The Wonderful Western Lakes Calling in 2019

25. February 2019 Uncategorized 0

After a mild winter, the now growing in popularity of the Western Lake District, is anticipating a great start to the 2019 season.

Walking and travelling around the Wasdale and Eskdale Valley’s this winter and there has been a significant amount of tourists. All who live and work in this area of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lake District, know how beautiful it is but all too often people get as far west as Coniston.

The delights of the Western Lake District are those that make visitors return year on year. The magic of the miles of coastline whilst still be able to view some of the highest Lake District fells, the sunrises and especially the sunsets, still being able to experience peace and tranquillity. Although, as mentioned above, the area is getting busier, it still has plenty of open, fresh space.

The Wasdale Valley is home to the deepest body of water in the Lake District, Wastwater. Mysterious at the same time, only used by divers, canoeists and stand up paddle borders, The Screes bolsters one side creating the iconic view.

Down to Wasdale Head on one of the most scenic roads in the Lake District and the start of a choice of proper fell walks. Never dismiss the challenge of Yewbarrow and Kirk Fell but the majority of walkers of course want to tackle England’s highest fell, Scafell Pike.

But the area has so much for those who don’t want to focus on adventure. With attractions such as the La’al Ratty train to beaches and a huge choice of places to eat and drink.

When it comes to where to stay, the Wasdale Valley doesn’t have the 4 star hotels of Keswick but what it does have are some of the best self catering properties and inns. The perfect combination of both can be found in the heart of Nether Wasdale at Low Wood Hall & Lodge. Low Wood Lodge is a self catering property sleeping up to 14 people but with the added benefits of having 6 en-suite bedrooms and Low Wood Hall, their B&B directly next door which is also a resident only bar and restaurant serving food and drinks daily.

If you’ve not been before, then try a short break or holiday in the western lakes. If you’ve stayed before, there’s no doubt you will return.

Go Go Go to Grange for a Classic Vehicle Show in Cumbria

The organisers and Grange over Sands residents are not wrong in saying this classic car & bike show is the most scenic you’ll find in the North West, even the whole of the UK.

Set the date for the diary, Sunday August 11th and the annual Dales & Lakes Historic Vehicle Day at Yewtree Playing Fields overlooking Morecambe Bay Grange over Sands. A one day festival celebrating, showing and admiring cars and bikes from the 1920’s right through to the 1990’s and even more modern classics.

There are eight classes that can be entered with the main categories of Cars and Light Commercials, Convertibles, Motorcycles & Bicycles. Over 250 vehicles will be attending and entering so a real spectacle and enjoyment for all visitors, those who bring their classic vehicle or those who are just there to view.

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Along with the huge array of some of the finest classic cars and bikes from enthusiasts across the North of England, there will also be autojumbles and trade stands along with local food & drinks stalls and a licensed bar. Being a festival for the whole family entertainment will also feature. Commencing at 10.00am and finishing at 4.30pm with the awards at 4pm, the event is a full day out and full of entertainment for just £5 per adult, free for children under 16. It is even more important to note this event is a not for profit with the organisers giving their time for free to out this event on. More info can be found on their brand new website here,

For relaxing, post walk or run accommodation that appeals equally to vintage lovers is the boutique B&B Bay Villa Bed and Breakfast on Main Street, Grange over Sands also with views over Morecambe Bay. Large rooms, super service and stunning breakfasts. To check availability visit

Hop Skip and Jump to the Lake District this summer

What a time to visit the Lake District. It’s the summer holidays and a staycation has never been so appealing. And since the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter two years ago in 2016, the popularity of this famous writer and artist has not decreased. Not only can visitors enjoy the beautiful Lake District but also be entertained with events and activities galore to celebrate one of the most famous children’s authors.

An absolute must thing to do this summer is go and watch the very special production “Where is Peter Rabbit?” Based on the original tales by Beatrix Potter the show features voices of Mirium Margoyles and Griff Rhys Jones with music by Steven Edis and lyrics by Alan Ayckbourn.

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Playing every day except Friday’s during the summer until September 2nd with either 2 or 3 performances, 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4pm at The Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness on Windermere. Suitable for children of ages 3+. During the school holidays, the performances are due to be very busy so book ahead and guarantee seats via the website here or by telephone 08445 040604.

The Damson Dene Hotel, close to Bowness, offers family friendly accommodation in special rooms as well as the choice of booking in the separate family annex. Rooms either have a double and 2 singles or a double and bunk beds. The extensive, landscaped grounds are perfect for nature spotting, perhaps you’ll be able to find some of Beatrix Potter’s characters hiding away?

The Lakes are Alive in September

Kendal will be coming alive in September being the setting for Lakes Alive, the cultural events programme and festival. Starting on Friday September 7th until Sunday September 9th, enjoy spectacular happenings showcasing contemporary culture in the backdrop of the fells and the historic market town of Kendal.

Locations are both indoor venues including the Brewery Arts Centre, The Factory, Abbot Hall Park, The Birdcage Highgate, Fletcher Park Kendal Castle and Kendal Town Hall to name just a few.

