and enjoy a warm welcome from our lovely Lake District.

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