Author: Jenny Andrew

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Ulverston Walking Festival this April/May

Starting on Saturday April 22nd until Monday May 1st it’s the annual Ulverston Walking Festival.

Each day there is a choice of 3 to 4 walks, a total of 32 over the festival week. Although the heading is the Ulverston Walking Festival, the walks take place in and around Ulverston but also as far as Seathwaite, Ulpha and Dunnerdale, Coniston and Tilverthwaite and the east in the Leven Valley.

The walks are all guided and have specific start points to meet up at, the website gives details of terrain, length and ability requirement. Each walk costs from Free to £3 and start either around 10am or after lunch at 2pm. What a fantastic time of the year to explore the south and western areas of the Lake District with the new shoots on the trees, lambs everywhere and bluebells to discover.

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Many of the walks have themes such as the Historial Walk Coniston Copper Mines & Levers Water on Sunday 23rd April, Ulverston Ale Trail on Friday April 28th and Herb Walk starting from Bardsea Church on Monday May 1st.

The Newby Bridge Lake District Hotel is located on the main A590 road at the southern end of Lake Windermere at Newby Bridge and is just 8 miles by car or bus to Ulverston for events and walks starting from there but also very handy for the Coniston and Tilberthwaite walk start points. As well as the Leven Valley and Spark Bridge walks. Rooms during this week start from £76 per room B&B based on 2 sharing or choose dinner, bed and breakfast from just £118. The restaurant and bar serve locally sourced and hearty food, perfect for post walk refuelling.

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Kendal’s Moonfest for a musical extravaganza this May

The location; Kendal Rugby Club, the dates; Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May 2017, the event; the amazing Moonfest.

After a year off in 2016, Moonfest the magnificent charity music and family festival in Kendal is back and celebrating its 10th Birthday but also the last ever. Kendal Rugby Club will be moving to a new stadium, ground and clubhouse at Strawberry Fields off Oxenholme Road.

The doors open at 12pm Friday 12th finishing at 1am and on Saturday from 11am until 1am. During the day the festival is fun for the whole family with a kids zone, music, events, entertainment, food and beverages. There is also a chill-out zone “The Moon Garden”, fairground rides and festival merchandise.
As the evening draws closer on both evenings, the headline acts and DJ’s come out to play, a mixture of local and North West DJ’s playing everything from house to old skool.

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Headlining on Friday will be Hot Red Chilli Peppers (tribute band) and on Saturday, Jeramiah Ferrari with acts of nearly every other genre to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Moonfest is held in the beautiful surroundings of Kendal, officially known as the Gateway to the Lake District. Moonfest takes places over two days, with a superb line-up of live music acts and entertainment. Taking to the stage this year are headliners Hot Red Chilli Peppers and Jeramiah Ferrari, a 4 piece Indie/Alt Rock/Reggae band from Manchester.

Through charging a small fee on the gate we have managed to attract close to 2,500 people some years and have raised figures up to £11,000. Last event’s proceeds were donated to the Wayne Broadley Trust Fund. Moonfest is a great weekend event.

The charity Moonfest continues to support is extremely close to the festival organisers and Kendal Rugby Club’s heart, the Wayne Broadley Trust Fund. At just 21 years old, Wayne was injured playing rugby at Kendal resulting in him being paralysed from the neck down. The trust fund helps him with equipment, physio and everything for day to day life.

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For accommodation – just a short walk away is the Riverside Hotel in Kendal. The hotel has private parking, affordable rooms as well as a restaurant and bar.

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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.