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Best Places for an Indoor Day Out in the Lake District

Friday, June 8th, 2012
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Although probably best known for its beautiful walks in the fells and scenic views of the Lakes, the Lake District is also home to loads of great fun activities to entertain the family when the weather takes a turn for the worst. This week’s weather has been pretty bad and the rest of the month is set to continue in the same way, so here is a guide to the best indoor days out in the Lake District.

The Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick

A museum about pencils doesn’t sound like the most thrilling of days out, but since it opened in 1981, this Keswick attraction has been drawing visitors in their droves, with well over 80,000 people visiting each year. This year the Cumberland Pencil Company is celebrating its 180th birthday so there really is no better time to take a trip. There is so much to see and do – see the world’s longest colour pencil and learn about how they get lead into their pencils.

The Coast Aquarium, Maryport

Situated on the west coast of Cumbria and just a short distance from the main tourist spots of the Lake District, The Coast Aquarium at Maryport is now in its fifteenth year and going strong. Named Visitor Attraction of the Year in 2010 it’s the place to see a variety of sealife displays including a recreated harbour wall, a freshwater pool and see the impact of a wave crashing in. Recently the Wild Solway Centre has been added to give visitors an insight into sealife local to the area.

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness on Windermere

Both the young and the young at heart will love this attraction! See all 23 Beatrix Potter stories captured, including Mrs Tiggy-winkle, Mr McGreggor and of course, everyone’s favourite, Peter Rabbit! It is also a great place to pick up a gift for a loved one in the Beatrix Potter Shop with its many Peter Rabbit gifts. Afterwards, treat yourself to a delicious meal or snack in the Beatrix Potter Tea Room, the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea, served on a three tire cake stand with a pot of tea.

The Kewsick Climbing Centre, Kewsick

The Keswick Climbing Wall & Outdoor Activity Centre includes a climbing wall with over 40 rope climbs going up to a height of 8 metres. Its only five minutes drive from the centre of Keswick and from the centre you can also take in beautiful views of the Lakeland countryside.

The Honister Slate Mine, Keswick

The Honister Slate Mine is owned by a local family and is England’s last working slate mine. This award winning experience allows visitors to see the mines close up by taking a tour underground. Located at the top of the Honister Pass, this unique attraction also allows visitors to ‘Fill Ya Boot’ with as much slate as you can fit in your boot for only £20!

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By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.

Get away with the family this half term

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
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With all the excitement and focus on the forthcoming Jubilee weekend, it’s easy to forget that half term is next week too. Although the weather is forecast is unpredictable, we can all keep our fingers crossed for more of the sunshine and hot weather that we have been basking in during the last couple of weeks.

The June half term is a fantastic time to take advantage of lower prices than in the main summer holidays and get away for a break with the kids. It feels like a long time since the long weekends of Easter and still a while to go until the big summer holiday and quality family time is often in short supply. If the kids are stressed with revision for forthcoming exams, a change of scenery could be just the thing to leave them recharged and ready for a few tough weeks ahead.

How about a cottage in the Lake District?

Waterskiing on Lake Windermere

The Lake District is a great place for a family holiday. There are many different types of cottage available in the Lake District whether you fancy a short break or a full week away. The peace and serenity of the area makes it a good place to go and get away from it all and enjoy some down time. Famous for its walking, there are walking routes suitable for all ages from demanding climbs to gentle lakeside walks. The picturesque towns of Keswick and Ambleside with their beautiful quaint shops and cafe’s are perfect for an afternoon saunter round too.
For those who fancy something a little more active, the Lake District is full of thrill seeking activities to help you let off a little steam. From Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre on Lake Windermere you can go waterskiing as well as hire canoes, kayaks, motor boats to name but a few.
If you would prefer to stay on dry land but still fancy a thrill, there is a great place for bike riding at Grizedale Forest with many different routes, suitable for all ages. There is a bike shop from which you can hire almost every type of bike possible, from full suspension bikes, suitable for serious riding, to kid’s bikes and tag along additions so smaller children can join in too.

Or, fancy a Welsh holiday cottage?

If you fancy a cottage holiday, Wales is a fantastic option as it is packed with family friendly things to do. Llandudno is a great place for little children. From the traditional Punch and Judy shows on the promenade, to a paddle in the sea and a ride on one of the fairground rides on the pier, small children will be in their element. For bigger kids, the Ski and Snowboard Centre at the Great Orme is a great day out and is also home to the longest toboggan run in Britain.

