Come to the Lake District and combine Valentines with half term

With Valentines weekend coinciding perfectly with half term this year, most parents will have resigned themselves to the fact, they will be spending the most romantic weekend of the year with their offspring.

But the Lake District could be just the way to combine it all. Locations such as Bowness and Windermere have lots of things to do in the daytime to occupy children meaning Mum & Dad can get the chance to spend some time just the two of them. Have a lovely wander up Orrest Head, sit on the bench up there are take in the view or maybe hire a boat for half a day and sail down the lake.

For the kids then the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre at Brockhole where there is a multitude of activities and adventures to experience both indoors and outdoors. There’s indoor soft play for little ones, a cafe selling ice creams, a shop and creative spaces. Outdoors a climbing wall, extensive gardens, lake shore access and walks and the brand new Treetop Nets, the attraction in amongst the trees of Brockhole of over 1500m2 of giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels all made from netting. For more information on Brockhole, click here.

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More indoor activities and let’s face it, the weather in February isn’t guaranteed to be warm and dry are the craft days are taking place at The World of Beatrix Potter. The attraction will have only just opened for half term after a 5 week programme of refurbishment. Visit for more details.

Onto where to stay if you haven’t booked anywhere yet. Close to Bowness and many other key locations in the Southern Lake District is the Damson Dene Hotel. This hotel is very child friendly and has a good choice of family rooms starting from as little as £105 per night. Make a special note of the “Stay Longer For Less Deal” stay for four nights and only pay for 3. To fin dout more and or booking details of this hotel close to Bowness on Windermere visit,

Cracking Comedy in Kendal in 2017

Whether its theatre, art house cinema, plays and productions, exhibitions or music, Kendal and The Brewery Arts Centre is the arts hub of South Lakeland.

But another creative genre has been steadily building over the years, comedy. The Brewery is now one of the top comedy venues in the north of England with bigger and bigger names choosing to add this location to their dates each year.

From a humble monthly comedy night to now some of the world’s highest regarded and ultimately, the finniest comedians now performing in this town in Cumbria.
But why should anyone be shocked? Kendal is small and perfectly formed, is the gateway to the Lake District, looks pretty good too and even more so compared with the some of the sprawling and uninspiring cities many of the acts have the perform in night in night out and The Brewery, well it’s a little hidden gem of a venue off Highgate in the centre of Kendal.

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Here’s a brief selection of what to expect during 2017 at The Brewery for comedy lovers:

Friday January 20 – Mark Radcliffe….Should You Be Interested
Thursday February 9 – Gary Delany “There’s Something About Gary”
Friday March 24 – Miles Jupp
And two dates for your diary later on in the year, Ed Byrne. Ed will be doing a first for The Brewery, two nights back to back Thursday November 9 and Friday November 10.

There are many more acts and dates during the year, all of which can be found here, Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office on 01539 725133.

Popular not just with the comedians but also comedy lovers from afar, these nights regularly attract visitors from all over the UK and what a place to make a weekend of it too. With the lakes and fells of the Lake District on the doorstep, lots of places to eat and drink and an historic town to walk around, no wonder it is growing in popularity for events such as these.
Where to stay:

Just over the River Kent and with views of Kendal Castle, the Riverside Hotel is great value and has a restaurant, bar and leisure facilities too. Travelling by car, there’s a private car park, travelling by train, it’s just a 2 minute walk from the station. Book direct and receive a £10 to spend in the restaurant and bar during the stay. Visit and look out for the special 2 night break offers.