• The summer is a wonderful time to plan your holiday in the Lake District (who needs the stress of packing, airports and delayed flights anyway?) This year, there are plenty of fantastic fairs and festivals to keep you busy wherever you’re headed in the lovely Lakes.


    Thursday 2 to Wednesday 8 June: Appleby Horse Fair

    Friday 3 to Saturday 4 June: Keswick Beer Festival

    Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June: Holker Garden Festival

    Saturday 4 June: National Trust Grasmere Gallop

    Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 June: Country Fest

    Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 June: Boot Beer Festival

    Friday 10 to Sunday 12 June: Great North Swim (Andrew will be taking part! Read all about it here.)

    Saturday 11 June: Cumberland County Show

    Sunday 19 June: Lakesman Triathlon

    Friday 24 to Saturday 25 June: Woolfest


    Saturday 2 July: Skelton Show

    Friday 8 to Sunday 10 July: Flight by Geraldine Pilgrim

    Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 July: Derwent Water Regatta

    Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 July: Hawkshead Beer Festival

    Saturday 23 July: Penrith Agricultural Show

    Sunday 24 July: Coniston Country Fair

    Tuesday 26 July: Ryedale Show

    Wednesday 27 July: Ulverston and North Lonsdale Agricultural Show

    Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 July: Kendal Calling

    Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July: Potfest in the Park

    Saturday 30 July 2016: Cockermouth and District Agricultural Show

    Saturday 30 to Sunday 31 July: Cumbria Steam Gathering

    Saturday 30 July to Friday 12 August: Lake District Summer Music International Festival

    Saturday 30 July to Wednesday 7 September: Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition 4pm.


    With so much to do this summer it's the perfect time to visit the Lake District! Book direct with us for the best guaranteed price here.

  • 20 April 2016

    The Great North Swim

    If you’ve haven't heard The Great North Swim isn't far away! As ever we couldn't be more excited but this year our very own Andrew is taking part and raising money for a fantastic cause!

    Taking place from the 10th to the 12th of June, thousands of swimmers will take to lake windermere, right on our doorstep. We can’t wait! Over three days participants will plunge into the stunning Lake Windermere and complete a range of different distances including two brand new 10K challenges!

    Andrew is taking part in The Great North Swim raising money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.To hear more about the project, get the latest from their training updates or to sponsor him visit their Just Giving page below - 


  • 05 April 2016

    We sponsored a Herdwick!

    Ambleside and the surrounding area has been invaded by a flock of life sized decorated fantasy Herdwicks! Pop in to visit ours at The Regent Hotel now...

    We are proud to announce we have sponsored an Ewe as part of the ‘Go Herdwick’ campaign. Yes, you heard right, an Ewe!

    Each sponsor of the ‘Go Herdwick’ campaign has been partnered with an artist who has designed and decorated a life size Herdwick model for each sponsor to proudly display. Thank you to the very talented Bryony Fawn, who has beautifully designed and decorated our Ewe. A long trail of Herdwicks create the flock, stretching across Rydal, Grasmere, Ambleside, Keswick and Windermere.

    The ‘Go Herdwick’ campaign has been launched by the the Lake District Calvert Trust. Proceeds from the project will go directly towards the fantastic work of the trust who support people with disabilities to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor activities in the countryside.

    To find out more about the project or to find out where you can buy a trail map to begin your Herdwick seeking adventure, click here.

  • 21 March 2016

    Easter Adventure

    Those clear blue skies have started appearing again and we couldn’t be happier! Spring is well underway and Easter is fast approaching. There’s plenty to do across the Lake District over the holiday! We’re putting the chocolate down and heading out...

    World of Beatrix Potter Craft Days
    Enjoy a free day getting crafty and take home what you make! The event will take place in the foyer of the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness!

    When: Friday 25th March, Friday 1st April, Friday 8th April at 11am

    Easter Egg Weekend at Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
    Head to the railway to see spring arrive in the Leven valley. All children receive a free Cream Easter Egg too!

    When: Friday 25th March to Monday 28th March

    Easter Crafts at Slate Bar & Cafe
    Color, paint or decorate a ceramic egg at Slate Bar and Cafe in Kendal over Easter weekend! This completely free event also includes a healthy buffet, cordials and a chocolate egg!

    When: Friday 25th March and Sunday 27th March

    Lakeland Maze Farm Park Easter Activities
    Lakeland Maze Farm Park are hosting an action packed easter weekend of activities for all ages. There’s plenty to do with farm animals to see, an Easter egg hunt, indoor and outdoor play areas and picnic areas, soft play, climbing wall, trampolines, go karts, craft activities, tractor rides, and quiz trails!

    When: Friday 25th March to Sunday 27th March

    Ambleside Players Breath of Spring
    The Ambleside players are returning with their fantastic easter production, Holiday Snaps by Jim Sperinck. Prepare to laugh your way through the five one act comedies!

    When: Running for 5 nights from Tuesday the 29th of March at 8pm

    Where is Peter Rabbit? Easter Treasure Trail
    The North of England’s biggest Easter Egg hunt is right on our doorstep! 150 handcrafted limited-edition ceramic eggs will be hidden, this year over 6,800 square kilometres! There are some fantastic prizes on offer too. For more information and how to register, visit the link here

    When: Saturday 9th of April at 10am

  • 04 March 2016

    Time to Relax

    If you’ve had an exciting day out exploring the natural beauty of the Lake District it’s always good to take those walking boots off and relax! There is a huge amount of culture and entertainment to explore across the Lake District, in particular we have some fantastic theatres and cinemas to offer!

    Theatre by the Lake- This charming theatre situated in the beautiful Keswick showcases an array of talent throughout the whole year!

    The Old Laundry Theatre- A short drive away from The Regent Hotel in Bowness, the theatre is set ‘in the round’ with just 270 seats! Over the past two decades the theatre has hosted the talents of Alan Carr, Jenny Eclair, Victoria Wood and Sue Perkins!

    The Brewery Arts Centre- Complete with two cinemas, a drama studio, galleries, theatre and a restaurant/bar, the Brewery always provides a fantastic evening of entertainment! There are many highlights this month in the theatre including Matthew Bourne’s ‘Car Man’ and ‘Three Keepers’, a silent comedy about duty, bravery and biscuits!

    Zeffirellis- Right on our doorstep, the cinema Zeffirellis screens the latest releases across five screens, (and does tasty italian food!)

    The Royalty Cinema- Showing a range of the latest releases and silent films, the royalty provides a great relaxing evening and is just a short distance from us in Bowness!

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