November is a month of two halves here in the Lake District. The start of the month is filled with crackles and bangs as fireworks displays take place around the county, marking Guy Fawkes night. There follows a temporary lull, with a smattering of theatre and craft events, plus the annual Kendal Mountain Festival.

 Then at the end of the month, the big C word takes over, as Christmas festivities begin in earnest with light switch on celebrations and markets. It might be one of the quieter months in the Lake District calendar, but there is certainly no shortage of things to do for visitors and residents.

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Fireworks Displays

Fireworks in the Lake District November 2019

There are a good number of organised fireworks displays happening this month. Some are free, others have an entrance fee with additional extras such as refreshments provided.

 

Dobbies Garden Centre, Carlisle

Fireworks and food, what’s not to love about this display at Dobbies Garden Centre, Carlisle. The gardening giant will put on a fantastic display, and a main meal and dessert is provided for those who purchase a ticket that includes food.

Skies Alight, Kendal Rugby Club

Once again, Kendal Rugby Club is hosting the town’s annual fireworks display that will be set to music. This year, the show has a special theme in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. There will be fairground rides and food and drink will be available to purchase. Entry is free but a VIP experience is available to buy with a buffet supper and fireworks viewing from the ground’s covered balcony included in the price.

  • Date: Friday, 1st November, 2019
  • Time: Entry into grounds from 5pm, Fireworks 7.30pm
  • Cost: Free entry to grounds for display; VIP experience £16 adults, £10 children
  • Tickets / More information: kendalrugby.com

Carlisle Fireshow, Bitts Park

Carlisle’s annual spectacular really will blast to the skies this month as it adopts a space theme in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. The unique centre piece will be a massive bonfire complete with giant moon and a projection of the planet earth. Plus, there will be over 2,000 fireworks, along with pre-entertainment on stage and fairground rides. Not to be missed!

  • Date: Saturday, 2nd November, 2019
  • Time: Fairground from 5pm, Pre-show entertainment from 6.30pm, Bonfire lit 7pm.
  • Cost: Free, but suggested donation of £2 per person for local charities requested.
  • Tickets / More information: carlisle.gov.uk/news-and-events/fireshow-2019

Guy Fawkes Night Party, Beech Hill Hotel, Windermere

Enjoy a fireworks display in style at this luxury event at the Beech Hill Hotel. The evening will start with a breath-taking performance from fire performers, followed by a delicious three-course meal in the restaurant. The evening will end with a stunning fireworks display over the lake. Advanced booking is essential.

Lowther Castle, Penrith

Lowther Castle is a stunning backdrop for a spectacular fireworks show and once again the castle are putting on a fabulous event, complete with fire displays in the gardens, music performances, and a street food market, culminating in a huge pyrotechnic display.

  • Date: Saturday, 2nd & Sunday, 3rd November, 2019
  • Time: Courtyard open 5.30pm, Fireworks 7.45pm
  • Cost: Adults £10, Children 3-15 years £8
  • Tickets / More information: lowthercastle.org

Windermere Rugby Club, Bowness-On-Windermere

Windermere Rugby Club are once again opening their doors to the public for a fantastic fireworks display. Along with the pyrotechnics, visitors will be treated to live music performances and two bars stocking real ales and mulled wine. Hot food will also be available to purchase on the night.

  • Date: Sunday, 3rd November, 2019
  • Time: Bonfire lit 6.30pm, Fireworks 7pm
  • Cost: £5 per person or £15 per family, Payable on entry
  • Tickets / More information: facebook.com/events/668829906960639

Memorial Gardens, Cockermouth

As one of the biggest, free displays in the area, Cockermouth’s annual fireworks show attracts a large crowd. As usual there will be a few fairground rides in the park, as well as stalls selling glow sticks and other toys, plus refreshments and sweet treats.

