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Top 10 Must Try Lake District Activities and Experiences

Rothay Garden June 12 2017

Top 10 Must Try Lake District Activities and Experiences

You could easily spend weeks on end exploring the pretty towns and epic scenery of the Lake District. But if you only have a short break, what would we recommend? Here are a selection of our favourite activities and things to see on your next visit.Discover some of England’s prettiest villages and townsFor anyone who dreams about simpler living, with less traffic, more space and more time to relax

Best Food & Drink Experiences & Tours in The Lake District

Dominic Garnett April 18 2017

Best Food & Drink Experiences & Tours in The Lake District

Besides taking to Cumbria by foot or paddle, one of the best ways to experience The Lake District is with your taste buds. Indeed, with a vibrant local scene for markets, producers and events, our food and drink scene is in rude health at present. Guests can always get a fresh taste of the best local and seasonal ingredients in our Garden Restaurant, or even indulge in one of our dedicated gourmet

Top Lake District Activities & Experiences to try in 2017

Dominic Garnett January 03 2017

Top Lake District Activities & Experiences to try in 2017

As 2017 kicks into gear, many of us will already be thinking of the new experiences and travels this year. Indeed, there is no time like the present to plan a fresh adventure or perhaps even learn a new skill. So what will you try this year? Here in Cumbria it could be a journey into wild waters or even a completely new craft or hobby. Below are some great ways to experience another side of the Lake

Christmas Events in the Lake District: What's on in 2016

Rothay Garden November 01 2016

Christmas Events in the Lake District: What's on in 2016

For a flavour of traditional, crafty and distinctly Cumbrian Christmas fare, a trip to the Lake District is a great way to capture a more authentic festive experience. From gift shopping and Christmas markets to crafting workshops, family and festive food events events, it can be a wonderfully different way to get ready for Yuletide. So where do we start?Crafts and Carols at Allan Bank (Various dates

Great Lake District Events for Autumn 2016

Rothay Garden September 21 2016

Great Lake District Events for Autumn 2016

With the shorter days and rich colours of autumn reaching Grasmere, we welcome in one of the very best times of the year to visit the Lake District. Whether you are a fan of the arts, a keen collector or simply looking to do some early Christmas gift shopping, there is an awful lot going on as we approach the end of 2016!Whatever your tastes, Rothay Garden Hotel is a beautiful location to stop and

Swallows & Amazons stars stayed at leading Grasmere hotel during filming

Rothay Garden August 19 2016

Swallows & Amazons stars stayed at leading Grasmere hotel during filming

With the release today in cinemas nationally of the new film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s book, Swallows and Amazons, there is great excitement in Grasmere as the film’s stars stayed at one of the village’s leading hotels, Rothay Garden, during filming.The film’s stars, including Kelly Macdonald, Rafe Spall, Jessica Hynes, Harry Enfield and Andrew Scott, stayed at Rothay

Andrew celebrates 25 years as Head Chef at Rothay Garden

Rothay Garden August 11 2016

Andrew celebrates 25 years as Head Chef at Rothay Garden

Today sees the Head Chef at Rothay Garden – the award-winning 4-star hotel in Grasmere – celebrate 25 years at the hotel, working for owner Chris Carss all that time.  Head Chef Andrew Burton arrived at Rothay Garden in 1991 with a CV which included time spent in the kitchens of the Savoy, the Connaught and the Berkeley hotels in London.  Initially mistaken at his interview for

Explore the breath-taking filming locations for Swallows and Amazons

Rothay Garden Team August 01 2016

Explore the breath-taking filming locations for Swallows and Amazons

Call us biased, but we can’t imagine a more picturesque setting for a film than the Lake District, so we’re eagerly awaiting the new Swallows and Amazons adaption, filmed just minutes from Rothay Garden Hotel.Arthur Ransome’s iconic 1930 adventure novel; Swallows and Amazons is the first in a series of books by the author, which follows the exploits of characters, John, Susan, Titty and

The Lake District by Water, From Cruises to Kayaking

Rothay Garden July 13 2016

The Lake District by Water, From Cruises to Kayaking

From the grandeur of Lake Windermere to the sparkling River Rothay, the waters of the Lake District provide some of the UK's most classic scenery. But as pretty as the views are, there is little to beat getting afloat for a completely different way to experience the region. Depending on your taste, you could discover anything from adventure kayaking to fly fishing; you could try waterskiing thrills

Lake District Festivals, Traditions & Annual Summer Events

Dominic Garnett June 20 2016

Lake District Festivals, Traditions & Annual Summer Events

Aside from the beautiful scenery and seclusion of the area, one of the best reasons to visit Grasmere in the summer holidays is the busy calendar of local festivals, shows and events. In the Lake District, you will find both centuries old traditions but also far more recent events to celebrate the food, arts and culture of the region. Here are some key gatherings each year: Cumbria Steam Gathering

Summer Events & Offers

Rothay Garden Team May 24 2016

Summer Events & Offers

Of course there’s never a shortage of activities and places to explore in the Lake District as a whole, but we’re also very fortunate to have a jam-packed calendar of events on our doorstep in Grasmere, and with our Summer Saver Breaks, you can enjoy all that there is to offer, for less. Here are just a few of the upcoming events this June and July:Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday in

The Road re-opens!

Rothay Garden May 17 2016

The Road re-opens!

We're delighted to say that, ahead of schedule, the main A591 Grasmere to Keswick road has re-opened following a three mile section of the road being closed since Storm Desmond and December's floods. For months, the landslip between Dunmail Raise and Thirlmere has meant that only pedestrians could move through, and that, whilst this became a bit of a tourist attraction in its own right, it obviously

A Guide to Lake District Tarn Fishing

Scott Winstanley April 15 2016

A Guide to Lake District Tarn Fishing

Our guest blogger this month is passionate Cumbrian angler and artist Scott Winstanley, who has a wealth of fantastic tips and reflections on exploring and fishing the Lake District Tarns. “The word ‘tarn’ comes from the Norse word tjorn meaning a small lake or pond.  It’s a term used quite extensively in Northern England and refers not only to the high corrie lakes of the Cumbrian Mountains

Great Lake District Galleries and Art Attractions

Dominic Garnett March 17 2016

Great Lake District Galleries and Art Attractions

From breath-taking landscape photography to oil paintings and original Beatrix Potter drawings, The Lake District has always been a fantastic place for visual creativity of all kinds. Here are five places to visit within easy reach of Grasmere that are especially easy on the eye, whether you’re looking for a beautiful piece of art, some nostalgia or just an enjoyable and stimulating detour: Rare

Alternative and Adventurous Lake District Activities

The Rothay Garden Team February 22 2016

Alternative and Adventurous Lake District Activities

As much as we love traditional pursuits here at Rothay Garden Hotel, walking and cycling are not the only way to explore the beauty of the Lake District. Whether it is a case of climbing the peaks, using some very different wheels or even taking to the skies, there are some delightfully different alternatives to try on your next visit. Adventure pursuits, adrenaline sports; call them what you will

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