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Windermere Christmas Lights Weekend

There have been a number of Christmas light switch on events in the major towns in Cumbria in the last couple of weeks. One of the last celebrations to mark the switch on of the lights and the start of the Christmas period is Windermere.

Saturday December 1st 2018 is the date for the switch on of the Windermere Christmas lights and as always, it is far more than just flicking a switch. Late afternoon the festivities begin mulled wine, mince pies, various food and drink stalls, Smooth Radio to entertain and then fireworks to finish. Being December 1st this year, it starts the this festive month perfectly.

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Santa will depart from Windermere train station on his float with his reindeer before magically switching on the lights at around 5pm and going on to The Rec with a celebratory fireworks display. The event is a true community one being organised, marketed and supported by a local group of volunteers who have been busy putting all the lights up around the town over the past two weeks.

So if there’s ever a weekend this winter to come and visit Windermere, this is it. Furthermore, it is an excellent time to get away before Christmas and the shops in Windermere and Bowness are gift purchasing heaven especially the new Love the Lakes shop full of Lake District produced toiletries, homewares, food and beverages.

Accommodation for the weekend and next when it is the Windermere Christmas Celebration street market can be found via Simply search for the type of accommodation required, self catering, hotel, B&B and select Windermere as the location. From there find direct links to some of the best accommodation in the Lake District.

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Spend New Year in Luxury in the Lake District

Welcome 2019 in with open arms, an abundance of fresh air and the warmest of hospitality by choosing the Lake District to see it in.

The focus by most people of solely New Years Eve night brings pressure on having a good time in those few hours and often the issue of how to get home. Booking a short break is an excellent way to see the New Year in and to make the most of the precious end to the festive period. After all, there’s a free day off or two to take advantage of!

windermere new year hotel breaks

Windermere and Bowness are both fabulous and fun packed places to see in the New Year. Always plenty to see and do with cruises up and down the lake, walking and lots of lovely places for coffee or a pint of real ale. Windermere Village will be bustling and with some great new places to explore having opened up during 2018, everything is there to create a New Year to remember.

Applegarth Villa Hotel & Suites in the centre of Windermere offer a relaxed NYE package combines great food with great company and stunning bedrooms. Arrive either on the 30th or 31st of December and begin enjoying everything from a complimentary drink on arrival and A La Carte dinner and an extended one on the big night, New Years Eve. Everything is taken care of whilst still having all the time to explore Windermere and the Lake District and walk off some of the fabulous food. There are some excellent shops, museums and art galleries in and around Windermere too so it really is a destination for everyone and every age.

Two night packages start from £590 per room and three nights from £885 both based on two people sharing a double room. What could be better though than sat in your own private hot tub when the clock strikes midnight? Look at their 7 luxury hot tub suites, but be quick! Further information can be found on the Applegarth Villa hotel & Suites in Windermere website here,

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Ambleside, the Lake District – for food and fells lovers

What a different place Ambleside is now. It really is a 365, 7 day a week destination. Everything is ten fold from the choice of places to eat and drink to the shops and standard of accommodation and it is continuing to rise. From cosy pubs to exceedingly delicious cafes through to 3 AA Rosette restaurants, Ambleside has it all perfectly matching high class fells with high class food.

From B&B’s to the larger hotels it seems most have undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years really pushing up the standard of accommodation in Ambleside.

As the hospitality has grown, so has the choice of ways to get about, explore and travel around the Southern Lake District. The Ambleside to Langdale cycle path is proving one of the most popular. Previously a very busy route for those staying in either locations to get and explore each other. Busy roads creating a less than ideal route to cycle even for harden cyclists. For anyone with children, a no go. Now the route has off road sections enabling cycling for all. A scenic 16 mile route starting Rothay Park in Ambleside goes through to the beautiful Langdale Valley. Along the way is Elterwater where many just turn around and return to Ambleside.

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The GoLakes Travel programme who along with the Lake District National Park have been instrumental in creating this and promoting it along with the bike boat service. The bike boat service from Brockhole runs throughout the spring and summer taking cyclists and their bikes across Lake Windermere to the western side where cycle routes can be accessed for Hawkshead, Sawrey and Coniston.

