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Posted Wednesday, June 03rd, 2015 by

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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

 

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Posted Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by

artexhibitionblog

 

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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Posted Friday, May 15th, 2015 by

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Outdoor challenges are all the rage these days. They’re not just for the super fit and exercise crazy. Everyone is getting involved in fun-runs and challenges, often to raise money for a cause close to their hearts, but sometimes just to set a personal goal or to get in shape. Across the country there are hundreds of outdoor challenges, half marathons and marathons, that members of the public are queuing up to take part in. Taking part in one of the runs in the these parts, comes with the added bonus of the fact that you are able to soak up the gorgeous scenery, of rolling hills and placid lakes of the Lake District. Let’s take a look at whats out there:

 

First up is Gelt Gladiator on the 16th of May 2015. How fun does this sound? A mud trail run through the woods followed by mud obstacles on nearby land, before a finish on the course that’s usually reserved for UK motorbike racing. It’s tough and not for the fainthearted but the amount of mud and dirt involved makes it a popular run amongst the youth.

 

Brathay Windermere Marathon is on the 17th of May 2015 and was voted 2nd most popular marathon of 2011 by readers of Runners World. For fans of the Lake’s magnificent backdrop, this is the run for you. It twists and turns through some spectacular scenery and natural beauty spots, with some sections of the run so beautiful the landscape is sure to take your mind off those achy joints and muscles, as you push through that dreaded 20 mile mark.

 

Here’s something different; the 1500m Derwent Island Swim on the 17th of May 2015. This swim has been in the KMF programme for the past 4 years and is still growing in popularity and appeal.  The challenge will take you for a swim around the historical Derwent Island, a must see natural beauty spot, the Keswick locals have cherished for centuries.

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