Bah humbug... an alternative Christmas in Langdale

Christmas shopping, dry turkey, flashing antlers and the dreaded office party, are we making you shudder? Well never fear, we’re not bothering with all the modern trappings of Christmas here in Langdale. We’re taking a more relaxed approach with long walks, warm fires, real ale and hearty food shared with friends and family. There will be some little festive touches though, the merits of mulled cider should never be underestimated and a slab of Christmas cake really is the best fuel to see you through to the top of that hill.

Winter camping

Winter camping in Langdale is a complete escape from the commercial trappings of Christmas. It’s just you, your nearest and dearest and the great outdoors with no interruptions. What’s more, with our selection of cozy hideaways to keep you snug at night, your camping trip will be cool rather than just chilly.

Family films

Throughout December were showing a festive family favourite every Saturday at 3pm on the big screen at Sticklebarn. For free. So you can get yourself a drink and a snack, sit back and relax - whatever the weather.

Winter walks

If lonesome, wind-swept walks are your thing then winter is the best time to visit Langdale, when the crowds of summer are long gone.  The popular walk up to Stickle Tarn is a great introduction to fell walking. The steep climb alongside Stickle Ghyll is well worth the uphill effort when you are rewarded with views of Langdale Valley and during particularly chilly winters the partially frozen tarn is a stunning sight.

Fill your flask

If you’re heading out into the hills you can fill your flask at Sticklebarn before you set off. We’ve got morning tea and coffee available from our little hatch at Sticklebarn to set you off on your way.


In true mountain life tradition, round off your day with a bit of après at Sticklebarn. Try a glass of mulled cider, grab a blanket from the basket for extra warmth and settle in for an end-of-day de-brief around the fire. 

New Year’s Eve

Want a home-away-from-home for New Year? Relaxed live music and board games in our family friendly chilled out space. At midnight enjoy the outside fires, sparklers and marshmallow toasting. Free.

New Year’s Day Sell-off Quiz

Help us put the place to bed for January with our mega quiz of the year, it is £1 per person to enter and the winning team takes home the kitty.  50% off all draught drinks; when it’s gone, it’s gone.