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What's on in Windermere this June

What’s on in Windermere this June

What’s on in Windermere this June

It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the halfway point of the year. However, despite the recent hot weather we haven’t even officially yet hit summer. So if you’re on a spa break in the Lake District next month, here’s our guide to what’s on in Windermere this June. After all, why not make the most of a visit to the Lake District before we reach those busy July and August months.

Windermere Record and CD Fair – 16th June

As you turn on the surround sound in your spa suite, how about treating yourself to some new music. The chances are at the Windermere Record and CD Fair you will find everything from Abba to ZZ Top. Just head on over to the Ladyholme Community Centre from 8.30am to 6pm.

Coniston Marathon and Half Marathon – 3rd June

Just because you’re relaxing in a Windermere spa suite and hot tub, it doesn’t mean you can’t watch others putting themselves through their paces. Take a boat ride over to Coniston and support the runners in this year’s race.

Great North Swim – 8th to 10th June

If you’d rather see athletes making the most of the water, the Great North Swim is one of Europe’s biggest outdoor sporting events. Expect hotels to book up well in advance for this one, so contact Aphrodites Lodge today and see if any spa suites are available.

Cumberland Agricultural Show – 16th June

Billed as 180 years in the making, the Cumberland Show is another popular date in the Lake District. With price winning cattle, local arts and crafts, along with a mouthwatering food hall, this is one of the Lakes proudest days of the year.

Paint Sheep at the Thuline Studio Gallery – 16th June

Staying with the animal theme, how about something a little more low key? If you’re interested in What’s on in Windermere this June and a budding artist, then visit Thuline Studio Gallery.

Coniston Standard Triathlon – 24th June

Those of you visiting Windermere early June may be supporting the runners and swimmers, but what about those on 2 wheels? Well, the Coniston Standard Triathlon has all 3 covered, with only the best athletes getting ready to compete.

Beatrix Potter – the Musical

One of Bowness-on-Windermere’s most famous exports was child author Beatrix Potter. Throughout June her much loved character Peter Rabbit is honoured in his very own musical.

Summer Evening Cruise on Windermere

While you can enjoy Windermere River Cruises any time of the day, there’s something enchanting about an evening cruise. Special events take place throughout June, so sit back and watch the world go by in style.

Walking tours with the Lake District Walker

For a guided walk over the Fells and across the Lakes join the Lake District Walker tours. There’s everything from climbing Scafell Pike to Ghyll Scrambling. One thing for sure, you’ll be longing for that Windermere hot tub when you’ve finished! Book a Spa Suite in Windermere with Aphrodites Lodge, ready to enjoy a touch of luxury.
5 Historic Houses in the Lake District

5 Historic Houses in the Lake District

5 Historic Houses in the Lake District

If you enjoy grand buildings and wonderful gardens, there are plenty of historic houses in the Lake District to visit. Here we explore just 5 of them.

Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windemere

When you’re staying at Aphrodites Lodge you won’t have to travel far to find your first historic house in the Lake District. In fact, Blackwell is only a 2 minutes’ drive away, or just over 15 if you fancy a healthy walk. Having been built between 1898 and 1900, it’s fairly modern in terms of historic houses in the Lake District. That doesn’t make it any less relevant though, especially if you like your beer. After all, Blackwell was once home to Sir Edward Holt, owner of the Manchester Brewery.

Levens Hall, Kendal

This Elizabethan mansion house has been passed down generations. It’s famous for the topiary, with 100 displays on show within the grounds. These impressive works of art range from smaller shrubs to some over 9ft high. It’s not only the grounds themselves, it’s also the nearby Levens Deer Park. While you walk through the fields, say hello to the Black Fallow Deer and Bagot Goats. If you’re away on a romantic spa break in Windermere, Levens Hall is only a short drive away.

Holker Hall, Cork-in-Cartmel

In the south of the Lakes, you can pay a visit to Holker Hall. It’s a perfect way to spend a quiet time passing through Cork-in-Cartmel. Once you’ve scanned through the library’s 3000 books, you can carry on through to Morecombe Bay. After all, Cumbria has some of the most beautiful scenery in Great Britain.

Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith

There is a wealth of history available to those visiting Penrith. Hutton-in-the-Forest is also a goldmine for historians. Medieval towers, gardens aged from the 1730’s and an interior dating from the 17th century to the modern day. It’s also home to Lord and Lady Inglewood, who spend much of their time at the impressive house. Hutton-in-the-Forest also remains open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Alternatively, if you are visiting the Lake District over the bank holiday, the grounds will also be open on Monday.

Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

As well as there being a number of other historic houses in the Lake District, there’s Muncaster Castle in Ravenglass. This huge building and gardens is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Lake District. With its grounds covering 77 acres of land, the castle offers wonderful views across the Lakes. It’s also popular for being home to the World Owl Centre, a busy café, gift shop and garden centre. As well as the beautiful gardens at the above historic houses in the Lake District, Aphrodite’s Lodge also provides its visitors with its own outdoor areas. Book a spa suite in Windermere today, where you can soak in your own hot tub and enjoy many other modern features.
Traditional Cumbrian Food

Traditional Cumbrian Food You Need to Try!

