After the roaring success of Taste Cumbria in Cockermouth, where it was born and originated, comes the eighth instalment, Taste Cumbria in Cockermouth 2017, Friday 2nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September.
With spin offs in Ulverston, Tynedale, Kirkby Lonsdale, again in Cockermouth for the Christmas market and most recently in Whitehaven, Taste Cumbria is the foodie festival of choice across Cumbrian and the Lake District.
This year expect even bigger, even better and most definitely even more delicious, a weekend of food and fun and plenty of flavour. There’s entertainment right from the off on Friday evening with a an exclusive dining experience courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Kevin Tickle of The Forest Side in Grasmere will cook for just 32 guests in Wordsworth House & Garden. It is set o be the perfect marriage of fine food in one of the finest settings. The weekend will be packed to the rafters on Cockermouth’s Main Street with a massive food market for purchasing Cumbrian food as well as food to devour on the day. More food stalls and suppliers will be showcasing their produce on Station Street and South Street.
Look out for live demonstrations and masterclasses by Cumbrian chefs from local hotel chefs and producers including the new and exciting Cumbrian spirit makers, the region isn’t just about food you know!
It really will be a celebration of independent, Cumbria and Lake District businesses and a great support of one of the upcoming foodie destinations in the region. Look put or Fredericks Lounge Bar & Restaurant on Station Street. Open throughout the festival weekend, sit outside and sip Cumbrian cocktails whilst watching the visitors and entertainment up and down Station Street. Visit https://frederickscockermouth.co.uk/ for more cocktail, opening and food information.
Everybody’s idea of relaxation is different but it doesn’t matter whether it’s leisurely strolls or high octane adventure challenges, the Lake District is the perfect base for all. Make a visit to The Lakes extra special by booking a massage treatment.
But a massage can be for many reasons. Simply for some R&R and a treat or for remedial benefits as so many visitors to the Lake District come to enjoy the adventure side of this region. More and more people come to take part in cycling, running, open watering swimming and triathlon events in the Lake District. It really is becoming one of the go to locations for outdoor events of all kinds in the UK. With bodies being pushed to the limits, a massage therapist who knows exactly what is required to help recover is essential.
Just looking at the event calendar for the remaining few months of 2017 and there’s still plenty of adventure to be had like Grasmere Sports on August 27th where one of the regions highest profile fell running races takes place, the Windermere One Day Swim from Newby Bridge September 3rd and the Cumbrian Cracker Cycle Sportive on November 19th starting from Grasmere.
Penny Irvine offers everything from the most relaxing mind and body aromatherapy massages through to deep tissue massages for sports men and women. Just read her testimonials to discover the diverse reason why you should book Penny for a massage whether it’s in your luxury hotel room, home or self catering cottage in areas such as Kendal, Bowness, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston.
Penny has provided her massage services in various hotels in the Lake District such as Cragwood Country House and Applegarth Villa in the Windermere area and Rothay Garden Hotel in Grasmere along with a variety of self catering cottages in Cumbria. Visit http://pennyirvinemassagetherapy.co.uk/ for more information on Penny’s services and qualifications.
Whether it’s the onset of summer or to aid in getting people to do more exercise, it seems national newspaper journalists can’t help but write about walking in the Lake District at the moment. Both online and in print, the last couple of weeks has seen articles on the best walks, best places to stay for walkers and dog friendly walking routes in the Lake District.
But it is no surprise really, journalists naturally want and need to write about what is popular at the moment and walking and especially in the Lake District and Cumbria is just that. Fell walking is more popular than ever and is far from that of a few years ago when it seemed it was always the slightly older end of the population. Now every age group from all over the country can be seen including families breeding a new generation of fell walking lovers.
Although the smaller members of the family may need to be coaxed along with the promise of an ice cream at the end, they always seem to have the broadest smile when they reached the top of the hill, even at their tender age they understand it is an achievement and love to see the landscape from up high.
With plenty of child friendly places to eat and drink and most definitely a plethora of accommodation geared up for families, it is no wonder the Lake District National Park tops the lists of family friendly and walking friendly destinations in the UK.
