Windermere Christmas Celebration 2017

After last year’s huge success, the Windermere Christmas Celebration is back for its second year.

Held in the streets of this very popular Lake District village, be treated to the very best way to start this year’s festivities.

The dates December 9th and 10th with opening times from 11am until 8pm on Saturday 9th and 10am until 4pm Sunday 10th.

As in its inaugural year, the weekend attracted both locals and visitors from all over the country. What a great way to combine a weekend break with some last minute Christmas shopping and the ability to be fully immersed in Christmas!

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It was reported that the weekend was the busiest trading day for Windermere businesses in 30 years as not only are there stalls adorning the streets in true festival style but the fantastic independent retailers in Windermere Village were open and offering complete Christmas cheer. The village has gift, clothing retailers, local food producers and suppliers and an excellent choice of cafes and inns for day long refreshments.

It was the local traders in both the stalls and the village itself that proved the biggest hits and this 2017 celebration is set to feature even more. Whether its locally made gifts including scents, food and crafts to locally reared and produced food for the festive table, just make sure if you’re visiting to bring plenty of bags! Hot food will also be available as well as, the absolute must, mulled wine.

The Windermere Christmas Celebration is an ideal time for sneaky. Pre Christmas break too. There are some great offers to be had in hotels in the area including the Damson Dene Hotel near Bowness and Windermere. The hotel has a very tempting two night winter deal on at the moment for just £99 per person for two nights B&B and dinner on the first evening. Visit http://www.damsondene.co.uk/ for more details and to book direct to take advantage of this offer.



It’s Pimm’s O’Clock during August at Brimstone Hotel

Pimm’s, quintessentially English, quintessentially summer (despite the weather – it’ll cheer you up even if it’s raining!) and quintessentially refreshing, the perfect way to start a holiday or short break.

And Brimstone Hotel at Langdale have more than taken this onboard knowing some of the guests are travelling from far and wide and what better way to instantly ease them into the Langdale Estate and the Lake District pace of life than a free jug of Pimm’s complete with all the condiments, cucumber, strawberries, citrus fruits, ice etc.

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Pimm’s O’Clock at Brimtone

For all guests staying at the luxury Lake District Hotel Brimstone during August during the midweek days, a jug of ice cold, refreshing Pimm’s will await to enjoy on their private balconies. Take a short stroll outside and explore the area before returning to the suite to get ready for dinner either dining in room or in one of the choice of 4 restaurants within the Langdale Estate.There’s plenty to do in and around the estate from walking and cycling to use of the pool and no stay at Brimstone wouldn’t be without taking a bath in one of the luxury tubs in each suite.

Being the height of the summer, rooms are booking up fast but there are still some remaining midweek nights and 2 night breaks available. Visit http://brimstonehotel.co.uk for more details or call one of the special hosts on 015394 38062.


City Breaks in the North (of England that is)

The choice of city break destinations in Northern England is varied. Today I’m focusing on Manchester, Newcastle and York. Three cities in three different counties all offering three different city break experiences.

Manchester, nicknamed the capital of the North and which has seen an enormous renaissance in the last 15 years. This sprawling city has now sprawled upwards and Manchester is now one of the most popular places for city apartment living due to the massive amount of developments rising up from the skyline. Manchester is now home to luxury hotels, restaurants and shops which makes it an ideal location for a city break but it still retains its heritage and Northern charm. On a city break in Manchester, expect liveliness, great shopping, a choice of theatres and some of the best food available in the North as well as branches of hotel chains such as Hilton, Malmaison and the Rocco Forte Lowry Hotel.


Newcastle has a charm far different to Manchester being in the North East but the charm is as endearing and as anyone that has ever been to Newcastle will say, there’s possibly not a more friendly place. Newcastle as Manchester and all the major cities has seen a development and regeneration in recent years. The Quayside is a must part of Newcastle to visit. Cosmopolitan, bustling and cultural all in one. The Quayside is where there’s a choice of places to stay, eat and drink and your Saturday night down the Quayside is guaranteed to be full of fun! For a bit of culture to balance the partying and the Baltic Mill across the river is well and truly worth a visit as well as The Discovery Museum.


Last and by no means least, yet a completely different location, is York. Far smaller than either Manchester or Newcastle this city can only be described as fit to bursting point with heritage and culture. Naturally, it hasn’t seen the development in terms of high rise apartment blocks etc like the other two cities but it has changed in recent years. I remember going to York when I was little. Although it was exciting visiting the museums there, it did appear to have quite an older cliental in general, either that or full of school trips as was my first visit there. York is now very different. Like the larger cities, it has become more cosmopolitan, the trendy shops are visible shops (even now a Mulberry factory shop would you believe) as well as equally fabulous and trendy restaurants and bars. For city break, York has it all yet at a far slower and more relaxed pace. In fact, taking advantage of a city break in a smaller location means you needn’t have to stay in a hotel. York is renowned and quite famous for having a a choice of high quality York guest house and bed & breakfast establishments with many being within walking distance of York centre.