Traditional Cumbrian Food You Need to Try!

When you go on holiday it’s always nice to try some local cuisine. An afternoon cream tea, made up of scones, strawberry jam and cream is frightfully English. If you’re after something homely then go for a good old-fashioned British roast dinner. When it comes to traditional Cumbrian food, then there are few choices specifically from the region:

Cumberland Sausage

This is probably the most famous and traditional Cumbrian food. Not only that but when made with the right ingredients is absolutely delicious. The iconic sausage is instantly recognisable by its distinct presentation. Traditionally rolled into a long, flat sausage the pork meat is then made into a spiral coil. Cumberland Sausage is perfect served with the basic sides of mash, peas and onion gravy. Ideal for those winter dinners in the Lake District, you can, of course, enjoy traditional Cumbrian food all year round. When you stay in Spa Hotel in Windermere, there are a host of nearby pubs and restaurants. You won’t have to go far to sample this delight!

Gingerbread

Its origins may be disputed, as to whether or not gingerbread come from France or Germany, but Grasmere Gingerbread also takes some beating. In fact, if you’re staying in the Lake District and having a day out to Grasmere, make sure you visit Sarah Nelson’s bakery. The original shop was built in 1630 and here recipe has been passed down through the generations ever since. So if you’re ever building your own Gingerbread house, why not make it look like a little piece of Cumbria.

Cumberland Tatie Pot

When you’ve been out walking the fells, there’s nothing more comforting than a good old-fashioned Cumberland Tatie Pot. The traditional Cumbrian food is made with lamb, black pudding and potatoes. After all, the lamb in the Lake District is like no other.

Kendal Mint Cake

Definitely one for those of you with a sweet tooth. As per the name, it’s origins stem from Kendal, a market town in the south of the Lakes. Kendal Mint Cake is made from a high quantity of sugar, flavoured with peppermint. Not exactly the most healthy of snacks, but if you’re after traditional Cumbrian food, it has to be done. Available made from either white or brown sugar, it’s been a regular in local sweet shops since 1918. By all accounts, the sugary goodness was produced by mistake, when confectioner Joseph Wiper over boiled some sugar. If you want to get some authentic treats, then Kendal is only a 15-minute drive away from your Windermere Spa Hotel. If you fancy going for a hike, then it may take a while but the high sugar content will give you an energy boost on the way back! You’ll soon be relaxing in your Windermere hot tub before you know it. When you’re after somewhere to stay in Windermere, book into our luxurious Lake District Spa Hotel. At Aphrodite’s Lodge, you can enjoy a spa suite with hot tub, as well as many other facilities.
John Ruskin and Coniston Water

John Ruskin and Coniston Water

John Ruskin and Coniston Water

While there have been many famous residents in the Lake District over the years, Windermere has had its fair share. However, elsewhere in the Lakes we explore the links between John Ruskin and Coniston Water. Famous poet William Wordsworth, guidebook author Alfred Wainwright and writer Beatrix Potter have all lived in Windermere. Coniston Water, however, was once home to writer and art critic John Ruskin. In fact, many of Ruskin’s books albeit fictional, focus on Coniston Water and Windermere.

The Ruskin Museum

It is here you can find out everything you need to know about John Ruskin and Coniston Water. It traces Coniston back to the early days of those who would trek through the Lake District to many of the regions famous residents. Bowness-on-Windermere may have had Beatrix Potter, but during the 1900’s, Coniston had Arthur Ransome. His most famous work being the Swallows and Amazons series. As well as releasing over 40 books, Ruskin would regularly write for the local newspaper. It was also to be on Coniston Water that Donald Campbell would continuously break the world water speed record during the 1950’s. Campbell then went on to beat his own record again in Australia, during 1964. His legacy remaining untouched until 1967. The Ruskin museum pays homage to Sir Donald Campbell. However, in an attempt to reclaim the water speed record, the great man died as his boat cartwheeled out of control.

Brantwood – John Ruskin’s Home

While John Ruskin lived in a grand old house, overlooking the beautiful Lake District, you will still be in awe of your Windermere spa facilities. There weren’t any hot tubs or cinema rooms in his day, that’s for sure! Born in London in 1819, at the age of 80 he passed away in Coniston, where he lived for 28 years. It was to be in 1934 that the house would be open to the general public. John Ruskin’s home since becoming a popular tourist attraction in Coniston. When you pay a visit to Brantwood, try and see as much as you can. Inside you will be greeted with a wide range of art collections and wonderful furniture. However much more than just a home, the grounds cover 250 acres of land, contributing to a wonderful piece of rural England.

Where to stay near Coniston Water

If you’re looking at somewhere to stay to help uncover the links between John Ruskin and Coniston Water, then how about a relaxing spa hotel? Book a spa suite at Aphrodite’s Lodge. Where you can relax in luxurious surroundings and take a dip in your own hot tub. Furthermore, you can travel in style too and board a river cruise at the nearby Windermere Lake.