Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts

Thursday, 23 May 2013

New cycling initiative launched in the Lake District

TV presenter Helen Skelton, of Blue Peter fame, has become one of the first people to experience an innovative new cycling initiative in the the Lake District.

Skyride cycling initiative
The initiative aims to encourage people to experience the Lake District in a healthier, greener way

The event was the first in a series of 30 free guided group bike rides led by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders planned for the Lake District this summer.
Aimed at all age groups and experience levels, the Sky Ride Local rides encourage people to experience the Lake District in a healthier, greener way.

It is the first time Sky Ride Local has come to a National Park, and the GoLakes Travel programme has teamed up with British Cycling to bring the initiative to the region.

Between now and the end of September, Sky Ride Local rides will also take place around scenic spots such as Hawkshead, Coniston Bowness, Elterwater and Ambleside.
Starting points for the routes will also make the most of traffic-free cycle routes being enhanced through the GoLakes Travel programme, with many getting underway close to bike hire points. For some routes, there is even the option of hiring an electric bike.

Helen Skelton said: “I’m delighted to be one of the first to experience this new cycling initiative in what is probably one of the most perfect locations in the country to cycle. I love to leave the car at home and get out on my bike. Cycling is such an important sport for all ages to get involved in and this ride will bring cycling fans together from all different backgrounds and abilities to enjoy riding in such a stunning landscape”.

Claire Maclaine, GoLakes Travel Programme Manager added: “Sky Ride Local rides are a really exciting, way for people of all ages and abilities to explore experience and enjoy cycling in a unique natural setting. Go Lakes Travel is proud to be part of a fantastic year for cycling in Cumbria, with the county hosting the longest leg of the Tour of Britain in September. As part of this, we want to show that cycling is for everyone and what’s great about Sky Ride Local is that it’s free, accessible and genuinely aimed at building people’s confidence whether they’re a regular cyclist or not.”

To see the full list of Sky Ride Local rides in the Lake District, or to book a free place, visit:

Tour of Britain 2013: Organisers reveal Stage Two Lake District route

HONISTER Pass was today chosen as the iconic setting to unveil the Tour of Britain’s first visit to the heart of the Lake District.

Organisers gathered on the 356m-high route to reveal the path which 100 of the world’s top cyclists will tackle during stage two of the race.
The pass, which features gradients of up to 25 per cent, will provide competitors with their sternest test yet as they head from Carlisle to Kendal on Monday, September 16.
Setting off from the city centre at 11am, racers will snake down the county via Wigton, followed by a Yodel Sprint starting from outside St Kentigerns Church in Aspatria.
Moving next onto Cockermouth, another Yodel Sprint will follow at Dearham, near Maryport, before a third starting outside Whitehaven School.
They will then take on SKODA King of the Mountains climbs at Mockerkin, near Cockermouth, and Chestnut Hill, Keswick, in what is billed as one of the toughest stages of the entire 2013 tour.
After passing through Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere and Crook, riders on the 186.6km route will have to summon the strength to climb Beast Banks, Kendal, which featured in the 2007 race.
Competitors face more than 3,000 metres of climbing during the stage with the first racers expected to cross the line at around 3.13pm.
North West professionals Matt Cronshaw, of Team IG Sigma Sport, and British Hill Climb Champion Jack Pullar, of Madison Genesis, joined Tour of Britain organisers and officials from across Cumbria to reveal details of the route.
The tour is returning to Cumbria after last year’s stage start in Carlisle, which attracted thousands of spectators.
It is estimated the event will generate up to £4 million for Cumbria’s economy.
David Southward, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for economic development, said: “The Cumbrian stage will be a high point - in all senses - of this year’s tour.
“The excitement is building and Cumbrian schools and communities are already showing a great deal of interest.
“As the event gathers momentum, the benefits for the economy, the environment and people's health all snowball as people show an interest in cycling.”
Lake District National Park Authority chief executive Richard Leafe said: “Hosting the most challenging mountain stage of the Tour of Britain in one of the UK’s most dramatic landscapes will provide a fantastic opportunity to position the Lake District as an exciting and awe inspiring place.
“It is also an excellent opportunity to encourage more people to take up cycling as a greener form of transport, whether they are a visitor or local, while enjoying the beauty and splendour that the Lake District National Park has to offer.”
And Richard Greenwood, Cumbria Tourism’s head of policy and research, added: “Hosting a full leg of the Tour Of Britain in Cumbria provides us with an excellent opportunity to showcase our beautiful county - the UK’s Adventure Capital - both within the UK and internationally.
“As a cycling destination Cumbria has so much to offer, with country lanes, quiet back roads and lots of National Cycle Network routes to explore, as well as more challenging off road routes over high fells and mountains.
“To have international cycling stars in our county for a full stage is a massive coup and will benefit the area in so many ways as well as showing the world what a beautiful place Cumbria is to explore on two wheels.”
Stage Two of the race is being organised in partnership with the Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria County Council, Carlisle City Council, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria Tourism.
The Tour of Britain, the UK’s biggest professional cycle race and largest free-to-watch sporting event, starts in Peebles in the Scottish Borders on September 15.
Attracting Olympic, World Champion and Tour de France stage winners, it runs until September 22.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

