May in the Lake District, Cumbria

May in the Lake District, Cumbria, is a truly magical time. A blanket of seasonal colour envelopes our breath-taking landscapes, and our events calendar heats up with festivals and markets taking place across the region. This is the height of spring, and there’s so much to enjoy. From the rolling green hills of the Eden Valley to the rugged beauty of the Cumbrian Coast, why not head off the beaten path and explore our hidden gems? As well as waters and Wainwrights in the Lake District National Park, we’ve also got beaches and historic monuments across Cumbria just waiting to be explored.

Get out and about and explore our world-famous countryside. There’s something for everyone, with accessible routes (including wheelchair friendly trails), shorter paths for younger walkers, and higher peaks with stunning views. Stop off and refuel on café terraces, with a coffee and home baked cake – we’ve got plenty to choose from. Planning to head out on the water? From paddleboarding to kayaking, there’s so much to experience. Remember to stay safe and be #AdventureSmart while visiting.

It’s almost time to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with a long weekend giving us all a little extra time off to make the most of the festivities. In the Lake District, Cumbria, there are themed afternoon teas; street parties; beacon lighting; and plenty more to enjoy.

We’ve also got a packed calendar of events, including artisan food markets and local festivals. The Cartmel Races season opener on May 28th kicks off their 2022 calendar: pack a picnic and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and stunning location.

Relax and get away from it all with a late spring getaway – whether it’s a romantic trip for two or a mid-week break with friends, there are some beautiful places to stay and some fantastic offers to take advantage of.

Planning to get out and about in the garden this spring? Pure Lakes have all you need to take care of your skin, with their Gardener’s Gift Box packed with soothing, natural skincare – all made here in the Lake District.

Combine a relaxing hotel break with fine dining with the Askham Collection. Stay at Askham Hall, explore the beautiful Eden Valley, and dine in the Michelin starred Allium at Askham Hall.

Book your trip safe in the knowledge that you’re in good hands, with Coppermines Lakes Cottages. Their selection of hand-picked places to stay in the Lake District includes mountain cottages, and luxurious houses with hot tubs.

In Kendal, the 4* Castle Green Hotel is offering a rejuvenating two night break for less, with pool access, dinner on your first night, and a glass of prosecco to kick off your holiday in style.

Looking ahead to half term and the summer holidays, there are some fantastic family friendly activities to discover. Visit Walby Farm Park for a day out the kids are sure to enjoy, complete with farm animals and a huge indoor play area.

Come rain or shine, Lakeland Arts have got you covered with their all-weather attractions near Windermere. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of Blackwell – the Arts & Crafts house, or learn more about Windermere’s history at the Windermere Jetty Museum.

To help you plan your adventure, check out our Adventure Guide: packed with tips and inspiration, it’s the perfect companion to your visit to the Lake District, Cumbria.


The Coppermines Lakes Cottages

The Coppermines Lake District Cottages

Hand-picked Lake District cottages in beautiful & spectacular locations from a local agency that KNOWS the Lakes.

Here at The Coppermines Lakes Cottages we LOVE the Lakes. We’re an independent agency based in Coniston, established 40 years. Our friendly, local team are available 7 days a week to ensure you enjoy your dream escape to the Lakes.

Our self-catering cottages include incredible mountain cottages, luxury houses & accommodation with hot tubs.

New for 2022:

Thwaite Cottage, historic 4 bedroom home, beautifully renovated for 2022.

Tanderra, 2 bedroom cottage with staggering lake views from its private balcony.

Waingarth Cottage, charming stone cottage for 6 with Grizedale Forest on its doorstep.

We ARE the Lakes.

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Spring at Askham Hall

Spring at Askham Hall

Discover the Askham Collection this spring for less, with three night breaks for just £750 per couple (usually £840).

Head outdoors for wind-swept walks, invigorating wild swims and runs across the rugged fell side; or get cosy with a glass of hand-picked wine by the roaring fire, a gentle wander in the gardens and a chat with the kitchen gardeners followed by Richard Swale's Michelin-starred food. The choice is yours.

