Where has 2017 gone? How is it Christmas already? What do I buy the pickiest of people, the ones who have everything already?
Worry, fear and stress not as with the help of a very special Santa that show stopping gift can be bought, delivered, sorted. The Langdale Hotel and Spa is Santa in disguise this year with their offering of gift vouchers for purchase. What makes the Langdale gift vouchers different from a general retail store voucher is they can be purchased for specific products, stays or experiences. Gift vouchers often get a bad name for being a cop out and for those with little imagination. The Langdale vouchers range from one and two night stays to dining experiences, spa breaks and monetary vouchers starting from £25. The monetary vouchers are a great idea for a friend or relative as part payment to a stay or a “Buy a bottle of Champagne on us!” gift.
A gift of a Langdale Hotel voucher is surely a super gift for those who have stayed before but the location of the estate, the facilities and the 4 star quality, it’s the safest bet for a gift for even those who have never been before (or the most difficult of recipient!). With Stove Restaurant serving delicious food all day, everyday to the all new Brimstone Spa for luxury and bespoke sap experiences and treatments, the Langdale 4 Star resort has it all.
But even the Langdale Santa is ruled by Royal Mail so last posting for first class and Special Deliviery vouchers is Thursday 21st December.
The quick and easy to use designated voucher site can be found here http://langdale.skchase.com/ for the Langdale Lake District Hotel & Spa.
It’s the magnificent Westmorland County Show taking place Thursday 14th September. Together with The Cumberland Show they are the 2 main agricultural shows in Cumbria.
This show is the 218th and there is a huge amount of events, classes, activities and produce to look around and enter. With the heritage firmly in agriculture, livestock is the main event from dairy and beef cattle, to light and heavy horses, sheep, pigs, goats, alpacas, poultry, terriers and hounds.
The second most popular and growing year on year is the Westmorland Food Hall & Food Theatre where there’s food to eat on the day and produce to take home. Then onto the Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling, a firm favourite in the region, crafts and shopping, music and on the back of being at other Cumbrian agricultural shows this year The Sheep Show (like a Miss Word show for sheep!). Highly entertaining and sure to draw a big crowd.
Not every person due to attend this large annual event next live close enough to drive or visit for the day. Being such a popular show, it attracts visitors from far and wide and rightly so, Cumbria is farming and agriculture personified.
It’s not too late to book accommodation with Kendal being the ideal choice. The Riverside Hotel in the centre of Kendal still has some availability. The hotel has a restaurant bar for post show refuelling and a handy car park for leaving the day during the day. Simply then pick up the special County Show bus from Kendal Bus Station in the morning which is operating a half hourly service with the last bus from the show field being 6.05pm. Riverside Hotel is dog friendly too as the show is always popular with dog owners or those wishing to enter their pooches into the various classes. Visit http://www.riversidekendal.co.uk/ for more details and to book.
It is sure to be a great day out and as always appeals to everyone whether you’re a foodie or a farmer, a hound or horse lover. Tickets can be purchased in advance and at a discounted rate too through their website http://westmorlandshow.co.uk/county-show/
The first power boat racing events of 2017 will be taking place on Lake Windermere on July 8th.
This will be the fourth year in succession powerboating has returned to Lake Windermere since the 10 knot per hour speed limit was introduced in 2005. It is one of the two chances to witness power boats in full stride in 2017, the other date being in September. Organised by Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club, it attracts power boat owners and racers throughout the UK.
And with the hopefully stunning weather, Windermere and Bowness will be buzzing with activity both on and off shore. Watch the racing from Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club, Ghyll Head, Bowness on Windermere from 12 noon until 5pm.
Windermere Village is getting quite a name for itself for food. In the last couple of years various cafes, restaurants and bars have opened each offering something different to the next but what they all have in common is taste and quality. Look to the Crafty Baa for craft beer fans, Homeground Coffee for breakfast and branch and Windermere Pig for quirky yet traditional British pub fayre.
Where to stay? Well Windermere again has a lot to offer whilst getting away from the hustle and bustle of Bowness and the lake. Windermere village just off the A591 road, has a train station with links to the West Coast Mainline and is just a 15 stroll down to the lake and Bowness. Applegarth Villa offers luxury accommodation perfect for post race relaxation. A hotel with rooms and suites with hot tubs, a restaurant and a bar. Visit http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk for more information.
August, a fantastic time to visit the Lake District with the school summer holidays in full swing and the long days meaning even more adventure can be had.
A location for families of all ages, couples and friends is Ullswater. Just 5 miles from junction 40 of the M6 and regarded by many as the most beautiful lake in the English Lake District. Dramatic fells combined with beauty and tranquillity are compelled further by the size of this body of water being the second largest in the Lake District. It is a multifunctional location being popular both with couples wanting to escape with luxury self catering retreats tucked away off road and behind trees, and families too with large self catering properties and well facilitated campsites at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge.