  • Date: Sunday, 3rd November, 2019
  • Time: Stalls and rides from 5.15pm, Fireworks start promptly at 6pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More information: cockermouth.org/forthcoming-events

Fireworks & Late Night Shopping, Hayes Garden World, Ambleside

Combine fireworks with Christmas shopping at this exclusive event, where there will be a professional fireworks display along with a hot meal with a choice of dishes included in the price. The store will be open for shopping throughout with 10% of Christmas items for ticket holders.

  • Date: Monday, 4th November, 2019
  • Time: From 6pm
  • Cost: Adults £10, Children 3-15 years £6
  • Tickets / More information: hayesgardenworld.co.uk

Armathwaite Hall, Keswick

The luxury spa hotel is offering a bonfire night celebration with a crackling bonfire and spectacular fireworks over Bassenthwaite lake. The display will be followed by a warming supper of steak and ale pie (or cheese and onion) and a wholesome apple crumble. Wellie boots and a torch are advised. Advanced booking is essential as places are limited.

  • Date: Tuesday, 5th November, 2019
  • Time: Bonfire lit 6.30pm, Fireworks 7pm
  • Cost: Adults £22.50, Children £12.50
  • Tickets / More information: armathwaite-hall.com
 

Live Music, Theatre, & Comedy

Music & Theatre in the Lake District November 2019
 

November at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Keswick’s popular lakeside theatre has now finished its main season of production and November sees an eclectic mix of short run and one off shows, with something to appeal to everyone.

  • Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully is a hilarious play about a quiet leafy village that is invaded by aliens. 6th – 9th November.
  • Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Tribe 25 is a performance by Europe’s longest established Taiko drumming group who use this ancient Japanese instrument to create extraordinary rhythms. 7th November.
  • An Evening of Eric & Ern sees West End stars Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel who reprise their award winning roles as Morecambe and Wise in a hilarious homage to the comedy duo. 8th November.
  • Finding Gobi. When ultramarathon runner, Dion Leonard, started a 155-mile race through the Gobi desert, little did he know that he would meet a dog that would result in him sacrificing his race position and change his life. Hear their incredible story from Dion himself. 9th November.
  • The Pelleas Ensemble – Ciola, Flute and Harp is a captivating performance from an award winning trio of musicians who have won numerous awards. 10th November.
  • Shakespeare Schools Festival is a two-day festival that sees a series of Shakespeare productions performed by local schools. 12th & 13th November.
  • A Christmas Carol is the theatre’s chosen production for Christmas this year, running from 22nd November until mid January and suitable for anyone aged 6 and above.
  • Tom McConville. The award winning fiddle player takes to the Keswick stage this month for an exhilarating live performance. 28th November.
  • The Marriage of Kim K combines a Mozart opera with the antics of reality TV star Kim Kardashian. It’s a mind-boggling concept that works surprisingly well, using high art to comment on popular culture. 30th November.

For full details of all of these productions, visit theatrebythelake.com/whats-on.

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

The Old Laundry Theatre continues its long association with Alan Ayckbourn this month with two productions written and directed by the playwright. Season’s Greetings runs from 4th November until 9th November and is a classic Ayckbourn comedy about what happens when the extended family get together for Christmas. Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is the second Ayckbourn play hosted by the theatre this month running from 13th – 16th November. This new play subverts expectations as it examines family relationships through glimpses into birthday celebrations past and present.

Finally, on the 22nd November there is a one off performance of Car Park King, an original comedy by Jessica McDonagh about King Richard III whose bones were recently discovered in a Leicester car park. The play sees the king escape his car park tomb to go back in time to help his two nephews, with plenty of hijinks along the way.

For full details of all of these productions, visit oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk.

November at the Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

The Rosehill Theatre has some fantastic music and comedy events this month. Comedians, Luke Kempner, Suzi Ruffell, and Marcel Lucont will take to the stage to bring laughter to the audiences. Enjoy two French themed music evenings this month with Tina May and Her Paris Cats, a swing quartet, and Joan Rodgers & Julia Cobby, a soprano and pianist duo who will perform various French songs.

