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A Champagne Shortage? Say it isn't so...

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, September 29, 2016

DON”T PANIC! But there might be a global Champagne shortage coming our way.

 

 

A destructive combination of poor weather, rot and mildew has meant that the latest crop yield has been atrocious. In fact, 2016 has seen the lowest yield since the 1980s. But never fear, this does not mean you have to start cancelling your brunch dates or fill the towel cupboard with Veuve Clicquot. According to the experts, although we will see a slight rise in price, current Champagne reserves stand at a relatively high level, meaning there is enough Champagne available to cover at least one more bad year. Hallelujah.

 

Nevertheless, just in case the weather gods don't feel like being so kind (although I fully encourage anti-rain dances or any other weather related rituals which may help resolve this potential crisis), here is a list of our favourite bubbly alternatives:

 

UK Sparkling Wines

In recent years English bubbly has managed to earn quite a respectable reputation for itself, winning international wine awards, and gaining vast recommendations from respected wine critics. Many even believe that, dare I say it, sparkling wine from the U.K is even better than Champagne. This home-grown variation is clearly more than a phase, with demand on the increase and vineyards springing up throughout the southern counties. Our preferred wines include:

 

Mayfield, Essence, East Sussex, Brut 2011

This award winning sparkling wine from Sussex Vineyards in Mayfield, East Sussex is 100% Chardonnay, with a bit of cellar age to bring out the enticing, biscuity flavours and ensure a long finish. Tiny production of this tipple means that you’d better hurry and secure yours before it's all gone!

 

 

Prosecco

Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Veneto region of Italy around the city of Treviso, close to the north of Venice. Made with Prosecco grapes (also known as Glera grapes), Prosecco is Champagne's cheaper Italian cousin as it’s produced using a more affordable method called the ‘Tank Method’ compared to 'Méthode Champenoise”. However, there is no surprise that Prosecco is the Champagne alternative of choice, as the market offers a range of deliciously creamy and fruity sparkling wines with a slightly more forgiving price tag.

 

Bepin de Eto Flavè Rosato

A stunning bottle with equally distinctive flavours. Tastes of fragrant white peach and apricot are the first to emerge, followed by melon, lychee, and pink grapefruit, ending on a fine note of ripe pineapple. The palate is refined and subtle, yet rich and multi-layered, offering a crisp acidity, and a simple, balanced finish.

 

 

Prosecco Superiore DOCG Selezione Raphael Dal Bo

This elegant bottle of Prosecco boasts a noble bouquet with refreshingly light, pleasantly dry and fruity tastes.

 

 

Cava

Cava is the sparkling wine of Spain. It is mainly made with traditional, indigenous Spanish grapes, and produced using the Champagne Method. However, only producers in the Champagne region may use the term “Méthode Champenoise”, so in Spain it is known as the “Método Tradicional” or Traditional Method. However, unlike Champagne, Cava can come from a few limited, official areas in Spain, not just one area. Although Cava has suffered a certain identity crisis in the U.K, we shouldn't be deceived. There are bottles on the market which would be a welcome alternative at many celebrations.


Gramona Brut Nature Reserva 2009

Well known amongst Cava lovers, this beverage offers flavours of roasted nuts, sweet nutmeg and ginger. Boasting a complex, long, saline finish, Gramona is a sparkling of wine of generous maturity and depth.



 

Crémant

“Crémant” wines commonly refer to sparkling wines made in France, outside the Champagne region. Meaning “creamy” in French, Crémant sparkling wines got their name from the fact that the wines used to contain lower CO2 levels, giving them a creamier texture. Crémant is known to be light and easy to drink, making it a delectable apéritif.

  

Astelia Crémant de Limoux
This lively drink with notes of lemon and pastry from southwest France is named after owner Jean-Claude Mas’ daughter, Astelia. It is made from up to 90 per cent Chardonnay, combined with Chenin Blanc with Pinot Noir to form a balanced and fun beverage.




What's Occurring Throughout October

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, September 22, 2016

 

 


 

October means that Autumn is in full swing with the golden leaves, crisp breeze and Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. Make the most of this beautiful time of year and head to The Lake District where you will find traditional country events as well as others of a more quirky nature...

