What could be better than a summer fair and even more so, a super vintage theme too.
A definite for the diary Sunday July 9th and the Vintage Fair at the Newby Bridge Hotel overlooking Lake Windermere.
A day full of fun and events for the whole family, the vintage fair is even more full filling being held in aid of and to raise money for the very important charity Mind. Mind are a mental health charity who do vital work in improving the services and banishing the stigma surrounding mental health. They support, empower, raise awareness, campaign and understand all areas of mental health.
This six hour extravaganza starts at 11am on Sunday July 9th and it is a great event for everyone young and old and for families of all generation. There will be traditional fun fair games, sweets and food including a BBQ, live music, bouncy castle, stalls of food, crafts and fun.
Onto the afternoon and it’s all about kids fun with a mini sports day between 1.30pm and 2pm. It will definitely not disappoint with the usual fun and fabulous egg & spoon and sack races and a bean bag throw.
Although tickets can be purchased on the day, book in advance and save 10% by calling the Newby Bridge Hotel on 015395 31222. Tickets are great value at £18 for a family of four which includes entry, 2 complimentary drinks* and 5 games tokens per child. Individual tickets are priced at £5 each. An adult ticket includes entry, 1 complimentary drink and child tickets includes entry, 5 games tokens and a glass of squash.
* 175ml glass of wine / pint of beer or lager / soft drink
There are rooms available for the weekend or just Sunday night too at the Newby Bridge Hotel at Lake Windermere to make a real weekend of it. Visit http://www.newbybridgehotel.co.uk/ for more details of rooms, food and the fair.
South Lakes Hotels Group owned by local hotelier Jonathan Denby received 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards in all five of its establishments.
Within the group the Riverside Hotel in Kendal, Newby Bridge Hotel, Damson Dene Hotel (from Channel 4 fame), Bay Villa luxury B&B in Grange over Sands and Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey. In fact, Cuckoo Brow Inn won two Certificates of Excellence, one for the Inn as a whole including accommodation and on its designated restaurant reviews page.
The properties are all very different in terms of size, locations and services. What has gained them all the coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards as detailed by the most popular phrases reviewers have used is service with overwhelming comments on the smiling, friendly staff whether it’s in any one of the restaurants, bars, housekeeping staff members and reception.
To top it all off, the region as a whole, the Lake District has been voted at Britain’s Number 1 destination by Tripadvisor reviewers.
Look to the Riverside Hotel in Kendal, Newby Bridge Hotel overlooking Lake Windermere, Damson Dene Hotel near Bowness, Bay Villa luxury B&B in Grange over Sands and Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey for all your holiday, short break, food & beverage needs this summer. Visit the group website here, http://www.bestlakesbreaks.co.uk/. Book direct and receive a £10 voucher to spend during your stay.
In perfect time for the summer, the rooms in the new extension at the Damson Dene Hotel have welcomed their first guests.
Being a new development, the rooms are brand, rand new with tasteful furniture, fixtures and modern bathrooms. Bright and airy, the rooms have a king size bed and a single bed to accommodate families, a very popular market at the Damson Dene Hotel. At 200 square feet they spacious and extremely practical for children and rooms can easily fit a cot too. Even more practical, the rooms can be configured to three singles. The rooms have beautiful countryside views taking in the vast grounds at the hotels and some of the rooms are dog friendly too making then true family friendly rooms for two and four legged members.
Damson Dene Hotel is located in the unspoilt and beautiful Lyth Valley which lies between Bowness to the west and Kendal to the east. The valley boasts picture perfect villages, rolling hills, views of Morecambe Bay and yet just a short drive to Bowness, Windermere and the central Lake District. For families, there isn’t a better location being quiet and peaceful within the hotel grounds and also having a pool and leisure facility. On the doorstep attractions galore and of course, Lake Windermere and just a 15 minute drive from Junction 36 of the M6.
The new rooms are the Superior Family Rooms. To view the full details, hotel facilities and food and to book online, visit http://www.damsondene.co.uk/.
The second Langdale Beer & Bikes Festival will be taking place on Sunday June 11th in the stunning Langdale Valley.
Starting at 11am at Chapel Stile in the stunning Langdale Valley, the organisers have compiled a fantastic choice of bike rides, guided by Biketreks or British Cycling, both road and mountain biking routes.
Choose from a 60km road route around Coniston, 15 and 50km gravel adventures and 30 or 50km mountain biking routes led by the team at Bike Treks. But the festival isn’t just for the more advanced cyclists out there, there’s also a Lets Ride 6.5km family ride (https://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/langdale-beer-bike-festival-family-ride). Whether it’s the 100km monster or the 6km family route, all riders will experience the beautiful scenery in and around the Langdale Valley.
But it’s not just all about bikes, there’s beer too as the award winning Bowness Bay Brewing will be there with a pop up bar. The first pint will be free as well as excellent value subsequent ones from their range of 6 real ales they brew in Kendal. Food will also be available provided by Langdale Primary School before setting off for the bike rides in the form of bacon buns, tea & coffee in return for a small donation from 10am. Meet for rides at 11am – with an aim to start rides between 11:15 and 11.30am from the Wainwright’s Inn and non cyclists most welcome.
For more information visit http://www.langdalebeerandbikes.co.uk/ including routes, ability guidance and what to expect from each ride so everyone can be properly prepared.
Accommodation tip – the Langdale Hotel & Spa – http://www.langdale.co.uk
Whether you’re a family with pre school children, looking to get away for a weekend with the kids before the madness of the summer holidays or are yet to book a summer break, you’d be hard pressed to beat the lovely Lake District village of Far Sawrey.
