Wilderness first responder training course Saadani Tanzania

tanzania wilderness medicine safari
Between July 16th and 25th 2016, a very special wilderness first responder training course will be taking place in the stunning Saadani National Park in Tanzania.

The organisers, SOLO are experts and a leading organisation providing wilderness medicine courses across the world. This specific course, taking place within the Saadani National Park in Tanzania with a base at the A Tent With A View Simply Saadani Camp, is a 70-80 hour programme focusing on travel and tropical medicine providing a comprehensive in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with response and assessment, musculoskeletal injuries, environmental emergencies and survival skills, soft tissue injuries, and medical emergencies. Additional topics such as CPR are also included. What a location for learning whilst taking in the landscape.

The hosts, A Tent With A View are a leading Tanzania safari tour operator based in Dar es Salaam and with camps within the Saadani National Park. With over 20 years experience of leading tours in remote locations, they are fully aware of the importance of course like this and the knowledge gained from them and support and direct medical programmes for the residents of Tanzania.

Bookings and enquiries for the course are to be made via http://soloschools.com/events/1034/wilderness-first-responder. Course price is $1200 per person and includes airport to airport transportation, WFR course and materials, lodging and food. Contact A Tent With A View for pre or post course safari experiences and tours here http://www.tentwithaview.com/

May Bank Holiday breaks in The Lakes

Fast approaching is another lovely Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom! It also happens to be the last one until August so I reckon, even more of an excuse to take a short break or holiday and make optimum use of a free day off.

By the end of May, the weather is most certainly getting warmer and in recent years especially, the Lake District has experienced simply stunningly hot weather around this time.
Just remember, after the Spring Bank Holiday in May, its a wait until August for another, that’s 3 month! With the county and National Park often experiencing dry, bright weather during May into June, the Lake District and Cumbria should be THE destination of choice for a late May getaway.

windermere bank holiday break
Fingers crossed for warm 2016 Spring Bank Holiday!

Many hotels including those in the hot spots of Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere still have availability and some great offers for 3 night breaks too. Windermere is an excellent destination, centrally located for exploring but plenty to do should the typical British and Lake District weather get hold.

There is a huge amount going on this spring bank holiday weekend in and around Windermere including events and sightseeing at nearby Coniston and Ambleside. And of course there’s always a cruise up and down Lake Windermere and the 365 day a year attraction the fells open for walking. Our accommodation tip is Applegarth Villa HOtel & Restaurant in the centre of Windemrere with views, private hot tubs and free off road parking. Visit http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/ for more information and for to book.

Go green to the 24 Holker Garden Festival in June

This is the 24th Holker Garden Festival and the three day event (or should we say extravaganza) taking place at Holker Hall on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June 2016 will be brimming with activities and guest appearances throughout the weekend.

Top horticulturalists from the region and throughout the UK will be in attendance lighting p the estate with brilliant colours, fragrances and knowledge. Although it is also a festival packed with much more than just horticulture. During the weekend enjoy stalls of arts, crafts, food and local Cumbria produce and garden ornaments, neatly detailed in the strap line “Presenting the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts”. There will also be exhibitors of garden structures and sculptures.

holker garden festival
It is most definitely advisable to arrive hungry as not only will there be many local producers selling good but also plenty of tasty offerings for consumption on the day from glasses of summery Pimms to local drinks, ales and hog roasts.

Holker Hall is located in Cark in Cartmel just 4 miles from Grange –over –Sands and less than 2 miles from Cartmel set within a 25 acre estate famed for its landscape and ornamental gardens . Visit the Holker website here for more details on the festival.

Looking for accommodation for that weekend? Bay Villa Bed & Breakfast in Grange over Sands is the ideal place to relax and unwind after a full packed day at the festival. Call direct to book on 015395 36793 or visit http://www.bayvilla.net for more details.

Free air is free in the Lake District in more ways than one

brimstone hotel lake district

Fresh air is free in the Lake District so “Drive Less See More” as the Go Lakes Travel programme campaign has been promoting over the last couple of years. Working with businesses throughout Cumbria and the Lake District encouraging and enabling visitors and guests to make greater use of sustainable modes of travel and car free activities.

From both the Langdale and Brimstone Hotels, guests can walk to six different places of interest, cycle on the many routes around the Langdale Estate and beyond, walk many of the fells in the Langdale Valley and even hire electric cars.

Experiencing the Lake District in these ways is so much better in so many ways. It is great exercise with a sense of achievement when completing a fell walk or bike ride for example. The real Lake District is viewed one to one, not through glass. Less cars on the road means less noise and much less pollution and in the busy summer months walking and cycling if often quicker than a car anyway!

Even back at the Brimstone suites, fresh air is a big factor and in abundance. Each of the 16 suites making up Brimstone have their own private balconies. The suites lead out through full length and width sliding doors with a table and chairs each and plants. When the doors are fully open, even when inside the suite, guests have a sense of being outside and the use of natural, local and sustainable materials echo this perfectly. More about Brimstone can be found by clicking here. The air in the Lake District is like no other and a world away from that of a city so make the most of it when visiting whatever time of the year.