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Biggest and best yet Bowness Bay Blues Festival nears

We’re just over a month away from the music extravaganza that is the Bowness Bay Blues Festival on the weekend of 7-9 April 2017.

After a string of very successful previous festivals, this blues festival in various atmospheric venues around Lake Windermere, is being held for the 6th year running. Social media buzz and increased ticket sales suggest the 2014 festival.

The headliners this year are Geoff Achison, LaVendore Rogue, The Revolutionaires and The Stumble with a further 18 other bands. Choose to attend and purchase tickets for either of the 3 nights/days or for the whole weekend as well as separate cruise options.

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Not only is this a celebration of blues music but being organised by the Rotary Club of Windermere raises money for extremely worthwhile organisations. This year’s proceeds will go to will support two local charities – Ambleside and Langdale Mountain Rescue and Blood Bikes Lancashire and North West Blood Bikes Lancashire and Lakes.

Friday night is particularly exciting for the festival as both Geoff Achison and The Stumble will be headlining at the Wheelhouse Venue. Geoff Achison will be playing with the Souldiggers, a ripping live band with an infectious sound combining elements of blues, funk and soul is building for such a prestigious act performing in Bowness.

There are many places to stay in and around Bowness from B&B’s to hotels and self catering but why not have the best of both worlds and avoid the hustle and bustle by staying somewhere a little quieter and enjoy some R&R too. The Damson Dene Hotel is a short drive or taxi from Bowness located in the Lyth Valley. Easy to access from the A590 yet tucked away and secluded to have a break from all the music.

Full ticket, programme and venue details for the festival can be found here http://www.bownessbayblues.co.uk/

It’s all about music and drama in Grange over Sands

Grange over Sands is often referred to for its climate, the choice of places to eat and drink in and around it and the views of Morecambe Bay.

But arts are very much the order too in this Edwardian resort located between the Lake District and Morecambe Bay. The Grange and District Art Society is very well represented and supported, in fact throughout the county but it’s the music and drama arm of the arts we’re focusing on here and especially in February and March.

Before the Easter holidays begin and two months further when the racing starts at Cartmel races, what a great time to not only visit Grange and the surrounding region but to also enjoy some very fine performances.
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Firstly on Friday 10th Feb 2017 live music by Dave & John from 8.30pm at The Pig & Whistle in nearby Cartmel. Look out for their year round live music events, in the cosy bar in the winter and outside in the summer. Another live music venue is the Keg & Kitchen in Grange. Look out for regular bands, duo’s and solo singers and performers.

The second half of March is all about the drama kicking off with the Cumbria Drama Festival at Victoria Hall. This is a preliminary round of the All England Theatre Festival, the only countrywide competition for one-act plays in performance. The date Saturday March 25th with an afternoon and evening session to enjoy.

Accommodation is required can be found at the equally as artistic Bay Villa Bed & Breakfast in Main Street, a converted private residence with features galore. Call 015395 36793 to book.

Status Rock this June in Windermere

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From a one day event held to Windermere Rugby Club for the past two years to a three day rock and music extravaganza in 2016, it’s the year to Rock on Windermere.

Formally called Windermere Rocks, the event attracted a huge amount of support from musicians and visitors alike with tickets demand high. In light of the horrific floods experienced by so much of Cumbria in December 2015 Rock on Windermere was born, a music event organised by Windermere Rotary Club raising money for the Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal. There are still people who aren’t back in their homes, businesses till shut and environmental damage across the county, events such as this raise finds, give cheer and laughter and bring visitors to the area as well as the local community.

The location – The Glebe in Bowness, an outdoor stage with views down Lake Windermere. The dates, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2016. Now the most exciting part, the acts, well they’re pretty special and only just recently announced. Saturday headliners none other than rock legends Status Quo with Toploader proceeding them and Sunday, 10CC. These three bands will be complimented by local, tribute and past performers at Windermere Rocks.

Tickets are available via the Brewery Arts Centre and Ticket Line and can be bought for individual days or the full weekend. Prices start from £15 and provide excellent value for money with hours of live music each of the nights/afternoons.

Limited, last minute accommodation can be found at Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere on College Road. Enjoy a pre-gig drink in the bar or on the terrace before strolling down to Bowness. Wake up to a full Lakeland breakfast before heading out on a cruise on Lake Windermere, take a scenic hike up Orrest Head or blow the cobwebs away by hiring a bike from Windermere Station just 1 minute walk from the hotel.