It’s November, and now that the clocks have gone back the evenings draw in earlier, and the weather is getting cold. This means there are a lot less goings on in the Lake District compared to the bright, warm and sunny days of summer, but as we start to enter the festive season there’s still plenty to see and do. November means two big events, held throughout the country on various different days: Guy Fawkes Night and Switching on the Christmas Lights.
Guy Fawkes Night
If you’re not feeling up for the late night trip, or can’t decide which one to go to, then staying on Hawthorn’s grounds also provides a lovely view of events all across the Lake District without having to take a step.
Sunday 1st November
Wilson Park, Broughton in Furness
Fire lit at 6.30pm, fireworks start at 7pm. £5 entry for adults, £1 for children.
Thursday 5th November
Event begins at 7.30pm. Free entry, but donations are welcome.
Newfield Inn, Seathwaite
Event begins at 7pm. Free entry, but donations are welcome.
The Green, near Millom
Event begins at 5.30pm. The Green is on the A5093, about 3 miles from Millom, in the direction of Broughton in Furness.
Armathwaite Hall, Keswick
Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, fireworks start at 7pm. £19.95 entry for adults, £12.95 for children. Booking is essential.
Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC
Event begins at 7pm. £4 entry for adults, £2 for children.
Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, fireworks start at 7pm. £5 entry.
Friday 6th November
Coniston Sports and Social Centre
Event begins at 5.30pm. Entry free but donations are welcome.
Beech Hill Hotel, Windermere
3 course dinner, fire performers and fireworks over Lake Windermere. Cost £45 for the full experience. To book, call 0844 502 7587 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hayes Garden World, Ambleside
Fireworks and late night shopping from 6pm. Booking is essential. To book, call 015394 33434.
Saturday 7th November
People’s Hall Playing Field, Howgill Lane, Sedbergh
Including a pumpkin lantern competition, event begins at 6.30pm. £3 entry for adults, children free.
Memorial Garden, Cockermouth
Event begins at 6pm.
Lancaster Castle, Lancaster
Fireworks begin at 8pm, but it gets very busy, so it’s advised to arrive by around 7.30pm or even earlier!
Sunday 8th November
Recreational Ground, Hawkshead
Event begins at 5pm. Entry by donation.
Christmas Lights Switch On
Get in the festive spirit by celebrating with these local villages and towns as they officially switch on their Christmas lights.
Sunday November 15th
Kendal: Festivities begin at 2pm
Saturday November 21st
Ambleside: Celebrations begin mid-morning. Lantern procession begins at dusk and ending with a fireworks display.
Barrow-in-Furness: Celebrations and entertainment begin mid-afternoon.
Friday November 27th
Kirkby Stephen: Lights switched on at 5.45pm
Saturday November 28th
Appleby: Entertainment begins mid-afternoon to early evening.
Penrith: Carol singing at 3.30pm, lights switched on at 4pm.
Manchester Christmas Market
If it’s not already on your to-do list, you definitely should think about heading down to Manchester for their annual Christmas market, the biggest in the UK. Opening on the 14th November, the market runs until December 21st and has a number of stalls from around the world selling handmade crafts, delicious food and all sorts of Christmas goodies.