Things to do in the Lake District: November

November is a wonderful time to explore the Lake District, with Christmas festivities beginning and the colder nights making for cozy walks around Christmas markets in Cumbria and beyond. Wrap up warm, get your wellies on and start Christmas shopping this November.

If you’re after any warm clothes and accessories such as wooly hats, gloves, thick jackets, waterproof footwear or anything in between, John Norris has one of the largest offerings of country clothing in the UK.

Browse our full range of autumn/winter clothing here, and read our guide on things to do in the Lake District in November…

family with sparklers


This will be an exciting evening of family-friendly entertainment featuring live bands and a brand new Christmas parade. The Penrith Light Switch On will be a fantastic evening for family and friends, with the highly anticipated lights being on at 6pm.

The night will also include a surprise special guest – don’t miss out on kickstarting the Christmas festivities on 18th November.


Unleash your inner forager with the ultimate 5-6 hour adventure! This full-day foraging experience is packed with rules, ethics, and expert tips.

Discover the hidden treasures of nature with other outdoor lovers on 3rd November for a chilly day filled with fun activities and memorable experiences.


Experience an unforgettable evening of dazzling fireworks this Bonfire Night at The Swan Hotel. Sip on refreshing drinks, savour mouthwatering barbecue delights, and gather around the bonfire, celebrating with loved ones in the chilly evening.

Don't miss out on this spectacular event, ideal for families and groups of friends looking for a fun and inexpensive night.


Get into the Christmas spirit with the Keswick Light Switch On. The day will begin with a festive food and gift market from 10am, entertainment in Packhorse Court from 4.45pm and entertainment on the main stage from 6pm.

If you live in the surrounding areas, Keswick centre is easily reached by public transport or car, although expect the town to be busy due to demand.


Experience enchanting Christmas markets offering handmade crafts, delectable food, and exquisite gifts. From stunning trinkets ideal for gifting to local produce, Cartmel Christmas Markets are highly popular with those living in the Lake District, and would also be a fantastic day for anyone travelling through.

Delight in live music as you eagerly anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus and his reindeer, an exciting adventure for little ones.

 family with bonfire

This November is jam-packed with Christmas activities, getting you and your loved ones in the spirit for celebrating. Whether you’re after an unforgettable outdoor experience, a night filled with fireworks and beverages or some Christmas Market fun, the Lake District has something for everyone.

As always, if you need any kit before you embark on your outdoor festivities, John Norris has everything you need – from waterproofs to cozy coats. Visit us in our Penrith store, or browse online today.