Diverse, creative, intriguing, interesting, exciting, educational, hands on and fun is what Lakes Alive is all about. Whether you’re into music, sculpture, dance or crafts, the arts are covered with something to entertain the whole family, those new to the arts as well as professional artists. All events are free during the three days to make is accessible for all.

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The stand out event of the proceedings is at Kendal Castle once again. After dark, award-winning artist and British Composer of the Year, Ray Lee has created an extraordinary installation and community performance bringing together over 80 drummers in a colossal meeting of the elements Thunder.

It is naturally going to be a busy weekend in Kendal with limited hotel rooms remaining for visitors outside of the county. Riverside Hotel in the centre of Kendal has a small number of rooms left for the weekend starting from £125 including breakfast. Book direct and receive a £10 voucher to spend in the hotel either in their restaurant or bar.

For a great way to spend the final weekend of the school summer holidays, Kendal and Lakes Alive is most definitely #theplacetobe
For full programme and line up visit

No Wonder the Lake District is the Number 1 Wedding Venue Location

The Lake District with its stunning scenery has been welcoming visitors for generations. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, mountains reflected in still waters, picturesque villages, stunning shorelines and above all its tranquillity. As well as being a location steeped in romance thanks to the poetry of Wordsworth and the other Lake District poets, it’s no wonder so many couples choose this very special part of the UK to celebrate this most special of day.

Take over a whole Lake District Hotel for the weekend for your friends and family or tie the knot with just the two of you in a special setting – the possibilities are endless. All the facilities – hotels, car hire, wedding photographers, catering etc. are already in place to help you plan your day, your way, with your ideas.

There is a vast choice of locations and options, formal and informal, including traditional church weddings to a wide range of venues for Lakeland Weddings to suit everyone’s tastes, with many offering civil ceremonies in their own grounds.

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As well as being an ideal location for weddings, the Lake District its romantic nature makes it an ideal honeymoon destination, with roaring log fires and cosy walks along country lanes in the winter to fells walks, boating trips and waterside retreats in the summer.

Cumbria encompassing the English Lake District is one of fifty places worldwide that National Geographic states is a must to visit, and there is no better way to see it than on foot whether it be for a short break or even whilst staying up there at a relative’s wedding. Escape for a day on the Lake District fells, take a cruise down one of the lakes or visit any one of the many delightful market towns. The scenery is so amazing that even if you are not into walking then just looking at the spectacular views is enough. This makes the Lake District an area for all ages. Couple that with endless activities, museums, gardens and local farm shops to visit.

The new website has a dedicated Wedding Planner section There couples living outside of the county as well as locals can view the most stunning of venues alongside some of the most revered wedding suppliers in the region from spa days to entertainment, dresses and rings. Visit today.

Innovative Pop Up Theatre Comes to Grasmere

What could be better than enjoying some of the UK’s best new plays, writers, performers and comedians with a backdrop of the stunning Lake District? Well this September, Grasmere is the place to experience just that.

Popping up and plugging in from Thursday September 14th to Sunday 17th, Paines Plough will be bringing their Roundabout theatre to Grasmere. Having had a sold out festival at The Brewery Arts Centre last year, the Grasmere event is set to be the same and has attracted even bigger names to perform.

What looks like an outdoor garden marquee houses a state of the art pop up theatre with seating, lighting, sound and a stage. The location in this Lake District village is In the green opposite Heaton Cooper Studio, Broadgate, Grasmere LA22 9SX.

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Inside the Roundabout pop up plug in theatre

Offering something for everyone from children to adults look out for Black Mountain a tense psychological thriller by winner of the Harold Pinter Commission, Brad Birch, dry and extremely funny stand-up comedian Alun Cochrane, Sarah McDonald-Hughes’ family-friendly play, How to Be a Kid (4 showings during the event) and Henry Normal one of the UK’s most revered and successful comedy writers and producers. If you don’t know him then how about his co-writing work such as Alan Partridge and The Royle Family and producing for the likes of Uncle and Gavin & Stacey.

Bring a picnic, make a day of it and walk and wander around Grasmere. Grasmere Water is a delightful walk or head up onto the fells where you’ll be able to view the theatre site from above. Enjoy lunch or dinner in one of the restaurants, pubs or cafes in Grasmere Village before heading to your chosen performance.

Where to stay? If you’ve not been to Grasmere before then you’re in for a real treat. There’s lots of places to stay but our tip is Raise View on White Bridge. Lovely rooms with views of Helm Crag, an honesty bar and freshly cooked breakfasts. The quality is confirmed by their recent Superior Award from Cumbria Tourism. Rooms on start from £120 for doubles, £65 for their single room or choose the Silver How suite for a real treat. Visit, to view rooms and to book.

To purchase tickets and for the complete line up visit

Take an antiques road trip to Hunday Manor Hotel in the Lake District

The Rotary Club of Workington in association with Hunday Manor Hotel presents an afternoon with Eric Knowles from TV’s Antiques Roadshow on Sunday August 6th 2017.

Starting at 3pm bring along a small treasured item, some of which will be valued by Eric just like on one of the BBC’s longest running and most popular television programmes, Antiques Roadshow thanks to Eric and the other experts.

