Although Kendal is a bustling market town and rarely quiet, it seems June 2016 is set to be a bumper month for events and festivals in and around it.
Starting with the first weekend of the month June 2nd and 3rd with Country Fest 2018 on the Westmorland Country Show field at Crooklands. At Country Fest enjoy all things outdoor, county and country, food and farming. All this will be showcased alongside entertainment, dog show, food and craft stalls. New for 2018, Flowers North West with creative flower displays and the McClures food theatre with demos and advice from numerous chefs including 2018 MasterChef finalist Moonira Hinglotwala. Another highlight for all vintage lovers, the WI Marquee celebrated Inspirational Women and the Vintage Revival Marquee with tea room. All the favourites will be back Discover Farming, Pets Corner and the Poultry and Rabbit Show, the famous dog show plus Donkey Rides and the Kite Festival. It’s definitely an event for the whole family and a great day or full weekend out.
Two weeks later (June 16th and 17th) on the Country Show field once again, the CumbriaVAG Show & Shine Festival. A 2 day festival to satisfy any car nut and especially anyone with a VW or Audi. There’s DJ’s and music on Saturday night with Sunday’s highlight being the Volkswagon Car Show. Simply attend and wander around the pristine cars old and new or enter your car into the show.
Moving back into the centre of Kendal town and yet more to enjoy with music, comedy and art and theatre. Look out for the end of June, the 30th for the monthly comedy night and it’s a special one with hilarious stand-up from Alun Cochrane, Matt Stellingwerf and Andy Robinson.
Great value, great value rooms can be found at the Riverside Hotel in Kendal beside the River Kent in the centre of the town. It has parking, a health club as well as a bar and restaurant. Rooms from £110 B&B or look out for the latest 2 night offers https://www.riversidekendal.co.uk/rates/special-offers-and-breaks
Langdale should be your destination this weekend. What better place to either visit or stay at any time of the year but even more so in early summer, when the weather forecast is for dry weather and the Langdale Gala is taking place.
Any visitors having experienced walking, staying or walking in the Langdale Valley will know how beautiful it is. A lovely community, fantastic scenery, great places to eat, drink and sleep etc etc. This weekend happens to be the much and always fondly anticipated Langdale Gala. “For the community, by the community” yet everyone is invited and as mentioned previously, with the weather forecast as good as it is, the Langdale Gala is due to be one of the best and busiest to date.
This one day event held on Sunday 2nd July 2017 has events for the whole family including a fancy dress parade, pet show, children’s races, fell races and traditional Cumbrian wrestling, tugs of war and raffles. There will also be food stalls from local suppliers both for delicious things to purchase and take home as well as devour on the day.
The Gala actually starts in another guise on Saturday evening with a Kids Disco. Most definitely fun for the whole family though with juice and crisps for the kids and adults can BYOB so everyone will enjoy busting some moves! As last year, it is expected to be the perfect start to the Gala weekend!
If you really want to make a weekend out of it then the Langdale Estate has tempting late deals for short breaks and full week holidays in a select number of self catering accommodation. They also have a few rooms remaining in the Langdale Hotel. Visit the Langdale Estate website here to check availability http://www.langdale.co.uk
Further information on the Langdale Gala can be found at https://www.facebook.com/langdalegala
With so much going on in and around Grange over Sands in the next few months, it is a wise idea to start booking accommodation.
The area is getting busier and busier in general with many more businesses opening in Grange over sands the town itself especially food orientated ones. Head across the Cartmel and the foodie theme continues and again, Cartmel even on a no event weekend is packed full of visitors (look out for monthly food market held every 3rd Friday).
But look to the weekends of Cartmel races and the Holker Spring Market and this corner of Cumbria is THE place to be.
All this action beings in May with the brand new Holker Spring Market. This market will be held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of May. There is set to be a variety of food, home, garden and gift exhibitors attending the market as well as lively entertainment and a fun circus workshop so a real event for everyone, young and old. Taste delicious seasonal produce, pick up fabulous spring flowers and plants, handmade gifts etc – you really will be spoilt for choice. An excellent value market to attend at just £2.50 per adult, accompanied children free of charge. The entrance fee also includes parking and entry to the Cafe, Food Hall and Gift Shop at Holker Hall.
Then the first racing fixture at Cartmel Racecourse of 2017 on Whit Bank Holiday Saturday followed by a second day of racing on Bank Holiday Monday 29th and then Wednesday 31st. Being a Bank Holiday and of course half term, the fixtures have a family theme running through them with fun activities and a picnic on the Wednesday fixture.
So back to accommodation and to get rooms during these highly prized dates and especially in the case of smaller venues such as the luxury 3 room Bay Villa bed & breakfast on Main Street Grange over Sands, book early to avoid disappointment has never been so crucial! Weekend rates at Bay Villa from £125 per room with spectacular breakfast included.
After a super successful inaugural show in 2016, the Windermere Boat Show returns for it’s second event. The weekend for your diary, May 12th to the 14th 2017, location, Windermere Marina Village.
As Northern England’s largest inland marina on England’s longest lake, Lake Windermere, the area is teaming with boating businesses. The show brings them all together as well as leading national boating brands and clubs.
With sailing and boating such a big and popular activity on Lake Windermere, the businesses are some of the best in order to support the owners and other suppliers and of course, the marina. Local businesses exhibiting are Maiden Marine, Windermere Boat Sales, Shepherds Marine and Goacher Sails. Other exhibitors include Starboard Locker of Cheshire and Habitent of Stockton on Tees amongst many others. Suffice to say, the show will be a one stop boat shop for any enthusiast or anyone looking to embark into the world of sailing and boating.
There will also be events and activities including kayaking and stand up paddle boarding as well as cruises by Windermere Lake Cruises and sailing. For the latest information on the show visit https://windermereboatshow.com/.
Huge boat lovers themselves, the team at Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere are very much looking forward to visiting the show. They still have rooms available for that weekend starting from if any boat lovers want to make a weekend out of it. There are rooms available starting from £150 B&B and luxury hot tub suites from £425. Visit https://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/ for more information.