- Woodland Pumpkin Trail
The Allan Bank woodland has been taken over by spooky pumpkins. If you venture into the woods, see how many you can find. And don’t forget to check inside the spine-tingling tunnel.
This event will be run by Allan Bank and Grasmere – National Trust (Allan Bank, Grasmere, Ambleside, LA22 9QB)
Allan Bank is a place to relax in front of a warm fire with a cup of tea while the children play. Once home to William Wordsworth and National Trust founder Canon Rawnsley, Allan Bank was rescued from the ravages of fire in 2011. Now partially restored and not decorated, the house offers you the opportunity to see and touch the many layers of this home’s fascinating history.Post a comment
- Lakeland Maze Farm Park
Lakeland Maze Farm Park is a great place to visit with the family. Open every week-end from Easter and also every day during the school holidays until October. Their Maize maze is open from 19th July and is a fun way to spend a few hours!
Raines Hall Farm is a working farm, so as well as cattle, sheep and various breeds of pig, there are ferrets, llamas, alpacas, pygmy and angora goats, and horses and Winston the donkey!
Other outdoor activities include Trampolines, Outdoor Karting, Giant Draughts and Tractor and Trailer Rides.
Even in bad weather you can enjoy Soft Play Climbing Wall and Soft Play Area, Indoor Karting, Straw Bale Maze, Coin-operated Mini Tractors, Pets Barn, Vintage Tractor Barn, Sand Pit and family area with Puzzles and Games and the Indoor Picnic Area and Shop.
- A Tale of Vikings and Monks Walk
If you are looking for a leisurely walk in and around Hawkshead then this is perfect.
The Tale of Vikings and Monks Walk offers spectacular views through the fields around Hawkshead in which you’ll be able to learn about Hawkshead’s varied history within the Lake District.
This is a Lake District National Park Authority free event taking place on 15 Apr 2014, 24 Apr 2014, 03 Aug 2014, 26 Aug 2014, 29 Oct 2014 and there is no booking needed.
The walk is 2.2 miles and should take around 2 hours. Dogs are allowed. The walk starts at 10:30am from Hawkshead LDNP car park.
For more information: http://www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/a-tale-of-vikings-and-monks-walk-hawkshead-i445.htmlPost a comment
- A Walk Back in History
The Hawkshead Grammar School is one of the oldest in the area and this integral museum is a fascinating visitor attraction for all those interested in learning more about the institution and the development of the locality. The museum contains a great deal of artefacts that include the original seal that Elizabeth I granted to the school and other priceless antiques.
The museum in the Old Grammar School building houses a unique collection of historic artifacts relating to the ancient School, some of which date back to the sixteenth century.
The museum operates a guided tour which brings the School to life. You can feel the atmosphere and almost believe you are in a working schoolroom of 200 years ago:
• Discover how a grammar school worked in the 1600’s
• See the original desks in the school room
• See the Charter signed by Queen Elizabeth I and the silver seal
• Find out why the boys drank beer and smoked at school
• Understand why the masters allowed them to carve their names on the desks
• See William Wordsworth’s own carvings amongst those of other pupils
• Learn about Wordsworth’s time at the school people.
Hawkshead Grammar School Museum, Hawkshead, Cumbria LA22 0NT – Phone: +44 (0)15394 36735Post a comment
- Grizedale Forest
If you make the trip to Hawkshead, you should definitely pay a visit to Grizedale Forest which offers the perfect day out for all ages and abilities. The visitors’ centre is located in the heart of the forest, and is about 3.5 miles from Hawkshead.
• If travelling by car there is adequate off road parking at the visitors centre.
• Public transport is seasonal (March-October) – Cross-lakes shuttle bus
• There is good off road access from Hawkshead to the visitors centre, either on foot, by mountain bike, or horse.
You can spend the day exploring the forest environment, even by swinging through the trees! Whatever your interest the forest park is a perfect place to play, exercise or relax.
What to do at Grizedale
Grizedale has 9 way-marked walking trails of varying difficulties and lengths. The routes follow valleys, to hidden tarns, and to the highest point in the forest, with its spectacular views.
Cycling and Mountain biking/hire-shop
Check out the Visitor Centre for some great routes and the option to hire bikes for all the family.
An award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides, all up to 40 feet in the trees. Enjoy memorable hours of exhilarating adventure!
There are over 50 pieces of forest sculpture dotted around the forest. They are made from a range of materials, all unique, and all a joy to discover. There are musical sculptures, animal sculptures, bizarre sculptures and the famous ‘wall for a walk’ by Andy Goldsworthy. A map and booklet are available from the Visitor Centre.
