We’re nearing the legend that is Beatrix Potter’s 150 anniversary on July 28 but there’s no need to wait to mark, celebrate or languish in the characters in one of the most famous series of children’s books in the world.
Visitors and Beatrix Potter lovers and enthusiasts can have the choice of a huge numbers of events, exhibitions and productions with many on right now and with more to come as we approach the end of July and the official day.
With Beatrix Potter being such a talented artist and highly knowledgeable naturalist here celebration is far from just aimed at children. The Lake District and especially the South lakes area around Hill Top here home at Far Sawrey, Hawkshead and Windermere, are already seeing an influx in visitors specifically to mark the anniversary and from far and wide due to the international appeal and love.
Featured events worth going to see starting with something aimed at little-uns. From now until September 4th enjoy Beatrix Potter musical “Were is Peter Rabbit” at the Old Laundry theatre in Bowness just a stone’s throw from The World of Beatrix Potter.
For the older audience then Hawkshead is the destination and the Beatrix Potter Gallery where there is an exhibition of her original watercolours and illustrations on her love of the natural world, wild animals, the seasons and her beloved mushrooms. Entitled “Romance and Realism”, it runs until October 2016.
Beatrix Potter friendly accommodation can be found just 5 minutes from her former home Hill Top in Far Sawrey. Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn and B&B is a traditional inn serving food and ales all day and with 14 en-suite bedrooms. Visit http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk to check availability.
Make the most of this now diminishing pre school summer holiday time of the year and book a luxury holiday or short break in one of the apartments, cottages or lodges on the Langdale Estate at highly enticing discounted rates.
The majority of schools in the UK break up for the summer holidays on Friday July 22nd where the super busy time of the year starts. Whether it’s a group of friends, a couple or those lucky enough to have pre school age children, it’s the time to book a last minute deal making the most of July and the summer.
The location of the Langdale Estate couldn’t be more stunning. Set in a private, 35 acre site with restaurant, Lake District inn, leisure facilities and walks right from each of the properties front doors.
Choose from 3, 4 and 7 night breaks from now until Friday July 22. These late availability properties range from sleeping between 4 and 8 with savings of up to £650. This is a great opportunity to book a last minute short break or holiday on this award winning site and being discounted at this time of year it should not be missed.
Apart from walking, cycling, hiring an electric car, climbing, mountain biking and much more Saturday July 9th is the date for an adventurous event at Sticklebarn, the National Trust owned and managed inn and centre. Organised by Kendal Mountain Festival the “Summer Party” will be fantastic day of incredible films and live music with screenings and activities in the afternoon through to 11pm in the evening suitable for families in the day and with local beers and food for adults at night.
Any food lover will be well catered for in and around Penrith this July with food festivals and farmers markets galore. Combine it with a short break or holiday staying at a foodie friendly hotel will be the cherry on top of the delicious cake.
Starting with the farmers markets on in July and in fact throughout the year in the region. Orton between Kendal and Penrith and just off the M6 is the second Saturday of the month. Onto the third Saturday of the month and its Brough’s turn. Brough is located just off the A66 and A685 on the border of Cumbria and the Western Pennines. If you’re still hungry then Tuesday is Penrith farmers market. Held in the centre of this market town, the choice if varied and of the highest quality and Penrith also has some fabulous independent shops to browse too.
The real week long super food fest is happening July 16 to the 23. It is the annual Eden Food & Farming Festival starting with Penrith Farmers Market and then carrying on through the week cumulating with the Penrith Show on Saturday 23 July. The show is a steeped in history, traditional agricultural show but will be full of food stalls and suppliers from the Penrith and surrounding areas too. Yet another chance to sample local, Cumbria food and purchase plenty of goodies.
Where to stay, well we mentioned a foodie friendly hotel and Tebay Services Hotel is most definitely that. The hotel has the same ethos, suppliers and produce as the award winning Tebay Services on the same site. The hotel offers excellent value for money and it really is worth dining in either the restaurant or the lounge bar when staying. The seasonal food the chefs create is exceptional and uses not just locally sourced food but even meat from the Dunning’s Farm, owners of the hotel, services and the whole Westmorland Family group.
Advance purchase rooms available include breakfast and start from just £87 based on two sharing a twin or double room. Family rooms are also available. For more information visit http://www.westmorlandhotel.com/
The annual June race weekend at Cartmel Races has all the usual excitement plus a bit extra this year. On Friday Race Day enjoy not just high level horse racing but fabulous trade stands as well as a cacophony of Cumbrian micro breweries. Sample some of the best real ales and lagers brewed in South Cumbria including Cartmel itself, a region firmly on the micro brewery industry map.
