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Posted Saturday, July 05th, 2014 by

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Things to do – Shopping in the Lakes.

 

Now I know what your thinking, shopping and Cumbria don’t exactly go together in perfect harmony. However, come spend some time in the sleepy towns that adorn this beautiful part of the world and you will be pleasantly surprised by the couture on offer.

 

Bespoke shops inundate market towns like Ulverston and Cockermouth. Indeed, Cumbria offers a vast variety of shopping choices, from the boutiques found in  smaller towns like Morecambe to the familiar brands on the high street in Carlisle.

 

Shopping may not be top of the list of priorities  for many people coming to the Lakes, who view this holiday destination as a chance to reconnect with nature. But holidays are about pleasure and relaxation and for many people  shopping is just that.

 

Let me give you the lowdown on what’s out there:

 

Yes Carlisle does high street clothing better than most places in the county, but it also offers some hidden gems, like the  shop in Carlisle Cathedral, which offers a range of  fine carved wood, stonework and stained glass gifts. Located at the Abbey, it offers on site parking.

 

Crazy about your labels? Head to K Village Outlet in Kendal. With16 premium factory outlets selling famous brands at up to 70% discount, K Village  offers amazing deals on familiar designer labels.  It’s setting is perfect for an indulgent afternoon. You can stroll along the riverside terrace, stopping for lunch in nearby elegant restaurants and bars.

 

If you want to pick up some truly authentic Cumbrian souvenirs from your time in the Lakes, take a trip to the Hawkeshead National Trust shop in Ambleside. This delightful small shop, sells a range of locally produced gifts and souvenirs, which you can adorn your mantlepiece with, safe in the knowledge no one at home will have any similar trinkets.

 

And now for the truly unique. Head to Barrow and visits the Conishead Buddhist temple to fill up on unique quality gifts, greeting cards, clothes, jewellery, food and confectionary. For the more spiritual amongst you, there is a chance to pick up some authentic Buddhist prints, statues and books at very reasonable prices.

 

Cumbria and shopping, they go together more fittingly than you thought. Come and try it for yourself.

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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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