Windermere – THE Place to Celebrate in the Lakes

The Lake District is a very special place for so many people. From simply a memorable holiday to a place for popping the big question and honeymoons.

And Windermere is most definitely suited to all of the above and celebrations of all kinds thanks to its central location, lots of lovely hotels and restaurants, the fells and of course, Lake Windermere.

One hotel in Windermere have noticed an increasing amount of guests asking for Champagne in the room for a special occasion, balloons, chocolates, rose petals etc. Applegarth Villa Hotel is an adult only hotel where luxury is paramount and any celebration will be a memorable one. They have created a choice of three packages one for Honeymoon/Mini Mooners, one for engagements and one as a general celebration package for anything from Birthday’s to congratulations. Each package differs slightly to reflect the nature of the stay and balloons are specifically ordered inscribed for that extra personal touch. Also look out for the seasonal Valentines Package.


The beauty of these packages (apart from the treats!) is that they can be added onto any room or suite meaning guests can feel extra special even when staying in one of the Deluxe Rooms which are the most affordable rooms. Even better, the packages provide excellent value for money with significant savings compared to the cost of purchasing each item separately.

Its never been a better time to visit Windermere. The village itself is thriving with more and more delightful cafes and restaurants opening. The Crafty Baa Pub is a must visit for all craft and real ale lovers winning not just awards in the county of Cumbria but nationwide. Head to Bandito Burrito for a mid afternoon snack, full of flavour and plenty of healthy options. A short walk down to Bowness for shopping galore and of course, Windermere Lake Cruises for boat trips to Waterhead for Ambleside and Lakeside.

We can’t forget the fells though and being on the main bus routes through the central Lakes, Windermere is the place for car free travel or just walk from the village itself.

All the packages and rooms choices can be found on the Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere website here

It’s Show Time in the Lake District!

We’re now firmly into show season in Cumbria and the Lake District right now. Great news is none have had to be cancelled due to the weather! In fact each show so far has been blessed with a “fair” day! Let us all hope that continues!

But looking ahead and it’s ultra busy in the world of sports events and county fairs & shows. If you’re staying or looking to have a holiday or short break around in July, August and September, there are some fabulous events to attend across the region.

In July the highlight is Ambleside Sports. This event is huge in the fell running and outdoor sports event calendar but for also for spectators too. It has grown and grown and now it’s a family day out with lots of lovely food to eat and purchase, traditional Cumbrian wrestling and dog shows. Onto August and look out for and head out West to the Cockermouth Show on August 4th.

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Steeped in tradition, this is a true agricultural show with sheep clipping, hound trails, horse jumping and lots more. As with so many of the county shows and fairs, this event has been going since 1849. Finally onto September for the biggest events in the Cumbrian show calendar, the Westmorland County Show on Thursday 13th September 2018. So much to see and do for all from food lovers (there’s a food theatre with demos throughout the day and lots of local food producers) to farmer, animal lovers to crafters.

It’s worth looking out for the smaller shows too such as Lakeland Country Fair in Torver near Coniston on Sunday 19th August and a festival with a difference, the Holker Chilli Fest September 8th and 9th which is sure to be one of the hottest events this year!

With all of these events, you’re sure to be entertained the whole day, sure to be well fed and watered and no doubt sure to come home with plenty of yummy goodies.

To find a full list of all the fairs, festivals and shows in Cumbria and the Lake District this summer, head to where visitors can also find hotels, cottages and B&B’s to stay in. A great, showstopping, all round resource. Visit for more details.

Grasmere the Cycling Capital of the Lake District

Grasmere is a stunning village in the heart of the Lake District being in a great location on the main road to Keswick yet far quieter than bustling Ambleside. Cycling is and around the area is plentiful with many routes starting from the village as well as many passing through it. An extremely successful Cumbrian Cracker cycle ride takes place every November, starting from Grasmere with 1000 riders taking part in the 60 mile Lakeland route. Red Bank is tackled at the start of the Cracker as are many cycling routes around Grasmere due to it’s gradient. It is also the way in which to get to Langdale and the infamous Wrynose and Hardknott.

