Showing posts with label keswick Lake District. Show all posts
Showing posts with label keswick Lake District. Show all posts

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Keen-sponsored hill clean-up will take place in Peak and Lake District's

John McHale, Reporter

Outdoor enthusiasts are being offered the chance to clean up the environment and join in action pursuits for a second year.
The Respect the Mountains Envirotrek Mountain Clean-Up sponsored by outdoor brand Keen, will this year take place at two venues.
A June clean-up in the Peak District will be followed a week later in the Lake District.

Clean up participants from a p-revious Envirotrek event
Clean up participants from a previous Envirotrek event
Participants will join in the clean-up in the morning and then will be provided with lunch before enjoying their choice of outdoor activities.
The Peak District event will be based at Castleton and the Lakeland one at Keswick.
A Keen spokesperson said: “Group leaders are allocated and all participants will be provided with cleaning and safety equipment and fully briefed with a safety talk.
“The clean-up finishes at around 12.30pm, with volunteers being rewarded for their mornings’ efforts with a hearty lunch – soup and bread in Lake District, a barbecue in the Peak – on the hillside.
“Participants get to spend the remainder of the afternoon enjoying a range of fun outdoor pursuits organised by the Envirotrek leaders. In the Peak District this will include caving, climbing, rope activities and a ridge walk, whilst the Keswick event will feature climbing, canoeing and gill scrambling.
“There’s also a chance to win some great prizes including Keen footwear and gifts for the quirkiest litter found on the hill, with the day’s event closing at approximately 4pm.”
The English gatherings are part of a series of mountain clean-up events held across various European mountain destinations since 2009 including Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and France.
The Keen spokesperson said: “With an estimated 16 million visitors to the Lakes and an incredible 22 million scheduled to visit the Peak District this year alone, the environmental footprint is considerable and so popular mountain destinations are becoming increasingly in need of on-the-ground action to clear them of waste in order to maintain their natural beauty and enjoyment for generations to come.
“Envirotrek helps to address this need, drawing together tourists, local communities and businesses to give something back to their environment while enjoying some playtime in the great outdoors.
“Through last year’s Envirotrek initiatives, more than 750kg of rubbish was cleared in 1,000 hours across five European countries.”
Anyone interested in taking part should register online at the Respect the Mountains or Keen websites.
The clean-ups will take place on 16 and 23 June.
An entrance fee of £9 is payable locally on the day. Children with a responsible adult are welcome; the fee for ages up to 12 is £4.50.
Keen said if you bought a pair of Keen footwear since August 2012 registration is free.
More details are on the two websites.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Lambing Season Continues in the Lake District

Newborn Lamb resting after delivery

Saw this sight on the way to work - a newborn lamb still struggling to find its feet.
The lambs this year have been very staggered with some having grown quite big already, yet more are still being born. A nice sight especially when the birthing happens so near to the walkway.
Howrahs newborn lamb unable to stand yet
Newborn Lamb

Saturday, 27 April 2013

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Monday, 22 April 2013

Lake District ospreys: new pair at Bassenthwaite

Lake District ospreys: new pair at Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite ospreys
The birds have been identified as a new pair

A pair of Ospreys has set up home in the Lake District, with experts hoping for a 13th breeding season.

The birds are thought to be different to ones which have nested at the site in previous years.
A total of 24 chicks have been raised near Bassenthwaite since 2001, when ospreys returned to the area after an absence of more than 150 years.
The Lake District Osprey Project (LDOP) said it would be "fantastic" if more arrived.

Distinctive markings

Nathan Fox, of the LDOP, said: "We are really excited to have these two birds at the nest site.
"It's interesting they are different birds to previous years.
"The female is unringed and we believe she is a different bird, but the male, who is also unringed, is definitely a new visitor here as he has distinctive markings."
The Lake District Osprey Project is managed by a partnership of the Forestry Commission, Lake District National Park Authority and the RSPB.
Volunteers provide 24-hour nest protection, and staff the viewpoint at Dodd Wood and the Whinlatter Visitor Centre, where there are plans to screen live "nest-cam" pictures.

