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WIN a Lake District Break for 4 PLUS tickets to see Bluebird K7

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Thu, 11th Apr 2024

To celebrate the return of Donald Campbell’s iconic and record-breaking Bluebird K7 Jet Hydroplane to Coniston, we are giving away a short break in the Lakes! The lucky winner will receive accommodation for a short break here in Coniston for themselves and up to 3 guests. Plus the winner will also receive four free tickets to see Bluebird at her new forever home in the Ruskin Museum.  You and up to 3 friends can enjoy a weekend or midweek in the Lake District village of Coniston. Coniston is an excellent base for any Lake District holiday. The village is packed…

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Amazing Lake District Food Festivals

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Wed, 10th Apr 2024

The Lake District is well-known for its stunning landscapes and tranquil waters. But it’s also an amazing place for food enthusiasts of all types, we have stunnig food festivals. If food is your thing, in 2024, the region is set to host an array of festivals and events that promise to delight the palate of locals and provide a feast for the eyes. From the famed Taste Cumbria Food Festivals to the unique Cumbria Vegan Fair, there’s something for everyone. Of course, staying in a self-catering cottage offers the perfect base to explore these culinary delights, blending the freedom to…

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Muncaster Castle Weapons Hall – do you have what it takes to become a Muncaster Knight?

Fri, 29th Mar 2024

You can now get seriously medieval at Muncaster Castle. In their new attraction, The Weapon’s Hall, wannabe knights can learn combat sword skills, discover to axe-throw like a viking, fire a cross-bow like a middle-ages pro and acquire some admiral archery abilities. Perfect for stag or hen parties, groups or families with older children looking for new and exhilarating medieval experiences, The Weapons Hall even features mechanical horses, so the newly knighted can practice their jousting skills. Opened in March 2024, The Weapon’s Hall is an indoor arena consisting of purpose-built weapon ranges, making it an exciting place to visit…

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The Lake District on Screen

Mon, 25th Mar 2024

Interested to know about film locations in the Lake District National Park? From starring roles to “blink and you’ll miss it” cameos, the Lake District makes for a dramatic and photogenic cinematic backdrop. We’ve put together a list of some Lake District locations made famous by the big screen, so you can follow in the literal footsteps of Hollywood movie stars, and create your own movie magic at some of these picturesque places and iconic settings.   Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 – Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike While somewhat lacking in logic to those with any familiarity to this area…

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Five Fell Walks from Coniston village

Fri, 22nd Mar 2024

If you’re coming to stay in Coniston village, you’ll discover it’s the perfect place to park your car at your accommodation, and find you don’t actually need it for the rest of your holiday. There is some of the best walking in the Lake District direct from the village centre. Mighty mountains, hidden tarns and far-reaching views; there are so many incredible hikes to discover in this spectacular area. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourites, so you can give your car a well-earned holiday in Coniston too. Dow Crag and Goats Water 13km 4.3 hours This…

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What is The Westmorland Country Show and Why You Should Visit

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Wed, 20th Mar 2024

Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, the Westmorland Country Show is a little gem that attracts people from all over the world. It’s County Show is a celebration of rural life and local culture. With its long heritage and some amazing activities, the Westmoreland Country Show stands as one of the most anticipated events in the Lake District’s calendar. This year, the event is scheduled for the weekend of 1st and 2nd June 2024 and promises an even more engaging experience for visitors of all ages. A Celebration of Rural Tradition and Agricultural Excellence The Westmorland County Show…

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Bluebird K7 makes her momentous return to Coniston

Sun, 10th Mar 2024

Late on a cold Saturday afternoon in March 2024 saw the historic moment Bluebird K7 finally make her long awaited return to Coniston. Bluebird K7 was the first successful jet-powered hydroplane. It was considered revolutionary when it was first launched in 1955. In his Bluebirdk7,  Donald Campbell was responsible for adding almost 100 miles per hour to the water speed record, setting a new record at just over 276 miles per hour. On 4 January 1967, whilst making a bid for his eighth water speed record on Coniston Water Campbell attempted over 300 miles per hour. Tragedy struck when Bluebird…

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Top Five Cycling Routes in the Lakes

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Wed, 6th Mar 2024

Loved for its breathtaking landscapes, serene lakes, and rugged mountains, the Lake District also offers an idyllic backdrop for cyclists of all abilities. From tranquil valley rides to challenging mountain passes, the Lakes cater to both the leisurely rider and the more dedicated cycling enthusiast. It’s the perfect location if you want to test your endurance or simply enjoy a day out with the family. What’s more, renting a Lake District cottage for the week serves as the perfect base, offering both comfort and convenience. Here we take a look at five classic cycling routes in the Lakes, each promising…

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Lastest Bluebird News - Date of Bluebird Return now annoucned

Mon, 4th Mar 2024

UPDATE: 4TH MARCH 2024 The Ruskin Museum has now officially announced that Bluebird K7 is returning to Coniston on Saturday 9th March 2024. Timings at the moment are estimated as a lot will depend on the collection in North Shields but it is anticipated that she should be back in Coniston around 4pm The route being taken is: A1058, joining the A167M to A69 A69 to M6 at Junction 43 Leaving M6 at Junction 36 A590 to Greenodd A5092 to Lowick Green A5084 to Torver A593 to Coniston. Bluebird is expected to arrive in Coniston around 4pm on Saturday (9th)…

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Things to do in the Lake District this Easter

Fri, 1st Mar 2024

What’s happening in the Lake District during Easter 2024? Here are some of the events and attractions taking place over the Easter break. With plenty of outdoor adventure as well as rainy day activities, there’s lots to do for the whole family in the Lakes this Easter, come rain or shine.  Visit Bluebird – The Ruskin Musuem, Coniston Donald Campbell’s iconic Jet Hydroplane Bluebird K7 is finally set to return to Coniston during 2024. Excitingly, the museum has announced that they hope the boat will be back in Coniston by the end of March. So there is every chance that…

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