If you prefer theatre, then check out Under Three Moons, a play about two friends who have known each other from boyhood to fatherhood.

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

November at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Kendal’s premier arts and entertainment venue has a packed programme of events taking place this month, including film screenings, theatre performances, live comedy, music, and spoken word performances. The venue is even hosting the town’s first vegan fair on the 3rd November. Highlights for this month include:

  • Jack Dee: Off The Telly - The master of dry wit aims to bring his own version of hope to audiences this month with his stage show. 1st November.
  • People Show’s The Last Straw - A dark and absurdist look at communication and information gathering in a post truth era. 4th November.
  • Susie Dent: The Secret Life Of Words - The Countdown star will examine some of the unusual origins of every day words. 5th November.
  • Idlewild Scottish punk band Idlewild will be performing live on stage this month at the Brewery. 19th November.
  • Breaking Tradition: The Lock In Christmas Carol - Combining dance with panto and music, this heart-warming tale explores what happens when pub regulars discover their landlady is planning on transforming their favourite watering hole into a techno bar. 22nd November.
  • Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science - A thrilling science show from the duo that baffled Penn & Teller on TV, suitable for 7 years and up. 23rd November.

For full details of all the shows, workshops, and other events taking place at the Brewery this month, visit breweryarts.co.uk/whats-on/november.

Marvelus: All The Marvel Movies… Kind of, Coronation Hall, Ulverston

Having wowed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe and following a successful tour of Australia, comedy double act and self-confessed nerds the Just-Us League are coming to Ulverston this month with their unique show that sees all the Marvel movies squeezed into just one evening of laughter. Perfect for the Marvel fan, this show is full of jokes that will not only be appreciated by bona fide nerds, but also those who are only somewhat aware of the Marvel universe.

 

Craft Workshops & Fairs

Crafts in the Lake District November 2019
 

Winter Craft Fair, Brantwood, Near Coniston

The annual craft fair returns to Brantwood this month and visitors can expect to find over 40 stalls throughout the house selling quality goods created by local producers. Items available to buy include jewellery, textiles, pottery, woodwork, original artworks, prints and cards, baskets, bowls, pots, felted birds and animals, as well as homemade cakes and preserves.

Throughout the event, some producers will be delivering craft demonstrations and it’s a great opportunity to pick up some early Christmas gifts. Mulled wine will be available in the house’s restaurant. Due to Brantwood’s location and limited parking there will be a park and ride service running from Machell’s Coppice car park south of the house.

Make Your Dream Dress, Sewing Retreat, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Love the Lakes? Love Sewing? Love castles? Combine all three this month with this weekend sewing retreat at Muncaster Castle, hosted by Make the Lakes, a craft workshop provider. Participants on this extra special sewing retreat will be guided during the weekend by BBC Sewing Bee Champion, Charlotte Newland.

During this two-day workshop you will be allocated your very own workstation and design and make your perfect dress with expert tuition. You will spend Friday and Saturday night in the four star Coachman’s Quarters in the castle grounds and all meals will be provided, including an afternoon tea party in the castle.

Plus, you will have access to the castle’s extensive grounds. You will need to bring your own sewing machine, fabric, and dress pattern, with other tools provided. Beginners are welcome, though you should have experience in using a sewing machine to create hems and seams. If you wish to bring a non-sewing companion discounted tickets are available that include everything except the sewing sessions.

  • Date: Friday, 15th November – Sunday, 17th November, 2019
  • Time: TBC
  • Cost: £589 single sewist in own room
  • Tickets / More information: makethelakes.co.uk

Wooden Spoon & Festive Wood Carving, Cowshed Creative, Near Staveley

This one-day course will teach the basics of an ancient Swedish carving tradition, giving the skills needed to create beautiful decorative wooden spoons. The Swedish tradition is different to other forms of carving as it uses axes and knives rather than chisels and carvers use the original shape of the branches to inform the design. Along with expert tuition the course fee includes a two-course lunch and refreshments throughout, with cake to finish the day.