This full afternoon event is much more than simply a valuation session. Eric will be bringing his wickedly funny personality giving a talk on his life in the world of antiques with stories, quips and hilarity. Eric combines the very highest of antique knowledge with humour spanning his long and varied career.

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And the Hunday Mnaor Hotel couldn’t be a letter location. This intriguing, beautiful and attractive building overlooking the Solway Firth and Cumbrian Coast dates from the 18th century and is steeped in history. Originally a manor house called High Lodge, it was the National Coal Board miner’s rescue centre between and 1951 and 1968 and originally known as Winscales Rescue Centre.

The Rotary Club of Workington have used Hunday Manor Hotel as their meeting location for years and what good this organisation does for the Western Lake District, Workington and Cockermouth areas.

Tickets are just £15 each including a cream tea and are available from John Head: 01900 604890, or Hunday Manor Hotel: 01900 61798. For more information on Hunday Manor including accommodation for the evening, visit

New Year offers at Windermere hotel

With Christmas out of the way and New Year celebrations recovered from its now time to think about taking advantage of the New Year sales in the hotel world. Not only is getting away for a few days a way of breaking up the winter but the great discounts shouldn’t be missed.

Applegarth Villa hotel in the centre of Windermere has a “3 for 2” offer on their hotel rooms which runs until 13 April 2017*. Stay any two nights and receive the 3rd night free on bed and breakfast stays in the hotel (the cheapest night is free of charge). This offer equates to a 3 night bed and breakfast stay with savings up to £475 as the offer also applies to the seven brand new luxury hot tub suites.

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Maybe take a walk up Brant Fell and view Lake Windermere from above before retruning to your luxury hotel suites?

Whether it’s for walking, cycling, attractions, shopping or simply complete relaxation, Windermere makes an excellent choice for those seeking any or all of those requirements from a short break. The Lake District and especially the hot spots in the southern lakes such as Windermere are fully open and ready for guests. Being that but quieter than many other times of the year aids the feeling of relaxation but with the benefit of all the facilities still to enjoy.

To book this offer please call the Applegarth team on 015394 43206, email quoting reference VG342 or you can book online via

* Excluding the Valentines weekends and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. It even applies to the brand new suites equating to a saving of up to £475 on this 3 night break.

Hawkshead a Highlight For Shoppers this Christmas

Christmas Fairs are being advertised up and down the country of all sizes. From Christmas themed farmers markets to large scale craft and gift events, now is the perfect time to buy some extra special Christmas gifts and to stock up on decorations, table settings and foodie treats.

Being as the Lake District is home to some exceptionally talented crafts people and artists so too excellent food producers, it is no wonder this region is the ideal place for a Christmas fair. Being an exceptionally pleasant place to visit is the icing on the Christmas cake.

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Hawkshead, a delightful village in the heart of the Lake District and a great place for a Christmas fair. The Hawkshead Christmas Fair will be taking place on the weekend of Saturday December 3rd 10am-5pm and Sunday the 4th 10am-4pm. The Market House on two floors and the Beatrix Potter Gallery will house the indoor craft and gift stalls as well as outside stalls including food and beverages. There will be over 50 of these in total to peruse during the two day fair.

But really, the Christmas fair is also a festival as live entertainment will be ringing around the village throughout the weekend. There will be choirs, jugglers, stilt walkers and live music that are all sure to get everyone well and truly in the Christmas spirit and create a great weekend for the whole family.

If travelling from afar then the Hawkshead Christmas Fair website has recommendations of places to stay including the Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey that is both family and dog friendly.

The ultimate Grand Day Out in Langdale in October

This Grand Day Out is much more than just a great day out. It is a celebration of the beauty of Cumbria and the Lake District held over 3 days from Friday October 14 to Sunday October 16. Further more it is a fundraising event to help support the Cumbria Community Foundation and the Mountain Rescue Teams. The first Grand Day Out was held in January 2016 and was a great success and raised much needed funds for the Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Appeal and the voluntary services who worked above and beyond to help save people and their homes during the terrible floods of December 2015.

Cumbria and the Lake District has risen out of that awful time but there are still people who have not been able to return to their homes and still flood defence work and support to undertake. Welcome the Grand Day Out Langdale.

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There will be everything from guided walks to a mountain bike mystery tour event and a Sunday road cycle. For families there’s stargazing, family adventure quest and film screenings at Sticklebarn and even four legged friends have a dog walk in partnership with the dog adventure accessory company Ruffwear. Naturally, in the heart of running country in the Lake District, this activity will take centre stage. Firstly there will be a 10km trail run sponsored by The National Trust on Saturday before the much awaited ultimate ‘Stickle Grind’ uphill fell race on Sunday from 11am. This is the first of its kind in the Lake District and is set to attract fell runners from far and wide. Not only is it a special event but the winner will walk away with a prize of a two night stay at the Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate, kindly donated by them and worth £850.

The prestigious 5 star Brimstone Lake District Hotel, said “we are proud to be involved with such a Grand day Out and particularly the challenging fell race, there are very few events of this kind in the area and we wish all the racers luck and good speed. We will be there on the day to cheer you all on.”
For more information on the Langdale Grand Day Out visit,