Half term in just around the corner, less than 2 weeks away to be exact. Panic may have started to set in with the thought of “what to do???”, “where to go????”, “how are we going to entertain the kids for a week in winter???”.
One thing’s for sure, you’d better start thinking, looking into what’s on and if there’s anywhere to stay still available if you want a short break.
Choosing a location for a short break has to depend on what activities and things to do are available in the area when looking to take children of age. Windermere and Bowness are family friendly, 365 day destinations and there’s always plenty of adventures and things going on especially during a half term holiday. Look to Brockhole – the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre, Windermere Lake Cruises, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction and for a full list of what’s on throughout the whole week, visit the GoLakes website, http://www.golakes.co.uk/things-to-do/whats-on.aspx.
Luckily there are a small amount of half term late deals available at the family friendly Damson Dene Hotel near Bowness. With private leisure facilities on site, special family rooms and vast landscaped gardens to play in, it’s the ideal place to stay during half term.
And guests staying at Damson Dene Hotel can enjoy a flavour packed menu full of local produce in both The Heron View Restaurant and in The Damson Bar. Enjoy salads and sandwiches in the day in the bar as well as hot meals served all day into the evening. The Heron View Restaurant showcases the best of the local produce available on the doorstep from Lyth Valley Venison to Lake District smoked salmon and Cumbrian cheeses.
Imagine spending Christmas this year in the beautiful village of Cartmel? Cosmopolitan Cartmel is sure to make this extra special time of the year even more special.
Cartmel comes alive at Christmas and is a very popular place to spend the festive period with visitors and locals alike heading to the various pubs, eateries and shops in the village creating an exceptional atmosphere.
Being the culinary capital of Cumbria, Christmas will definitely not disappoint when it comes to food visitors can be certain of that. Most of the pubs and restaurants offer a pre-booked Christmas lunch including The Kings Arms, Royal Oak Inn and Cavendish Arms. There is also Rogan & Co, The restaurant at the Uplands Hotel as well as the new Ilex Brasserie at Holker Hall.
Some great walks can be found for Christmas morning too with one in particular that starts and ends at the racecourse. This easy 4.5 miles route is the ideal distance before lunch.
For accommodation then The Lakeland Cottage Company have a selection of luxury self catering cottages in the village and this year the cottages can be booked for a full week or on a short break basis. The beauty of self catering means leisurely lie-ins with no need to adhere to any set times yet the proximity of Cartmel village to most of the properties means everything required for Christmas is on the doorstep. View all of their cottages in Cartmel by clicking here.
If neither of you have purchased gifts for each other then Cartmel can again come to rescue as there are some delightful independent home, gift and fashion shops. All in all, the perfect place to spend Christmas.
Going away for Christmas isn’t for everyone but I believe it is starting to become more popular.
Stress is often a common problem at Christmas time. From worrying about the cooking of Christmas day lunch to keeping peace between family members, the festive period can all too often spiral out of control into an event of dread. Then there is the run up to Christmas where work is more than likely busy, shops are fraught with shoppers and everyone is running around like a headless chicken.
So it isn’t too hard to understand why going away for Christmas is becoming more popular. It also makes sense as a time of the year to take a short break. Christmas and New Year gives 3 free days off for most and some firms shut completely down between Christmas and New Year.
But of course, the decision is where to go and in my eyes, the Lake District has it all as a destination for a Christmas break. It has literally, all the right ingredients! The scenery is spectacular, it is walking heaven (to walk off all those Christmas indulgences!), has stunning hotels to stay in and fabulous food. Areas such as Windermere are really accessible too and travelling can also be done to there by rail.
So why not make the most of time off at Christmas and more importantly, actually enjoy a relaxed Christmas this year and book a hotel break in Windermere.