As we say hello to autumn, there are plenty of cultural events to discover on your doorstep.

You don’t need to travel far to discover world-class cultural attractions - a few miles should do the trick.

Visit historic homes and castles and admire the autumn colours in their extensive grounds.

There’s Holker Hall, Muncaster Castle, Dalemain and lots more to choose from.

You can also spend the day learning more about our cultural heritage, and the artists, poets, writers who have lived here over the years.

Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, Brantwood in Coniston and the Laurel & Hardy Museum in Ulverston are a few places to visit.

Catch a play at independent theatres like Theatre by the Lake, The Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness, Rosehill Theatre and Upfront Puppet Theatre.

There are also family-friendly shows in half term.

There is a packed events calendar this autumn, too. In Penrith, the annual Winter Droving festival returns on 29 October.

It includes street theatre, local market stalls, live music and the highlight of the day: a fire and lantern procession which travels through the town, watched by thousands of spectators. Don’t forget your mask.

In Carlisle, the City of Lights event brings a spectacular sound and light experience to the city centre.

This year, it forms part of the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival; and there will be displays on landmarks including Carlisle Castle, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery and Carlisle Cathedral. Running 21 – 13 October, with time slots from 7pm to 9pm each day.

Don’t miss the unique opportunity to see an original piece by Rembrandt. His masterpiece, ‘Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume’, is currently on display at The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven. On loan from the National Gallery, it will be there until January 8 2023.

For a family-friendly day out, visit Rheged for indoor play, cinema screenings and lunch at the on-site cafe. While you’re there, don’t miss the Forty Farms exhibition from British Life Photographer of the Year, Amy Bateman. Admission is free, and the exhibition is open daily.

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