Lake District Events: 7 & 8 May 2011


If anyone is coming to stay at one of our Lake District cottages this weekend, you’ve chosen a good time to come and stay.  Here are some of the events that are taking place.

Sat 7 & Sun 8 May sees Western Lake District’s first Kitefest.  Haverigg Village (near Ravenglass & Eskdale) will host two days of Kite displays, a teddy bear parachute drop, kite making workshops and a public kite flying area.  It promises to be a spectacular event.  Not to be missed if you are staying in one of our Eskdale or Ravenglass cottages.  

On Sun 8 May, it’s the Fred Whitton Challenge.  Starting and ending in Coniston (South Lake District), this is a bike ride that covers all the major passes of the Lake District including Kirkstone Pass between Ambleside, Windemere and Ullswater, Whinlatter & Hardknott Pass between Braithwaite (near Keswick) and Lorton (near Cockermouth) and Wrynose Pass (between Eskdale and Ambleside).  It is a major challenge – the passes being the challenge rather than the 112 miles that is covered.  Watch out, there will be over 1000 cyclists so you may have to stop to let them pass if you’re in the car.  It’s quite a sight to see.  Stay in one our Ullswater cottages, Keswick cottages, Cockermouth cottages or Eskdale cottages and come out to cheer them on!  

At 10.30am on Sat May 7, there is a free guided walk up Haystacks, Wainwright’s favourite fell.  Just turn up at Honister National Trust car park at the top end of Borrowdale (near Keswick).  The walk takes you past the old slate mine workings, as well as Blackbeck and Inominate Tarns.  This should be a good walk for anyone staying in one of our Keswick cottages or Borrowdale cottages.

Also in Keswick, is the Keswick Jazz Festival which runs for 4 full days from Thursday 12 May.  There are pre-festival jazz events at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick from Saturday 8 May onwards.  Another good event if you are staying in one of our Keswick cottages or Borrowdale cottages.

Vintage Tractors in the Lake District

Dalemain Stately Home near Ullswater is hosting a vintage tractor rally on Sunday 8 May with around 250 tractors, cars and wagons.  I must take Bruno there, he’d love it.  We have a few cottages in the Ullswater area, click here for our Ullswater cottages.  

Of course, there is no pressure to attend any of these Lake District events.  You can just come and enjoy the Lake District at a time of year that I think is its finest time.  Today we heard our first cuckoo interspersed with the sound of lambs bleating as we walked through the bluebells in a shady wood in Keswick.  What could be better? For more information on any of our Lake District cottages, just follow the links.  

Lake District bluebells