From cozying up around an open pub fire to singing Christmas carols beneath a glittering Christmas tree, winter is one of the most atmospheric times to visit England and with recent years bringing some of the coldest winters on record, there’s even the possibility of a white Christmas. Whether you’re looking to celebrate the holidays in style or make the most of the colder weather, here are some ideas for what to do and where to go in England in winter.
The country’s largest and most famous National Park, sprawled over an 885-square-mile plot, the Lake District has always been top of the list for visitors to north-west England. With16 vast lakes glistening in the shadows of some of the UK’s tallest peaks, and dozens of historic villages dotted throughout the scenic valleys, there’s no shortage of sights, but to help you make the most of your time, here are our top 5 things to do in England’s Lake District.
With the ground blanketed in a rainbow of leaves and the mild weather ideal for sightseeing, visiting England in autumn is an atmospheric time to explore. Here are a few ideas for how to make the most of your trip.
Settled on a 6-acre plot overlooking the vast Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and backed by the dramatic Cumbrian fells, the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel is perfectly situated at the heart of the English Lake District.
Tucked away on the southern tip of Wales, the humble seaside resort of Barry Island has long been a favorite holiday resort of locals, but it’s hit British TV series Gavin & Stacey that has put it on the map. The one-time island is now joined to the mainland by the Barry docks and is famous for its lively Pleasure Park and tranquil beaches.
Autumn is harvest time in Britain and there are plenty of fun ways to tuck into Britain’s fresh, seasonal produce. Here are some of England’s Best Autumn Food Festivals.
1. Cornwall Food and Drink Festival
From Cornish pasties to clotted cream, many of England’s most famous foods hail from the southwestern county of Cornwall, so it seems fitting that the Cornish city of Truco should host one of the country’s largest and most famous food festivals. The Cornwall Food and Drink Festival kicks off each year at the end of September, bringing together local farmers, chefs and artisans to showcase their products in a giant food pavilion. Chef demos, creative cooking workshops and tasting sessions will all be on offer, and many local restaurants will be serving a special, set-price festival menu.