Print the town red this May Bank Holiday in Cumbria

The annual Printfest event will be taking place during early May Bank Holiday in the South Cumbria town of Ulverston.

The location, the beautiful and iconic Coronation Hall, the perfect setting for some of the best printmakers in the UK to exhibit and sell their work. From traditional prints to abstract and modern, hand-made prints are seeing a real resurgence in popularity in recent years. At Printfest you’ll find Cumbria and the Lake District printmakers and artists using the region as inspiration through to even the most random of objects, all beautiful pieces.

Bringing together printmakers from all over the UK exhibiting prints on a wide variety of subjects, this is a great event to look around, the gain experience from and to purchase original artwork you can’t purchase anywhere else. With the chance to talk to the artists, it’s a very unique and engaging experience for anyone looking to attend.

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For those who haven’t visited Ulverston before then it is a real gem. Just a short drive from Lake Windermere and at the heart of the Furness Peninsula, visitors will be bowled over by the architecture, so different from the South Lakes. With lovely independent shops, a Booths supermarket, lots of places to eat and drink, many visitors to Printfest are hooked and return to Ulverston again.

Onto where to stay during Printfest weekend. Just eight miles from Coronation Hall is Newby Bridge. For many visitors, Newby Bridge will be travelled through to the event. What Newby Bridge offers is easy access to and from the motorway and Ulverston and being located at the southern end of Lake Windermere. The Newby Bridge Hotel is a great choice. With views of Lake Windermere, fabulous food and excellently priced rooms, it’s the ideal Printfest weekend hotel.

Book direct and guests will receive a £10 voucher to spend in the hotel as well as the best rates available. Visit

Motoring May in Cumbria with the International Motor Show

cumbria international motor show***Sunday 14th of May 2017: 11.00am – 5.00pm***

Now in its 6th consecutive year, the Cumbria International Motor Show (organised by Elite Sports And Performance Car Club) is the counties premier Supercar Show. In a county where motoring is extremely popular with residents and those wishing to enjoy the breath taking roads the Lake District and Cumbria offers, it’s no surprise this show is a highly anticipated one.

As a most definitely luxury event in the motor show calendar, it appeals to collectors, buyers, dealers, owners and enthusiasts who prefer a more intimate and engaging motoring experience yet the support and exhibitors grows each year.

At the show find the very best in automotive and luxury brands as well as some of the most rare, valuable, super and finest cars, all of which will be displayed on the Westmorland Show Ground at Crooklands, just off Junction 36 of the M6 (postcode LA7 7NH).

Along with the super fast, supercars there will be fun for the whole family too including a Music Marquee, kids zone, entertainment zone, local food and drink and a talk on Donald Campbell’s Bluebird k7 by DR Keith Mitchell. As with many car shows, visitors can vote for “Best Car “of the Show, another reason to stare and admire all the fantastic vehicles. More Information on my website including advance tickets. Prices on the day – £3.50 Children under 16 – £8.50 Adult.

Kendal makes the ideal location to stay for anyone travelling to the show. The Riverside Hotel in the centre of Kendal has private, off road parking too and just a 10 minute drive to the show ground. Kendal is a vibrant town with lots of places to eat and drink to make a proper weekend out of it.

Lakeland Motor Museum Voted Number 1 in Cumbria

lakeland motor museumThe Lakeland Motor Museum has topped the Tripadvisor list of museums in Cumbria thanks to its visitors leaving reviews on the travel site, in fact over 1000 of them!

With 58 museums listed on Tripadvisor throughout the Lake District and county of Cumbria, there are some big hitters and some extremely popular museums ranging from arts, history, historic houses and industry. The Lakeland Motor Museum offers something very different to anywhere else in Cumbria with .

The museum will delight any age of family member from children to grandparents, those into cycles, motorbikes and cars and even water vessels thanks to the latest exhibition dedicated to Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell. Housed in its own building, the exhibition encompasses full size replicas of a 1935 Blue Bird car, 1939 Blue Bird Boat K4 and 1967 jet hydroplane Bluebird K7.

New exhibits are added all the time, the latest of which are an exciting Singer Vogue, THE car to be seen in in the 60s, and a 1980’s icon, a gold Ford Cortina. To sum it up, enjoy and admire cycles, motorbikes and cars (and even dodgems!) from 1885 until present day.

The museum itself is a light, bright and airy purpose built building beside the river at Backbarrow near the southern end of Lake Windermere. Open every day except Christmas Day, the museum makes an ideal destination whatever the weather and whatever time of year. Choose to travel by Windermere Lake Cruises from either Waterhead (Ambleside) or Bowness, cycle, bus or travel by car, a large car park makes it easily accessible. For more details visit

Where to stay in the area? Just a few minutes walk away is the Newby Bridge Hotel. Super family friendly and just a short walk from the Lakeside Pier for the ferry and just off the A590 for ease of travelling by car. Great value especially when booking direct. Visit for more details and to book.

York – the UK’s Number 1 Christmas Shopping Destination

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In 2016, York City Centre will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland thanks to the York Christmas Festival. The dates, November 17 to December 23 is when the festivities begin with everything from pantos at York Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House, the Christmas Music Festival, decorations and lights galore and the St Nicholas Fair.

The fair will line the streets with trimmings and chalets filled with food, craft and gift retailers as well as the aromas of Christmas of mince pies, chestnuts (quite possibly roasting on an open fire….!) and mulled wine. In keeping with York as a whole, a large emphasis and presence will be on locally sourced food and locally made and created items for sale.

For the ultimate way to start Christmas and to purchase the most perfect gifts then cosmopolitan York can’t be beaten. The city is steeped in history with cobbled streets and all the UK’s favourite shops as well as independent retailers. York is also famous for its food with some of Yorkshire’s finest restaurants, much needed after a long day shopping.

Make a weekend or short break out of it and stay in one of the hotels in York. Hedley House Hotel has a choice of hotel rooms or self catering apartment accommodation with a relaxing lounge bar and restaurant and is just a 10 minute walk from the city centre. For more information and to book visit,

Langdale is #theplacetobe for adventure in the Lake District

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Adventure comes in many forms and is perceived as being very different from one person to the next. Everyone has different interest, limits, capabilities and challenges but for anyone wanting to be adventurous in the UK, the Langdale Valley can serve every level.

The Langdale Valley has tarns and waters, fells both gradual for leisurely walking through to crag filled some of the best rock climbing routes in the National Park and a quintessentially Lake District village, Elterwater. Langdale is just a short distance from Ambleside, Grasmere and Coniston yet is the gateway to the Western Lake District over the famous, or some may say, infamous Wrynose and Hardnott passes. Couple this with a high concentration of woodland areas and the peaceful location means off road activities such as mountain biking and even 4×4 adventures are popular and achievable pursuits in the valley.

But walking is really where the best of this area can be enjoyed and the ability to view 360 degree landscapes of the Lake District to look down on the busy village of Ambleside or across to the west for views of the Irish Sea and England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

So where to stay, well we ‘d say no other than the Langdale 4 Star Lake District Hotel. The staff there know the area like the back of their hand giving helpful tips and advice on routes and most definitely on how to enjoy the are car free. Saying that, there’s the choice to hire a Renault Twizy if relaxing is too much of a pull. Head back to the full, onsite leisure facilities and fine at the new Stove Restaurant for the complete package. Rooms start from just £120 including breakfast so a great deal. Visit for more details.