Windermere record & CD fair 29th – 30th April!

Throughout the year there is to be a record & CD fair hosted in Windermere! Selling vinyl records in the UK, the Ladyholme community centre has been visited by Vinyl Collectors from all over the country and visitors from around the world, and this year should be no different.

The records that are sold at the fair contain major artists like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, The Beatles and even David Bowie! Many genres from folk to punk, reggae to easy listening pop and R&B to Northern soul!

The prices of the vinyl aren’t for those who aren’t willing to go high, in fact many of the vinyls can cost up to £500 only for the most dedicated collector. The CDs however, are for everyone with a much cheaper price.

The fair isn’t just for buying vinyl or CDs advice will also be given for those who are curious for advice to Sell their Vinyl Records For Cash vintage records they may have in their attic to make sure they don’t have a big source of money they don’t know about.

The fair has free entry and parking with tea and coffee available.

After the fair come & stay at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel!

Book a room today!
Call 017687 77204 now!

Five must do activites while visiting in the Lake District

There are hundreds of Things To Do In The Lake District but today we’re going to talk about our top five things that you can do whilst visiting the Lake District:

Go walking with wolves:

You may be alarmed but don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe! This is an opportunity to get up close & personal with beautiful wolves. Walking with the pack for a stroll through forests and backwoods, you’ll be able take in the art of canine communication. It’s up to you whether you’ll participate in the howling.

Let your kids run free around Wray Castle:

Wray Castle in the Lake District is a beautiful landmark on the Windermere shore. However, the name can be deceiving as it is not a real castle at all, but instead a mimic-Gothic private home back from 1840. It is also believed that Beatrix Potter spent a summer there when she was younger. Like her books the Castle has been kept the kids interest in mind too. Instead of ceiling paintings and antiques worth a small fortune you will find dressing up, den building areas and an adventure playground! This would be a great day out for the whole family.

Lake District Hiking:

Loughrigg Fell is the perfect place for all of you budding Lake District hikers & photographers. Despite its size the Fell offers up many winning photo opportunities. The views from the top of the Fell are breathtaking. Getting up to the top of Loughrigg isn’t too difficult to achieve. Starting from Skelwith Bridge and heading north will let you capture the perfect snap of Loughrigg Tarn with Langdale Pikes in the background. Then head up to the summit, a somewhat easy climb, for panoramic views all over Grasmere and Rydal Water.

Visit Beatrix Potter’s 17-century home:

Before her death in 1943, the National Trust were given Beatrix Potters Home, with only one stern request, to leave everything as it was. They honored her wish and the result is this priceless frozen in time antique for lovers of her work. This is one the many great landmarks to see whilst in the Lake District. It’s worth the queue when you get to see where her characters such as Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddleduck & Samuel Whiskers came to life and so many locations that inspired lots of her books’ illustrations.

Stargazing in Ennerdale:

Ennderdale is about an hour and a half away from the Borrowdale Gates Hotel however, the reward is something you will never forget. As long as the sky is clear, Ennerdale is one of best places for stargazing, the light pollution is low which makes it an incredible sight for stargazers. There a few roads but one leads to Dark Sky Discover site which is the place to be for staring at the beautiful night’s sky in the Lake District.

We hoped you enjoyed our top five things to do whilst in the Lake District, come and stay at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel when you’re here for a great night’s sleep and quality food. Call 017687 77204 now!!

Princess Anne is coming to visit Save the Children shop in Windermere!

Buckingham Palace has made public that the Princess Royal will be visiting the Lake District on 21st March to recognize the important work by volunteer gatherings in the area, additionally an incredible commemoration for one of the nearby schools.

Princess Anne is President of the Save The Children Fund, and as the president, she is going to the charity shop in Windermere. Some of the staff at the shop have timed up more than two hundred years volunteering there! Jackie Kenyon, the regional manager stated: “I am very proud of our team and it’s lovely that Princess Anne is able to come join us in our celebrations.”

Princess Anne will then head over to Kirby Stephen Grammar School where she will recognize two anniversaries. The school is honoring its four hundred and fiftieth anniversary, and the Kirby Stephen Mountain Rescue is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary. The Princess Royal will meet members of the team and see how their equipment can be used in emergency situations. One of the members of group stated “We are very chuffed, excited and honored about this. It’s our 50th anniversary, and this is something different and special to celebrate it with. We are excited to show off our quarters.”

She will meet individuals from a portion of the school’s effective games groups in netball, hockey, and rugby. This will be especially important to the Princess; both her and her daughters’ ability on horseback is outstanding!

Mass tree planting event in the Lake District!

There is to be a Mass Tree Planting in the Lake District. There is going to be over 1,400 trees! Volunteers, local residents, and even school children are gathering together to plant various different trees on 10th February.

There will be five sites in which the Mass Planting will occur and more than 90 people will take part at all the sites. The sites in the Lake District include: Coledale near Braithwaite; Fell Foot shore Windermere, Glencoyne Park in Ullswater, Hoathwaite Coniston and Wasdale.

The aim of the mass planting is to generate new woodland and replace tree cover that has been now unfortunately lost. Many of the trees across The Lakes are classed as veteran trees and are deteriorating and coming to the end of their life. The idea is that the more young trees that are planted will help to form a better communication with the wildlife through ‘corridors’ and form a new age structure in these areas. This makes it the perfect home for birds in the area.

However, in Braithwaite and other areas, the Mass Tree Planting Event in The Lakes is about water and soil management. The thought process behind this is to develop a more stable landscape against damage caused by heavy rain during the winter months. With major storms becoming more frequent they are therefore also becoming more dangerous. The Assistant Director of the National Trust in the Lake District said this and added that the special qualities of the Lakes needs to be retained such as farming and collective grazing.

If you’re thinking of coming to volunteer in the mass planting then come and stay with us after the long day and book a room at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel now!

Theatre by The Lake

The Theatre by the Lake which is Cumbria’s only producing theatre – is delighted to announce its eagerly anticipated 2017 season, the first under the leadership of new Artistic Director, Conrad Lynch – marking the theatre’s bold move to being a producer-led venue for the first time. Bursting with World Premieres, Regional Premieres, new collaborations and new writing – this exciting and ambitious programme aims to surprise and delight audiences whilst highlighting Lynch’s ambitions to offer fresh, innovative and memorable theatre for all.

Paying homage to the “great British play” is very much at the heart of Lynch’s inaugural season, kicking off in March 2017 in the main house with the World Premiere of William Wordsworth, a Theatre by the Lake and English Touring Theatre co-production, written by award-winning playwright Nicholas Pierpan.

In the public imagination, the Nature poet William Wordsworth was removed from the cares of the world: he peacefully wandered around the Lake District while penning lines like ‘I wandered lonely as cloud…’ But nothing could be further from the truth. For most of his life, Wordsworth struggled with anxieties over his family, money and finding any kind of stable career while many of his peers rose to ‘success’ and healthy incomes. He was a husband, father, brother and provider and dealt with the daily dilemma between pursuing his art and providing for his family. William Wordsworth is a beautifully written and poignant piece taking place in 1812, when the poet is 41 years of age and these struggles were reaching their peak.

Writer Nicholas Pierpan won the 2013 Off West End Award for Most Promising New Playwright and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for his play You Can Still Make a Killing. He has also won the Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing twice, a Peggy Ramsay Award, was shortlisted for the Yale Drama Prize and has been on attachment with the National Theatre Studio. William Wordsworth will be directed by Michael Oakley who most recently directed Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s The Invisible at the Bush Theatre and Caroline Quentin in The Life and Time of Fanny Hill at Bristol Old Vic.

This opening production also ‘welcomes home’ English Touring Theatre, formerly Century Theatre Company, who will co-create a show for Keswick for the first time since their move to Crewe and then London over twenty years ago.
Of his inaugural theatre programme for Theatre by the Lake 2017, Artistic Director and Chief Executive Conrad Lynch, comments: “It has given me great pleasure to plan the year ahead and curate an innovative and accessible mix of work. We hope to build on the wonderful foundations created by my predecessors, Ian and Patric, by staying loyal to their commitment to produce excellent, accessible and timeless theatre. I am also really excited about developing the theatre’s growing reputation for making work of scale and ambition with artists, collaborators and our Theatre by the Lake team. I hope that my first season will continue to enthuse, entertain, inspire and engage our audiences from all over the world, here in our spectacular rural location on the edge of Derwentwater.”
Combine your theatre experience and take advantage of the amazing offers we have at The Borrowdale Gates Hotel and enjoy a restful sleep, wonderful food and spectacular views.

Welcome to 2017 at The Borrowdale Gates Hotel

With Christmas a distant memory and the New Year well and truly here beat the back to work blues by booking a break at The Borrowdale Gates Hotel. With January offers still available, come and recover from the festive season with a short break at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel, where “Peace and Quiet Come as Standard”
Come for 3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and stay an extra 2 nights for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast with our compliments.
Valid from Friday 20th January to Thursday 9th February 2017 for direct bookings only and subject to availability.
Rates start from £330 per person, based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room.*

If you want something to look forward to, why not take advantage of a 4 night stay at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel for the price of 3, based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Available from Sunday 12th February 2017 until Saturday 4th March 2017 for direct bookings only, subject to availability.
Come and stay for 3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and the 4th night’s Dinner, Bed & Breakfast is on us.
Rates start from £330 per person for a limited number of rooms only, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

With open log fires, award-winning Lakeland cuisine and warm comfortable bedrooms decorated in a contemporary style, The Borrowdale Gates Hotel is a hidden gem located on the edge of the hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale. After a day of hiking, sightseeing and exploring what this area has to offer, with the many attractions of Keswick nearby, guests are assured of our renowned friendly personal service in a peaceful setting, surrounded by fells close to the shores of Derwentwater.
Kindly note this offer is valid for direct bookings only on 017687 77204 / [email protected] and not to be used with any other discount.

Please also mention our website or Facebook page when booking.

Fell walking and Blencathra

Combine a visit to the Borrowdale Gates in the New Year with our fell walking experience and a trip to the new Mountain Heritage Trust which will be based at Blencathra.
The Hotel has teamed up with Matt Le Voi, a qualified Mountaineering Instructor and founder of a local firm, Lakeland Mountain Guides, to bring guests a selection of walking breaks for all levels to suit guests with good experience in the fells to those with very little.
– 2 nights including full Cumberland breakfast, 3 course dinner, tea & coffee on arrival, as well as a packed lunch for your day of outdoor adventure.
Get the most out of your hiking with an experienced and qualified local guide for your party. With an excellent knowledge of the area and some navigation tips to find those interesting little spots with the best views, Matt and his friendly team will make sure your day is fun but safe. (www.lakelandmountainguides.co.uk)
Combined hotel and guiding prices: Starting from £287 per person sharing for 2 nights based on two persons sharing a twin or double room (3rd night optional £90).

The Field Studies Council will be welcoming the Mountain Heritage Trust to its new base at Blencathra, Keswick in the New Year. This will be a fitting base for the Mountain Heritage Trust to work alongside the Field Studies Council at the Blencathra Centre, and will provide a secure home for its historic collections. This will offer an excellent opportunity to engage with the young people who visit the centre and enrich their understanding of mountains through the interpretation of and delving into this fabulous archive. Many consider the Lake District to be the birthplace of British climbing, and this collaboration will facilitate the development of a hub for mountain learning and enjoyment.
The Mountain Heritage Trust was founded in 2000 to record and preserve Britain’s rich heritage in the fields of climbing, mountaineering and mountain culture. Second to none in terms of breadth, Britain has a proud legacy in the Alps, the Himalaya and the other great mountain ranges, as well as closer to home on British rock. The Mountain Heritage Trust preserves and encourages access to its own collections, provides curatorial support, sources artefacts for new exhibitions and sets up gallery exhibitions. Among its early successes was the establishment of the National Mountaineering Exhibition at the Rheged Centre near Penrith. More recently the Trust has formed partnerships with the National Trust, and Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. This year has seen the Trust working on a Heritage Lottery Fund project on mountaineer Joe Tasker.
The Blencathra Centre has a national reputation for fieldwork and was established by the Field Studies Council in 1993. The centre’s main building is a former Sanatorium which was converted into a residential field centre and occupies an inspiring site 300m above sea level on the south facing slope of Blencathra.
‘I am delighted with the Mountain Heritage Trust’s move to the Blencathra Field Studies Centre. It is the perfect home for the Mountain Heritage Trust, in a wonderful mountain environment’ Sir Chris Bonington, Patron of the Mountain Heritage Trust

Great offers for the New Year

If you are looking to escape the crowds, big city fireworks and noisy parties, the Borrowdale Gates Hotel hosts a quiet civilised New Year Package to welcome in 2017.
With fine wine and good dining, in warm comfortable surroundings and log fires, rates for a 3 night stay start from £445 per person for arrivals on 30th or 31st December. *
In addition, for guests arriving on 30th December who wish to linger longer for a 4th night, can do so for an extra £75 per person.

When you need to wind down after the Christmas and New Year festivities come for 3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and stay an extra 2 nights for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast with our compliments. Valid from Friday 20th January to Thursday 9th February 2017 for direct bookings only and subject to availability.
Rates starting from £330 per person, based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room.*

Welcome in Spring 2017 with a 4 night stay at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel for the price of 3, based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room, subject to availability.
From Sunday 12th February 2017 until Saturday 4th March 2017 for direct bookings only, subject to availability.
Come and stay for 3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and the 4th night’s Dinner, Bed & Breakfast is on us.
Rates starting from £330 per person for a limited number of rooms only, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

So many of our guests visit us regularly and to show our appreciation, the hotel is pleased to offer our loyal guests, an additional night’s B&B stay, with our compliments, on their third visit to the hotel (within a 12 month period for direct bookings only). Do mention to Reception if you have visited us before and how you found out about the hotel.

If you are struggling to think of the perfect give for a loved one then why not purchase some vouchers for the Borrowdale Gates Hotel. Available to spend within the Borrowdale Gates Hotel, for any monetary amount of your choice (in multiples of £25).

As our offers are for a limited number of rooms only, please book early to avoid disappointment and mention Facebook or website when booking.

Call 017687 77204 or email [email protected] for more details.

The Lakes Distillery

Combine a stay at The Borrowdale Gates Hotel with a tour of The Lakes Distillery. The Lakes Distillery is nestled in the corner of the beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake.

Paul Currie’s vision was to create one of the leading malt spirits in the world, alongside offering one of the most unique visitor experiences in the Lake District. From a Victorian cattle farm to a world-class production facility of quality spirits, the creation of this unique venue was truly a labour of love.

Every detail has been carefully constructed to support the dream – from the restoration of the buildings through to the technology and hardware used to create the spirits themselves.

Nearby Upper Borrowdale is reputed to have the highest levels of rainfall in England. It is fortunate for us that a great deal of that rainfall finds its way into the River Derwent, from which we draw our water.The river flows 25 miles from its source near Sprinkling Tarn, through peaty fells, on through Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake, then literally past our door and onto the sea at Workington, 14 miles away from the Distillery.The Derwent is a ‘spate’ (very fast flowing) river, at the whim of the weather. All that rain makes it one of the fastest flowing rivers in Europe ensuring the waters of the Derwent are continually filtered and flushed through.

The Lakes Distillery is a driving force behind a revolution of ‘new world’ whisky distilleries. As an English distillery based in the heart of the Lake District, our contemporary family of brands have to speak for themselves.

Their signature spirit, the Lakes Malt, will not be released for general sale until 2018. In the meantime you can sample the one and only British Isles blended whisky named the ONE, and the Lakes Gin (the only gin with true Cumbrian provenance). The Lakes Vodka is the only vodka produced in The Lake District.

Experience the excitement of a working distillery – see ‘behind the scenes’ of the heat, the smell and the buzz of England’s largest award-winning whisky distillery. Take a sensory tour backstage and walk amongst the sleeping spirit in our atmospheric cask warehouse. The Lakes Distillery offers a family friendly atmosphere – stop off in the cafe and say hello to our family of resident alpacas!

Other packages such as the Tasting Tour and the Stillman Masterclass can be undertaken during your day at the Distillery.

 

 

New Year at The Borrowdale Gates

Celebrate this New Years Eve in style at The Borrowdale Gates Hotel with fine dining, good wine and classical music. Our fabulous offer allows you to stay for a minimum of 3 nights arriving on either the 30th December, departing on the 1st January or arriving on the 31st December and departing on the 2nd January. If you decide to arrive on the 30th December you can stay a 4th night for just £75 per person. Rates starting from £445 per person.

Combine your stay at The Borrowdale Gates with some of these events happening over the New Year period.

The Theatre by the Lake
The Emperor and the Nightingale is being performed at the wonderful Theatre by the Lake in Keswick over the Christmas and New Year period. With two performances a day featuring exquisite puppetry from Puppetry Director Jimmy Grimes (The Shepherd’s Life, War Horse), glorious music in an original score, and all the colour, movement and spectacle of Chinese theatre, this joyful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale is a feast for the senses that will delight the whole family. 26th November to 14th January.

The Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.
Wainwright – A Love Letter to the Lakeland Fells. A major exhibition for all those who love the English Lakes, exploring Wainwright’s world; his walks and unique method of recording them; his enduring challenge to us… as well as celebrating the sheer beauty of the fells! This is a fun and informative exhibition with hands-on exhibits for all and trails for families as well as plenty of original archive material and personal memorabilia. Running until the 4th January 2017.

Savage Arena – The Legacy of Joe Tasker. Joe Tasker’s disappearance on Everest with Pete Boardman in 1982 remains a mystery but his legacy as a pioneering mountaineer, as well as a writer, thinker, photographer and filmmaker lives on. This exhibition explores Joe’s life and achievements from family life, school and early adventures in the Scouts and exploring the Lake District; to expeditions on the world’s highest mountain and Joe’s continued influence as a writer through his books Everest the Cruel Way and Savage Arena. Running through to May 2017.

The Lakes Distillery
Experience the excitement of a working distillery – see ‘behind the scenes’ of the heat, the smell and the buzz of England’s largest award-winning whisky distillery. Take a sensory tour backstage and walk amongst the sleeping spirit in our atmospheric cask warehouse. The Lakes Distillery offers a family friendly atmosphere – stop off in the cafe and say hello to our family of resident alpacas!
Call The Borrowdale Gates on 017687 77204 to book your New Years break.