Half term in just around the corner, less than 2 weeks away to be exact. Panic may have started to set in with the thought of “what to do???”, “where to go????”, “how are we going to entertain the kids for a week in winter???”.
One thing’s for sure, you’d better start thinking, looking into what’s on and if there’s anywhere to stay still available if you want a short break.
Choosing a location for a short break has to depend on what activities and things to do are available in the area when looking to take children of age. Windermere is family friendly, a 365 day destination and there’s always plenty of adventures and things going on especially during a half term holiday. Look to Brockhole – the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre, Windermere Lake Cruises, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction and for a full list of what’s on throughout the whole week, visit the GoLakes website, https://www.golakes.co.uk/things-to-do/whats-on.aspx.
Luckily there are some great half term late deals available at Windermere Park Bed & Breakfast in Windermere Village. There are 17 rooms to choose from including lovely doubles and four posters for two as well as family rooms and the location enables easy access by cycle, bus and by boat to a variety of different places in and around Lake Windermere. For example, a 3 night midweek stay during half term is from as little as £222 including breakfast.
Even in February there is so much to see and do in and around Windermere. Better still, simply park up and there’s no need to use the car again. Take advantage of the good footpaths for walking, buses for travel further and of course, Windermere Lake Cruises for water travel. To view latest availability at Windermere Park B&B, visit https://www.windermerepark.co.uk
Fresh air is free in the Lake District making it the ideal location to drive less and see more. More and more Lake District tourism businesses and accommodation providers are encouraging visitors and guests to make greater use of sustainable modes of travel and car free activities and giving.
From both the Langdale and Brimstone Hotels located on the award winning Langdale Estate, guests can walk to six different places of interest, cycle on the many routes around the Estate and beyond, walk many of the fells in the Langdale Valley and even hire electric cars.
Experiencing the Lake District in these ways is so much better in so many ways. It is great exercise with a sense of achievement when completing a fell walk or bike ride for example. The real Lake District is viewed one to one, not through glass. Less cars on the road means less noise and much less pollution and in the busy summer months walking and cycling if often quicker than a car anyway!
Even back at the Brimstone luxury Lake District hotel suites, fresh air is a big factor and in abundance. Each of the 16 suites making up Brimstone have their own private balconies. The suites lead out through full length and width sliding doors with a table and chairs each and plants. When the doors are fully open, even when inside the suite, guests have a sense of being outside and the use of natural, local and sustainable materials echo this perfectly. The new Brimstone Spa even has an outdoor pool and treatments. The air in the Lake District is like no other and a world away from that of a city so make the most of it when visiting whatever time of the year.
Fair and equal offers can be found all year round at Applegarth Hotel & Restaurant. With guests from all over the world coming at all different times of the year, it’s great they can all take advantage of added value.
Firstly a new mid week offer which should not be missed. Stay 3 nights and only pay for 2 on ALL rooms and ALL luxury hot tub suites. What a way to have a short break in The Lakes before the madness of the July & August holiday season. Being an adult only hotel further makes this a great way to really getaway from it all. The offer runs between now and July 4th, excluding May Bank Holiday and for stays between Sunday and Thursday.
Secondly, the very popular and now legendary free dinner offer, “Dinner on the Villa”. This offer is for bookings of two nights or more from Sunday to Thursday throughout the year (except for Bank Holidays, Valentines, Christmas and New Year). Guests will receive a 2 course dinner absolutely free for two people on one of the nights. That equates to a saving of £50. The seasonal, changing menu at the restaurant is fresh, tasty and full of local produce with a variety of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes with many being gluten free.
What to do in Windermere? Well it’s absolutely jammed packed full of things to do from water sports to walking, cycling to cruising and for the more leisurely then some fabulous independent shops to browse in Windermere itself or in Bowness. Staying in one of the suites? Then chances are you’ll be able to leave your private hot tub with views over Windermere and to the fells!
With Christmas and New Year approaching, one of the most romantic locations in the UK is gearing up for wedding enquiries. As one of the most popular times of the year to propose and with excitement in overload heightened by the festive season, Lake District wedding venues are getting prepared for excited brides and grooms booking appointments. First on the list for any soon to be happy couple, venue finding.
