Lakes Getaways – Holidays in the English Lake District

Cut a dash in a vintage car at Backbarrow

I just went to do some videoing of the river down at Backbarrow and whilst I was there I thought I would check out the  The Lakeland Historic Car Club . They meet on the first Saturday of every month at the museum . Everyone is welcome to attend whether you’re an owner, enthusiast or just keen to see some great examples of some classic local cars. It starts at about 10am with loads of much loved cars and their owners turning up. Everyone is very willing to chat about their vehicle and even let you sit in on occasions.

vintage cars at Backbarrow

Backbarrow Motor museum Address: Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow, Ulverston LA12 8TA

A nostalgic visit suitable for all ages, this museum is located in Backbarrow,only 2 miles from Woodside and 15 mins drive from Fell View, on the site of the former Backbarrow Blue Mill – best known for manufacturing the washing additive, Dolly Blue. Well-behaved dogs are welcome throughout the exhibition areas free of charge, but do note that Café Ambio next door doesn’t accept dogs.

Motor Museum, dogs are welcome

30,000 exhibits that trace the development of road transport throughout the twentieth century – cycles, motorbikes, motor cars and automobilia.

Housed in a converted mill in the heart of the Lake District, we’re minutes from Lake Windermere and offer joint tickets with Windermere Lake Cruises and other local attractions.

Much more than just a motor museum, their  local history and period shopping displays, authentic recreations and picturesque riverside cafe makes it a great day out for the whole family.

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OPEN 9:30am to 4:30pm 
every day except Christmas Day

A Recommended Day Trip near Cartmel

Laurel and Hardy Statue

A great trip out from Cartmel but in fact any destination in the Lake District at the moment is a trip to Ulverston.

Ulverston is not only a delightful market town with interesting shops and antique stores, but is also the home of a small, but perfectly formed and most informative museum!  Ulverston is the home of the Laurel and Hardy Museum, which seeing at the film “Stan and Ollie” has just come out ( January 2019) I thought I would share this lovely town with you all.

Mural of Stan Laurel

First a little history about the duo.  Laurel and Hardy were a comedy act during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. Stan Laurel was English (1890–1965) and Oliver Hardy American (1892–1957). They became well known during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy.  Laurel played the clumsy and childlike friend of the self- important Hardy. They are famous for their signature tune which was played over their film credits  (The Dance of the Cuckoos”). their bowler hats!

Prior to emerging as a team, both actors had well-established film careers. Laurel had appeared in over 50 films as an actor (while also working as a writer and director), while Hardy had been in more than 250 productions. They didn’t become a comedy team until 1926 when they appeared in a movie short together, and they officially became a team in 1927 when they appeared together in the silent short film Putting Pants on Philip.

 

They appeared as a team in 107 films, starring in 32 short silent films, 40 short sound films, and 23 full-length feature films. They also made 12 guest or cameo appearances .

In 2005, they were voted the seventh-greatest comedy act of all time by a UK poll of fellow comedians.

The official Laurel and Hardy appreciation society is known as  The Sons of the Desert and memorabilia of them and their work can be found in Ulverston.

Ulverston is the home of Stan Laurel and at the Roxy Cinema not only can you at the moment (January 2019) see the film, “Stan and Ollie” with   John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan you can tour the delightful museum dedicated to the famous pair

To get to the museum by Car –(from Woodside or Fell View)

Turn off the M6 at Junction 36, follow the A590 to Barrow in Furness, which will bring you to Ulverston. The easiest car park is situated on the roundabout at the entrance to the town. From the car park, we are a short walk up the cobbled street, past Gillam’s Tearoom, turn left at Costa Coffee onto Brogden Street. Their  entrance is at the front of the Roxy Cinema, look out for the smiling Stan, as in the photo above!

Parking –

There is ample parking in Ulverston town centre with several Pay and Display car parks all within 5 minutes walk. Parking on the street is usually limited to 1 hour unless you have a parking permit (local residents only).

