The Lake District is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. Its natural beauty and ease of access makes the perfect ‘staycation’ get-away. The only question is when to go?
Summer will be busier, but the weather should be better. Winter will give you genuine peace, but what will you do while there? And then, there’s Autumn and Spring, too…
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To put it simply, spring is the time to come for a relaxed look at the blooming landscape. You’ll see new-born lambs leaping between the newly blossomed plants, all before the other holiday-makers arrive for summer.
For those wanting a little culture during your stay, March brings Words by the Water, Keswick’s own literary festival.
For the weather-alone, the summer season’s a good bet, but expect larger crowds. If this doesn’t deter you, then you can also benefit from the large amount of organised festivals and events.
The pick of the crop includes; Lakes Alive, which always offers a host of top-quality performances, most of which are free; and The Free Range Comedy Festival, now in its third year, which draws big names and a decent crowd to a host of unusual venues about the area.
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When the summer throngs have gone, the landscape changes again. The bright yellows and greens turn to smooth golds and browns and, if you don’t mind risking a little wind and rain, they can be all yours.
If you need somewhere to wrap up warm and eat some good classic grub, then the Taste Cumbria Food Festival will point you in the right direction. For those of you with a need for speed on open waters, then you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Coniston Power Boats Record Week.
You’re not going to be getting much of a tan through your coats and scarves, but if you like the idea of a cosy, rural Christmas, you can’t do better. Keswick holds a traditional Christmas fayre each year. With carol singing, street performance and a host of wonderful stalls it’s well worth a visit.
If you’re looking for something a little unusual then The Lakes is also host to a competition to find the World’s Biggest Liar. Held in honour of a local farmer who reportedly entertained Wordsworth with his tall tales, it’s always great fun.
There really is no wrong time to come to the Lakes. There’s something for everyone and your personal taste should have a large say in the matter.
In the spirit of honest then, if I had to choose between any of the 4 seasons, I’d prefer to be there in spring. For, as a certain poet put it,
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils
Jonny Craven works for a site comparing energy quotes for businesses, meaning most of his day is spent helping clients change or terminate their energy conteacts, but is a keen traveller in his spare time (particularly in the UK)
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