After what felt like an eternal January and February, we are well and truly ready for the arrival of Spring this month. Already the signs can be spotted in the fells and woodlands, with the cheerful yellow daffodils spreading across the land.

In fact, March is the best time to spot these iconic flowers, so associated with the Lake District thanks to Wordsworth. Therefore, in between these fantastic events that are taking place across the national park, do take time out to visit places, such as Glencoyne Park at Ullswater for a dazzling daffodil display.

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Live Theatre, Music, Performance Arts, & Comedy

The Theatre by the Lake
The Theatre by the Lake has plenty going on this March!
(Mike Pennington / geograph.org.uk)

A round up of all the live theatre, music, performance arts, and stand up comedy events taking place this month, that includes a unique setting for a spoken word performance!

 

March at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

This month, the Theatre by The Lake has a collection of entertaining performances from local and national production companies taking to the stage. In addition, the theatre is hosting two festivals, details of which are below.

Stage shows taking place this month include:

  • A Series of Public Apologies (In Response to an Unfortunate Incident in the School Lavatories) – 3rd & 4th March: A brand new play performed by the theatre’s talented young actors.
  • Black Waters – 4th March: Presented by Phoenix Dance Company, this show explores how colonial Britain exploited people from ethnic backgrounds and the impact this has had on their culture.
  • Dead Good – 18th March: Meet Bob and Bernard, two men whose friendship is formed on one common interest – the fact that both of them are dying. The unlikely pair take to the road on one last adventure, but time is running out. This poignant, yet hilarious play has been created in collaboration with palliative care patients.
  • Under Pressure – 20th & 21st March: An original play from the theatre’s Elders Company that explores climate change.
  • Martin Roscoe (Piano) and the Brodsky Quartet - Elgar Project – 22nd March: A live performance of some of Elgar’s most celebrated works.
  • Malory Towers – 27th March to 18th April: Adapted from the original books for the 21st century, this is a heart-warming show that explores friendship and the difficulties faced when growing up.

For full details of all of these shows and to book tickets, visit theatrebythelake.com.

Words by the Water

Each year, this 10-day long festival returns to Keswick’s lakeside theatre to pay homage to the written word. Writers from across the globe will gather to read extracts from their works, debate key issues, and deliver workshops. Speakers include Melvyn Bragg, Joan Bakewell, and Polly Toynbee, plus many more.

The festival takes place from 6th March until 15th March, with multiple events taking place each day. Visitors can purchase individual event tickets or festival passes. Visit theatrebythelake.com/words-by-the-water-festival for more information.

National Theatre Connections Festival

This three-day event tales place from the 17th until 19th March and is designed to showcase young talent. Local young theatre groups will be performing ten plays over the three day period, all of which have especially commissioned for the event. Visit theatrebythelake.com/production/19641/NT-Connections-Festival-presents for more information.

March at the Brewery Arts, Kendal

There’s another fantastic programme of events taking place at The Brewery in Kendal this month. Including:

  • Night of the Living Dead Remix – 3rd & 4th March: 50 years after the release of George A. Romero’s politically charged zombie movie, this show sees seven strangers, stranded in a farmhouse and taking shelter from zombies, attempting to recreate the film using limited props.
  • Josie Long: Tender – 6th March: Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Josie Long, is back with a brand new show after a break following the arrival of her baby. The show focuses on the intensity of new motherhood, as well as other themes, such as kindness and joy, with some silly voices thrown into the mix.
  • Mark Radcliffe FT. UNE + Pre-Show Q & A – 19th March: Celebrated radio presenter, Mark Radcliffe, will team up with Paul Langley to present an evening of electronic music.
  • Rebecca Stephens – An Easy Day For A Lady – 21st March: The first British woman to climb Mount Everest will talk about her experiences as well as those of other female climbers and will explore how her sex has shaped her appetite for adventure.
  • Comedy Club 4 Kids – 21st March: A family friendly comedy club that is just like a real comedy club but without the rude bits, suitable for anyone over the age of 6.

For full details of all of these events, visit breweryarts.co.uk/whats-on/march.

