Fast approaching is another lovely Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom! It also happens to be the first one of two in May 2018 so I reckon, even more of an excuse to take a short break or holiday and make optimum use of a free day off.
The weather throughout the UK has been less than pleasant until now during 2018 but the forecast is looking good, looking warm and sunny up here in the Lake District as well as for many in the rest of country.
With Easter being drab and cold, May Day Bank Holiday is the chance to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. The Lake District is celebrating its irst May Day Ban Hliday as a UNESCO World Heritage Site so it and the country of Cumbria should be THE destination of choice for an early late May getaway.
Many hotels including those in the hot spots of Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere still have availability and some great, late offers for two and three night breaks too. Windermere is an excellent destination, centrally located for exploring but plenty to do should the typical British and Lake District weather get hold. Windermere Village is fast becoming a destination for foodies from breakfast to brunch, snacks and evening dining thanks to a great choice of hotel restaurants, cafes and bars and award winning pies which can be found at the local butchers.
There is a huge amount going on this spring bank holiday weekend in and around Windermere including events and sightseeing at nearby Coniston and Ambleside. And of course there’s always a cruise up and down Lake Windermere and the 365 day a year attraction the fells open for walking. Our accommodation tip is Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in the centre of Windermere with views, private hot tubs and secure, free off road parking. Visit https://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/ for more information and for to book.
Get down to Lake Windermere this Bank Holiday weekend
It’s really not a hardship let’s face it to head down to Lake Windermere at any time of the year let alone a Bank Holiday weekend when the lake shore will be full of life in so many ways.
If you’ve not decided where to go this May Bank Holiday weekend then whatever the weather forecast, Lake Windermere is the place to head to. If the sun is shining and with the daffodils still blooming and even better all the beautiful bluebells popping up. Perfect for couples and for a romantic weekend escape, May Bank Holiday is ideal not being attached to a school holiday.
If you’re in the Bowness area then it really is worth watching the sailing races that start around this time of the year on Lake Windermere. Watch from the shoreline or from one of the Windermere Lake Cruises boats, a must for anyone visiting the area and popular with first time visitors as well as seasoned pros!
The scenery in the Southern Lakes is at it’s optimum at this time of the year. Lots of bright greens and wild flowers, new life in every direction. Where to stay? Well to have the best of both words, easy access to busy Bowness yet peace and quiet of the countryside then the Damson Dene Hotel in the Lyth Valley is ideal. Super peaceful, just 10 minutes drive from Lake Windermere, easy to get to from the M6 avoiding the busy Kendal to Windermere road. With a relaxing bar, restaurant and large grounds, Damson Dene also offers some very enticing room rates too. Visit https://www.damsondene.co.uk for more information and to book.
What a week it is set to be for the annual Coniston Power Boat Records Week, the 46th in its history. Running from Monday October 31st until Friday November 4th the weather is forecast as being fairly settled for this time of the year and couldn’t been better for records attempts.
Every year the entries rise and competition hots up with more and more national and world records being broken. The 2016 records week is set not to disappoint with the amount of interest already being shown. Spectators needn’t have been to an event like this in the past to enjoy the action on Coniston Water, arguably the most stunning body of water in the Lake District National Park. For full event details visit http://www.conistonpowerboatrecords.co.uk/
The Lakeland Cottage Company guests staying in the self catering cottages in Coniston this week have been in for a treat and have been lining the lake to watch. Coupled with being amongst the best examples of an autumnal landscape in the whole of the National Park thanks to the tree lined water. The warm start to autumn and no storms or strong winds has meant the leaves are still attached tightly to the trees. The colours of reds, oranges and terracotta’s is sure to prompt photography heaven.
Remaining Coniston cottages for power boats records week include Park Gate Cottage, Campbell and Garden House all sleep 4 reduced to £512 – £542 for a 7 night break starting Friday 28th October. Visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk to view all the cottages and to book.
Plenty to do on two wheels in the Lake District this September
Cycling in late summer and in the Lake District, it doesn’t get much better than that as a form of transport, activity and way to explore the area.
And the GoSkyRide programme of cycling events is the ideal, easy and fun way to enjoy being on two wheels. These guided bikes rides, events and ride socials detail what to expect and guidance on what type of bike to use and the level of difficulty. They also take all the hassle out of deciding on a route as it is all sorted for you.
