It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Cumbria’s Living Heritage and if you are heading to Cumbria and the Lake District this December there are plenty of festive events and activities to get you in the Christmas mood. Here is our pick of the best:
Acorn Bank, nr Penrith Christmas choirs, 3 December 2.30pm and 4 December 2pm
Enjoy hot Christmas punch and mince pies in the drawing room while you listen to a festive Christmas Choir. Normal admission applies and there is a small charge for refreshments Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness, Tour and Late Night Christmas Shopping November & December.
Tour this spectacular Arts & Crafts holiday-home and discover why it’s considered to be one of Britain’s best historic houses. Tours take place on 25 November and 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 December and is included in normal house admission. There are also two late night shopping events on 24 November and 8 December between 5.30 and 7.30pm. Here you can find unique Christmas gifts crafted by skilled makers. Bring a friend and enjoy a luxurious shopping experience with a complimentary glass of mulled wine and free gift wrapping.
Dove Cottage, Grasmere A Wordsworthian Christmas 3rd December, 10.30am – 1pm. £5
Although Christmas was not celebrated to the same extent as today in Georgian times, we know from William’s poetry and Dorothy’s journals that the Wordsworth family marked the occasion by decorating Dove Cottage with greenery, baking Christmas pies and dancing to festive tunes from travelling fiddlers. In this hands-on workshop John Crouch, local food historian, will demonstrate how to make some traditional Lakeland recipes and Georgian-style decorations to bring this history to life.
Allan Bank, Grasmere Live Festive Music 3, 10 and 18 December. Carols around the Tree 17 December.
There are a host of local musicians lined up to perform at Allan Bank this festive season. From winter folk tunes on the guitar to the magic sound of Christmas bells from the Bell Ringers of St Michael’s Church in Beetham. You can also sing along with Grasmere Glee around the tree at their carol concert on 17 December. These events are included in normal admission prices.
Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, Handmade Christmas 3 & 4 December 11am – 4pm
Make a stunning Christmas decoration for your tree and sit back and enjoy Lakeland storytelling. Drop in anytime and there is a small charge for some activities. Suitable for all the family.
Askham Hall, Penrith, Winter Market 4 December 11am – 4pm Free entry
Askham’s newly refurbished medieval ‘banquet hall’ will be just one of the locations to come alive with the sights and sounds of a traditional Christmas market. Around 45 stalls will be taking residence selling an array of festive produce, crafts and giftware from local Cumbrian businesses and suppliers. The café will be open for lunch, mulled wine and mince pies and Father Christmas will be welcoming people into his grotto.
Muncaster Castle, nr Ravenglass Christmas Tea in the Castle 4, 11 and 18 December 2016 £29.50/£23
A lovely festive afternoon tea to get you in the mood for Christmas. You will meet by a roaring fire in the Great Hall decorated for Christmas for a warming glass of mulled wine or hot spiced apple. Then enjoy a special afternoon tea at your private table in one of the Castle’s elegant state rooms decked out in their festive finery. Also, included in the price is general entry for the day to Muncaster’s Gardens and Hawk and Owl Centre with the fantastic ‘Sky Hunters’ bird of prey display.
Holker Hall, nr Cartmel Food Market 11th December 10.30am – 3pm, Free entry and Christmas Cello Concert 1.30pm £25/£12.50
Browse a wide selection of stalls and sample a variety of fresh, local and regional food and drink including fine cheeses, artisanal breads and handmade cakes. Little ones to visit Santa in his Christmas cabin in the Courtyard (£3 per child.) Creating a festive atmosphere whilst you browse – the Holborn Hill Royal Brass Band Juniors will be playing during the morning.
The Ulverston International Music Festival & Holker Hall will then present a special Christmas Cello Concert with Thomas Carroll on Cello and Anthony Hewitt on the piano. Festive refreshments will be served in The Ilex after the concert. Tickets on sale from Holker Hall Box Office 015395 58328.
Museum of Lakeland Life, Kendal, A Lakeland Christmas, 14 December 2pm
Meet in the Victorian Parlour to hear how the Victorians celebrated Christmas. Read the old Christmas cards and learn how to celebrate in style. This event is free with usual admission to the museum.
Sizergh Castle, nr Kendal throughout December
Sizergh is all about traditions, so come and enjoy a traditional Christmas with twinkling lights, the smell of pine needles and mulled wine, the taste of Christmas pudding and the excitement of seeing Father Christmas. The shop has a great selection of seasonal gifts and Christmas decorations, but if you prefer something a bit more special, there are wreath making workshops too.