Posted Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by admin
Want to travel back in time to a long forgotten England? The great thing about the lakes is that beautiful blend of the historic and the contemporary that seeps into the environment that characterise this area. One minute you could be taking part in the latest water sports armed with sophisticated safety technology and the next minute you could be wandering around the original home of William Wordsworth.
One such attraction that is steeped in old-world ambiance is Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, Church Cottage, Grasmere. The adorable store has been in business since 1854 and has never been short of admirers and consumers, from its opening to present day. The shop itself is right next to the village church, giving it that quaint rural community feel.
Produce from this famous sweetshop is the quintessential Grasmere souvenir. The all-time favourite pick-me-up of visitors, is the traditional gingerbread with a half-biscuity, half-cake texture, cooked according to the same top-secret recipe since the 19th century. Reasonably priced, you can walk away with twelve slices for under six pounds. A nice touch which adds to the time-traveller feel of the place, is the fact that customers will be served by friendly ladies dressed in frilly pinafores and starched bonnets.
A visit to Sarah Nelson’s is an educational trip for the young ones. The store is packed full of Victorian produce that kids can explore and engage with, to really get a feel for what dietary habits were like two centuries ago.
Grasmere is just a short 20 minutes car journey away from the Beech Hill Hotel or an even more convenient 30 minute train trip.
Posted Wednesday, June 03rd, 2015 by admin
It might sound daunting at first, but paint-balling is a safe and fun activity for all the family. Growing in popularity, it is a fantastic holiday activity. Exhilarating scenarios will challenge you and your teammates to fight through the testing terrains, plus you will always be well equipped with the right safety apparel, protective clothing and receive full inductions from trained instructors. Paint-balling is the perfect stag or hen-do activity and also a great chance for family bonding, whilst your enjoying your Lake District retreat.
There are quite a few paint-balling outlets in the Lake District, which with the use of a car are easy to get to from the Beech Hill Hotel. Practice your aim and scurry away from the enemy at one of these local sites:
Rookin House Activity Centre, Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0SS, is a great little spot for crawling under enemy lines and launching your attack on the unwitting opposition. Featuring free parking and disabled access, these facilities are 9 miles from Penrith rail station. For more details see: www.rookinhouse.co.uk
Up next is Lake District Paintball, the original Lake District paintball site. With 14 years of successful paintball instructing, they have seen thousands of happy customers pass through their gates over the years. Situated at Rookin House Farm, Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria, 6 miles from Penrith rail station, it is the Lake’s premier paintball site. The games take place on a gorgeous 400 acre woodland estate. For more details check out: www.lakedistrictpaintball.co.uk
For a fun group activity for 10+ people, check out Lakes Activities. Included in the cost is 200 paintballs, although more can be purchased on the day. All activities need to be pre-booked to ensure that there is a suitably qualified instructor there for you on the day. Prices vary depending on the type of paint balling activity you chose. There is a choice of different layouts which include urban, woodland and lakeside. Visit their website for more details regarding locations and price: www.lakesactivities.co.uk
Posted Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by admin
Think Cumbria is all hills and lakes? Think again. The area is home to a bustling mix of renowned museums and art collections. The latest wealth of exhibitions, in nearby galleries and centres, do not disappoint. May is looking set to be a great month for any would-be art connoisseurs to come and visit us.
Over in Conniston there is an amazing exhibit on at Brantwood, home of John Ruskin. Admission is £7.50 for adults, whereas children go free.
Brantwood is showcasing both historic and contemporary works held in the Blue Gallery and the Severn Studio Gallery. The programme features exhibitions of Ruskin’s own works alongside displays of contemporary local artist’s works. Some of which is considerably cutting edge.
For further details see www.brantwood.org.uk.
Also on the calendar, is some excellent exhibitions at Theatre by the Lakes. Situated in Lakeside, Ceswick, this artistic space is both pleasant and vibrant. It has two gallery spaces used throughout the year. They feature a collection of exhibitions, performance areas and workshops. Admission to the galleries is free, however the programme is often subject to change and the galleries do close to the public from time to time. Visit www.theatrebythelake.com for further information about current and forthcoming exhibitions.
Finally, visit The Rheged Centre, in Redhills, Penrith to see a portrait of Lakeland. This fine art photography exhibition takes a year round look at the Lake District landscape, focusing specifically on some of its most prominent inhabitants – the sheep farmers. Photographer Ian Lawson has charted the highs and lows of shepherd life in the high fells of the Lake District. Ian presents a year in the life of this unique breed, from lambing in spring, to wild winters on the high fells. The collection is a touching tribute to the noble, livelihood of the Lake District farmers, one which is sadly under threat by the ever evolving tools and machinery made available through advices in agricultural technology.
For further details see www.rheged.com/herdwick-portrait-lakeland
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