 

 

Hill Top Tarns and Craggy Wood Walk – Wednesday 12th October

The Hill Top Tarns and Craggy Wood Walk is a scenic, medium length walk from Staveley, with a climb through Craggy Woods then onto the fells to visit Potter Tarn and Gurnal Dubbs. It's a fabulous way to explore the landscape of The Lake District, without having to worry about a route and directions. The duration of the walk is approximately 5 hours and a reasonable level of fitness is required. It begins at Wilf's Cafe, a local favourite famous for its Veggie Chilli, ideal for a well- deserved meal afterwards.

 

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival - 14th - 16th October

Who knew The Lakes could be so trendy. The Lakes International Comic Art Festival features international comic artists and creators, live drawing, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, performance, master classes and independent publishers. The International Comic Art Festival is the only event of its kind in the U.K , and it's taking place in our little town of Kendal between the 14th Wand 16th October 2016. Don't miss it!

 

Cartmel Food Market – Friday 21st October

An event for the foodies! Discover and taste local delicacies and fine, fresh food from the area brought to you by various farmers, growers, artisan producers and speciality food merchants. Stallholders include: Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Furness Fish & Game, Chilli Pepper Company (chilli plants, chutneys & other foods), Country Fare (cakes and baked goods), alongside many others. I suggest you go hungry...

 

Halloween Hoot at Brockhole – Wednesday 26th October

An utterly charming event, especially if you're an animal lover. The Halloween Hoot at Brockhole allows you to meet Dumbledore the white faced owl, Tassle and Ivy, the barn owls and Eggnog the little owl, and discover how delightful these creatures truly are.


 

Spotted: The Lakes takes to The Big Screen

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, September 15, 2016

    The 19th August 2016 marked the release date of Swallows and Amazons in cinemas, the latest film adaptation based on the 1930 novel by Arthur Ransome. The plot remains a tale of innocence and adventure, as it follows four boisterous children on holiday with their mother in The Lake District in 1929. Staying true to the story, a large majority was filmed right here in The Lake District, and it certainly looked beautiful! (We'll have to forgive Yorkshire for stealing some screen time)

     

    But where exactly?


    1. Coniston

       

       

      The calm Coniston Water takes centre stage as the four siblings - turned explorers - set sail for 'Wild Cat Island', or Peel Island as it's known locally.

       

       

      1. Derwentwater
       
       

      Known for its breathtaking views, Derwentwater boasts tranquil waters set alongside the dramatic landscape of the shore’s edge and surrounding peaks. It was the ideal location for the children to explore sailing techniques, and it welcomes visitors to do the same with canoe and paddling sessions on offer.

       
       

      The stunning scenery featured in Swallows and Amazons undoubtedly left many of us Cumbrians proud, if not a tad smug at the sheer beauty of our home. However, it's not the only film to have been shot recently in The Lakes.


       

      The A Word

       

      The A Word was a six-part drama from the BBC, airing earlier this year in March. Thought- provoking and highly watchable, it was a series tackling the subject of autism as well as the effects felt by the family when a close member is diagnosed with the condition. The story is set against the backdrop of The Lake District for a mountainous and rural feel.


       

       

       

      Star Wars: The Force Awakens

       

      The peaks and hills of The lake District may not be the first location that comes to mind when someone mentions Star Wars, but alas, it was turned into an alien landscape , and furthermore, it worked. See for yourself!




       

       

       



       

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Keep your Sweet Tooth on Trend this Summer – Pt 2.

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, September 08, 2016

Woah, what's fro-yo?!

 

Yet another ice cream style product to grace our high streets and supermarkets. Britain has seen the rise of frozen yogurt as the latest trend in all things sweet. A crossbreed between traditional ice cream and healthier yogurt products, fro- yo has become the new way for customers to enjoy their dessert while still being conscious of their health. Although there is debate regarding how healthy frozen yogurt actually is, there is no denying that many of the frozen yogurts on offer are naturally low in fat and full of probiotics. I'll take that as a win.


Where to go for fro – yo:


Frae

Originating from a dairy farm in North Wales, Frae pride themselves on using real yoghurt in their products over cheap, rehydrated powder mixes commonly used by fro-yo brands seen on the market today. Often filled with an impeccably dressed crowd, the trendy shops are located throughout London, but Frae also offer their services for events and occasions.

