Archive for June, 2012

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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The Olympic Torch Tours the UK!

Friday, June 1st, 2012
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The Olympic torch relay is now in full swing! Since 19th May and until 27th July, thousands of people will line the streets to see the Olympic torch pass them. For many people this will be a once in a lifetime chance to get a glimpse of the famous torch and an all important opportunity to be part of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The Olympic Torch

For those of us living outside of London, the Olympic Games can seem rather distant from our everyday lives and the impact of the games even further away. Away from the disruption of the building works and stadium and shopping centres, it is almost easy to forget that the games are coming to the UK at all.
Sadly, people were left disappointed after applying for the sporting tickets and the even more sought after opening ceremony. Thankfully, the torch relay means that everyone can get a bit of Olympic fever because as the torch tours the UK, it will travel to within 1 hour of 95% of the population. So without the cost and inconvenience of travelling to London, everyone can have their very own memories of the London 2012 Olympics.

The flame was ignited on the 10th May 2012 in Greece at the Temple of Hera, Olympia, the home of the Ancient Olympic Games. Once it arrived in the UK it started its journey at Lands End in Cornwall, and travelled into Devon and through Worcestershire before entering Wales at Monmouthshire on day seven. The torch then spent the next four days touring Wales, through Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Bangor. From there it was into Chester before heading back into Wales then to Stoke-on-Trent. Tonight the flame will enter Liverpool and the occasion is due to be celebrated with a waterfront spectacular for which 10,000 free tickets have been allocated.

The journey so far is just the tip of the iceberg. The torch has another fifty seven days of travelling before it will be displayed centre stage at the Olympic Opening Ceremony on 27th July. During the journey, over 8000 people will have the honour of carrying the torch and it will travel a total distance of about 8000 miles. The selection process started last year and people were chosen after a process of nomination which asked communities to submit the names of inspirational individuals. The chosen torchbearers include fifteen year old Daniel who has raised thousands of pounds for a children’s hospice and twenty year old Nick Giles nominated for his passion for sport.

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