March at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-On-Windermere

There are several events taking place at the Old Laundry Theatre this month:

  • Dad’s Army Radio Show – 1st March: Just two performers take on over 25 characters in this fantastic production that uses some of the original radio scripts to transport the audience back to Walmington.
  • Revenge – 6th & 7th March: This thrilling drama will leave you guessing until the very end. MP Bill Crayshaw has it all, until his party agent is found dead. Crawshaw’s involvement is questioned by Mary Stewart, a mysterious figure who seems to know more than she should about Crayshaw’s private life.
  • Martin Roscoe – 14th & 15th March: Celebrated pianist, Martin Roscoe, will be performing in two shows this month at the Old Laundry. He will be joined in the first concert by contralto, Jess Dandy, and in the second by violinist, Fenella Humphreys, and cellist, Jessica Burroughs.
  • Graffiti Classics – 20th March: Definitely not a traditional string quartet, Graffiti Classics combines classical music with dance and stand-up comedy to create a performance that will delight young and old alike.
  • Stepling – 25th March: Folk music and dance group, Stepling, will be delivering a unique and magical performance of their music that is inspired by traditional and modern folk.
  • A Celebration of British Puddings – 27th March: No theatre here, the entertainment all comes from trying seven, (yes, seven!) delicious British puddings. Guests will be treated to a glass of fizz, homemade soup, and then a parade of puddings, along with a fun pudding inspired quiz.

Full details of all of these events can be found at oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk.

March at the Sands Centre, Carlisle

There are some exciting performers appearing on stage at the Sands Centre in Carlisle this month.

  • Milton Jones in Milton: Impossible – 5th March: The comedian best known for his neurotic style of performance will be revealing to the audience his true identity as an international spy.
  • Aida – 7th March: The Russian Stage Opera will be performing this new production of Verdi’s Aida, complete with elaborate costumes that will transport you back to ancient Egypt.
  • PRISCILLA Queen of the Desert – 9 to 14th March: Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner, Joe McFadden, this dazzling show features a parade of dance floor hits.
  • The Illegal Eagles – 27th March: One of the most renowned tribute acts to the Eagles will be performing some of the band’s most celebrated songs during this one off event.
  • Giselle – 28th March: Ballet Theatre UK are taking their production of this classic dance on tour across the UK. Giselle is widely considered one of the greatest ballets of all time and this production features critically acclaimed dancers from around the world.

For details of all of these shows and to book tickets, visit thesandscentre.co.uk/Whats-On.

Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps, the Carnegie Theatre, Workington

Best known from his Trigger Happy TV days where he was frequently seen shouting into a giant mobile phone, Dom Joly is on tour for the first time since 2011. The comedian and writer has travelled to far flung places across the globe, off the beaten track to places such as North Korea, Syria, and the Congo.

During the show, he will talk about his travels, mixing comedy with danger. He will also be available after the show to meet fans and sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club.

The Poetry Bus, Various Locations

2020 is Wordsworth’s 250th birthday, and to celebrate, the Wordsworth Trust will be putting on various activities throughout the year to bring poetry to the community. One such activity takes place this month on the 19th March, when bus travellers in the Lake District will be treated to poetry performances by Kim Moore and Clare Shaw.

The two poets will perform their own works, along with works by Wordsworth himself as the buses travel through the landscapes that informed much of Wordsworth’s works. There is no need to book in advance, but normal fares will apply on the day. The poets can be found on the following bus journeys:

  • 555 Stagecoach Bus northbound from Grasmere 9.45am to arrive in Keswick 10.14am
  • 599 Stagecoach Bus northbound from Windermere 10.39am to arrive in Grasmere at 11.13am
  • 555 Stagecoach Bus southbound from Keswick 12.30pm to arrive in Windermere at 1.33pm
  • 555 Stagecoach Bus northbound from Grasmere 12.45 to arrive in Keswick 1.14pm
  • 555 Stagecoach Bus southbound from Keswick 2.30pm to arrive in Windermere at 3.33pm
  • 599 Stagecoach Bus northbound from Windermere at 2.39pm arrive in Grasmere at 3.13pm

For further details, visit wordsworth.org.uk/events/the-poetry-bus.

