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Cumbria is ‘open for business’ and we invite you to join us

Despite recent weather events experienced in Cumbria over the weekend, large areas of the county remain unaffected and are open for business.

Many of the region’s hotels, pubs, restaurants, shops, cafes, visitor attractions and galleries are welcoming visitors, come join us and enjoy this truly remarkable place. To find out more visit:

There’s plenty of things to see and do and we’ve selected just a few top suggestions for a perfect weekend away:

1. Taste Cumbria, Cockermouth

In one of the worst affected areas, the Taste Cumbria team, the Cockermouth community and business’ alike are pulling together to ensure the Christmas foodie festival goes ahead. There’ll be a giant food fair and Christmas market amid the gorgeous festive lights, with all the sights and smells you’d expect at this fabulous time of year.

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December 2015

2. The Snow Queen, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Treat the family to a Christmas performance of The Snow Queen at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake. A tale of friendship, kindness and adventure set amongst the coldest season, based on Hans Christian Andersons classic can warm the heart.

Running until 16th January 2016

3. Lakes Artist Society’s Winter Exhibition, Rheged Centre, Near Penrith

The Lake Artists Society was founded more than 100 years ago, by artist W. G. Collingwood, secretary to John Ruskin. The society consists of a range of Cumbrian painters and sculptors working in a variety of styles and mediums. The annual Winter Exhibition is an opportunity to see a large selection of artworks, and is an ideal chance to add to your collection, at this festive time of year.

Running until 31st January 2016

4. Christmas Fun Weekend, Tullie House and Art Gallery, Carlisle

Join Tullie House and Art Gallery for a fun filled festive weekend of Christmas activities. You’ll be able to meet Father Christmas, get creative with some Christmas crafts, complete a Christmas gallery trail and handle some Christmas related objects from the museum collections.

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December 2015

5. Kendal Choral Society presents: ‘A Celebration of Christmas’, Kendal

Christmas music from ‘Messiah’, Christmas carols and anthems at Kendal Parish Church, 7:30 pm, tickets available on the door.

Sunday 13th December 2015

6. The Petzl Night Runner, Grizdale Forest

The second night time trail 10K race of the Petzl series takes place at Grizedale Forest. The start and finish venue is based at Grizedale Visitors Centre, in the Lake District, which is ideal venue for families and supporters as well as runners. As with all our night runner races, fancy dress is actively encouraged and the theme for Grizedale is “Christmas Festivities”. Search out those Santa suits and dust of the angel wings and get ready for some forest festive fun.

Saturday 12th December 2015

7. Santa Express, Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Santa Express is back with a magical experience in store for both young and old. Reserved seating on our Santa Express steam trains from Ravenglass to meet Father Christmas at Dalegarth in his Gingerbread Grotto.

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December 2015

8. Festive Weekends, Brockhole, Windermere

A fun packed weekend with activities and entertainment for children and adults. Free entry, just turn up.

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December 2015

9. Festive Cocktails, Keswick Live Advent Day 12, Keswick

Create stylish cocktails to enjoy with friends and family at Inn on the Square, Market Square.

Sunday 13th December 2015

10. Hill People – Heaton Cooper Studio and Gallery, Grasmere

A photographic exhibition by Henry Iddon, the culmination of a project which took Iddon out onto the Lakeland Fells to look at the people out there, rather than the landscape. ‘Hill People’ represents a photographic investigation of the contemporary individuals who engage with this distinctive and scenic upland environment.

Launched in November, as part of Kendal Mountain Festival, the exhibition runs until 04th January 2016. (Access via A591 from Ambleside)

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Notes to Editors:

All events correct at time of release, may be subject to change, please check with event venues and accommodation providers if you’re unsure.

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2. Many business across Cumbria and the Lake District are open as normal and with that in mind Cumbria Tourism is urging people not to cancel trips but for visitors planning on coming to the county to check with their accommodation providers regarding accessibility. Before travelling please check the latest roads information at: for rail enquiries please visit or their train company website for the latest information.

3. With over 40 years of continuous service, Cumbria Tourism is the lead organisation for tourism in the county and is at the heart of the Cumbria visitor economy. It has a membership of more than 2,600 members who in turn employ thousands of employees.

4. In 2014, over 41 million people visited Cumbria contributing more than £2.44 billion to the local economy and support around 58,000 jobs. To find out more about the work of Cumbria Tourism, visit

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