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Lakes Alive 2018

About Lakes Alive 2018, Lake District

About Lakes Alive 2018

You can find out all about Lakes Alive 2018 on the official website, where further details of the weekends’ events are listed. Ultimately, however, Lakes Alive 2018 is a free arts event, bringing together local residents and venues with acts from further afield.

In 2017 Lakes Alive celebrated the Lake District finally being awarded its World Heritage Site status. 2018 is planning to continue putting Cumbria on the world map while contributing to the diverse arts scene.

Across the weekend, expect to find artists opening their workshop doors. Parks transformed into sculpture galleries, theatre stages hosting free live performances and much more.

When is Lakes Alive 2018?

The annual event takes place from 7th to 9th September. There are several locations and venues involved in this year’s Lakes Alive 2018.

Lakes Alive 2018 Venues:

  • Abbot Hall Park
  • Brewery Arts Centre
  • Castle Howe
  • Cross Lane Projects
  • Fletcher Park
  • Grizedale Forest
  • Kendal Castle
  • Kendal Town Hall
  • Kirkbie Green
  • Scouts Scar Car Park
  • The Bird Cage
  • The Factory
  • YHA Langdale

Things to do at Lakes Alive 2018

With so much on in Windermere and the Lake District, we’ve picked some of the best things to do at Lakes Alive 2018.

There are a couple of exhibitions on at Kendal Hall, which is only a short drive from Aphrodite’s Lodge. As such if you’re staying in Windermere, it’s a good place to start. “Home Again” is on the 8th and 9th September. The project is a communal piece of art, a handmade cardboard town made by the residents of South Lakeland.

If you’re after a romantic late night walk, then “Star Walks” by Star Light is set to be a wonderful experience. With nothing but the coordinates of 54.324243 – 2.788106 as your starting point, head out across the countryside. This guided walk will take you away from the daily noise of the city, so much so you can start with the natural sounds of the earth’s atmosphere.

Those of you wanting to make your own noise in the Lake District, there are a couple of singing events during Lakes Alice 2018. The Virtual Reality Choir climb to the summit of Great Gable to sing their hearts out, and you can join them! Likewise, the VR pop-up choir is a similar event, although no previous singing experience is required.

The Cross Lane Project is an ongoing installation at Cross Lane Off Kirkland (postcode LA9 5LB). Artist Marks Woods comes from a background as diverse as jewellery and boat building, as such you can’t be too sure what to expect. One thing for certain though, it will be worth a look!

Where to stay for Lakes Alive 2018, Lake District

Aphrodite’s Lodge is in Windermere, South Lakeland. So if you wish to stay in the heart of the Lake District, relaxing in your own private hot tub and living the weekend in luxury, book your stay today.

What to do in the Lake District in September

What to do in the Lake District in September?

What to do in the Lake District in September?

As the main tourist season comes to an end, there are still lots of things to do in the Lake District in September.

  • Walking in Grasmere
  • Live music
  • Watch a musical
  • Visit the theatre
  • Enjoy an evening cruise
  • …and much more

Navigation Skills for Beginners

Walking in the Lake District in September is as good a time as any. The air is cooler, making it easier going than in the heat of summer. However if you are still thinking of starting a more challenging walk from your Windermere Spa Hotel, then try out this course in Grasmere on the 1st September.

Beatrix Potter Mini Musical, Bowness

If you wish to relive those childhood memories, then visit the Beatrix Potter museum in Bowness-on-Windermere. While the museum dedicated to the famous Windermere author is special all year round, the Beatrix Potter musical comes to an end on the 2nd September.

Sunday Band Concerts

The village of Grange in Borrowdale, holds a series of Sunday Band Concerts, starting on the 2nd September.

Much Ado About Nothing

Theatre lovers will appreciate a visit to Cartmel Priory in the Lake District in September. As the Marshal Theatre Company perform the Shakespear production “Much Ado About Nothing”. Tickets are available from £13.50 for adults and shows take place at 7.30pm from 5th September to 8th September.

Cumbrian Fish Supper Cruise

Whether you’re visiting the Lake District in September or any other time of year, a night out on the Lakes is a must. Windermere Lake Cruises will only be a short distance from your Windermere Spa Hotel and hot tub, so it would be rude not to! Not only that, but Ullswater Steamers are holding a very special fish supper cruise on the 5th September.

Lakes Alive 2018

Over 20,000 visitors have descended on Kendal in the Lake District in September for previous Lakes Alive events. The free arts show takes place between the 7th and 9th September.