Dim Sum & Asian Cookery, Keswick Cookery School

Whilst much of November’s focus might be on Christmas cake, Lebkuchen, and mulled wine, at the Keswick Cookery School this month TV chef and cookery school tutor, Peter Sidwell, is hosting a one-day course that will teach the basics for cooking Asian dumplings. Participants will get an understanding of the different equipment that is required and what filling combinations make the best dim sum recipes.

  • Date: Saturday, 23rd November, 2019
  • Time: 10am to 3pm
  • Cost: £125
  • Tickets / More information: keswickcookeryschool.com

Threlkeld Village Hall Craft Fair, Threlkeld, Near Keswick

The recent craft fairs held at Threlkeld Village Hall have proved so popular that this month the committee will be hosting another! Local crafts people will be attending with a plethora of gifts and wares to buy.

As it’s not long until Christmas, this is a wonderful opportunity to purchase some unique locally made gifts. Expect to find textiles, carved wooden items, jewellery, paintings, ceramics, candles, and much more. There will be refreshments available throughout the day.

Santa’s Boat Building Workshops, Windermere Jetty Museum

Santa’s elves need your help this month and into December to help create toy boats ready for Christmas! In this festive themed workshop aimed at children, there will be a demonstration of traditional boat building methods before the opportunity to create a miniature toy boat with the help of Santa’s elves. Part of the activity will take place outdoors so warm clothing is essential, and booking is highly recommended. The finished boats will be yours to take away.

  • Date: Various dates between Saturday, 30th November and Tuesday, 24th December, 2019; Check website for full availability
  • Time: Sessions available 11am – 12pm, 12:30pm -– 1:30pm, 2pm – 3pm
  • Cost: £4.50 per child
  • Tickets / More information: windermerejetty.org/items/book-now-santas-boat-workshop
 

Christmas Light Switch On Parties & Christmas Markets

Pre-Christmas Celebrations in the Lake District November 2019
 

Holker Winter Market, Holker Hall, Grange-Over-Sands

Kick off the Christmas celebrations early this month with this fantastic day out for all the family. The event will feature over 60 stalls selling quality crafts, foods and gifts for the festive season. There will be live music, street entertainment, children's activities, and hot food served alongside mulled wine. Foodie gifts and hampers will be available to purchase in the Food Hall, whilst exquisite Christmas decorations will be for sale in the Gift Shop.

  • Date: Friday, 1st November – Sunday, 3rd November, 2019
  • Time: 10.30am – 4pm
  • Cost: £3 per person, Children free
  • Tickets / More information: holker.co.uk

Ambleside Christmas Lights

Bridging the gap between bonfire night and Christmas, the Ambleside Christmas Lights switch on party combines all things festive with a fireworks display. The event starts in the morning when the first Santa Steamer departs from Waterhead jetty with a chance to take a Windermere cruise with the man in red.

At noon, a festive market takes over Market Cross with live music and street performers. At around 4pm, Santa leaves the boats and gets on his sleigh for a ride to the town centre, and this is followed by a lantern procession through the town when the lights will be switched on. The day concludes at 5.30pm with a fireworks display in Rothay Park.

Carlisle Christmas Lights

This year’s Christmas Lights switch on celebration in Carlisle is a star-studded affair, with 1990s pop band East 17 appearing alongside Max George, former member of boy band The Wanted and star of American TV series Glee.

Britain’s Got Talent comedian, Barbara Nice, will be hosting the event, which will also see local dance groups and school choirs take to the stage during this free event in the city centre’s pedestrianised area. Carlisle’s mayor will end the event by switching on the lights after the sun has set.

