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May Day in the Lake District

May day has been has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries, celebrations may include the crowning of the May queen & the tradition of dancing round a maypole. Much of these traditions stem from pagan Anglo-saxon customs along with many Celtic traditions.

May day is most associated with towns and villages celebrating Spring time fertility of the soil, livestock, people and revelry with village fetes & community gatherings. Seeding will have been completed by May 1st and it is custom for farm labourers to have a day off. The most notable ritual would be the maypole, around which traditional dancers circle with ribbons.

The May Day holiday was not formalised in England until 1978 although it has ancient traditions and may have evolved from the Roman festival celebrating the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. To this day there is a custom of crowning a May Queen who represents the Roman Goddess Flora and the day involves garlands of flowers and dancing either round a maypole or Morris dancing.

May is a lovely time to visit the Lake District with temperatures warming up and less recorded rainfall than over the summer months. There are plenty of activities to choose from as well as spectacular scenery to enjoy. If outdoor pursuits are your interest you can walk, cycle, rock climb or fell run to your heart’s content. The area also offers tempting places to eat and drink from traditional Lakeland pubs to renowned, chic restaurants and microbreweries. If you fancy some culture you can discover more about the famous people who are associated with the area such as William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. For family fun there are steam railways, bird watching, treetop adventure playgrounds and boat hire for playing at Swallows and Amazons.

Good Life Lake District Cottages in the heart of the Langdale Valley is the perfect destination to enjoy the May bank holiday with bluebells appearing in the woods and an abundance of walks and wildlife to enjoy. Our cottages to rent in the Lake District in picturesque locations, include Elterwater, Grasmere and Ambleside and are the perfect base for relaxing and exploring whether it be a romantic break for 2 or the whole family & friends. We have something to suit everyone and many of our Lake District self-catering cottages are pet friendly too.

We have a range of beautiful, self catering and dog friendly cottages in the Lake District to suit all sizes of parties from a romantic break for two to an extended group of family and friends. All of our cottages are located in the heart of the district so you are never far from the activities that interest you.

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