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A winter of sailing awaits on Lake Windermere

Sailing is a 365 day a year activity on Windermere with many people taking to the lake to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of autumn and winter on the lake.
But if something a little more competitive is your thing then the Winter Series sailing regattas held monthly during autumn and winter are perfect. Organised by the Windermere Cruising Association and sponsored by Windermere Marina, these are a chance for a spot of competition out of season and a continuation of the growing in popularity Summer Series of racing.

The Winter Series is also gaining in popularity attracting sailors from across the North West and very serious and competitive ones at that, the weather does not in any way put these participants off! The outcome, plenty of exciting races, close finishes and major competition. All in all, a great day for those taking part as well as spectators alike.

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The next regatta is a fantastic Pre Christmas one on December 20th. As always it back to The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant at Windermere Marina for the announcement of winners, post race discussion and much needed beverage and food.

Windermere Marina is open all year round for visitor mooring with more details to be found via https://www.windermeremarina.co.uk or by calling 015394 46551. Also remember Windermere Marina offers luxury self catering apartments and cottages available for weekend breaks and full week stays handy for just watching or when sailing in the winter is fine but sleeping on the boat isn’t.

Grasmere, #theplacetobe this Christmas

In fact, Grasmere isn’t just the place to be during Christmas but even a month before. Grasmere Welcomes Christmas is an event in the Lake District village of Grasmere where the festivities begin.

This 2 day weekend event starts on Saturday November 28th with the whole village supporting it including residents, shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation. They’ll be fun for the whole family with Santa’s and a fairy grotto and treasure trail for the little ones along with storytelling by Taffy Tomas. Then choir, brass band, clogg dancing and late night shopping for the adults.

Combine what’s on with the setting and what a start this could be to the 2015 Christmas celebrations, a getaway as well as entertainment and the chance to do some gift shopping.

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Grasmere #theplacetobe this Christmas

Where to shop:
Grasmere has the world famous Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, gift and galleries including the Heaton Cooper Studio, National Trust and Herdy shops, and plenty of outdoor shops including Cunningham’s. Food and beverages are never far away to keep visitors sustained for the whole weekend.

Where to stay:
The Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere has availability for that weekend with prices starting at £212 for 2 nights, 2 people including breakfast. A top tip is to in there too in the hotels 2 AA rosette restaurant, The Dining Room. Visit http://www.lakedistricthotel.co.uk for more information.

A fun four days in Ambleside awaits August 20th – 23rd

If you’re in the Ambleside area already or looking for a pre Bank Holiday weekend break then there’s an even bigger reason to visit.

Starting on Thursday August 20th and running until Sunday 23rd is the 4 day Ambleside Festival organised by the Market Square Group. This is the first year of this 4 day event being held on Rothay Park and featuring family fun, music, entertainment and freshly cooked hot and cold food stalls, others traders, groceries, crafts and a beer festival. The event will be open 10am until 6pm daily (Saturday you get an extra hour, closing at 7pm).

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Rothay Park, Ambleside and festival produce

This very popular and beautifully located park is the ideal venue, with the town of Ambleside in touching distance and the fells in the background. Further details can be found here, http://www.marketsquaregroup.co.uk/core/eventdetails?id=157.

Accomodation can be found just across from the park at the Rothay Garth B&B in Ambleside. A few rooms remain during the 4 days from £51 per person per night. Dog friendly bedrooms may be available. Call 015394 32217 for more details or visit http://www.rothay-garth.co.uk/

An artistic August in Grange over Sands

Have a break from the norm of staying at and visiting the South Lakes and venture slightly west this August and to the Edwardian town of Grange over Sands.

Grange is easily accessed by car or rail and there is plenty to see and do this August with a distinctive artists theme.

Art is very popular in the region with events, exhibitions and notable art societies such as the Grange and District Art Society and just up the road in the village of Cartmel is also one. August 11 until 15 is when the Cartmel Art Society will be holding their annual exhibitions, 10am until 6pm daily at the Village Hall in Cartmel. This a great chance to see and meet local artists and purchase very reasonably priced, original works of art. The works for sale will be in a variety of media and subjects although the landscapes are always the first sales due to the plethora of subject matter and inspiration found in this region for the artists.

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Loughrigg Tarn (Pastel) by Doreen Hannigan, Cartmel Art Society

Onto the arts of a different type and at Grange’s Victoria Hall one of the Lake District Summer Music International Festival events is being held on Wednesday 12 August. This Grade II listed building is set to be an awe inspiring backdrop for Ursula Smith (cello) Emiko Tadenuma (piano).The full programme starting with Beethoven Twelve Variations in F major on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen, Op.66 can be found here http://www.ldsm.org.uk/international-festival/2015-08-12-ursula-smith-cello-emiko-tadenuma-piano.

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Built in 1901, the Victoria Hall in Grange

In general, Grange is a delightful holiday or short break destination having a lovely town to walk around and excellent cafes and places to stay to the best of both worlds with Morecambe Bay and the fells. Accommodation is reasonably priced for the quality such as Bay Villa Bed & Breakfast on Grange over Sands Main Street from £110 per room per night with lots of goodies and extras and large rooms with views.

The growth of the luxury Lake District

Despite the Lake District and Cumbria not having a 5 Star graded hotel. it probably won’t be long before one either arrives or a 4 Star increases its grading.

But the lack of an official 5 Star hotel is more than made up for in the choice of extremely high quality 4 Star hotels, 5 Star guest accommodation such as B&B’s, inns and smaller hotel style venues and one of the largest concentration of 5 Star self catering properties in the whole of the UK.

The Lake District National Park has been home to some internationally award winning hotels for some years now but as the world food revolution continues to rise, so has the need for this stunning venues to bring the food offerings in line with the accommodation. This is what so many of the hotels, inns and guest accommodation operators have been up to the past few years and with amazing effect.

The Lake District and Cumbria can most definitely offer 5 Star food starting of course with the amount of produce available on its doorstep. This is produce that is so good is is revered in the capital of food London and around the world. The regeneration of the food industry in Cumbria has meant high profile chefs coming back to their roots, relocating, really wanting to cook in this county and visitors can’t get enough of it.

So keep posted on this blog for all the latest regarding luxury travel, accommodation and food in the Lake District and Cumbria right here on Distinction Travel.