  • Date: Sunday, 17th November, 2019
  • Time: 3.30pm – 5pm (approx.)
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More information: discovercarlisle.co.uk

Cockermouth Christmas Lights

The small West Cumbrian town of Cockermouth puts on a fantastic Christmas lights display each year and the annual switch on event offers fun for the whole family. There will be an afternoon of entertainment with charity fundraising stalls, live music, street entertainment, and children’s activities before the lights are switched on after sunset.

Keswick Christmas Lights

The Keswick Christmas Lights will be switched on this year by the town’s fire brigade. Throughout the day, there will a market in Market Square selling a range of festive goods, and prior to the lights being switched on a local rock choir will be entertaining the crowds. There will also be a special appearance by Peter Rabbit.

Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival

This month, travel back in time and visit the historic market town of Ulverston during the annual Dickensian Christmas Festival. This unique event sees thousands flock to the town, many dressed in traditional Dickensian costume, to enjoy the entertainment found up and down the town’s pretty cobbled streets.

Along with a fantastic market selling Christmas gifts, there will be live music, street performers, a fairground complete with a helter skelter, children’s activities, and a grand parade with awards for the best costumes. Best of all, it’s free!

  • Date: Saturday, 23rd & Sunday, 24th November, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 5pm (full schedule to be confirmed)
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More information: dickensianfestival.co.uk

Christmas In Cartmel

Visit Cartmel at the end of this month for a special celebration where the village will come together to welcome the festival season. Father Christmas will be attending, though, of course, as Cartmel is the home of horse-racing, he’ll be pulled along by horses rather than his reindeer, who will also be present and on display. There will be live music, stalls selling a range of gifts, a lantern parade, and more.

Carlisle Christmas Market

The traditional German inspired Christmas market returns to Carlisle this November. The pedestrianised zone of the city centre will be home to a collection of chalets selling local and international gifts, as well as delicious food and drink.

  • Date: Saturday, 30th November until Sunday, 8th December, 2019
  • Time: Times vary, see website for more details
  • Cost: Free
  • Tickets / More information: discovercarlisle.co.uk

Workington Christmas Festival & Lights

Over in West Cumbria the town of Workington is putting on a fantastic free family day out to celebrate the switching on of their Christmas lights. There will be plenty to see and do throughout the day with superheroes and Disney princesses in attendance, along with children’s craft activities, facepainting, puppetry, street theatre, magic shows, story telling sessions, and live music.

Throughout the event, there will be a festive market with some delightful Christmas gifts to buy from independent local businesses and crafts people. Before the lights are switched on at 5pm, there will be a dazzling umbrella parade through the town, starting at the leisure centre at 4.15pm.

Bring your decorated brolly along and join in. Don’t have a brolly? No problem, as on the 23rd November there will be a FREE workshop for people who want to “bling” a brolly, with all the materials, including an umbrella, provided. Book your place on the website link below.

 

Other Events

Other Events in the Lake District November 2019
 

Torchlight Tour at Windermere Jetty Museum, Windermere

Join Dr Rachel Roberts for this special after hours tour this November at the Windermere Jetty. Windermere’s newest museum, hosting an impressive collection of boats from centuries past, is full of boating history and visitors will be able to explore some of the intricate details of the vessels and some of their hidden stories. Booking is essential and two time slots are available for the tour.

  • Date: Friday, 1st November, 2019
  • Time: 6.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Cost: £10 per person
  • Tickets / More information: windermerejetty.org

Furness Lit Fest, Dalton-In-Furness

Down in the Furness Peninsula, literary lovers are coming together this November for a three-day literature festival in Dalton-In-Furness. The festival kicks off during the evening of Friday, 1st November, with a story telling session led by Steve Wharton, a unique performer who is making waves in Cumbria with his ability to tell tales and recite poetry with Cumbrian charm.