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But it is May every year that Grasmere is really on the cycling map. One of the biggest and toughest sportives in the UK starts from Grasmere, the Fred Whitton. For 13 years this sportive has started from Coniston but a change is to take place for the 2014 race. Taking in many of the prominent climbs in the Lake District, this 112 mile route tests even the most hardened of sportive cyclists and that is without the unpredicted weather conditions to contend with. Grasmere will be an absolute hive of activity throughout that whole weekend and even days leading up to it and all for such good causes Macmillan, Great North Air Ambulance, North West Air Ambulance and Mountain Rescue.

As with the Cumbrian Cracker, the whole village including residents and businesses get together, join forces and support. Raise View Bed & Breakfast in Grasmere village is a great supporter of Lake District cycling and have rooms available for Fred Whitton weekend and they are very much cyclist friendly too being avid two wheeled enthusiasts. And surely some world famous Grasmere Gingerbread could be the right sweet treat to boost cyclist up those 30% gradient climbs! Contant Keith and Jacky at Raise View to book your room for the Fred Whitton weekend, May 13th 2018.

And all leisure cyclists, Grasmere has some fabulous routes including the new Grasmere to Pelter Bridge cycle path. More information can be found here,

Exclusive spa therapies at the Lake District’s most exclusive spa

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The Brimstone Spa offers exclusivity on the different level to any other spa in the Lake District and possibly the whole of the North of England.

The exclusivity doesn’t come in the form of being able to book it just for two people or the ground breaking features, exclusive products are also on offer. Brimstone Spa decided to create their own range of spa products working closely with the award winning Pure Lakes, a business based in the Lake District and pioneers of natural skin and body care. Pure Alchemy was created and can be experienced in the Brimstone Spa providing distinctive calming and relaxation features whatever the need is.

Along with Pure Alchemy is Elemis Body and Elemis Face therapies. One of the leading spa product provider in the UK and now in its 25 year of operation. The range is again 100% natural whilst offering the ultimate in effectiveness. Brimstone and Langdale have used Elemis products for years and have continued to do so in the new state of the art Brimstone Spa.

Further differences from the average spa include between the hours of 7am to 9am daily, exclusive use for Brimstone Hotel guests and The Bubble. The Bubble is a private spa area just for two where guests can enjoy Pure Alchemy treatments and therapies in complete privacy. Treatments can be enjoyed singularly whilst the other is in the feature shower or spa bath or why not choose to both have treatments at the same time on the duel platforms.

Other features of the spa include seven thermal experiences (showers, relaxation points, sauna etc), a relaxation pool, a range of chill out areas, fabulous Spa deli for food and beverages to rejuvenate and detox.

The Brimstone Spa is only available to Langdale Estate and Brimstone Lake District Hotel guests and must be booked in advance. For more information visit

Great Pre Easter Room Rates at the Langdale Lake District Hotel & Spa

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Langdale should be your destination for a pre Easter break. What better place to either visit or stay when the weather forecast is as good as it is for the whole weekend, in fact it is looking pretty good for the whole week! Obviously we won’t be holding our breath but we must think positively!

The Langdale cycle trail, films and events at Sticklebarn, explore the High Close Estate. Dungeon and Stickle Ghyll Force waterfalls of course are the ideal places even when its raining. Enjoy guided and supervised gorge & ghyll scrambling and canyoning guaranteed to entertain, challenge, enjoy and the chance to see the Lake District from a different perspective.

For a spot of culture then spring in and around the Langdale Valley is the place to be. Look out for events, exhibitions and performances in Ambleside, Grasmere, Kendal, Keswick and also with Langdale being the gateway to The West, also accessible events in Egremont and Whitehaven. Visit the GoLakes website for all the event information in the region here

Any visitors having experienced walking, staying or walking in the Langdale Valley will know how beautiful it is. A lovely community, fantastic scenery, great places to eat, drink and sleep etc etc.
If you really want to make a weekend out of it then the Langdale Estate has tempting late deals for short breaks and full week holidays in a select number of self catering accommodation as well as some rooms remaining in the stylish Langdale 4 Star Lake District Hotel.

