Darkest Muncaster. What a fantastic place to be on a dark, cold night.
We arrived at 4.30 on the longest night (and the day the world was supposed to end). It was already dark. As we walked down the main drive various trees were picked out in reds and greens as lights shone beneath them. The result was an eerie but thrilling explore through the woodlands which eventually bought us out at the Castle upon which Christmas music played to a light display on the side of the Castle.
Later on we were met at the castle by maids in Victorian dress and transported back to 1885. The butler escorted us round parts of the castle and beneath stairs, telling us stories all the way. He was a little perplexed by our futuristic attire but was happy to seat us round Lord Muncaster’s grand dining table and feed us mulled wine and home-made mince pies. We enjoyed a Victorian Christmas celebration as we donned silly hats, sang songs and marvelled at a shadow puppet display.
It was well worth the hour’s drive from our Keswick cottages but if you are staying in our Eskdale cottages or Wasdale cottages then you’re only 15 mins drive away. If the moon is up, and you’re feeling confident then walk there in the dark over Muncaster fell from Eskdale! Check before you go though, as darkest Muncaster is not on every night and you need to prebook for the Victorian tour if you go on that (we did this a few hours before we went).