November is a quieter month in terms of events here in the Lake District as many venues focus on preparing for their Christmas events. But, November is the month of Guy Fawkes night with plenty of bonfire and fireworks taking place on and around the 5th of November. There are also a few arts & crafts opportunities, as well as poetry groups and Blackwell’s famous Craft Fair.

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Bonfire Night in the Lake District


Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent

To blow up the King and Parli'ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below,

Poor old England to overthrow;

By God's providence he was catch'd (or by God's mercy*)

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

And what should we do with him? Burn him!

- John Milton (1626)

There are plenty of options for Bonfire Night celebrations in the Lake District – in fact, we have even written a guide on who usually hosts them and where to find a local celebration. Whilst we’d love to be able to give you a complete list of the venues with exact dates and times, many are still deciding on dates at the time of writing or are advertised locally rather than online.

Your best bet will be to get in touch with your local council, or perhaps the hotel you’re staying in, to enquire as to what local celebrations are taking place in your desired area. This year, Bonfire Night lands on a Saturday, however, that doesn’t mean they will all take place on the Saturday (though many of them likely will). The display at Hayes Garden World, for example, is taking place on Thursday the 3rd of November. Here are just a few with confirmed dates, but there will be plenty more where that came from!


Tullie House

Bonfire Night at Tullie House

Instead of trekking through the mud, you’ll be able to watch the Bitts Park fire show from the best view in town. Before heading up to the Lookout to watch the fireworks, Tullie House will be serving a hot buffet with Cumberland sausages, jacket potatoes, chilli beef, potato wedges and toffee apples.


Hayes Garden World

Bonfire Night at Hayes Garden World

Hayes Garden World is really more than just your average local garden centre with visits from Santa in December and a Bonfire celebration in November. Tickets for their Bonfire event include the fireworks show, as well as a choice of tasty food, such as Lamb Hot Pot, Bratwurst, Mac & Cheese, Jacket Potatoes, Burgers, Chicken Nuggets & French Fries. Additionally, you can do some after hours shopping with a 10% discount.


Beech Hill Hotel

Beech Hill Hotel Bonfire Night

Beech Hill Hotel is hosting a classy bonfire night with a 3-course dinner at their restaurant, live entertainment, including a fire performer, and a glass of warm mulled cider whilst you enjoy their fireworks display over the lake. Should you wish to stay the night, they are offering rooms from £84 per person per night, which includes a continental breakfast.


Blackwell Craft Fair

Blackwell Craft Fair

Blackwell Craft Fair is taking place from Friday the 18th of November to Sunday the 20th from 10am to 4pm each day. This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on Christmas gifts with a wide selection of handcrafted gifts made by local artists. Jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass, wooden wares and furniture are just some of the types of things on offer.

Lakeland Paws

Lakeland Paws

Lakeland Paws offers a series of canicross races in Whinlatter Pass, Keswick, CA12 5TW. The course is 5-miles long with the option of a 3-mile course for beginners. The events take place on the first Sunday of every month with the one in November taking place on the 6th starting at 9am.

Creative Workshops at Brockhole (November – December)

Creative Workshops at Brockhole

Brockhole will be having a series of creative workshops this autumn starting on the 7th of November up until the 20th of December. Workshops include: handmade ceramic decorations, mosaic decorations, linocut printmaking, felt foliage wreaths and glass mosaics – all taking place on different days and times throughout November and December. They are also offering a ‘Crafternoon Tea’ add on, which from 25th November onwards, will involve a festive option with mince pies and Christmas treats.

Poetry Groups at Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage

Wordsworth Poetry Groups

Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage hosts a number of poetry groups for all ages throughout the year with plenty available this November. Untrodden Ways: Poetry Club is for years 6-11, Dove Cottage Young Poets for ages 13-19, and Dove Cottage Poets is a poetry writing group for adults. You will need to book in advance of your visit.

La’al Locomotives at La’al Ratty

La’al Locomotives at La’al Ratty

La’al Ratty will be host to two guest locomotives from the Whistlestop Valley’s Kirklees Light Railway the weekend of 5th-6th November. The locomotives will be pulling trains as part of a mini gala weekend. Tickets will soon be available from their website.

Glass Work Taster Session at the Beacon Museum

Glass Work Taster Session at the Beacon Museum

The Beacon Museum is having a glass work taster session on Wednesday the 16th of November at 6pm. Guests will be greeted with a glass of bubbles (or a tea/coffee), along with some sweet treats, and will get to learn how to create their own glass work. The cost is £22 and participants must be 18 and over.