The Lake District also happens to be one of the most popular places to pop the question too. Whether its in a luxury hotel suite, in a restaurant, on a lake cruise or at the summit of a fell, the Lake District provides the backdrop for one of the most memorable times of your life.
Christmas Eve is regularly voted the most popular day to propose but the Christmas holidays as a whole too. It has to be said it’s no wonder this time of the year is so popular, everyone is in high spirits, generally off work, surrounded by friends and family and the new year can be entered full of even more excitement.
With an extremely high number of stunning hotels in equally as stunning settings, Cumbria and the Like District is a very popular place to get married. Those living in the county rarely venture out of it, those who were brought up there yet live away return to Cumbria and the Lake District to get married and people who only visit for holidays still choose this region for this very important and special day.
A large wedding can easily be catered for in the Lake District but equally small, intimate celebrations also. The ability to take over a full residence so it is exclusive is becoming a very popular choice.
So where to start looking, it can often be quite overwhelming. The AllofTheLakeDistrict.co.uk website has a great list of wedding venues but also high quality and well respected wedding suppliers too. A very handy resource whether living in Cumbria and familiar with the area or not. Visit https://www.allofthelakedistrict.co.uk/lake-district-weddings/ for all things wedding.
At the Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey you’ll find an extremely tempting and warming offer this winter.
This special offer is a 2 night break with dinner, bed & breakfast on the first night and bed and breakfast on the second. Dinner is a 3 course meal from the ever popular menu at Cuckoo Brow which is packed full of locally sourced food. The offer is running Sunday – Thursday from 29th October 2018 to 29th March 2019 (excluding Christmas & New Year and school holidays). Choose from twin or double rooms as well as superior. All the above from just £85 per person, a saving of well over 50% on the full tariff rate.
With roaring log fires and wood burners, the Cuckoo brow is an ideal place to stay, eat and drink at this time of year. Head back to inn after a stroll up to Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top, after a leisurely cycle on the country lanes or after a venture up any one of the huge choice of fells on the doorstep. The winter menu is full of seasonal and filling dishes to warm guests up with hearty real ales to match for local breweries such as the award winning Watermill Brewery at Ings, Cumbria Legendary Ales and Hawkshead Brewery.
Whether it’s for a pre Christmas couple or family weekend away, a way of using up the remaining annual leave days or to spend some quality couple time in the peace and tranquillity of the Lake District after the festive madness, with fine food, accommodation and at these very attractive prices, the Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn is ideal. Even better, the Windermere Ferry has now been fixed and is operational again. To check the availability and to book, visit https://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk
In the South Lakes area of the Lake District there is a wide choice of National Trust sites. Whether you’re a keen national trust property visitor and member or simply like to enjoy new experiences and gain knowledge along the way, the sites in this region are varied and there are ones to suit all, from galleries to houses and even Sticklebarn, a National Trust Inn. A full list can be found here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionnorthwest/lake-district
Hawkshead is an extremely delightful village and makes an excellent base to be able to explore all NT sites in the Southern Lake District. Two in particular are Wray Castle and Hill Top.
Wray Castle is particularly good for families having rooms and events aimed at children and having been acquired in an empty state, it is not the usual national Trust property filled with antiques and paintings. What it does have is plenty to see and do and a wealth of character and intrigue. The tour around the castle is well worth taking part in.
Then arguably, the most famous of the Lake District National trust properties, Hill Top. Hill Top was once the home of Beatrix Potter. This 17th century farmhouse “is a time capsule of her life” along with the gardens that inspired so much of her work. Hill Top house is an extremely busy attraction with visitors travelling from Japan and America to see where one of the most famous children’s authors and illustrators lived. There has never been a better year to visit than this year, the 150th anniversary of the birth of this most talented lady.
Both properties can be reached by car or by ferry, The Windermere Ferry runs across the lake from Ferry Nab in Bowness to eastern shore for Hawkshead. The ferry can take cars and bikes as well as pedestrians and is quite an exciting and novel way to travel.
