Plan ahead for 2021

Can I book now for the Lake District for 2021?

The simple answer is yes you can. Give yourself something to look forward to in 2021 and book a staycation in the Lake District, Cumbria. Whether it be camping in one of our many scenic campsites, a b&b with a lake view, a luxury hotel or your very own motorhome. There is something for every taste and budget here.

Is everything open in the Lake District?

After lockdown restrictions ease on December 2nd keep an eye on our website to check opening dates and times for your favourite accommodation and attractions. Businesses in the Lake District, Cumbria have invested time and money to ensure they are Covid safe for visitors. In some cases, this may mean their capacity is lower than normal, so our advice is to plan and book ahead wherever possible and be assured our businesses are making every effort to make your stay safe and enjoyable. Find out more here.

What’s new in the Lake District in 2021?

MV Swift - the brand new passenger vessel on Windermere

Fancy a cruise on Windermere on a brand-new, state of the art vessel? The MV Swift will be giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy the views from England’s longest lake. Find out more about Windermere Lake Cruises here.

Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage was once the home of Lakeland poet William Wordsworth. New for 2021 – a brand new interactive museum alongside Dove Cottage in Grasmere, where you can explore the life and creativity of the great man.Find out more at Wordsworth Grasmere.

Dove Cottage, Grasmere - the home of William Wordsworth

Photo: Wordsworth Grasmere

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Relive the golden age of steam by staying in a luxurious first class railway observation carriage dating back to 1917. These coaches live at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Step inside and relax as the little steam railway puffs its way across a landscape of rolling hills and vivid greens, every season creating a different portrait. Lose yourself as your eyes are drawn to England’s highest peaks that loom in the distance creating dark silhouettes over the land. Find out more about Ravenglass & Eskdale railway here.

First Class Observation carriage at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Where is best to go in the Lake District?

The Lake District, Cumbria is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A landscape that has inspired poets and dreamers for generations. There are mountains to climb, lakes to sail or swim and views to savour forever. Explore the Lake District, Cumbria here.

Explore the Lake District, Cumbria

Carlisle & Hadrian's Wall

There is so much to explore in Cumbria. Just outside the National Park why not try a city break in Carlisle – Cumbria’s city where you can explore the 900 year old Carlisle Castle or enjoy the vibrant cafes and bars. Learn all about the Romans with a visit to nearby Hadrian’s Wall.

Carlisle Castle

The Eden Valley

The Eden Valley is Cumbria’s hidden gem. If peace and tranquility is what you are after this is the place. A walk around the lake at Ullswater is serene or enjoy ancient castles and stately homes. Explore the Eden Valley here.


Western Lakes & Coast

Did you know as well as lakes and mountains we also are home to hidden beaches and rugged coastline? The Western Lake District is not only beautiful but also secluded – allowing you to fully unwind on your holiday. Find out more about the Western Lakes & Coast here.

Western Lake District & Coast

Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay in South Cumbria is a mix of quant seaside towns, sea views overlooked by the Lake District peaks and abundant wildlife and nature reserves. Take a look at Morecambe Bay here.

Morecambe Bay

Where The Lakes meets The Dales

Rolling green hills, traditional villages and ancient legends. Part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park lies in Cumbria and it’s a place of beauty. Check it out here.

Where the Lakes meets The Dales

What events are happening in the Lake District in 2021?

Whatever time of the year you plan to visit there is always plenty to do. Every season has festivals, theatre, exhibitions and events making the Lake District, Cumbria, the place to be all year round. Many of our established events are set to return bigger and better than ever in 2021, keep checking for the latest listings on our What's On page.

Did you know the World’s Original Marmalade Awards are held in Cumbria? The historic Dalemain mansion near Penrith is venue for crowning the champion marmalade and there are plenty of opportunities for tasting!

The summer allows you enjoy a picnic on the shores of Derwentwater and watch sports, talks and live music at the Keswick Mountain Festival.

Windermere is the venue for the Great North Swim where thousands of swimmers take the plunge into the lake and raise money for worthwhile causes.

