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Posted Saturday, June 28th, 2014 by

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The World of Beatrix Potter

 

The landscape that surrounds the hotel is not only loved and cherished by holiday makers the world over, it also inspired the writings of one of England’s most famous children’s authors, Beatrix Potter. If you get the chance, surprise the kids and head to The World of Beatrix Potter centre at Bowness-on-Windermere, in Cumbria. Who’s knows you might even lose yourself for the day in a world of youthful nostalgia. Even if its not entirely up your street your kids will love it.

 

The centre is easy to find and is signposted with brown tourist information signs. The area is serviced by busses and trains, plus there is ample parking and wheelchair and buggy access

 

Your family can learn all about how the captivating Cumbrian countryside brought to life the world of Beatrix Potter’s imagination that has enchanted children for generations.

 

As museums goes, the place is pretty impressive. Each area is based on one of Potter’s most iconic characters. Journey to Jemima Puddleduck’s underground home, take a trip round Peter Rabbit’s garden and even visit Jeremy Fisher on his lillypad boat. There is even a virtual walk around Beatrix Potter’s beloved Cumbrian countryside. To round it all off there is an amply stocked gift shop, so you can take home a piece of Potter magic.

 

Such was its ability to capture the imaginations of adults and children alike that upon it’s opening the centre received a visit from many celebrities including Richard E Grant, Kim Wilde, Victoria Wood, Gaby Roslin, Cerys Matthews, Lesley Garrett, Rachel de Thame, Gary Kemp and many more.

 

The attraction is so celebrated it even received a gold medal award from the Chelsea Flower Show, in recognition of the expertise and dedication that went into creating the coveted Peter Rabbit herb garden.

 

So what are you waiting for? Check out this well loved family day out for yourself and ensure your kids have a memorable stay in the lakes.

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Posted Saturday, June 21st, 2014 by

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Things to do near the Lake. What’s on this summer.

 

There are stacks of exciting activities and events to satisfy a plethora of tastes and preferences this summer in the Lake District.

 

There is simply too much on offer to summarise in this short article. However we have hand picked the events and places of interest on offer, which we feel are the most unique and unmissable. For more information on all events in the area all year round go to www.golakes.co.uk

 

First up on our list of must see events, is 2020 Vision, a collection of street photography, featuring UK wildlife and natural habitats in three outdoor locations around Morecambe Bay. Captured over a period of 20 months and in 20 locations, the collection challenges the many misconceptions we have of nature and features the UK’s top nature photographers.

 

Exhibition runs from Tuesday 1st July to Saturday 2nd August.

 

Another great experience is The Cycle Cafe. The tea garden is a must see vantage point during your Lake District stay, as is open to everyone on Fridays 12am to 6pm, Saturdays 10am to 6pm and the second Sunday of the month 10am to 6pm, until the end of September. The friendly and relaxed environment is perfect for families and those wishing to fully decompress whilst on holiday. The cafe offers a range of speciality teas and cakes and even offers you the chance to observe the galloping racehorses on the near by Greystoke estate.

 

If you feel overwhelmed by the bevy of events and experiences on offer, why not sit back and let yourself be guided through the entire A-Z of Lake District attractions? You can do this quite feasibly via one of the many bus tours on offer in the local area. Make sure you don’t miss out on a single acre of beautiful views, scenic hotspots or great shops and restaurants along the trails. Check out Millennium travel who offer scenic tours with short easy treks in the company of a guide.

 

Lastly on your list of things to do, why not check out some music? Cumbria is steeped in folk music tradition and is home to some of Britain’s most highly regarded folk musicians. For three dates this summer, there is an opportunity to see some of the countries best loved musicians come together for a night of unique folk, blues and Americana performances. The show, which is called Roots in Cumbria aims to highlight the wealth of musical talent in the area and promises a memorable night rich in folk entertainment.

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Posted Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by

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Summer is upon us already and although it may seem like this year is going far too quickly the advent of summer does mean that the area near Beech Hill is more vibrant and colourful than at any other time in the year. We can’t wait to get out and explore.

 

It’s no revelation that the Lake District is gorgeous. From the Cumbrian fells to the sands of Morecambe bay, this part of the world offers some of the most impressive viewpoints in the country and one thing that our breathtaking setting has to offer in spades is country walks. Yes, whether it’s a pleasant gander or a more arduous trek, there are hoards of walks for you to choose from. Indeed, the sheer beauty and diversity of walking activities available to visitors has been the key reason why tourists never tire of coming back to these green pastures.

 

Let us talk you through some of our favourites, all of which are a short distance from  Lake Windermere:

 

For a pleasant stroll, check out Loughrigg Tarn.

 

This walk begins in a lovely wooded glade, which once completed leads you onto the relaxing banks of the Tarn. On a clear day you can see the Langdale Pikes in all their splendour, while you relax on the dreamy shores of the Tarn. This area is also a prime location for picnicking, so don’t forget your hampers!

 

If its trepidation you’re after, check out the Corniston Fells walk, it may be a stiff climb in places but as always the scenery is second to none.

 

The walk begins  with the ridge walk between The Old Man Of Coniston and Swirl How, there is some rough bits of terrain so do make sure you arrive well equipped with solid hiking boots. The stiff climb to the Old Man, the ridge and then the exciting crossing of the Prison Band to Wetherlam makes this walk a memorable one!

 

For the more experienced hiker and those looking to sink their teeth into a challenge, The Fairfield Great Rigg and Heron Pike Walk will satisfy your thirst. This 10 mile walk involves a steady climb from Mill Bridge on the A591 to Grisedale Tarn and then a steady climb up to the summit of Fairfield. From there the walk heads on to Great Rigg and Heron Point, where spectacular views lie in wait until the final descent to the outskirts of Rydal.

 

Here’s one for all the family; Elderwater Waterfalls Walk. This easy-going Lake District walk visits two aquatic forces, small compact Skelwith Force and the larger multi-spouted Colwith Force.

 

In addition there is a walk past shallow Elter Water and a brief fell climb to High Hacket. This gentle circular really does offer a wide variety of outdoor features. The best time to do this walk is just after a period of low pressure when the waterfalls are at their most powerful. You will be sure to hear them before you see them!

 

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