Hotel stays in the Lake District and Windermere mean different things to different people. Some come for the relaxation of a spa resort like Low Wood Bay, others to get closer to nature in the woodlands of the Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse.
Whether it’s an exploratory hike up and down one of the fells, a stroll around the boutique shops and cafes of Ambleside, or a ramble by the Windermere shoreline, there’s a lot to see and do right here on our doorstep.
Whilst some of our guests choose to stay local and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding fells and scenery, others are keen to see what’s going on in the area
For those seeking to adventures further afield to complement the comfort of their 4-star surroundings at English Lakes Hotels, there are plenty of events and activities for hotel guests and visitors.
This year sees the return of a number of must-see events in the Lake District, so it’s worth checking what’s on during your stay with us. The team here at English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues is always keen to spread the word about local events, and you never know, whilst you’re there you might just bump into a member of staff on their day off!
The summer months offer a lot of options if events, shows and festivals are your thing.
A magnificent outdoor spectacle is the annual Great North Swim at Brockhole, Windermere on the weekend of 10-12 June.
You might decide to take an open water dip yourself, with a range of distances from 250m through to the 10k challenge in stunning surroundings. But spectators make events like this all the more special, so why not pop along to see the action and cheer people on? It may just be more relaxing to take a stroll through the event village with its big screen, food and drink stalls, exhibition stands and musical entertainment.
If music is your thing, Kendal Calling takes place from 28-31 July at Lowther Deer Park near Penrith. This is now a nationally renowned music festival attracting major names in the industry to perform in fabulous natural surroundings. This year’s event promises over 250 artists across 13 stages.
A trip to the historic Morecambe Bay coast is well worth the drive too, especially if timed to take in two of the town’s most popular events.
The Midland Seafood Festival in July is a lively weekend celebration featuring a seafood and farmers’ market, food and drink stalls and live entertainment. The Vintage by the Sea festival usually takes place at the end of the summer, celebrating the creativity and culture of fashion, design, art, vehicles and music from the 1920s to the 1990s.
Another popular local event later in the year is The Lakes International Comic Art Festival taking place across the weekend of 14 to 16 October 2022. It showcases the world of comic art and storytelling. It brings together comic artists, writers and creative talent for a family friendly event which transports you to another dimension!
For the keen walkers amongst us, both Kendal and Keswick host their own mountain festivals. The Keswick Mountain Festival event from 20-22 May offers the opportunity to take part in a host of different activities, from fell running and hiking through to live music or the chance to peruse the festival village and outdoor theatre performances.
The Kendal Mountain Festival takes place between 17 and 20 November 2022 and is dedicated to outdoor adventure stories using film, music, art, literature and inspirational speakers. It’s worth visiting the Base Camp Festival Village with a range of free events aimed at making it as accessible to all as possible.
Whilst choosing which events you would like to attend this summer, take a look at the great accommodation on offer at English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues. Low Wood Bay, our vibrant resort on the edge of Lake Windermere, or The Wild Boar, a cosy retreat in the peaceful Gilpin Valley.