Cultural Kendal in Best Places to Live List 2017

The Times and Sunday Times best places to live 2017 list has just been released and it is with great excitement that Kendal has been included.

Although it has been included amongst the many fabulous places to live in the United Kingdom, it is no surprise this historic market town have been included both for the visitors and residents. Despite a tough start to 2016 after the devastating storms of December 2015, the town has come back bigger, brighter and better with plenty of new ventures on the horizon.

The Times list looks at locations combining everything required for living and working such as houses, jobs, culture, pubs, restaurants and good connections. Kendal has historic buildings, leafy parks, culture in abundance, pubs, restaurants, bars, shops and great connections being just 10 minutes from junction 37 of the M6 and with Oxenholme Train Station for direct links to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London.

But Kendal is much more than a town for residents, the amount of things to do attracts visitors in their thousands each year. The Brewery Arts Centre offering cinema, live music, productions, comedy and activities through to the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, the Kendal Museum and the Museum of Lakeland Life. Adventure comes in the form of a climbing wall but hang on, isn’t there also England’s largest National Park on the doorstep too?! Just minutes from Kendal and visitors are in ten heart of the Lake District National Park full of lakes, fells and fun.

Food is a growing obsession in Kendal with some excellent, long standing restaurants and eateries but now a new wave of local produce focused restaurants and cafes opening.

It’s a must to stay right in the middle of all the action in Kendal when visiting for a weekend or short break. The Riverside Hotel in Kendal is quiet yet just 2 minutes to the centre of the town. Enjoy views down the River Kent and up to Kendal Castle. Rooms start from a very affordable £88 including breakfast. Visit for more details.

Marvellous Mother’s Day in and around Lake Windermere

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Since Spring has sprung the Lake District has seen gloriously sunny days through to white out snow conditions. All in a days’ work for those living and visiting this stunning yet unpredictable location in the UK. No one would have it any other way!

Sunday March 26th it’s all about Mum and the forecast is looking fabulous, perfect to celebrate with all the fabulous Mother’s out there. The daffodils are in full bloom, green shoots are appearing on the trees and there’s not a field to be seen without new lambs bouncing and springing about.

With sunshine on the cards then why not make it a full Mother’s Day this year. In and around Lake Windermere is Mother’s Day heaven. Take a cruise down the Lake, stop for coffee in Bowness and a spot of shopping before heading to Waterhead and a wander into Ambleside for a walk to Stock Ghyll Force waterfall. Head back up the lake and drop off at Lakeside where the Newby Bridge Hotel has an extra special Mother’s Day Sunday carvery. The 3 course carvery full of the highest quality, locally sourced choice of meats and fresh vegetables as well as fish and vegetarian options. Light starters and homemade puds make up the 3 courses (£18.95 per adult/£8.95 per child) and there’s a free glass of bubbly for every Mum! Booking is essential by calling 015395 31222.

In fact, as an extra special treat there are rooms available at the Newby Bridge Lake District Hotel on Sunday night. Choose from a double room with breakfast for £76 or superior double with glorious lake views for £138. Guests of the hotel receive free use of the exclusive leisure facilities too which include an indoor pool, steam room, spa pool and mini gym.
Make Mother’s Day extra special in the Lake District this year!

Damson Day – A delicious festival to attend this April

Who would have thought a small, tart wild fruit could create such a buzz and bring people from all over the UK to celebrate it but that is the power of the damson. And the fruit is focused on and celebrated on Damson Day on April 16th 2016 at

Although an autumn fruit to pick, the celebration is to mark the first of the white blossom on the damson trees. The valley is awash with bright white flowers and what a lovely valley the Lyth Valley is. Located between Bowness on Windermere and Kendal, the pastoral valley is a peaceful and pretty haven to the hustle and high mountains of the Central Lakes.