Aerial Festival

Aerial is a new festival of contemporary music, literature and performance taking place in venues around Ambleside and Windermere that include iconic churches, lakes, and even a prehistoric stone circle. Events are individually ticketed to enable festival goers to dip in and out of the festival as they desire.

The line up includes Kate Tempest, winner of the Ted Hughes Poetry Award who has helped to revolutionise the art of the spoken word with her narrative hip hop, and Hayden Thorpe, singer and former front man of the Wild Beasts.

  • Date: Thursday, 26th to Sunday, 29th March, 2020
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: £5 to £20
  • Tickets / More information: aerialfestival.com
 

Creative Arts Workshops, Talks, Courses, & Exhibitions

Boats on Ullswater
Take part in a photography class on the Ullswater Steamers (Steve Daniels / geograph.org.uk)

Get creative with these workshops and courses.

 

Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Barn

Join like minded individuals on a relaxed course in a beautiful Cumbrian barn. Quirky Workshops host courses throughout the year, all led by experienced artists and professionals.

Workshops that last all day include a delicious two-course lunch, hot drinks, and freshly baked scones. These courses are very popular so advanced booking is essential. Courses available in March include:

  • Needle Felt a Hare
  • Artisan Bread and Scone Making
  • Planters in Porcelain
  • Bird Whittling

Course fees vary and there are several dates available. For more information, visit quirkyworkshops.co.uk/quirky-workshops-cumbria.

Creative Workshops at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

The Brewery Arts Centre has a regular programme of creative arts activities and workshops throughout the year. March’s programme of events includes:

  • Experimental Print Making – 7th March: A one-day course with artist, Theresa Taylor, who will teach you the basics of drypoint and monoprint, which are two techniques that can be combined to create unique images. Ideal for beginners and experienced printmakers alike. £63 per person.
  • Willow Tipis for Your Garden Climbers – 14th March: Enhance your garden with one of these fantastic structures created using traditional willow and hedge weaving techniques. £69 per person.
  • Etching for All – 21st March: Learn how to create prints using etching with copper and aluminium plates. You will create a plate that can be kept for future impressions at home. £63.
  • Spring Flowers: Create and Paint – 26th March: This workshop combines floristry with painting. You will first learn how to create two different styles of bouquets, then in the afternoon, local artist, Annie Turner, will guide you on how to paint your bouquets. This workshop takes place at Greenhouse Floristry in Kendal, with booking through the Brewery. £79.
  • Seascapes – 28th March: Windermere artist, Thuline, will teach you a range of skills that will enable you to create waves, water, rocks and beaches using acrylic paints. £55.

Advanced booking for all of these courses is essential. To find out more information, visit breweryarts.co.uk/whats-on/march.

March Courses at Swallows & Artisans, Coniston

Swallows & Artisans is a creative studio based near Coniston. This month, they have two courses available. The first is on the 28th & 29th of March and is a two-day course led by illuminator Sarah Lace. The Illuminated Lettering course will teach you the basics of this ancient craft that has been used throughout the ages to highlight important texts and often mark the start of stories and other documents. You will learn about the history of the artform, as well as create your own pieces. The course costs £150, which includes all materials, as well as lunches on both days and refreshments.

On the 31st of March, a three-day course begins with wire sculptor, Chris Moss. Using chicken wire, participants will learn how to create a standing fox that will look perfect in the garden. Lunch and refreshments will be provided in the £230 course fee, but it should be noted that there will be an additional charge of £12 payable on the course for materials.

Visit craftcourses.com/providers/swallows-artisans for more information and to book your place.

Dawn Photography Course, Ullswater Steamers

The stillness of the lake and the low level early morning mists create beautiful vistas that are etched into memory. With this event, you will get the chance to capture these images on camera to ensure those memories last a life time.

Depart from Glenridding at 5.15am for a three-hour cruise around the lake, during which a photography expert will be on hand to provide tips and advice to enable you to frame the perfect image. A light breakfast will also be supplied. Please note that dogs are not permitted at this event. Advanced booking essential.

Paper Flower Making Workshop, Ravenglass Village Hall

MAKE! The Lakes are hosting this course that will teach you how to create beautiful paper flowers, from small buds to large blooms, using vibrant colours to create a dazzling display. All materials will be provided, along with hot drinks and cake.

