Goosemire Cottages Blog

Cumbria Dog Training

Date: 3rd January 2013
Filed under: Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: cumbria dog training, dog friendly lake district cottages

Witnessing a flock of sheep running frantically from an out of control dog is a distressing sight. And for some pets, it culminates in them being shot, quite legally, by the farmer.

So two years ago, one Cumbrian dog trainer decided to tackle the problem, benefitting owner and farmer alike.

Janet Ardley, owner of Cumbria Dog Training, ( ) teamed up with a farming neighbour and devised a training plan that offered something completely different – the chance for owners to bring their dogs into a field of sheep and train them in a controlled manner, to ignore the Herdwicks and Swaledales of this world.

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Happy New Year, plus online discount code

Date: 1st January 2013
Filed under: Top Tips
Tagged: discount code

Goosemire Cottages would like to wish all past and future guests a Happy New Year.

Also if you use the code "GOOSE10" you will receive a discount of £10. The discount applies to any booking ie short breaks or weeks, but must be used online during the booking process, and expires on 31st January 2013.

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Dickensian Christmas Festival Ulverston 24th & 25th November 2012

Date: 19th November 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: christmas, free events, ulverston dickensian christmas festival 2012

Coloured illustration of a horse-drawn coach with Christmas presents and decorations from the Dickensian period.

The Dickensian style two day Christmas festival attracts thousands of people each year to the small market town of Ulverston, on the Furness peninsula in the South of Cumbria. The festival is now in its 14th year, and this year takes place on the weekend of Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November.

It is now one of the most popular Dickensian style festivals in the country and gives locals and visitors the chance to experience the atmosphere of how life might have been in a traditional market town in the 1850s. The festival is organised by a committee of local volunteers and is run on a non-profit basis, relying on fund raising, sponsorships, grants and donations from local businesses. There is a great community spirit with the local shop keepers really getting into the spirit of the festival by dressing up in traditional period clothing. You get a real feeling of stepping back in time as you walk through Ulverston’s cobbled streets and ginnels, with its unique speciality shops and traditional old worldy pubs.

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Ambleside Christmas Lights - Saturday 17th November 2012

Date: 13th November 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: ambleside chirstimas lights

Every year on the third Saturday in November at dusk the residents of Ambleside parade through the closed streets carrying with them paper lanterns. The Christmas lights are then switched on by Santa Claus himself, and there is a large fireworks display at Rothay Park. The whole day has a very magical feel to it and really gets you in the Christmas spirit.

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Ullswater Outdoor Festival 2012

Date: 17th September 2012
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Tagged: ullswater outdoor festival 2012

This years Ullswater Outdoor Festival is from Saturday 22nd until Sunday 30th September.

Over the 8 days the festival offers free guided walks led by Lake District National Park volunteers, in the beautiful Ullswater area (the Lake District's second largest lake) booking is essential. Please telephone 017684 82414 to book any of the following walks:

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19th Westmorland Beer Festival

Date: 11th September 2012
Filed under: Things To Do
Tagged: kendal events, westmorland beer festival

It really doesnt seem like almost a year ago since I was blogging about the 2011 Westmorland Beer time flies!

Anyway the 19th Westmorland Beer and Cider Festival will be held at Kendal Town Hall on Wednesday 10th until Saturday 13th October 2012. The festival will be open from 12:00pm to 11:00pm each day, except for Wednesday when the festival will start at

If you require accommodation over the weekend then we will be offering short breaks at Wilsons Cottage and Hideaway Cottage that are on the outskirts of Kendal.

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Goosemire Cottages now on Twitter

Date: 3rd August 2012
Filed under: Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: goosemire cottages on twitter

follow us on twitter

Just a very quick blog to let our followers know that Goosemire Cottages is now on Twitter.

If you want to follow us to be notified of special offers, upcoming events etc, or to join the conversation:

There is also a live feed on our website's homepage showing the most recent tweets.

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25% Off all remaining August weeks (plus 10 ways to entertain the family cheaply or for free).

Date: 1st August 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: 25% off august weeks, free & cheap way to entertain the kids, late deals

Goosemire Cottages are discounting all remaining August school holiday weeks by a massive 25% and short breaks are also being offered during this period.

There is plenty going on during August in the Lake District to keep the family entertained, some of the big upcoming events are listed in our previous goosemire cottages blog post.

Unlike a lot of agencies we do not have hidden extras for booking fees, pets, bed linen, cots or highchairs, therefore the price you see is the price you pay for your accommodation, NOT per person.

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Events for the whole family throughout August

Date: 29th July 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: bowness festival of fun, cumbria classic car show, events during august, grasmere lakeland sports, lowther game & country fair, mintfest kendal 2012

This Summer the Lake District has a fantastic program of events for all ages and tastes, to help you have a great family packed holiday to remember. The following events will be taking place over the various weekends throughout August:

Festival of Fun - Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August

Glebe Road

Bowness on Windermere

LA23 3HJ

Saturday 1pm-10pm

Come down to the Glebe to see the enteries in the Lakes Boat Parade. From 7pm there will be live music playing at the bandstand, and the evening will finish with a spectacular fireworks display.

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Date: 11th July 2012
Filed under: Uncategorized
Tagged: 15% off school holiday weeks, discounts, summer sale

Goosemire Cottages are discounting all school holiday weeks! Book now and get 15% off full weeks holidays taken by 1st September. There is also a limited choice of short breaks available.

Unlike a lot of agencies we do not have hidden extras for booking fees, pets, bed linen, cots or highchairs, therefore the price you see is the price you pay for your accommodation, NOT per person (the vast majority of cases heating bills are also included, there are a couple of exceptions where electricity is by £1 coin meter).

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