Enjoy damsons in all manner of forms including in chutneys and ketchups, gin and wine, jam and fruits cheeses, the list goes on. These delicious artisan products will be available to purchase on the day from various producers as well as crafts, plants and other foodie products. The tartness of a damson goes extremely well with Cumbrian lamb, hogget and mutton, what grows together goes together never truer.

On Damson Day there can only be one place to stay and that has to be the Damson Dene Hotel surely! Located in the heart of the valley the Damson Dene Hotel close to Bowness has a leisure club with pool, restaurant, bar, large gardens and grounds and is both dog and family friendly. Bed & breakfast from £97 per room or take advantage of the special Easter package including bubbles, a cruise, dinner, spa treatments and a free upgrade for just £150 per room per night (2 night break). Take a cruise from Lakeside Pier 7 miles away or from Bowness Pier just 4 miles away. For more information visit

Outdoor arts & crafts fair at Grange over Sands restarts April

Promart is the largest regular open air art and crafts fair in the North West held monthly in the Edwardian seaside town of Grange over Sands in Cumbria.
The start of the Promart season will be taking place between the hours of 11am and 4pm on Sunday 24th April, visitors will be both enlightened and delighted on Grange Promenade and treated to over 70 original artists and exhibitors. This will be the first and much anticipated event of 2016 which has been building in popularity year on year enticing even more artists and crafts people creating an even bigger reason to attend. At Promart purchase original artwork and crafts or simply just browse.


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Promart has been running since 2005 from April to September, the nature of the outdoor event making it not preactical during the winter months. But it is the outdoor aspect of this fair and in the location on Grange’s famous promenade that makes it so special and attracts so many high quality exhibitors and visitors each and every month.


Exhibitors lining the promenade at Grange over Sands
The organises and exhibitors will of course be keeping everything crossed for a super sunny start in April and mid spring is such a lovely time to visit Grange and the southern Lake District & Cumbria. So why not make a night or short break of this event? After all, Grange is a lovely place to escape at any time of the year. Bay Villa, a 3 room boutique B&B in Grange over Sands on Main Street within a short stroll of the prom and a chance to relax and unwind after admiring the talents of the arts and crafts on offer. Visit for more information and to book.

Still a month to enter #LangdaleAdventure Lake District comp

Entries are still flowing in daily for the Langdale Hotel & Spa social media based competition to win a seriously amazing prize.

The competition runs until February 29 2016 and invites people to enter by posting, tweeting or uploading images to either Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #LangdaleAdventure. The image should be of an adventure you experienced or are currently on. Every image has told a story and everyone’s story different. Adventures have been indoors as well as outdoors, land, sea and air and in locations around the world.

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The Langdale Hotel have showcased some of the entries which can be found on the competition page here, and they are really worth a look.
But onto the reward should your #LangdaleAdventure get picked, a prize which is beyond awesome. The winner will receive a 2 night break at the luxury Lake District Hotel Brimstone on the Langdale Estate and £500 worth of Berghaus walking and outdoor gear.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the competition page above and more information on the Langdale Hotel & Spa can be found via

The year of celebrating Beatrix Potter commences in the Lake District

On July 28th 1866 the icon of the Lake District in the form of the extremely talented Beatrix Potter was born. For the whole of 2016, the Lake District will be celebrating the life, love and work of this artist, writer and nature lover.

Her true life and history has been meticulously savoured at Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter her once home and now living museum. Hill Top transports visitors back to her life, showing her ongoing work, the way she lived and especially her beloved garden, the famous setting for her most famous children’s books and arguably, the most famous and treasured children’s publications of all times. Spanning so many years, multiple generations in families enjoying reading and looking at her books and the sheer worldwide reach, love and admiration.

The Lake District kicks off the celebrations, the National Trust will be holding a children’s book festival at Wray Castle on the edge of Lake Windermere from the 4 to the 6 of March. For older fans then an exhibition of original watercolours and illustrations being held at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead is entitled “Romance and Realism” from March 25 to October 30.

