Spring is nature’s way of waking up from sleepy hibernation, and don’t we all need to shake ourselves awake from cosy winter repose? Colour-bursts of new life in the Lake District and Lancashire showcase the vibrant hue of deep-pile carpets of bluebells, Wordsworth’s beloved sun-glow daffodils and fresh green of woodlands putting on their new clothes.
It’s time to look out the walking boots, take the dubbin wax off the shelf, plan an invigorating early adventure and take some air. We’ve found five events and activities to inspire your plans and add to your Spring break itinerary.
Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Showcase Tour
Explore Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse retreat in the quiet of the evening, the inspiration for many of her beautiful children’s books and illustrations. There’s a complimentary glass of wine and the opportunity to ask questions about the author’s life and work.
There are also Hill Top garden tours – the garden designed around Peter Rabbit’s adventures with Mr McGregor.
Series of tour dates from 1st April. Booking essential.
Lake District Gardens
Last summer we featured five Lake District gardens that are well worth a visit. We make no apology for mentioning them again – all equally spectacular in Spring when everything is coming to life once again.
Smoking Courses at The Wild Boar
Here’s one for our foodies! A one-day educational and entertaining Smoking Course that will teach you everything you need to know to make a confident start on the art of smoking your own food. Based around The Wild Boar Smokehouse and within the Inn, and run by Jo and Georgina of Smoky Jo’s, the event culminates in a banquet prepared by Chef using the foods that you have smoked earlier in the day. A number of dates available in 2017. Call 015394 45225 for more details.
Birdwatching Walks in Bowland
Lancaster House is situated on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Hot off the press, the third edition of Birwatching Walks in Bowland is a book written by David Hindle and John Wilson and featuring 36 walks around the Forest, where you can observe a variety of habitats and an amazing array of birds, some of them rare. Borne out of a love for the local area and a keen interest in Lancashire’s wildlife, the authors have produced a minefield of information, beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow maps.
Purchase Birdwatching in Bowland to start the journey.
Soul Nights at The Midland
Fabulous sunsets over Morecambe Bay and the sound of soul at The Midland’s Rotunda bar. DJ Steve Middlesbrough brings the sound of Northern Soul and Motown while you enjoy food and drink in this art deco gem.