Throughout the weekend, there will be a number of events taking place. There are talks on a range of topics, including fantasy writing and a foodies’ forum, as well as some wonderful workshops, covering subjects, such as self-publishing and short story writing. There will also be an open mic poetry evening with a traditional ceilidh.

The festival runs from Friday, 1st November until Sunday, 3rd November with events scheduled throughout the weekend. Tickets are available to purchase for each event, and you can find the full details with how to book at furnesslitfest.co.uk/programme.

Anxiety, Depression and Feeling with Sara Coleridge, Jerwood Centre, Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

It’s easy to think of depression as a modern illness, but human emotional suffering is as old as the human species, and it’s thought that Sara Coleridge, daughter of poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, suffered from this condition. During this talk, Dr Jo Taylor of the University of Manchester will explore Sara’s works and examine how her mental health impacted her work, often feeding it with creativity.

  • Date: Saturday, 2nd November, 2019
  • Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Cost: £5 per person
  • Tickets / More information: wordsworth.org.uk

Sylva Sisters: Wild Fire & Wellbeing, National Trust Footprint, Windermere

This is a one-day retreat aimed at women who want to immerse themselves in the woodland and learn traditional woodland survival skills. During this event, you will learn how to light fires using ancient methods, and then prepare food on the campfire.

There will also be yoga and mindfulness sessions, with a focus on the woodland. Participants are asked to bring a vegan dish to share, with plenty of snacks available. Booking is essential.

Kaleidoscope, a Green Door Exhibition at Upfront Gallery, Near Penrith

Green Door are an artists’ collective who aim to promote the work of Cumbrian artists. This month, they are launching a new exhibition at the Upfront Gallery near Hutton-In-The-Forest near Penrith.

As the name “kaleidoscope” implies, the exhibition is a celebration of diversity, with subjects presented in a variety of media and styles. The collective will be joined by Cumbria Ceramics who will also be exhibiting in the space.

Guided Walk at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve, Near Penrith

Join the Cumbria Wildlife Trust at the nature reserve at Eycott Hill near Penrith for an autumnal guided walk this month. Enjoy impressive views towards Blencathra and learn about the geology of the area and the wildlife that inhabits it. This event is free but booking is essential and sturdy walking boots will be required.

Missing, Mysterious, & Monumental Tours at Wray Castle near Ambleside

During weekends in November the National Trust team at Wray Castle are offering visitors the chance to take an exclusive tour around the castle, exploring some of the more unusual parts of the castle.

During this talk, you will learn more about the original ornamental features that have been removed from the castle and how the Trust is working to restore them. Advanced booking is essential.

  • Date: Weekends in November
  • Time: Tours at 10.30am, 12.30pm, & 2pm
  • Cost: £5 (admission also applies)
  • Tickets / More information: nationaltrust.org.uk

Blackwell & Broad Leys Tours, Bowness-On-Windermere

Blackwell is one of the finest examples of a house from the Arts and Crafts period and is open to the public. A short distance down the road from Blackwell is Broad Leys, another wonderful homage to the Arts and Crafts period, which is now a private club owned by the Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club.

This month, visitors can enjoy an exclusive tour of both buildings in one day, with a chance to learn more about the arts and crafts movement and discover some of the intricate detail in both houses. The tour will commence at Blackwell, and then participants will need to make their own way to Broad Leys, one-mile away, for a further tour of that building before finishing with a cream tea at Broad Leys, overlooking Windermere. Booking is essential.

  • Date: Thursday, 7th November, 2019
  • Time: 1.30pm
  • Cost: £19.50
  • Tickets / More information: blackwell.org.uk

Buttermere Fell Care Day with Friends Of The Lake District

Want to give something back to the Lake District? Well, this month you can with charity Friends of the Lake District who are running a full day of volunteering opportunities around Buttermere. Volunteers are needed for a range of tasks, including litter picking, dry stone walling, path maintenance, and fence repairs.

