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Things to do in Penrith, Near the Lake District

Things to do in Penrith, Near the Lake District

When you stay near the Lake District on a regular basis, you may be after new ideas of what to see and do. As an example, there are plenty of things to do in Penrith, near the Lake District. What’s more, it is still less than an hours drive away from Aphrodites Lodge.

Penrith Castle

Starting with the ruins of Penrith Castle, the English Heritage site is filled with history dating back to the 14th century. It played an important role against the Scots, as well as becoming home to Richard 3rd who would later become King of England.

Whatever time of year you visit, the castle should certainly be on your list of things to do in Penrith. Not only that but being looked after by the English Heritage it is also free entry. Opening times are from 7.30am to 4.30pm (October to March) and 7.30am to 9pm (April to September).

Walking routes in Penrith

Much like staying in your spa hotel in Windermere, scenic walks are always on your doorstep. Popular walking routes in Penrith include a hike to Penrith Beacon. The views once you reach the top are incredible, looking out over the nearby Lake District and over Penrith itself.

There are also a number of landmarks to keep an eye out for along the way. Such as the Georgian era building of Potter’s Lodge. Once you reach the top of your climb, you will find Penrith Beacon, a monument that has been erect since 1719.

As for the views, then look north and you will see across the border into Scotland. If you turn around and look closely, you may just see your Windermere hot tub calling you in the distance!

Long Meg and her Daughters

Almost everyone has heard of the ancient monument of Stonehenge in Wiltshire. However, did you know it is just one of around 1,300 stone circles within the British Isles and overseas to Brittany?

Penrith has its very own Bronze Age Stone Circle in Long Meg and her Daughters. The display is made up of 59 stones, with “Long Meg” standing 12 foot high. While the exact origins of the stones have been speculated over for generations, pagan rituals are known to regularly take place at Long Meg.

Ullswater Steamers

Wherever you are staying in the Lake District, you will never be too far from the water. In fact, you could probably start off with a short walk from your spa hotel in Windermere and hop on the Windermere Lake Cruises.

Once you’ve made your way to Penrith, nearby Ullswater Steamers are another tranquil experience of the Lakes. It’s a quick 10-minute drive to Pooley Bridge, then a chance to make the most of Ullswater Steamers.

Where to stay near Penrith

Book a spa hotel in Windermere, where you can enjoy the facilities of your own hot tub and relaxation rooms. Staying in luxurious surroundings, in the heart of the Lake District and within easy reach of things to do in Penrith.

Where to Stay Near Kendal Calling 2018

Where to Stay Near Kendal Calling 2018

About Kendal Calling 2018, Lake District

Kendal Calling 2018 is a music festival in the Lake District, now in its 12th successful year. Having first opened its gates in 2006 was once a small 2-day event with a 900 capacity crowd. The independent festival, however, has since grown to 25,000 and covering 4 days of music.

This years’ main headliners include Catfish & the Bottlemen, the Libertines, Run DMC and Hacienda Classical. Elsewhere across the festival, there’s a 90’s indie revival with Ocean Colour Scene, James and Shed Seven. With 9 stages there’s an eclectic mix of music, New Order’s Peter Hook performs with his band Peter Hook and the Light. Live favourites Dub Pistols are sure to get the party started, while X-Factor star Lucy Spraggan is also on hand for pop fans.

It’s not long until the event takes place, in fact, it starts next week. The music festival in the Lake District running from 26th July to 29th July. If you’re lucky enough to already have your ticket, why not check into a Lake District Spa Hotel with a hot tub. It will give you a chance to relax before making your return journey back home.

If you’re thinking of returning to Kendal Calling again next year or making it your first time, 2019 tickets are already on sale. This time around, you may wish to spend the whole weekend in the luxury surroundings of a Lake District Spa Hotel.

Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

While many visitors descend on Cumbria for a peaceful countryside holiday, once a year Lowther Deer Park attracts music fans from all around the world. It is in fact located in Hackthorpe, near Penrith, Cumbria.

Windermere is in the south of the Lakes, while Penrith is in the north. There are however plenty of ways to get to the festival. You can certainly make use of public transport. Train lines arrive in the Lake District from Birmingham, London, Lancaster, Glasgow and Edinburgh. During the festival weekend, shuttle buses and coaches travel are available. Travelling to and from Lowther Deer Park, or you can always pre-book a parking space.

Where to stay near Kendal Calling 2018

Even if your weekend ticket includes on-site camping at Kendal Calling, you may still be looking for accommodation.  After all, spending 4 nights in a tent isn’t for everyone. Alternatively, it may be that you’ve decided to extend your stay and want to treat yourself to a Lake District Spa Hotel. This is, of course, where Aphrodites Lodge comes in. With spa facilities and hotel suites and their own hot tub in Windermere, Aphrodites Spa Hotels are only a short drive from Kendal Calling.

Book a hotel suite at Aphrodites Lodge today, where you can enjoy a touch of luxury in Windermere.