  • Date: Saturday, 21st March, 2020
  • Time: 5pm-8pm
  • Cost: £35
  • Tickets / More information: makethelakes.co.uk

Artists in Residence: Tiling & Gilding Workshops, Brathay Hall, Ambleside

Brathay Hall has two artists in residence and this month the pair are opening the doors to their studio at the hall where they create beautiful ceramics that can be found in restaurants and private homes across the country. On the day, there will be two workshops that will enable participants to create stunning objects of their own to take home.

During the morning workshop, participants will learn how to create tiles and coasters using clay. In the afternoon, there will be a gilding workshop covering the skills needed to apply metal leaf to a surface. In addition, throughout the day, the studio will be open for visitors to chat with the artists about their work.

Mother’s Day Hand-Tied Bouquet Workshop, Cowshed Creative, Staveley

Create the perfect bouquet to give to your mum this Mothering Sunday with this fabulous course from Cowshed Creative. Ideal for beginners, you will be guided on how to choose flowers and foliage to create a stunning bouquet complete with texture and shape. You will also learn how to care for your flowers and wrap them using brown paper to add those finishing touches for your gift.

The course is led by Pepy Keegan who is a trained florist and owner of Cumbrian business, Backyard Blooms. The course fee includes hot drinks with biscuits and cakes. There is an additional charge for the flowers, as well as the option to purchase further ribbons and craft paper on the day. Overnight camping is available on the farm in luxury glamping pods. Booking is essential.

  • Date: Saturday, 21st March, 2020
  • Time: 10am-12.30pm
  • Cost: £35, plus £11 for flowers and materials
  • Tickets / More information: farmpods.co.uk/cowshed-creative

Portrait Drawing In Pencil, Thuline, Windermere

Thuline is a Windermere artist best known for her paintings of farm animals. She hosts regular workshops in her Windermere studio with small classes to enable a good level of tuition. This month, Thuline’s workshop focuses on portrait drawing in pencil.

Participants will need to bring a photo portrait to work from and will be guided to create a stunning piece of art to take home. Refreshments will be provided and advanced booking is essential.

Introduction to Patchwork: Bunting, Ravenglass Village Hall

Ideal for those who are new to patchworking, during this course, you will learn how to create pretty bunting to adorn your walls. The course will cover some of the basics of patchworking so that you will have the skills to go on and create further patchwork projects. You will need to bring your own sewing machine, as well as the fabric you wish to use, although fabric kits will be available to purchase if required.

If you do not know how to use your sewing machine, you can select an additional option to arrive slightly earlier for brief tuition on setting up your machine. If you don’t have a machine, one may be available to hire but it’s best to check in advance of your booking.

 

Outdoor & Fitness Events

Whinlatter Forest Views
Plenty of outdoor events at Whinlatter Forest
(Ian Capper / geograph.org.uk)

With mountains to climb up, lakes to swim in, trails to run and bike, the Lake District is the place to be for getting active outdoors. Check out these events that will get you moving.

 

Running Races in the Lake District March 2020

There are plenty of races that you can sign up to this month, some tougher than others! Don’t forget that there are weekly ParkRuns taking place at several locations in the Lake District and Cumbria, including Whinlatter, Keswick, Rothay Park, and Fell Foot.

Entry fees apply for all of these events and some have limited spaces and specific fitness/equipment requirements. Visit the individual race pages for more information.

Events at Whinlatter Forest March 2020

England’s only mountain forest has another packed programme of events taking place this month, including the Malcolm Wilson Rally!

  • Whinlatter Woosh – 8th & 22nd March: A female only cycling event that is perfect for those who are new to mountain biking or looking to improve their skills in a relaxed fashion. The pace will be set by the slowest rider so no one will be left behind. This event is free, but booking is required.
  • Malcolm Wilson Rally – 14th March: The forest will be closed on this morning to public access, but there will be dedicated spectator areas accessible from the main car park.
  • Wild Women Days – 21st March: These very popular events area aimed at women aged 16 and over and participants will learn traditional bushcraft skills. £40 per person and booking is essential.
  • Shinrin-Yoku – 22nd March: The Japanese art of forest bathing with guided mindfulness sessions in the forest along with a traditional tea ceremony. £25 per person. Booking essential.
  • Walking for Health Guided Walk – 25th March: A gentle guided walk aimed at those who are not normally active. Free event.