Volunteers will be split into groups according to task and there are limited places available in each group so you must book your place in advance and specify which tasks you would prefer to do. Some, such as the path maintenance on higher fells, are arduous in nature and you must be reasonably fit to take part.

Scientific Ghost Vigil, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

A research team has been looking into the reports of ghost sightings in Muncaster Castle since 1992 and every year the castle invites members of the public to join the ghost-busting team for an overnight investigation. Participants will learn more about the methods used by the researchers and how to use various ghost detecting machines.

The evening will be begin with a talk, followed by a two course supper. There will then be a castle tour, followed by training in the equipment, before commencing the ghost vigil at 10.30pm. At 4am, if you are feeling brave, you will be welcome to get some sleep before a full English breakfast and a debrief in the morning. Advanced booking is essential.

Cluedunnit – Murder Mystery Night, Brathay Hall, Ambleside

This month, Brathay Hall will be hosting entertainment team Highly Suspect who will be providing a special murder mystery night where guests are invited to follow the clues and find out who is responsible for a fiendish murder.

The night takes its inspiration from the classic murder mystery game, Cluedo and scenes will be played out before you to help you determine the true killer. This event includes a buffet dinner and welcome drink. Profits from the event will be used by Brathay to support their work with children and young adults. Accommodation is also available.

Kendal Mountain Festival

The Kendal Mountain Festival is a four-day annual event that celebrates the best of the outdoor industry through film, talks, and activities. Outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world gather at the Cumbrian town to share stories of their successes and celebrate the achievements of adventurers from far and wide.

Film

Film is a key part of the festival, with a packed programme of screenings of films that focus on the outdoors, whether it be the skills and bravery of elite climbers, the efforts that remote communities are taking to safeguard their environment, or the technology advances that enable those with limited mobility to explore the outdoors with greater depth.

Speakers

Throughout the event, there is the opportunity to listen to some fantastic and inspirational speakers, including mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, and Olympian Jenny Jones.

Literature Festival

There is also a mini literature festival taking place as part of the event with a look at how the written and spoken word can take us to landscapes around the world.

Trail Run

No Cumbrian festival would be complete without a trail run, and the KMF does not disappoint with a 10K trail run around the outskirts of the town.

Tickets

The Kendal Mountain Festival runs from the 14th to the 17th of November 2019 and there are numerous individual events throughout the weekend. Tickets for each event can be purchased online. For full details, visit kendalmountainfestival.com.

Stargazing, Grizedale Forest

This month, head to one of the more remote parts of the Lake District to experience the night sky free from light pollution. Astronomer Robert Ince will be hosting this guided stargazing event deep in Grizedale Forest and if the weather is permitting visitors should be able to see a fascinating range of celestial objects. Powerful telescopes will be available to use and Robert will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Booking essential.

Basil’s Christmas Carol Comedy Dinner Show, Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

What happens when Fawlty Towers meets A Christmas Carol? Find out during this hilarious comedy dinner show at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal this month when diners will be able to feast on a three course meal whilst watching the antics of Basil Fawlty who is visited by ghosts during Christmas Eve after telling the hapless Manuel that he needs to work on Christmas Day. The price includes the entertainment and meal.

  • Date: Saturday, 30th November, 2019
  • Time: 7pm
  • Cost: £39
  • Tickets / More information: castlegreen.co.uk

Cockermouth Beer Festival

Cockermouth Round Table and the Jennings Brewery have teamed up once again to offer this fantastic event for beer fans. Held in the town’s Kirkgate Centre, the three day festival will have over 60 real ales, lagers, and ciders.

Local cover band, Mojo Rising, who are a big hit in the town will be providing entertainment on the Saturday afternoon and evening, and on the Thursday night the event kicks off with a classic pub quiz. Entry fees apply with profits going to local charities.

  • Date: Thursday, 28th November - Saturday, 30th November, 2019
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: £5 Saturday afternoon only, £7 other times
  • Tickets / More information: cockermouthbeerfestival.co.uk