Accommodation Highlight: The Damson Dene Hotel near Bowness on Windermere in Crosthwaite with a choice of family rooms including three separate annexe family suites in the hotel grounds. The hotel also has a family friendly restaurant and bar, leisure facilities and plenty of outside space for children to play. Family rooms range from £86 – £150 per night. Visit http://www.damsondene.co.uk/bedrooms/family for more details.
After a period of no luck for the glorious village of Grasmere since the floods back in December, Friday May 13th is set to be far from unlucky with no resident, business or visitor giving a second thought to the usual superstition.
Since early December, the main A591 road has been closed just north of Grasmere due to the road subsiding stopping all traffic from travelling to or from Grasmere. A temporary road was constructed and a special bus service was put into operation allowing visitors and residents to get to not just Keswick but many other destinations north.
But Friday May 13th 2016 is the date, the date the road reopens and it definitely going to be well attended with much excitement on social media and in the news. Grasmere is lovely whatever time of the year but it’s now looking the greenest of green with the brand new shoots on the trees and new lambs bouncing around and the real May treat, bluebells galore. The village is fast becoming the go to destination for food with new restaurants opening along with artisan cafes and producers. Enjoy all this and with the fells, waters and lake on Grasmere’s doorstep.
Its perfect timing for the Spring Bank Holiday and half term so if it’s not possible to attend the opening on Friday, get a weekend or holiday booked later in the month to drive or cycle along this now famous stretch of road. Raise View House in Grasmere is a luxury B&B with rooms from £120. Welcoming walkers and cyclists, enjoy peace and quiet with all the restaurants in Grasmere on the doorstep to sample.
On Saturday April 16 a very special and fruitful festival will be taking place, the much loved and now very famous annual Damson Day, a celebration to herald the arrival of the damson blossom – and spring in Westmorland.
Damson Day is held at Low Farm, Crosthwaite from 10.30am until 4.00pm organised by the Westmorland Damson Association. The association was set up to preserve this historic fruit that has been grown in Westmorland (now collectively named Cumbria) since the 1700’s. Enjoy food and craft stalls and demos, a children’s fair & activities, archery, a dog show, music and dancing and full refreshments naturally. The annual damson day brings visitors from far and wide and the trend for cooking with this tart fruit by top chefs now has made these little nuggets even more sough after. For more information on Damson Day visit, http://www.lythdamson.org.uk
The Lyth Valley contains rolling countryside, forests and pastoral delights and every now and again you stumble of a delightful little village. The Valley isn’t just famous for Damson’s, it is also a must go destination for foodies with some excellent places to eat and drink. Between Crosthwaite, Brigsteer and nearby Cartmel Fell are some of the best dining pubs in the north of England and all regular award winners, Punchbowl Inn at Crosthwaite, Mason’s Arms at Strawberry Bank and The Wheatsheaf at Brigsteer. All firm advocates of the bountiful local, seasonal produce available in the area.
The Lake District, a haven full of peace and tranquillity. This is very true and why it is one of the reasons so many visit this National Park every year. But not everyone wants a slow pace of life on a holiday in the Lake District and that what makes it such a special destination, it caters for everyone. Thrill seekers and those loving action packed holidays are well and truly catered for in England’s largest and most dramatic National Park.
The Lake District is officially the “Adventure Capital of the UK”. There are just so many activities for all ages and all abilities to enjoy.
Langdale being at adventure epicentre of the Lake District is surrounded by opportunities to enjoy the more adventurous and more active holiday. Mountain biking and walking are particularly popular obviously in the Lake District but there’s also horse riding, the via ferrata at Honister, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, kayaking and canoeing to name but a few. All these activities more than burn off the great food you can also find in the Lake District! A win win situation we say!
Where to stay on the adventure then the Langdale 4 Star Hotel & Spa are strong advocates of adrenaline fuelled activities. A spot of luxury along with great food is the perfect way to refuel before another day on the fells, off road tracks and paths that can be enjoyed directly from the hotel door. Rooms start from £120 including breakfast. Visit the Langdale Active website for adventurous ideas and http://www.langdale.co.uk for accommodation details and to book a room.