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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/

Our new Sanctuary Suite

Jo Spencer - Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Not only have we just launched our newest venture, the Fizzy Tarté, which opened to the public in Bowness-on-Windermere on 14th April, we’re also breathing

new life into some of our other offerings. The ever popular and über stylish Sanctuary Suite at the award winning Cranleigh Boutique hotel has enjoyed a very recent overhaul and we’re delighted with the results!

 

The new look at the Sanctuary Suite:

 

The success of the Boutique Church Suites, which opened to much acclaim last January, has blown us away. Sumptuously decorated and crammed to the rafters with technological magic, they’re the stuff of dreams. We’ve won awards and feedback from the great British public has been superb. In terms of design, we’ve hit the nail on the head. It’s unsurprising therefore, that we’re keen to replicate the look, feel and atmosphere of the Boutique Church Suites into our other accommodation offerings.

 

We’ve brought in the skills of Steve and Jo Cross once again to create a luxurious edge. Having designed the interiors of the Boutique Church Suites, we know exactly what this stylish duo can do!

 

As you can see, the new look Sanctuary Suite is completely becoming of the Cranleigh Boutique brand. Attention to detail, luxury and a bespoke approach combine to create another winning look which we know our customers are going to love. We are specialists in creating the ultimate accommodation experience for our guests. That’s what we’re renowned for.

 

If you would like to experience the ‘wow factor’, at our new look Sanctuary Suite, call us on 015394 43293 or visit: http://www.thecranleigh.com/index.html

The wait is over as ‘The Fizzy Tarté' finally opens!

Jo Spencer - Friday, April 15, 2016


We’ve spent months in the planning and you’ve been there right alongside us! At last, The Fizzy Tarté has opened its doors and the feedback so far has been beyond anything we could have hoped for! If you haven’t been yet, please do come along and whilst you’re waiting, we’ll talk you through what you can expect!

 
The best cocktails in town!

 

Our two mixologists are now in-situ and are creating mouth-watering cocktails! Kuba Marcisz and Csaba Palyov have both been expert mixologists for many years and will bring the ‘showmanship service’ that will stand The Fizzy Tarté out as the South Lakes’ best patisserie and bar. By all accounts, the ‘Pornstar Martini’ is a big hit and we’ve also been serving happy customers bottles of Crystal and Veuve Cliquout!
 
Glowing Feedback:

 

At the end of the day, it’s all about our customers and your feedback is essential to us. Afterall, that’s why we do what we do! So far, our clientele are loving the vibe, the music and the lighting. Our new team are in place and doing a stellar job. Our VIP booth is open and we’re looking forward to welcoming many more customers over the coming weeks.

 

How to find us:

 

Our new website is now up and running, so you’ll know what you can expect before you even get here! Well designed, easy to navigate and fully befitting of the Cranleigh brand, we’re pretty pleased with it! Take a look: http://www.thefizzytarte.com/index.html

 

 

 

Things to do in May, in the Lake District

Jo Spencer - Monday, April 11, 2016

We’re heading towards warmer months and the Lake District is becoming busier and busier. With the prospect of more enjoyable outdoor activities (without rain!), we predict that visitors will be heading for hills this summer. If climbing’s not your thing however, there’s plenty more going on across the region. Here’s our pick of the best…

 

Cumbria Life sausage festival at Muncaster Castle:

 

One for the foodies! Join in the fun and celebrate the great Cumberland Sausage! Sponsored by Cumbria Life magazine, this is a weekend of food and drink, demos and competitions, gifts and crafts, entertainment and fun over the bank holiday. There are the competitions such as the 2016 ‘Favourite Butchers Cumberland Sausage Competition’; plus entertainment and celebrity chefs - TV Chef Peter Sidwell is joining the event again! There will also be children’s crafts and face painting!
For further information, visit: www.muncaster.co.uk

 

On ‘yer bike with the Fred Whitton Challenge:

 

The famous Fred Whitton Challenge is a cycle challenge starting and finishing in Grasmere and covering 112 gruelling miles around the Lake District National Park. More than 2500 participants from all over the country will be taking part in this one day event. Whether you’re participating, or merely out to spectate, it’s a great fun day and very much a part of the Lake District calendar.
For further information, visit www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk

 

Freerange comedy festival:

 

The freerange comedy festival takes place at the Brewery Arts centre in Kendal, with some pretty famous faces turning out to cause a few chuckles! The festival will welcome the likes of Al Murray, Jack Dee, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Jason Manford, Jimmy Carr, Josie Long and Lee Evans!
For further information on how to book, visit www.breweryarts.co.uk

 

The Keswick Jazz Festival:

