Things to do in the Lake District: October

The Lake District is packed with spooky family festivities and autumn activities this October, as the temperature drops and leaves turn brown. October is the perfect time for family outings, as it’s not too chilly for little ones, but still over the summer peak.

Whether you’re in the Lake District for a weekend away, or are a local in Cumbria and the surrounding areas, our recommendations are suitable for all looking to keep themselves occupied this October half term…


The Keswick Market is extremely popular and has been for decades, with over 65-70 stalls occupying the popular market this month. On Thursdays and Saturdays (all day), the market has won awards from the National Association of British Market Authorities, meaning it’s not one to miss.

Whether you’re a foodie or love to browse through handmade trinkets, Keswick Markets would be a fantastic trip out regardless of age and interests…


This Halloween, Muncaster Castle is hosting a variety of events for all ages and spook-levels. If you’re after a family Halloween adventure with a spooky maze and Frankenstein Castel Tours, the Halloween Festival will be running between 21-29th October this year.

Feeling brave? Muncaster’s new 18+ recommended scare night is packed with frightening surprises and poltergeist experiences on 20,21,27 and 28th October.


Located in Carlisle, Cumbria, Walby Farm Park is hosting a month of pumpkin picking activities. Bring your family to enjoy the orange, pumpkin-filled fields this Halloween, picking your own and carving or decorating at home.

Pre-book your spot to avoid any disappointment.

pumpkin picking


The annual town celebration is back – The Winter Droving, a magical celebration of rural life, food and fun in Penrith. On 28th October, the decade-old tradition will be back with fire, music, masks and culture in Penrith Town Centre.

Created by Eden Arts, The Winter Droving will be a spectacular event to visit with family and friends, and has created a lifetime of memories since its establishment.


Tickets are on sale now for The Brockhole Halloween Experience, from 21-29th October throughout the hours of 9 am – 5 pm. The all-day event is filled with fun activities including axe throwing, a new Haunted Forest, the Tipi of Terror, Laser Tag in the woods and more.

Halloween spookiness is bound to impress at Brockhole this October.

Dive into Halloween fun this October in the Lake District from family-friendly spooky extravaganzas to 18+ horror shows, Cumbria and the surrounding areas have activities for everyone.

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