 

Sheila's Fruity Cumbrian Fro-Yo

Formed in 2014, Sheila uses locally grown fruits to create her flavours and products. New flavours this season include: gooseberry & elderflower, plum & damson and rhubarb & ginger. Her range of frozen yogurt is available at Cumbrian shows and food festivals throughout the summer months.

 

Just want some proper ice cream? We have it covered...

 

English Lakes Ice Cream

Renowned across The Lake District and the UK, English Lakes Ice Cream is undoubtedly one of the country's finest producers of luxury traditional ice cream. Award winning and synonymous with quality, English Lakes' reputation of being a superior ice cream brand is well deserved (don't worry, a thorough taste test was executed previous to writing this blog, JUST to be sure). Their flavours include the ever popular Thunder & Lightning, Madagascan Vanilla, as well as combinations such as Banana Toffee & Walnut and Raspberry Pavlova.

 

FYI, sprinkles never go out of fashion.

 

 

 

Keep your Sweet Tooth on Trend this Summer – Pt 1.

Emily Hadfield - Friday, September 02, 2016
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  • No longer is the classic '99' the sweet treat of choice to be enjoyed on a summer's day while meandering along the various promenades and lake shores of the UK. Now considered a dated symbol of summers past (or a 'classic' for those of a more sentimental nature), times have moved on, and now the market is home to various delicious alternatives...
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  • Ice Cream vs. Gelato
  • Sales for Gelato have skyrocketed, and the public are no longer screaming for ice cream. Although I hate to question two such wonderful creations, it's time for answers. What IS the difference between ice cream and gelato? Well let me tell you...
  • Both products have a similar custard base, but gelato has a higher proportion of milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs (or no eggs at all). Churned at a much slower rate, and thus incorporating less air, gelato is much denser than ice cream. Gelato is also served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream, allowing for a smoother texture. Plus, due to its lower percentage of fat compared to ice cream, it is a healthier alternative to ice cream, with slightly more powerful flavours.
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  • Have a sudden urge for some quality gelato? Here are a few of our personal favourite gelato gems to be found in the UK:
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  • Gelateria 3Bis London
  • Situated on Park Street, suitably next to Borough Market, Gelateria 3Bis offers authentic Italian Gelato which is made in small batches on site everyday. Favourite flavours include the 'Mascarpone with Figs' and 'Peanut Butter', plus, they offer a quirky special feature where customers can have molten chocolate poured into every cup and cone if they so wish.
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  • Kimi's Gelato Bar – Windermere Quays, Glebe Road
  • Served on the shores of Lake Windermere, Kimi's Gelato Bar sells artisan gelato packed with natural ingredients. On top of classic favourites, unusual, but unbelievable tasty concoctions include: 'Turkish Delight' and 'Lemon Meringue Pie'. This little store also enjoys celebrating the seasons with speciality flavours such as 'Hot Cross Bun', 'Pumpkin Pie' and 'Toffee Apple'. Having received exceptional reviews on TripAdviser, and being referred to as the “best gelato in the UK”, we suspect that popularity for this new shop will only increase.

 

Keeping it Fabulous with Farrer's

Emily Hadfield - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Why compromise on coffee? Coffee is the second largest commodity after oil and it is fast becoming the world’s most popular drink with over 300 billion cups being consumed by us each year. There is no doubt that a morning (and mid-morning and lunchtime, and pre-supper...) cup o'Joe is crucial to many people across the globe, so we shouldn't be settling for anything but quality. Luckily for us in The Lakes, Farrer's Tea and Coffee Merchants guarantees the freshest coffee to be roasted in The Lake District.

 

 

 

Established in 1819, Farrer's in one of the oldest independent blenders and roasters of fine tea and coffee in the country. When John Farrer & Co. was formed, it began as a small, family run specialist tea and coffee merchants in Stricklandgate, Kendal. The tantalising aroma of roasting coffee beans became a daily feature of market town life in Kendal, and with its ever bustling coffee shop based on Kendal's high street today, popularity has hardly died down since.


The longevity of this Cumbrian company means Farrer's has been roasting and perfecting blends for generations, keeping up with modern techniques without compromising on taste as a result. For example, every blend is kept in a foil bag which has a special valve in order to retain the coffee's freshness. Experience coupled with the world's leading roasting equipment has made Farrer's tea and coffee renowned for its impeccable standard. However, as a tribute to the roots and traditions of Farrer's, they still use a small Vicom Vittoria roaster for speciality batches or exclusive coffees to ensure that foundations remain.