Westmorland County Show 2018

Another popular event in the Lake District in September is that of the Westmorland County Show. Founded in 1799 and still going strong, expect 1000’s of visitors to pass through the gates on 13th September.

Lakes Distillery Whisky Festival

Even if you’re away on a healthy spa weekend, your Windermere Spa Hotel will still come with a min bar. So why not indulge a little more at the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite Lake on have 22nd September.

Silver How and Easdale Tarn Walk

As we come full circle on What to do in the Lake District in September, it’s time to put on those walking shoes again. This circular walk is a great way to take in the wonderful surroundings. The circular route may be a challenge, but afterwards you can have a relaxing evening at your Windermere Spa Hotel with hot tub. The organized walk takes place on the 25th September.

Book into Aphrodites Lodge, Windermere

Even in those cooler September evenings you take a soak in your outdoor hot tub. After all the spa suite comes with all mod-cons, so turn the temperature up and look up at the stars. The Windermere Spa Hotel also comes with full use of other spa facilities and treatments.

Windermere Wild Swim

Windermere Wild Swim, August 2018

Windermere Wild Swim, August 2018

The Windermere Wild Swim is an annual swimming event that takes place along Lake Windermere in the Lake District.

When is Windermere Wild Swim?

The 2018 Windermere Wild Swim is on Sunday 26th August.

Windermere Wild Swim, August 2018

Set in the wonderful waters of the Lake District, the 2018 Windermere Wild Swim is due to be another fantastic contest. Competitors from all over the world try their luck swimming along the magnificent Lake Windermere.

The course starts at Fell Foot, Windermere with scenery that takes in the South Lakes and Gummer’s hall. Even those competing can’t help but admire the local area, with the swim being just as much about taking part as trying to come first. In fact, everyone’s a winner, with a medal being presented to everyone that crosses the finish line.

If you do wish to join the Windermere Wild Swim, August 2018, there’s still time to sign up. Entries close on Friday 24th August, just two days before the big day. Once you’ve paid your £25 entry fee, ensure you arrive at Lakeside by 8am ready to sign in.

While the Windermere Wild Swim is open to swimmers of various abilities, the contest has a 2 hour and 15 minutes cut off. As such, regardless of if you’re competing or just watching, you can still be back in your Windermere hot tub by lunchtime!

Swimming in Lake Windermere

Given the recent run of good weather, it’s the ideal excuse to dive in for a swim in Lake Windermere. Although the weather for the day can’t be guaranteed, don’t worry! There are still plenty of things to do in the Lake District on a rainy day.

Speaking of which, should the water temperature drop below 15 degrees all competitors will be required to wear a wetsuit. This is of course for the health and safety of any swimmers, in particular, due to the ever-changing currents. Other than that, providing you wear a tow float, wetsuits aren’t compulsory.

As for any other restrictions, these are largely aimed at swimmers aged 18 and under. Although booking into a spa hotel in the Lake District for the weekend, maybe you’re getting away from the children! If however, you are meeting up with parents who have under 16’s taking part, then remind them to bring a letter from their local swimming club.

For further information refer to the Sleekerswim website for the registration form and contact details. Finally, good luck from all of us here at Aphrodites Lodge.

Hotels on Lake Windermere

With Aphrodites Lodge overlooking Lake Windermere, your spa hotel in the Lake District is in a prime location for the 2018 Wildermere Wild Swim. It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of making a last-minute entry or after a hot tub to relax in for the weekend. Watching or taking part, book a spa hotel in the Lake District and enjoy a taste of luxury.

Lake District Breweries near Windermere

Lake District Breweries near Windermere

When it comes to Lake District breweries near Windermere there is an abundance to choose from. In fact, the Lake District has one of the largest concentration of breweries in Britain.

Lake District Breweries near Windermere

  • The Watermill & Windermere Brewing Co.
  • Barngates Brewery
  • Beckstones Brewery
  • Coniston Brewing Co.
  • Hawkshead Brewery
  • Keswick Brewing Company
  • Ulverston Brewing company
  • Hesket Newmarket Brewery

The Watermill & Windermere Brewing Co.

Starting within walking distance of your Windermere Spa Hotel is the Watermill Inn. The country pub will provide you with a hearty lunch, as well as a pint from their own micro-brewery. Another great thing is that you can leave the car behind, so no need for a designated driver.

