Its March! And it’s the time of year where the Lake District celebrates New Born Lamb’s, Mother’s Day and Marmalade…?! Check out our short list of top events this month to get involved.
Keswick Ghost Walks
Date: 4t,h 8th 18th 25thMar Time:19:30 Where: Keswick Cost: £10pp
Keswick has another history full of murder, intrigue and tortured souls. From slate built houses to the surrounding lakes and fells this is an area steeped in legend and mystery. Follow “The Lady”… if you dare. Keswick Ghost Walks are written with an adult audience in mind but are broadly accessible to children 10 years and above. Please ensure that children are suitably clothed for the conditions.
Carlisle Farmer Market
Date: 4 Mar Time:9:30 – 15:30 Where: Carlisle Cost: FREE
Carlisle Farmers Market, managed by Sustainable Brampton, provides delicious fresh produce at affordable prices. We have everything you need including free range meat, fish, eggs, cheese, bread, vegetables, cakes, jams, honey and chutneys, mostly produced within 50 miles of Carlisle. Our market is always an enjoyable social occasion too so come along and meet our friendly, knowledgeable stall holders for ingredients and advice on how to cook them.
Feel The Force – The Beacon Museum
Date: 1st -5 March Time: 10:00-16:30 Where: The Beacon, Whitehaven Cost: £2-16
Ever wondered how magnets work, where anti-gravity comes from and what's inside those mysterious black holes? Come along to our interactive science exhibition 'Feel the Force' and discover for yourself, with experiments and machines for you to have a go on.
The forces of nature are invisible, but they affect every moment of our lives. You can feel them when driving round corners, ice skating or riding a bike. And you can see their effects in smoke rings and bubbles, even the way water flows when emptying the bath. These large-scale exhibits help explain how they work and give the chance to try out some experiments with friends and family.
Feel the Force is an all ages interactive science exhibition creatively devised by Science Projects ltd.
Guided Walk At Eycott Hill Nature Reserve
Date: 8th Mar Time: 13:30 – 15:30 Where: Carlisle Cost: from £14pp
Enjoy wonderful views as you learn about our fantastic upland nature reserve and the wildlife and geology that make it so special. Sturdy wellington boots recommended as the route is over very wet and uneven ground.
Beatrix Potter Magic Lantern Show
Date: 12 Mar Time:14:30 Where: Old Laundry Threater Price: £15
The Beatrix Potter Magic Lantern Show is a traditional Victorian magic lantern performance in the Old Laundry Theatre studio at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, in which Beatrix Potter tells her own story from childhood onwards, discovering herself as an illustrator, story writer, biologist, conservationist and farmer.
This unique and intimate theatrical performance is accompanied by an enchanting slide show with beautiful scenes of the Lake District and fascinating original black and white film footage of Victorian London that you will not have seen before. At this event you can discover more about Beatrix Potter’s fascinating life and then enjoy a quintessentially English Afternoon Tea before browsing the acclaimed World of Beatrix Potter Attraction exhibition.
Tickets £15 (to include Magic Lantern show, Afternoon Tea and entrance to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction). This event is created for an adult audience or for children of at least 12 years old.
Fish And Chip Evenings At Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Date: 17th Mar Time: 18:00-21:00 Price: £10.50pp
Join an evening diesel departure from Ravenglass at 6pm and enjoy a Fish and Chip Supper at Fellbites Cafe, Dalegarth for Boot Station. Ticket price £10.50 includes a Fish Supper at Dalegarth. Call Dalegarth to book on 019467 23192.
Beginners' Navigation Course At More Than Mountains
Date: 18th Mar Time: 09:30 – 16:30 Where: Bowness Price: £55pp
A one day friendly, practical course to teach you how to read a map.
If you have never looked at a map or if you need some help planning and following a route along paths and tracks then this is the course for you.
We run courses starting in Bowness-on-Windermere and also in the northern Lake District starting in Keswick. Our courses have a maximum of four participants so you will not be overlooked in a large group.
You will be amazed how much detail there is on an Ordnance Survey map and we will teach you how to make the most of it all. It’s a very friendly, practical course and you will come away inspired and with the confidence to get out walking much, much more.
Orchid Weekend At Hayes Garden World
Date: 18th – 19thMar Time: 10:00-16:00 Where: Hayes Garden World Price: FREE!!
Get your orchid MOT’d at Hayes Garden World!
Chris Channon, Orchid Expert and RHS Gold Medallist, gives advice and demonstrations on all aspects of orchid care at this FREE weekend event, open to all.
Chris said: “I’m delighted to be representing Growth Technology at Hayes Garden World’s Orchid Weekend.
“The event gives orchid lovers the opportunity to find out how to best look after their plants, as well as have any of their queries answered. “People are welcome to bring their own orchids along for a diagnosis. I’ll be able to give them a free orchid MOT during my orchid clinic and diagnose any problems they may have, as well as give handy ‘dos and don’ts’ on how to treat their orchids, especially when they’re not at their best.”
In between the formal sessions Chris will be on hand to answer questions & give advice.