If you like to feel the burn, the Lakesman Triathalon or the Fred Whitton cycle challenge will test your endurance.

If live music is your thing, you are coming to the right place. Kendal Calling attracts the biggest names in the music industry. There are several other music festivals held throughout the year specialising in everything from rock to blues and country.

Festivals in the Lake District, Cumbria

Speaking of festivals, we hold events dedicated to poetry, comic arts, films, mountaineering, books and something for every taste.

On your trip to Cumbria you simply must plan a visit to one of our dozens of agricultural shows. Browse the huge selection of local food and crafts and enjoy the livestock classes and traditional sports.

There are two events on the calendar that are uniquely Cumbrian. The World’s Biggest Liar where entrants have five minutes to tell the most convincing lie they can muster and the annual Winter Droving with torchlit street processions, a carnival atmosphere and live performances.

Halloween is a spooky time in the Lake District, Cumbria with many bone-chilling events taking place. Dare you visit the haunted Muncaster Castle? But not just at Halloween - it's a fascinating place at any time of the year!

Winter is a spectacular season with the Cumbria Dark Sky Festival - a series of out of this world stargazing events.

The Carlisle City of Lights celebration engulfs Carlisle Cathedral in a dazzling immersive display of light and sound.

Christmas is a magical time to visit. The Lake District mountains have a dusting of snow which is the perfect backdrop to a Christmas market or the traditional Dickensian festival. This year we have a 'Virtual Cumbrian Christmas Market' for you to enjoy from the comfort of your living room. Help to support local Cubrian businesses by visiting the market and picking up some fabulous Cumbrian Christmas gifts online.

What to do on the water?

We are most famous for our lakes. Technically we only have one – Bassenthwaite – which is a great pub quiz question. The rest are meres, waters and tarns. There is plenty to do on the water. You can hire your own boat or take a scheduled cruise in a vintage vessel. You can try your hand at paddle boarding  - it takes a few goes but you will soon get the hang of it! You can even take the plunge and invigorate the senses with a spot of wild swimming.

Activities on the water

How do I get to the Lake District?

The Lake District, Cumbria has great transport connections from all areas of the UK. You can reach us by train on the main west coast route between London and Scotland. We have connecting services to the central lakes, Morecambe Bay and the Cumbrian Coast.

If you are driving, we are just off the M6. Take Junction 36 for the Central Lakes, Morecambe Bay and the Yorkshire Dales. Junction 40 for the West Coast and Eden Valley and Junction 42 for Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall.

You can find out lots more information on getting to The Lake District, Cumbria here.

We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit!


Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness
Sightseeing Attraction
Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises offer more than a ferry service. We hold private charters, lunch cruises, buffet cruises, corporate hospitality, public sailings and group travel. Steamers and launches sail daily throughout the year from Bowness.

Wordsworth Grasmere
Historic House
Dove Cottage

A visit to Dove Cottage today transports you back to this remarkable period of ‘plain living and high thinking’. The sights, sounds and smells bring to life the bustling family home the Wordsworths would have known over 200 years ago.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Steam Railway
Scenic Views from Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, Lake District

Welcome to Lakeland's oldest, longest and most scenic railway! La'aL Ratty, the little Cumbrian Railway is an award winning heritage visitor attraction and Lake District icon, living up to its “must do” reputation for all ages. Excellent facilities at both ends of the line, from sea to mountains. There are lots of things to do including shopping facilities, a museum to explore, adventure playgrounds to conquer, places to eat and drink with free Wi-Fi and plenty of trails and walks to discover in this beautiful corner of the Lake District National Park - there really is something for everyone!

Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens
Historic House
Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

A much loved historic family home, set against the grandeur and picturesque splendour of the lakeland fells and the surrounding parkland. Daleman has a delightful five acre plantsman's garden.

Muncaster Castle
Muncaster Castle

Historic haunted Castle home to the Pennington family for 800 years. A 70-acre garden famous for its rhododendrons set against the stunning backdrop of the Lakeland fells. Hawk & Owl Centre home to a diverse collection of birds.



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