Information and ideas on lot of the cycle paths in the Southern Lake District as well as car free travel alternatives can be found on the GoLakes Travel website
Cyclist friendly accommodation can be found at Rothay Garth B&B in Ambleside. The B&B has a car park so guests can arrive by car but park it up and leave it there and explore the are by foot, bike or boat for the duration of the stay in safety. Guests are also sure of a hearty breakfast to set them up for the day. Visit

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The New Wave of Lake District Spas

The Lake District is renowned for being a haven for walkers, fresh air and the feel of well being.

Conde Nast top 50 most beautiful lakes in the world includes the stunning Derwentwater. The Lake District also tops The Australian newspaper’s Travel bucket list: UNESCO sites to behold. Having been made the UK’s 31st UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2017 (incidentally the UK’s largest site), the region has attracted even more, worldwide visitors. Combine a beautiful location with relaxation, luxury and pampering by booking a spa break there.

Combining a spa treatment with a holiday or weekend away is becoming more and more popular. With the stresses of work and family life, the ability for total relaxation and making the most out of a much deserved weekend break is a must.

brimstone luxury lake district spa

As luxury hotels grow, multiply and increase, so do the luxury facilities and offerings. The Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate the leaders in this. The hotel, containing 16 luxurious suites and rooms with relaxed luxury being the key and now an out of this world spa to enjoy too.

The Brimstone Spa opened earlier this year and has been the go to spa for journalists and visitors far and wide. Bringing spa treatments, beautiful décor and R&R facilities in Brimstone harmony. Enjoy seven different thermal spa experiences both indoor and outdoor along with bookable, bespoke treatments by Pure Alchemy (specially developed for the Brimstone Spa). Exclusive for Brimstone Hotel guests, the thermal experiences and relaxation areas are complimentary for Brimstone Hotel guests, with exclusive use from 7am to 9am.

Whether it’s for a pre wedding treat, honeymoon, romantic weekend away or for post adventure race rejuvenation, the Brimstone Spa, the hotel and the Lake District is spa heaven. Visit for more information.

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The Lake District covers all bases in top 10 pubs & inns

The Telegraph travel love the Lake District, even more so now it’s the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage site (also the UK’s biggest). And in Autumn what better than looking at and dreaming staying in one of the top 10 the Lake District’s pubs and inns.

Telegraph travel writers and journalists Oliver Berry and Helen Pickles have selected their top 10 which includes The Woolpack Inn in the Western Lake District great for walkers, the Punch Bowl Inn at Crosthwaite for foodies and the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater, the best haunt for real ale lovers.

It is hard to beat Cumbria and the Lake District National Park for the number and quality of its pubs and inns, it is what the region does best. The whole county offers a vast array of real ale breweries, stunning properties in equally as stunning locations and the ability to offer the finery of the Cumbrian produce on the doorstep which has attracted some high profile chefs back to the region also.

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Encompassing all these factors and noted for their family friendliness by Oliver Berry of Telegraph is Cuckoo Brow Inn. Really, as with many of these top 10’s, they could span a variety of categories as Cuckoo Brow is situated in the sleepy village of Far Sawrey, close to the Hawkshead yet far quieter. It also offers great weekend breaks especially for walkers, anglers and cruisers, always has on at least 4 local real ales and is most definitely an excellent choice of base for walking.

But back to families and the Cuckoo Brow is worthy of being voted best for families in the top 10. A large car park, easy access to Ambleside and even the Windermere cross lake ferry, family rooms, a children’s menu and let’s not forget, everything a parent could want in the form of great, locally sourced food, ales and wines. More than this, the Cuckoo Brow’s ethos of everyone being welcome is the key to this warm and inviting eatery and accommodation venue.

The whole of the top 10 are truly excellent places to eat, drink and in stay over at but definitely, with children, try The Cuckoo Brow even if it’s just for a meal and tipples. Visit for more information.

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Activities around England’s longest Lake, Windermere

With such spectacular scenery, Lake Windermere attracts thousands of tourists each year from anglers, to canoeists to yachtsmen and dingy owners.

