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Things to do in the Lake District in July 2018

Things to do in the Lake District in July 2018

Things to do in the Lake District in July 2018

With one of the hottest Junes on record coming to an end, it’s time to start planning things to do in the Lake District in July. If you’re staying in a Spa Hotel in Windermere, then you can easily reach the following events.

Skelton Show

Following in the footstep of the prestigious Cumberland Show is the Skelton Show in Penrith. Country shows are a popular pastime in the Lake District National Park. The Skelton Show in particular now celebrating over 130 years of family fun. Expect to see everything from prize-winning cattle to homegrown fruit and veg.

Derwentwater Regatta

What better way to experience the Lakes than getting close to the water. While your spa hotel in Windermere overlooks the water, there are plenty of other lakes to explore. How about a visit to nearby Derwentwater, where across the 7th and 8th July 2018 you can watch their annual regatta.

Northern Craft Beer Festival

If the hotel minibar doesn’t grab your fancy, you can always head over to Hawkshead Brewery for some British ale. What’s more, if you’re looking for things to do in the Lake District in July then they have a beer festival on from 19th July to 21st July. With over 80 beers to choose from and plenty of live music, you’ll be looking forward to spending the following day recovering in your Windermere hot tub!

Coniston Country Fair

We’ve already mentioned the Cumberland Show in the Lake District, but the Coniston Country Fair is as traditional as they come. It really is a traditional Lakeland Show, celebrating traditional Lakeland life. Furthermore, it’s in an ideal location to jump on board a Windermere River Cruise, ready to enjoy the fun of the fair.

Ambleside Sports

With over 5 hours of sport, there’s something for everyone at the Ambleside Sports event. Gates open at 12pm on Thursday 26th July. However, if you’re after things to do in the Lake District in July next year, the event always runs the last Thursday of July. Speaking of running, there’s fell and guide races for both junior and senior categories. Alternatively, why not get in the ring for a spot of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling.

Kendal Calling

One of the biggest music festivals in the Lake District takes place 26th to 29th July at Kendal Calling. This years line-up includes big names such as the Libertines, Run DMC and the Wailers playing alongside legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash.

Lake District Summer Music International Festival

Elsewhere in Cumbria throughout the month are over 40 separate music events. The international festival includes a variety of string and classical concerts, as well as ukulele jazz at the popular Zeffirellis in Ambleside. Book a spa hotel in Windermere, where you can enjoy the comfort of your own hot tub and much more. After all, even with the unpredictable British weather, there’s always something to do in the Lake District.
The 5 Best Windermere Picnic Spots, Romantic things to do in Windermere

The 5 Best Windermere Picnic Spots

The 5 Best Windermere Picnic Spots

If you’re lucky enough to be spending some time in the Lake District this summer, then don’t forget to pack the sandwiches. Here at Aphrodite’s Lodge, we’ve selected some of the Best Windermere Picnic Spots:

The Beaches of Buttermere

How does a romantic picnic by the lakes sound? The secluded beaches of Buttermere don’t come much more special than this. The perfect BBQ spot in the Lake District, one with views that are hard to beat.

Fell Foot Park near Newby Bridge

Venture further south from your Windermere spa suite and you can head towards Fell Foot Park. Here you will find an angelic picnic spot near Newby Bridge. The park itself is within easy reach as it sits alongside Lake Windermere. Once the grounds of a Victorian House, the family home was knocked down in 1907, with plans to rebuild it eventually abandoned. Instead leaving acres of Cumbrian countryside to be enjoyed by the public.

Brockhole on Windermere

Not just one of the best picnic spots in Windermere, Brockhole is also a giant outdoor adventure playground. Only you don’t have to be a child to appreciate it. If however you are meeting up with family, there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied. So after you’ve had your lunch, enjoy the many attractions. If you fancy trying your hand at clay pigeon shooting, swinging from tree to tree or simply a scenic walk, Brockhole has it all. You can hire a boat, try your hand at archery or hire a bike for a ride across the countryside. Alternatively, the gardens and grounds are still large enough to get away from it all and enjoy a picnic in Windermere.

The Views from Orrest Head

When you’ve walked across the fells of the Lake District, you will have earned that dip in your spa suite hot tub. Then, of course, there are the other spa facilities available at Aphrodite’s Lodge. As for the best Windermere picnic spots, you’re not far from Orrest Head so it would make sense to make the most of your surroundings!

Walking and Eating at Gummer’s How

Another great location for a walk in the Lake District is Gummer’s How. On a clear day not only can you look over Bowness-on-Windermere but you can see Morecambe Bay in the distance too. With plenty of local produce available at nearby shops and markets, you can certainly make your picnic something special. Alternatively, you can always enjoy a ride on the Windermere Lake Cruises. Take full advantage of the journey through the lakes and travel with a packed lunch. Book a spa suite with hot tub at Aphrodites Lodge, where you will have the beautiful Lake Windermere on your doorstep. The perfect location for any picnic.
5 Ideas for Father’s Day in Windermere

5 Ideas for Father’s Day in Windermere

5 Ideas for Father’s Day in Windermere

Just because your Dad is off staying in a Boutique Spa Hotel in the Lake District, it doesn’t mean you can’t meet up. Here are 5 ideas for Father’s day in Windermere, alternatively maybe a relaxing father/daughter spa session is needed.

