• Ambleside is best known for its accessibility to some of the best walking trails and viewpoints the Lake District can offer, but there is even more to Ambleside than wonderful views and fells. The small town is very picturesque itself with many unique streets and ginnels that boast an eclectic mix of fabulous cafes and independent shops. It is the perfect place to find a special Christmas gift. Here’s a few of our favourite shops that are certainly worth a visit during your stay with us.

    Rush

    Rush is a clothing shop in the centre of Ambleside that offers a great mix of womens, menswear and accessories. They have a range of top brands including White Stuff, Sea Salt Cornwall and French Connection. Open 7 days a week, and with such great brands and friendly staff you are bound to find what you are looking for.

    Bath House

    Bath House offer a gorgeous selection of high end fragrances, body care, home scents and gifts for both men and women. Just round the corner from Rush, this store will make you want everything in it! All the products are beautifully displayed and wrapped - perfect for a gift. What makes it even better, is that the majority of their products are produced and sourced locally.

    Horseman’s Jewellers

    Looking for that extra special gift for your loved one this Christmas? Horseman’s Jewellers is the place to find a gift with that extra bit of sparkle! They provide the very best watches, engagement rings, clocks, gold and silver jewellery, not to mention bespoke pieces and engraving.

    Friars

    Now who doesn’t love chocolate at Christmas time? It is the time of year to indulge, and there is no better way to do that than with the utterly delicious chocolate treats at Friars. Know someone who hates brussel sprouts? Why not treat them to a box of Friars chocolate brussel sprouts, or perhaps the more traditional luxury dark chocolate cherry liqueurs. Whatever your chocolate preference, Friars has it all covered with their range of luxury chocolate delights.

  • Visiting the Lake District during Winter can be very special. Snow topped fells and frosty mornings are truly magical in the already beautiful setting. Not to mention the abundance of festive events and activities! Here are a few to take note of if you’re thinking of staying with us over the season.

    Ambleside Christmas Lights Switch On.

    This is a fantastic annual free event that will take place on Saturday November 17th. You can look forward to a paper lantern parade of over 100 lanterns through the town at dusk, a wonderful spectacle for all involved. Following this, all the Christmas lights are switched on and onlookers can enjoy a firework display!

    If you’d like to make this an all day event there will be stalls with mulled wine and minced pies, street entertainment and activities happening in the Market Cross and Market Place areas of town from 12noon. Plus, if you’re bringing the kids, you could also book on to The Father Christmas Cruise run by Windermere Lake Cruises. For more information, please visit: http://www.amblesidechristmaslights.co.uk

    A Christmas Carol by Pantaloons Theatre Company at the Brewery Arts Centre.

    The festive season is certainly a popular time to enjoy Theatre! Plus with unreliable winter weather it is always great to plan a few indoor and outdoor options for your holiday. The Brewery Arts Centre is a venue only a short 30 minute drive from Ambleside and offers a wide range of arts entertainment all year round. On December 8th critically- acclaimed theatre company Pantaloons Theatre present a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This comedy show features live music and a multi-talented cast! For more more details and tickets visit: www.breweryarts.co.uk

    Santa Express at Hayes Garden World.

    Award winning Hayes Garden world is the largest garden centre in Cumbria, and it is just down the road in Ambleside. The centre gets into the festive spirit every year hosting events with a festive themed offering. The Santa Express opens from November 3rd and offers a wonderful adventure for children! The experience includes a visit to sanda, activities along the way, a present, souvenir picture and book to take home. Interested in finding out more? Visit their website: www.hayesgardenworld.co.uk

  • Autumn is a beautiful time to visit the Lake District, and despite not being the most popular season for tourism, there is still plenty to see and do. We have a fantastic Autumn Offer on our rooms and to make a stay with us even more tempting, here’s a fantastic selection of what’s on in the area this Autumn.

    Guided Walks.

    Visiting the Lake District for the first time? Or perhaps you want to ‘get out there’ but you’re not comfortable navigating across the countryside? Not to worry! The Lake District National Park are great at arranging guided walks, many of which are free. There are walks arranged throughout the Autumn each graded easy, moderate or hard so you can pick a walk that is suitable to your abilities. Coming up this October, there is a ‘very hard’ guided walk to the summit of Blencathra from Scales Fell, this will bag three of Wainwrights summits in one! Alternately, if that sounds a bit on the extreme side, there is an ‘easy family walk’ above Derwent Water that passes through Great Wood to Ashness Bridge and the lake shore. The perfect walk for enjoying the stunning Autumn colours of the season. If you’d like to view more guided walks visit: https://bit.ly/2Ogpzhi

    The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival.

    The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival takes place in nearby Kendal between the 12th-14th October and is the only event of its kind in the UK. Celebrating the world of comic art and the artists who create them, festival goers can look forward to talks from some of the biggest names in comic art, exhibitions, workshops, live drawing, films and much more. This year there will be over 70 special guests. Alan Davis will be attending and he has written for many huge comic magazines, including Batman for DC comics, and Robocop for Marvel. If you’d like to find out more or to book tickets visit: https://bit.ly/2NSGkPJ

    Kendal Mountain Film Festival.

