Fall in love with Cumbria this February

Now is the perfect time to reconnect: with nature, with loved ones, and with yourself and Cumbria is the place to do just that. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and join us for a stay to remember, filled with natural beauty, wildlife, and so much more.

Whether you’re visiting for a half term holiday, a Valentine’s getaway, or a trip with friends, head here for inspiration.

Arnside Viaduct from Arnside Knott

Reconnect with nature and discover some of our stunning wildlife. Cumbria is home to three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), each with their own unique attractions. On the western coast, the Solway Coast AONB is a bird watcher’s heaven. Make sure to stop off at Bowness-on-Solway, famous for its stunning sunsets and views across to Scotland.

Further south, the Arnside & Silverdale AONB boasts diverse habitats and breathtaking views across Morecambe Bay (make sure to climb Arnside Knott for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside); while the North Pennines AONB is a UNESCO Global Geopark packed with woodlands, meadows and moors.

Augill Castle

Love is in the air, and we’ve got just the thing to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. If you’re planning a romantic trip with your beau, there’s last minute availability in some stunning places to stay in Cumbria. How about a night in a castle, or a luxurious spa break with breathtaking views? Book your accommodation now to avoid missing out, and treat the one you love to something truly memorable.

By day, stroll hand in hand along country paths: try the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail, a gentle hike in the Cumbrian section of the Yorkshire Dales, or a walk along the Cumbrian Coast complete with ruggedly romantic ocean views. Refuel over coffee and cake in cosy cafes along the way: Gillam’s Tearoom in Ulverston, Barton’s Yard Cafe Bar in Carlisle and the cafe at Sizergh Castle near Kendal are all great choices. If visiting Sedbergh make sure to pop into the Three Hares Deli for something delicious to take away. 

Delicious food and drink in the Lake District, Cumbria

Come evening, it’s time to wine and dine in fantastic local restaurants. If you’re after fine dining, try the Michelin starred Allium at Askham Hall or the Cedar Tree Restaurant at Farlam Hall in Brampton. For a relaxed meal, try Plato’s in Kirkby Lonsdale or the Black Swan at Ravenstonedale.

Dark Sky Cumbria

Cumbria Dark Skies Festival - 12th - 26th February

Join us for the Cumbria Dark Skies Festival taking place between the 12th and 26th February, with a host of exciting events to celebrate the wonders of the night sky. There’ll be something for all ages and interest from UV rockpooling on Cumbria’s West Coast, where starry-eyed adventurers can discover the weird and wonderful marine-life that sparkle after dark to night time woodland walks; there’ll also be art workshops, online talks and even a virtual planetarium.

Family holidays in the Lake District, Cumbria

If it’s a family holiday you’re dreaming of, we’ve got you covered this half term. It’s time to spend some quality time together, and there’s plenty for all to enjoy - dogs included! Discover the magic of our oceans at the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport, or walk amongst animals like lemurs and kangaroos at Safari Zoo near Dalton-in-Furness. Not too far from Carlisle Walby Farm Park is a fantastic all weather attraction with farm animals to pet, while you can follow in the footsteps of the Romans at the nearby Hadrian’s Wall - which celebrates its 1900th birthday this year.

For maritime history and heritage, the Dock Museum in Barrow and Whitehaven’s Beacon Museum are two must visit attractions.

Why not take a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway? One of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, it’s a fantastic experience for visitors of all ages.

Kendal shopping

Fancy a little retail therapy? Shop ‘til you drop on our local high streets, while supporting our independent businesses at the same time. Head to market towns like Alston, Kendal, Appleby and Sedbergh to soak up their charm and character; or visit Carlisle for a fantastic mix of national and local stores in a cosmopolitan city environment.

Shopping in Carlisle

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 - 24th January - 23rd December

This year, Hadrian’s Wall celebrates 1900 years since it was built - and to mark the occasion, a year long festival is taking place along the wall. Between January 24th - December 23rd, there’s a vibrant programme of events and activities to enjoy; wander through a city of light, experience live outdoor theatre and music, discover art installations, and even attend a Roman’s Big Birthday Bash! 

Discover new exhibitions including Uncovering Roman Carlisle and Our Hadrian’s Wall at Tullie House. Further exhibitions and events are also happening along Cumbria’s Coast including Muncaster Castle at Ravenglass and Maryport’s Senhouse Roman Museum. Heading east along Hadrian’s Wall there’ll also be a range of events for all ages running at Birdoswald Roman Fort from Roman Falconry Displays to their Summer Explorer Quest.

There’s something for everyone at #HW1900. If you are looking for somewhere to stay in and around Carlisle then take a look here.

Hadrian's Wall

Whether it’s a family friendly adventure for half-term, a romantic trip away for Valentines or time to catch up with friends, Cumbria is the perfect place to reconnect. For more ideas, click here and explore all that Cumbria has to offer.




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