Excitement is mounting on a huge scale for the Tour of Britain 2018 cycle race. Returning back to Cumbria after a break last year, The Tour of Britian is hold not one but two highly anticipated stages in the 2018 race. This route will showcase some amazing locations in Cumbria including Whinlatter near Keswick twice and then a stage running through the heart of the Lake District National Park on Friday September 7th. Cumbria and the Lake District have been some of the busiest stages for spectators in the last 5 to 7 years of the ToB with highlights being Beast Banks in Kendal (summit finishes on 2 stage occasions) to Honister Pass where hundreds lined this stunning pass in true Grand Tour style (although the Lakes being the Lakes, everyone was waterproofed up!).
With two stages and such routes, it’s all about trying to decide where to watch. Ambleside due to the race location and route is surely going to be one of the must watch locations.
During the 168 km stage, the riders will tackle three sprints and three KoM’s for extra points and for spectators, even more excitement.
As well as Ambleside being a scenic location, most definitely one that is going to attract hundreds of people, it is also around the half way mark. The town is set to be buzzing during the whole week with visitors arriving. Remember also, the team time trial the day before, Thursday 6th September. Starting from Cockermouth, anyone visiting Ambleside for the Barrow to Whinlatter stage should look to travel the relatively short distance to Keswick to watch this. Whinlatter is a hill top forestry park and for any of those who have cycled or watched the Fred Whitton from there, it’s a great cycling spectator point.
The route will pass directly past Rothay Garth Bed & Breakfast in Ambleside, a great tip for somewhere to stay should nothing have been booked yet. From there the route follows the one way system through Ambleside north and out of the village via the A591 to Grasmere, through this pretty village and then onto Cockermouth, Keswick before finishing at Whinlatter.
Come rain or shine, it’s set to be a fantastic couple of days. Accommodation is running out fast so get booking asap to avoid disappointment.
The extremely popular Outline exhibition at the Kendal Museum which open its doors on 24th May draws to a close on 30 September 2017. So it’s the last chance to visit and view the work of some of the best artists of the award winning Green Door Art Studio the artists collective in Cumbria & North Lancashire. Including drawings, mixed media, paintings, papercuts, prints, wire sculptures and textiles.
Subjects include the land, sea, local Lake District & Cumbria region and human interaction and life such as “At The Bar” by Kath Lockhart the printmaker.
Other artists include Exhibiting artists include: Roger Bell, Averyl Bradbrook, Ellie Chaney, Barbra Cropper, Joyce Eldred, Ann Marie Foster, Eileen Gledhill, Ray Green, Mike Healey, Cheryl Hitchcock, Kath Lockhart, Emma Lowe, Liz Lyon, Sam Mould, Marjorie Park, Fiona Reeves, Elizabeth Shorrock, Pat Smith, Elizabeth Tracey, Sonja Ingrid Vietoris, Brie Wharf and Maddy Wright.
Green Door are artists in residence at Kendal Museum. The Museum is open Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 4pm. The last entrance to the Museum is at 3.30 pm. Don’t miss out on this modern and innovative exhibition by local artist.
Looking to visit Kendal for the weekend and take the opportunity of visiting this exhibition in its last few days? The Riverside Hotel in Kendal, just a minute walk from the Kendal Museum and even Kendal Tran Station. The riverside location with restaurant and bar and 2 minutes from Kendal town centre makes it an enticing place to stay. Visit http://www.riversidekendal.co.uk/ to book direct and for doing this you’ll receive a £10 voucher to spend in the restaurant or bar too.
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. http://www.brockhole.co.uk/
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 http://www.hop-skip-jump.com 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, http://www.damsondene.co.uk/.
It’s an exciting time coming up in 2016 for fans of Beatrix Potter for it is the 150th Birthday of this most famous of author, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist.
Firstly it has recently been announced to mark this event, the Royal Mint has designed a new 50p coin with Peter Rabbit on it. This is an exciting time for the Lake District where Beatrix Potter lived and where visitors can still walk into her world at Hill Top her home and garden from 1905 until her death in 1943.
During the year there is set to be many celebrations, events and activities to mark this extremely talented woman who’s books and legacy is as strong and as popular today as ever with people from all over the world.
The new coin and Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top
Hill Top, owned and managed by The National Trust, will have special guided tours on selected dates from spring into summer and during her Birthday month of July. Near Sawrey where Hill Top is located is a delightful, Lakeland Village. Acorss Lake Windermere and at The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness commemorative exhibitions and a new musical will be shown from June until September.
This is definitely the time for visiting the Southern Lake District whether you’re a Beatrix Potter fan or are wanting to find out more about her life and work. The Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn at Far Sawrey, just 5 minutes from Hill Top is also handy for catching the Windermere Ferry across to Bowness. Family rooms are available and the inn serves local food and real ales. Prices from £138 for a family room and £77 for a double including breakfast.