New Lake District ‘Bike Bus’ service launched

The Lake District is a popular destination for mountain biking, family cycling outings and road riding alike
The Lake District is a popular destination for mountain biking, family cycling outings and road riding alike (Seb Rogers/Future Publishing)

Saturday 4 May saw the launch of a new ‘Bike Bus’ service in the Lake District. The Stagecoach 800 runs the full length of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and has been specially converted to carry up to 12 bikes.

The new route includes the following popular stops around Windermere and links in with the ‘Bike Boat’ ferry shuttle from Brockhole to Wray:
  • Ambleside (Kelsick Road)
  • Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre
  • Windermere train station
  • Bowness-on-Windermere Pier
  • Fell Foot Park
  • Newby Bridge
  • Lakeland Motor Museum
  • Lakeside& Havethwaite Railway
For 2013, the Bike Bus will run on the following dates:
  • 4 May – 14 July (Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays)
  • 20 July – 1 September (daily)
  • 7 Sept – 28 Sept (weekends only)
Claire Maclaine, programme manager for the GoLakes, supporter of the Bike Bus service, said: “The Bike Bus is another great way to help people to explore and enjoy our stunning landscape without the hassle of loading up car bike racks and fighting for parking spaces at the other end. This regular service is geared up specifically for the needs of cyclists and is ideal for families to hop on and off at a range of locations running the full length of Windermere.”
Two new leaflets are being produced to complement the service, ‘Rides from the Bike Bus’ and ‘Days out from the Bike Bus’. Printed on waterproof paper, they will both be available from late May. Alternatively, a full timetable can be viewed online.
Sustrans’ National Cycle Network route 6 runs east from Windermere, linking riders with Kendal and going on through the Howgills and Yorkshire Dales. There’s also a short family friendly bridleway ride on the west side of Windermere, through National Trust land, that can be accessed via the ferry that runs from Bowness-on-Windermere.
It’s about 20km to cycle the length of the lake one way, and there are mainly minor roads and bridleways on the west side and main roads on the east.

Violinist hits Lake District fells to help rescue team

A 20-MILE run over the Lake District’s highest peaks isn’t the usual way for a musician to prepare for a gig.

But that is exactly what accomplished violinist Tim Kliphuis has planned on not one but three days next week.
Next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Dutchman is holding concerts at Hawkshead, Staveley and Keswick respectively with his band the Tim Kliphuis Trio.
Prior to each performance, he will scale a corresponding fell to raise money for the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.
Mr Kliphuis, who is already more than halfway towards his fundraising target of £500, said he was undertaking the unique challenge to show his appreciation for the “incredible work” carried out by the region’s rescue teams.
The first mountain to be conquered is Coniston Old Man on May 16, with the concert to follow at 7.30pm at Hawkshead Church.
He will then tackle the Kentmere Horseshoe the next day before performing at the Staveley Roadhouse from 7.30pm.
The final test comes on May 18 when he runs the Blencathra and Skiddaw mountains in the lead up to playing at the Keswick Mountain Festival.
Log on to for more information about the concerts, or to make a donation.
via North West Evening Mail | News | Violinist hits Lake District fells to help rescue team.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally 4/5th May

Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally - Carlisle

The Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally will take place over the weekend of 4th/ 5th May and will be based in Carlisle with a ceremonial civic start in the city centre while rally headquarters, the Pirelli Rally Show and the central service area will all be located at Carlisle Racecourse.

