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Photos from Western Lake District Kitefest 2012

Date: 15th May 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: haverigg, kitefest 2012, lake district coast

This years Kitefest was held on 12th and 13th May at Wilson Park, Haverrigg which is situated on the award winning Lake District Coast. The stunning views in the distance are Black Combe, and the Coniston fells. Kite display teams from around Northern England took part in the two day event.

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Country Fest 26th & 27th May 2012

Date: 14th May 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: country fest, kendal

Country Fest now in its forth year will take place over the weekend of Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th May 2012 at County Showfield, Crooklands (just off Jct 36 of the M6) and is organised by the Westmorland County Agricultural Society.

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Border City Steam Fair 2nd, 3rd & 4th June 2012

Date: 10th May 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: bank holiday weekend, border city steam fair, carlisle

This years Border City Steam Fair will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend of 2nd, 3rd and 4th June. The fair is held annually at Rickerby Park in Carlisle which is close to the M6 motorway, and only a short walk from the city centre. The fair is held in aid of the Eden House Children's Hospice, the Eden Valley Hospice and also the Pride Of Cumbria Air Ambulance.

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Lakeland Motor Museum

Date: 2nd May 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: indoor attractions, lakeland motor museum, places to visit

lakeland motor museum

Living and working in the Lake District you sometimes forget all the attractions that are on your doorstep and take it for granted at times. I recently took the family to Lakeland Motor Museum at Backbarrow, which is just past Newby Bridge and the Southern tip of Lake Windermere.

The collection goes back over 100 years and includes automobilia, motor cars, a tribute to the Isle of Man TT races, recreations of old shop windows with authentic advertising signs and content, the history of the bicycle, and childrens peddle cars.

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Spring short breaks extended to end of May

Date: 25th April 2012
Filed under: Top Tips
Tagged: spring short breaks

Goosemire Cottages has just extended its short breaks availability up to Friday 1st June. Spring is traditionally a very popular time for couples or young families to come away and enjoy all that the Lake District has to offer before the season starts to get very busy with the school holidays. Also the prices are lower at this time of year, so what better reason than to plan a last minute break.

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How many Lakes are there in the Lake District?

Date: 24th April 2012
Filed under: Top Tips
Tagged: bassenthwaite, coniston, grasmere, haweswater, lake district lakes, ullswater, windermere

How many lakes are there in the Lake District? it is actually a trick question. Most people will answer 16 but infact there is only one real lake which is:

Bassenthwaite - 4 miles long, 3/4 mile wide and only 70ft deep. The most northerly of all the lakes and very popular with sailing boats. Also the lake has a very rare breed of fish called Vendace which are only found here and in Derwentwater. Lakeside Lodge is only a stones throw from the lakeshore.

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How Goosemire Cottages got its name

Date: 21st March 2012
Filed under: Uncategorized
Tagged: bampton, goosemire cottages, haweswater, mardale, witnail and i

Our Business name Goosemire Cottages is derived from Goosemire Farm, part of the picturesque farming settlement of Mardale Green, which was flooded by Haweswater reservoir in 1935.

Originally Haweswater was a small natural lake only about 2 ½ miles long, almost divided in half by Measland. The two stretches of the lake were known as High Water and Low Water. In 1929 Parliament passed an Act allowing The Manchester Corperation permission to build a dam which would raise the water level by 95ft and create a reservoir 4 miles long, so that they could supply water to Manchester and the surrounding areas. At the time there was public uproar as the farming communities of Mardale Green and Measand had to be relocated as the two villages in the Valley would be flooded. The stone from the village church was used in creating the dam, and the bodies from the graveyard exhumed and reburied in nearby Shap. During times of drought if the water level of the reservoir drops low enough the remains of the two villages can still be seen to this day.

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Date: 20th March 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: appleby horse fair

Appleby Horse Fair has been held for one week every year from the first Thursday in June until the second Wednesday since at least 1750. The fair is world famous, and unique throughout Europe.

The annual event is attended by Gypsies and Travellers mainly to buy and sell horses, but also to celebrate their history and folklore and meet with old friends. Traditionally the Travellers reside on Fair Hill, just on the outskirts of Appleby, and younger members of their families wash the horses in the River Eden to prepare them for sale.

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Spring short breaks including Easter and late deals

Date: 15th March 2012
Filed under: Top Tips
Tagged: easter short breaks, last minute deals, short breaks

Goosemire Cottages has just extended its short breaks availability up to 27th April. If you are looking for Easter short breaks or Last minute deals then please use the availability search option on the right hand side of the Goosemire Cottages homepage. There is no need to contact us first as short breaks can be booked online. For those looking to come away for a week there is 15% off the weekly advertised rates, and you can even pick the arrival date that best suits your plans. We still have lake district cottages and self catering apartments available in Bowness on Windermere, Ambleside, on the lake shores of Ullswater, Bassenthwaite lake and the Eden Valley. For availability and prices you can either contact us on 01539 731801 between 9am and 9:30pm or search and book online.

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Date: 14th March 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: bowness on windermere, free activities, lake district cottages, peter rabbit easter egg hunt 2012

The great Peter Rabbit Easter egg hunt start on Thursday 5th April at 10:00am, and finishes once all the eggs have been found. This is one of the UKs largest Easter egg hunts and this year as it is Peter Rabbit's 110th Birthday there are 110 hand-crafted ceramic Easter eggs hidden throughout Cumbria. Each ceramic egg is a fantastic prize and not only allows the winner free entry in to The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, they will also receive a special edition Beatrix Potter book. There is also 10 BIG prizes to be won. If you are lucky enough to find an egg please let The World of Beatrix Potter know by telephoning 0844 504 1233 or by visiting the attraction in Bowness on Windermere.

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