Admission Prices 2019

Adults: £5.00
Concession: £4.00 Children: £2.50
Family Ticket: £10.00 (Family Ticket consists of Two Adults and up to Three Children U16)
Deluxe Ticket: £7.00 (Entry plus Hot or Cold Drink and muffin or bag of popcorn)

Annual Passes:
Adult: £12.00
Concession: £10.00
Family: £25.00 Ulverston Walking Tour: £5.00 per person

Every Thursday during the School Summer Holidays
Join our experts for a guided tour of Ulverston as Stan would have remembered it. See his birthplace, the shop where Grandma bought him his Beers Treacle Toffee (a real treat!) and many other parts of our charming Market Town.

Opening Times

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Easter – Oct: 7 Days Per Week
Close Monday & Wednesday at all other times.
Christmas Opening Times: From 20th Dec to 3rd Jan,

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What your Great Grandfather may have done to survive as a child.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Child labour is hard to imagine in 21 Century Britain, but 100 years ago and certainly 150 years ago it was not uncommon. It was work or the work house! Many northern families had little choice but to end up working in a Bobbin Mill. One of the oldest surviving and working Bobbin Mills can be found in the sleepy hamlet of Low Stott Park,  just north of Newby Bridge in the heart of the Lake District. This wonderful museum is just across the road from Woodside and so if you are staying at Woodside you really must go and explore this amazing site.  The story of the Bobbin Mill is brought to life with tours and an exhibition. Visitors can also see the journey from tree to bobbin first hand during production on the original belt driven machinery. A hands-on family trail with dressing up for children helps visitors to imagine what it was like to work at the mill.

Silver winner in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Category at the Enjoy England Awards and Gold Winner at the Cumbria Tourism Awards.

Low Stott park Bobbin Mill

Don’t Miss

  • Guided tours around the mill, start at 10.30am and repeated at half past the hour, every 60 minutes. Tours last for 45 mins.
  • See bobbins being made buy your own bobbin from the gift shop

The best time to visit is when the museum is having its steam days, this is when you truly get an idea of what it was like to work in the Bobbin Mill. The work was hard, long and

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

often boys from the work houses of Manchester and Liverpool were employed.

The young men and boys lived in the lodging house opposite the Bobbin Mill . They would rent rooms in the lodging house from the owners of the mill.

Today the lodging house is several cottages ….one of which is Woodside . Although small compared to other mills, some 250 men and boys worked to produce a quarter of a million bobbins a week!

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For quality accommodation in the Lake District stay at Woodside Cottage 

Woodside 2018

Low Stott park hamlet

What To Do With The Kids When It Rains in Newby Bridge

The Motor museum at Backbarrow  is a great family day out and ideal if the weather is not very good out side.

Who said it rains in the Lake district?

The museum is  feast your eyes and has a  unique collection of 30,000 exhibits, that includes 140 classic cars and motorbikes, all carefully assembled over 50 years.

It’s afew minutes drive or you can walk from Woodside  as it is nestled in the scenic Leven Valley and open seven days a week, the Museum isn’t just about cars. The entire collection is presented in a social context, with a host of rarities to awaken some special motoring memories.

There’s something for everyone at the museum including:

in its own  unique building, the Campbell Bluebird Exhibition. The is a wonderful  tribute to the racing career of Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell. Highlights include full sized replicas of the 1935 Blue Bird car, 1939 Blue Bird Boat K4 and 1967 jet hydroplane Bluebird K7.

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For quality accommodation in the Lake District stay at Woodside Cottage

Woodside 2018

Holker Hall Events

Holker Hall  owned by the Cavendish Family, is a few minutes from both of our cottages and has lovely gardens and tearoom. It is set in 18.800 acres so there’s plenty of room to run around! It is a few minutes from Grange over sands and Cartmel on the stunningly beautiful Cartmel peninsula.

They have some great events happening over the next few months .This is just taste of what’s happening!

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Evening Tour with the Head Gardener
Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Wednesday 22nd August 2018
NGS Open Day – Tour with our Head Gardener

Thursday 23rd August 2018
Kitchen Garden Guided Tours

Every Thursday at 2pm in July & August
Pop-up Pub & Pizza in The Courtyard

Every Saturday from 3pm in July and August
Plant Fair & Holker Food Market

Sunday 26th August 2018
Holker Food Markets

Sundays – Sunday 26th August 2018, Sunday 21st October 2018, Sunday 9th December 2018
Mexican Night at The Ilex

Saturday 8th September 2018
Holker Chilli Fest

Saturday 8th September 2018 & Sunday 9th September 2018
Early Openings for Photography

10th – 14th October
Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener (Autumn Colour)

Wednesday 17th October 2018
Holker Halloween Fun!