With this many sites with so much to see and do, it’s no wonder Hawkshead is a popular place to stay. The Cuckoo Brow Inn and Lake District B&B is within touching distance of Hill Top so is perfectly located, offers recently refurbished bedrooms and great local food and ales. Visit their website https://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk for more information.
Sunday June 18th is the date for the annual Lakes Classic Car Show organised by the Windermere & Ambleside Lions Club.
The Grasmere Sports Field will be a patchwork of both vintage classics as well as modern classic cars as well as motorbikes, tractors and service vehicles. It’ a great day out for everyone not just complete and utter car addicts! Choose to go along just to wander and admire hundreds of classic cars or classic car owners can register to bring their car. It’s only £5 per classic and that includes entrance for two people. Each visitor will receive a score sheet on arrival for rating on a number of categories. The cars receiving the most votes in each category will be announced at the end of the show.
Refreshments during the day will be from the fabulous Coffee Bug (a converted VW Beetle) and Bowness Bay Brewing with a pop up bar of their real ales and lagers brewed just a few miles away in Kendal.
It’s set to be a grand day out and all proceeds go to local charities. This year the funds will be divided between Blood Bikes and Langdale & Ambleside Mountain Rescue, both of which are extremely important to the local community as well as visitors to the area.
Register your vehicle for the 2017 event on the how website here, http://www.lakesclassiccarshow.org.uk/, where you’ll also find out further information for the day and directions if you are new to Grasmere.
Whether it’s just for the night, making a full weekend or short break of it or a holiday then Grasmere is a fantastic location with plenty of places to stay, eat and drink. Raise View is a luxury bed & breakfast in the heart of Grasmere with a private, off road car park perfect for parking classic cars safely. Their delicious breakfast will set visitors up for a day walking around all the cars. Visit https://www.raiseview.uk for more details.
Already exceptional value for money for a country house hotel with stunning views, grounds and delicious food, Hunday Manor has an extremely enticing Manager’s Special offer for all to take advantage of.
Exclusively available by booking direct, this seasons Manager’s Special Offer gives guests the opportunity of staying on a one or two night package. Book one night’s bed and breakfast for just £65 per room or two night’s bed and breakfast for just £150 per room which includes £20pp meal allowance on the first night. With a varied locally sourced produce filled menu and delightful setting, the two night package is even more tempting. Only able to stay one night? It’s still a great offer and there’s the choice of the a Lunch, Evening Bar, Table D’hote and A’la Carte menus to choose from suit all tastes and budgets.
All the above and guests will also be treated to complimentary tea and scones on arrival and a FREE upgrade to the best available room at the time. All rates are based on two people sharing a room and are subject to availability.
From the hotel explore the wealth of the Cumbria’s unspoilt west and Western Lake District. The towns of Cockermouth, Workington and Whitehaven all within easy each with different offering. Packed full of maritime history is Whitehaven. Where market town and industry combine is Workington and Cockermouth being the gateway to the Lake District. Cockermouth is another typical market town with heritage, style, great places to eat and drink and lots of independent shops.
Looking across from the hotel to the fells and Western Lake District beckons. With the Ennerdale and Loweswater fells visible with the majestic Pillar visible leading to the majestic Great Gable and England highest fell, Scafell Pike, it’s all on the doorstep when staying at Hunday Manor Country House Hotel. Visit http://www.hundaymanorhotel.co.uk/ to view availability, book the offer and for more information.
Now in its third year the Langdale Cycle Trail from Ambleside to the Langdale Valley continues to be one of the most popular, easy to access cycle routes in the area. Great for moderate cycling abilities, simply for a leisurely ride out and great for families.
The mostly off road trail has opened up the beautiful Langdale Valley to those staying in Ambleside and vice versa reducing the amount of cars on the all too busy road and encouraging those new to cycling to get out and on their bikes.
To aid encouragement and for easy to navigate, detailed routes, the Let’s Ride website from British Cycling in conjunction with HSBC is the point. Previously under the name of GoSkyRide, Let’s Ride has everything from guided cycle events to groups, bike buddy opportunities and over 400 routes throughout the UK. Let’s Ride gives invaluable information on the type of terrain, bike required, level of difficulty, GPS routes and elevation.
