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7 Simple Reasons You Need To Visit The Lake District This Summer

Date: 17th June 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: festival of the sea, olympic torch relay, peter rabbit, prom art, sizergh castle scarecrows, summer events

Arguably the most beautiful part of the entire UK, not many people fully understand the size of the Lake District - it actually covers just under 900 square miles, which when you realise the entire 32 boroughs of London stretch for around 610 square miles, it makes the Lake District a big place.

Sure, a lot of the area is taken up by water - WIndermere and Ullswater alone account for 10% of the Lake District - but it’s still a huge part of the country and once you understand just how big it is, you realise just how many sights and attractions there are to sample in and around the area, particularly through the summer months.

Looking at activities for people of all ages, these seven events are just a few highlights of what to expect over the coming months in the area.

1.  Olympic Torch Relay

 On the 21st June, the Olympic Torch will be passing through the Lake District between 4.30pm and approximately 7.30pm.  Taking in Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere, it’s worthwhile heading down to one of the many locations on the route to see the Olympic Torch in the stunning surroundings - it has been over 60 years since the UK last hosted the Olympics, so make the most of it!

2.  Barrow-In-Furness’s Festival Of The Sea

Just outside of the Lake District National Park boundaries is the town of Barrow-In-Furness, which plays host  to a summer long ‘Festival Of The Sea’.

Packed full of displays, stalls, events and a firework spectacular, the Festival Of The Sea has been an annual event in recent years and is definitely worth the visit, if not just to view some of the stunning ships which dock in the town.

3.  Sizergh Castle Scarecrows

Between 16th June and 8th July, take a trip to Sizergh Castle to see the fantastic scarecrows dotted all around the area.  Each ‘doing’ a different job, you need to try and guess which job each scarecrow is doing before they are all judged on 8th July.

And whilst you’re there, a visit inside Sizergh Castle itself is strongly recommended!

4.  Tebay Elephant Festival

 Another short drive out of the Lake District is the town of Tebay and if you’re in the area throughout July, take a walk through the town to see a fantastic display - of model elephants.

It might not sound too exciting initially, but it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll love the display.  Everyone creates their own elephant and shows them throughout the town, something that puts a smile on every child’s face (big kids included!).

5.  Ullswater Guided Evening Cruise

An absolutely fantastic way to round off your day, on Tuesday 19th June, 3rd, 17th, 24th and 31st July and 7th, 14th and 21st August, you can jump on board a beautiful boat and take a relaxing cruise around Ullswater.  Joined by a knowledgeable and experienced ranger, they’ll tell you all you ever wanted to know about the area.

6.  Tea With Peter Rabbit

Perfect for children and adults alike, on 24th June, 11th and 28th July and 8th and 22nd August, you can visit  Crag Brow, the once home of Beatrix Potter and enjoy a treat of sandwiches and cakes before being read one of Beatrix’s famous stories.

Visit on 28th July and you can join in the celebrations of Peter Rabbit’s 110th birthday, too.

7.  Prom Art 2012

 Reported to be the biggest arts and crafts festival in the North West, Prom Art 2012 takes place on the last Sunday of every month, up to (and including) September, at Grange-over-Sands.  Giving you the opportunity to view - and buy - everything from oil paintings through to handmade glass sculptures, stalls stretch for around half a mile along the promenade and it really is a delight to walk back and forth, stopping to see what the local talent can produce.

The Lake District might be known for its beautiful serenity, but if sitting back and relaxing isn’t your thing, there’s a plentiful amount of sights and attractions to keep you busy right throughout the summer months.