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