Cumbria Guide 02 November – December

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been the strangest year most of us have lived through. 

Normally this magazine is packed with pantomimes, Santa’s grottos, festive activities, seasonal events and visiting celebrities who are here to switch on the Christmas lights in our towns and cities.

Unfortunately, the kids might have to Zoom Santa and many events are going to be scaled back but that doesn’t mean 2020 won’t deliver a great festive season.  It might not be what we’re used to but when you really think about it, Christmas is about celebrating with our nearest and dearest anyway.

Whether you celebrate the birth of Jesus, the passing of the winter solstice or just want a bit of a party – A midwinter festival is a chance to celebrate rebirth, changing seasons and looking forward to better days to come – which all feels important this year.

We’ll all be hitting our local High Streets for Christmas shopping, it’s a great chance for communities to come together and everyone will feel very festive by the time December rolls around. You won’t find your seasonal spirit by sitting at home buying presents off the internet.

We have packed plenty into our little magazine and our Remembrance special reminds us that former generations have all made sacrifices too while we shine a light on Cumbria’s artists who have struggled more than most due to the pandemic.    

The weather might be getting colder but that doesn’t mean you still can’t head outdoors and we have highlighted an amazing walk on the edge of the Pennines and a wonderful bike ride for the enthusiasts who picked a new habit this year.

Our coastlines are often overlooked but that’s a mistake, the sand dunes and scenery of our west coast provide plenty of opportunities for families to enjoy together.    

There’s plenty more to discover, so make yourself a cuppa, plonk yourself in your favourite chair and enjoy exploring our magazine which features the best Cumbria has to offer.

We’ll see you all back for an event packed 2021 – Hopefully.

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