The annual Winter Market at Holker Hall and Gardens returned and was massively supported by the local community.

Across the three-day event, taking place from November 3 to 5, over 11,000 visitors arrived to get into the festive spirit.

Visitors were welcomed by many well-known business stalls, artisan gifts, live music, great food and drink, and even some new traders.

Head of visitor services Fran Horne said: "The market was a huge success and it was the biggest we've done to date with over 130 stalls.

"This year, we extended the markets into the Shire Yard, where 18 exclusive and fabulous gift stalls showcased their amazing offerings."

The Westmorland Gazette: A whole host of entertainers were a big hit with the crowdA whole host of entertainers were a big hit with the crowd (Image: Sheenah Alcock)

The live offerings were a particular hit with the crowds, entertaining visitors right up until the doors closed.

"Our live acts included a fire show at Friday’s evening market from Matrix Circus, as well as live music by Cumbria Collective," said Fran.

"There were also Holker favourites The Bread and Butter Theatre Company across the weekend."

The market, whilst promoting local businesses, also provided a space for charities from the area to raise funds and showcase the vital work they do.

These included Cumbria Wildlife Trust, St Mary's Hospice, the Woodland Trust and many others.

The Westmorland Gazette: Local businesses were promoted at the eventLocal businesses were promoted at the event (Image: Sheenah Alcock)

The event itself was bigger than ever before, with the extension into the Shire Yard providing more amenities and night time hours allowing guests to enjoy the festivities for longer.

"It's been a fantastic market this year welcoming over 11,000 visitors over the three days which included for the first time twilight shopping," Fran added.

"Thank you to all of our wonderful traders and to everyone who visited and made it such a special weekend."

The end of the market also brings about the end of the 2023 season for Holker Hall, which will be closing its doors until next year, besides for a few visits from Santa Claus himself.