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Santa Claus is coming to Cumbria!!

Looking up to the beautiful Langdale horseshoe, the tops glisten in the freshest white snow. The magic of winter and Christmas is just around the corner.

The weather has been wonderful over the past month, with the frost and sunshine that makes postcard material.

If you are planning on joining us for the festive season, there is plenty to do. I have picked out a few of my favourites below:

2nd December – Cockermouth Lantern Parade

See Cockermouth lit up by candlelight and beautiful handmade lanterns. The shops are open late as well, and since Cockermouth is bursting with independent shops you are sure to find that perfect gift for someone.

3rd December - Windermere Christmas Light Switch On

We don’t do things by halves round here. This is a nearly a full day event, starting with a craft fair in the morning at the Ladyholme Centre in Windermere, then local choirs providing some festive tunes at 4pm to lead into the parade at 4:45pm. The parade goes through Windermere and Bowness with a very special guest making an appearance (hint – he has a suit and a white beard, and looks like he’s eaten all the pies). To finish, a spectacular display of fireworks on the park rounds off the day brilliantly. Don’t worry, there is plenty of mulled wine available to keep you warm!

3rd – 18th December – Lakeside Railway Santa Express

Santa opens his grotto aboard the Santa Express, taking you on a 1.5 hour journey between Haverthwaite and Lakeside with some assistance from his elves. There will be carols, a seasonal drink for the adults, a festive treat for the kids and plenty of on-board entertainment. A great trip for the whole family.

10th December – Big Chill Swim in Windermere

OK, so not exactly a traditional Christmas event, but it is around these parts. Setting off from Low Wood Bay, Ambleside, hardy folk think it’s a good idea to plunge into the freezing cold waters of Windermere and race their peers. It’s usually held in February but has moved to December as there is some renovation works planned in February at the Low Wood Hotel. If you don’t fancy swimming yourself, it is a great event to come and support anyway and quite a sight to see so many people doing their bit for charity.

10th – 11th December – German Christmas Market in Windermere

Nothing quite says Christmas like a German Christmas Market, and Windermere is hosting it’s first ever on the weekend of the 10th December. Bring your pennies for currywurst, schnitzel, mulled wine and some great gifts.

18th December – Santa Cruise on Ullswater

No Lake District Christmas is complete without Santa taking one of the cruises out on t’lake.  Join him from Glenridding as he brings some magic to Ullswater, and meet the elves helping him throughout the festive season. There are activities on-board, a magic show, and a free mince pie thrown into the mix. Under 3’s are free.

18th December – Yule Sing on Hoad, Ulverston

A short drive to Ulverston will offer up this unique chance to sing inside a lighthouse! The Hoad monument towers above Ulverston, and it’s opening its doors so that everyone can join in a good ol’ fashioned sing song of yuletide classics. Make sure you wrap up as it can get a bit chilly on top of those hills!

17th – 22nd December – Santa Express at Ravenglass Railway

A bit of a drive away from the lodge, but a wonderful experience for those with kids as Santa sets up grotto on board the steam train Dalegarth. If you are wanting to make a full afternoon of it, then book a Christmas lunch as an additional extra!

Until 23rd December – Santa at Hayes Garden World

This gets booked up fast, as Santa is a busy guy you know! The big man has set up his grotto at Hayes Garden World, Ambleside, so that the kids can go and see him and his elves prepare for Christmas. Each child will get a little gift, and a photo to mark the occasion.

 

It also gives the adults a perfect excuse to find that special Christmas decoration for this year from the amazing display that Hayes have to offer. That’s worth a trip in itself.

30th December – Stargazing at Grizedale

Professional astronomers are joining the team at Grizedale Forest to take everyone through the secrets of the stars above us. A wonderful chance to reflect, and a magical opportunity for the budding Brian Cox amongst the group.

 

 

What is your favourite thing to do over Christmas in the Lakes? 

The Delight Of Cobbles Underfoot

Ulverston is a place brimming with quirkiness and eclectic, eccentric folk. The beautiful cobbled streets of this market town is host to an array of festivals all through the year, including lantern festivals and the traditional Dickensian festival held at the end of November. There is even a breastfeeding festival that originated in Ulverston, but had to move to Manchester due to popular demand!

It is easy to see why people are attracted to this beautiful town, with something for everyone.

You can take a walk up to the Hoad and take a look around this lighthouse that dominates the skyline overlooking the town, then wander down and through the community funded Ford Park where you can stop for a lovely cup of coffee and a cake overlooking the edible garden (of which the produce is used in the café and maintained by volunteers).

If you fancy a film, the Roxy cinema is an Art Deco piece of beauty, and shows carefully selected films, both modern day and historical or art-house gems. They even continue the traditional intermission where you can buy an ice cream from a seller at the front of the room.

Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame was born in Ulverston, so it’s no surprise that there is a museum dedicated to the comedy duo right next door to the cinema.

As you stroll through the streets made up of independent shops and cafes, you may notice quite a few Buddhist monks walking around. That is because the town is host to Conishead Priory, currently home to the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre. There are also other Buddhist groups such as the Yeshe Buddhist Group which are smaller but very active in the local community.

The Priory grounds are open to all, and the café onsite serves wonderful cakes and hot drinks, as well as small lunches. You will never find a café so relaxing!

 The Coronation Hall  is a surprisingly large entertainment venue which hosts everything from antique fairs to concerts from large name artists. The panto held by the local acting society is definitely one to book tickets for!

 

Best part is that it’s only a 50-minute drive from our lodges, and is a great day out with plenty to see and do.

A Grand Day Out

Do you fancy a Grand Day Out in Cumbria?

 

The Langdales is the place to be between 14th – 16th October as there is loads going on!

A Grand Day Out was originally set up to raise funds to assist flood victims, but is now an annual event bringing much excitement to the area in a traditionally otherwise quiet month. With fell and cycle races, guided walks, community projects, talks, big screen showings and outdoor activities, the weekend is set to be a very GRAND one indeed!

Take a look tat http://langdale.granddayoutcumbria.org.uk/ for schedules and information, and please join us in the Langdales to make this event even better than last year.