November in the Lake District, Cumbria

It’s November in the Lake District, Cumbria; and the magic of autumn can be seen all around. This is cosy season: walks up Wainwrights followed by warming pub meals, trips to museums and galleries; evenings spent stargazing under the dark sky; and plenty more await.

Dreaming of a cosy winter getaway to the Lake District, Cumbria? It’s not too late to book your visit, with welcoming country inns, luxurious spa hotels, modern self-catering accommodation and plenty more to choose from. Book your stay, wrap up warm and relax amidst stunning scenery. Bliss.

If it’s a festive Christmas break you’ve got in mind, there’s plenty to see and do, and as the season of good cheer approaches, our towns and villages are donning their festive finery to bring the magic of Christmas to one and all. The Lake District, Cumbria, is the perfect place to shop, with national and local names on our high streets; and Christmas markets to get you into the seasonal spirit.

Plus, you can still support our local businesses even when you aren’t here in person with our online Christmas market. Browse gifts from a selection of Cumbrian retailers, and get a piece of the Lake District delivered straight to your door.

By night, our dark skies make for the perfect opportunity to marvel at their magical wonder. The Cumbria Dark Skies Festival takes place between the 5th – 14th November, filled with stargazing experiences aplenty.

Why not complete your experience by traveling to us by rail? If you’re looking for a sustainable way to travel, we've got you covered when it comes to getting to the Lake District, Cumbria, with services to stations across the county.

Feeling lucky? Don’t forget to enter our prize draws for your chance to win some amazing prizes.

This month:

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Explore the beautiful Cumbrian landscape this winter with the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. The 'Eskdale Valley Explorer' will be running on the 6th and 7th, 13th and 14th of November, and the 'Eskdale Festive Express' will be running from the 26th of December to the 2nd of January 2022 - dates inclusive.

Avanti West Coast
Avanti West Coast

Rollerblading Turtle ‘Turbo’ is the hero of the Avanti marketing campaign to encourage customers back to rail by Avanti West Coast. The campaign will also help support the communities they serve, including local businesses, and promote a more environmentally friendly travel choice.
With trains from London, Birmingham & Glasgow into Oxenholme, Penrith & Carlisle, enjoy speed & comfort when you travel to the Lakes with Avanti West Coast. Click here to see the TV advert. Find out more about Avanti.

The Inn Collection Group

The Inn Collection Group

Leave the planning to The Inn Collection Group this Christmas. Their fantastic locations make the perfect base for your Christmas staycation and their incredible staycation package will see you well fed with delicious festive fayre. Think roaring fire, festive cheer, decorations galore, fine wine and so much more. Hurry and book now, there’s less than 2 months to go!

Whether you fancy a Christmas eve hike up Helvellyn or a boxing day amble through Ambleside, they have the perfect place for you to sit back and relax after a long day exploring.
Find out more about the Inn Collection In ns in Cumbria:
The Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside | Wateredge Inn, Ambleside | The Ambleside Inn | The Temperance Inn, Ambleside | The Pheasant Inn, Cockermouth | The Coniston Inn | The Swan at Grasmere

Mountain Goat tours

10% off Ten Lakes Spectacular tour with Mountain Goat

Sit back and be taken to the “most beautiful corner of England” on Mountain Goat’s full day Ten Lakes Spectacular tour.

Visit the magnificent scenery of the Lakeland fells, valleys, and lakes from the south to the north. Enjoy a visit to the 4,000-year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle set high on the fells with panoramic views of the mountains. Travel over passes and through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls and traditional Lakeland villages. Along the way, there are plenty of stops for admiring the views and taking photographs.

Use discount code 'CUMBRIA10' at checkout. Bookings must be made before 31st December 2021 for tour departures until 31st October 2022.

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INOV-8 brand new store in The Lakes

A hub for adventure-loving locals and tourists who enjoy running, hiking and fitness.
inov-8 – a Lake District company that specialises in lightweight running, hiking and fitness kit – has opened its first-ever brand store in partnership with Pete Bland Sports, a leading retailer for fell and trail running.

‘The Forge’ is located in Staveley’s popular Mill Yard and is surrounded by fellow businesses popular with outdoor enthusiasts.

Forged in the Lake District fells, inov-8 design innovative, award-winning footwear, clothing and equipment for off-road runners, hikers and gym-goers.

Visit the Inov-8 website

Dark Skies Festival

Discover the magic of Cumbria’s dark skies

Did you know? Cumbria has some of the darkest skies in England - and we're celebrating them at the Cumbria Dark Skies Festival, held between 5th – 14th November.

With events taking place across the county, join in the fun and discover the wonders of the night sky.

There’s something for all ages with a fantastic programme of events including art installations, stargazing walks, art workshops, UV rock pooling and plenty more.

Discover what’s on and book your tickets here.

Cumbrian Virtual Christmas Market

Visit the Cumbrian Virtual Christmas Market

Get a little piece of the Lake District, Cumbria, delivered straight to your door with our virtual Christmas market.

Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for someone special, or just that well-deserved treat for yourself, packed with great Cumbrian gifts and local produce from an array of artisan businesses, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

From dining out and short break gifts, to vouchers and handmade crafts, it’s the perfect way to shop local this year if you aren’t able to join us in person.

Discover our virtual Christmas Market here.

Kendal town centre

Searching for Christmas gift inspiration?

From vibrant market towns to an historic city, a warm welcome awaits on Cumbria’s high streets. An exciting blend of national and independent retailers offer a fantastic range of gifts to choose from. So, if you are searching for Christmas shopping inspiration, we have some great ideas to help you find the perfect present.

We are starting our virtual tour of Cumbria’s wonderful high streets in South Lakeland.

The Welcome Back to High Streets Project is supported by ERDF and HM Government.

ERDF & HM Government

Enter free prize draws with

Enter our FREE Prize Draws

There are some great prizes on offer at

Prize draws this month include a Lakes Edition game of Monopoly, a Lake District Wild Venison Christmas Box, courtesy of Lake District Produce Champions ‘A Day’s Walk’; a family day out at Windermere Jetty Museum  and a 4-night break at Waterfoot Park and Ullswater Steamer Ticket.

Enter now to be in with a chance of winning these great prizes. Good Luck!




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