Author: Jenny Andrew

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Delightful Damsons Celebrated this April in Cumbria

After the disappoint of the 2o16 Damson Day Fair being cancelled due to a waterlogged field and car parking area, it’s looking a firm yes, that the 2017 fair is to go ahead. The weather is looking like it is going to continue to behave itself after what can only be described as an absolutely terrible run up to the scheduled 2016 fair with the devastating floods of December 2015 and continuing wet weather into early 2016.

This annual far takes place in the stunning Lyth Valley at Low Farm in the heart of the area. Although the damson fruit is an autumn bloomer, it I now damson blossom season where the valley is covered in white flowers as far as the eye can see. It is a very special time of the year and so rightly so, should be celebrated.

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Saturday April 22nd from 10.30am until 4.30am there will be lots of activities, shows, entertainment such as live music, archery and even some Morris dancing, competitions and above all, an abundance of local food. Everything from pies to jams to chutneys, beer and puddings will have a distinctly purple fruit theme too you’ll be surprised to learn!

Along with the many trade stands there will also be refreshments provided by Friends of Crosthwaite School including freshly made crepes with a range of fillings (including damson coulis and cream) and to wet the whistle, decadent Damson Royales. All proceeds from the FrOCS stalls will help our local school provide an even more amazing education!

Damson Day is a country fair held in celebration of the arrival of spring and the Damson blossom in the Lyth Valley. A fun-filled family day out packed with local crafts, local produce and entertainment.

Hawkshead Brewery will be there for beer refreshments from their serving a number of beers with a special note to the Damson Stout along with Lakeland Gold, Bitter and Lakeland Lager.

Nearby accommodation can be found in the form of the Damson Dene Hotel. The Lyth Valley is located between Kendal and Bowness making it easily accessible and with plenty to see and do to make a weekend out of it.

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Get About on Water or on Wheels around Coniston

Really, the whole of the Lake District is family friendly but there are certain areas that are more so than others and Coniston is definitely one of those. It appeals to and engages children of all ages but at the same time adults too. It has the fells, the lake, the activities, the places to eat and drink and the places to stay for families to have a fun and relaxing holiday.

Activities are the key to a family holiday and whether yours like walking, cycling or taking to the water, all these activities are plentiful and safe. Coniston Boating Centre is a must visit location for any families. Run by the Lake District national park, the centre hires out motor and rowing boats, canoes, sailing boats and bikes, even electric bikes. Hire of any of the equipment can be done online and routes, maps and safety details are given comprehensively to participants.

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But it is cycling that is so good in this region and for any ability. What better place to gain a young child’s confidence and enjoyment of cycling than one of the paths around the lake. For older children then take a mountain bike over Walna Scar. View Coniston Old man, Coniston water and head down into the Dudden Valley if you wish and catch a sight of Scafell Pike even.

Rachael Oakden of The Guardian has just written a piece on family cycling around Conistn and their route was Coniston to Torver and starting from the Coniston Boating Centre. A 6 mile route that families even with young children can do, mainly off road. Torver is a lovely village to the west of Coniston with Wilsons Arms for food and refreshments too.

Being so scenic, Coniston is also an ideal place for introducing children into the world of fell walking, such a worthwhile activity that i also highly educational. Learn the countryside code, about plants and wildlife as well as geography on a fell walk. There may be tears and tantrums on the way up but once they’ve reached the summit of whatever gradient, look across at the view, the youngsters always feel proud and elated at what they have achieved. The promise of an ice cream at the bottom is always a winner!

Back to accommodation and Coniston does have a choice but does happen to have some fabulous self catering properties. A location of specialism for The Lakeland Cottage Company is Coniston and they have some larger properties in the area that are perfect for a couple of families or extended family holidays. Some even have private jetties and mooring facilities, ideal for when hiring a boat from Coniston Boating Centre if should guest wish to bring their own.