From fiery autumn colours and rutting stags to great seasonal events, autumn is a wonderful time in the Lake District. Here are some highlights to look forward to for October and November 2017, from right on our doorstep in Ambleside and Grasmere, to the wider area.
Guided walks and autumn wildlife
With fewer tourists and the rigours of winter ahead, much of the local wildlife is active during the autumn months. Highlights include rutting stags squaring off and roaring with attitude! Some visitors will enjoy blazing their own trail, but if you are less familiar with the Lake District, a 2017 programme of guided walks is a great way to track down landmarks and local wildlife.
The Lake District National Park Site has a whole selection of guided walks you can book. There are plenty of options whether history or wildlife is your thing, such as the Loughrigg Fell and Eltwater Walk (14th October) or you could bring your bike and take part in one of the 2017 cycle tours – such as the trip from Ambleside into Great Langdale (1st October), a great way to explore the area. Last but not least, there will be ghost stories and a touch of horrible history at further special guided events for all ages, such as the Ghouls and Ghosts Halloween Trail (14 October).
Lake District Art Exhibitions & cultured events
The arts are a feature for all seasons in Cumbria, with the autumn no exception. Right on our doorstep Cookhouse Gallery has a special Mountain Art Exhibition (21st Sept to Thu 5th Oct) packed with painting and photography inspired by lofty settings. Or for a fascinating look into the unsung work of past decades, Blackwell Arts and Crafts House is hosting a special Women of the Arts and Crafts Movement from now until 1st January 2018. From fashion to illustration, a rich variety of items includes those loaned from the Victoria and Albert Museum and National Museum of Scotland.
Finally, we should also mention The Lakes Comic Art Festival (October 13-15), which is a must for all fans of comics and graphic novels! Featuring iconic work and guests from all over the globe, it is a wonderful showcase for the genre that provides new surprises every year. See https://www.comicartfestival.com/
Live music and cold comforts
If you fancy mixing a little culture and indulgence with the great outdoors this autumn, this can also be arranged. Classical Music and Afternoon Tea at Brockhole on Windermere (10th October & 9th November) could be just the ticket to stay warm and entertained as the evenings draw in (below).
If you prefer your music more up-tempo and your drinks with extra bite though, there are also some exciting gigs on at Zeffirellis, less than 5 miles from us. Whether you opt for swing jazz from The Big Easy (29th Sept) or folk rock from forgotten trailblazers Hunter Muskett (Oct 20th), an eclectic bill has some great Lake District gigs for late 2017. See: http://www.zeffirellis.com/livemusic
Food events and Lake District gourmet breaks
Autumn brings not only fresh colour, but the best flavours of the year to the Lake District as we enjoy harvest time. Whether it’s a taste of locally sourced fine-dining, or a trip to local markets, foodies are sure to find something tasty on offer too. The Visit Cumbria site has an excellent guide to all the regular food and farmers’ markets, while you’ll also find a handy guide to our favourite Lake District food experiences on the blog.
For those who truly live for great food, we also have a very special Food & Drink Four-Night Break (Mon 20th-Fri 24th November) this year. This is your chance to taste amazing local produce and specially created seasonal menus from our acclaimed chefs Andrew Burton and Adrian Kneeshaw, perfectly complimented by fine wines and expert tasting tutorials. See our speciality breaks section for further details: CLICK HERE.