Where to go for a drink?

One of several popular bars near to Aphrodites Lodge is the Albert, in Queen’s Square, just a short walk from Lake Windermere. You can even stop for lunch and enjoy some local produce. Then there’s the oldest pub in Bowness-on-Windermere at the Hole in T’Wall, serving beer since 1612. The Angel is another good choice, a traditional pub and again only a couple of minutes away from the water’s edge. If you want to go for cocktails rather than a beer, Windermere has that covered too. There’s the Crafty Baa, the Fizzy Tarte or Cantina. So wherever you want to go for a drink this father’s day in Windermere, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Book a table for dinner

The same can be said for eating out in the Lake District this father’s day. It doesn’t matter if you’re after a spot of pub grub or a fine dining experience. One thing’s for certain though, it’s likely to be a busy weekend so make sure you book a table in advance. There is a selection of restaurants close to our Windermere Boutique Spa Hotel. Linthwaite House, which has terrace seating overlooking the Lake.  Bodega Bar brings a little bit of Spain to the centre of Windermere, while Villa Positano is a great Italian. As for fine dining, the chances are Michelin Starred The Samling is already fully booked, but it’s worth remembering for next time.

Hire a boat on Lake Windermere

You’ve already booked a spa hotel this father’s day in Windermere, so how do you top that! Well, while your Dad relaxes in his private hot tub why not leave him another surprise. Get ready for an afternoon on Lake Windermere. There are a number of options when it comes to boat hire on Lake Windermere. From speed boats and yachts to pedalos and kayaks, he can either be king of the waves or a man on an adventure.

Enjoy a River Cruise

Why do the hard work when someone else can do it for you? While being at the helm with the wind in your hair has its place, a relaxing river cruise will give you time to chat and enjoy the scenery. There are two main options when staying in Windemere. The Lake Windermere River Cruises or taking a ride to Coniston with the Steamboat Gondola.

Watch the World Cup

It’s the group stages of the World Cup, so there’s no chance of the matches going into extra time or those dreaded penalties. As such, you can surely drag your father away from his hot tub for 90 minutes. The big names kick off this weekend, with both Germany and Brazil in action. Book a spa suite at Aphrodites Lodge today. Where you can enjoy a wide range of on-site spa facilities, as well as your own hot tub and cinema room.
Things to do in Ambleside, the Lake District

Things to do in Ambleside, the Lake District

Things to do in Ambleside, the Lake District

It may be Lake Windermere that attracts the tourists, but there are lots more things to do in Ambleside. So when you’re staying at a Spa Hotel in Windermere, don’t forget to take the car for a drive. Although, there are of course other forms of transport available in the Lake District, allowing you to enjoy every aspect of the countryside.

Walk the Lake District the Fells

It wouldn’t be a holiday in the Lake District if you didn’t take advantage of the beautiful Cumbrian landscape. So when you’re booked into your spa suite, how about a walk across the Lake District Fells. When you’re looking for things to do in Ambleside, the Fairfield Horseshoe makes for a rather special walking route.

Have a look inside the Armitt Museum

Elsewhere in Ambleside, the Armitt Museum is a good introduction to the Lake District. There’s work by Beatrix Potter, local photographers such as Herbert Bell and the Abraham Brothers, along with interesting touring artefacts.

Visit a Roman Fort

If you’re out walking in the Lake District keep an eye out for the Galava Roman Fort. It may not be fully standing, but its remains make for an intriguing Ambleside talking point.

Practice your Photography

As well as the amazing views, starting from looking out of your Windermere Spa Hotel window, Ambleside is great for photographers. Bridge House is a quaint little building, not only filled with history but a subtle and iconic landmark.

Learn about William Wordsworth

He was undoubtedly Ambleside’s most famous resident. The romantic poet William Wordsworth. You can have lunch where he worked at the Old Stamp House, visit his family home at Rydal Mount or just pick up a copy of one his many books.

Dinner at Zeffirelli’s

Traditional Cumbrian food may include the likes of Cumbrian Sausage or lamb “Tatie” pot, but eating out in Ambleside is much more European. In fact, dinner at Zeffirelli’s is by far one of Ambleside’s most popular restaurants.

Enjoy a pint at a local pub

Sticking with tradition, it’s a good excuse to leave your Windermere Spa Suite behind and head to a country pub. If you’re looking for where to go for a drink in Ambleside, then the Royal Oak is a good choice.

Join a Lake District bus tour

The Mountain Goat tour company cater for all types of visitors. If you’re on a romantic weekend away in Windermere, then why not enjoy a private tour.

Go sailing in Ambleside

One of the ultimate things to do in Ambleside is to enjoy the views from the water. You can take a short walk from your Windermere Spa Suite, join the Windermere Lake Cruises and embrace the wonderful journey. You don’t have to stay in Ambleside itself, you can easily reach all the above from a Windermere Spa Hotel. Where you can make the most of your hot tub and much more.