What’s on this Autumn 2021

Autumn is such a lovely time here in the Lakes, with crisp autumn days, the leaves changing colour, and atmospheric mists along the lakes.


Here’s a small selection of what’s happening and when.

Kendal Mountain Festival 18-24 November

this annual, four-day long autumn Festival is dedicated to sharing awe-inspiring, life-affirming stories from the world of outdoor adventure. Situated in the picturesque town of Kendal and also online.

Dark Skies Cumbria Festival 6-14 November

Friends of the Lake District are running a Dark Skies Festival, including a night-time wildlife sounds experience with Cumbria Wildlife Trust in Arnside Woods, a Moonwatch event with Eddington Astronomical Society in Kendal, a night-time canoe trip, an interstellar art exhibition in Grizedale Forest, Dark Skies art workshop, planetarium shows and more!  Go to www.darkskiescumbria.org.

Autumn leaves

Whinlatter Forest

Autumn must be the best time of the year to visit a forest and Grizedale Forest offers unrivalled days out for everyone who visits. Walkers, delight in that crunch underfoot as you explore endless forest trails.  Thrill seekers, take to two wheels or into the trees and test your nerve on a bike or Go Ape courses.  Culture vultures keep your eyes peeled for the unique sculptures dotted throughout the forest; and photographers and Instagrammers, you are in for a treat as the autumnal colours dazzle and are reflected in the waters of the natural tarn

Winter Droving, Penrith 28, 29, 30 October

For the first time in The Winter Droving’s 10-year history Eden Arts are holding the event over 3 days, to ensure numbers ae evenly spread, celebrating music, art, culture and light. Rocking musicians, fire breathing performance and larger-than-life illuminated lanterns, will once again brighten Penrith’s town centre, for the annual masquerade, food and craft market and entertainment from midday till dark.

Taste Cumbria: A Cockermouth Christmas

11 & 12 December a feast of festive delights around the vibrant Georgian town centre.

Rails, Trails and Steamy Tales at Keswick Museum

tells the story of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway company, the line, and the people who worked and travelled on it.  The exhibition will feature plans, posters, and the wheelbarrow and spade used by Thomas Hoskins to cut the first sod of the line in 1862. A great start or end to the Lake District National Parks Walk along the old line to Threlkeld.  Open every day 10am-4pm.  https://keswickmuseum.org.uk/

The Lake Artists Society – Rheged, Penrith to 21 November every day 0900-430

Lord’s Plain, Dusk Fiona Clucas


Now in its 117th year, The Lake Artists Society is a joyful, annual celebration of art and creativity.
In 2021, visitors can expect some exciting new changes – not least its location. For the first time in its illustrious history, this annual show will move from its home in Grasmere Village Hall, (currently a Covid vaccination centre) to Rheged’s Gallery.
This year’s show comprises over 300 new works by Cumbrian-based artists from the length and breadth of the county.

Book your Autumn break here (Special offers right now..)

autumn mists
Autumn mists across Derwentwater

Book your Winter Warmer here.  (short breaks from now to w/c 5 February 2022)