Much of the attraction and draw to Windermere is the Lake and many activities are centred around it. Cruises on Lake Windermere are particularly popular are truly worth going on as the magnificent scenery can be taken in fully. Starting from the south of the lake and Newby Bridge is where you will be. Continuing up the lake and you pass Cartmel Fell, Far Sawrey, Bowness-on-Windermere, High Wray and the lake comes to an end at Waterhead, only a short walk into the centre of the bustling Ambleside. The views are of course sights to be hold all the way down but the most spectacular are towards the north of the lake where the Fairfield Horseshoe, Great and Little Langdale and Coniston Old Man are in view. The Windermere Marina continues to thrive with around 400 boats having mooring there, which is the largest inland marina in the North of England.

Windermere is an ideal base for exploring Cumbria – the Lake District. As well as only being 20 minutes by car from the M6 motorway, Windermere also has a bus and train station. The train line being connected to Oxenholme-The Lake District for the West Coast Mainline (London to Edinburgh).

The Lake District itself is a treasured place of scenic beauty made famous by literary figures including William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. The landscape offers so many possibilities for those interested in outdoor activities from walking and cycling to climbing, watersports and golf.

The region boasts many well known lakes such as Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Wast Water and Coniston, all of which can be accessed from Windermere within the day. Cumbria – the Lake District is also home to many famous mountains including Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Scafell & Coniston Old Man to name but a few, afterall, this National Park is as famous for the bodies of water as the fells!

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The region offers a wide range of leisure pursuit and outdoor activities, including:
Lakes Supertours
Mountain Goat

Carus Green Golf Club
Kendal Golf Club
Windermere Golf Club

Horse Riding:
Holmescale Riding Centre
Rookin House Farm

OB Sailing in Windermere
Ark Sailing

Windermere Canoe and Kayak Centre

Bike Hire:
Country Lanes in Windermere
Windermere Canoe and Kayak Centre

After a hard days walking or taking part in one the activities above, it is important to know you’ve got a comfortable hotel room to go back to. Surrounding the town, and all the way down to the lake, are a plethora of places to stay. Boutique and niche hotels are now the places to be for anyone visting Windermere for a night away, short break or holiday. Being a quality destination suitable for young and old, Windermere has an excellent choice of restaurants and they really are spoilt with the amount of fantastic local produce which will be very welcome after a full day breathing in the Lake District air.

Where to stay:
Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere Village – choose from luxury rooms and hot tubs suites.
Where to drink:
The Crafty Baa for a selection of over 150 craft beers and ciders. Contact 015394 88002

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Going green at Lake District Hotels

With such stunning and beautiful scenery and landscapes to look after, it’s not hard to understand why tourism businesses in the Lake District are really starting to do their bit to look after it. After all, the scenery, lakes and mountains that need looking after are the reason why this National Park is the most popular in the United Kingdom bringing millions of visitors each year.
Hotels and other tourism business can help within their immediate environment but also wider. Within the hotel and its ground low energy use should be set as standard and this can also help in terms of cost cutting too.

It’s great to see recycling bins and signage on lowering energy use in bedrooms and in communal guest locations. It shows a hotel or bed and breakfast care you know yourself you are doing your little bit.

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Langdale supports the Fix The Fells campaign and their biomass boiler

But there are hotels especially in the Lake District that are going that extra mile. Solar panels are starting to appear on hotel and bed and breakfast roofs or within the grounds. Biomass is also starting to be used which in turn, helps the local economy through wood suppliers as well as ground source heat pumps. There are many ways in which renewable energy sources can be installed that do not make an impact on the look and aesthetics of a hotel and that meet all planning criteria. For any hotel owner, this is ideal.

On a wider scale, there are a number of Lake District hotels and businesses that are not just trying to lower their carbon footprint but also look after and help preserve the physical environment. Footpath erosion being one of the largest problems in the Lake District but which with volunteers from tourism businesses and through advising guests on footpath guidelines, the fells and footpaths can be managed for future generations to come.

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The Lake District, for a choice of the most diverse waterside retreats to stay in

The north of England is blessed an extremely diverse choice of waterside accommodation for visitors. It has reservoirs, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, tarns, waters and some of the most beautiful coastline in all of the UK.

But when it comes to being near water, the Lake District most definitely has the upper hand. Staying in this, the largest of England’s National Parks, guests are never far from water, in particular Lakes. The Lake District National Park is a varied landscape containing England’s largest natural body of water Lake Windermere to small tarns and waters such as Elterwater and Blea Tarn.
Sometimes these bodies of water just appear from out of nowhere, they are tucked away yet just waiting to be discovered and it is these quieter and smaller locations that make the Lake District so special.

