Windermere record & CD fair 29th – 30th April!

Throughout the year there is to be a record & CD fair hosted in Windermere! Selling vinyl records in the UK, the Ladyholme community centre has been visited by Vinyl Collectors from all over the country and visitors from around the world, and this year should be no different.

The records that are sold at the fair contain major artists like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, The Beatles and even David Bowie! Many genres from folk to punk, reggae to easy listening pop and R&B to Northern soul!

The prices of the vinyl aren’t for those who aren’t willing to go high, in fact many of the vinyls can cost up to £500 only for the most dedicated collector. The CDs however, are for everyone with a much cheaper price.

The fair isn’t just for buying vinyl or CDs advice will also be given for those who are curious for advice to Sell their Vinyl Records For Cash vintage records they may have in their attic to make sure they don’t have a big source of money they don’t know about.

The fair has free entry and parking with tea and coffee available.

After the fair come & stay at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel!

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See Ullswater on a steamer!

With over 150 years of experience of running lake cruises, Ullswater Steamers are award winning and are accredited Lake District Attraction.

Ullswater is one of the Places In The Lake District that has to be visited. It has five traditional boats that have a network of routes from Pooley Bridge on the north side which is linked with Glenridding in the south. A new route has also recently been announced which links Glenridding and Aira Force which hosts amazing views including a spectacular waterfall!

The cruises also connect with some of the most famous locations in the National park, for example Wordsworth’s Daffodils from the west shore which is especially good in the spring. The steamers have brilliant onboard facilities including and open deck and a covered upper deck which has seating areas. There are also licensed bars on board!

This Easter they have also announced that children go can go free with their best friends between 8th – 23rd April!

If you plan on coming for one of the Lake District Boat Trips come and stay at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel afterwards for a great night’s sleep and delicious breakfast in the morning.

Beatrix Potter Anniversary

A major road which collapsed during Storm Desmond has re-opened ahead of schedule and opens up the 3 mile section of the A591 between Dunmail Raise, North of Grasmere and Thirlmere.

This is fantastic news for the area and opens up the opportunity to visit all the wonderful attractions in this part of the Lake District.

Come and stay at the Borrowdale Gates this summer and see what the North Lakes has to offer.

One of the biggest events of this year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. The National Trust will be hosting a year-long celebration of her life and her contribution to The Lake District. Her legacy continues with conservation.

The Borrowdale Gates Hotel is situated very close to her beloved Derwent Water, the home of Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Benjamin Bunny.

Beatrix Potter spent many long summers at the holiday homes her family rented on the western shores of Derwent Water for ten years between 1885 and 1907. Her Derwent Water sketchbook dates from 1903 and is filled with drawings and water colour sketches. Her illustrations are close observations of the landscapes she adored and were a great inspiration for three of her most famous books.

What Beatrix Potter found to enjoy in the North Lakes can still be enjoyed today from Derwentwater’s lakeshore, in the woodland around Lingholm and Fawe Park and in the shadow of Catbells in the beautiful Newlands Valley.
Beatrix Potters legacy has given more to the Lake Distrct than just her books. In later life she became a substantial landowner and farmer of Herdwick sheep. She was a lifelong friend of the Rawnsley family. It was Canon Hardwick Rawnsley, vicar of Wray and Crosthwaite, who helped establish the National Trust and found in Beatrix Potter a supporter.

When she died in 1943 her 14 farms, 4,000 acres of land and livestock were left to the National Trust. She stipulated in her will that the farms she left to the Trust should be let at a moderate rent, and that the landlords flocks of sheep should be pure Herdwick in breed. She was the first woman to be elected president – designate of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association which continues to flourish.

Lovers of her books will enjoy a visit to her house for 30 years, Hill Top near Sawrey. Sawrey is about 25 miles from Keswick and can be combined with a visit to The World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness on Windermere, a 45 minute drive from Keswick.
An exclusive after hours tour of hill Top is perfect for Beatrix Potter Fans. A chance to have exclusive access to the house and see items from the collection. Booking essential. 2nd June, 1st September and 6th October from 5 – 6.30pm.

Peter Rabbit and Friends, 17 Lake Road, Keswick, CA12 5BS – Keswick shop, which trades as Peter Rabbit and Friends™, can be found on Lake Road, one of the busiest pedestrianised streets in the town. Keswick stocks the largest range of Thomas the Tank products in the Lake District and beyond, many gifts from The Gruffalo range and popular Peppa Pig products, as well Peter Rabbit presents and collectables.

