Christmas Lodge Breaks in the Lakes
Summer is certainly the high season for holidays in the Lake District, followed by the calmer, beautifully picturesque Autumn and Spring. So you would be forgiven for thinking that winter must be the season where the region takes some time to wind down while the lakes fill back up.
But in fact, assuming you wrap up warm on your trips out, winter can provide the ultimate backdrop to a magical break away in our national park. With plenty going on during the Christmas period, you’ll wonder why you waited this long to venture into Cumbria.
Here’s a few of our favourite things about Christmas time in the Lakes!
Things to Do
You don’t need to go all the way to Berlin to experience a lively Christmas market. Although slightly smaller in scale compared with the Bavarian alternative, the likes of the Santa Parade through Windermere and the Kirkbie Lonsdale festive market will give you plenty to feel cheerful about, while the Hawkshead Christmas Fair and Beer Festival will provide plenty to do for the whole family, with 50 stalls, activities and local breweries getting involved.
If you struggle to catch Santa walking the streets, you can catch him all across the region. Our favourites include the wonderful Walby Farm in Carlisle where you can also take on a couple of vertical-drop indoor slides, the Rheged centre in Penrith with its magical festive corridors leading through to the man in red, and Hayes Garden World in Ambleside where you’ll fall in love with their Winter Wonderland experience.
Chance of Snow
Because the Lakes is close to the Sea, winter tends to be pretty mild when compared with other parts of the North of England, but there’s still a better chance of seeing a flurry or two than in the Southern Counties. The Lake District valleys tend to see some snow on 18-22 days in a standard year, but the mountaintops of Helvellyn and Scafell Pike could get snow for as many as 70 days. Of course, we wouldn’t advise venturing up a mountain in those conditions!
A Little(mere) Bit of Magic
There’s nothing quite like our country park on a snowy day, our surrounding hills covered in the white stuff and rolling as far as the eye can see. Picture yourself sipping mulled wine in your hot tub or curled up in front of a fire, while our resident roe deer wander freely by the mere, wondering when their rein-clad brothers would fly overhead. You could do exactly that with a Christmas visit to Littlemere on the edge of the Lake District.
Contact us today to find out more, and keep an eye on our site for our choice of Christmas events, markets and activities this Christmas!