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Posted Friday, December 19th, 2014 by

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Christmas Attractions- By the Light of the Fool Moon at Muncaster Castle

 

If you happen to be staying with us over the festive period, you will be keen to discover some Christmas related activities to get you in the yuletide mood and keep those you are travelling with, entertained along the way.

 

One great Christmas activity happening in the local area, is a festival called; By the Light of the Fool Moon, taking place at Muncaster Castle in nearby Ravenglass, in Cumbria. Featuring live music and performances, By the Light of the Fool Moon is a thrilling display of entertainment, set in the stunning rooms of Muncaster Castle.

 

The theme of the collection of performances, centres around the idea that a full moon hasn’t occurred at the castle, for five centuries. As legend goes, the full moon should it happen, would spark a series of curious events. A Professor has arrived at the castle to uncover the dark tale. Join him in his quest to discover Muncaster’s deepest secrets.

 

By the Light of the Fool Moon is directed by Tom Spencer, leader the of multi-award winning play Fine Chisel. He is accompanied by a cast of experienced and talented actors and the performance features an original musical score.

 

The musical composition featured, allows us to experience the human voice in an a new and innovative way.

 

Similar to many of these events, audiences gather at a focal meeting point, in this case the castle’s pop-up Christmas bar, before being led away on a top secret tour, of the passages and corridors of the castle, normally not open to the public. The show ends with a merry feast in the great hall, where you can relax and discuss your take on the fabulous night.

 

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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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