An Insider’s Guide to the best events and things to do during February in the Lake District.
After gladly waving goodbye to January, how about leaving the winter blues truly behind and heading off on a Lake District holiday this February? Yes, you’re right – it is still technically winter in the UK. But February is when the first signs of spring appear; the days start to extend and crisp morning walks are at their best. Valentines is also a game changer. Even the non-hopeless romantics among us are encouraged to celebrate their relationship with a night away in a luxury hotel. We think that love should be celebrated all year round, but what a great excuse to tell your other half how lovely they are!
If you come with little people attached, thinking of what to do with the children during half term can be difficult. But with amazing Lake District hotel offers, such as children eat free during half term, your worries will all disappear. So when your adventure filled days are nearing their end and the pale winter sun drops below the horizon, return to a warm luxury hotel to spend a cosy evening in front of a log fire before indulging in exquisite food and drink.
We think that a visit to a hotel in the Lake District will be just the thing to brighten up your days and get 2018 off to a fabulous start. Come explore the Western Lake District while you have it to yourself.
What’s On during February in the Lake District?
(Now Sold Out) Sarah Millican | Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
3 February 2018
Sarah Millican’s hilarious and loveable ways have made her one of the best and well-known comedians in the UK. Appearing on TV shows such as 8 out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week – she made a name for herself as one of the funniest Geordies around and she’ll be heading over to Keswick during her 2018 UK tour. Can’t wait? Neither can we.
For more information, please click here.
Tosca from the Royal Opera House (live screening) | Kirkgate Art Centre
7 February 2018
If you’ve ever thought of opera as boring, this dramatic, passionate and charactful work by Puccini is sure to make you think otherwise. Recognisable as the soundtrack to an action scene in James Bond’s Quantum of Solace, the opera’s arias and orchestration will arouse all sorts of emotions and imagery.
This live screening from the Royal Opera House promises to be a great evening of opera. The performance lasts three hours and includes two intervals which feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creative team.
Tosca is sung in Italian with English surtitles. For more details, please click here.
Kids Eat Free | The Trout Hotel, Cockermouth
10 – 18 February 2018
To make the February half term enjoyable for children and adults alike, each child eats for free at The Trout when mum or dad order a meal!
During the school holidays, each grown up who orders a main course from the Terrace Bistro or Bar Menu can claim a FREE children’s main, dessert and drink from our well-loved under 10’s menu. Dishes such as battered fish and tartar sauce, sausage and gravy and delicious desserts like knickerbocker glory are up for grabs. And not only will our half term special offer mean that the little ones are satisfied, it will also keep them busy with colouring competitions galore. There’s also free baby food for our smallest guests, just ask your server when you order.
For more information, please visit our Special Offers.
Valentines Evening | The Trout Hotel, Cockermouth
14 February 2018
Surprise, seduce and spoil your partner this Valentine’s at the Trout’s 4 Silver Star luxury hotel. If you’re a couple who like the finer things in life, then a seat in the elegant Derwent Restaurant might be for you. Otherwise a table in the Terrace Bistro will guarantee a cosy, relaxed evening and a Valentine’s night to remember. A free glass of Prosecco will be awaiting you upon your arrival, setting the scene for the most romantic of evenings.
Reservations are kindly required.
Keswick Film Festival | Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
23 – 25 February 2018
Cockermouth’s neighbouring town, Kesiwck, is home to many great festivals such as the renowned Keswick Film Festival. Returning for its 19th year, the acclaimed festival features some of the world’s best films, documentaries and speakers. If you’re looking for accomodation near Keswick during the Keswick Film Festival, public transport is extremely easy from Cockermouth and we think that staying a little further outside of Keswick mean that you get to see even more of the beautiful Western Lake District.
The Greatest Showman (PG) | Kirkgate Arts Centre, Cockermouth
26 February 2018
Based on the ambitious dreams of P.T.Barnum, this epic musical story is sure to capture all the family’s hearts and imagination. The incredible songs are composed by the writers of La La Land, Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. They tell the story of man who came from an unprivileged background and created a sensational circus that became a worldwide attraction. Actors such as Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams make up a star studded cast, as they celebrate what is known as the birth of showmanship.
To book tickets, please click here.
Fell of the Month
Corpse Road, Loweswater
Distance: 3.6 miles (easy)
Start: Maggie’s Bridge Car Park / Loweswater Car Park
This memorable walk is an idyllic combination of spectacular views, ancient history and interesting woodland trails. Loweswater is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful places in the Lake District and we’re lucky enough at The Trout to be located only a short 20 minute drive away. Being blessed with such striking vistas, you would imagine that word has got out and that Loweswater would be a Lake District tourist attraction. However, because of its perceived inaccessibility, the Western Lake District doesn’t get as busy as other heartland in the Lakes. We’d happily bet that you are almost guaranteed of only seeing a few other hikers on your walk.
We recommend that you park in Loweswater Car Park and follow this route by the National Trust. It will introduce you to the Cumbrian landscape, archeology and possible some of our favourite wildlife: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buttermere-valley/trails/corpse-road-and-tumuli-walk
- It’s worth doing this walk after rainfall as Holme Force Falls are at their best on a soggy day. We’re sure that the Lake District weather will be on hand to sort this out for you.
- Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the beloved red squirrel in the Lake District woodlands.
Things to remember during February in the Lake District
A holiday in one of the best hotels in the Lake District has never been easier during February. If you are planning on visiting the The Trout Hotel, we very much look forward to welcoming you. However, to make your stay with us the best it can be, we ask that you consider these little notes:
- Even though we’d recommend having a car during your break in a Lake District hotel, many of the area’s best loved places are easily explored by bus, boat, bike or boot. There might be limited schedules during the winter months so make sure that you’re checking the right times.
- If you’re intending on walking the fells, please consider the short day length in winter and make sure that you’re not caught out.
- Pack appropriately – there is really no telling what the weather is going to be like during February in the Lake District.
- We do not advise that you go out on the fells without the proper equipment, if the weather is unsuitable or you are feeling unwell.
- The Cockermouth Tourist Information Office is located at 4 Old Kings Arms Lane.
- The GEM Town of Cockermouth is somewhere that offers everything a visitor might want. With its charming Georgian architecture, it does not suffer from the overcrowding that is seen in other busy Lakeland towns.
We hope that something has caught your eye among our suggestions of what to do this February in the Lake District. If you are ready to book your winter break in the Lake District, you can search our full range of accommodation choices – from riverside suites to family rooms – here.