The Village of Portmeirion

Portmeirion further down the North Wales coast is a stunning tourist village built in the style of an Italian village. The grounds around the village are home to vast collection of rhododendrons and other exotic plants in a stunning setting making Portmeirion a top tourist attraction.
If retail therapy is more your thing, a quick hop across the Welsh border to Cheshire Oaks near Chester, the UK’s largest outlet centre is a must for all label lovers!

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By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Kirby Lonsdale

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
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In the scenic Lune Valley, Kirby Lonsdale is classed as a Lake District town; as with several of the villages in the Dentdale area it has fluctuated between Yorkshire and Cumbria over the years, but from any perspective the reality is enviable location with a wealth of outstanding natural beauty and superb scenery on the doorstep. (more…)

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3 Brilliant Lake District Events In August

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
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Now is the time to get out and enjoy the summer break, by taking advantage of the fantastic events on offer and the excellent late availability prices of our cottages in the Lake District. We’ve even given you a head start by including a few fantastic events which might interest you below…

Have Tea With Mrs Tiggy-Winkle!!

Kids will love this fantastic event taking place at The World of Beatrix Potter™ in beautiful Bowness-on-Windermere. You’ll be treated to a party lunch with Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and ‘Beatrix Potter’ as the guest of honour! Kids will enjoy the story telling, cakes and opportunity to explore the whole World of Beatrix Potter™, they’ll also be given a free present as well!

Details of how to take advantage of this special event are given below, but hurry this event is extremely popular, booking is essential, so don’t miss out and book today!

Date: Wednesday 24th August 2011

Time: 1pm

Ages: All ages

Venue: The World of Beatrix Potter™, Bowness-on-Windermere ( See On Google Maps)

Admission: £8 per person

Find out more about this and other events at The World of Beatrix Potter™ events page.

Why not discover Geocaching this summer?

Geocaching is the new trend of high tech treasure hunting, combining both the traditional thrill of treasuring hunting with the accuracy of GPS; don’t worry though despite having GPS, it can be just as challenging and enjoyable as ever!

Even better news, the Lake District National Park is holding an introductory session exploring the new trendy sport of Geocaching, so you can get top tips from the experts. Details of the session are given below. Geocaching is something to be enjoyed by young and old and is especially fun for families to take part in.

Date: 13th August 2011

Time: Sessions start at both 11am and 2pm

Ages: 8+

Venue: Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere (See On Google Maps)

Admission: £8 per person

Further details can be found on the National Park Website.

Traditional Sheep Dog Trials

If you’re visiting the Lake District then why not experience the excitement of watching sheep dog trials. Popular events with both locals and tourists, they give visitors an opportunity to watch a traditional technique demonstrated by experienced hands, which is effective but also enchanting and entertaining as well.

The show also has a range of stands offering tempting local delicacies, unique fashion articles and other traditional Cumbrian specialities. The catering tent uses local produce to produce some truly tasty treats, so why not experience both a pastime of Cumbria and some fantastic foods at the same time?

There’s no need to book as spectators are welcome and encouraged to come to every event.  Key details about the Rydal show are shown below, we highly recommend a visit as it certainly offers something for everyone.

Date: 11th August 2011 (This is their 108th show!)

Time: 9am

Ages: All Ages

Venue: Rydal Park, Ambleside (See On Google Maps)

More details and a programme of events can be found on the Rydal Show Website.

All you need now is your accommodation!

With all of those fantastic events taking place, all you need to do now is book your Lake District accommodation with us. We have cottages available in locations near to all of the events mentioned, whether you’re looking at holiday cottages in Bowness-on-Windermere for the Beatrix Potter event,cottages in Windermere to go Geocaching or cottages in Ambleside for the Rydal Show, we’ve got quality cottages ready to accommodate you on your Lake District adventure.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Clitheroe

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
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Gateway to the Forest of Bowland AONB, our Clitheroe cottages nestle in and around the ancient town in the heart of Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. Dating back to Saxon times, this interesting old town features a number of distinctive attractions. Looming over the cobbled streets, Clitheroe Castle perches on a huge limestone outcrop. Visit the Castle Museum, meander through the landscaped gardens and look out for quirky sculptures made of stone and metal. (more…)

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