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th October
Winter Market

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th November
Holker Celebrates Christmas

Fri 30th Nov – Sun 2nd Dec, Thurs 6th – Sun 9th & Thurs 13th – Sun 16th December

Friday 23rd March to Sunday 28th October 2018

Opening and Closing times

Hall (11am-4pm) & Gardens (10.30am-5pm) : Wednesday – Sunday (+ Bank Holiday Mondays)

Gift Shop (10.30am – 5pm): Wednesday – Sunday (+ Bank Holiday Mondays)

Café, Food Hall & Park (10.30am-5pm) :  Daily

Ilex Bar & Brasserie (From 12noon, last orders 3pm): Wednesday – Sunday

Occasionally the Hall opening may vary to accommodate special events. Please check the website before visiting.

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Top country shows in the Lake District- an event not to be missed

Cartmel Village

Over the Summer in the Lake District, they hold the most fabulous shows and these shows are not to be missed! What’s available to see on the day can range from food stalls to Michelin chefs giving a talk ( Cartmel) from Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling competitions to flower displays, from vintage tractors and machinery  to hounds, terrier racing and  dog agility. These family-friendly events are a great way to experience the traditions that have shaped the Lake District and there’s lots of things for children to enjoy at the shows, from bouncy castles to face-painting .

I’m sure you get the picture! Everything you can think of connected with Lake District life is on display, which is why they make for a really good day out and one not to be missed.

This list is just a few of the many shows that can be enjoyed over the next few months. The video is of Hawkshead Village

Langdale Gala   – Sunday 1st July

Coniston Country Fair – Sunday 22nd July

Ambleside Sports   – Thursday 26th July

Cumbrian Steam Gathering    – 28 and 29 July

Cartmel Show – Wednesday 1st August

Hawkshead Agricultural Show  – Tuesday 21st August

 

 

Grasmere Sports  – Sunday 26th August

Westmorland County Show – Thursday 13th September

 

Peace and Contemplation in Cartmel Medieval Priory

One of the most peaceful places to visit in the English Lake District is Cartmel’s Medieval priory.

Worship has been at the very heart of Priory life for centuries. Throughout history, people from all around the world have made pilgrimages to the Priory for prayer and worship, each with their own stories to tell. If you look close enough, marks and notches can be found where pilgrims have left their mark for others to discover.

Exploring the Priory will uncover myths, legends and tales of the past, housed in the impressive building that stood all those years ago. If you want to find out more about the centuries of history and heritage that this church is built on, take a look at their History and Architecture pages.

 

The Priory is open to everyone, and welcomes people from all walks of life

The Priory Church of St. Mary
and St. Michael,
Cartmel, Cumbria,
LA11 6QD

Beatrix Potter Revealed

Hill Top

A lovely place to visit in the Summer is Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse which is a time-capsule of her life.
Her house is called Hill Top and it is a few minutes from Woodside and a very pleasant drive through woodland lanes. It’s at Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0LF . Although it is open most of the the Summer months , from September it is closed on Fridays

Hill Top

You can enjoy the story of Beatrix Potter and her life,by visiting Hill Top. It is full of her favourite things, and the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk! Every room contains a reference to a picture in a ‘tale’.

The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books.

Hill Top is a small house and a timed-ticket system is in operation to avoid overcrowding and to protect the interior. Hill Top can be very busy and visitors may sometimes have to wait to enter the house.  Tickets cannot be booked in advance and early sell-outs are possible in the Summer holiday periods..

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Finding Unusual Antiques in Cumbria

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One of the most interesting antique shops to visit in The lake District can be found at Yew Tree Barn near High Newton not far from Newby Bridge.

It is an reclamation yard and if you’re like me you just never know what you can find. It’s great for a browse around, they have a superb tearoom and at Christmas there is a brilliant craft market!

Christmas Market (30 November, 1 & 2 December 2018)

 30th November, 1st & 2nd December 2018 10am – 4.30pm The annual Christmas Market, the must visit festive event in the South Lakes takes place December 2018.

Friday Evenings in Harry’s Cafe Bar.  Harry’s Cafe Bar will be open in the evenings.

ue to popular demand we opening Harry’s CafeBar in the evenings.  Please give us a call to reserve your table!

