Penrith is still #theplacetobe even in January

There is always something happening in Penrith over on the eastern side of Cumbria, within touching distance of the Lake District National Park and with the Northern Pennines to the other side. Along with the beautiful Eden Valley, this region is a delight for walkers, sightseers, shoppers, photographers and families.

Even in the winter months the area is open, always welcoming and there’s plenty to see and do. This January have a trip to the stunning Lowther Castle and Gardens with as special winter discounted entry of just £5 per adult between January and March 20 with children under 16 being free. A visit to Lowther Castle is a real gem of a full day out with the castle and terraces, evolving and regenerating gardens steeped in history as well as a café and shop. Visit opening times and the book tickets online.


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Come rain or shine, sleet, hail, freezing temperatures or snow, the unique Rheged Centre is always open. This January and running until the end of February 2016 is an aerial footage film titled “Tales of the Southern Lakes”. Broadcast daily, the film provides viewers with angles of the landscape previously impossible to have been viewed, history, stories and gripping tales of murders and ghouls as well as answers to many questions such as how did the Coniston Old Man get its name. Visit for show times.

Accommodation providing easy access to both Lowther Castle and Rheged is Tebay Services M6 Motorway Hotel. Owned and run also by the same organisation as Rheged, guests will be treated to the same quality, service and food as at Rheged and Tebay Services, the award winning motorway services on the M6. Rooms at the hotel (where guests receive a 10% off voucher for use in the Tebay Services Farm Shops by the way) start from £80 including breakfast. Full details can be found here