The out and back route allows cyclists to enjoy a virtually road free bike ride from Ambleside, alongside the northern end of Lake Windermere onto Skelwith Bridge through the pretty village of Elterwater also the Burlington Slate Quarry before heading through Great Langdale, pass the Langdale Hotel & Spa before the half way point at the New Dungeon Ghyll car park, it’s then back via the same way to Ambleside. To view the route visit https://www.letsride.co.uk/routes/ambleside-to-great-langdale.
Accommodation can be found in Ambleside or in Langdale at the Langdale Lake District Hotel & Spa (http://www.langdale.co.uk). When staying in Langdale simply do the reverse loop or for a real challenge, go onto Grasmere via the Grasmere Trail.
Just a little reminder about the ongoing offer at Brimstone Hotel, the most innovative boutique hotels in the Lake District. Running consistently throughout this year for any bookings made a minimum of 30 days in advance, guests receive 20% discount on all room rates which even applies to the Christmas period.
A 20% saving is extremely enticing and that 20% can go towards sampling some of the amazing food also on offer at the brand new Stove Restaurant & Bar on Langdale Estate and perhaps a bottle of Champagne?
There are many ways in which Brimstone is apart from the rest with individuality at its core. Just 16 suites make up this innovative hotel set within the Langdale Estate, just a handful of yards from the Langdale Hotel reception. Yet even the positioning of the hotel has been eloquently thought of with many people not even realising it is there. To be amongst one of the busiest tourism businesses in the Lake District, take advantage of all the estates facilities yet keep under the radar and remain exclusive and peaceful is yet another feat of genius created by the Langdale Estate and the Brimstone architects and constructors.
To check the rates simply enter the dates required into the search box making sure they are at least 30 days away, it will bring up the available rooms and the available rates including the flexible rate and underneath the rate discounted by 20%. 30 days is not a long time in advance to book and what a fantastic experience to be looking forward to. Booking ahead also means a greater choice of the suites. Maybe it’s an extremely special occasion requiring the Spa Suite or perhaps looking towards winter the thought of a Fireside Suite will be just the ticket.
Read about all the differences you can expect from Brimstone, to check availability and where only Brimstone suites can be booked via their website here http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk
The new restaurant on the Langdale Estate, Stove is now open and receiving exceptional comments. The décor is unlike any other restaurant in the Lake District. It’s size large and spacious but with annexes and different rooms including areas inside and out, provide a dining experience whether it’s a group, social or intimate.
The new menu is equally as exciting as the interior. The firm ethos is keeping produce local with Cumbrian chicken, lamb and beef as well as locally produced artisan bread from Lovingly Artisan in Staveley. The new menu also features more dishes than previously using meat, fish, vegetables and cheese smoked by Langdale’s own smokehouse close to Wainwright’s Inn. No self respecting restaurant menu is without smoked produce these days, it not only adds an extra flavour dimension but also a very different texture. You can experience lightly smoked produce from everything from Romano peppers to aubergine, cheddar, salmon, lobster and pork ribs.
But for guests staying at the beautiful boutique Brimstone Hotel on the estate, choose in room dining and Stove will come to you. Although it is a must to dine at Stove during a stay, the Brimstone suites are very often hard to leave at the same time. Have the best of both worlds, dine at Stove one evening and enjoy the same quality of food but on your private balcony the next. Visit http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk/ for more details.
The Langdale Hotel, a 4 star hotel on the Langdale Estate in the Lake District National Park offers everything a guest needs for a perfect Lake District holiday or short break this spring. The lakes are alive now spring has sprung, the longer days and life in the form of new animals, leaves and blooms at every turn.
With everything fresh and vibrant, what better time to visit and head to the fells and it doesn’t need to break the bank. Langdale Hotel has rates starting from just £120 for a Signature Room including breakfast. This rate also includes full use of the leisure facilities and bookings made for stays after April 4th will be able to enjoy the brand new restaurant and bar Stove. Stove will be the all in one dining and drinking destination on the estate with indoor and outdoor seating areas serving food and drink from breakfast until late. Wainwright’s Inn is an option too, a traditional Lakeland inn serving hearty food and real ales daily, most definitely the place for post walk refreshments.
