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Lake District ‘What’s On for November’

The official start of Christmas kicks off this weekend and next week with lots of festive events across the Lake District, including Christmas craft and family fun fairs, town light switch-on events, peaceful walks, film and theatre!


Fri, November 13th          

Join Pudsey Bear in Keswick for the Keswick Christmas lights switch on and BBC Children in Need extravaganza, broadcast live from Keswick on Friday.

German Christmas market, Hayes Garden World (Until November 23rd)

Cartmel Antiques Fair (Until 15th November)


Sat, November 14th and Sun, November 15th          

Winter Craft Fair, Brantwood, Coniston

Visit Santa in his Igloo at ‘The North Pole”, Hayes Garden World


Sat, November 14th    

The Winter Droving, Penrith; Magical torchlit procession celebrating agricultural history; Family entertainment and food market.

Coppermines Valley & Levers Water Walk, 10:30am Coniston Tourist Information Centre


Sun, November 15th                    

Kendal, Whitehaven and Carlisle Christmas lights switch-on


Mon, November 16th – Tuesday 17th

Cinderella, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick


Tue, November 17th 

Classical Concert and Afternoon Tea, Brockhole

Design, Block Print and Make Your Own Lampshade, Greystokes Cycle Cafe


Wed, November 18th

Artisan Bread Making Workshop, Greystokes Cycle Cafe


Thus, November 19th – 22nd  

Kendal Mountain Festival        

World’s Biggest Liar Competition, Stanton Bridge Inn, Holmrook


Fri, November 20th

Cartmel Food Market


Sat, November 21st

Ambleside lantern procession and lights switch-on 

9 metre tall Festive Helter Skelter for adults and kids!  Rheged, Penrith


Sun, November 22nd                   

Festive Fun Day, including festive jumper competition & Frozen sing-along! Rheged, Penrith


With the festive Christmas season and all the fun that it entails just around the corner, November is the perfect time to visit the Lake District for a romantic getaway, a family holiday or peaceful retreat to recharge batteries!   There’s nothing better than watching a Christmas lights switch-on set below the enormous starry skies of the Lake District to get you into the festive spirit.  Follow this by a drink in a local pub next to a fire, taking in the truly relaxing culture of the Lakes followed by a visit to a Christmas fair or film festival the next day to help you relax and unwind this November. Whilst there’s lots on for families and celebratory parties over November, there are plenty of challenging Wainwright walks and gentle strolls for lovers of the fells, which are still accessible and waiting to be enjoyed before the Winter weather sets in!