We are encouraging UK staycationers to ‘scratch your ITCH’ and explore your Interest in Cumbrian Heritage.
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Keswick Museum has an August 12, 246th birthday ‘Southey Celebration’, focusing on a former Poet Laureate – and the man who gave the world the inspiration for what became ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. Storytelling by Becky Cole and Digby, joint stars of Digby Days, is between 10.30am and 11.15am, followed by an ‘ask the expert’ session and lesser-seen exhibit reveal, with Southey Residency guru, Charlotte May.
Askham Hall, near Penrith, has a new barn offering woodfired pizzas and hand-pulled beers between 11.30am and 8pm each day and, at 6.30pm on August 19, an outdoor Wind in the Willows theatre production will wow families at stunning Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin nestled right above Coniston Water.
At Rydal Mount, near Grasmere, poet William Wordsworth’s most loved home, never-before-seen treasures are on display. Think family bible with Wordsworth family key dates detailed, walking sticks, last known portrait and the plans for a house the poet never got to build – all things to see, if you tour the house in a group of four and then explore his stunning wild and natural gardens, on the trail of his elusive poetic cuckoo.
But there’s so much more. The Gruffalo has relaunched his orienteering trail at Whinlatter Forest. At Grizedale Forest, there are spiritual healing experiences and BENGAL: The Four Elements, an exhibition bringing together 10 years of work by artist Gerry Judah. There are sailings on the Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola and you can get on the trail of Beatrix Potter at Hill Top, the Armitt Museum, Ambleside and the Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead.
Terrace teas at Blackwell – the Arts and Crafts house, Bowness – can be enjoyed whilst drinking in Windermere views. Gardens at Mirehouse near Keswick, Holehird Gardens near Windermere, Dalemain and Hutton-in-the-Forest near Penrith and Levens Hall near Kendal and Muncaster Castle on the Cumbrian West coast (both also offering house tours) and, have all reopened. Lakeland Motor Museum and National Trust and Historic England properties and sites have the welcome sign up and Muncaster’s Meadowvole has spotted hawk and owl flying displays overhead.
Heritage sailings on the Windermere Jetty Museum’s fully restored steamboat, St Osprey, cost £40 for four people on a 30-minute trip, with a £10 charge for each additional person up to 8 in total. A family bubble of 8 can also opt for exclusive 75-minute hire for £160, Thursday to Sunday, sailing at 10.30am, 1pm or 3pm.
Fairy hunters can head to Brockhole, on the shores of Windermere, to explore the brand-new Woodland Faerie Trail – a maze of 50 little faerie doorways, hidden amidst ferns and moss-covered rocks in the Enchanted Wood. Tickets can be bought on arrival, as you discover that maybe Victorians were right about faeries living at the end of the garden.
Holker is promising us the return of Chilli Fest in September, a Halloween Pumpkin Trail, Winter Markets and more and even has a pop-up pub to tempt.
To explore all, stay at Swarthmoor Hall’s self-catering apartment, in the Grade II-listed hall known as the birthplace of Quakerism? A three-night stay, from August 31, costs £775, putting you just two miles from the coast near Ulverston and at the heart of all of the action and exciting things-to-do.