Easter Eggs and Herdwick Sheep

Published: Tuesday 15th Mar 2016

Written by: Ann Woolley

There is a lot going on this month with many events being planned for Easter. It is a great time to visit the Lake District with the family and start to enjoy the lengthening spring days. As well as the continuing celebrations for the 150 years of Beatrix Potters’ birth there are Easter egg hunts galore – enough for the most dedicated chocoholic.

Stained Glass Troutbeck Church

This year we also await an Easter invasion of Herdwick sheep. These are not the usual natives of the fells but fibreglass models decorated by artists which are going to be popping up in surprising places all through the spring and summer culminating in an auction for charity in the autumn.

Follow the trail organised by Go Herdwick and see if you can get some selfies with a Herdwick set in stunning scenery. Maybe it will start a new trend, Herdelfie anyone?

As well as events for children there are plans for live blues music on the shores of Windermere and the chance to sample different brews at the Hawkshead beer festival.

Of course, the amazing lakes and fells are ever present and tempting you to outdoor pursuits. Whatever you choose to do we have some fantastic properties available to suit all sizes of party right in the heart of the Lake District. Our cottages in Grasmere and Ambleside are perfect for the Go Herdwick trail, or stay on a working farm for the real thing and chance to see lambs up close.

What’s on

Friday 18th–20th March – the fifth Bowness Bay Blues festival. Appearing at a number of venues with Windermere as the spectacular backdrop, take your pick from electric blues-rock to gospel, soul and funk. Also, the Hawkshead beer festival; showcasing the best in British craft brewing. Not just for beer connoisseurs, bring the whole family there is food and live music too.

Saturday 19th March – Winter skills course for walkers organised by the Lake District National Park. An opportunity to spend a day on Helvellyn with Fell Top Assessor Graham Uney who will teach the basics for winter walking: how to use an ice axe and crampons. 

Saturday 19th-20th March – Meet Thomas the Tank Engine at the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. 

Tuesday 22nd March – Free guided walk around historic Hawkshead taking in some lovely views organised the the Lake District National Park. Starts at 10.30 and suitable for pushchairs. 

Friday 25- 27th March – Easter Eggsplorers at Brockhole. Including an easter egg hunt, face painting, crafts and egg decorating. Free admission. 

Friday 25th March – Follow the clues around Stickle Ghyll and claim your Cadbury’s easter egg at the end. 

Monday 28th March – Navigation skills for beginners from Grassmere. Suitable for families with children aged over 11. Booking is necessary. 

Wednesday 30th March – Yoga on the terrace at Sticklebarn. Ages 16+, £5 charge but no need to book. 

Friday 1st & 8th April - World of Beatrix Potter Craft Days at Bowness on Windermere. 

Saturday 9th April – Where is Peter Rabbit? Easter Treasure Trail. Follow the map and clues to find one of the 150 handcrafted ceramic eggs and win some amazing prizes. Also, Caves, falls and fells guided walk following the old quarry roads from Coniston to Little Langdale visiting Cathedral Cave and Colwith Falls. Booking is necessary.

Ann Woolley
Ann Woolley


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