What’s on this winter at Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank's Georgian exterior dusted in snow

As the weather gets colder and the nights draw shorter, it’s important to make the most of the daylight hours.

Grab your hat and scarf and venture to Acorn Bank where we have plenty to discover this frosty season. From finding fairies to wintery walks and our glorious gardens, here’s a few reasons to come along and brave the cold.


Join us for a season of festive activities. The house will be clothed for Christmas in natural materials from around the estate, the shop is bursting with stocking-fillers and gifts galore and the café’s serving up winter warmers, hot drinks and sweet treats.
Little ones can head to the Drawing Room and dress up as a knight from the Knights Templar, with a trusty steed (toy horse) in tow. After tackling their enemies, they can follow the Christmas Cracker Trail around the house to see if they can find all the crackers hidden amongst the rooms.

Outside in the woodland, the fairies are in the festive spirit and have decorated their houses to match some popular Christmas songs. Collect an activity sheet from our Visitor Welcome team and see how many you can spot. There’s bonus points if you can match the right house to each song.

Keep your eyes peeled for the decorated fairy doors in Acorn Bank's woodland
Christmas fairy door at Acorn Bank
Keep your eyes peeled for the decorated fairy doors in Acorn Bank's woodland

Wintery woodlands

Let your dogs off the lead in the woods, where they’re free to roam. Enjoy a stroll alongside the Crowdundle Beck and savour the beauty and stillness of the woodland in winter. Take a moment for yourself; the place is quiet at this time of year and our mature wood ensures shelter from the westerly wind and shields the worst of the Cumbrian weather. Four-legged friends are also welcome in the tearoom.

Snowdrops carpet the woodland from February onwards
Snowdrops in the woodlands at Acorn Bank
Snowdrops carpet the woodland from February onwards

Gusty gardens

Our garden team keep busy in winter with lifting and dividing the borders and pruning the fruit trees. Even though the trees are asleep there’s still plenty to see – our Herb Garden and Sunken Garden look especially beautiful throughout the winter months. Our orchard needs attention no matter the season, and in December you can book onto a workshop and learn the ancient art of pruning. If you enjoy that, then there’s also a grafting workshop here in February.

The Herb Garden in winter
The Herb Garden at Acorn Bank in winter
The Herb Garden in winter