by Liz King
Floods in the area last year, although devastating, haven’t stopped this lovely region of England welcoming visitors; it’s home to Benjamin Bunny and his family and friends of Beatrix Potter fame, and also to poet William Wordsworth and his host of golden daffodils.
But there’s more to The Lake District than that as within the geographical area, The Lake District continues to have a concentration of top quality attractions with a variety of new things-to-do and suggestions that will provide enchantment and excitement whatever the interests of the visitor. The Lake District is not short of caravan sites for your motorhome.
If you fancy a “brew with a view” the region has a plethora of cafés, restaurants, hotels and other stop-offs to head to; whilst drinking in the landscape you should try Grasmere Gingerbread, Herdwick lamb and maybe some Kendal Mint Cake. For a stronger tipple, damson gin from the Lyth Valley is a must.
Lucy Cook’s Kitchen
For the Bank Holiday weekend there’s lots to see and do and here are a few suggestions.
May 28 Kendal Farmers’ Market held in the Market Place from 9.30am to 3.30pm
May 28 I’ve Started So I’ll Finish – Demo and Dine at Lucy Cook’s cookery school in Staveley Mill Yard near Kendal. Participants will be able to sample three starters and three desserts in petite portions and take the recipes home. Time 6.30pm and cost is £35.00 www.lucycooks.co.uk
Local farmer at the Countryfest
May 29-30 Countryfest will be staged on the county showground at Crooklands and offers a real taste of the countryside with marquees full of independent food and drink producers, with talks, demos, farm animals, eco zone, country sports, arena activities and entertainment, plus children’s activities. Free parking. Admission £2.00 to £7.00 Open from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday 29 May and from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 30 May. www.westmorlandshow.co.uk
May 29-30 Lakes Alive event Whitehaven Harbour. The harbour will come alive for an outdoor animation festival with performances from some of the best national and international acts and a spectacular procession from Spanish artists Sarruga. www.lakesalive.org
Artwork displayed at Prom Art
May 29-31 Cartmel Races. Watch horse racing against the backdrop of the Cumbrian Fells on a four furlong course – the longest in the country. Price £6.00 to £20.00 Phone; 015395 36240. Action starts at 5.30pm on May 29, first race at 6.00pm and last at 9.10pm. May 31 gates open at 10.00am with first race 2.10pm and last 5.40pm.
May 30 Prom Art – A unique event in which more than ninety artists display work along Grange-over-Sands historic promenade. Display includes paintings (around 1000 usually), photography, jewellery, cards, textiles, ceramics, woodwork, glass etc. All free of charge. Staged between 9.30am and 4.00pm. www.promart.info
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