Again in Hawkshead at the Beatrix Potter Gallery will be a series of Saturday story telling events taking place on 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 10 September and 8 October at 1, 2 and 3pm.
But her Hill Top house, owned and run by the National Trust is going to be real focus this year. During the year there are special events, showings and guided tours. An already super popular attraction, the events are set to be well over subscribed and booking in advance is essential. For full ticket and event details visit,

Where to stay – the Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey is a Lake District B&B and inn only 5 minutes from Hill Top and a short drive of cycle to Hawkshead. Local food and ales served daily and family rooms available too. Visit for more details.

Latest luxury hotel suite images released

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A taster of latest luxury hotel suites in Windermere now available to book


Having only just opened their doors in December and the official opening taking place mid January, the latest images are now available to view online to all of the brand new luxury hot tub suites in Windermere. The location, Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant on College Road and what a buzz they have created so far. The Reviews on Tripadvisor exemplary, guests of the hotel already looking to book one of them on their next stay and new guests all extremely excited.

The official opening took place on January 19 by Ian Stephens, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism with a Champagne reception with all who were involved with the build attending.

To view all the images for each of the suites visit

A tempting taster of new Lake District restaurant at the Langdale Hotel

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In November 2015, the Langdale Hotel & Spa embarked on a major but very tasty project.

Two of the hotel’s restaurants closed to make way for a new and exciting dining experience. Purdey’s and Hobson’s Bar have made way for Stove, due to open in February 2016.

Stove will be the main restaurant and bar on The Langdale Estate, an exciting prospect for the many guests to the Langdale Hotel, it’s timeshare an self catering properties and Brimstone Hotel.

Bringing the outside in and making the most of the estates grounds and heritage has been the focus in terms of design. They’ll be both indoor and outdoor seating, natural products and finishes, log burners and views over the estate’s modern an historic waterwheels. Areas of the restaurant will provide more intimate dining as well as an exciting chef’s table dining option.

Although this is a brand new space, Langdale’s ethos will still be the dominating factor, high quality, good value, locally sourced, tasty food. Head Chef Scott is busy preparing a selection of stand out dishes including a super sharing lamb shoulder. Lamb, one of the Lake District’s most famous products and one the chefs know is very popular with guests.

For the latest news and dishes to be announced visit, or keep an eye on Langdale’s 4 star Lake District hotel Facebook and Twitter pages.

Major Cumbrian food fest coming up in March

With a full and extremely packed weekend of all things food going on throughout the South Lakes town of Kendal, a day trip is not going to be enough at the Kendal Festival of Food.

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of March 2016 will see various premises, businesses and streets lined with stalls and demonstrations celebrating all that is amazing about Cumbrian and North Country produce. After ever increasing excellent reviews and attendance figures year on year, this, the 7th Kendal Food Festival is set to be the biggest and best yet. New additions include an exciting edible garden in Wainwright’s Yard and at the Booths Café a Northern Spirit 2016 event with tastings, talks and masterclasses from of some of the region’s best distillers of which Cumbria and the Lake District are building quite a reputation for not just here but nationally and internationally.

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The 7th two day festival has everything from pop up restaurants and events for the whole family such as special Family Festival Village and of course the edible garden. A Best of Cumbria Stage will be championing this highly food orientated and obsessed region and this year they’ll be even more delicacies to sample and buy from the very best producers throughout the north in the Great North Country Market event alongside. The full programme of events and all the latest news on the Kendal Festival of Food can be found on their website here

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Barrow Hollin Cottage near Kendal

With so much to see and do and to really make the most of this event, why not book to stay over in or around the Kendal area that weekend. The Lakeland Cottage Company for luxury Lake District holiday cottages surrounding the Kendal area including Cartmel, Windermere and Kentmere that would provide the perfect place for cooking up some of the excellent produce purchased at the festival. Kitchen lovers will not be disappointed in any of them and the fridges will sure to be bursting with the produce purchased!

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