 

The Keswick Jazz Festival displays the very best of vintage, swing, blues and hot jazz, returning for Keswick Jazz Festival’s 25th year. Top bands – both established and new - will bring to life the music that evolved in New Orleans a century ago and took the world by storm. With more than 90 events across four packed days, from intimate concerts in the town, to show-stopping performances at Theatre by the Lake, there’s bound to be plenty for all!
For further information, visit: www.theatrebythelake.com

Castles in the Lake District

Jo Spencer - Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Lake District has its fair share of historical buildings. If castles are your ‘thing’, then there are plenty in Cumbria to keep you happy! From the ruins of Kendal castle, to the supposed hauntings at Muncaster, we select a few of our favourites!

Muncaster Castle:

Muncaster Castle is a stately home on the very edge of the Lake District National Park, in Ravenglass. The castle was built in the 14th century, but much of the building we see today is a result of rebuilding in the 18th and 19th centuries. The interiors are grand, whilst retaining a 'homey' feel. The castle is open during the season, with a maze and hawk & owl centre. You can stay in the castle itself, although you would have to be brave. Muncaster has the reputation of being one of the most haunted castles in Britain!
For further information, visit http://www.muncaster.co.uk/

Kendal Castle:

Kendal Castle dates from the late 12th Century. Its ruins overlook the River Kent, with two towers and stretches of the curtain wall remaining. There is an exhibition at Kendal museum about the castle, its people, and the life of the town. There are displays showing medieval objects, reconstructions of the castle, computer displays and various activities such as coin rubbing. Originally the home of the barons of Kendal, the Parr family is the best known of the baronial families, its most famous member being Katherine Parr, the sixth and last Queen of Henry VIII.

Appleby Castle:

Appleby Castle is located in the heart of the Eden Valley, nestling alongside the River Eden. This spectacular motte and bailey castle has been held by the Kings of England and Scotland and boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman keeps. In the 17th century, the castle was the preferred residence of Lady Anne Clifford. Today, the castle can be hired for private functions, hosts a number of summer events and you can even stay in a four poster bed! For further information, visit http://www.applebycastle.co.uk/AC/

Dalton Castle:

Dalton castle is a medieval peel tower, or fortified tower, built at the upper end of Dalton-in -Furness High Street. It was constructed by the Abbot of the powerful Furness Abbey in the early 14th century following a devastating raid by Robert the Bruce and his Scots. The castle features displays about medieval armour, local history, Furness Abbey, and artist George Romney.
The building would have contained a courtroom, a gaol, guardrooms and stores. After the dissolution of the abbey in 1537, the castle continued as a courthouse for more than 300 years, owned at first by the Crown and then by the Dukes of Albermarle, the Dukes of Montagu, and finally the Dukes of Buccleuch.

 

Step away from the chocolate: it’s time to ‘juice’!

Jo Spencer - Thursday, March 31, 2016

It has been the ‘buzzword’ of the past couple of years and juicing now seems to be all the rage. What better time to tuck into delicious, healthy and cleansing juices, than following a period of excess over the Easter break? It’s time to ‘step away from the chocolate’ and reach for the nutribullet instead!


The benefits of juicing:

You should know that more than 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables. We would need to eat 2lbs of carrots, 10-12 apples, or 8 lbs of spinach to get the same amount of nutrients you receive in one 16oz juice. When you consume a fruit or vegetable juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables and giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest.

Juicing and Illness:

There is so much research that demonstrates the healing properties of juicing. Not only will juicing facilitate weight loss, increase energy levels, strengthen immunity, give us strong bones and a glowing complexion, it has also been linked with reducing the chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes. A growing body of research suggests that many vitamin supplements don’t help prevent chronic disease. A synthetic vitamin or mineral is a laboratory simulation of the real thing. Natural, plant-based vitamins and minerals are more easily and completely absorbed by the body.

Where to find a juice fix in the Lake District:

You’ll be pleased to know that the modern phenomena of fresh juices can be found nestled in the more traditional Lake District! The newly opened ‘Lakes Pressery’ in Ambleside is the real deal and offers a host of delicious juices to enjoy on-site or take away. We love the look of the ‘Dr Brainlove’ juice, comprising Blueberry, Beetroot, Spinach, Broccoli, Apple & Lime. https://thelakespressery.com/

You can also pick up a delicious fresh juice from ‘Greens Café’ in Grasmere. The ‘Kiwicumber’ is proving to be a hit, comprising kiwi, spinach and cucumber. http://greensgrasmere.com/

Let’s hope this healthy approach to our bodies is adopted by more Lake District venues!

 


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