Thinking of booking a Lake District break but not sure when to visit? Here’s why we think March would be a perfect time for your holiday.

1. It Will Be Fairly Quiet

Buttermere & Crummock Water Viewed from Fleetwith Pike

Buttermere & Crummock Water from Fleetwith Pike

This year, Easter falls towards the end of April, meaning that the school Easter holidays are also in April. As a result, March 2019 is likely to be very quiet in terms of tourist numbers in the Lake District. You can probably grab yourself a bargain, staying in a fabulous hotel and enjoying empty valleys and attractions that are devoid of crowds.

2. The Daffodils Will Be in Full Bloom

Daffodils blurred background

”I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud” is William Wordsworth’s most famous poem, and his inspiration for the poem is understood to have come from the vast swathes of daffodils that grow at Glencoyne by Ullswater. The bulbs have already pushed through the surface of the soil and by March the flowers will be in full bloom, creating a sight that is not to be missed. Check out the top spots to see the daffodils in the Lake District.

3. The Weather Will Be Mixed, But Don’t Let That Put You Off

Snow covered mountain

March 2018 began with snow and ended with glorious sunshine that was T-shirt weather for us hardy northerners. We can’t predict the weather, but generally, March can be a mixed month when you might find all seasons in one day.

However, we like to focus on the positives here in the Lake District. If there is snow, then the fells and lakes will be picture perfect. If there is rain, then we have plenty of indoor attractions that offer shelter. Just pack for all eventualities and you will be fine.

4. There’s a Marmalade Festival

Jar of Marmalade

The annual Dalemain Marmalade Festival returns on Saturday, 16th March. The historic country estate will once more be brimming with marmalade stalls, cookery demonstrations, and talks all revolving around the sweet orange treat. There will be plenty of other forms of entertainment available, including street performers and a human fruit machine. If you love marmalade, then why not book your break to coincide with the festival?

5. Mother’s Day Falls at the End of the Month

Afternoon Tea

Why not treat the Mum in your life to a special treat by booking a Lake District break to coincide with Mothering Sunday? Many of the hotels, cafés, and restaurants offer delicious afternoon teas and Sunday lunches that are truly exquisite.

You can make it even more special by booking a place at Muncaster Castle’s special Mother’s Day event. The castle is hosting a paper flower making craft session with a delicious afternoon tea on the 31st March.

6. It’s the Perfect Time & Place to Find Inspiration for Your Own Written Masterpieces

Lamb in the Lake District March 2019

Many of the greatest writers took inspiration from the start of Spring. In March, we will see new life all around us, with beautiful spring flowers blooming through the soil, new buds developing on the trees, and delightfully cute lambs jumping around the fields. This new life brings hope and a feeling of starting anew. With so much inspiration around it’s the perfect time to start that new book or poem.

Furthermore, if you need additional inspiration or ideas, then check out the literary festival, Words by the Water at the Theatre by the Lake. This year’s festival will feature talks from several well-known writers, including Kate Mosse (author of the Languedoc trilogy) poet Roger McGough, Melvyn Bragg, and Bake-Off judge, Prue Leith. You can find out more information here.

7. You Can Sample Local Ale at a Beer Festival

Pints of beer

The Spring Beer Festival at the Hawkshead Brewery takes place on the 22nd and 23rd March. The brewery hosts two beer festivals per year with the first one always held in March. It’s an event that the whole family are invited to, with live music and food available all day.

The festival not only showcases beer produced by the brewery, but brewers from the local area are invited along to share their own brews, with around 80 different varieties available. Best of all, entry is free.

8. The Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show Returns This March

Garden flowers

You can take a little piece of Cumbria home with you this March by visiting the Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show at the Rheged Centre. Taking place from the 15th to the 17th of March, the show will feature stands from over 75 local suppliers and designers selling a range of goods that will enhance your home and garden.

There will also be masterclasses in a number of topics, including how to make a lampshade, adding the finishing touches to your home, and how to design your own piece of furniture.

9. The Days Start Getting Longer

Sunset over Derwentwater

Sunset over Derwentwater

As spring marches on, the sun rises earlier and sets later, and by the time we reach the last Saturday in March, before the clocks change, sunset will be shortly before 7pm. With over 12 hours of daylight throughout much of March, there is ample time to explore the fells and it’s the perfect time to take on some of the longer routes, providing the weather allows it.

10. There’s Something for Everyone, Especially Motorsport Fans

Mud debris from car race

March is the month when most of the Lake District’s attractions reopen after the winter closure, so there is plenty to see and do. Visit a historic castle, learn more about Cumbria’s history at a museum, or take on the gruelling Via Ferrata challenge at Honister Mine. However, if you are a motorsport fan then March has something particularly special for you in store, with the return of the Malcolm Wilson rally.

The rally was sadly cancelled last year due to snow and other route difficulties, but it’s set to return on Saturday, 9th March. On Friday, 8th March scrutineering will take place on Cockermouth’s main street, and on the day of the rally itself there will stages at both Whinlatter and Grizedale forests, as well as in some of the smaller Forestry Commission sites in the Lake District. More details are available here.