Five must do activites while visiting in the Lake District

There are hundreds of Things To Do In The Lake District but today we’re going to talk about our top five things that you can do whilst visiting the Lake District:

Go walking with wolves:

You may be alarmed but don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe! This is an opportunity to get up close & personal with beautiful wolves. Walking with the pack for a stroll through forests and backwoods, you’ll be able take in the art of canine communication. It’s up to you whether you’ll participate in the howling.

Let your kids run free around Wray Castle:

Wray Castle in the Lake District is a beautiful landmark on the Windermere shore. However, the name can be deceiving as it is not a real castle at all, but instead a mimic-Gothic private home back from 1840. It is also believed that Beatrix Potter spent a summer there when she was younger. Like her books the Castle has been kept the kids interest in mind too. Instead of ceiling paintings and antiques worth a small fortune you will find dressing up, den building areas and an adventure playground! This would be a great day out for the whole family.

Lake District Hiking:

Loughrigg Fell is the perfect place for all of you budding Lake District hikers & photographers. Despite its size the Fell offers up many winning photo opportunities. The views from the top of the Fell are breathtaking. Getting up to the top of Loughrigg isn’t too difficult to achieve. Starting from Skelwith Bridge and heading north will let you capture the perfect snap of Loughrigg Tarn with Langdale Pikes in the background. Then head up to the summit, a somewhat easy climb, for panoramic views all over Grasmere and Rydal Water.

Visit Beatrix Potter’s 17-century home:

Before her death in 1943, the National Trust were given Beatrix Potters Home, with only one stern request, to leave everything as it was. They honored her wish and the result is this priceless frozen in time antique for lovers of her work. This is one the many great landmarks to see whilst in the Lake District. It’s worth the queue when you get to see where her characters such as Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddleduck & Samuel Whiskers came to life and so many locations that inspired lots of her books’ illustrations.

Stargazing in Ennerdale:

Ennderdale is about an hour and a half away from the Borrowdale Gates Hotel however, the reward is something you will never forget. As long as the sky is clear, Ennerdale is one of best places for stargazing, the light pollution is low which makes it an incredible sight for stargazers. There a few roads but one leads to Dark Sky Discover site which is the place to be for staring at the beautiful night’s sky in the Lake District.

We hoped you enjoyed our top five things to do whilst in the Lake District, come and stay at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel when you’re here for a great night’s sleep and quality food. Call 017687 77204 now!!

Princess Anne is coming to visit Save the Children shop in Windermere!

Buckingham Palace has made public that the Princess Royal will be visiting the Lake District on 21st March to recognize the important work by volunteer gatherings in the area, additionally an incredible commemoration for one of the nearby schools.

Princess Anne is President of the Save The Children Fund, and as the president, she is going to the charity shop in Windermere. Some of the staff at the shop have timed up more than two hundred years volunteering there! Jackie Kenyon, the regional manager stated: “I am very proud of our team and it’s lovely that Princess Anne is able to come join us in our celebrations.”

Princess Anne will then head over to Kirby Stephen Grammar School where she will recognize two anniversaries. The school is honoring its four hundred and fiftieth anniversary, and the Kirby Stephen Mountain Rescue is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary. The Princess Royal will meet members of the team and see how their equipment can be used in emergency situations. One of the members of group stated “We are very chuffed, excited and honored about this. It’s our 50th anniversary, and this is something different and special to celebrate it with. We are excited to show off our quarters.”

She will meet individuals from a portion of the school’s effective games groups in netball, hockey, and rugby. This will be especially important to the Princess; both her and her daughters’ ability on horseback is outstanding!

Mass tree planting event in the Lake District!

There is to be a Mass Tree Planting in the Lake District. There is going to be over 1,400 trees! Volunteers, local residents, and even school children are gathering together to plant various different trees on 10th February.

There will be five sites in which the Mass Planting will occur and more than 90 people will take part at all the sites. The sites in the Lake District include: Coledale near Braithwaite; Fell Foot shore Windermere, Glencoyne Park in Ullswater, Hoathwaite Coniston and Wasdale.

The aim of the mass planting is to generate new woodland and replace tree cover that has been now unfortunately lost. Many of the trees across The Lakes are classed as veteran trees and are deteriorating and coming to the end of their life. The idea is that the more young trees that are planted will help to form a better communication with the wildlife through ‘corridors’ and form a new age structure in these areas. This makes it the perfect home for birds in the area.

However, in Braithwaite and other areas, the Mass Tree Planting Event in The Lakes is about water and soil management. The thought process behind this is to develop a more stable landscape against damage caused by heavy rain during the winter months. With major storms becoming more frequent they are therefore also becoming more dangerous. The Assistant Director of the National Trust in the Lake District said this and added that the special qualities of the Lakes needs to be retained such as farming and collective grazing.

If you’re thinking of coming to volunteer in the mass planting then come and stay with us after the long day and book a room at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel now!

Theatre by The Lake

The Theatre by the Lake which is Cumbria’s only producing theatre – is delighted to announce its eagerly anticipated 2017 season, the first under the leadership of new Artistic Director, Conrad Lynch – marking the theatre’s bold move to being a producer-led venue for the first time. Bursting with World Premieres, Regional Premieres, new collaborations and new writing – this exciting and ambitious programme aims to surprise and delight audiences whilst highlighting Lynch’s ambitions to offer fresh, innovative and memorable theatre for all.

Paying homage to the “great British play” is very much at the heart of Lynch’s inaugural season, kicking off in March 2017 in the main house with the World Premiere of William Wordsworth, a Theatre by the Lake and English Touring Theatre co-production, written by award-winning playwright Nicholas Pierpan.

In the public imagination, the Nature poet William Wordsworth was removed from the cares of the world: he peacefully wandered around the Lake District while penning lines like ‘I wandered lonely as cloud…’ But nothing could be further from the truth. For most of his life, Wordsworth struggled with anxieties over his family, money and finding any kind of stable career while many of his peers rose to ‘success’ and healthy incomes. He was a husband, father, brother and provider and dealt with the daily dilemma between pursuing his art and providing for his family. William Wordsworth is a beautifully written and poignant piece taking place in 1812, when the poet is 41 years of age and these struggles were reaching their peak.

Writer Nicholas Pierpan won the 2013 Off West End Award for Most Promising New Playwright and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for his play You Can Still Make a Killing. He has also won the Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing twice, a Peggy Ramsay Award, was shortlisted for the Yale Drama Prize and has been on attachment with the National Theatre Studio. William Wordsworth will be directed by Michael Oakley who most recently directed Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s The Invisible at the Bush Theatre and Caroline Quentin in The Life and Time of Fanny Hill at Bristol Old Vic.

This opening production also ‘welcomes home’ English Touring Theatre, formerly Century Theatre Company, who will co-create a show for Keswick for the first time since their move to Crewe and then London over twenty years ago.
Of his inaugural theatre programme for Theatre by the Lake 2017, Artistic Director and Chief Executive Conrad Lynch, comments: “It has given me great pleasure to plan the year ahead and curate an innovative and accessible mix of work. We hope to build on the wonderful foundations created by my predecessors, Ian and Patric, by staying loyal to their commitment to produce excellent, accessible and timeless theatre. I am also really excited about developing the theatre’s growing reputation for making work of scale and ambition with artists, collaborators and our Theatre by the Lake team. I hope that my first season will continue to enthuse, entertain, inspire and engage our audiences from all over the world, here in our spectacular rural location on the edge of Derwentwater.”
Combine your theatre experience and take advantage of the amazing offers we have at The Borrowdale Gates Hotel and enjoy a restful sleep, wonderful food and spectacular views.