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Waterside accommodation is so popular when choosing where to stay on a holiday or short break. There is something about waking up to waterside views or knowing it is close by. Waterside retreats in the Lake District range from camping pods to lodges, converted boathouses to luxury cottages, hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Living North is a privately owned publication presenting the very best of the country and city lifestyles and business in the north of England. Focusing predominantly on Yorkshire and the North East, Cumbria is also very well represented being close to both regions and easily accessible. It is then very natural that in their article “10 Waterside Retreats” that Cumbria would feature on more than one occasion. The newest of the hotels in the Lake District is listed, Brimstone Hotel at Langdale. On the Langdale Estate where the hotel is located is home to various becks, rivers, tarns and waterfalls. The Langdale area means Lake Windermere, Coniston water and even Wastwater in the Western Lake District can be reached easily.

Advance purchase rooms at Brimstone Hotel are worth looking out for, saving 15% when booking 30 days or more in advance, that’s if you can wait that long!

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5 Star Self Catering on the Langdale Estate

The Langdale Estate in the true heart of the Lake District and a one of its kind in Northern England. Housing a 4 star hotel, the luxury boutique Brimstone Hotel, one of the most exciting new restaurants, leisure facilities and now home to a new wave in spa experience thanks to the Brimstone Spa. All this and let’s not forget 5 star self catering properties too.

As one of the most exciting and unique self catering destinations, the choice of properties on this site range from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments to Scandinavian lodges and traditional Lakeland slate properties and cottages sleeping up to 8 people. Each property type provides something different and with the 35 acre estate setting, locations are very diverse with each property interspersed with waterways, tarns and woodland. And the surrounding fells most definitely cannot be forgotten. The Langdales, Great and Little, are two of most famous and most photographed fells in the Lake District and these can be walked right from the Estate, no need for a car.

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The facilities on the Langdale Estate are what makes it even more special. Choose from the new Stove Restaurant or just a 2 minute walk away, Wainwright’s Inn, also leisure and spa facilities and the hotel.

By visiting, all available properties can be viewed on the easy to navigate calendar along with prices and property descriptions. Look out for late deals for short breaks and holidays throughout the year, they really are worth investigating.

The estate offers even more now thanks to Stove Restaurant & Bar serving food all day, every day with different rooms so you can have a romantic meal for example in the wine room, an al fresco meal beside the waterwheel or a family lunch in the light, bright and airy space offering dining all day, every day.

Self catering guests can still benefit from the leisure facilities including pool, steam room and gym as well as the ability to book spa and beauty treatments.

Don’t forget, the Lake District is right on the front door. Simply park the car on arrival and there’s no need to use it again being able to take advantage of the footpaths, cycling and running routes directly from the estate. 3, 4 & 7 Nights available from just £500.

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Lake District accommodation for walkers

What do you look for when looking for walker friendly accommodation in the Lake District?

• Heart of the Lake District location, check
• Plentiful real ale, check
• Local food galore, check
• Super king-size beds, check

For walkers, these are surely the top four points on the consideration list for accommodation when staying and visiting the adventure capital of the UK and the largest National park, the Lake District.

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With so many people having long commutes to work or constantly toing and froing, dropping off and picking up family, what could be better than not having to use a car once you’ve arrived at the accommodation? Not only is it an even greater break and change from the norm and day to day routine but it is also better for the environment and saves on such costly fuel too.

One of the leading daily newspapers and travel experts The Telegraph, has published their top 10 best Lake District hotels for walkers with each of the four points above being considered. Making the top 10 is the uber walker friendly, traditional Lake District inn, Cuckoo Brow at Far Sawrey. The inn is very close to Hawkshead, Ambleside and within easy reach of Lake Windermere across on the ferry. Fell, forest and bridleway walks are all on the doorstep yet the location is a haven of peace of tranquillity.

Above all, a warm welcome is required in any accommodation venue in the Lake District and with the (no doubt highly probable) chance of there being the odd spot of rain when out on the fells, you won’t be turned away for having muddy boots. In fact at The Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn, the phrase ‘Muddy Boots’ is included in their very welcoming strap line.

Phone 015394 43425 or visit for more details.

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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.

ulverston walking festival

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.

For more information visit

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.