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, http://www.raiseviewuk/ 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.

Enjoy the loveliness of the Lyth Valley in Cumbria this Christmas

The hidden gem that is the Lyth Valley is couldn’t make a better setting or destination for a Christmas break. Famous for its damson’s, the area exudes charm and rural Cumbrian idealism and is worth visiting to sample the famous damson gin alone.

This area has the benefit of being close to the towns of Windermere, Grange over Sands and Kendal, the M6 just 6 miles away and the Lake District fells and lakes on the doorstep. Choose a self catering cottage and bring the dog too saving on kennel fees. Imagine the thought of being able to enjoy Christmas with the whole family whether they have two legs or four?!

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Where to visit:
The pretty village of Crosthwaite is where you will find the consistently award winning pub and restaurant The Punchbowl Inn but also a plethora of walks along quiet roads and bridleways. A longer wander or short drive and there are country pub delights to be found in nearby Underbarrow, Brigsteer, Cartmel Fell and Winster.

Another village, Bouth is must visit for walks and for another award winning pub and restaurant, The White Hart. And let’s not forget just a short drive away is the outstanding village of Cartmel, Cumbria’s capital of food (also horse racing in the summer!). A stunning and unique village you’ll find lovely cafes, shops, pubs and restaurants. Especially at this time of the year, Cartmel Priory is a must visit. Dating back to 1190 the building and site is steeped in history and is the centrepiece of the village.

Where to stay:
The Lakeland Cottage Company have a selection of luxury cottages available during Christmas week. Choose between a 4 or 5 night short break starting December 23rd/24th or the full week break commencing December 21st. Selected properties include Mill End near Crosthwaite, Ash, Rose and Yew Tree Cottages at Bouth, Garret House in Cartmel and Tom Crag Barn near Newby Bridge. Remaining dates have a fabulously festive 20% discount. Book online via or by telephoning 015395 38180

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,

Ambleside #theplacetobe to watch stage 2 Tour of Britain

More excitement than ever is circulating around Ambleside in the Lake District with the imminent arrival of the Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain passing through. Stage 2, Carlisle to Kendal is a 187 km route with plenty of gradients and most definitely brimming full of beautiful scenery.

Instead of blinking and missing these elite riders fly through the streets of Ambleside, spectators will be able to watch the big screen with excitement building as they fly down from Carlisle, past Ullswater, through Keswick, down to Grasmere and Ambleside and onto the summit finish on Beast Banks in Kendal.

The aptly named “The Struggle”, just a short distance from Ambleside town centre, is the location for the Skoda King of the Mountains climb. Although it’s sure to a fantastic spectacle being up there at the top of this climb, being able to watch it from Ambleside on the big screen gives everyone the best of both worlds.

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It means even more for the Ambleside community as well as lovers of this vibrant market town after the devastating floods back in the December 2015. Thanks to Ambleside Together, the big screen is certain to make this the ultimate Tour of Britain stage for the riders, organisers and hopefully the best in the history of the event. Free entry to the event in Ambleside is from 9.45 with live coverage from 1pm till 4pm on the big screen.

Don’t miss out on the chance of seeing the likes of Olympic silver medallist and multiple Tour de France sprint stage winner Mark Cavendish and now the latest news that Sir Bradley Wiggins will be riding this stage as well. Still not booked accommodation? It’s booking up fast but the Old Vicarage bed and breakfast in Ambleside has a small amount of rooms remaining starting from £100 based on 2 people sharing. Highlights – delicious breakfasts, swimming pool hot tub and sauna and dogs stay free. Visit for more details.

The Lakes are Alive this August Bank Holiday

Kendal will be coming alive this August Bank Holiday weekend being the setting for the new cultural programme and festival, Lakes Alive. Starting on Friday 26 August until Sunday 28, 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, St Thomas Church and The Factory and outdoor Maudes Meadow, Nobles Rest on Low Fellside and Kendal Castle.
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. Each event is free during the three days with only Other Suns requiring a ticket where Friend or Foe presents Legends of Flight, Gary Daly (China Crisis) and Will Plowman (A Future Without), a night of live music and AV performances at the United Reform Church on Saturday August 27.

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The final event, Minimum Monument, is set to be the most exciting, an art installation like never before at the iconic Kendal Castle. The artist Néle Azevedo will be inviting people to help to make and place 3000 ice sculptures around the castle and then watch them slowly melt away.

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 £124 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

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. It is also a very special year for region, the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter. 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 from now until September 4th with 3 performances, 11am, 4.30pm and 7pm (7pm during school holidays) 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?

Gourmet Sunday’s at Grasmere Hotel

You’ve been working all week, lunch is nothing special just a quick bite yet it is still possible to go out in the evening to a restaurant for dinner. Head to the weekend though, two days to make a break from the week day norm and the perfect way to make the weekend special and different is to do lunch.

Enjoy not just dining in the day but also being able to take advantage of lunch time pricing, being anything up to 50% cheaper than the evening menus in the same establishment.

Sunday lunch has been made even more exciting proposition at one hotel in Grasmere. Oak Bank Hotel and their restaurant the 2 AA Rosette The Dining Room is #theplacetobe for a decadent lunch thanks to new Head Chef Gary McDermott. With a menu changing weekly taking advantage of the Cumbrian larder and seasonal produce, expect a true fine dining experience at lunch time. With a choice of three starters, main courses and deserts, the price is just £21.95 for 2 courses, £25 for three providing great value for a fine dining lunch.

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Sunday lunch samples at The Dining Room – Saddle of Lamb and Sirloin of Beef

Afterwards take a wander around Grasmere village with its pretty, independent shops and galleries or perhaps walk along the River Rothay.

Rooms on a Sunday evening at the Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere start from £128 including breakfast based on 2 people sharing or make a weekend out of it. For more information on the hotel, availability and The Dining Room visit,