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.

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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

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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.