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.

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

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


Saturday, 9 February 2013

Half Term and Valentines Special Deals - Offers not to be missed

Latest Deals and Special offers

Late Availability
Duke of Portland Boathouse,
Duke of Portland Boathouse, Ullswater, Lakes Cottage Holidays
Sleeps 2
£195 A NIGHT
Whitlow Farmhouse,
   Whitlow Farmhouse, lounge, Eden Valley, Northumberland   Whitlow Farmhouse, self catering Alston, Eden Valley, Northumberland
   Sleeps 11
Friday 22nd February for 7 nights
Now only £530

Please see the selection below or
CLICK  HERE to see our full collection

Hollens Farmhouse,
Hollens Farmhouse, lounge, Lakes Cottage Holidays   Hollens Farmhouse, Master bedroom, Lakes Cottage Holidays
Sleeps 8
Saturday 9th February for 7 nights
Now only £490
Above Cot,
Above Cot, self catering apartment in Windermere sleeping 8, Lakes Cottage Holidays   Above Cot, Kitchen and dining area, Lakes Cottage Holidays
  Sleeps 6
Friday 15th February for 7 nights
Now only £330
Mill Cottage,
Garnet Bridge, Nr Windermere
Mill Cottage, Garden, Lakes Cottage Holidays   Mill Cottage, Self catering cottage in Garnett Bridge, Near Windermere
Sleeps 6
Friday 15th February for 7 nights
Now only £350
CLICK HERE for more fantastic late availability bargains!

Valentines Day Offers
The Old Hayloft,
The Old Hayloft, double bedroom, Lakes Cottage Holidays
   Sleeps 2/3
Tuesday 12th February for 3 nights
Only £195

New Cottages
Manesty View, 
Manesty View, twin bedroom, Lakes Cottage Holidays   Manesty View, views, Lakes Cottage Holidays
Sleeps 4
Tree Tops Apartment,
Bowness on Windermere
Tree Tops Apartment, self catering cottage, Bowness on Windermere, Lakes Cottage Holidays   Tree Tops Apartment, self catering cottage Bowness on Windermere sleeping 4, Lakes Cottage Holidays
Sleeps 2/4
Orchard Farm House,
Orchard House, lounge, Lakes Cottage Holidays   Orchard House, kitchen/diner, Lakes Cottage Holidays
Sleeps 5
There are many more new cottages on our website, please CLICK HERE for further details

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)

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Browse our new cottages Windermere and Keswick

New Properties
Take a look at the new properties that have recently been added to our portfolio!
Little Brook Cottage, Self catering cottage in Bowness on Windermere sleeping 4, Lakes Cottage Holidays
Little Brook Cottage,
Bowness on Windermere
Sleeps 4
Ladstock Hall, self catering holiday cottage in Thornthwaite, Keswick sleeping 10, Lakes Cottage Holidays
Ladstock Hall,
Thornthwaite, Nr Keswick
Sleeps 10
There are many more new properties on our website, please CLICK HERE for further details

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Misty morning with the hint of promised sunshine later

The Howrahs pictures from this morning

Well this morning was a complete reversal of our current weather. Misty, frosty and very chilly. Mist was hanging about but not for long as the sun was trying to rise above the fells to give us a glorious day of sunshine, still a bit chilly mind but dry....

The next few days are meant to be like today so never a better time to book a short break in one of our cottages


Friday, 28 December 2012

Dog Friendly Title - Keswick Winners

Radio 4 Announced the most dog friendly place recently?

Guess where the most dog friendly place in the UK is?

Why, yes it is Keswick - this was awarded to Keswick by the Kennel Club during an interview on Radio 4.

Looking for pet friendly self catering cottages then try our growing list of holiday cottages
Pet friendly Keswick wins most friendly town for our furry friends
Pets given a warm welcome in Keswick

Congratulations to Keswick Town and its residents for making the little furry pets welcome, hooray!!


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.