Worth a visit: December 2018

By Lucy Oliver

This Advent, visit the Victorian Fayre in Keswick, writes Lucy Oliver.

On Sunday 2 December, the Market Square will host stalls from national and local charities, with homemade goods and cakes on sale from workers in traditional Victorian dress. Visiting reindeer and Father Christmas are also scheduled to make an appearance.

What's more, Keswick stages a range of other Christmas activities throughout December, including 'Live Advent', whereby an Advent calendar 'window' opens somewhere different across the town each day.

Other attractions for visitors include the Cumberland Pencil Museum and the Castlerigg Stone Circle. If the weather is fine, a stroll through Dodd Wood leads to the oldest church in the area, St Bega's. This Norman-inspired church is said to have inspired Lord Tennyson's Morte d’Arthur when he was staying at the Mirehouse estate.

A short drive away is Cockermouth which is home of the father of the Romantic poets, William Wordsworth, who lived here with his parents and sister. Wordsworth House holds regular exhibitions and has a working 18th-century kitchen as well as beautiful gardens. It warrants a return trip when it reopens for the spring.

For information about festive events in Keswick, visit the Tourist Information Centre or check online at www.keswick.org.