January in the Lake District – why we love it!

Jo Spencer - Tuesday, December 22, 2015


January is a great time to visit the Lake District! Following the excess of the Christmas season, all of our thoughts turn to New Year resolutions, getting fit and healthy, and invariably, spending more time in the great outdoors. Enter: the Lake District! We do ‘outdoors’ better than anywhere else in the country. In addition, January to March are by far, the quietest times in the Lakes, as you might expect. So, less crowds and you may even pick up a bargain at the Cranleigh!
In terms of things to do, the Lake District never stops. Here are our picks of January activities:


Visit one of the many farmers markets:


Houghton Farmers Market takes place on the second Saturday of the month at Houghton village hall from 9am-130pm. There is a wide selection of meat, cheese, bread, cakes, hot food, preserves and lots of craft stalls too. Brampton Farmer's Market runs from 9.00 to 1.30 on the last Saturday of every month, except December, when it is the third Saturday. Orton Farmers' Market is held on the second Saturday of every month, with more than 35 local farmers, growers, producers and artisan craftsmen offering a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts. And, Kendal Farmers Market offers the very best in local foods. This event is held on the last Friday of each month and is organised by ‘Made in Cumbria’.


Festive Helter Skelter!


Rheged will be turned into a Christmas wonderland this year, with a giant 9 metre high Helter Skelter, inside their Mountain Hall! Festooned with festive lights and surrounded by giant decorations, giant Christmas present ’huts’ offering festive treats and activities, and real Christmas trees, adults and children alike will love whizzing down our vintage Helter Skelter. Open until 5th January.


The Snow Queen – Theatre by the Lake:


The beautiful production of Hans Christian Andersen's magical tale of a young girl's quest to rescue her brother from the icy grip of the heartless Snow Queen can be seen at The Theatre by the Lake, until Saturday 16th January. A delightful story for all the family!


Kendal, Canaletto and Cake!


What a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning, with a walk and talk around Kendal, starting from Abbot Hall. Commence with a private early bird viewing of the exhibition, followed by a fabulous walk around Kendal to look at the architectural gems on offer. This is followed by tea and cake in the coffee house. You can even pop back to the exhibition afterwards if you fancy it!


Walk, walk, walk!


That’s why people come and what the Lake District is most renowned for! Walking is the very best way to see all that the area has to offer – it’s enjoyable, good for you and – it’s free! Just like all the best things in life!


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