In-Depth Tourist Guides Now Available

Cumbria’s Living Heritage have produced a great Heritage Past Port guide, downloadable from their website, that lists all the unique, secret and not-so-secret attractions to be discovered in the Lake District.

Included wonders among the 33 must-see sites are:

  • A letter ‘written in the hand of God’
  • A 700-year old cat and a fish from the last ice age
  • A bee penthouse
  • ‘First edition’ Beatrix Potter books, sketchbooks, journals, and original artwork in the Beatrix Potter Gallery, to celebrate her 150th birthday
  • A tracing of the life of William Wordsworth
  • William Morris wallpaper
  • A glimpse into the 17th Century Radish Feast
  • England’s largest window
  • A 900-year-old pillar
  • A collection of historic motor cars, including those owned by Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell.
  • A chance to learn the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Greene Knights
  • Muncaster Castle, one of the most haunted buildings in the UK
  • The Quaker Tapestry Museum
  • The aero-engine of the Halifax Bomber LL05
  • The National Trust’s largest collection of medieval and culinary plants
  • The Acorn Bank, owned by the Knights Templar in the 13th Century
  • Topiary depictions of Queen Elizabeth and her Maids of Honour, the Judge’s Wig and monarchy chess pieces
  • The 21 fruits of pomology
  • The Healing Herb Garden

The Heritage Past-Port can be used by group travel organisers to plan your itinerary, and the Cumbria’s Living Heritage website features maps and a group planning tool giving further information about each attraction, including free parking.

Have a true taste of Cumbria at The Lakes Distillery

A leisurely 25 minute drive away from Borrowdale Gates lies The Lakes Distillery, one of Cumbria’s newest attractions. It’s a must-see for those who enjoy the finer things in life, whether that’s vodka or Victorian architecture.

Nestled in the picturesque heart of the Lake District National Park, The Lakes Distillery is next to Bassenthwaite Lake and surrounded by breathtaking nature – though you may not be up to any hiking after a visit here.

The distillery is located in a refurbished model farm, originally built in the 1850s, but lovingly renovated to contain the business. The main barn is home to the mash and still houses, while one cattle shed houses the main warehouse. Other cattle sheds now contain the on-site bar, bistro and gift shop, all filled with sophisticated Cumbrian fare.

The recently opened distillery offers hourly tours from 11am to 5pm, which includes a tour of the distillery premises, a journey through two centuries of distilling heritage, and a tasting session of three of the business’s best artisan tipples.

Try The ONE (finely blended malt whisky), The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka alongside expert advice on how best to enjoy each one. The price of a tour ticket also includes a £5 discount voucher for any 700ml bottle purchased in the retail store.

The Borrowdale Gates Hotel obviously does not condone drinking and driving: instead, buy a bottle of your favourite spirit to savour as a nightcap while you relax in style in our luxurious four star hotel.

Are you feeling creative? If so, the Lake District may be the perfect place for you

The Lake District is one of Britain’s most undeniably beautiful and winsome regions. It is therefore hardly surprising that the Lake District has attracted innumerable creative individuals and artists over the years. The poet Coleridge once commented that people ought to view the Lake District “their eyes open, and their hearts awake”.

Throughout the centuries, writers such as Dr John Dalton have tackled the Lake District in verse, while painters such as Joseph Farington and George Beaumont have attempted to capture its beauty and wild power on canvas.

If you consider yourself artistic or creative, you owe it to yourself to come to the Lake District and record its stunning locales and atmosphere in your own way. Whether you practise painting or photography, prose or poetry, the Lake District is guaranteed to inspire you.

Today, you can draw inspiration from nature by visiting the Lake District national park, which is located right outside the gates of our hotel. You can also visit more recent, man-made landmarks (such as the just-opened Lake Distillery) that’s situated in the stunning landscape in a way that they are certain to stir feelings of artistic inspiration.

Of course, when you are done painting, photographing, drawing or writing about the Lake District, you’ll need somewhere to relax and rest. Luckily, we are a 4-star hotel in an excellent location for budding artists, photographers and writers who want the Lake District at their fingertips. So, why not book yourself in? The Lake District is bound to delight and inspire you, and we can guarantee that our accommodation will do the same!

The Lake District is ideal for your winter break

The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. During the summer it is packed with tourists taking part in great outdoor activities like fell-walking, hiking, and trekking, but it also has so much to offer in the winter months. Here’s a couple of reasons why it makes for a great winter destination!

It looks even better in the winter

There’s no denying that the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, maybe even in Europe, but what makes it really special is that it looks just as great in winter as it does in the summer months. Its striking landscapes, woodlands and of course the lakes look even more stunning under a layer of snow or covered in the oranges and reds of autumn than they do bathed in the mid-summer sun. It makes the area great for amateur photographers, too, whether you’re just snapping on your iPhone or you’re taking some more serious kit with you – you’ll be able to showcase your photography talents for your friends and family when you get back home!

