Home of England’s largest national park, the Lake District is awash with heritage sites, market towns filled with boutique shops and a wide variety of new events ranging from food festivals to sporting events, so you’ll never be short of things to do or places to explore.
So why do we love Cumbria?
Situated near Keswick and surrounded by views of the Lakeland fells, the grand Lingholm Estate is where Beatrix Potter wrote some of her most famous children’s books. A new £1million café, shop and Victorian Walled Garden will open on 2 July, on the same spot as the old kitchen garden which was the inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Grab your bike and take on the epic 190 mile route of the newly unveiled Lakes & Dales Loop, where you can marvel at the sights of Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales’ far-reaching landscapes as you cycle along the boundary of the Lake District National Park on its north, west and south sides, then complete the loop traveling through the Lune and Eden Valleys to the east.
South Lakes has been invaded by a flock of life-size fantasy Herdwick sheep, so why not see how many of them you can spot? These Herdwicks have been uniquely decorated by local artists and there are over 50 of them to find in locations including Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere, sitting in unexpected places from shops, cafes and restaurants, to parks, streets and even aboard iconic Windermere ‘steamers’.
See Beatrix Potter’s favourite characters come to life on stage with this musical extravaganza featuring the voices of Griff Rhys Jones and Miriam Margolyes. This unique stage show combines live performance and projection to create a visual spectacular that will wow the whole family at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere from 27 June-September.
Get set for a head-banging weekend where you can rock out to top music acts against the stunning backdrop of Lake Windermere. Rock on Windermere is set to be the area’s biggest music event with Status Quo billed to headline on Saturday supported by Toploader, while Sunday sees 70s art rockers 10cc take to the stage. Rock on Windermere takes place from 17 – 19 June.
See female wrestlers go head-to-head in the ring at the first ever Women’s World Wrestling Championship at Ambleside Sports. This traditional sport, at which women were allowed to compete for the first time only ten years ago, will feature the world title event in the ‘All-weights’ division, and will take place on Thursday 28 July in Rydal Park.
Contrary to the name, the Appleby Summer Pudding is not a dessert but a new large-scale festival to be held in the grounds of Appleby Castle. During the day, the festival takes on a retro theme featuring street entertainers, a vintage funfair and a vintage market, then in the evening adopts an ‘after party’ theme in the Inner Bailey of the castle’s Norman fortress where top music acts will keep the crowds entertained long into the evening. The Appleby Summer Pudding takes place on 20 August.
Begin your exploration of Roman Britain with a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. This UNESCO World Heritage site stretches across 73 miles from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend near Newcastle, and a tour along its remaining walls and forts will give you a taste of Centurian life. The sight of the walls at sunset is truly breathtaking and definitely a moment you’ll want to capture, so be sure to bring your camera.
If you don’t fancy trekking through the Cumbrian countryside on foot, hire an electric Renault ‘Twizy’ for a leisurely, eco-friendly ride. This funky two-seater vehicle has no engine, exhaust or fuel system and starts up with the touch of a button, so you can explore the nooks and crannies of the Lake District whilst preserving the environment.
When it comes to indulgent dishes, Cumbria knows how to serve up mouth-watering meals cooked with only the best local produce. Book a table at the two-Michelin-starred L’Enclume for a real taste of local ingredients including guinea fowl, scallops and grilled lobster; tuck into a huge Cumbrian sausage washed down with a local ale made from the region’s fells, sample Baxter’s potted shrimps which are so good they hold a Royal Warrant from The Queen, and be sure to take home some Kendal Mint Cake.
Go on a family adventure in Haven’s Lake District Park Lakeland
Be at one with nature and discover your own #OMGB moment on an activity holiday in Lake Windermere with Haven. Enjoy woodland walks, kayaking, canoeing and bike rides, picnicking by the lakes, family mountain hikes in the fells and refreshing dips in the indoor-and-outdoor pools. Plus, book online to enjoy all this and more at an exclusive discount price.
Try sailing on the lakes
Head to the heart of the Lake District where you can stay at White Cross Bay Holiday Park and explore its 60 acres of wooded parkland on the shores of the idyllic Lake Windermere. Spend an afternoon sailing across the lakes admiring the fells, and maybe take up a spot of fishing; flex those muscles and climb, balance and swing your way through 35 treetop challenges with Treetop Trek. Parents can enjoy a romantic meal at the Boathouse Bar and Restaurant whilst the little ones enjoy themselves at the new childcare facility. Book online to enjoy an exclusive discount on a 4-night stay.
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