Farrer's only sell pure origin Arabica beans, which comprises 70% of the world's coffee production. Compared to the second most common species on the market, Coffea Robusta, the Arabica plant is particularly delicate and requires greater care than the Robusta variety. However, the extra activity required is more than worth it, as compared to the bitter notes found in the majority of Robusta coffee, Arabica has a very wide taste range that differs from sweet and soft to sharp and tangy. This allows for some exceptional blends for a variety of preferences.


Apart from offering rich and distinctive favours with their coffee, Farrer's can tell you the provenance of every single product, and ensures that they are all fairly sourced. The London broker knows all the families of the farmers personally, and makes regular trips to the farms to assure quality conditions for all the workers involved . The farmers are also brought over to the UK to see and taste the results of their hard work. Like I said, fabulous right?


The Cranleigh Boutique recognises the superiority of Farrer's products and business practice, as well as its rich history based in The Lake District. As great believers of quality in all aspects, The Cranleigh Boutique provides all guests with Farrer's coffee to be enjoyed at any time of the day.

 

From Rio to Rydal

Emily Hadfield - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

 



  • It is that time again where the cream of the sporting crop from each country compete in what is notably the most competitive, and celebrated competition in the world. Every 4 years the Olympic Games take place and without fail we are awed by the spectacular talent gracing our television screens. Apart from making us mere mortals feel crushingly average and talentless, the reaction to the Olympics is often nothing but positive, from the infectious team spirit and camaraderie to an increase in enthusiasm for sport in general. The recent exhibition of sport has naturally led us to explore the unique local sporting events and traditions found in The Lake District. Want to get involved? Much of what is occurring encourages public participation (and no, you won't have to be subject to suspiciously green swimming pools, yay!)
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  • Although no globally recognised sports have been founded in our area, and we are not the home of any Premier League football teams, there is ONE sport that has been synonymous with Cumbria and Lakeland for generations. Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling. Every bit as glamorous as it sounds, C&WW is an active traditional sport in Cumbria with people also competing in Lancashire, Scotland, Durham and Northumberland. Its origins are thought to be with the Vikings, who apparently brought the sport with them to England (and of course, it stuck in Cumbria). Many of us will be familiar with the wrestling we see on our screens, but I can assure you, this type of wrestling is very different. For instance, to mark the beginning of a match the wrestlers must "tekk hod", which involves the competitors linking their fingers together behind the backs of their opponent. This has been known to take a while... The contest is always held on grass and is 'best of three falls'. If the hand hold is broken, that also constitutes a fall.
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  • Skill and strength is required to be a successful C&W wrestler. All that exhibitionism that you see with the American style wrestling simply won't cut it! The dress code is also remarkably different. Some people think that the wonderfully flattering traditional white long-johns are the norm, but in fact, they are only compulsory in the world championships.
  • Discover more at http://www.cumberland-westmorland-wrestling-association.com/
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  • For an event slightly less physical, but far more inclusive, Cumbria is host of the 2016 All England Stone Skimming Championships. Taking place on the 20th August (11am-4pm) at Fell Foot Park beside Lake Windermere, the All England Stone Skimming Championships are officially recognised within the sporting world, and participation could not be easier. Men, women and children (under 11s and 11s to 16s), as well as teams, can all enter and try to scoop an official English sporting title. And what a title it is! A ticket to the event will cost £3 for an adult and £1 for a child, and all the money raised will be used by the South Cumbria Rivers Trust and National Trust to assist conservation in the South Lakes.
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  • Although you won't be receiving any titles, here are some more local events that will guarantee to get your blood pumping:
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  • Explore the Shores of Windermere by Bike at Ambleside - 31st August 2016
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  • You will be guided on a traffic-free route out of Ambleside by British Cycling-trained leaders using quiet minor roads and the cycle trails to Hawkshead. The journey includes a cycle around the beautiful Esthwaite Water then onto Near Sawrey, home of Beatrix Potter.
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  • continues down to Lake Windermere, where a lake shore trail to leads to Wray Castle and its beautiful grounds, before returning to Ambleside. 
  • http://www.golakes.co.uk/Ambleside-Explore-the-shores-of-Windermere-by-bike/details/thedms_info/?dms=3&venue=5058427&feature=1031
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  • Triathlon at Buttermere - September 10th 2016
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  • Love a challenge? Well look no further. Swim Buttermere Lake, cycle the steep climbs of Whinlatter and Honister Passes, and finally, run around the shoreline of Crummock Water. The swim is 1.5 kilometres, the cycle road route 44 kilometres, and the run 13 kilometres. 
  • http://www.highterrainevents.co.uk/#!buttermere-tri/c12lb

