7 Things to Do in The Lake District This Winter

6th Jan 2016

The Lake District is open for business. The area is generally accessible and ready for visitors to return. What’s more there are lots of things to see and enjoy over the winter months. Here are some of our suggestions:

  1. Bracing Walk and Pub Lunch – There’s nothing better than enjoying a hearty lunch in a pub with a roaring log fire after a bracing walk. We recommend trying the Kirkstone Pass Inn; the fourth highest pub in England at 1,480 ft. If you can manage another 1,000ft after lunch, you will be rewarded with some of the best views in the Lake District.
  2. Detox BreakRelax and reset the system after the Christmas festivities with a January Detox break at Linthwaite Hotel. Enjoy an in-room aromatherapy detox massage, freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juices, lighter choice menu options and recommended walks, especially commissioned for the hotel by local walking expert and author Marc Richards.
  3. Wet Weather Excursion –Discover the best hand crafted real ales in the Lake District at Hawskshead Micro Brewery in Staveley. Enjoy a lunch of tapas or some earthy classic fare in their light and airy beer hall, followed by a brewery tour to see how the ales are created with tasting opportunities. Not to be missed is their very popular Beer Festival on the 18-20th March with food all day, live music, and a selection of great beers.
  4. Get CreativeUnlock your creative genius with a Creative Writing Break. The residential course at Linthwaite is suitable for beginners to published authors. It will take place on 29th February – 3rd March 2016. The three day course will be run by Angela Locke, author of six internationally published novels and will help participants to find their creative voice, expand their minds and encourage them to write poetry, stories and prose in a supportive environment.
  5. Literary Festival‘Words by the Water’ is taking place in Keswick on 4th -13th March 2016. Writers and readers get together to share the pleasure of books, words and ideas. Most of the action takes place at the Theatre by the Lake, sited right on the edge of Derwentwater. There are talks, lectures, discussions, workshops and special exhibitions.

  6. Blue Monday at Heaton Cooper Studios – The Heaton Cooper Studio in Grasmere plans to mark “Blue Monday” with an exhibition of sunshine and colour on the third Monday in January (18th). The show will include a rarely-seen painting of Les Calanques in Provence by William Heaton Cooper, the grandfather of the gallery’s director Becky Heaton Cooper who is arranging the event to raise money for MIND, the mental health charity.
  7. Beatrix Potter Gallery – Beatrix Potter, author of the popular children’s book Peter Rabbit, artist, major landowner and business woman is one of the region’s most admired residents and 2016 is the 150th anniversary since her birth. The Romance and Realism exhibition takes place 12 Mar – 6 Nov and is an exhibition of Beatrix’s original watercolours and illustrations which explore the inspiration she found in the natural world.

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