Things to do in the Lake District: March | John Norris

Nestled in the heart of England, the Lake District is a picturesque destination that captivates visitors throughout the year. Each season brings its own unique charm, and March is no exception. As winter bids adieu and spring breathes life into the landscape, the Lake District transforms into a tapestry of vibrant colours and outdoor adventures whilst boasting an exciting range of unique activities. In this blog post, we will explore some of the best things to do in the Lake District during March, ensuring you make the most of your visit.

Sunset in the Lake District

Keswick Film Festival 2024

When: Feb 29th-3rd March

Where: Keswick Alhambra CinemaRhegedTheatre By The Lake

A Lake District highlight that has been an annual event since 2000, the Keswick Film Festival is an exciting opportunity to view an intriguing and diverse lineup of 25 top independent films from around the world. They are coupled with the Osprey Short Film Awards and appearances by special guests, creating an ideal spring weekend in Keswick. The films are spread out across the 3 venues, Theatre by The Lake, Alhambra, and Rheged, with some of the more sought-after films having multiple viewings. With 25 featured films including ‘Between the Lights’, ‘Lost in the Night’ and ‘The Taste of Things’ there is something for everyone!

Tickets for films across all venues can be conveniently purchased in advance through the Keswick Alhambra website. While any remaining tickets will be made available on the door before the screening, it is strongly recommended to book in advance to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. Explore Keswick Film Festival guide and plan your perfect viewing experience!


Stargazing at Near Howe

When: 1st-2nd March

Where: Near Howe, Mungrisdale, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0SH

Embark on a mesmerising journey through the starry skies of the Lake District National Park by joining one of the dedicated stargazing events, guided by an expert astronomer. The experience begins with an enlightening astronomical presentation, specially crafted for beginners and novices. Following this, venture outdoors for a laser-guided tour of the constellations. With the aid of telescopes and binoculars, participants will have the opportunity to observe planets, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters, weather permitting. This event runs from 7.30pm- 9.30pm; as it is colder at night, bundle up and keep warm with our range of thermals and gloves.

Tickets for these enchanting stargazing events are limited and must be purchased in advance. Prices are £25 per adult (plus booking fee) and £15 per child (under 16), inclusive of hot drinks and biscuits. Additionally, accommodation packages are available for those interested in making it a weekend getaway.

MyCumbria cardholders can enjoy a 20% discount on tickets, adding an extra incentive to immerse themselves in the celestial wonders of the Lake District

Two people stargazing

Art Workshop: Screen Printing with Local Artist Ben Dodge

When: 4th March

Where: Armitt Library & Museum Centre, Rydal Rd, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BL

The Armitt Museum is hosting a screen-printing workshop featuring local artist Ben Dodge. This immersive session, guided by Ben, will lead participants through the fascinating world of screen printing, allowing each attendee to craft and take home their own personalised set of prints. The workshop includes two pre-selected designs, and participants can unleash their creativity by designing their own prints. These unique designs can be skilfully transferred onto high-quality print paper and/or textiles, offering a hands-on and artistic experience for all involved. Throughout the workshop, participants will have the chance to print each of the three designs onto print paper and up to three textiles/garments, resulting in a total of up to 6 printed items to cherish. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for an ink-based workshop, and please note that participants must be 18 years or older to attend. All materials, (including refreshments) are provided by the workshop but attendees are required to bring up to three textiles/garments for printing (preferably natural fibres like a cotton t-shirt or hoody).


two ladies screen printing

The Light District: SPACE – God, The Universe and Everything

When: 14-15th March

Where: St Bees Priory, Church, Saint Bees, Cumbria, CA27 0DR

SPACE: God, the Universe, and Everything draws inspiration from the historic 1969 Moon landings. Crafted by the acclaimed artistic collaboration Luxmuralis, this immersive experience invites participants on a walking journey through St Bees Priory. The installation unfolds the wonders of the universe, featuring galaxies, space, creation, and light through a captivating array of sound and light installations that will dynamically transform the Priory.

In conjunction with the captivating sound and light installations, Cumberland Council will enhance the atmosphere by deploying architectural lighting to accentuate the Priory and its surroundings, transforming it into a captivating beacon for the town. The event will feature designated time slots available between 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm each evening. Tickets are £4 with under 5s free entry.

The Grasmere 10K 2024 

When: 23rd March

Where: The Showfield, Stock Lane, Grasmere 

Trainers at the ready: this scenic run takes in Grasmere Village, Grasmere Water and Rydal Water. It is one of the most stunning routes you’re likely to run in the UK! This run is perfect for those who love to immerse themselves in the most picturesque scenery whilst challenging themselves physically and mentally. The event offers a 10km Trail Run for participants seeking a more challenging course, and for those new to trail running or desiring a shorter workout, there is also a 5km Trail Run available. This provides an inclusive opportunity for both experienced and novice runners to enjoy the trail run experience. Participants can look forward to receiving a medal, exclusive Wild Deer Merchandise (such as socks, a buff, or a gym bag), a snack, and a drink upon completion. The event boasts LIVE chip-timing, complimentary parking (weather-dependent, with charges for public parking in case of excessive wet conditions), and access to free toilets. Additionally, participants can enjoy free event photography.

For those interested, there is an option to purchase an event T-shirt for £10.00 when registering. This event is Canicross friendly (cross country running with dogs), allowing one dog per runner to partake in the experience. Why not check out our range of dog harnesses to get your pooch ready for their big race! Register by 23rd March to take part or show your support as you wave the runners by.

Grasmere Lake District Cumbria

 Easter Eggstravagansa

When: 28th March- 16th April

Where: Walby Farm Park, Walby, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 4QL

Keep your kids entertained this Easter break with Walby Farm Park’s Easter Eggstravagansa! With a self-led easter egg hunt available every day between 10am and 5.30pm this is the perfect way to spend Easter with the whole family. Along with their usual fantastic farm activities such as Pony Grooming, Pedal Go-Karts, Dig & Play Giant Sand Pit, Meet the Rabbits, Meet the Guinea Pigs, Trampolines, 24-foot Demon Drop Slide, and Milecastle 62, Walby Farm Park has special Easter activities including:

  • Chocolatiers' Kitchen (kids decorate their own chocolate treat)
  • Daily Egg-stra special Giant Easter Egg Hunt
  • Hunt for the Golden Egg
  • Lambing Live in the Animal Barn
  • Meet baby lambs.

Ticket prices range from £14.95 for children to £11.45 for adults with under 1s free entry and senior tickets at £9.45. Although it may be Spring, the joyous Great British weather can be quite unpredictable, so dress your kids according to the weather with our premium children’s range.

Two children partaking in an Easter Egg hunt in a forest

March in the Lake District offers a harmonious blend of natural beauty, and unique outdoor and indoor activities. Whether you are captivated by the dazzling night sky, exhilarated by hiking, running, and walking trails, or intrigued by the exciting exhibitions, there is something for every traveller. Check out our previous blogs to find out our favourite Lake District walks and hikes and embrace the changing seasons whilst creating unforgettable memories in this idyllic region of England. Plan your March getaway to the Lake District and let the beauty of this enchanting destination leave you spellbound.