    Many people who come and stay with us are lovers of the great outdoors, and situated in the heart of Ambleside we are in the perfect location for walking and hiking in the fells and mountains. Kendal Mountain film Festival takes place between the 15th-18th November this year. This award-winning event has grown considerably in size and popularity since it began 17 years ago, attracting outdoor enthusiasts from all over the UK. You can expect to see a variety of stunning, memorable, awe-inspiring films, photography, inspirational speakers, explorers, artists and athletes. There will be the opportunity to purchase top brands and equipment, be entertained by live music, and enjoy a pint or two with like minded individuals. If this sounds up your street, visit https://bit.ly/1vNCJ50 to book tickets.

  • The Lake District is a top tourist attraction of the UK with more and more visitors each year. Here at the Regent Hotel we are situated in the heart of the Lake District, in Ambleside town. Our hotel is next to the shores of Lake Windermere, and some of our rooms offer amazing views of the lake and mountains beyond.

    The beauty of the deep valleys, steep crooked mountains, fells and lakes create such wonder amongst our guests, we thought we’d share with you some interesting, amazing and weird facts about the Lake District.

    1. The Big Freeze

    Lake Windermere has Frozen over three times! In 1895 it was frozen for 6 weeks and visitors were able to walk across the Lake. The most recent time the Lake has frozen was in 1963.

    2. Two Buried Villages

    Haweswater was originally a natural Lake about 2.5 miles long and was home to two villages Measland and Mardale Green. In 1929 Parliament granted permission for Haweswater to be transformed into a larger reservoir to help support the growing population. As a result the villages were pulled down, including a pub, church, farms and homes. Now, if water levels are low it is possible to see the remains of buildings emerging from the water, creepy!

    3. Change of Perception

    Through his poetry William Wordsworth helped change the attitude of society towards the great outdoors and nature. Before the 19th Century, remote areas of Britain, including the Lake District were considered dangerous places that should not be explored.

    4. Two Million Years in the Making

    The Lake District has evolved through several glaciations over the last 2 million years. The long elongated lakes such as Lake Windermere were created as a result of melting ice, along with the tarns which can be found at higher elevations. The many u-shaped valleys that can be found in the Lake District are a typical feature of glacial erosion.

    5. Home to the Deepest bodies of Water and the Highest Peaks

    England’s largest natural Lake, highest mountain and deepest body of water can all be found in the Lake District.
    Scafell Pike, the highest mountain is (3,209 ft) and was formed 450 million years ago. Interestingly Scafell Pike is also Britain's highest War memorial, donated to the National Trust in 1919 to commemorate the dead by original owner the 3rd Baron of Leconfield, Charles Wyndham.

    The largest lake is Lake Windermere, which is over 10 miles long. The Lake is home to 18 islands, the largest Belle Isle is the only one to ever have been inhabited, and it is still privately owned and lived on. The island is a monument of history, there have been houses on the island dating back to the Romans, and Roman artifacts have been found on site.

    Wastwater in the Wasdale Valley is the deepest body of water in England, and it is very near to Scafell Pike. This water is the perfect example of an ‘over-deepend valley’, it is 79m deep, the surface is 200 feet above sea level while it’s bottom is over 50 feet below sea level.

  • High on the hill, standing proud with a backdrop of impressive woodlands stands Claife Viewing Station.

    Built in 1790s, this visitor viewpoint invites you to soak up the spectacular breath of Lake Windermere. It was at the height of popularity in the 1830s for fashionistas travelling to the Lake District to spend their days in the impressive drawing room which houses a multiple of stained glass windows capturing the seasons lights of the Lake landscape.

    Stand in the middle of the room and visualise spring, summer, autumn and winter all in one day. There are even two windows that show the beautiful moonshine, and moody thunderstorms reflecting across the lake. Rumour has it you can even hear a Aeolian wind harp on a blustery day.

    Claife Heights with the viewing station is now restored and looked after by The National Trust. With a cafe (opens daily 11-3pm) and picnic area for you to enjoy.

    This is a perfect car-free day trip from Ambleside, with ferries docking at the Viewing Station and a gentle 4 minute walk from the ferry landing. Stroll through the courtyard and up to the viewing platform to adire these panoramic views.

    Learn about the building’s colourful history and relax in the quaint café in the courtyard. Explore Ash Landing Nature Reserve just down the road, wandering through the woodland and stumble across pockets of wildflower meadows.

    If you’re feeling more adventurous, set out on the 4-mile lakeshore path which leads to Wray Castle. Whether you are on foot or bike, this gentle, linear route is great for the whole family. You can return to Ambleside on the boat from Wray Castle or Bark Barn, or refuel in the castle's café and retrace your steps back to the ferry.

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