Many people will know for a good few year now, you’ll find some great live music in Kendal but the quality and popularity of bands playing in the town keeps on increasing.
Kendal despite being a small town is attracting some huge names past and present yet continues to champion local and lesser known bands thanks to venues such as the award winning Brewery Arts Centre through to Bootleggers Bar.
Earlier this month the widely acclaimed Jamaican music producer and performer played at The Brewery, Lee Scratch Perry+The Mad Professor. Good Friday saw Big Country, the Scottish rock band play and upcoming events include gigs by the likes of Turin Breaks. In between find folk, brass bands, more rock, punk and renowned cover bands such as Fleetwood Bac.
Bootleggers is now firmly on the fixture list for both local bands and even the likes of 80’s legend Nick Kershaw who regularly visits and plays there. Bootleggers located on Finkle Street in the town centre, dark with great acoustics has long been a haunt for music fans and now find live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Be treated to indie, blues, ska and rock to name just a few.
Accommodation tip: Riverside Hotel Kendal. It’s the only hotel in the centre of Kendal with a restaurant, bar, and health club with pool & gym, just 2 minutes from Kendal train station with views over the River Kent and has parking. Have a hearty meal in the bar before the gig or choose to dine al la carte in the restaurant. Breakfast is included in the room rate along with use of the leisure facilities. Rooms start from approximately £88 based on 2 sharing including breakfast.
Child free hotels and bed and breakfasts can suit many a guest. Take the business traveller for instance who may travel all year round, requiring quiet to work or just to relax in peace after a long day.
Then there are child free couples who also may not wish to be staying somewhere where children will be. Then there are of course those who have children who really just need a break from them! Maybe they are requiring a romantic weekend getaway and even if the little ones aren’t their little ones, the reminder and lack of escapism is the same.
All in all, there’s really quite a call for child free travel accommodation. Obviously, not all children are loud, not all children run about but it’s about enabling people to relax and enabling those who wish to stay in a child free environment to do so.
Windermere in the heart of the Central Lake District is extremely family and children friendly with lots and lots to see and do. But it also happens to have recently been voted one of the top 5 most romantic destinations to visit. So you see, the two can sit quite happily together as long as there are both family friendly and couple friendly accommodation venues. With lots of romantic places to walk, eat and sleep, its couples heaven.
Travel and holidays in today’s climate is about giving guests the choice and as there is plenty out there, tailoring the choice specifically to the needs of guests.
For the ultimate in romantic accommodation and confirmed by the recent Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Awards is the Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere. With seven brand new luxury hot tub suites to choose from, the hotel and suites are fully adult only ensuring complete escapism.
The new season of racing at Cartmel is always met with much anticipation and excitement but this year, even more so. The first date and weekend for racing annually is always the May Whit Bank Holiday. This year the event and entertainment is even longer with two additions to the calendar to be held at the racecourse although not involving horses. The two events start on Saturday 28th May with Simply Red and then Sunday 29th May with Jools Holland. These two prolific and talented acts is a great confirmation that Cartmel, the race course and the facilities are world class.
The whole village and surrounding areas buzz during any horse racing meet which have gathered momentum and is now attracting riders and horses from the top elite. The event itself always booked months in advance.
Cartmel is famous for its food and drink and whether you’re on the racecourse site for the events and racing or in the village, you will most definitely not go hungry an be treated to some excellent local produce from any one of the suppliers, producers and vendors.
Places to stay can be found in Cartmel village as well as the surrounding villages but also just 2 miles away in Grange over Sands. Great connections, transport and access by road, cycle or rail can be found. Choose Grange for even more places to eat and drink and better value accommodation. Bay Villa on Main Street offers luxury, views and a great breakfasts along with stunning bathrooms to sooth any aching limbs from walking during the day/night or cheering on the odds on favourite. Visit http://www.bayvilla.net to book and for more info.