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Posted Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

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The beautiful Lowreth Castle in Penrith Cumbria, has a range of amazing Christmas activities to offer in the coming weeks.

 

From 24th November to 24th December, between 10am-4pm, they will be hosting a Christmas Bazaar, in the stables of the castle grounds. The Bazaar will sell a range of hand made crafts and gifts and also some amazing locally sourced food and drink.

 

From the 12th of December, the Bazaar will also see artists exhibit in the Sculpture gallery. There is free entry and on offer will be prints, paintings, cards, and sculptures, all of which are created by local artists. This really is the perfect place for all your Christmas gift solutions.

 

With free parking on site and a lovely cafe with a seasonal menu, Lowreth Castle is the perfect spot for a bit of Christmas downtown, away from the dizzy rush of the high street.

 

The Coach House cafe in the courtyard, offers six hot lunch choices every day, with vegetarian options included, providing that much needed pit stop in between browsing for unearthed gems.

 

The castle’s gift shop has a beautiful range of Christmas gifts and decorations. You might just be lucky enough to find this years unique centre piece, for the family home. Christmas trees are also available to buy in the courtyard, courtesy of the castle’s groundskeeper.

 

 

The bazaar is open every day in the run up to Christmas, from 10am to 4pm. Don’t miss out.

 

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Posted Tuesday, December 09th, 2014 by

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Keeping teenagers entertained on family holidays, is a challenge. The right balance of family bonding time and the freedom to go off on their own, is key to keeping your adolescent holiday companions on amiable form.

 

The lake district is an area of timeless beauty, a beauty even teenagers can enjoy. Climbing through tree tops and scaling mountainous peaks, is something even the most obstinate of teens will enjoy once they get going. A relaxing walk or a fun-filled adventure, is at their finger tips on a daily basis. The possibilities to let their creative juices flow are endless. There is so much scope for a young mind to open up and become engaged with new types of self expression. In these idyllic settings, your kids may well become inspired to paint the landscape, or  even write a short story.

 

For those more energetic and sporty, there is ample opportunity to dive deep into some outdoor fun. The lake district is like one big playground to jump around and explore. From outdoor swimming to canoeing, psychical activity choices are endless.

 

If you are travelling with teenage boys, encourage their competitive sides, by organising some orienteering activities. Or if that seems too complicated, challenge them to  put their strengths to the test and go walking in the fells. There is no bigger accomplishment than conquering Scafell Pike.

 

What might surprise your adolescent family members, is that here in the Lake District there is a real opportunity to follow in a film star’s footsteps. The Lakes often double as a film set. Are your kids Thor or Twilight fans? Kirsten Stewart and Chris Hemsworth filmed in Cathedral Cave in the Langdales for ‘Snow White And the Huntsman’. Check out the Family Walk to Cathedral Cave.

 

The Lakes are a great place to bring the entire family, including those awkward teens!

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Posted Thursday, December 04th, 2014 by

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For the very best in winter walks in the Lake District, look no further than the popular ascent up Catstycam. Begin your walk up the inimitable fells from the Information Centre, at Glenridding. Make sure you set off wearing solid durable boots and plenty of waterproofs.

 

Catstycam is a fantastic mountain to walk up.  It is England’s third highest mountain, and one which takes in some particularly glorious views. It’s easy to spot this peak from the ground below, its distinguishable pyramid shape, means that it is instantly identifiable and distinctly different from other peaks in the range.

 

The fell winds up a steep path following Miresbeck, where after a short climb you can reward yourself with lunch near the famous Hole in the Wall pub, after just over two hours, of your climb. The view from outside the pub is spectacular and conveniently takes in the two famous edges, Striding and Swirral. On a clear day even the sparkling waves of the Solway firth can be glimpsed way over yonder.

 

The next place of interest, on your way up the fell is the Red Tarn. If you are lucky you may spot the lesser seen fish; the schelly, a rare breed which populates the tarn. The effects of climate change are sadly eroding the delict ecosystems of Catstycam, this may be one of the few chances you will get to see the fell, in its untouched and untarnished state. It is likely that generations to come, will scarcely be able to enjoy the fell in its current form.

 

What may surprise you about the fell and its surrounding areas, is that the land does in fact have a rich lead mining history. It is well worth your time to study this industrial heritage and delve deeper into the fascinating history, of the effects this industry had, on the land and its people.

 

As you descend the peak, you can enjoy the magnificent views for a final time.It is recommended that you choose a day of pleasant weather, for your trek. The peak should not be tackled in high winds and should only really be attempted in good light. An early morning start time beckons for this challenge.

 

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