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Stargazing breaks in the Lakes

Experience our dark skies this November

Give in to your curiosities and prepare to embrace the magical feeling you will experience when gazing at the Lake District’s dark skies this November.
Be blown away by millions of twinkling skies that only show themselves in the darkest of nights. Experience solar systems and galaxies illuminate above you that exist billions of lightyears away. Feel nanoscopic while you stare in disbelief at the thousands of glistening constellations that burn way beyond our solar-system.
The Lake District’s dark skies are truly a sight to behold.

Make this November super-nova

Book a stay at one of our 6 Lake District Hotels this Cumbria’s Dark Skies

Due to our vast countryside, extensive lakes and clear airs, the Lake District has unsurprisingly been named as one of the best places in England to enjoy a stargazing retreat. Light pollution maps issued by the Campaign to Protect Rural England have highlighted the Lake District National Park as having excellent visibility of stars and constellations, and with longer nights set to kick in, Autumn is the perfect time to take advantage of this scintillating opportunity.

With an excellent choice of rural spaces ideal for stargazing, now is the time to plan your November getaway to the Lake District and be truly immersed in star-filled skies that encompass the heavens above you. November and enjoy stargazing as an added bonus to your stay at no extra charge.

Please note, stargazing is best on a clear night which cannot be promised.

What we can offer

Book our best available rate in advance or pay nothing up front when you book our flexible rate, plus enjoy free cancellation until 7 days before you arrive!

Bed & Breakfast

from £139.50

Plus

  • Complimentary leaflet highlighting the best open spaces
  • Blanket (£30 refundable deposit required)
  • Flask of hot chocolate (£7.95 + £10 refundable deposit)
  • A range of add-on experiences
   View our add-on experiences

Best places to stargaze in the Lake District

Here are some of our favourite places to admire the stars which are a short walk or drive away from our 6 ideally based hotels:

  • Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick
  • Chinese Bridge, Borrowdale
  • Whinlatter Forest
  • Honister Pass
  • Friar’s Crag, Keswick
  • Thirlmere
  • Dockray, Ullswater

Our stargazing leaflets have more in-depth information of some of the best places to trace the constellations as well as how to get to them. Please ask for one at reception upon arrival.

Find out more

What to pack for stargazing

To get the most out of your stargazing retreat in the Lake District, there are recommended items which you should certainly think about bringing with you if possible:

  • Red light torch
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Sensible footwear
  • Binoculars
  • Map
  • Blanket

Twilight Spa Evening

Make your November getaway truly astronomical and pair your stargazing session with a Twilight Spa evening at The Falls Spa at Lodore Falls Hotel in the Borrowdale Valley on one night of your stay for an additional £50 per person. (alternative spa offers are available for residents of the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa)

Appreciate the constellations from the comfort of the 16-metre heated outdoor infinity pool with a glass of bubbles in hand. Trace the planets as you relax atop of the underwater massage jets or lay back against the submerged loungers.

Our Twilight Spa session runs from 6pm-8pm every night and includes:

  • 2-hours spa access
  • Complimentary glass of fizz

Spa access includes use of the outdoor hydrotherapy pool, saunas, steam rooms, shower experiences, ice fountain, heated loungers, champagne bar and loungers.


How to book

Call the Falls Spa on 017687 87704

Dinner under the stars

We all know how dreamy an evening under the stars can be, but now you can couple a beautiful starry night with a romantic dinner for you and your significant other at the Inn on the Lake at Ullswater.

Our ‘Romantic Evening to beat them all’ includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in an idyllic Lake View bedroom
  • Cumbrian breakfast
  • Dinner served in the garden gazebo including a glass of champagne and canapés

On the occasion that the weather may not be favourable, the meal will be served in the Lake View restaurant.


How to book

Call the Inn on the Lake on 017684 82444

Starlight Swim in Derwentwater

Experience the Lake District’s dark skies from a completely new perspective, from within the ripples of Derwentwater lake. Feel your senses heighten as you slowly submerge your body into the cool waters and look up above to see the galaxies materialize.

Book a 2-hour Starlight Swim experience with our professional outdoor swimming guide, Ali, whether you are new or experienced in open water swimming. Warm up on the lakeshore with a hot drink, sugary snack and post-swim chats, all provided by Ali.

£60 per person, min. 2 people. Wetsuits, tow floats and hot chocolate are included in the price. Starlight Swims are private for you and your party.


How to book

To book email Ali on alwaysswimmingwild@gmail.com and mention the hotel you are staying at.


Get in touch

Reservations: 0330 0564 880
Email: reservations@lakedistricthotels.net

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