A Guide to Bonfire Night Near Kendal in 2018
That time of year is upon us once more, where we venture out into the cold and dark hoping to find the warmest fires and the brightest fireworks. But where and when can you celebrate bonfire night in the Lake District in 2018?
We look at some of the venues hosting events on Guy Fawkes night in and around Kendal, Windermere and beyond this year.
Friday November 2nd
Kendal Rugby Club
Since Kendal’s traditional free-to-enter display at Kendal Castle ended its tenure a few years back, the new Rugby Club at Mintdale has stepped into the spotlight to offer an alternative. The still-new venue provides a free fireworks display along with kids rides and the availability of hot food.
The venue is also offering a £15 VIP experience (£10 for kids) including a balcony view of the fireworks from above the stadium grandstand and a hot supper!
Saturday November 3rd
Beech Hill, Windermere
The Beech Hill have gone all-out for their 2018 Guy Fawkes Night Party. For £49 per person you can enjoy a 3 course dinner, fire performances and a dazzling display over the waters of Lake Windermere from the Hotel terrace.
Mulled wine and ‘bonfire fayre with a twist’ finish off the night, with the hotel also relaxing its dress code policy to allow you to wrap up warm.
Sunday November 4th
Lyth Valley Inn, nr Gilpin Bridge
The Lyth Valley, located between the A590 and Windermere starts their free-to-enter bonfire event at 4.30pm, with the bonfire lit at 5.00pm. You can expect live music, bar and BBQ on offer with candy apples and sparklers also available.
The fireworks start at 6.00pm with the venue staying open long afterwards into the night.
Sunday November 4th
Lowther Castle & Gardens
If you’re able to make a day of it, Lowther Castle and Gardens rarely disappoints so when you add a fireworks party to a day of exploring, you can’t go far wrong.
The courtyard opens at 5.00pm with jacket potatoes, soups, Thai street food, mulled wine, cider, autumn cocktails and bonfire-themed cakes all on offer. A special fire display takes place at 7.20pm with fireworks following at 7.45pm and the venue staying open until 10pm. Entry to Lowther Castle is typically around £9.50 (adults) and £7.50 (kids), but please do check with the venue.
Monday November 5th
Station Inn, Oxenholme
The Station Inn, located just behind Oxenholme Lake District train station, kicks off its annual bonfire celebrations at 5.30pm on the Monday night. This event is hugely popular every year thanks to the bar and BBQ on offer and this year is set to be no different.
The BBQ and bonfire start up 6.30pm, with fireworks kicking off at 7.00pm. Admission is £3 per adult and £2 per child, and to avoid parking chaos you’re advised to get there as early as possible or use public transport.
The above is just a short list of the possible destinations for a bonfire this year in the Kendal area, but you can typically find equally spectacular bonfire events in the surrounding towns and villages such as Burton, Brampton, Coniston and Cartmel Racecourse.
There’s also a food, fireworks and late-night shopping event at Ambleside’s Hayes Garden World (but act fast as this is a ticketed event!), where you can also enjoy 10% off Christmas goods in the store.
Or, if you can’t make the Beech Hill on Saturday, the hotel also hosts a Guy Fawkes Hog Roast the following evening, with hot chocolate and live music from Fiona Halon providing a more chilled-out alternative to the previous night’s noisier headline event.
Whatever your 2018 Lake District bonfire night plans are, remember to wrap up warm, stay safe and don’t forget to give your dog a big cuddle when you get home!