As with so much of the Lake District, walking is the pastime of choice and the Ullswater has it all. This August enjoy a choice of super guided walks organised by the Lake District National Park Authority ranging from 6km to 12km. A couple of excellent sounding routes include on August 22 “Unbelievably Ullswater” and then on August 29 “The Splendour of Ullswater”. Both walks are just £5 per adult and children go free. For more information click here.
When a more relaxing day is required then August 23 is the day for an “Ullswater Wildlife Cruise” on one of the Ullswater Steamers with commentary from a national park ranger. This is a stunning way to see the landscape but also learn about the vibrant wildlife in the area.
Dog, family and couple friendly luxury self catering cottages around Ullswater can be found here, https://www.lakedistrict-cottages.co.uk. Look out for the sleeps 6 Laburnam at Glenridding and the sleeps 8 Bank Barn at Watermillock.
Call us what you will but when we happened to stumble upon a list on BuzzFeed.com of the “28 Incredibly Beautiful Places In The U.K. To Visit” as compiled by a member of the BuzzFeed Staff, we weren’t shocked to see the Lake District appearing twice in the top 5.
At number one is Whiteless Pike near Crummock Water in the North Western Lake District and at number 5, the stunning Lake Windermere. The other locations in the top 28 are made up of exceptionally stunning places such as The Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands, Monmouthshire in Wales, Cornwall and the Isle of Wight to name but a few.
As England’s largest natural lake, Lake Windermere along with its beauty is justifiably in the top 5. With three varied settlements of Lakeside & Newby Bridge, Bowness and Waterhead from south to north, Lake Windermere is an increasingly popular destination. But its beauty is also down to the miles of beautiful landscape surrounding it making up the whole of the Lake District.
View of Lake Windermere from Newby Bridge Hotel
Looking at a map of the Lake District and Windermere acts as the welcome host to this National Park. Being the most southern of all the bodies of water making up the Lake District, Windermere is the most visited and offering the most mount of activities for visitors to do both on and offer the Lake. A trip from Lakeside to Waterhead on one of the Windermere Lake Cruises boats is an absolute necessity. If lucky enough to own a boat then sailing on the Lake is surely an even bigger joy. As we approach summer, the lake comes alive with the lake users.
A top tip for accommodation – stay in the quieter area of Newby Bridge and the Newby Bridge Hotel overlooking Lake Windermere. More peaceful than Bowness but still with lake views, easy access to the pier at Lakeside and just 15 minutes from junction 36 of the M6.
Its hard to believe there are only 8 more Wednesdays until Christmas Day! We’re sure we’re not the only ones wondering where 2015 has gone but if you haven’t done so already, then it’s about time to start thinking about Christmas.
Let’s make a list:
Here’s a suggestion that will probably make sure most if not all of the above are crossed off the list and more, a pre Christmas break in Windermere. Between Windermere and nearby Bowness not only will they supply most of the above but at the same time a chance to spend a couple of days away.
Just some of the shops you’ll find for Christmas shopping in Bowness and Windermere
Where to shop:
Starting in Windermere and there’s Lakeland Limited for any gifts required for home r cooking lovers. Next door and sort out all those special foodie treats for Christmas for the main event or for gifts at Booths supermarket. Pick up some party shoes at Gini Ricci before heading down to Bowness for shops including Love the Lakes for Lake District made and themed goodies, Pandora the jewellery store and The Bath House for luxury bathing, skincare and fragrance products made on the Cumbria/Yorkshire border in Sedbergh.
Where to stay:
Applegarth Villa Hotel in Windermere is just a 2 minute walk from Lakeland and Booths (and the train station), Bowness is just a 15 minute walk away. Rooms start from £130 but look out for the special midweek hot deals for discounts up to £75 including breakfast on their Luxury Rooms. There’s also a lovely restaurant within the hotel too.
This really is a must watch in fact we’d go as far to say a Lake District blockbuster. Sponsored by The Lakeland Cottage Company, filmed and created by Ooze Photography, this 8.5 minute Lake District time lapse video film is simply stunning.
The video explores the most famous locations within the Lake District National Park such as Windermere, Ullswater and Coniston interspersed with rural, village and town locations just outside of the park such as Kendal, Cartmel and the Lyth Valley. See scenes of the two very different sides to the Lake District National Park and Cumbria, cattle and sheep grazing and mountain bikes soaring through the air in the adventure capital.
Using equipment for capturing shots on the ground, Ooze have cleverly combined these with the latest drone cameras giving a completely different perspective, insight and view of the Lake District. Having only just been completed, the film has been able to capture this very special time and experience of the year that is autumn in the Lake District. This year in particular has been show stopping thanks to fabulous weather and with the help events such as the lunar eclipse at the end of September. If you weren’t awake in the early hours to watch it, most of the county woke up to the after effects of a red sunrise to rival any.
The Lakeland Cottage Company have holiday cottages for hire in many of the locations featured and more information on these can be found at https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/