There is a permanent orienteering course in the forest with graded courses for everyone, from the novice to the experienced. A map is available from the Visitor Centre.
Visitor Centre Shop and information point
A wonderful shop stocked with wood products, local crafts, children’s treats, and a good supply of maps and books. There is extensive information about the forest for all the questions you might have to enjoy your visit. There is also a large children’s playground.
For more details: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedalePost a comment
- Hawkshead Christmas Fair
This year’s Hawkshead Christmas Fair will take place on the Saturday 30th November 10am-6pm & Sunday 1st December. 10am-4pm.
Building on the success of last year’s Christmas Fair, this year is going to be even better. You can expect:
• Children’s Rides
• Over 50 Market & Seasonal Craft & Gift Stalls
• Street Entertainers – Jugglers, Stilt Walkers, Magicians, Face Painting & More…
• Carol Singing – Community Carols in the Main Square Saturday
• Seasonal Food & Local Ales in all the Pubs
• Christmas Lights
• Winter Beer Festival in all the Pubs
• There is extra parking at a discounted rate of £3.00 on the day
Come and enjoy everything Hawkshead has to offer – a great day out for all the family.Post a comment
- Kendal Mountain Festival
From Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th November, Kendal will hold its epic Mountain Festival – the outdoor enthusiast’s social event of the year! The Festival celebrates everything “outdoors” over four days packed with renowned speakers, films, books and events – such as the Haglofs 10k Trail run. Our very own Craghoppers brand is sponsoring the Film Tour where the best action sports films from the Festival will take to the road and travel round the UK and the World spreading the essence and inspiration of Kendal!
For more details on the programme visit http://www.mountainfest.co.uk/.Post a comment
- Halloween at Hawkshead Village
Spooktacular delights await young and old at Naturally Hawkshead this Halloween. With ghoulish games and freaky fancy dress competitions there will be fun had by all. Check out the delicious menu too – lots of tasty treats with a gruesome twist!
- Tatie Pot Recipe (and more)
My mother’s take on the iconic Cumbrian Tatie Pot, a Lake District classic. There are many variations on the dish, but in my (completely unbiased) opinion, this is the best way to make it:
Ingredients (serves 6):
2 tablespoons Plain Flour
2lbs Braising Steak cubed
8 oz Lamb Neck Fillet (or leg steaks) cubed
1 Horseshoe Black Pudding (or 6 slices)
1 lb Onions chopped
1 Leek washed and sliced
4 Carrots peeled and sliced
6 oz Dried Peas
3 lbs Potatoes peeled and sliced ¼ “ thick
1½ – 2 pints Lamb Beef or Vegetable Stock (cubes are fine)
2 oz Butter
Salt and Black Pepper
(Remember to soak the peas in a pint of water the night before)
How to cook:
- Preheat oven to 160°C, gas mark 3
- Season flour with salt and pepper
- Toss meat in flour to coat
- Heat 2 tbspns oil in frying pan
- Fry floured meat in batches until well browned
- Transfer meat to large roasting tin or casserole dish (click here to see some fabulous ovenware)
- Lightly fry onions, add to meat
- Add half stock and cover tightly with lid or double layer of foil
- Cook for about 1 ½ hours
- Add leeks carrots and peas, cook for 30- 40 mins adding more stock if necessary to prevent drying out. Check seasoning
- Add black pudding
- Arrange sliced potatoes on top
- Pour over remaining stock, re-cover
- Cook for 30-40 mins
- Increase oven temp to 200 gas 6
- Remove lid, dot potatoes with butter
- Cook for 10-15 mins until potatoes are golden and crispy
- Serve straight from the oven with pickled red cabbage and or pickled beetroot and brown sauce
To find out more about the fabulous Hawkshead cooking, why not come to the cafe at Hawkshead Village.
- Grizedale sculpture Walk
Grizedale sculpture walk is a must for people who enjoy walking and art – its the perfect combination for arty walkers. Grizedale is the UK’s first forest for sculpture and is home to over 60 sculptures sited throughout the forest. The collection has been developed since the late 1970s and provides a unique opportunity for you to explore the forest in new and different ways.
The sculpture guide is available from the forest shop and contains stunning photos and the location of all the sculptures. All are located on or near the existing walking trails, bridleways and forest roads and are easily accessible although the number of pieces and size of the forest means it takes some time to see them all. The way marked walking trails are a good way to see the sculptures in more manageable trips.Post a comment