Fells in a new light
Winter is a magical time to walk the fells. With snow on the ground, the hills look even more impressive and enticing. When you venture out, make sure you have the right equipment and know how to use it. If you haven’t done any winter hillwalking before, consider a one day course with an expert to develop confidence and good judgement, as well as the practical skills required to move safely using crampons and a walking or mountaineering axe. More here.
Exclusive for food lovers
Local food writer and TV presenter Annette Gibbons will take you on a tour of local food producers and great and acclaimed beacons of good eating, private or open to the public. Taste hand-made chocolates, bake bread, grind organic wheat, land local shrimps or visit farmers markets. More here.
Pamper time beckons at Armathwaite Hall’s Hotel and Spa. A half day package is available with full use of the Spa’s luxurious facilities including a 25 minute face or body treatment using TempleSpa products. The Spa features a 16 metre infinity edge pool, outdoor hot tub with views of the surrounding woodland, thermal suite, exercise studio, gym, and ten beautifully appointed treatment rooms. More here.
A hideaway to discover
Situated in the centre of Allonby, on the unspoilt Solway Coast is Dickinson Place, Visit England 4 Star Gold Award 17th century barn cottages hidden away in a tranquil courtyard. All have original features such as ancient oak beams and sandstone and cobbled walls. The Solway Coast has a number of nature reserves to visit and is perfect for walking, cycling and bird watching. More here.
Classic car experience
Imagine exploring the Lake District driving a Morgan 4/4, a Lotus Elise S! or an Austin Healey 3000 MK1! It’s now possible with The Trout Hotel’s Classic Care Hire Experience. From your hotel base in Cockermouth, you are perfectly placed to explore the majesty of the Lakes in a head turning motor. More here.
Burns night whisky supper
Celebrate Burn’s birthday on 25 January with a Burns Night Whisky Supper at the Lakes Distillery at Bassenthwaite. It includes a tutored tasting at the award winning distillery. Booking essential and don’t forget to stock up on your favourites at the distillery shop. More here.
An evening with Michael Portillo
The much – loved presenter of Great British Railway Journeys and the former Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Portillo tells his story in the intimate surroundings of the Carnegie Theatre with time to ask questions followed by a book signing. More here.
Outdoor adventure for people with disabilities
New for 2019 at the Calvert Trust near Keswick are two night, weekend breaks for people with disabilities. The short break includes accessible accommodation and optional activities. Choose from catamaran sailing, horse riding, zipwire and big swing, bush craft and walk, outdoor abseiling and accessible cycling. More here.
New Year, new run
The North Lakes New Year Half Marathon at Grayonside is set in the stunning Lorton valley near Cockermouth Although you will be surrounded by Lakeland fells, the course itself is quite gentle taking a route along quiet, rolling roads with no major hills. Suitable for experienced or first -time half marathoners. More here.
Barnacle geese overhead
The Solway estuary has international significance as a rich habitat for migrating birds in the winter months, in particular Barnacle geese and Whooper swans. This tour takes a journey along the Cumbrian Solway coastline stopping at different viewpoints to look out for winter wildlife. More here.
A Winter Selection until 2 February 2019 is Castlegate Gallery’s current exhibtion. It features new works from a number of talented and internationally renowned artists such as Eileen Cooper (RA), Chantal Joffe (RA) and Stephen Chambers (RA). Also introducing Alice Campbell, a hugely exciting Edinburgh-based young talent who is already achieving critical acclaim in just over a year since graduation. More here.
Discover Castlegate Gallery, Cockermouth
Take a guided tour of the Solway Coast