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  • Take On The Lakes - September 16th 2016
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  • Take on the elements this September! This event encourages team of 4 to walk, cycle and canoe in under 12 hour in the heart of the Lake District.
  • Challenge 1. Complete a 12 kilometre trek in the Furness Fells to the summit of Coniston Old Man in 5 hours.
  • Challenge 2. Cycle a 25 kilometre trail in the Grizedale Forest in 4 hours.
  • Challenge 3. Paddle across Coniston water in under 3 hours.
  • The money raised will go towards the cost of providing a powered chair for a disabled child courtesy of Whizz-Kidz.
  • http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/support-us/events-challenges/take-on-the-lakes

  • Festival of the Fells - September 22 – 25th 2016
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  • A unique festival to the U.K. Organised by “Ambleside Together”, it's an event to celebrate the wonderful landscapes, seascapes, traditions, culture, history, and outdoor activities of the Lake District and Cumbria. During the 4 days, there will be guided walks over Loughrigg and Wansfell, Red Screes, and the Fairfield Horseshoe, swimming in the lakes and tarns, food from local produce, music, and more.
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  • Come and explore the somewhat specific, but undoubtedly enjoyable sporting events and traditions taking place in The Lake District and the surrounding area over the next few months. You may not win a medal, but you'll certainly walk away with memories and perhaps a new skill!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Do you remember the 21st night of September?...

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, August 11, 2016

Although this article is not a tribute to the legendary American R&B group that is Earth, Wind & Fire (shame), the group HAS got us wondering, how can we make our September a little more interesting? Here in The Lake District, September is an unusual month, where the height of the Summer season comes to an end, and the majority of holiday makers gradually start making their way home. However, it is a month which has been known to grace us with surprisingly good weather (for The Lakes), leaving our little village in a state of autumn bliss. Therefore, if you want to remember “dancing in September” (last EW&F reference, I promise), fear not, as there are a number of events happening in The Lake District that are guaranteed to give you a dose of fun and excitement this September.


After sampling the many delights and activities on offer in Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere village, why not venture further afield and experience a taste of what the locals enjoy. From lantern festivals to Jazz gigs, there is an event for every preference.


 

Friday 9th September 2016 - Kendal Torchlight Festival 2016

The Kendal Torchlight Festival is a firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, often attracting over 25,000 people from all over the country. It is one the largest one-day events in The Lake District and Cumbria. The carnival and traditional procession aims to promote and exhibit 'the best of Kendal', plus, it enables the chosen charities to raise tens of thousands of pounds towards their worthy causes.

The 2016 Torchlight carnival and parade will begin at 7.30pm on the 9th of September (Kendal's streets will start closing to incoming and outgoing traffic from around 6.30pm, to be reopened at approximately 10.30 pm). The following afternoon, the carnival organisers will be hosting a street party in Kendal town centre with attractions such as carnival performances, a dance stage and a samba workshop. Be prepared for a spectacle of colour, creativity and energy.


For more information about The Kendal Torchlight Festival 2016, visit the website at http://www.kendaltorchlightcarnival.co.uk/

 

Saturday 10th September 2016 to Sunday 25th September 2016 - C Art Open Studios

For two weeks in September 2016, the public are given a rare opportunity, as artists from across Cumbria welcome you into their private studios and galleries. From ceramicists to photographers, print makers to sculptors, this event by C-Art encourages art lovers to meet a huge range of artists and view their work in what is usually their private space. Explore and discover the extensive and varied selection of traditional and contemporary visual art, craft, and design that's available within The Lake District and Cumbria.


For more information about C Art Open Studios 2016, visit the website at http://www.c-art.org.uk/

 

Tuesday 13th September 2016 - Kendal Jazz Club Gig in Staveley

 Fancy toe-tapping the night away while sipping on Cumbria's finest real ale? Well, look no further! On Tuesday 13th September, Jeff Barnhart and 'Spats' Langham enliven the River Bar of Hawkshead Brewery so you can do just that. The swing / stride / blues / ragtime pianist coupled with a wonderful rhythm guitarist provides the basis of a highly enjoyable evening (and you may even be tempted to attempt a dance move or two!)