In the area, take a walk or mountain bike through Claife Heights to the viewing tower, enjoy a visit to Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter where the gardens are in full bloom at this time of year or nip across to Bowness on the Windermere Ferry. Far quieter than Windermere and Bowness, Far Sawrey has everything on the doorstep and is a great place to introduce small children to the joys of cycling and walking in this stunning National Park.
Ultimately this is a great chance to grab a bargain night away before the school summer holidays remember the Family rooms are perfect for pre-school children accommodating up to two adults and 2 children at a cost of just £140 per room per night B&B. A lovely large double for the adults and bunk beds for the kids and even have the choice of bringing the four legged member of the family too, just £10 per night.
Cuckoo Brow serve meals daily from 12pm until 3pm and 5pm until 9pm in the evening (booking is advised in the evening). Local and seasonal is what the menu is all about and the specials board is always worth perusing. Look out for the Cuckoo Nachos and their homemade burgers of the day.
Call the Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn at Far Sawrey to book 015394 43425 or via the website http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk. Best accommodation rates are guaranteed when booking direct.
Looking to get away from the doom and gloom of January, have something to look forward to and banish those winter blues? Grange over Sands has everything you need for a great short break to most definitely break up January and feel fully refreshed and ready for spring.
The weather in Grange over Sands is famous and in fact scientifically proven as being a mild climate which at this time of year is in much need. With walks up fells on the doorstep but so too Morecambe Bay and the sands, getting out and about is never a problem.
The arts are very well presented in this area with a decorative arts fair on at the end of the month on Sunday 25th January at the Grange Institute on Main Street. Workshops and tuition are available as well as the admiring of the work the highly talented and creative Canvas & Thread duo.
Grange Prom, past musical acts, the Grange Institute
Into the evening and musical art lovers are well catered for in Grange over Sands, Cark in Cartmel and Cartmel. You’ll find open mic nights, local singers and bands from further afield too. With so many lovely country pubs in the area, visitors will find entertainment as well as great food and drinks. Look out for The Engine Inn at Cark, the Kings Arms and Pig & Whistle in Cartmel and The Pheasant Inn at Allithwaite. Whether it’s to perform or simple sit and listen, Cartmel and Grange provide delightful backdrops.
And January is the time to bag a bargain when it comes to places to stay too especially when looking to visit mid week. Discounts such as stay 3 nights for the price of 2 are on offer and can be found at Bay Villa Bed & Breakfast on Main Street, handy when attending the arts fair but also only a few minute’s drive or taxi ride to Cartmel. Contact Bay Villa on 015395 36793 or visit their website here http://www.bayvilla.net.
The first of four luxury wellness retreat breaks at the equally as luxurious Brimstone Hotel will be taking place on the 2nd to 5th February 2016. This will be first of its kind to be held at Brimstone in conjunction, well as Brimstone describe it, taken over by The Well Connected, a luxury wellness company. Keeping with Brimstone and the Langdale Estate’s ethos on local, The Well Connected are a Lake District based company.
The luxury yoga retreat in February is a 3 night break led by renowned teacher Charlie Morgan, a favourite of famous healthy foodie Deliciously Ella, yoga teacher to the Harlequins rugby team and Sweaty Betty Ambassador.
This a fully inclusive break with all meals, drinks and snacks included. The Well Connected know that what you put into your bodies as just as important as yoga and exercise so they have worked closely with the Langdale Estate & Brimstone Hotel chefs to create healthy, nutrient-dense menus that are refined sugar free. Also within the retreat cost will be wellness gifts, treats and surprise during the break and prior to arrival. The Well Connected have thought of all abilities with classes for everyone from absolute beginner to experienced yogi.
Due to Brimstone’s Lake District location, heading out onto the fells is a must and real bonus of this retreat. Free hire of Berghaus walking gear and kit is available to all yoga guests.
Further upcoming retreat dates being held at Brimstone and organised and led by The Well Connected will be in April – Fitness & Yoga, June – Luxury Pilates and October – Lavish Fitness.
The 3 night all inclusive, luxury yoga break starts from £690 per person based on 2 sharing a double room. Perfect for a couples retreat for you both to destress.
For more information on the luxury Brimstone Lake District Hotel visit http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk/ and for further details regarding the yoga retreat and to book, visit http://thewellconnected.co.uk/charlie-morgan.html.
Christmas is just a month away, where has this year gone the words coming out of everyone’s mouths. Christmas has most definitely crept up of many of us from where to spend it to what gifts to buy.
Going away for Christmas in the UK is becoming more an more popular. With children being off for a full 2 weeks and many businesses closing down for a full week at least, it’s an excellent time to get away and is the perfect solution when you don’t want to cook for a big family group or are torn between who to spend the day with! Whether its with friends, as a couple of a family, the Lake District is lovely at Christmas. Cosy country pubs, endless places to walk off Christmas dinner and fingers crossed, the a white Lake District Christmas.
The Langdale lodges in the snow
The Langdale Estate have some last remaining Christmas availability in the Scandinavian Lake District self catering lodges within the main estate. The lodges are 5 star properties with full towels and bed linen provided and set amongst the trees and becks around the 35 acre estate. Choose to cook in the fully equipped kitchens of take advantage of the The Terrace Restaurant or Wainwright’s Inn for dining and drinks throughout the day and evening. With walks and cycle routes directly from the lodge door as well as the swimming pool and leisure facilities on site, these lodges are geared up for a Christmas getaway. Ullswater Lodges Browfoot and Brotherswater sleep 8 and a 7 night break starting Saturday 19th December costs £1890. The smaller sleeps 4 Grasmere Lodge White Pike is available for 4 nights starting Tuesday 22nd December for £755.
Visit http://www.langdale.co.uk/rental.html for more details