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Beatrix Potter Birthday celebrations begin

By on June 28, 2016

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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.

Picnic, pints & horse racing perfection at Cartmel Races this June

By on June 21, 2016

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.

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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.


Family cycling holidays around Lake Windermere this Summer

By on June 15, 2016

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.