On Sunday step into the circus and the race day aimed at families with The Acrochaps – an amazing acrobatic display, Miss Bubbilicious, The Hoola Girls and much much more. A picnic is a must topped up with some delicious treats available from the food & drinks stands.
It’s still not too late to find accommodation in and around Cartmel. As anyone who has attached Cartmel Races before, race weekends are usually fully booked come the first day. The Lakeland Cottage Company have a handful of cottages in the Cartmel, Lindale and Grange over Sands area still available either for a 3 night break starting Friday 24th or as a full week starting Friday 24th or Saturday 25th and all have a late booking discount, more to spend on the horses and sampling real ales! To check availability and book visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk
Tickets may still be available on the day and remember, under 18’s free. Visit http://cartmel-racecourse.co.uk/ for more details.
For various reasons the word mini moon is cropping up and being mentioned more and more. Once thought to be a faddy saying that would come and go is now the buzz word for brides to be.
For some, a mini moon is an appropriate title for those who either don’t have the time for a full honeymoon or perhaps not the money to. A couple of days away is still marking to occasion. The growing trend now though is to have a mini moon straight after the wedding, not too far from home and then the full honeymoon taken a month or so later.
Jetting straight off on honeymoon after the wedding day is pretty full on. Not only is it something else to think about, the travelling to the airport, making sure bags are packed etc, but it doesn’t give the bride and groom chance to take everything in that has occurred over the past 24 hours. This is one of the most special of days to cherish and savour and goes by far too quickly as it is. The following day can then be a chance to gather thoughts and meet up with friends and relatives as so many travel from afar these days.
But it is a lovely thing to be able to spend some quality time together, the first as a partnership and this is where a mini moon is an excellent way in which to do so. If the word mini moon is baffling, it is basically a short break but mini moon sounds so much nicer!
The Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere has definitely noticed a rise in couples staying for a short break after their wedding. The chance to get away from it all, especially in a location as romantic as the Lake District, is a lovely way to start marriage. For a spot of luxury in extremely peaceful surroundings Applegarth Villa Hotel is the choice and has a no children policy. The seven brand new hot tub suites mean you don’t even need to leave your room.
There are so many places to choose from for a mini moon but the romanticism of the Lake District suits this occasion perfectly, it has been voted the most romantic destination in the UK after all.
With the summer holidays fast approaching most people who are looking to come to Windermere and the surrounding area may have booked but it isn’t too late to book a holiday around Lake Windermere.
A great family activity is cycling and a great method of transport too and by the end of July, everyone will be have surely got Tour de France fever if they’ve not already got it! Cycling is an excellent way to get around the Lake District as well as see it. When the roads are brimming full of visitors going from A to B, get the bike out and cycle on one of the bridleways or cycle paths.
Also, cycling around South Cumbria has been given an extra boost in recent years with the introduction of the Bike Boat the number 800 Bike Bus. The new Bike Boat service is a great way for those staying in and around Windermere to get from one side of the lake to the other cutting out the busy A591 road. The service, from Windermere Lake Cruises, departs from Brockhole over to Bark Barn and the floating jetty on the western shore of Lake Windermere. The Bike Boat timetable works alongside the Bike Bus service so both can be used in conjunction with one another. The Bike Bus stops at Ambleside at Waterhead, Brockhole at the Visitor Centre , Windermere Train Station, the Bowness-on-Windermere Pier, Fell Foot, Newby Bridge, Lakeland Motor Museum with the final destination being at Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway.
Looking for somewhere to relax and unwind after a day’s cycling around The Lakes? Newby Bridge Hotel near Lake Windermere is family friendly and serves super tasty post cycling food. Close to the Lakeside Pier for boat transport down to Bowness, take the cycle track to Brockhole and head across on the bike boat for a full day out.
The success of Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate since its opening in June 2013 has prompted the same ethos, design and quality to influence the latest developments within the estate.
Stove, the new dining experience restaurant & bar definitely echo’s Brimstone with wood fires, natural materials alongside opulent fabrics and soft furnishings. Having only opened in April 2016, it is proving extremely popular with guests staying at Brimstone, the Langdale Hotel, self catering and lodge guests as well as none residents.
But due to open in Autumn 2016 is what so many people associate with the Langdale Estate and that is first class spa and leisure facilities. The old spa will make way for the brand new Brimstone Spa.
Expect all the very best spa, pool, therapies, gym and fitness facilities as with the old Langdale spa just bigger, better, modern and ground breaking for the Lake District. A brief insight includes a Laconium, lava and herbal saunas, Himalyan salt steam grotto, both indoor and outdoor pools and an outdoor sauna.
Autumn is set to be THE time to visit the Langdale Hotel and Brimstone Hotel in the Lake District and try the new spa facilities first hand and body. Remember, book 30 days or more in advance at Brimstone and receive 20% off all room rates. Autumn has never been so appealing.