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Monthly Archives: July 2012

10 things to do on a wet day in Kendal

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It’s true, sometimes we don’t have the best of weather here.  But that’s also one of the beauties of the area.  If it wasn’t for the rain, we wouldn’t have the wonderful lakes of the Lake District to enjoy, not to mention the lush green fells that many a walker and outdoor enthusiast adores. So far this Summer, we haven’t had the best of weather, despite it not being as bad as many other parts of the country, so without further ado we hereby present you with ’10 things to do on a wet day in Kendal’… just in case.

1. Visit one of Kendal’s museums

Kendal Museum and the Quaker Tapestry Museum are both a very short stroll from our riverside apartment.  The Lakeland Museum of Life & Industry is slightly further, but equally walkable – just make sure you take a brolly!  Kendal has a great mix of interesting museums that are each worthy of a visit in their own right.

2. Go to Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Gallery is just a short walk along the river and has a regular programme of exhibitions – often attracting some quite big names (most recently, the likes of Turner and Lowry) – as well as its own permanent collection.

3. Get cosy in one of Kendal’s many cafés, pubs or restaurants

Charlies Café Bar, Deja Vu, Farrer’s Coffee Shop, the New Moon, Artisan at the bottom of Boots, Baba Ganoush, the Famous 1657 Chocolate House… Kendal has a whole host of great little cafés, pubs and restaurants where you can while away an hour or two over a cup of tea or something stronger. Venture just out of town to Low Sizergh Barn and you can have a cream tea whilst watching the cows being milked.

4. Take on Kendal Climbing Wall

The award-winning (Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012 at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence) Kendal Climbing Wall has gone from strength to strength lately and now boasts the tallest indoor climbing wall in the country. Don’t be put off if you are a non-climber… they cater for all abilities, from the most experienced to those who have never even partaken in the sport before.

5. Go for a swim

Lakes Leisure on the edge of town (the road out to the ASDA and the hospital) has a 25m swimming pool, as well as other facilities such as squash courts, badminton, etc.

6. Visit K Village or hit the shops in town

K Village has had a somewhat controversial past recently, but remains an ideal venue for some retail therapy in the dry since it’s all under cover.  So too is the Westmorland Shopping Centre in the middle of town, and most of Elephant Yard can be negotiated without a bit of rain spoiling things.

7. Take in an event at the Brewery Arts Centre

The Brewery Arts Centre is a great venue in Kendal with an exciting mix of events.  Interesting speakers, comedy, a varied music and dance programme, courses, workshops and miscellaneous exhibitions are just some of the interesting things taking place. It’s run as a charity and deserves our support!

8. Go to the cinema

The Brewery Arts Centre also has two cinema screens with current films – for children and adults – being shown every day.

9. Go to the gym

A stone’s throw from our rental property is a members-only gym called Pride Health and Fitness.  Although it’s for members only, they welcome our guests for a modest one-off fee.

10. Stay in!

Our riverside apartment is equipped with many a home comfort.  Use the free WiFi, watch TV or a DVD (there’s a DVD rental shop around the corner that will rent to non-members if you leave them a deposit), play cards or learn cribbage.  Young children will enjoy the Peppa Pigs toys that we provide.  Or simply look at of the window, watch the river level rise and fall, safe in the knowledge that you are all tucked up!

Lake District included in CNN’s 27 sights that will remind you how incredible Earth is

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The Lake District has been included in a round-up of 27 inspirational places that will remind you how incredible Earth is, released by CNN.  We’re not quite sure why the list is limited to just 27, but the Lakes find themselves in good company in the list, alongside the likes of the great migration in East Africa, Australia’s Sydney Harbour, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Northern Lights in Scandinavia.  Of the Lake District they write:

“There’s something mystical about the quiet bodies of still water ringed by majestic fells that feature in the new movie ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. The Lake District is the glory of northwestern England, and was a favorite of poets Wordsworth and Coleridge as well as Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit, who celebrates his 110th anniversary this year.”

“We have had a totally relaxing week in this gorgeous apartment”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“We have had a totally relaxing week in this gorgeous apartment… peaceful, spacious, well-equipped and beautifully decorated! We are going home with our batteries re-charged. Many thanks for the wine.”

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

“We love the easy access to many very good golf courses and countryside”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“Thank you, Paul. It’s a fully equipped and tastefully decorated apartment; it makes us comfortable and feel at home. Being golfers and nature-lovers, we love the easy access to many very good golf courses and countryside. Since Maipo is a very good cook, she appreciates the fresh produce be it meat, seafood, vegetables and everything. Will be back. See you again. Hope you had a successful and enjoyable run [referring to Paul doing the Lakeland Trails Marathon]. My 300m run as a torchbearer should be much easier. I know I’ll enjoy it this Saturday. Will do more running in Cumbria next time since the environment is so nice.”

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

Abbot Hall’s newest exhibition: Around the Lakes with Edward Lear

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Abbot Hall in Kendal has an exceptional collection of late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century English watercolours, including works by the great Victorian eccentric, artist and nonsense poet, Edward Lear (1812-88). This display, which marks the bicentenary of Lear’s birth, includes four watercolours and drawings by him and beautiful works by the itinerant artists whose explorations of the picturesque Lakeland scenery inspired Lear when he toured Cumberland in 1836.

The exhibition opens today and will run until 22nd December 2012.