January is quiet in the Lake District as some of the attractions take a break after the buzz of Christmas and re-open their doors in the spring. Be sure to check opening times of places you wish to check out in advance of your visit to avoid any disappointment. But, of course, not everything is closed and there is still plenty to do and see in January. You’re in the Lake District, after all, so be sure to take in the natural sights, which will be far quieter and peaceful in the winter months.

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Music at Muncaster

Music at Muncaster

Music at Muncaster is taking place on Saturday, 27 January, 2024. This is a gala event with a three-course dinner in the Castle Drawing Room with pianist, Robin A Smith, and vocals by Hannah Hughes. Music includes everything from musical theatre to opera. Be sure to get your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Introduction to Blackwell: Tour

Introduction to Blackwell

Introduction to Blackwell is a 40-minute tour of Blackwell, the arts and crafts house, taking place on the 30th of January at 11am and again at 2pm. On the tour, you’ll learn all about the history of the famous house, the person who built it, and the family that lived there.

Dark Skies Walk in Whinlatter Forest

Dark Skies Walk

There is a Dark Skies Walk in Whinlatter Forest taking place on Saturday the 13th of January, starting at 6pm. The walk will cover 3-4 miles of trails with stops for stargazing. A standard ticket costs just £12 and dogs are welcome. You’ll want to dress appropriately for the weather and bring yourself a torch, warm drink and a snack.

Conservation Days with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Conservation Days with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust

The Cumbria Wildlife Trust throws a series of conservation throughout the year with plenty offered in January in various parts of the Lake District. Normally the events are free as you are essentially volunteering your time to help with various conservation projects, however, booking a place is required.

Live Theatre

Live Theatre in January

What better way to enjoy a cold, dark January then to sit in a warm, dark theatre? Be sure to check out the various events taking place at theatres across the Lake District with Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and the Old Fire Station in Carlisle both offering various shows in the month of January.

Moonwatch in Winter at Brewery Arts

Moonwatch in Winter at Brewery Arts

On the 20th of January, there is a scheduled moonwatch at Brewery Arts in Kendal. The event starts at 5pm and is free to attend. Graham from the Eddington Astronomical Society will teach you how to navigate the sky, providing an astronomy discussion for anyone interested. Be sure to bring a blanket!

Enjoy a Walk & a Pub Lunch

Traveller’s Rest Pub in Grasmere

One of the best things to do in the Lake District in January is to go for a stroll in the crisp winter air, followed by a hearty lunch next to a fireplace in one of the many Lake District pubs. We recommend using an app, such as AllTrails, where you can download the route prior to your visit in case you lose signal and you can also choose a route based on your fitness level and your preferred distance/difficulty level.

Remember that daylight is shorter in January with average daylight times from 8.30am to around 3.45pm. And, remember, there is never bad weather – only bad clothing! Please do your research in advance or book yourself onto an organised walk if you are not confident walking outdoors.