For more information about all of these events visit forestryengland.uk/whinlatter-forest/venue/events-whinlatter.

Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive, Penrith

This annual event is a popular cycling road race that explores the beautiful Eden Valley. The 60-mile route follows quiet roads with undulating hills heading south from Penrith and round through Appleby. There are scenic views throughout of the Lake District and Pennine hills. The entry fee includes access to feed stations on the route and hot food at the end.

Big Yellow Mountain Challenge – Lakes 3000s, Wasdale

Take on all 4 of England's mountains over 3000ft in 12 hours all in aid of raising funds for the Children's Liver Disease Foundation on this special event organised by outdoor activity company, Into The Outside. Walkers will ascent Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Scafell, and Scafell Pike, covering 8,500ft of ascent and 24km of distance. The walk will start in Wasdale and transport will be provided between the stages.

Participants can either enter individually to complete the entire route, or as a team of three with one person taking on one state each. Participants will need to pay an entry fee to cover the costs of the events, and will be asked to raise money through sponsorship.

Wilderness Camping Training, Grasmere

The Expedition Club offer guided expeditions across the UK. This two-day event will teach you all the skills you need to camp in the wild. You will learn about what equipment to pack, how to choose a site for pitching, and how to manage hygiene.

The course will start at the YHA Grasmere with the first night in the hostel, which is not included in the course fee. There will be a mixture of indoor and outdoor learning and the second night will be a wild camp in the fells.

Two Day Mountain Bike Core Skills Course, Cyclewise, Whinlatter

This is a popular course led by the biking specialists at Whinlatter, making use of their dedicated training trails. The course will cover bike set up, weight shift and cone of movement, stabilising the bike, and wheel lifts, as well as the techniques needed for climbing, ascending, and braking. Video feedback will be used to help participants improve their technique.

Talk & Walk: Gnarly Naddle Forest, RSPB Haweswater

New for 2020, RSPB Haweswater are hosting a series of walks that will take visitors through the ancient Naddle Forest, a remote part of the Lake District that is teeming with wildlife.

The event will begin with tea, biscuits, and a wildlife talk at Naddle Farm, followed by a guided walk into the forest. Walkers will look for signs of wildlife such as tracks, and with luck, red squirrels and other creatures may be spotted. Binoculars will be available to borrow for the walk.

 

Attraction Events & Offers

La'al Ratty
La'al Ratty has quite a few March specials
(Peter Trimming / geograph.org.uk)

Here we provide a round up of events taking place at individual attractions, such as historic houses, museums, and lake cruises.

 

Ullswater Steamers – Specials

Ullswater Steamers has two special cruises taking place this month. On Saturday the 14th of March, anyone travelling on the 9.30 sailing from Glenridding will be able to do so for free, if they present a full size jar of marmalade to the booking office. These jars will be donated to the Salvation Army and the event coincides with the start of the Marmalade Festival at Dalemain.

On Saturday the 21st of March, there is a special afternoon cruise departing at 3pm from Glenridding. On this cruise, passengers will be joined by experts from the Lakes Distillery who will talk about how whisky is made. There will also be on board entertainment. Tickets cost £28 and booking is essential.

For details on these two events, visit ullswater-steamers.co.uk.

Events at Sizergh Castle, Near Kendal

Sizergh Castle is a National Trust property that boasts of vast grounds with parkland, woodland trails, and more. This month, the castle has several events for visitors, including:

