Lake District’s industry brought to life at museum

The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry will be the venue for a fascinating talk this week (Wednesday 28th October) on industry in the Lake District.

While the Lakes has enjoyed the knock-on effects of tourism benefits from hiking, trekking and sightseeing over the years, it has also supported its own economy through several industries.

From the farms that produce crops, dairy and live stock, to the mining towns of yesteryear, the talk will provide an insight into what it’s like to try and make a living as a resident of the Lakes District, both then and now.

The talk is free with admission, and will get underway at 2pm. Visitors are also advised to take the opportunity to enjoy the other attractions at the museum, which include a Victorian style high street that shows the food items and medical supplies of the bygone era.

Also on display is a raft of information about Arthur Ransome, one of the Lake District’s noted authors, known to be a larger than life character.

Exhibitions change periodically, and visitors can currently see the acclaimed work of Lake District photographer Joseph Hardman, whose main body of work is drawn from photographs in the 1940s and 1950s.

Another exhibition looks at the progress of the arts and crafts scene in the region, with contributions from Annie Garnett’s textile workshop, Keswick School of Industrial Art, Simpsons of Kendal and The Spinnery.

And don’t miss out on the Williamson Brothers Vortex Turbine Number One – one of the proudest examples of Victorian hydropower engineering which is still in splendid condition.

The Lake District is ideal for your winter break

The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. During the summer it is packed with tourists taking part in great outdoor activities like fell-walking, hiking, and trekking, but it also has so much to offer in the winter months. Here’s a couple of reasons why it makes for a great winter destination!

It looks even better in the winter

There’s no denying that the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, maybe even in Europe, but what makes it really special is that it looks just as great in winter as it does in the summer months. Its striking landscapes, woodlands and of course the lakes look even more stunning under a layer of snow or covered in the oranges and reds of autumn than they do bathed in the mid-summer sun. It makes the area great for amateur photographers, too, whether you’re just snapping on your iPhone or you’re taking some more serious kit with you – you’ll be able to showcase your photography talents for your friends and family when you get back home!

You can relax in the comfort of a great hotel

Lots of people associate the Lake District with outdoor activities, such as golfing, cycling, and walking, and even though these are fantastic days out, they aren’t all that the area has to offer. The Lake District is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the UK, and at the Borrowdale Gates our 4 star hotel and AA Rosette restaurant can keep you comfortable and occupied throughout your break.

Eat locally in the Lakes

Autumn is the season of harvest and thanksgiving, making it the perfect time to show some appreciation for the amazing local producers we have here in the UK. There’s nowhere more blessed in this department than the Lake District; read on to find out about some of our favourites.

<h2>Bryson’s of Keswick</h2>

This family business has been part of the Keswick landscape for almost 70 years and the cakes and bakes on offer there are still just as good as the day it opened! Try their tasty Lakeland Plum Bread for a truly local treat.

<h2>Yew Tree Farm</h2>

Yew Tree Farm supplies Herdwick Lamb, a heritage breed that’s local to the Lake District. What’s more, it’s based in a farmhouse which once belonged to Beatrix Potter, the Lakes’ favourite daughter. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall once said of it, “Their Herdwick Hogget is among the finest I have tasted.” Well-connected indeed!

<h2>Pennine Eggs</h2>

If it’s cosseted chicks you want to lay your eggs then head for Pennine Eggs, where hens are free to roam on a variety of farms in the West Pennine region. They taste pretty good, too!

You can find all of the local suppliers mentioned on the menu at Borrowdale Gates, a <a href=”/”>4 star hotel</a> boasting an AA Rosette restaurant that’s located right in the heart of Lakeland, an easy drive from the town of Keswick. If you’d like to find out more about our rooms and rates, get in touch today.

Enjoy a day in historic Keswick

If you’d like a relaxing day away from the fells, why not explore Keswick? The name Keswick is said to mean ‘place where cheese is made’ and while that may still be true, there is so much more to see and do. Keswick is the very heart of the Lake District – a charming, quaint town with a vibrant heart.

The town centre is pedestrianised which makes for a very pleasant, relaxing place to stroll and take in the atmosphere. The town was originally settled in around 1240, and its status as a market town dates all the way back to 1271, when it was granted a royal charter permitting a market on Saturdays – a market which still exists to this day. The town centre is dominated by the Moot Hall, which has in the past been a prison, a museum, a covered market and a courthouse. You will find shops, restaurants and cafes at every turn, in Market Square and down the alleys and side streets. As you might expect, Keswick offers the largest collection of outdoor equipment retailers in the country! You will also find many independent shops selling arts and crafts, jewellery and handmade items.

Carry on strolling and a short distance from the Market Square you will find two large public parks, Hope Park with its beautiful gardens and Fitz Park with a play area and space to play, as well as a picnic area beside the river. When you get to the lakeside you can hire a boat or you can take the launch service across the lake.

And if your taste is for the unusual museum, the Keswick Pencil Museum truly is a treat! At the end of a day exploring Keswick, return to the four-star hotel and enjoy a good meal in our AA Rosette winning restaurant, before deciding where to explore tomorrow.