Top 10 Events During English Tourism Week 2017


The 25th of March to the 2nd of April 2017 is English Tourism Week, a celebration of all things tourism around the UK. We’re bringing you list of some of the great things going on over the coming week.

Gruffalo Spotters, Grizedale Forest

If you go down to the woods today...

Download the The Gruffalo Spotters app and head to the fantastic Grizedale Forest to search for the Gruffalo and other woodland creatures. Don’t forget to pick up your activity kit with its evidence collection bag and tools to help you on your mission. Follow the clues through the forest for a family-fun adventure.

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Northern Craft Beer Fest, Hawkshead Brewery

This unique, three-day-long beer festival celebrates 25 local breweries and 75 different beers, including rare, limited edition specials. If that’s not enough of a celebration for you, a special festival menu is also available as well as music from a DJ on the Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Northern Craft Beer Fest runs from the 24th to the 26th March 2017.

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Brampton Farmers Market, Brampton

Take your pick of delicious, fresh produce. From jams and chutneys, to cakes and biscuits, to meats and veg... Most of the food comes from within 50 miles of Brampton, so you can be sure that you are experiencing a truly local taste of the Lake District. The friendly store holders offer a wealth of knowledge about their wares – from recipes to cooking tips and tricks. Foodies will love the opportunity to try samples and to have a good old ‘crack’ (chat) with the sellers.

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The Mechanicals, Whitehaven Beacon

The Mechanicals is an interactive exhibition of fascinating automata. There is a range of quirky and beautiful mechanical objects, many of which are available to touch and explore, giving you the opportunity to learn how they work. The Beacon in the Georgian harbour town of Whitehaven also has a range of other, family-friendly activities and exhibitions about the local area.

The Mechanicals runs from the 25th of March to the 20th of April 2017.

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Walkers Cruises, Coniston Water

Cross Coniston Water in style on the National Trust’s unique, rebuilt, steam-powered, Victorian Yacht Gondola. Named in the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2016 as Visitor Attraction of the Year, the cruise begins at Coniston Pier and stops off at Brantwood or Monk Coniston before returning to Coniston Pier. Explore a number of walks or visit Brantwood house and gardens before hopping back on board to head back to your starting point.

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Food Smoking Courses at the Wild Boar Inn, Windermere

Foodies will love this course offered by Smoky Jo’s at the Wild Boar Inn. Those on the course will have the opportunity to learn how to smoke a range of foods including cheese, salmon, and sausage. Enjoy your hard work with a dinner including your own smoked foods at the end of the day. Booking essential.

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Sedbergh Spring Show, Sedbergh People’s Hall

The Sedbergh and District Spring Show presents a range of activities throughout Saturday the 1st of April. Enjoy the musical strains of Sedbergh Town Band whilst browsing through crafts, flowers, home produce, local art, and much more. You won’t go hungry, either, with afternoon tea and refreshments available from the opening of the show.

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Classic Drive and Ride-in Day, Lakeland Motor Museum

The Lakeland Motor Museum in BackbarrowThe Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow is a must-see for any motoring enthusiast, with its range of vehicles of all styles from across the years. Owners of classic cars and motorcycles will be displaying their beloved motors on the 2nd of April. Many iconic models are expected!

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Colin Caygill Antiques Fair, Rheged

Lovers of anything vintage and classic should head other to the Colin Caygill Antiques Fair on the 2nd April. With a large selection of stands, browse through furnishings, militaria, jewellery, vintage clothing, antique tools, and much more.

Rheged, near Penrith, is a great rainy-day option with its 3D cinema, exhibitions, eateries, and activities.

Browse through our cottages around Penrith and the Eden Valley.

South Cumbria Music Festival, Ulverston Coronation Hall

One of the most respected competitive music events in the country, the South Cumbria Music Festival is now in its 47th year. With a high standard of performances from all ages, in categories including spoken word, vocals, piano, and strings, amongst others, there is something for all music lovers.

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