  • Meet the Gardener – A tour of the gardens with the opportunity to ask gardening questions. 1st March. Booking not needed. Free with entry.
  • Hawfinch Watch – Expert rangers will help you to spot these elusive pretty birds. 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th March. Booking not needed. Free with entry.
  • One Place, One Family, 800 Years – A film screening featuring Henry Hornyold-Strickland, Sizergh archivist, exploring the Sizergh archives. 21st to 31st March. Booking not needed. Free with entry.
  • Guided Walk: Sizergh Fell – A 1.5-mile guided walk that includes visits to prehistoric sites and views over Morecambe Bay. 23rd & 30th March. Booking advisable. Free with entry.
  • Guided Walk: Helsington Church – A 3-mile guided walk inspired by the works of local artist, George Romney, who painted scenes from the area in the 18th century. 24th March. Booking advisable. Free with entry.
  • Guided Walk: Gunpowder Gorge – A 1.5-mile guided walk that includes visits to prehistoric sites and views over Morecambe Bay. 23rd & 30th March. Booking advisable. Free with entry.
  • Opening of the Strickland Family Chapel – The ancient chapel is rarely open to the public, so this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the family’s faith. 25th & 26th March. Booking not needed. Free with entry.

Full details of all of these events can be found at nationaltrust.org.uk.

March Events at the Windermere Jetty Museum, Windermere

One of the newest attractions in the Lake District, the Windermere Jetty Museum is a fabulous indoor and outdoor attraction where you can learn more about boating history. The museum has several events taking place this month:

  • STEAM Squad – Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, these sessions are designed for children aged 7-12 years to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) concepts. Sessions cost £5 online and booking is required.
  • Codebreaker – A free daily activity aimed at children using the nautical flag alphabet to create a puzzle that needs to be solved.
  • Heritage Boat Breakfast – Sail on one of the museum’s restored boats and enjoy cooked bacon or egg sandwich on board. £20 per person and advanced booking required.
  • Water Babies – Every Wednesday during term time, these sessions are aimed at children under 5 with a sensory element that is designed to promote movement and exploration. The sessions are free with admission but booking is essential due to limited numbers.

For full details of all of these events visit windermerejetty.org.

Events at the Keswick Museum

The Keswick Museum has had a revamp over the winter months and new exciting exhibitions have been added. In addition, this month the museum has two special events. On the 5th of March, there is a talk by Ray Griffiths, President of Mountain Rescue England & Wales who will be talking about how Mountain Rescue services began and what the service does today.

On the 7th of March, Becks Skinner will be spending the day at the museum creating a traditional Victorian Mourning Dress and talking to museum visitors about Victorian fashion. Both of these events are free with admission.

For more information, visit keswickmuseum.org.uk.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Specials

This month the La’al Ratty has two special events taking place. On the 13th of March, the first of the year’s Fish & Chips Trains will run, with an evening service from Ravenglass to Dalegarth where passengers will alight for a delicious fish and chip supper, before returning to Ravenglass by train. Tickets cost £18.50 for adults and £14.50 for children with supper included.

Oh Help! Oh No! It’s a… Yes that’s right, the Gruffalo is coming to the railway during this special event on the 21st and 22nd of March. Tickets include all day rides on the railway and character meet and greets with Gruffalo themed activities at Dalegarth station. Just watch out for those terrible teeth! Tickets cost £16 for adults and £12 for children. For both of these events, visit ravenglass-railway.co.uk for more information.

World Book Day at Allan Bank, Grasmere

To celebrate World Book Day, the National Trust at Allan Bank have invited children’s author Matt Haig to Wordsworth’s former home to read his brand new story, Evie in the Jungle. Haig will be joined by local children’s author, Wendy Ellwood, who will be reading one of her tales as part of the event.

Children will be able to enjoy a hot chocolate whilst listening to the stories and there are prizes for children who dress up in the most inventive recycled costume. Booking is not needed and this event is free with normal admission.

  • Date: Thursday, 5th March, 2020
  • Time: 11.30am-3pm
  • Cost: Normal admission applies
  • Tickets / More information: nationaltrust.org.uk

Smugglers on the Solway: Beacon Maritime Stories, the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven

The Beacon Museum is currently host to the exhibition Breaking the Waves, which explores the maritime history of the town. As part of this, learning officer, Alan Gillon, will deliver this talk about smuggling on the West Cumbrian coast, which was once a major port for trans-Atlantic trade. The talk will cover the fascinating tales of these exploits, including how items were hidden in homes and ships. Hot drinks and biscuits are included.

Head Gardener Tour: Daffodils, Lowther Castle, Near Penrith

As part of the restoration process at Lowther Castle, thousands of daffodil bulbs were planted a few years ago, and these bulbs, together with the wild daffodils that inhabit the gardens and woodlands, create an outstanding display each spring.

