As we prepare this month’s What’s On guide we are reflecting on what has been a glorious summer so far, with endless days of sunshine and little in the way of rain. Whilst we can’t promise this will continue throughout August (and we do desperately need some rain to replenish those lakes and return the greenery to the fells), we can promise you another packed calendar of events.

Here in the Lake District, we have had some fantastic weather. With the exception of one or two wet days, it’s generally been very dry. So dry in fact, that the lakes and rivers have started to shrink quite noticeably. There’s even been some sightings of the sun! As a result, it’s a perfect time to enjoy a Lake District picnic.

July brings haybales to the lowlands and the early blooms of purple heather to the uplands of the Lake District. The days are long, the nights are warm, and the paths become trickier to navigate, overgrown with wild flowers and plants. July is one of the busiest periods for tourism in the Lake District. The Scottish schools are on a break throughout the month, with the English and Welsh schools starting their six week long break towards the end of the month.

Last year, according to Cumbria Tourism, the Lake District and Cumbria received over 47 million visitors, which is more than the population of Spain. The peak tourist season is now upon us, and 2018 is already looking to be another record breaking year for tourist numbers to the area.

Most visitors flock to the well-known towns and lakes with Windermere, Keswick and Derwent Water, Grasmere, and Buttermere all being very popular. However, there are still plenty of places where you can go to escape the crowds and enjoy a bit of peace, providing you are willing to drive and walk a bit more.

Summer is here at last with the weather turning warmer and the days getting longer. June is a delightful time to visit the Lake District, as it’s an opportunity to make the most of the summer sunshine outside of the peak tourist periods that coincide with the school summer holidays.

May half term is a brilliant time to visit the Lake District with your children. Spring is fully in bloom and the area is brimming with wildflowers. The woodland canopy is rich with shades of green, but not so heavy that the sunlight is blocked out entirely. Lambs, foals, calves, and even crias (baby alpacas) can be seen in the farm fields. The Lake District is one giant adventure playground, and this half term, there is plenty to keep the family occupied.

With two bank holidays, half term, and increasingly warmer weather, May is the perfect time to book a break to the Lake District with your children. The fells, lakes, and woodlands are a delight this time of year, with lambs and spring flowers in abundance, all providing the perfect backdrop for a family stroll. Pack up a picnic, slather on the sun cream, and check out our top guided walks to do with the family this month.

May is one of the best times to visit the Lake District. The weather is more favourable, the spring flowers, including the spectacular bluebells, are in full bloom, Herdwick lambs can be seen frolicking through the fields, and outside of the May half term time, it’s generally quieter than in June, July, and August. There are also two bank holiday Mondays!

Thinking of booking a trip to the Lake District this summer? With 912 square miles, 16 lakes and numerous tarns, and well over 200 peaks, there is certainly plenty to explore. However, the Lake District isn’t just about the great outdoors, we have some brilliant events taking place this summer. So before you book, check out the ten we’re most excited about here and consider booking your trip to coincide with one of them!

Up here in Cumbria, we like to joke that we have given over the southern Lake District to the tourists and kept the best bits to ourselves. If you are planning a Lake District break this year then Ambleside and Windermere do offer some fabulous opportunities. The towns are near the Windermere Lake Cruises, Brockhole, and both have accommodation to suit all budgets and preferences. However, this year, why not venture a little further north (or South if you are coming from Scotland!) and base yourself in Keswick instead? Here are some reasons that might persuade you.