Windermere Tennis Clubs in the Lake District

Windermere Tennis Clubs in the Lake District

Windermere Tennis Clubs in the Lake District

With the sun shining it’s time to dust off those rackets and sign to play at one of several Windermere Tennis clubs. It’s the 2nd week of the Wimbledon Tennis tournament, so it’s all to play for. Whether you’re a seasoned tennis player, an amateur or just wanting to try your luck, there are a number of tennis courts in Windermere to choose from.

Windermere Lawn Tennis Club

Our first stop is at the Windermere Lawn Tennis Club, in the Queens Recreational Ground. There are only 2 courts, but they are both modern and well looked after. In fact, they have recently been laid, you can almost smell the freshly painted baseline. The courts are available to all standards and ages, plus they hold “Social Tennis” events Tuesday and Sunday evenings from 6.30pm. It is here where both Windermere Tennis clubs members and guests come together for an evening of fun and games.

Better Glebe Park, Bowness-on-Windermere

If you’re looking for things to do in Windermere that are near to Lake Windermere itself, then Better Glebe Park is worth a visit. It’s much more than just a couple of tennis courts in the Lake District. There’s crazy golf, pitch and put and even a 9 hole football golf course – and there you were thinking you could get away from the World Cup!

Windermere Golf and Country Club

As well as staying in a spa hotel in the Lake District, you can enjoy another personal experience at the Windermere Golf and Country Club. Book now and you too can have your own tennis instructor during your holiday in Windermere. You don’t have to be a member. So even if it’s just for a short session you will soon return home a better player. If you are really looking to treat yourself though, those muscles could probably do with a massage, once you’ve finished your session. So why not use the spa facilities at Aphrodites Lodge, where you can also enjoy your own relaxing hot tub.

Queens Park, Windermere

If your spa break in Windermere doesn’t quite stretch to some private coaching, there are still plenty of courts around. Head over to Park Road and you will find Queen’s Park, where you can practice your backhand in public. Not only that, but there’s both a football and cricket pitch, along with crown green bowling and a squash pavilion.

White Platts, Ambleside

It’s easy to venture further than Lake Windermere in the Lake District, regardless of if you’re driving or using public transport. White Platts is only a stone’s throw away at nearby Ambleside. There’s a strong emphasis on golf, with both crazy golf and a 90-meter hole to aim for. That said, there are also 3 full-size tennis courts available. There is of course always the risk of rain or light showers. The covers being pulled over centre court at Wimbledon is almost as symbolic as the champagne, strawberries and cream. Although whatever the weather, you will have earnt your spa break in the Lake District. So how about booking your spa hotel in Windermere today.
Where to watch the England games in Windermere

Where to watch the England games in Windermere?

Where to watch the England games in Windermere?

Regardless of if you’re a keen football fan or just getting wrapped up in the moment, the World Cup is a special occasion. After all, it only comes around every 4 years. So where do you watch the England games in Windermere?

The 2018 Russian World Cup

With the dreaded penalties out of the way against Columbia, England are one step closer to potentially lifting the trophy. This weekend they take on Sweden in the quarter-finals. Although it could always be decided from the penalty spot once again. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, despite the likes of Germany and Portugal out, Sweden still aren’t an easy team. You can, however, join the Swedes in one of their favourite past times and a make the most of a Swedish Barrel Sauna. There are other facilities in your Windermere Spa Hotel too, such as your private indoor hot tub. It may be just what’s needed to relax after the game, regardless of the result. If you’re not supporting England in the World Cup, or their opposition, there are still plenty of other games to enjoy. All the matches are televised in the local bars, but if you don’t fancy going out there’s still the comfort of your hotel suite. The rooms at Aphrodite’s Lodge all come with fantastic entertainment systems, perfect for watching the World Cup unfold.

Sports Bars in Windermere

One of the most popular sports bars in Windermere is at the Ship Inn. Situated along the quayside, it’s also close to your Windermere boutique hotel. As such, you can take a dip in your hot tub and enjoy the spa facilities, making you feel calm and collected before the big game. Another busy sports bar in Windermere is the Flying Pig. Again it’s a pub close to the beautiful Lake Windermere, where you can definitely watch the World Cup and more. There is food served from midday until 9pm, with early bird deals between 4pm and 6pm. Which coincidentally makes it ideal timing for the England vs Sweden game this weekend.

Traditional pubs in Windermere showing the England Game

When it comes to friendly traditional pubs, visitors from all corners of the world are welcome in the Lake District. In particular, Windermere is a great place to watch the World Cup. The Brookside is a friendly local, one which has certainly made a name for itself. The Queens Pub is a traditional British public house, however, the food is presented with elegance and style. It’s a more relaxed atmosphere to watch the England games, but as Gareth Southgate’s team edge closer to the final, who knows what to expect! Whoever you’re supporting this year, Aphrodites Lodge looks forward to seeing you. Although don’t leave it another 4 years until the next World Cup, book your Spa Hotel in Windermere today. Alternatively, there’s always the Euros in 2020. Which still gives you plenty of time to decide where to watch the England games in Windermere.