Join head gardener, Martin Ogle, for a special tour of the gardens, taking in the daffodils with the opportunity to learn more about how the garden is maintained and what the plans are for future restoration. Tickets for the tour include entry into the castle and grounds, a hot drink, and a cake. Booking is essential.

  • Date: Thursday, 12th March, 2020
  • Time: TBC
  • Cost: £22
  • Tickets / More information: lowthercastle.org

The Treasury, Brantwood, Near Coniston

Ruskin was a prolific collector of minerals and for the first time his complete collection of over 2,000 minerals has been returned to his former home at Brantwood. On the 21st of March, the new exhibition featuring his collection will open and it includes his original catalogues.

  • Date: From Saturday 21st March 2020
  • Time: 10.30am-4pm
  • Cost: Normal admission rates apply
  • Tickets / More information: brantwood.org.uk/thetreasury

Owls By Moonlight & Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, Muncaster Castle

This month at Muncaster, treat yourself to a two course supper and a breath-taking moonlit display from the Muncaster owls. On the 21st of March, the castle will be open in the evening for this ticketed event that will start in the Old Laundry with a hot meal and a talk by one of the resident bird experts. Guests will then be led out into the castle’s grounds where atmospheric lighting and music will accompany the owls as they fly freely around the gounds. Booking is essential. Tickets cost £31.95 for adults and £15.95 for children.

On the 22nd of March, guests can treat their mothers to a special afternoon tea served inside the castle in one of the beautifully decorated rooms. Prosecco is available for an additional charge. Afternoon tea costs £34 for adults (£39 with Prosecco) and £26.50 for children.

Visit muncaster.co.uk for more information.

 

Other Events

Dalemain House
Dalemain House (David Purchase / geograph.org.uk)
 

Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show 2020, Rheged, Penrith

Cumbria’s rich arts and crafts heritage is celebrated this month at the Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show at the Rheged Centre, where over 100 exhibitors from the world of interior and garden design will be showcasing their products. In addition, on each day of the event, there will be various talks and demonstrations that are included in the ticket price, covering topics, such as design led home security, restoration, decorating, organic gardening and much more.

Furthermore, for those seeking more in depth inspiration, there are a programme of masterclasses (booked and charged for separately), including lampshade creation, garden design, kitchen painting, floristry and more.

  • Date: Friday, 13th to Sunday, 15th March, 2020
  • Time: 9am-5pm (4pm on Sunday)
  • Cost: £7.50 per person; Masterclasses charged separately
  • Tickets / More information: rheged.com/arts/clhomeandgarden-2020

The Marmalade Festival, Dalemain, Near Penrith

Unleash your inner Paddington Bear this month and head to Dalemain Mansion for the annual Marmalade Festival. There will be plenty of marmalade themed activities during the event, including cookery demonstrations and workshops, games, films, and children’s activities.

The festival is also home to the annual Marmalade Awards, which is celebrating 15 years and to mark the occasion this year’s event will host special talks from Marmalade experts around the world. A park and ride scheme will be in operation and in Penrith local businesses will be getting involved by turning their shop window displays orange.

  • Date: Saturday, 14th & Sunday, 15th March, 2020
  • Time: TBC
  • Cost: Adults £10 Weekend or £5.50 Day, Children Free; Tickets include entry into the mansion; Workshop tickets are available separately from £5
  • Tickets / More information: dalemain.com/marmalade-festival

Spring Beer Festival, Hawkshead Brewery

Once again the Hawkshead Brewery are hosting the first of two beer festivals that are due to be held this year. The 2020’s Spring Beer Festival will feature over 60 beers from craft breweries around the country and there will be live music on the Friday and Saturday evening. This year’s festival coincides with Mothering Sunday so there will be special offers on Mother’s Day to help entice your Mum into the beer hall.

  • Date: Friday, 20th to Sunday, 22nd March, 2020
  • Time: Friday 12-11pm, Saturday 12-11pm & Sunday 12-10pm
  • Cost: Free entry
  • Tickets / More information: hawksheadbrewery.co.uk