February in the Lake District, Cumbria

Hello February: the shortest month of the year, packed with plenty to enjoy! This is a month to reconnect and enjoy precious moments spent with loved ones. Half term brings families together for some quality time, while Valentine’s Day offers a chance to enjoy a romantic break with the one you love. The Lake District, Cumbria, is the perfect place to get away from it all - and we can’t wait to welcome you.

Our landscapes continue to showcase the beauty of winter, with the possibility of snow and frosty mornings. Pubs and cafes provide welcome respite on countryside strolls, while our high streets are filled with quirky shops and eateries to discover. History and culture are all around: the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 festival celebrates 1900 years since the founding of this Roman frontier, while the Dark Skies Festival offers a chance to discover the magic of the night sky amidst some stunning landscapes. 

Valentine’s Day brings an extra measure of love to the Lake District, Cumbria. Reconnect on romantic countryside walks, wine and dine in Michelin star restaurants, and cosy up and watch the stars from your very own hot tub. The Coppermines Lakes Cottages has a great selection of cottages to help you rediscover nature.

If it’s a relaxing break in the Lakes that you’re dreaming of for that special someone, The Swan Hotel & Spa Newby Bridge have got just the thing. From a delicious 3-course meal, to an overnight stay including dinner, breakfast and a relaxing spa treatment, they’ve got some fantastic Valentine’s treats to choose from.

Want to treat that special someone but can’t make it to us in person? Head to Pure Lakes for gorgeous skincare gifts, handmade in the heart of the Lakes and with online delivery available.

Come half term, there’s lots for families to enjoy. Our high streets are a great place to start, with family friendly events and activities aplenty. They’re also great for shopping, with local independents and national brands to discover.

When it comes to getting here, Avanti have got you covered with quick and comfortable train services across the West Coast Main Line transporting you to Oxenholme in the south of the Lakes, or to Carlisle in the north. Don't miss the opportunity to win 1st class travel, an overnight stay in Carlisle, attraction pass and afternoon tea through Avanti's exclusive prize draw here!

If you’re planning to stay over, an indulgent spa break at the Old England Hotel & Spa could be just the thing. Reset and renew for less, with 30% off direct bookings, and step into a world of relaxation on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Planning your summer adventures? Look no further than the Keswick Mountain Festival! A fantastic programme of events awaits at this popular event, held towards the end of May - including sports, music, theatre and plenty more.

Remember to be #AdventureSmart while visiting us, and make sure you’re well prepared before heading into the great outdoors. Looking for some inspiration for your trip? Download our free holiday guide here.


Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

Winter staycation breaks at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

It’s time to reset and renew! Whether you are looking to explore all the Lake District has to offer or just relax in our Spa, The Old England Hotel & Spa has the perfect package for you and with up to 30% off when booking direct, now is the perfect time to stay. Come on, there is so much more to the Lakes than climbing mountains! 

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Keswick Mountain Festival 2022

Keswick Mountain Festival 2022

Kick off the summer festival season in style at Keswick Mountain Festival on 20th – 22nd May.
Sports events: Run | Hike | Cycle | Swim | Triathlon
Live Music: Huey Morgan DJ Set | Ferocious Dog | The Complete Stone Roses | Badness | Shooglenifty | Hope & Social | Lancashire Hotpots
Festival: Theatre by the Lake | Tent Talks | Festival Village Activities | Guided Activities | Food & Drink | Merch Stalls | Skills Camp | Keswick Town Trials

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Avanti West Coast

Arrive by Train with Avanti

Avanti West Coast run fast, hourly trains from London (less than 3hrs) and Glasgow (1hr 45mins) to Oxenholme (South Lakes), with onward travel into the heart of the Lakes possible with Northern and Stagecoach. Services also run from towns and cities across the West Coast Mainline to Oxenholme, Penrith (North Lakes) & Carlisle. Reach your destination in next to no time with a choice of Standard, Standard Premium or First Class travel.

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The Swan Hotel & Spa

Calling all Love Birds

It's time to book that Valentine's getaway at The Swan Hotel & Spar Newby Bridge! Take your pick from our perfect Valentine’s packages and surprise that special someone with the getaway of their dreams, starting from just £40 per person. Choose from:

  • Delicious 3-course dinner from £40 per person
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast from £120* per person
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast plus a 50-minute [comfort zone] treatment from £180* per person

But hurry, these packages are ONLY available on Monday 14th February with limited spaces!

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The Coppermines Lakes Cottages

Special Offers this February with The Coppermines Lakes Cottages

Escape to the Lakes with the whole family this half term. Discounts now applied on all half term breaks including midweek getaways from Monday 14th February. We have beautiful Lakeland cottages available throughout February including unique mountain cottages, luxury cottages, pet-friendly and hot tub cottages. So why not turn February half term into a full term adventure? Pick up the kids, pack up the car and explore the spectacular Lakes this February.

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Half-term fun on the High Street

Planning your February half-term activities?  Here is a taste of what is happening on Cumbria’s vibrant high streets. Every generation will enjoy Paddington the Story of a Bear at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle. Roll up for all the fun of the circus at The Forum in Barrow-in-Furness with the amazing Circus Spectacular show on 18th February. Delve into the fascinating heritage of West Cumbria at the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven and explore the historic harbour. Foodies will love the artisan bakers, tempting cafes and traditional tearooms in Kendal. Farmer’s market on Friday 25th February.

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

Supported by the ERDF and HM Government


Enter our free prize draws

Exclusive FREE prize draws - enter now!

You can't say we don't treat you! Enter one of our prize draws to be in with a chance to win treats from The Lake District, Cumbria. Avanti are offering the chance to Win 1st class travel, an overnight stay in Carlisle, attraction pass and afternoon tea! You'll travel in style and have a night of luxury in our historic city, enter here to win!

Woodclose Park are giving you the chance to win a generous 4 night stay in a Hive Cabin. Don't miss out, be sure to enter here.

For a bit of the lakes, at home... Win a luxury home spa collection with cosmetic bag from Pure Lakes. Enter here for a slice of luxury.

Carrying on with luxury, you could win a luxury spa break in the lakes for two at the Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa. Enter here for this exclusive offer.

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2022 Holiday Guide

Free guides to inspire your trip

Free to download, our guides are the perfect way to dicover the best places to stay, eat, visit and explore whether you're planning your next visit or are already here! The 2022 Holiday Guide has all the information you need to help plan your trip. Order your free copy or download the guide here. 

The Attractions Guide is your go to pocket guide for the best places to visit while you're here. From family days out to our very best venues for Arts and Culture, the guide has everything you need! Access the free online version here or look out for a printed copy while you're here.

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Dark Sky Cumbria

Join us for the Cumbria Dark Skies Festival - 12th - 24th February

Escape the city lights and bask under our Dark Skies at the return of the Cumbria Dark Skies Festival. With a range of events to get involved in, from UV Rockpooling on the West Coast to night time canoeing on Coniston, the festival has a wide selection of activites to try your hand at. Experience Cumbria’s magnificent forests with a guided Dark Skies Walk at Whinlatter or how about forest bathing at Grizedale?

Divine starlit dinners on Ullswater to astrophotography workshops, plus a whole host of fantastic online talks and presentations, and even a virtual planetarium! The festival really does offer something for everyone to enjoy.

To see the full range of events, see our festival page here.




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