Limited availability, early booking advised.

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Cartmel Racecourse

Cartmel Racecourse's season opener

Kicking off on Saturday, May 28, Cartmel Racecourse will welcome visitors back for its 2022 racing season.

Alongside the momentous ‘Season Opener Saturday’ you can also join them for their May Monday event on May 30 and closing off with the Wonderful Wednesday raceday on June 1, perfect for a prelude to your long Jubilee weekend! With fixtures all through summer, the Racecourse is a must-visit for all the family! Book your tickets today!

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Walby Farm Park

Family fun at Walby Farm Park

Walby Farm Park has a whole host of activities for you inside and out. Including Cumbria's largest indoor play area, themed undercover play 'Milecastle 62', exciting outdoor play areas, go karts and pedal tractors. Children can also enjoy a journey on our Baa-rmy Barrel Train, and lots of gorgeous animal friends.

For May Half Term there are daily 'Farm Foam Parties' too, with daily farm activities including Lamb bottle-feeding, meet the Guinea Pigs/Rabbits, Pony Grooming, Goat Racing and our fabulous Ferret Show! Book today!

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Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

Sale Exclusive at the 4* Castle Green Hotel

Weekend escape 10th & 11th June - Two nights’ bed & breakfast

Dinner on your first night in the Greenhouse Restaurant (£34 allowance per person), glass of Prosecco, unlimited use of the swimming pool, steam room and gym.

£299 per couple.

To book this offer call 01539 734000 quoting "weekend escape". T&C’s Apply.

Find out more about the 4* Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

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Pure Lakes

The perfect Lake District, Cumbria Gift Boxes from Pure Lakes 

The perfect accompaniment for the enthusiastic gardener! As the days grow longer we are spending more time outside tending to our spring flowers.

Our gardener's gift box includes everything needed to help alleviate all those aches and pains that unfortunately come with pulling out dandelions- from our 'Hand Balm' to soothe chapped hands to our 'Muscle and Joint Soak' to relieve achy muscles.

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Osprey at Windermere Jetty Museum

Discover boats, arts and heritage

Visit two all-weather attractions on Windermere this summer. A rare architectural gem Blackwell – the Arts & Crafts house is a historic home showcasing beautiful furniture and objects from designers including Ruskin Pottery, BH Baillie Scott and Morris & Co.

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Windermere Jetty Museum is dedicated to the boats, people and history of England’s longest lake. Enjoy a heritage boat trip, stunning views and tasty food in the dog-friendly lakeshore café. Both open daily, free parking for visitors.

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Castles of Cumbria

Explore the Castles of Cumbria

Fancy living like a lord or lady? The Lake District, Cumbria, is just the place to feel like royalty.

Stay in a historic castle or grand country house; eat in fine dining restaurants across the area; and visit impressive gardens and castle grounds. You can even shop the crystal glassware used in the Downton Abbey series, at Cumbria Crystal.

Read our historic houses blog for more inspiration!


Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the Lake District, Cumbria

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Cumbria 

From the 2nd to the 5th June, the nation will be celebrating the 70 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. We even get an extra Bank Holiday (lucky us!). Here in Cumbria we have lots going on. From themed afternoon teas at The Swan Hotel and Spa and The Castle Green Hotel, to Jubilee Jam from Lakeland Artisan and a special weekend stay at Askham Hall! 

Make your visit to the Lake District, Cumbria a royal one!


The Adventure Guide

The interactive Adventure Guide is here!

Thrill seekers and adventure lovers rejoice, our interactive Adventure Guide is finally ready! This easy to use guide is full of inspiration on the best ways to explore - from by foot to on the water; animals to ropes; wheels to experiences. The guide is full of businesses ready to welcome you and help you adventure safely!

Don't forget to be #AdventureSmart when visiting Cumbria this season. Whatever action-packed activities you are into, always be adequately prepared. Find out more about staying safe and being #AdventureSmart by going to the Visit Lake District safety page or visit the AdventureSmart website.

The Adventure Guide isn't all that we have to inspire your stay.

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