Family Friendly Events in the Lake District this Autumn and Winter

Family Friendly Events in the Lake District this Autumn and Winter

Family Friendly Events in the Lake District this Autumn and Winter

The Lake District is vibrant holiday destination, with an exciting programme of events taking place throughout the year. There’s so much to see and do for visitors of all ages, you’re bound to be spoilt for choice during your touring, glamping or holiday home break!

To help you decide how to spend your time in the Lakes this autumn and winter, we’ve compiled a list of family friendly events happening in the Lake District until the end of 2023. All of the events come highly recommended and are within easy reach of Skelwith Fold Caravan Park.

Bonfire Night

Guy Fawkes Night is a staple of British traditions, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that there are plenty of Bonfire Night celebrations happening around the Lake District.

At Skelwith Fold, we are hosting an amazing Bonfire Night on Saturday the 5th of November. The celebrations take place at our holiday park, located in the idyllic forest near Ambleside. If you are interested in spending a Bonfire Night you won’t forget, get in touch with us to buy tickets before they sell out! Skelwith Fold an ideal getaway destination for families looking for a tranquil retreat in Cumbria wishing to spend Bonfire Weekend away from home.

If you are looking for more celebrations, there’s plenty happening in the Lake District.

For example, the Sports Centre in Coniston will be hosting their annual Bonfire celebrations on Friday the 4th of November 2023. The event starts at 6pm, with fireworks, bbq and live music entertainment until 11pm. What makes this event even more special is that entry is by donation. For more information, you can head to the Sports Centre’s Facebook page.

Other Bonfire Night events include:

Food Festivals

If you’re looking to indulge in some great food, the Lake District is the place to be. The region is renowned for it’s top quality produce and artisanal bakes!

One of the biggest food festivals in the Lake District is Taste Cumbria Christmas, which takes places in Cockermouth on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of December 2023. Get in a festive mood with delicious local food and drinks, market stalls with seasonal specials, rides and children’s activities!

Cockermouth is just under an hour away from Skelwith Fold, and it’s a great day out from the holiday park if you’re planning on exploring Bassenthwaite Lake and the surrounding areas.

Another great option for afternoon tea fans is Yuletide Afternoon Teas at the Borrowdale Hotel in Keswick. These takes place every weekend from the 8th of November to the 2nd of January 2023, starting at half past 2 and finishing at 5pm. Foodies can indulge in scones, tea cakes, finger sandwiches and tea.


afternoon tea in Keswick, Lake District


Christmas Lights Switch On

With 2023 almost coming to an end, the list wouldn’t be complete without Christmas Lights Switch Ons. These celebrations are very popular among visitors and locals.

Keswick will be switching the Christmas lights on on the 17th of November 2023 at 7pm. The celebrations begin at 10am, with festive food and market stalls. In the late afternoon there will be live entertainment to get you in the Christmas spirit.

The Ambleside Christmas Lights Switch On is set to take place on the 18th of November 2023, starting at noon, with lights turning on at 6pm. In typical Christmas fashion, the switch on is only part of the event! Attendees can expect a busy evening, with market stalls, lantern parades and a stunning Firework Finale at the end of the event!

Enjoy a relaxing Autumn or Winter getaway at Skelwith Fold!

The Lake District has much to offer to visitors even during the coldest months of the year. If you are looking for a weekend break in the Lake District with friends or family, Skelwith Fold has a range of suitable accommodation for you. Our glamping pods, touring pitches and safari tents close for the season in mid November, but we have three beautiful holiday cottages for hire year round.

Our luxurious cottages are perfect for visitors looking to spend time in the very heart of the Lake District, enjoying a tranquil retreat in the woods and making the most of the breath-taking landscapes.