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 http://oldvicarageambleside.co.uk/ 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 http://lakesalive.co.uk/