Weekend not to be missed, we have cottages available for this weekend with the weather set to be dry and sunny

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Festival News - Whitehaven June 2013

Whitehaven Festival Friday 21st - 23rd June - Not to be missed!!

 The Whitehaven Festival a mix of Live Music, Street Theatre, visiting ships, Air Shows and markets that takes place in and around the beautiful Harbour area of Whitehaven.

Friday 21st June - McFly
Saturay 22nd June - Spectacular 70's Concert featuring Slade, The Sweet and Bruce Foxton's from The Jam performing hit songs from their collective 11 number 1's
Sunday 23rd June - Decades of Music, Afternoon Charity Concert and Bay City Rollers and more.

Let us help you find a cottage for this weekend

There is also the ever popular and growing Celebrity Chef area hosted by Jean Christophe Novelli and guests. This is fast becoming the most popular element of this weekend.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Keswick Mountain Festival teams up to help National Trust

Keswick Mountain Festival teams up to help National Trust

John McHale, Reporter

A charity that owns and manages large swathes of the Lake District will benefit from a mountain festival in the area.
Keswick Mountain Festival announced the National Trust as its official charity partner for the 2013 event.
Organisers of the May festival said during the lead up to the festival and throughout the event, visitors will be encouraged to make donations to the trust.
The site of the festival village is on National Trust land in Crow Park and the trust will have a strong presence there during the event, offering information about its work and sites, and fundraising.
In addition, a percentage of sales from the KMF Buff, designed by local schoolgirl Rosie Walker, will be donated to the National Trust.
Lucy Scrase, festival director, said: “Keswick Mountain Festival is a celebration of the outdoors, here in the Lake District and throughout the UK.
“Many of the most popular destinations in our country are on National Trust land and we are keen to support the trust’s efforts to take care of that land and continue to enable the public to visit and enjoy the amazing landscapes we have in the UK.
“By teaming with the trust, we hope to be able to highlight the great work that the organisation does and raise some money to help sustain that.”
Mike Innerdale, the trust’s assistant director for Cumbria and Lake District, said: “Keswick Mountain Festival shares many of the National Trust’s values: we both want to see families enjoying their time in the outdoors.
“Keswick Mountain Festival offers a unique introduction to this amazing landscape and it’s a great place to start building a love of the Lakes.”
Now in its seventh year, Keswick Mountain Festival will run from 15 to 19 May.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Duchess of Cambridge to visit Lake District

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge will be near Windermere on the 22nd March

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, is to visit Great Tower Scout Camp in the Lake District on Friday 22nd March.

Kate is a volunteer in the Scout Association and will be joining other adult volunteers who will receive training in how to work ...with Cubs and Scouts.

This training will then be used by Kate who will help to look after 24 Cub Scouts, who are participating in a pack holiday event at the 250-acre Scout activity centre which is close to Windermere.

As part of their programme, the Cub Scouts, from Cumbria and Manchester, will get a chance to try out tree-climbing, belaying, outdoor cooking and fire-lighting under the guidance of Kate and other volunteers.

We have availability for cottages in the area for the weekend -


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Old Herbaceous - by Reginald Arkell 14th - 23rd March 2013

Old Herbaceous - Thurs 14th - Sat 23rd March - 7:30pm

by Reginald Arkell

dramatised by Alfred Shaughnessy

Old Herbaceous is a classic British novel of the garden. an awkward orphan child with one leg a tad longer than the other, rises from inauspicious schoolboy days spent picking wildflowers and dodging angry farmers to become the legendary head gardener “Old Herbaceous,” the most esteemed flower-show judge in the county and a famed horticultural wizard capable of producing dazzling April strawberries from the greenhouse.

Sprinkled with nuggets of gardening wisdom, Old Herbaceous is a witty comic portrait of the most archetypal—and crotchety—head gardener ever to plant a row of bulbs at a British country house.
Pottering amongst the seeds and cuttings at the back of his ramshackle greenhouse in the garden of a Gloucestershire manor house is Herbert Pinnegar. Now in his twilight years, he’s full of memories and tales of a bygone era. In-between potting up and potting on, he recounts his journey from orphan boy to legendary head gardener ‘Old Herbaceous’ and tells of his friendship with the lady of the house, Mrs Charteris. Sown with seeds of gardening wisdom, this charming one man show is a love story – a humorous portrayal of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants.

