Find out what Cumbria has to offer …

There’s plenty of things to see and do and we’ve selected just a few top suggestions for a perfect winter break.  Come join us and enjoy this truly remarkable landscape. To find out more visit: and book yourself a break away.

The Big Sleep in aid of Cumbria Community Foundation

Join Cumbria Community Foundation for a night of entertainment and fund raising for the Winter Warmth Appeal; to support vulnerable older people in Cumbria.

Cumbria Community Foundation is currently in the midst of raising millions of pounds for the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund.

We’re asking you to leave the comfort of your warm home, brace the cold Winter air and spend a night sleeping under the stars.

In a bad winter 300 older people in Cumbria can die because of the effects of the cold weather – by spending one night camping out at the Low Wood Bay Hotel overlooking Lake Windermere, you could help keep one older person safe and warm over the winter months.

Entertainment, food and refreshments and overnight parking is all available; just bring yourself, your tent and sleeping bag and your winter woollies to keep you warm

January 30th 2016


Guided Beatrix Potter Walk: Love of a lifetime – Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s House

The beginning of a special year in Cumbria, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth. The Lake District will be the place to properly celebrate the life and works of this iconic author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist.

Walk in Beatrix Potter’s footsteps through the parts of the Lakes she loved so much. Walk will be easy to moderate on paths and tracks.

February 14th 2016


Lakes Artist Society’s Winter Exhibition, Rheged Centre – Nr Penrith

The Lake Artists Society was founded more than 100 years ago, by artist W.G.Collingwood, secretary to John Ruskin. The society consists of a range of Cumbrian painters and sculptors working in a variety of styles and mediums. The annual Winter Exhibition is an opportunity to see a large selection of artworks, and is an ideal chance to add to your collection, at this festive time of year.

Running until 31st January 2016

Canalleto at Abbot Hall

Canaletto, is today remembered as one of Italy’s greatest view painters. His images of Venice were particularly popular with the well-bred English gentlemen undertaking the Grand Tour of Europe. When war caused the flow of British visitors to Venice to dry up Canaletto followed his patrons home to Britain.

Saturday 31st January offers a special experience; a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning with a walk and talk around Kendal. Start off with a private early bird viewing of the Canaletto exhibition, followed by a fabulous walk around Kendal as we pick out the architectural gems on offer. Then you can enjoy tea and cake in the Coffee House, and even pop back into the exhibition if you fancy.

Kendal, Canalleto and Cake: 31st January 2016
Exhibition: Open now until 14th February 2016


Distillery Tours at The Lakes Distillery

Set in the backdrop of the beautiful Cumbrian hills and mountains, The Lakes Distillery, the largest distillery in England, is set in an area of unimaginable beauty next to Bassenthwaite Lake. Overlooked by one of the Lakes’ highest peaks, Skiddaw, our location has been an inspiration to many people over the years including the poets Wordsworth and Tennyson.

We welcome visitors to learn about their spirits via their cutting edge distillery tours. Visitors will be taken on a tour through the ages, exploring the history of distilling, learning about what makes The Lakes Distillery’s products so special and unique, and of course having a sample of the spirits themselves!

Health and Wellbeing Fair

Come along to The Rheged Centre and meet with fitness experts, nutritionists, beauticians and join us in our quest to get fit, feel great and wipe away those winter blues
The event also features gluten free products in association with the Cumbria Coeliac Society

January 31st 2016, 10am – 4pm, free entry


White Noise Festival, the Brewery Arts Centre

Brand new for 2016, The White Noise Festival aims to inspire young people under 26 to reflect on & question the world around them through an eclectic mix of theatre, spoken word, music & art.
More information and acts to be announced soon. See all White Noise events for only £20 (Under 26s) or £5 individually.

February 5th and 6th 2016


Burns Night at Tullie House

A night of dialect poetry and Burns Night traditions to celebrate the birthdays of Robbie Burns and Robert Anderson, the famous Cumberland Bard. The Lakeland Dialect Society and local poets will deliver a night of entertaining and wide ranging dialect performances. There’ll also be the chance to view the Picture the Poet exhibition.

January 29th 2016

Polar Exploration: An illustrated talk with Geoff Somers

Geoff Somers is one of the Worlds most accomplished Polar travellers. He has completed several “Firsts”- including in 1990 the first and only traverse of the entire Antarctic Continent by its greatest axis – a seven month, near 4000 mile (6000 km) journey. Keswick Museum hosts this expedition icon on Tuesday 26th January, for more info and booking, please contact Helen Keogh on 017687 73263 or email:

January 26th 2016


Macbeth by The Moonlighters – The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

The world as we know it has ended. Nobody can be trusted. A clan of survivors, led by King Duncan, fight for a place in this broken land. But Macbeth and his wife harbour their own ruthless ambitions that could change everything. The Moonlighters, a group of local performers, present a post-apocalyptic interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

February 20th and 21st 2016


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