Fabulous Acoustics in Ambleside this August

The internationally acclaimed Lake District Summer Music festival starts on Saturday 2nd August and runs right through until August 15th.

The concerts take place in various locations in Cumbria and the Lake District including Windermere, Hawkshead and Grasmere and with the most venues, Ambleside.

Each venue offers something different yet all are stunning properties in some of the most stunning locations of the UK which equally and have to match up to the world masters performing.

The 2014 festival is Lake District Summer Music’s 30th and each year the attendance grows and the quality of the artist’s increases and this year is set not to in anyway disappoint both first time visitors and seasoned LDSM fans.

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Ambleside Parish Church & Fellinis Cinema – LDSM 2014 venues

The 4 locations in Ambleside are Ambleside Parish Centre, the Parish Church, Brathay Hall and Fellinis Cinema and then just up the road, Rydal Church. Fellinis Cinema is a particularly exciting prospect holding events on Sunday 3th, Tuesday 5th, Thursday 7th, Sunday 10th, Tuesday 12th and finally Thursday 14th. Each event there will bring opera and ballet relayed from the great opera houses to this charming and intimate venue in the heart of the Lake District.

Ambleside Parish Church will be hosting no less than nine exquisite concerts including the Candlelight Seranade finale of the concert series on Friday August 15th. Directed by Kazuki Sawa the concert will allow those attending to hear musicians destined for great careers from LDSM Academy Artists and the LDSM Academy Ensemble. The full list of venues, concerts and events can be found on the LDSM website here http://www.ldsm.org.uk

Looking to stay over then accommodation is booking up fast with very little in the way of availability next week in the Ambleside area. Looking to the second week of the festival and places such as Rothay Garth have double rooms available. Located within walking distance of the Parish Centre, Parish Church and Fellinis Cinema, it is well situated for concerts at these venues. Further details can be found here http://www.rothay-garth.co.uk

By Jenny Andrew

Living “On the Edge” in July in Langdale

At the end of July 2014, the award winning Kendal Mountain festival not only goes on the road but also “On the Edge”. For the first time Kendal Mountain Festival (KMF) is holding a summer event whilst still keeping with the main November event too taking place from 25th to 27th July 2014.

Instead of The Brewery Arts Centre and various locations in Kendal, the “On the Edge” festival is to be held outdoors and centred around Sticklebarn, the National Trust pub in the beautiful Langdale Valley (and the only one of the 60 National Trust owned pubs run by The National Trust).

kendal mountain festival sticklebarn

Being held amidst the school summer holidays, this festival is also aiming to inspire and educate young people on the enjoyment, fun and ability to have adventures when taking part in outdoor activities. With plenty of diverse events during the weekend, held indoors and outdoors and during the day and evening, it is surely going to be an engaging time for children of any age.

From guided walks to films, guest speakers to live music as well as fantastic local food, “On the Edge” will bring together everyone ranging from families to outdoor enthusiasts and even some famous faces sure to be dropping in from the world of the outdoors.


Need accommodation for the event? Langdale Estate self catering lodge and National Trust Great Langdale campsite

The end of July, the height of summer with hopefully fantastic weather, the Langdale Valley is going to be an exceptionally fitting location for no doubt an extremely popular event. It is also an area with plenty of places to stay, eat and drink. For hotel accommodation there are the Langdale and Brimstone Hotel’s on the Langdale Estate, the estate also has self catering properties and for camping then there is the “site below the Langdale Pikes”, The National Trust campsite at the head of Great Langdale Valley.


Dalemain Mansion & Gardens Plant Fair This Sunday

What better place to be on a sunny summer Sunday than Dalemain, the mansion and award winning historic gardens.

On Sunday 22nd June it is the annual Dalemain Plant Fair, much more than just a plant fair, the event also incorporates an array of artisan food and crafts as well as children’s activities.

Some of the best nurseries from the North West will be exhibiting each specialising in a particular group of plants, trees or shrubs including a stall of plants from Dalemain’s own garden and gardening advice from Newton Rigg College. For any gardening lover, novice through to experienced, the ability to talk to the nursery owners, Dalemain staff and Newton Rigg lecturers will be an invaluable opportunity to pick their brains.

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Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

Cumbrian food and drink producers are to include Bedrock Gin, Thornby Moor Cheesemakers, More! Artisan bakers and Deer n Dexter meat. With the forecast looking warm and sunny, it is advisable to take a cooler bag as it will be very hard to pass up these foodie treats on offer! Then there’s the chance to refuel with cream teas and a BBQ.

Onto crafts and there will be woodturning demonstrations by Mick & Avril Priestly along with a chance to purchase hand crafted goods, upcycled garden furniture, fixtures and fitting and Slate & Nature, slate products for the home and garden.

Children will be more than entertained with arts and crafts from Creation Station, a bouncy castle and soft play area so it really will be a great way for the families to spend the day. Entrance to the plant fair is free with on the day discounted entry to the gardens of just £5 per person and to the house & gardens £7, with children able to enjoy it all for free so it makes for an extremely reasonably priced day.

The Lakeland Cottage Company has 2 cottages available for the weekend (of a full week) just 4 miles from Dalemain, Low Longthwaite Farm and Bank Barn both sleeping 8. Click here for more details.

Excitement Builds Ahead of Cumbria Tourism Awards 2014

There are just 4 days until the winners are revealed of the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2014.

The prestigious ceremony is due to take place on Tuesday 17th June at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal who are finalists themselves in the “Large Hotel of the Year” category sponsored by Armstrong Watson Accountants.

Everything is reviewed by the judging panel from the first welcome to marketing activities, sustainability, quality and service. The finalists will then each be visited by a mystery shopper who will report back to the judging panel and from there, the winner of each category will be decided.

A new category was added last year, “Tourism Pub of the Year” and both this year and last, the entries were very high after all, Cumbria – The Lake District is the home of tourism pubs having so many and of such high quality. Making the finals this year in the category sponsored by Heineken are the Wild Boar – Windermere, Tweedies Bar – Grasmere and the Cuckoo Brow Inn – Far Sawrey. Having only opened 2 years ago, this is the first nomination of its kind for them and both staff and owners are highly excited about Tuesday and even reaching the finals.

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Cuckoo Brow Inn – Finalist in “Tourism Pub of the Year” CT Awards 2014

It’s not always easy reinventing a business but South Lakes Hotels along with Dan and Sally Schreiber have done a sterling job in turning around the old Sawrey Hotel. With a rename and refurbishment throughout, the Cuckoo Brow Inn is a very popular place for those stopping by to sample some of the freshly prepared and locally sourced food and a pint of equally as local ale and for a holiday with the 14 bedrooms at the inn.

Winning one of the Cumbria Tourism Awards categories is an accolade in itself which confirms the level of quality and service guests receive when staying, eating, drinking or attending. But from these awards the winners go through to the Visit England national awards the following year. After winning the Tourism Pub of the Year in the CT awards last year, the Watermill Inn at Ings went onto win Silver in the National Awards against all the other regions so fingers crossed for Cuckoo Brow as well as all the 2014 finalists.

Live announcements of the winners will be made on the Cumbria Tourism Awards Twitter page, here.