It’s nearly November and despite the handful of super organised people out there, Christmas gift buying is still far from being started.
It can be dread for so many people and that’s not to say just the male of the species and it seems even more so this year after a fabulous September of weather and the feeling and utterings up and down the country of “it really can’t be winter can it?!”. Well it is and the weekend has just confirmed this with the clocks going back and, well in Cumbria anyway, a distinct change in weather to “quite inclement”.
But the key to a happy and fulfilling Christmas shopping experience is combining it with a weekend away and it has to be said, Cumbria, the Lake District is a great location for both aspects.
Step just outside of the busy southern Lake District areas of Ambleside, Windermere and Coniston and the areas to the west of the county, Grange over Sands and Cartmel are pure and unadulterated Christmas gift shopping and weekend break heaven.
The town of Grange over Sands and the village of nearby Cartmel have gift shops galore as well as stunning artisan food producers and markets with goods available all year round. New for 2017 is the L’Enclume shop. As December nears and the big day, Christmas, more and more markets are held and weekend special craft, gift and food events.
In the area on the weekend of November 4th and 5th is the Winter Market at Holker Hall. Situated just 4 miles from Grange over Sands, Holker Hall is a magnificent historic house renowned for the gardens and regular food and craft events. The Winter Market will include over 90 stalls (a huge increase on previous years) from mainly local suppliers and producers with everything from food to decorations and all manner of gifts. For the chance to purchase pieces to make Christmas at home extra special to some extra special gifts for friends and family, this upcoming market at Holker Hall is definitely going to be a one stop shop.
Grange over Sands is a good choice of location to stay at too when attending the market at Holker. Bay Villa, a luxury bed & breakfast have rooms available, visit the website for more details here, http://www.bayvilla.net.