With the clocks going back an hour on Sunday 30th October, you might want to spend that extra hour having a cosy lie in, but why not seize the day, get up and take advantage of your bonus 60 minutes, and the Lake District, Cumbria has plenty to offer.
- Fill up on a Michelin star taster menu: The Lake District, Cumbria now boasts the highest concentrate of Michelin stars outside of London. With Gilpin Hotel’s restaurant, and new-comer Forest Side both receiving their first star earlier this month. They join The Samling, near Ambleside and Simon Rogan’s 2-star L’Enclume in Cartmel on Cumbria’s superior foodie list.
2. Venture where no one has ventured before: Honister Slate Mine is opening up an underground tunnel not seen for more than 40 years. A section of underground tunnel not seen since the 1970s will be officially opened up to the public this month, as part of Honister Slate Mine’s newly extended guided tours. The attraction near Keswick is famed as England’s last working slate mine and has a vast maze of underground tunnels which wend their way through the 900 year old mine deep in the heart of a volcanic mountain that is Fleetwith Pike.
3. Scare yourself with science: With Halloween just around the corner, do you dare to visit one of Britain’s most haunted castles? On Saturday 29th October join members of the scientific research time who have been researching the ‘hauntings’ of Muncaster since 1992, for a scientific ghost vigil. Spend the early hours of Sunday 30th, as the clocks go back, investigating various locations of the castle for serious on-going research into alleged ‘paranormal’ activity at Muncaster.
4. Let the children choose their own chocolatey creations: New in Cumbria this year, the Chocolate Factory at Cocoa Bean Company in Hawkshead offers a unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable. They make delicious chocolate creations and best of all, everything kids make is theirs to take home including their apron and hair net.
5. Travel to deepest darkest Hardhome: Until Saturday 5th November, Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre Sedbergh is home to the truly unique, three dimensional 11ft by 18ft embroidery depicting the mythical figure of the White Walker at the start of the Battle of Hardhome. It’s a must see for any Game of Thrones fans and an extraordinary showcase of the art of hand embroidery.
6. Avoid the Christmas rush and start your shopping early: ‘Rival arts, food and gift fair’ at The Rheged Centre is the perfect chance to select early Christmas gifts from artists, photographers, jewellers, craft and food producers. Whilst you’re at Rheged why not discover their permanent retailers selling regional products Made in Cumbria, British wool, traditional toys, outdoor performance wear, fashion and beauty.
7. Go down to the Bare Bones: An intricate new exhibition at The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven explores the form and function of bones in animal physiology in the most spectacular way. Ten real animal skeletons displayed in action including a dynamic osprey in flight and a curious thornback ray. The feature exhibition provides visitors with a fascination insight into this stunning aspect of zoology.
8. Go Baa-my exploring the Lakes: The ten head-turning electric Renault ‘Twizys’ are available for anyone to hire from a variety of visitor attractions and accommodation providers. With no engines, exhausts or fuel systems, they can be driven at the push of a button and will allow visitors who arrive either without a car or in larger vehicles to explore the nooks and crannies of the Lake District in a silent, eco-friendly way. To make the funky two-seater vehicles distinctively Cumbrian, each has been branded with its own distinctive sheep personality and named in traditional dialect.
9. Discover Wordsworth Country: The Wordsworth Trust has developed a brand new app that provides you with an interactive guide to Wordsworth’s Lake District as revealed in the writings of the famous poet himself. Follow in Wordsworth’s footsteps via an interactive map that unveils a total of 42 locations across the region featuring in his poems, including The Pillar Rock, Dungeon Ghyll and Stickle Tarn.
10. Visit the prison of a Queen: Explore the turret in which Mary, Queen of Scots was held captive from 1567, by order of her cousin Queen Elizabeth I at Carlisle Castle. The Castle and Queen Mary’s Tower is no longer a prison but does provide a portal back in time to discover the rich and turbulent heritage of Cumbria’s only city.