A trip to the Dalton Christmas Tree Festival
09:11 05 December 2012
The population may be under 10,000 but they certainly know how to mark the festivities in Dalton-in-Furness. In fact, this far flung outpost of Lancashire north of the Sands has so many activities it is known as the Christmas capital of the peninsula.
One of the most popular events is the Christmas Tree Festival staged at the imposing parish church of St Mary and running to the end of December. Dozens of trees fill the Victorian church with the aroma of pine.
Each one is decorated by schools, charities and local groups, such as the WI and the towns flower arranging club.
The festival has a theme and when our picture editor John Cocks when last year it was Favourite Songs Old and New. With more than 50 trees, the Trail of the Lonesome Pine wasnt an option.
While you are there
Dalton is a small but attractive community midway between Barrow and Ulverston. If you make it to the Christmas Tree Festival, nearby is the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, open every day except Christmas Day, and Furness Abbey, which was built by Stephen before becoming King of England in 1135. Medieval treasure has been found on the site which is the subject of emergency repairs by English Heritage to stop it sinking into the ground. During the winter, opening times are restricted to weekends.