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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Boy with Tape on His Face coming to Kendal

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The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal welcomes the Boy with Tape on His Face on Thursday 8th September 2011.  The character is the brainchild of the New Zealand comedian Sam Wills.  He performed at the Edinburgh Fringe just recently but it was at last year’s event that he really stole the show, scooping many five star reviews and an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for best newcomer.  If you’ve not seen him before, you’ll get more of a feel for his act from the video below.

Late Summer book events in Sedbergh

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Poetry takes centre stage in nearby Sedbergh between 21st and 25th September 2011, with events highlighting the interest currently being shown in reading and writing poetry. This will include an evening of poetry with the Lancaster-based poetry group ‘Sixfold’, a full day poetry writing workshop with Appleby poet and novelist Kathleen Jones and a distinctive evening with poetry and pizza with special guest poet Gerard Benson. Further information about these events can be found at www.sedbergh.org.uk/bookfestival

“Great location for exploring both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“We spent a wonderful week here despite the weather – only one day of sunshine!  Great location for exploring both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Perfect apartment.”

To view more feedback from our guests, please see our guests’ comments page.

Mintfest and a Garden of Delights

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I was met with a colourful surprise when walking to work this morning. The pavements on Maude Street in Kendal have been decorated with a splash of colour in anticipation of Mintfest which begins today.  Mintfest is a fantastic streets arts festival held annually, and is a great time to visit Kendal with more than 150 performers descending on the town.

The flowers drawn in chalk on the pavements lead to Maudes Meadow at the end of the street where preparations are underway for this evening’s Garden of Delights event.

The bittern continues to boom

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Regular readers may recall that we went to the RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve earlier this year and were lucky enough to see a bittern (albeit only poorly photographed by me!).  This is the loudest bird in the UK and quite a rare sight, with nearby Leighton Moss being one of the few places in the country where you might be as lucky as we were. Anyway, according to today’s news on the BBC website, the bittern is going from strength to strength and has reached 100 ‘booming’ males for the first time since its return to the UK back in 1911.  This might not sound like a great number but is quite an achievement given that the bird was once extinct in the UK. (For a brief period this morning, it was also one of the top 10 read stories on the BBC website.) What conservationists have found particularly encouraging is that the bittern has clearly been able to survive, if not flourish, despite a rather severe winter last year.

RSPB Leighton Moss is just 30 minutes from Kendal.