Christmas is less than three weeks away and here in the Lake District we are getting pretty excited. Already we have had our first snow fall on the fells, creating the perfect setting for Santa’s arrival, and the towns and villages have been illuminated with Christmas lights. Various festive markets have taken place or are due to happen over the next couple of weeks, providing a fantastic Christmas shopping opportunity.

December is a magical time here in the Lake District, as businesses and attractions bring out the decorations and light up for Christmas. Many of this month’s events are, of course, focused around the festive season, with the man in red making so many appearances inquisitive young minds might start to question his legitimacy!

We love Christmas here in the Lake District. The fell tops are dusted with snow, the inns are warmed with cosy log fires, and our towns and villages are lit with sparking Christmas lights, all combining to create a real-life winter wonderland that is difficult to rival. With Father Christmas making numerous appearances around the national park, the season is a great time to take a long weekend break with the family and enjoy some festive cheer, Cumbrian style.

The clocks have been put back one hour, the trees are mostly bare having lost their golden leaves, and we have had the first frost of the season, which was surprisingly harsh for this early stage. We are pretty certain that winter has arrived here in the Lake District, and now we are just waiting for that first sprinkling of snow on Helvellyn. So, are we closed for business? Absolutely not! In fact, winter is a great time to visit this World Heritage Site, especially if you are seeking a short weekend break.

”Why would anyone want to visit the Lake District in winter?” You might ask. We can think of several reasons. Picture postcard scenes of snowy mountains, festive markets, cosy pubs with open fires serving warming grub, entire valleys devoid of any visitors, and dark, clear evenings in rural areas giving outstanding views out to far off galaxies.

Visiting us for October half term with the kids? You will find lots to keep young minds entertained here in the Lake District, and with Halloween just a few days after the half term holiday, many of the attractions are offering spooky themed events.

We have a had a couple of dreary weeks here in the Lake District, and as a result, it has been easy to miss the changing landscape, given that much of it has been shrouded in low cloud and rain. However, in between the showers, the sun does occasionally break through with streaks of light from the heavens illuminating the fells, trees, and lakes below.

October. The month when the clocks turn back, bringing darker evenings that are best spent huddled around a cosy fire. Summer has well and truly been vanquished, replaced with early morning mist and cool rain showers, whilst piles of golden brown leaves gather on the floor, slowly turning to mulch. Here in the Lake District, the tourist season has largely finished, with the exception being the October half term break in the latter half of the month.

It’s one of the Lake District’s newest attractions, and since it opened last summer it has enjoyed great success, despite being hidden away from most of the tourist hotspots. The Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden can be found in a hidden corner of Derwent Water, and has been quietly making a name for itself for providing good food amongst beautiful surroundings. We popped along to see what all the fuss was about.

In 2009, the small historic town of Cockermouth was decimated by flooding that swept through West Cumbria. Businesses were inundated, residents lost their homes, and a few miles down the road in Workington, hero and police officer, Bill Barker, tragically lost his life trying to rescue others on a collapsed bridge. In 2010, after months of building works in the independent shops that dominated the town’s Main Street, businesses and community groups in Cockermouth came together to try and declare the town open for business once more. They decided to hold a food festival to celebrate everything that Cumbrian producers had to offer, and Taste Cumbria was formed.