This September and October the cycling fun doesn’t stop with some super routes especially in the area to the west of Lake Windermere where the roads are quieter, there is a large amount of bridleways and designated cycle routes as well as woodland tracks. Also look out for rides around nearby Grasmere and Kendal. The GoSkyRide programme does finish at the end of October for the season so make the most of the last of the longer days and these excellent, and often free, organised cycling events.
A leisurely start time of around 11am meaning those staying in B&B’s can enjoy breakfast before setting off on mainly off road routes often requiring a mountain bike or a hybrid with off road tyres, check each ride and events profile and recommended bikes. Booking can be done online via http://www.goskyride.com which also gives all the route, gear and other information required including f the ride is suitable for children and level of difficulty.
Cyclist friendly accommodation suitable for easy access to many of the remaining GoSkyRide events can be found at the Cuckoo Brow Inn and Lake District B&B at Far Sawrey. Just a hop across on the Windermere ferry or accessed from the southern end of Lake Windermere. Peaceful and with quiet roads, just 2.5 miles from Hawkshead and Ambleside.
Lake Windermere – The ultimate UK summer staycation for all ages
Summer is finally here! The school holidays are within touching distance and children are looking forward to 6 weeks off and parents to the annual summer expedition.
For those who have selected the Lake District and especially in and around Lake Windermere, you’re in for some real treats with most definitely plenty to see and do. Just under 11 miles of fun, activities, scenery and things to do for visitors of all ages.
Until September enjoy the Beatrix Potter musical “Where is Peter Rabbit?” at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness. Celebrating Potter’s 150th anniversary, this is the first musical adaptation of her work.
During July enjoy summer evening buffet cruises at Windermere Lake Cruises, canoeing taster session for those wishing to enjoy another form of transport on the lake and until September enjoy the Beatrix Potter musical “Where is Peter Rabbit?” at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness. Celebrating Potter’s 150th anniversary, this is the first musical adaptation of her work with three shows daily.
As well as these special events remember there’s also the museums and attractions in the area including Brockhole between Windermere and Ambleside and at the southern head of the lake, the Lakeland Motor Museum, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and the Lakes Aquarium.
The family friendly (and dog friendly too) Newby Bridge Hotel has some late deal availability during August and September but it is being booked up fast. Located at Newby Bridge, close to the attractions above and with Lakeside Pier within walking distance for ferries travel up and down the lake. http://www.newbybridgehotel.co.uk for the latest availability or call 015395 31222
It’s Show Time this Bank Holiday in the Lake District
It doesn’t matter where you’re lucky enough to be spending August Bank holiday in Cumbria and the Lake District because they’ll be at least one show not far away.
Starting on Saturday August 27th and the annual Patterdale Dog Day will be taking place. A community event centred around farming but that attracts dog and country pursuit lovers as well as general visitors each year to this stunning setting of the King Georges playing field surrounded by the Ullswater fells.
Moving south and also on Saturday is Cartmel Races. With a meet each August Bank Holiday Saturday and Monday the growing appeal of these horse racing fixtures in the special village of Cartmel is astonishing. Again, you do not need to be into horse racing to enjoy either day with Monday being a more relaxed affair.
Onto Sunday 28th August and not just a large community event but also a prominent one on the sporting calendar is Grasmere Sports. Having been held for over 160 years, Grasmere Sports is a celebration of Lakeland sports, country pursuits, animals and livestock, produce and crafts with fell races, Cumberland wrestling and hound trails being some of the most highly anticipated items. Book tickets online before Friday 26th to take advantage of lower prices.
The fun continues on Bank Holiday Monday 29th over to the far east of Cumbria in Dent on the Cumbrian/Yorkshire Dales border. Dent Gala is held on the school playing field and as with all of these events during the Bank Holiday weekend, the setting and views surrounding the site is stunning. The gala is fun from start to finish with great food and stalls provided during the day, competitions and entertainment.
Fun and entertainment is guaranteed the length and breadth of Cumbria and the Lake District this Bank Holiday. The only thing we can’t guarantee is the weather but really, that is not going to stop us all having a fantastic time.
Where to stay?
The Lakeland Cottage Company have a selection of luxury holidays cottages from larger properties to retreats for two in Ullswater for Patterdale Show, Cartmel for the races, the central lakes for Grasmere show and Sedbergh for Dent Gala. Visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/