 

For more information, visit the website at http://www.kendaljazzclub.co.uk/


Saturday 17th September 2016 - Ulverston Lantern Festival

Enjoy the annual Ulverston Lantern Festival this September, a truly stunning event consisting of beauty and attractions for the public's entertainment. Featuring the glorious spectacle of hundreds of lanterns parading through the town, theatrical performances, and impressive fireworks, this festival in not one to be missed.


For more information about the various parades and layout of the festival, visit the website or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheUlverstonLanternFestival/


Thursday 22nd September 2016 to Sunday 25th September 2016 - Ambleside Festival of the Fells

For the more active among you, The Ambleside Festival of the Fells is ideal. The festival features walking, swimming and scrambling, while celebrating the landscape, culture, history and outdoor activity in the Lake District.

 

For more information, visit the Go Lakes website at http://www.golakes.co.uk/Ambleside-Festival-of-the-Fells/details/?dms=3&feature=1029&venue=5058427


Saturday 24th September 2016 to Sunday 25th September 2016 - Taste Cumbria Festival in Cockermouth

Calling all you foodies! The seventh Taste Cumbria Festival in Cockermouth will serve up food and drink from over 100 of the Lake District and Cumbria's producers, hoteliers and restauranteurs. This is a highly popular two day event that annually attracts over 30,000 people.

Watch celebrity chefs demonstrate their skills as they create some edible delights, or if you're about the eating and drinking(naturally), feast on local food at the pop up restaurant or the Market Place Food Court, all to be washed down with the selection of fine ales and craft beers on offer.


For more information, visit the Taste Cumbria website at http://www.tastecumbria.com/


Friday 30th September 2016 - Kendal Made in Cumbria Framer's Market

The Kendal farmers' market is organised by Made in Cumbria, and is the oldest known market in the area, with Kendal's market charter dating back to 1189. The vibrant market is held in Market Place, beside the flowing waters of the River Kent in Kendal. It boasts many varied stalls by local traders, offering a range of products from fresh produce to clothes and crafts.


For more information visit the website at http://www.madeincumbria.co.uk/whatson_details.asp?id=8


Visit The Lake District this September and discover all it has to offer. Make this month the best yet.


 

Quintessentially British. 100% Delicious.

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, July 28, 2016



    Quintessentially British. 100% Delicious.


    1. Ah, tea. Many would agree that the herbal concoction is one life's simple pleasures. A stress reliever, a comfort blanket, and of course, the go to beverage for almost any social occasion. Such an important role this drink plays, there is even a time of day purely dedicated to the enjoyment of tea, which naturally has to partnered with buttery scones, moist cakes and flavoursome sandwiches...


      The concept of Afternoon Tea was introduced during the early nineteenth century, when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is said to have complained of "having that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon. At the time, it was common practice for people to only have two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o'clock in the evening. Therefore, it was decided that the solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea accompanied by a light snack. As a result, it wasn't long before all of fashionable society was taking part in this ritual, and Afternoon Tea eventually became the norm among certain circles. Thanks Anna!

      Although Afternoon Tea is now only an occasional luxury for the British, many hotels, bars and cafes endeavour to recreate the ceremony, for when people fancy a moment of decadence. Consequently, Afternoon Tea now comes in various shapes and forms, offering a wide choice for tea lovers everywhere.

      Here is a small assortment of beautiful and and delicious Afternoon Tea selections on offer throughout the UK:


      The Ritz, London

      £52 per person / £68 per person including a glass of Champagne


      Having been served at the hotel since it opened in 1906, The Ritz is synonymous with Afternoon Tea, and is an experience steeped in tradition. Everything, from the Palm Court location to the 18 varieties of tea, exudes quality and superiority. However, there is a strict dress code where men are required to wear a jacket and tie (jeans are not permitted for either men or women).


      Betty's, The Belmont Room, York

      £32.90 per person / £39.95 per person including a glass of Champagne 

       

      The 'Lady Betty' Afternoon Tea service offers a touch of opulence with an extensive selection of sandwiches, scones and exotic cakes. Betty's has tourists flocking to their doors in order to taste the delights of this famous tea house, therefore, make sure to pre book.