Marmalade Festival At Ullswater Steamers
Date:18-19th Mar Time: 09:45 Where: Glenridding Cost: FREE!!
It’s back and bigger than ever. Bring along that jar of marmalade to board the 9.45 cruise from Glenridding and enjoy a cruise on us with complimentary toast too! The home of the Marmalade Festival, Dalemain Historic Mansion & Gardens are offering those passengers discounted festival entry over the weekend. Jars will be donated to the Salvation Army.
Penrith Goes Orange At Penrith Town Centre
Date: 18th Mar Time: 10:00-16:00 Where: Penrith Cost: FREE!!
Marmalade, bears and all things orange… put a date in your diary for Saturday 18 March 2017, as Penrith celebrates the World’s Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival.
Penrith Goes Orange sees the town centre festooned in this brightest of hues and fizzing with market stalls, music and entertainment. It’s quite simply the stickiest day out in Cumbria – for humans and bears alike!
This free event gives you a glowing opportunity to taste and buy marmalades from some of the country’s best producers, along with quality artisan foods and crafts.
The town will be bursting with street entertainers, magicians, musicians, dancers and storytelling, with special activities for bears, too.
Guided Walk At Eycott Hill Nature Reserve
Date: 18th Mar Time: 10:30-12:30 Cost: FREE!!
Discover different ways to use paint in this fun screen printing session where you can make lots of amazing pictures by repeating the same design. Learn how to screen print and put your own print design on a tea towel to take home. Grown-ups are welcome too! We recommend you visit The Great Print Exhibition in our Gallery first, it’s free and you can see a wide variety of Printmaker styles in the 380 works of art on display, which will give you some new ideas ready for the activity.
Gin Party At The Hardknott Bar At The Woolpack Inn
Date: 24th – 26th Mar Where: Hardknott Bar Cost: FERE!!
This weekend, there are over 35 Gins to sample by the glass at the Woolpack Inn and Hardknott Bar & Café’s Gin Party, with accompaniments you would never think of trying!
Sample this spirit traditionally made in Cumbria with local ingredients and sample the wares of some top local and international distillers.
On Saturday night 25th we’ve live music with Atlas, featuring Evie Plumb.
Gin Cocktails will be 1 – 2 – FREE, try Harry’s homemade infused gin and don’t forget Mothers’ Ruin for Mothers Day on Sunday 26th! Try our Mothers Day Menu or how about a G & (Afternoon) Tea to spoil your mum.
With the Woolpack’s B&B letting rooms also available, enjoy the event and stay over in beautiful Eskdale. For more information about the event or to book to stay, please see the website or give us a call.
Mother’s Day Menu At The Lakes Distillery
Date:25th Mar Time: 12:00 -21:00 Where: The Lakes Distillery
For mums who deserve something special, book Mothers' Day lunch or dinner at the Michelin-Guide recommended Bistro at the Distillery.
You and your mum will be spoilt for choice with a varied three-course menu to suit all tastes, from mouth-watering mains such as Cumbrian roast lamb and wild mushroom linguine to delicious chocolate tart or rhubarb and ginger desserts. Available from 12pm – late, this menu can be enjoyed from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March.
In addition, all mums receive a complimentary welcome pack full of Lakes Distillery vouchers worth £50.
Booking is essential, please contact via email or telephone to make your reservation.
Mothers Day Tea in The Castle At Muncaster Castle
Date 26th Mar Time 14:45 Where: Muncaster Castle
For a very special treat; bring your mothers for an Afternoon Tea in the beautiful surroundings of the Castle Drawing Room or the Billiard Room. Both these elegant rooms with their ornate plaster ceilings overlook the Castle lawns.
With a glass of Prosecco as an optional extra, the Mothers Day Afternoon Tea comprises a selection of sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with jam & cream, plus choice of tea or coffee and is served in the Castle at 2.45pm.
This year, Mothers Day falls on our first full season opening day so included in the price is general entry for the day to Muncaster’s Gardens and Hawk and Owl Centre (from 10.30am) with bird of prey displays at 11.30am and 2.00pm plus the Castle visit (from 12 noon). This experience is available on Sunday 26th March only.
Earth Hour Star Walk At Grizedale Forest & Visitor Centre
To support WWF’s Earth Hour Forestry Commission England is hosting a series of twilight activities throughout March, allowing visitors to the forest, to explore it after dark!
Earth Hour is a global annual celebration which inspires millions of people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the planet. It’s a symbolic and spectacular lights out display with a big message – we want to protect the future of our planet!
Embrace the dark by switching off your lights from 8.30 – 9.30pm on 19 March 2016, and attend one of our many Earth Hour events. Enjoy a guided star walk through the forest, led by professional Astronomer, Robert Ince. Robert will explain the constellations and their mythology, unlocking the mystery of the night’s sky.
What will you discover after dark? Our forests are the perfect place for night-time magic, star-gazing, storytelling and animal spotting. Wrap up warm, grab your torch and head along to one of our forests for an after dark adventure!