Old Herbbaceous by Reginald Arkell

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Ladies Coast to Coast in aid of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland

Can you help by making a donation to support a good cause.

Please help Maria by sponsoring her on her Coast to Coast cycle ride challenge - in aid of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.

Maria will be doing the Ladies Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2013, which is a 3 day event from Whiteh...aven to Tynemouth for 50 ladies, who are all raising funds for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.

This challenge is in memory of Doreen Renucci, Maria's dear mam and Laura's nana who passed away... Event date: 22-June-2013 00:00 - 24-June-2013 00:00

To read more about Maria and her reasons for undertaking this challenge, follow this link where you can also help by making a donation

Monday, 18 February 2013

Keswick Film Festival 21st - 24th February 2013

Come and Enjoy the Views - Weekend for all Tastes

The 14th Keswick Film

This weekend coming will overload your senses! Choose from an exciting and original mix of around 30 UK and international films, previews and UK premieres and experience the stunning views of the Lake District all in this one weekend. Presented by the Keswick Film Festival.
Great films and guests confirmed include the patron John Hurt and Anwen Rees-Myers, Don Boyd, Tony Britten and many more. Come and enjoy a weekend of fantastic views, both inside the cinemas and out!
Offering films to tickle the senses, that would be taste, hearing, touch, smell and sight. Also featuring films which take an unusual look at education. There will also be two fantastic films in the IMAX which will look great on the big screen.
The Osprey Short Film Awards will be presenting the work of local film-makers both young and old, with the annual Audience Award and the opening party, which will be free to pass holders.


  • Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
  • The Alhambra Cinema, Keswick
  • IMAX Cinema, Rheged, Penrith

Which films are showing

Suicide Room
The Wave
Good Vibrations
About Elly
Men at Lunch
I Wish
Found Memories
A Simple Life
Chasing Ice
Nostalgia for the Light
The Man with the Jazz
War Requiem
Stealing a Nation
Back to the Square
Junction for having fun
Nightbreed - the Cabal Cut
The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh
La Pirogue
Peace and Conflict
and many more films....

Bookings and Further Details

Tickets and passes for the festival can be booked via the Theatre by the Lake box office:

Call:  017687 74411

Further details on the festival including film trailers, guest speakers and the latest programme visit

 Design by Split


Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Self-Assembly Swedish Crime Thriller!! - Presented by Lipservice Theatre

Inspector Norse - Wed 13th & Thu 14th February - 7:30pm

Inspector Norse

or (The Girl With Two Screws Left Over)

Cast off your preconceptions of Nordic Noir as the cast weaves a web of mystery leaving you in stitches! By the way the set is partially knitted.
Stage is set in a bitter midwinter, with ex-popstar recluse Freya lookig out of her cabin at the rural winter scene. Smiling, she turns back to her meatballs, but who is the stranger striding across the frozen wastes? carrying a chisel and wearing a fur hat. Days later a man is found dead in a barn nearby with a bizarre message carved on his forehead.

Inspector Sandra Larsson enters in her authentic, rustic knitwear, with her own personal life unravelling before your eyes, it is up to her to follow the pattern of a mystery with many holes.

"A thrilling yarn" sure to give you many laughs and entertainment. Presented on the 13th and 14th February at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, not to be missed!
Inspector Norse presented by Lipservice in Keswick

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick


Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Open Day

Cockermouth Mountain rescue open day

Saturday 23rd February 2013

As part of the Mountain Rescue Teams 60th year celebrations the Base in Cockermouth will be opened to the public from 2pm on Saturday the 23 February. Light refreshments, presentations, tour of the Base and a look at equipment and vehicles etc.

For more information or to speak with Chris please call the Hotel and we can put you in touch.

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Parson's Pirates - presented by Opera Della Luna

The Parson's Pirates - Mon 11th & Tue 12th February - 7:30pm



(Including a full performance of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE)

Opera Della Luna will be presenting this play at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Established in 1994 they have quickly established themselves as a highly original and innovative ensemble of comedians and singers.

You will have a riotous evening of comedy, glittering costumes, exceptional singing and the delightful music from Gilbert & Sullivan.

The Reverend Bender and his intrepid band of thespians take to the road again with the fastest, and frothiest performance of The Pirates of Penzance that you will ever see.

