May Bank Holiday long weekend

The sky is painted a gorgeous red with purple tints and blue undertones as the sun sets. It makes me think of how the days have moved so fast that we are already a quarter past into this new year. Tomorrow is May already, and the first May Bank Holiday weekend is coming up at the end of the week. I can hardly believe that 4 months of the 2012 have flown by – just like that!

At Blenheim Lodge, we are still advertising last minute vacancies for the May Bank Holiday long weekend. For overseas readers of this post who are unaware of this UK public holiday, May Bank Holiday weekend is named for the Bank Holiday on 7th May, with the long 3-day weekend starting on Friday, 4th May. If the good weather in Windermere continues, then this long weekend would be a great one for roaming the Lakes and exploring its many treasures.

Explore the spectacular scenery of the English Lakes. Isn't this a fantastic photo of Grasmere Lake? Two canoeists row in the still deep silence of a glassy lake which reflects the beauty of its surroundings. (Photo courtesy of

Bowness-on-Windermere is a bustling kind of place so everything remains open even during public holidays and weekends. The nearby towns of Ambleside, Lakeside, Keswick, Grasmere, and Cartmel are also popular and shops and restaurants and other amenities remain open during public holidays and weekends. For aficionados of sticky toffee pudding, the place to visit is Cartmel, where the the famous Michelin restaurant, L’enclume (, attracts gastronomes from far and wide. Meanwhile, gingerbread lovers should head to The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop ( and try its take on these biscuits.

Staying with the topic of food, there are about 20-30 eating places, ranging from small teashops, cafes, bistros, pubs, and restaurants of many cuisines just in Bowness-on-Windermere itself. Some of these eateries are housed in nearby hotels, but most of them are located independently on the high street and closes.  All of them will be open for business during the May Public Holiday long weekend, except for the sadly damaged Vinegar Jones, where scaffolding is currently being erected to secure the building after a horrific fire more than a week ago engulfed its premises. There are other fish and chip shops in Bowness, but Vinegar Jones was well known for its central location on Church Street.

Crag Brow, a continuation of the main road, Lake Road, leads from Windermere into Bowness-on-Windermere. The road is crammed with shops, restaurants, a delicatessen, a bank, hair and beauty salons and other services. This photo was taken early in the day, hence the lack of pedestrians. Otherwise, it can be jostling room only on Crag Brow both in terms of foot and road traffic. (Photo courtesy of

There are lots of shops in Bowness selling everything from clothing, footwear, books, gifts, jewellery, artworks, etc. All these shops will also stay open over the May long weekend, and I have noticed that there are a number of some rather good discounts on offer. The main road, Crag Brow, is the best place to start one’s hunt for that special gift to take home.

For would-be guests, we have some fantastic rooms with views offered at late availability discounted rates for a stay this public holiday long weekend. So if you are looking for a break and fancy one in the Lakes, do check out our website to see what we have to offer. We’d love to have you staying with us, and our B&B can be booked online or over the phone.

A four-poster room with large antique 4-poster bed and views of Lake Windermere

Here is a picture of one of the room we have available this May Public Holiday long weekend. The Langdale has a William IV kingsize 4-poster bed with fabulous panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the hills beyond as you can see in the background through the windows. Great for a relaxing romantic break!

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