      The Balmoral, Edinburgh

      £35 per person


      With menus created by chef Jeff Bland, customers can choose from either 'Elevenses' or a classic 'Afternoon Tea' service. Although neither of these services offer Champagne or an alcoholic beverage, the extensive, and equally exotic, selection of teas and infusions is spectacular.


      The Langshott Manor Hotel, Surrey

      £21 per person / £30 per person including a glass of Champagne


      Offering a complimentary setting to the English tradition, the service includes: scones, cakes and sandwiches, all homemade by in-house pastry chefs. When the weather is cooperating, the Afternoon Tea service is served on the terrace, overlooking the picturesque gardens.


      The Fizzy Tarte, The Lake District

      £29.60 for two / £39.60 for two including a glass of Champagne for each person 

       

      New, with a luxurious and intimate atmosphere, The Fizzy Tarte offers an Afternoon Tea service with a twist. Whether you are looking for a traditionally classic Afternoon Tea, or a more contemporary selection, The Fizzy Tarte can serve both preferences. Want to experience the true Fizzy Tarte flair? We recommend The Fizzy Tarte 'Ultimate Afternoon Indulgence'. Overall they guarantee a swanky and modern setting, delicious treats, and an afternoon to be remembered.


      www.thefizzytarte.com

       

      There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea” - Henry James


Do you crave adventure? Or prefer to get lost in the arts? Either way, August in The Lake District has a lot to offer...

Emily Hadfield - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

 

 

Photograph looking over the Ullswater Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will find there is little else that excites those within The Lake District more than the possibility of sunshine and warm weather (and by warm I mean temperatures that actually surpass the 20°C barrier). Therefore, predictions of a 'hot' climate for the remaining Summer months have been met with cheers and hopeful hearts across the county. When the sun shines and the flora and fauna is in full bloom, the remarkable beauty is hardly comparable to anywhere else in the country.

 

Luckily, The Lake District and its surrounding area is host to a wide range of events and activities this August, which means you can have an unforgettable experience as The Lakes comes into its own. So whether you desire an adrenalin rush, theatrical entertainment, or a taste of local delicacies and traditions, The Lake District can oblige.

 

Mountain & Ghyll Adventure At Greenside

 

Want to have an active day with guaranteed fun? Explore the glorious natural features of the National Park while rock climbing/abseiling or ghyll scrambling in the fells above the Ulswater Valley. Set amongst breathtaking scenery, this adventure assures hilarity and adventure, whether you're with friends or your special other. For further information, visit http://www.golakes.co.uk/things-to-do/Glenridding-Mountain-Ghyll-Adventure/details/?dms=3&feature=1000&venue=5532780&easi=true&nd=1&startdate=01+Aug+2016&aspcaptcha=W3NJ89&pvieflag=e

 

Theatre by the Lake in Keswick

 

If you long for a more sedate experience, but equally as entertaining, get lost in a play at the Theatre by the Lake. Set just a short walk from Derwentwater, the theatre has been described by The Independent as “The most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain”. August offers a range of productions allowing a choice of genres. For a comedy, 'Watch It, Sailor!' is ideal, on the other hand, 'The Vertical Hour' offers a more thought provoking show. If you are inclined to a more classic tale, 'Dial M for Murder' is a stylish revival of a well known story, which has been met with positive reviews. For further information, visit http://www.theatrebythelake.com/

 

The Cartmel Show

 

For a traditionally rural time, take a trip to the Cartmel Show, held on the first Wednesday in August. Offering stalls selling various delights and products, as well as entertainment centred around country living, there is something to enjoy for all parties and ages. The picturesque setting of the Cartmel Racecourse provides the backdrop for a truly delightful day out. For further information, visit http://www.cartmelagriculturalsociety.org.uk/theshow.html

 

Grasmere Sports

 

The annual Grasmere Sports show is a firm favourite for visitors and locals alike. Celebrating 166 years of existence, it is one of the most popular and traditional events in the English Lake District. Held on Sunday 28th August, Grasmere Sports provides a diverse experience compared to other country shows around. From Cumberland Wrestling to a Lakeland Sheepdog and Duck Show, you will struggle to be bored! For further information, visit http://grasmeresports.com/


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