• 27 July 2015

    We're Jammin'

    Jam making isn't a past time strictly permitted to only those engaging in W.I activities or the retired country bumpkins in their converted farmhouses in Shropshire . Jam making is a cultural necessity! Believe us, once you start reaping the benefits of making your own, you'll be addicted in no time.

    Jam is also cheap, as well as delicious. During the war years Britain thrived off its jarred goods and as the food shops grew bare, the hedgerows were in abundance!

    Jam making is a way of life. A British tradition. But have no fear, jam virgins, for the season of the blackberry is close at hand and what a fantastic opportunity to fill up the cupboards with your own jars of the good stuff. And to make it even better, its not rocket science… Its jam science! So get out your tupperware and head to the hedges, rummage through the recycling for jars and go ask your neighbour for some sugar. Jam season is with us.

    And don't forget, boys and girls, to thank the heavens for Jam
    For the lashings of red stuff we spread on our toast,
    And for lining our teeth with seeds,
    To the jellies that assist our sunday roast.
    And fulfilling our countries needs.
    Thank heavens for Jam.

  • 20 July 2015

    Ambleside Sports Day

    Ambleside Sports is coming up at the end of this month so we thought we’d give you a little run down on where it comes from…

    The origin of the sports day date back as far as the 17th century, where events were held at Low Wood Bay. They included many unethical and extreme sports such as cock fighting and bare fist boxing.

    The era of organized sports began around 1887 when it became clear this was such a good event, it had to happen yearly. During the war periods, the sports events lapsed until after the Second World War. It was then that sports became how they are today.

    Ambleside Sports today:

    •  Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling

    Believed to have been invented by the Vikings over 1000 years ago. Traditional costume is worn!

    • Guides and Fell races

    Perfect for the super-fit, competitors take part in grueling races across the fells.

    • Hound Trails

    Places your bets on one of the most traditional Lakeland sports.

    • Foot and Cycle races

    90-1600 metres on foot, plus an extensive selection of intense cycling races.

    • Children’s Races

    And of course, where would we be without the classics.

  • The Lake District is a perfect place to spend your summer. July is the month for being out in the sunshine and what could be better than exploring a local show or market. Whether you're here on a family camping holiday or to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, there are events to make everyone happy!

    4th May – 1st July  –Exhibition, Wordsworth, War and Waterloo, at Dove Cottage, Grasmere.

    3rd - 5th July – Family Wild Camping, at fell foot, Newby Bridge, Windermere.

    4th July – Ulverston Carnival

    4th July – Dean Barwick Mountain Bike Challenge

    5th July – Skelton Agricultural show, in a picturesque village, the largest village show in Cumbria.

    11th July – Ambleside Gift and Craft Fair, local handmade gifts.

    11th July – Tour De Hawkshead

    24th July – Coffin, Caves and Crags Guided Walk, 10.30 am, Tourist Information, Ambleside.

    25th July – Penrith Agricultural Show, formed in 1833 promoting livestock breeding.

    25th-26th July- The Cumbrian Steam Gathering, Cumbria steam & Vintage Vehicle Society, Flookburgh.

    30th July – Ambleside Sports Day, a traditional Lakeland sports day.

    31st july- Ambleside Country Market, every Friday.

     

  • Andrew has been extremely busy organising a special event for Manna House - helping them to raise £25,000 for building improvement fund to make Castle Lodge their long term home. On the 30th May there will be a dog show and family fun day at Kendal Rugby Club.

    The show will be an open show to invite all dog owners for a fun day out. There will be 10 different classes including an agility run and terrior racing with prizes and rosettes for winners. There will also be hot dogs, food stalls, cakes, raffles and calamity relay. 

    The day will be great fun for everyone but most importantly will help Manna House to secure it's future. 

    Join us Saturday 30th May at Kendal Rugby Club 11am - 4pm £5.00 per adult. Kiddies and dogs free! 

  • We've had a mixed few weeks weather wise in Ambleside - lot's of sunshine, some rain and a bit of hail - but it hasn't stopped the countryside blooming! Everything is looking very green and lucious and with Summer on the horizon we thought we'd share a selection things to do in the Lake District this June.

    • Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 June: Boot Beer Festival
    • Friday 5 to Saturday 6 June: Keswick Beer Festival
    • Saturday 6 June: Cumberland County Show
    • Saturday 6 June: National Trust Grasmere Gallop
    • Friday 12 to Sunday 14 June: Great North Swim in Windermere
    • Friday 25 to Saturday 27 June: Woolfest in Cockermouth
    • Sunday 27 June: Ullswater Fair

    Don't forget we always have some great Last Minute Offers - find your perfect break at a brilliant price! 

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