Excitement Builds in Lake District for 3rd Bank Holiday weekend of 2016!

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We know it’s not just the Lake District looking forward to the end of May Bank Holiday weekend, which also coincides with half term, but the entire UK. From the previous few years records and experiences, the weather has been very favourable at the end of May and into the first week of June and that can definitely be said about the Lake District.

For those looking to stay in the Windermere, Ambleside or Grasmere areas, there is as you’d imagine, a huge amount going on this Bank Holiday weekend and into the following week, half term. Whether you’re looking to stay or have booked already to stay for the weekend or being lucky enough to have the whole week to enjoy this region, couple and families alike are all catered for.
Beginning with families and Dove Cottage, the home of Wordsworth in Grasmere and Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre overlooking Windermere both have a full programme of half term activities and events. Brockhole has activities and events ranging from have a go at archery to birdwatching and creatures from the deep spotting. To find out more about these events and the full list of activities offered by each during half term and throughout the year, visit https://wordsworth.org.uk/visit/dove-cottage.html and http://www.brockhole.co.uk/

For couples then this time of year is idyllic. So many walks to do for a real getaway from the stresses of work and life such as the route around Grasmere and Rydal Water or venture higher with the walk as detailed by Walk Lakes of Easdale Tarn, Codale Tarn, and Tarn Crag here http://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_53.html. Codale Tarn a real escape where you’d be hard pushed to see anyone and the most perfect lunch location.

Where to stay and eat
You’ll not go hungry in Grasmere with everything from cafes and artisan takeaways to traditional Lakeland inns and high class restaurants.
Great value and super scenic accommodation can be found at Lakeview Country House in Grasmere. They offer both bed & breakfast and self catering accommodation and are dog friendly too. The views are stunning from the gardens, perfect for sitting out after a busy day in The Lakes. Visit http://www.lakeview-grasmere.com/ for ore information and to book.

Damson Day – A delicious festival to attend this April

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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 http://www.damsondene.co.uk

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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Browsing down at The prom
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.

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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 http://www.bayvilla.net 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, http://www.langdale.co.uk/langdaleadventure.html 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 http://www.langdale.co.uk.

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.

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Beatrix Potter and her beloved 17th century Hill Top farmhouse,

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, http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top

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 http://www.cuckoobro.co.uk 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 http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/rooms-and-suites/av-suites

Travel less to see more when visiting Cumbria and the Lake District

Countless studies have found the majority of guests visiting for a night or weekend away come from within a 2 hour travel time radius. This is most definitely the case with visitors to the Cumbria and the Lake District with those coming from further afield for a full week or more holiday.

Less than a 2 hour drive means more time can be enjoyed on the short break. 2 hours from Cumbria takes in central Scotland, the North East, Yorkshire, Manchester and even Liverpool. Choose to stay in the eastern region of Cumbria, still perfect for exploring the key Lake District locations such as Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick yet from Manchester, travellers are looking at less than an hour and a half drive time.

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The location and inside the warming and inviting Tebay Services Hotel

Approximately just 1 hour 22 minutes from, for example Salford, is the Tebay Services Hotel in Cumbria. Straight off the motorway yet quiet, secluded giving it the name “the hidden gem”. The hotel’s location means it’s just 25 miles to Pooley Bridge and Ullswater to the north and the same distance to Windermere and the central Lakes to the south also adding the extra bonus of the Eden Valley and Northern Pennines on the doorstep too. Great for walking, sightseeing and cycling, the hotel offers a choice of room types, an excellent restaurant serving local produce and a lounge with roaring fire and well stocked bar.

Book 7 days or more in advance, and subject to availability, receive bed and breakfast for just £87 per room based on 2 sharing. For more information and to book visit http://www.westmorlandhotel.com/

A new way to safari in Tanzania – With The Animals not the people

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The new Bush Rover Company, launched by leading Tanzania safari tour providers A Tent With A View, has been searching out the hidden gems of the great Serengeti eco-system to find bases for our luxurious mobile homes. They have found magnificent sites in the Ngorongoro highlands, where the world famous wildebeest migration comes to the traveller in splendid isolation. Trundling down massive valleys, between the crater strewn mountains of Ngorongoro, the wild animals move in complete harmony with the grazing herds of the Maasai, in an area all but untouched by tourist vehicles. Here it is possible to safari on foot, in the company of Maasai, among thousands of migrating animals, in the land that time forgot.

In the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, David Guthrie, founder of A Tent With A View has unearthed a gem of a spot to set up a Bush Rover camp. On the banks of the Grumeti, the elevated balcony of each Bush Rover affords wonderful views of the famous giant crocs, holding their territories in readiness for the feasting period when the migration instinct pushes vast herds to cross the river.

From this spectacular base, there are wonderful game drive tracks, seldom used but rich in wildlife the full year round. To find out more about this magical experience and have look at the tours on offer from A Tent With A View Tanzania safari tours visit, www.tentwithaview.com

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, http://www.langdale.co.uk/stove.html 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 http://www.kendalfestivaloffood.co.uk

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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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