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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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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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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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Annual Summer Beer Festival

Date: 10th July 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do, Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: annual summer beer festival, beer hall, hawkshead brewery, staveley

The Beer Hall at The Mill Yard in Staveley LA8 9LR, is holding its Annual Summer Beer Festival over the weekend of Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd July 2012.

This is the biggest event of the year held by Hawkshead Brewery and celebrates British craft breweries.

There will be 3 bars and a marque serving over 60 different beers over the weekend, with all cask beers being on handpull from the cellar. There will also be 3 guest ciders from the Pure North brewery which is based in the Holme Valley, Yorkshire and run by Rob the owner of Hideaway Cottage in Staveley. Pure North Cider is pressed by hand and full of anti-oxidants, and can often be cloudy as it is naturally produced from a blend of cider apples picked from their own orchard on site.

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Looking For Somewhere To Eat In The Lake District?  Cast Your Eyes Over These 5 Gems

Date: 21st June 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: places to eat in the lake district

The Lake District is one of my favourite parts of the world. I live here, work here and simply love everything about it.

Probably known best for its crystal clear lakes and breathtaking mountains, what a lot of people don’t know about the Lake District is that it’s packed full of fantastic places to eat.

From Michelin Star restaurants through to wonderful little cafes, here we take a look at five of the Lake District’s culinary gems.

1. L’Enclume

On the south border of the Lake District is L’Enclume, one of the country’s most critically acclaimed restaurants.

Chef Simon Rogan heads up the restaurant and delivers food well worthy of the Michelin Star awarded to it. Using the finest local produce to deliver a menu that is constantly changing, it perfectly reflects the local meats and vegetables that are available at different points throughout the year.

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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.

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How To Have A Cheap But Fantastic Holiday In The Lake District

Date: 13th June 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: cheap holiday in lake district, free attractions, great outdoors, self-catering in the lake district

Whichever newspaper you read at the minute, chances are you’ll feel more than a little down afterwards.

Recessions. Double-dip recessions. Poor savings rates. Companies going into administration. There’s just so much doom and gloom at the moment that it can be difficult for even the most optimistic person to stay happy.

For a lot of people, their summer holidays are the only time of the year that they truly get away from the worries of everyday life. They’ve saved up, got enough money to spend for the week or two and don’t have to worry about anything from their ‘normal’ life during the holiday.

The problem this year - and in recent years - is that as more and more people have less money to spend and the cost of holidays seems to be rising year on year, going on holiday can be extremely costly - and for many, seemingly too costly for them to even consider.

Of course, the price does almost always rise when you choose to go abroad, but even a holiday in the Lake District, one of the most beautiful, open places in the whole of the UK, can appear to be too expensive.

But the positive news is a lot of the potential expense is simply not needed and you really don’t have to spend a small fortune to go on holiday - it’s just a matter of looking at what’s available to you, how you can save money by not buying the things you don’t actually need and simply enjoying the cheap - or free - attractions and activities.

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Holker Garden Festival 8th to 10th June 2012

Date: 28th May 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: holker garden festival, holker hall, june events

This years Holker Garden Festival is over the weekend of 8th to 10th June, with 2012 marking the 20th Anniversary of the festival.

The three day event is hosted by Lord & Lady Cavendish, and celebrates the best of gardens, countryside and food, and is set in 25 acres within the Holker Estate. The festival offers something for everyone whether you're green fingered and looking for a rare plant or a family wanting a fun packed day out.

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Scott May's Daredevil Stuntshow - Kendal 3rd June 2012

Date: 17th May 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: bank holiday weekend, cottages in kendal, scott may's daredevil stuntshow

Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show is coming to the Circus Field at Kendal on Sunday 3rd June.

The show features FMX (freestyle motocross), motorbike, car and fire stunts, monster truck jumps, two wheeled driving, pyrotechnics and much more.

Scott May’s Daredevil Stuntshow has been touring throughout the UK since 1991 and over the years has entertained thousands of people, of all age groups.

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