Not only does the Lake District have fabulous fells, luscious lakes, and an extraordinarily rich cultural heritage, but now it can boast of one more achievement; having its own currency. The Lake District Pound was launched in May last year in order to encourage visitors and residents to support local businesses. It quietly grew in popularity, with around £140,000 worth in circulation that is accepted by 350 businesses.

Happy New Year from the Lake District. 2019 is set to be a bumper year for tourism in the National Park with large crowds expected so perhaps consider booking a break for January this year. The first month of the year is typically one of the quietest in terms of numbers of visitors and it is also one of the cheapest times to visit, with many hotels offering significant discounts, especially when booked mid-week. Despite visitor numbers being low, however, there are still a good number of events taking place this month.

Thinking of booking a Lake District holiday for 2019? Whilst Windermere, Ambleside, and Keswick might be top for most visitors to the area, we take a look at why you should consider basing yourself in West Cumbria instead. From the depths of Wild Ennerdale, to the sweeping sands of the Solway Coast, West Cumbria has lots to offer to those seeking something a little more off the beaten track.

As December draws to a close we are looking ahead to the forthcoming year. Forget new year resolutions about giving up sugar or keeping on top of the housework. Instead, make 2019 a year to remember by booking a trip to the Lake District and ticking these must-do activities off the list.

Late November brought the first sprinkling of snow to the Lake District fell tops, heralding the arrival of the winter season. With shorter days, longer nights, and brisk arctic winds bringing in the cold weather, now is the time to seek comfort and warmth.

2018 has seen some amazing events taking place across the Lake District. We have sampled delicious produce at food festivals, we have seen elite cyclists race on our roads, and we have celebrated our rich agricultural heritage at numerous agricultural shows and country fairs.

It’s not long to go until Santa leaves the North Pole and makes his journey around the world delivering presents to all the good girls and boys. If you haven’t finalised your plans for Christmas this year then why not consider coming to the Lake District? Leave all the family drama and housework behind and enjoy a relaxing break in one of our luxury hotels or cosy cottages.

It’s time to dig out the thermals, pull on the bobble hats, and pack the thermos flask. Winter has arrived in the Lake District and we’re feeling the chill. If you like frosty mornings and cosy afternoons spent by a roaring fire in a traditional pub then this is the time to visit.

As Halloween approaches at the end of this month we take a look at some of the Lake District’s most haunted and spookiest places. Plus, we have a guide to some of the scariest events taking place across the national park in celebration of the ghoulish date.

The tens of thousands of people who attended the Taste Cumbria Cockermouth Food Festival last weekend were left in little doubt that Cumbria has an outstanding food heritage. The county is home to the Cumberland Sausage, Grasmere Gingerbread, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, and now it can add another accolade, being home to four Michelin starred restaurants. This is no mean feat when you consider that the county is the 3rd largest in England, but the second least densely populated.