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In the winter months it may be dark and cold, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Even with less daylight and snowy days, there are plenty of places to visit and explore around the North of England.

Our blog this month at Hanley Caravans looks into the best places to visit in Northern England as well as some exciting up-and-coming events over the next 3 months in Cumbria, Lancashire and the North East.

Exploring Cumbria

Family Days Out at the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Located close to Carnforth and Kendal, the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis has always been a popular day out for families around the area. As well as many different animals, the wildlife centre holds several events. For more details about the events and weekends they have planned, visit their website.

Fit Cumbria exercise-lake-district

Whether you love exercising or are new to sport, fit Cumbria is a 2-day health and fitness festival on February 1 and 2 designed for everyone. Held at the Rheged Centre in Penrith, there will be classes to take part in, professionals to meet, as well as knowledge to learn.

If you are interested in finding out more about the weekend event, take a look at their website.

Keswick Film Festival

Towards the end of February in Keswick the Theatre by the Lake are holding the Keswick Film Festival. There is set to be a range of films to enjoy, including independent and world cinema such as Noah Land, Midsommar and The Souvenir. 2020 marks 21 years since the festival began and the Osprey Short Film Awards as well as the Patron’s Legacy Project will be taking place.

Visiting Lancashire

Lancaster Brewery Frühlingsfest

Based close to our sites is the city of Lancaster where you can find the wonderful Lancaster Brewery. If you are looking for a day out or to enjoy a German Beer Festival, then this is the ideal place to go. In February the venue are holding their very first festival, with plenty of authentic German food and culture.

For more details, visit the events section of the brewery website.

Historical Tours of Lancaster Castle

Interested in history and the culture of Lancashire? Lancaster Castle was once a major part of the court system in the county and is still a popular place to visit. Taking part in one of their tours is a great day out, especially during winter months. The site has also recently undergone conservation and restoration work, meaning it’s the perfect time to visit.

bowling-garstangFlower Bowl Entertainment Centre

If you’re visiting Hurst Lea Caravan Park, then the Flower Bowl is right on your doorstep. The brand new entertainment centre has lots of activities to take part in, including crazy golf and curling. When it’s cold outside, this is a great place to visit with friends or family.

Find out more about cinema listings, events and activities here.

Around the North East

Wildlife Watch at Low Barns Nature Reserve

If you have children or grandchildren, then this is a great way of enjoying some fresh Winter air in a fun way. The Wildlife Watch will be taking place at Low Barns Nature Reserve in Witton Le Wear on January 18.

You can find out more details about price and how to book here.

Community Art Workshops at The Bowes Museum

Ever thought of yourself as a budding painter? Why not check out the upcoming community art workshops being held at The Bowes Museum near Bishop Auckland. The latest session on January 25 is being led by artist Vick Holbrough and looks into creating a portrait as well as using your own sketchbook.

Durham Dales Centre

Situated within Stanhope, the Durham Dales Centre is close to both our sites in the North East. The location has disabled access and is dog-friendly. Whether you’re looking for a shop to explore or a bite to eat, there is plenty to do. Over the year events are also held here, so it’s worth checking on their website for further details.

Start Your Journey

At Hanley Caravans we have holiday parks located across Lancashire, Cumbria and the North East of England. For more details about available units for sale, please view our websites below.

Cumbria

Lancashire

North East