FRIDAY EVENINGS IN HARRY’S CAFEBAR

Through the year Harry’s CafeBar is open in the evenings, first Friday of the month, bookings advisable.

Now taking bookings for Friday 18 May 2018

 This is what one of our Friday nighters posted on Tripadvisor after dining in Harry’s CafeBar…..

‘Harry’s Cafe operates during daylight hours as a cafe, but over the spring/summer months opens once a week on Friday evening for dinner. The furniture is all reclaimed, quirky, different, and generally all for sale. During the day it can be pretty busy as it is a very popular place, but the staff do an amazing job of seating you quickly, making everyone feel welcome, and checking you are happy. The food is tasty, the coffee good, and the cake portions hearty. On an evening, you are warmly welcomed, talked through the specials, and left to take in the cosy, intimate feel of the place whilst making your mind up. The food is delicious, especially the vegetarian options, which are a welcome variation from the usual cheese and pasta based affairs of less imaginative places. The wine list is excellent and would strongly recommend the quaffable Sangiovese. My only comment would be that the portions were so generous that I was left with little room for a dessert. The main meal could have easily been half the size and I would have remained over the moon on the presentation and taste. We will definitely be making this a place to regularly visit for coffee and cake, as well as pay day date nights during the summer!’

 Dinner Evening Friday 18 May 2018

serving from 6.00pm

Tempura king prawns served with a fresh lime, coriander and chilli sauce on cherry tomato & cucumber salad £6.95

Trio of lamb & apricot meatballs served with a spicy tomato & cumin sauce finished with fresh mint yoghurt dressing £6.95

Blue cheese and creamy mushroom potato cake served on crispy salad with garlic & herb aioli £5.75

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Slow cooked lamb shank on spring onion mash served with a fresh mint and cranberry gravy  £16.25

Grilled plaice fillet with lemon, crayfish & pine nut butter served on wilted baby spinach, cooked in garlic & finished with white wine £14.95

Pan fried pork fillet served on black pudding and mustard mash finished with caramelised apple & cider sauce  £14.75

Wild mushroom, fennel and leek pie served  with creamy leek sauce and sweet potato wedges  £13.25

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Cheese board served with celery & apple, homemade biscuits and chutney £7.25 (add a glass of Port (£4.00)

Fresh fruit roulade served with raspberry coulis and chantilly cream  £5.50

Bailey’s chocolate cheesecake served with ice cream £5.50

Ice creams (Handmade Ice cream co) £4.50

 

 Dinner Evenings

18 May – 1 June 

6 July – 3 August – 7 September – 5 October

(Why not use the X6 bus service, it stops outside YTB, so you can enjoy a drink?)  Please ring to book your places in Harry’s Cafébar asap 015395 31498

 

An enjoyable way to travel on lake Coniston

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Coniston Launch – lake cruises and group charters on Coniston Water in the Lake District

Photo: Our new boat Campbell on Coniston WaterConiston Launch   offers a variety of ways that you can enjoy a beautiful boat cruise on Coniston Water in the Lake District.

Regular scheduled cruises

  • regular services covering two different circular routes on Coniston Water – see the timetable and fares
  • stay on the boat for the full cruise or stop off at any of the jetties to catch a later boat back
  • combine a boat cruise with a walk around the shore of Coniston Water – see lakeshore walks and fell walks

Special cruises

7 day explorer ticket

groups and charters

visit Brantwood by boat

Visit Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, with our discounted combination ticket.

Back in time to the Industrial Revolution

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Stott Park Bobbin Mill is just across the road from Woodside!

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A Little Bit Of History near Newby Bridge

Not far from Newby Bridge is the Motor Museum at Backbarrow (which you can walk to through the lanes from Woodside,)  It’ s a great afternoon out. When I went I didn’t think I would find it that interesting, however I was so wrong!!!
There are so many fantastic cars to see, even if you’re not a car enthusiast. You just can’t help but enjoy this museum.
And when you fancy a cuppa or lunch, you can just go next door to Cafe Ambio for some great food. Their coronation chicken sandwiches are my favourite.
And yes! dogs are welcome in the museum and on the terrace at the cafe.

https://www.lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk/