Gruffalos, dragon training and Beatrix Potter; 2016 is the year to visit the Lake District.

Published: Tuesday 2nd Feb 2016

Written by: Ann Woolley

The children’s author Beatrix Potter was instrumental in shaping the Lake District as we know it today.  She bought 4,000 acres of farmland in the area and encouraged traditional farming practices, preserving the land.  She also bred Herdwick sheep which are well adapted to the climate and rugged terrain of the area and their grazing has led to the greening of many of the fells.  In collaboration with the Canon Rawnsley this conservation work formed the backbone of the National Trust.

This year we celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday and the National Trust are planning some exciting events during the year and also supporting a bid for the Lake District to be declared a World Heritage site.

There is currently an exhibition of her life in photos in Ambleside at the Armitt museum and then in March Wray Castle is hosting the Trust’s first Childrens’ book festival with author talks from Axel Scheffler who illustrated The Gruffalo and Cressida Cowell who wrote How to Train Your Dragon and Philip Ardagh who won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

No need to wait for special events though as Peter Rabbit makes a regular appearance at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. There are many other family friendly attractions in the area, as well as spectacular scenery whatever the weather.

What’s on

Wednesday 10th February - Keswick young musician’s concert at the theatre by the lake

Wednesday 17th February – Birdwatching at Brockhole. Volunteers will be in the hides to help you identify the woodland birds and animals

Friday 19th February – one day winter skills course for walkers who would like to learn the basics of ice axe and crampon use

Saturday 27th February – Night navigation for ultra runners hosted by Mountain Run at Sticklebarn. A training session with come practical experience on the fells followed by a pint and a debrief

Friday 4th-6th March – Children’s book festival at Wray Castle

Friday 18th-20th March – Hawkshead Beer Festival held at Staveley

Saturday 19th & 20th March – The World’s Original Marmalade Festival held at Dalemain Mansion

Saturday 19th March – Coniston 14 Charity Run.  ‘Probably the most beautiful road race in Britain.’ There are still a few spaces if you want to enter!

The Lake District is a fantastic area to visit with something for everyone.  We have holiday cottages in Ambleside and Clappersgate just four miles from Wray Castle and for all sizes of party. The majority of our properties are dog friendly so you can bring the whole family.

Ann Woolley
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