Things to do in the Lake District: April

In April, the Lake District blossoms for outdoor enthusiasts with its stunning landscapes, tranquil lakes, and rugged mountains. With longer daylight hours and milder temperatures, it's an ideal time for hiking, cycling, or even wild swimming. Charming villages and market towns offer a glimpse into the region's history, with cosy tearooms and traditional pubs welcoming weary travellers. Discover what extra special events are taking place this April below, alongside the Lake District’s timeless beauty and boundless charm.


Sizergh’s Spring Bird Challenge

Date: 2-22nd April 2024

Location: Sizergh, near Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8DZ

Explore the Spring Bird Challenge this April at Sizergh, where you'll uncover eight birds that call this estate home. Follow the self-led family trail along the Holeslack accessible route, collecting clues before crowning your winner. Sizergh's diverse habitat hosts various bird species, including dippers and kingfishers along the river Kent, green woodpeckers and spotted flycatchers on Helsington Barrows, stock doves and kestrels over species-rich grassland, and Marsh Harriers and Bitterns in Parkend Wetland.

Sturdy footwear is recommended for the woodland trail, and at John Norris, we offer a range of outdoor clothing and binoculars to enhance your experience. The route is accessible for buggies, wheelchairs, and visitors with reduced mobility, with dogs also welcome. Why not check out our range of dog walking accessories to make sure your furry friend is kept comfortable and cosy on your whole family adventures? The trail is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, with free event entry but standard venue admission charges apply. Discover Sizergh's unique birdlife and conclude your adventure in the great barn, where you'll crown your winner and learn the best spots to observe these species across the estate.


Sizergh Hall Cumbria

Wellbeing in the Woods Family Event

Date: 8th April

Location: Wasdale 10.30-12.30

Reconnect with nature and rediscover the beauty of the world around you with this family-friendly event focused on mindfulness and connection with nature. Led by host Karen Whybrow, this free introductory event offers an opportunity to experience forest bathing, engage in mindful nature activities, foster community spirit, and unleash your creativity.

Prepare for the weather forecast and ensure to bring extra layers for the meditation session. Don't forget to pack a yoga mat or camping chair, along with a torch for added convenience. Consider bringing along a journal to capture your reflections and experiences. Find the necessary attire to keep your little adventurers safe and warm at this event with John Norris' children's range.


Guided Mountain Day- Helvellyn via Striding Edge

Date: 8th April

Location: Glenridding Car Park, Glenridding, Cumbria, CA11 0PD

Embark on an unforgettable adventure amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District with the Guided Mountain Days, meticulously crafted for both nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike. Led by experienced guide, Rob Green, prepare for an exhilarating journey to the iconic Helvellyn via the legendary Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. With Rob's expert guidance and coaching, you'll not only ensure your safety but also gain a deeper appreciation for the dramatic landscape of the region.

This group event welcomes up to 6 participants, offering individuals and groups alike the chance to summit Birkhouse Moor, navigate the renowned Grade 1 scramble of Striding Edge, and conquer Helvellyn, one of Lakeland's most majestic peaks. Starting and concluding at the picturesque shores of Ullswater in Glenridding, anticipate a challenging yet rewarding route spanning approximately 12 miles.

Whether you're an experienced hiker seeking new heights or a beginner yearning for an extraordinary outdoor escapade, this Guided Mountain Day promises an unparalleled experience. Seize this opportunity to reconnect with nature, push your limits, and forge enduring memories amidst the splendour of Helvellyn and its surrounding peaks. At John Norris, we stock the highest quality walking and hiking gear to keep you comfortable and safe on your mountain adventures.


The View from Hellvellyn in Cumbria


Spring Foraging Workshop

Date: 12th April

Location: National Trust - Acorn Bank, Acorn Barn, Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1SP

Embark on an educational journey into the world of foraging with Wild Food UK. The foraging course kicks off with an insightful introduction to foraging, including a discussion on Wild Food UK's Foraging Code and a brief overview of the Countryside Act. Participants will then embark on a leisurely stroll around Acorn Bank's estate, where they will learn to identify various plants, flowers, fruits, and mushrooms.

Throughout the excursion, participants will have the opportunity to pause for delightful homemade refreshments crafted from seasonal ingredients, such as Wild Food UK's renowned wild sorrel soup, elderflower champagne, or fruit leathers. The day concludes with a delectable wild food lunch inspired by the discoveries made during the foraging expedition. As Wild Food UK's culinary creations are seasonally inspired, participants can anticipate a meal centred around delightful spring greens.

Don't miss this chance to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature and indulge in a culinary experience unlike any other!


A person with a basket full from wild foraging

Glitz and Glamour Casino Night

Date: 20th April

Location: Glenridding Car Park, Greenside Road, Glenridding, Cumbria, CA11 0PA

Experience an evening of timeless elegance and excitement at Rose Castle's 'Glitz & Glamour' Casino Night. Immerse yourself in the historic grandeur of Rose Castle as you sparkle in your finest attire. Indulge in a delectable five-course dinner crafted by the Head Chef, setting the stage for a glamorous night ahead.

Entertainment awaits with local musician Gill Wadeson, serenading you with 007 Bond-themed songs and more throughout the evening. Try your luck at thrilling casino games, all for the sheer joy of the experience. No real money stakes, just friendly competition, and excitement.

Ticket Options:

  • Option 1 - £75 per person: Includes a 5-course dinner, a glass of fizz, and casino vouchers.
  • Option 2 - £420 for two: Includes a 5-course dinner for two, a glass of fizz each, overnight stay in a luxury room, breakfast, and casino vouchers.

 Two glasses of prosecco

As April unfolds its splendour in the Lake District, beckoning outdoor enthusiasts to explore its stunning landscapes and tranquil lakes, it's a time ripe with unique experiences and adventures. Whether you're partaking in Sizergh's Spring Bird Challenge, finding serenity amidst nature with Wellbeing in the Woods, conquering the iconic Helvellyn via Striding Edge, delving into the world of foraging, or indulging in an evening of elegance with the Glitz and Glamour Casino Night, each event promises to weave unforgettable moments into the fabric of your Lake District trip. Embrace the boundless charm of the Lake District as you immerse yourself in these extraordinary offerings, creating lasting memories amidst its timeless beauty.


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