You can relax in the comfort of a great hotel

Lots of people associate the Lake District with outdoor activities, such as golfing, cycling, and walking, and even though these are fantastic days out, they aren’t all that the area has to offer. The Lake District is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the UK, and at the Borrowdale Gates our 4 star hotel and AA Rosette restaurant can keep you comfortable and occupied throughout your break.

Some of the best pubs in Keswick

The lake district is known for its beautiful, olde English ale pubs. What better way to finish off a long day out fell-walking, cycling or climbing than to venture for a nice relaxing tipple by the fire and some great food, all enjoyed with friendly locals? Here are some details of just a few pubs in and around Keswick that you may like to frequent during your visit:

The Dog and Gun

If you’re looking for a well established pub with a lively and friendly atmosphere (and who isn’t?), then you must poke your head in at the Dog and Gun. As the name suggests, dogs are more than welcome, and even receive a few tasty treats on the house. Always stocking a great range of ales, the Dog and Gun is also famous for its food, with the goulash being extremely popular.

The Pack Horse Inn

Just across from the Dog and Gun is the Pack Horse Inn. Decked out in a similarly traditional style, and with great food and beer in abundance, the Pack Horse is another extremely popular pub. Look out for some great live music, and don’t forget to pop in for the quiz.

The Bank Tavern

Just up the road is the cosy Bank Tavern. With plenty of ales on tap – mostly local brews as with virtually all traditional lakeland pubs – the Bank Tavern is another excellent place to relax and put your feet up. With its cheerful atmosphere and top notch food to boot, this concludes a list of perhaps the three best watering holes in Keswick.

Explore a whisky distillery in the most beautiful setting

There’s a new attraction to the Lakes that we think many of our guests will be paying a visit to: the Lakes Distillery in Bassenthwaite. Renovated from an 1850s Victorian model farm, the distillery brews world-class spirits and provides tours to intrigued members of the public who would like some insight into how delicious whisky, gin and vodka is made.

Although Scotland tends to be synonymous with whisky, the Lake District provides the perfect environment for a distillery: spring water from the famous River Derwent, clean, fresh air, and beautiful rolling hills and mountains. In the past, the area has been infamous for an illicit whisky distilling scene, with one particularly well-known distiller named Lancelet ‘Lanty’ Slee, who notoriously sold his illegal wares to a local magistrate. It seems only natural for the Lakes Distillery to continue making whisky in the area, although unlike Lanty, they are fully licensed and operating within the law!

You can hear more about the history of the area as well as the technical aspects of distilling spirits when you join one of the Lakes Distillery’s tours. You’ll even get to taste some of their produce. The tours are suitable for the whole family, providing that those under 18 are accompanied by an adult.

The Lakes Distillery is just a short 20 minute drive from us here at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel, making it the ideal spot for a trip out or an evening meal in their gorgeous bistro. Due to its gorgeous location, right besides Bassenthwaite Lake, you could make a day of it and go fell-walking through the beautiful rolling hills. Heaven!

Top 3 things to do in Keswick

Keswick in the Lake District has so much to offer. Whether you enjoy hiking and fell-walking, taking in the beautiful views, or prefer browsing the local shops and spending time in a quaint English tearoom, there is plenty for you to do at any time of the year.

There are many hotels to choose from, but for a real treat stay at Borrowdale Gates Hotel, a 4 star hotel with AA Rosette-awarded fine dining restaurant.

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If you are going to spend a few days in this lovely part of the country, here are our top three suggestions for really great days out in Keswick.

1. Derwent Water

Derwent Water is the largest and most popular lake in Keswick, and you can walk almost all the way round it. Start at the boating jetty (at the end of the lake closest to the town centre), take the little ferry to the next landing. From there turn left and walk with the lake on your left all the way around. About half way round is a tiny hamlet, a perfect place for afternoon tea.

2. Theatre by the lake

Just off the shore of Derwent Water lies the Theatre by the Lake, a small and intimate venue to see some well loved plays. Cakes in the cafe are not to be missed either!

3. Keswick climbing wall

If the British weather defeats you but you still want to do something active, head to the Keswick Climbing Wall for some serious climbing adventure. Learn how to climb and belay for others.

When planning your visit check out regular annual events and festivals for around the time of your visit. For instance, during June each year the Keswick Beer Festival proves very popular, as does the Keswick Victorian Fayre in December. Enjoy your stay!