Barngates Brewery

Just down the road in Ambleside you will find the Barngates Brewery. Although not the biggest name in brewing, it is one of the most famous Lake District Breweries near Windermere. Largely due to being based at the ever popular Drunken Duck pub.

Beckstones Brewery

If you really want to get out and about during your spa weekend, then Beckstones Brewery really is in the middle of nowhere. Not only you will be grateful for a beer at the end of your trek, but you’ll be longing for your Windemere spa suite and hot tub when you return.

Coniston Brewing Co.

The award-winning Coniston Brewery has a number of accolades and for good reason. Not only that but you can enjoy a trip along Lake Windermere to get there.

Hawkshead Brewery

There have been Lake District breweries near Windermere for generations. However, Hawkshead Brewery has only been in existence since 2002. That said, it now produces over 1.6 million pints of ale a year, distributed around the country.

Keswick Brewing Company

As for older breweries near Windermere, there’s the Keswick Brewing Company. It’s been built on the same premises that previously closed its doors in the 1890’s.

Ulverston Brewing company

In a similar vein, the Ulverston Brewing Company opened following the closure of Hartley’s Brewery. During the 80’s Hartley’s was taken over by Robinsons, whose empire has since continued to grow with a number of smaller breweries.

Hesket Newmarket Brewery

You may be staying at a Windermere Spa Hotel in the south of the Lakes, but head north and it’s a collective affair. Hesket Newmarket Brewery is a co-operative and needless to say, their shareholders enjoy their beer!

Alternatively, you can always pop to the nearest pub where you will find a selection of local ales. If you’d rather just take time out to relax in your Windermere Spa Suite, then there’s always the mini-bar. Grab a cold beer and get ready to take a dip in your private hot tub.

Lake District, August Bank Holiday 2018

What to do in the Lake District, August Bank Holiday 2018

What to do in the Lake District, August Bank Holiday 2018

Expect the Lake District to get busy this August Bank Holiday. After all, it’s one of the most popular holiday destinations in England.

What’s on in the Lake District, August Bank Holiday 2018?

  • Cartmel Cup Day
  • Patterdale Dog Day
  • Broughton in Furness Show
  • Kentmere Sheep Show
  • Grasmere Sports
  • Windermere Wild Swim
  • Keswick Show
  • Black Combe Country Fair
Cartmel Cup Day, 25th August 2018

With the first race taking place at 2.15pm and the last at 5.45pm, there’s a full afternoon of horseracing available at Cartmel Racecourse.

Patterdale Dog Day, 25th August 2018

Enjoy a boat trip with the Ullswater Streamers and make your way to a traditional country show. Featuring sheepdog trials, terrier shows and sheep shearing.

Broughton in Furness Show, 25th August

For even more traditional Lakeland fun, head to the Broughton in Furness Show this August Bank Holiday. The Agricultural show focusses on rural country life, so if you want more out of your spa weekend in the Lake District, there’s plenty of fun for everyone.

Kentmere Sheep Show, 26th August

It’s all about the sheep near Kendal this August Bank Holiday in the Lake District. Taking place at Millriggs Farm in Kentmere, judging for the competition takes place from 1 pm. What’s more, if you’re staying in a spa hotel in Windermere, then you won’t be too far from the day’s proceedings.

Grasmere Sports, 26th August 2018

Traditional games take place in Grasmere, with Cumberland wrestling, fell running and dog hound trails. The popular Bank Holiday event now in its 168th year.

Windermere Wild Swim, 26th August

If you fancy taking place in the Windermere Wild Swim, you have right up until the 24th August to register. The 5km swim gives competitors the chance to experience the great lakes first hand. Do you think you’re in with a chance of winning or just looking to challenge yourself? Either way, you will certainly benefit from staying in a Windermere spa hotel afterwards!

Black Combe Country Fair, 27th August

As for the August Bank Holiday Monday, take a trip to West Cumbria and the small village of Bootle. There will be a number of competitions throughout the day, along with fell racing and several trade stands.

Keswick Show, 27th August

Agricultural fairs are as standard in the Lake District as the hills and lakes themselves. Why not round off your August Bank Holiday with a trip to the Keswick Show. It’s only a short drive from Windermere and features a range of horticultural, arts and crafts, market stalls and local farmers showing off their prize animals.

Whatever you decide to do in the Lake District this August Bank Holiday, how about staying in a Spa Hotel in Windermere. You can stay in a spa suite and enjoy the luxury of your own hot tub and much more.