You will not want to miss this comedy play as it is only showing in Keswick for the 2 nights listed above. Make sure you either book your tickets, otherwise arrive very early as they are expecting a sell-out.

The Parson's Pirates - An evening of Gilbert & Sullivan at the Theatre by the Lake  - Keswick

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick


Friday, 8 February 2013

The UK's No.1 Folk and Hiphop Dance Extravanganza!

The Lock In - Sun 10th February - 7:30pm


(Formerly known as Time Gentlemen Please!)

Some of the UK’s oldest forms of dance are brought bang up to date as they collide with some of the youngest in an exciting new dance show touring the UK throughout 2012.
The show, the brainchild of award-winning folk band The Demon Barbers, sees a group of street dancers arrive at an apparently deserted pub. Local rumour has it that The Fighting Cocks is the place to be ‘after hours’ but as the regulars arrive a clash of cultures turns into a dance floor stand-off.
The skill, speed and athleticism of the dancers on both sides soon wins the others over as the old and new are brought together in an exciting and dynamic dance-off. Sword dances are performed with snooker-cues, pub bouncers dance the Morris and B-boys flirt with clog girls. Meanwhile house band
The Demon Barbers takes English Folk music on a new journey with friends Hip Hop, House, Funk and Ska and even says hello to Burlesque and Drum & Bass along the way!
The Lock In promises to do for English folk dance what Riverdance did for Irish dance and Diversity did for street dance, bringing some lesser known forms of dance into the mainstream. Fast-paced and innovative, the show brings together some of the UK’s top clog, sword and Morris dancers with their counterparts from the worlds of B-boying, popping & krump.
The Lock In at the Theatre by the Lake  - Keswick

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Tickets: £16, £14, £10 (discounts £1 off)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Snow Has Arrived!

Snow pictures from around the UK and Lake District

Varying degrees of blanketing white cover
Varying degrees of blanketing white cover
Light dusting on fell tops - some areas had less snow than others but everywhere nice and cold
Light dusting on fell tops - some areas had less snow than others but everywhere nice and cold
Ice Skating on frozen Lakes
Ice Skating on frozen Lakes
Fields of white powder
Fields of white powder
Snow steps leading to a crystal lake - well almost. Derwent Water
Snow steps leading to a crystal lake
Snow on fields and wall with a beautiful blue sky
Beautiful blue sky - white making the morning much brighter

Monday, 7 January 2013

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Victorian Christmas Fayre Pictures - Keswick

Keswick Victorian Christmas Fayre Pictures

Some pictures taken of the Keswick Victorian Fayre, the big feature was the reindeer parade from Keswick Rugby Club to Market Square, looks like it was very ough for the young reindeer.


We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a festive season.


Christmas tree for snow leopards - by Marwell Wildlife

Christmas Tree For Snow Leopards

Video courtesy of Marwell Wildlife

These 3 snow leopard cubs joined in the festive spirit when a real Christmas tree was placed in the home. Although only 6 months old, they appear to be very curious about this addition to the foliage in their surroundings.

Mum Irina was the first to make sure it was safe, the cubs only investigated later in the afternoon. The 3 cubs names are Kitana, Kamala and Kadhir (they were named by public vote from 1,400 submitted names).

Enjoy the video.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Keswick Victorian Fayre - Reindeers

Keswick Victorian Fayre - Keswick Events

Sunday 2nd December

Market Place

The Cairngorm Reindeers are set to appear at the 24th annual Fayre in Keswick on Sunday 2nd December. There will be 6 reindeer with Father Christmas and Hollyberry being carried from the Keswick Rugby Club to Market Square passing via Derwent Close in their sleigh. You will not want to miss this around midday on Sunday, thereafter gifts will be handed out to children by Father Christmas.
There is going to be plenty to keep everyone busy, occupied and happy. Ranging from around 30 charity stalls, to live entertainment and children's funfair at the top end of Market Square. The final Christmas Songs of Praise will be held in St John's Church at 4:30pm.
Parking is free in Bell Close, Central, Lakeside and Otley Road car parks, this is courtesy of Allerdale Borough Council, but beware this does not apply to the other car parks or disk zones. The Fayre kicks off at 11am on Sunday 2nd December.

Special thanks go to the organisers: Members of the Keswick and Bassenthwaite Rotary Clubs, Keswick Lions, Keswick Inner Wheel and other willing volunteers, to the benefit of the local community.