Jubilee weekend

The public holiday long weekend beginning on 1st June is almost upon us, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee being celebrated on 5th June. Within the Lake District, there are a number of events taking place to honour the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, of which I have mentioned three below.

In Ulverston, a 20-minute drive from Blenheim Lodge, an open-air production of Macbeth will be performed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men at Ford Park on Sunday, 3rd June. ‘The two-hour performance will offer crowds the opportunity to see the play performed in the way the Bard first envisioned it – with an all-male cast, traditional costume and Elizabethan song and dance.’ Grounds open at 5.30pm and the performance will start at 6pm. (www.nwemail.co.uk/news/ulverston/witches-meet-in-ford-park-ulverston-1.957098?referrerPath=/evening-mail-news-round-up-1.118665)

In Bowness-on-Windermere, and only a 7-minute walk from our guest house, a celebration in song will take place on Sunday, 3rd June, at The Glebe by Lake Windermere. ‘The Lakes Gospel Choir will be singing a selection of our best loved songs on the stand at the Glebe.’ Ongoing activities between 11 am to 3:30 pm include a bouncy castle, face-painting, afternoon teas and other refreshments, and craft stalls etc.(www.lakesgospelchoir.co.uk/events/2012/6/jubilee-celebration-party-at-the-glebe-bowness-on-windermere.aspx)

On 2nd and 3rd June, between 11 am to 4 pm, visitors to Sizergh Castle, only a few miles from Blenheim Lodge, will be able to enjoy a Jubilee Fete, featuring medieval games and activities, including swordplay. Design your own coat of arms, dress up in armour, joust, and generally enjoy some traditional fun. Guests may also tour the castle and its grounds. (www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/queens-jubilee-fete-sizergh-castle-i1392.html)

Sizergh Castle, taken by Matthew Emmet. (Photo courtesy of www.visitcumbria.com/sl/sizergh-castle.htm)

Other local activities will of course take place as usual in the Lakes during the Jubilee weekend.

One of these is Ladies Night at Cartmel Racecourse to be held on 2nd June. There will be musical entertainment plus a live screening of The Derby in Epsom. Cartmel Racecourse is a small racecourse set amid beautiful Lake District countryside and only a short distance from the ancient village of Cartmel, famous for being the home of sticky toffee pudding and its magnificent Priory. Cartmel is about 15 minutes drive from Bowness-on-Windermere.

The Keswick Beer Festival takes places on 1st and 2nd June. Choose from a selection of over 170 Real Ales, bottled beers and ciders at the Keswick Rugby Club. ‘There will be musical entertainment by groups offering Indie, Rock, classics from the 60’s and the best from today’s charts. Tickets on sale via the web; no sales on the day.’ (www.keswickbeerfestival.co.uk) Keswick is about 40 minutes’ drive from Blenheim Lodge.

‘The inaugural Brathay Festival of Music takes place in the tranquillity of Brathay Church, near Ambleside, against the stunning backdrop of the Lake District throughout the weekend of June 1st to 4th 2012. Martin Roscoe, one of Britain’s foremost pianists, and The Fitzwilliam String Quartet will be among those musicians of international repute who will be participating. . . . The poet William Wordsworth said in 1836 of the church site that “there is no situation out of the Alps, nor among them, more beautiful than where this building is placed”.’ (www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/brathay-festival-music-i1849.htmlFor more information, please telephone 01539433335. Ambleside is 5 miles from Blenheim Lodge.

So there you have it – just some events which are happening in the Lakes during the Jubilee weekend. Of course, you could still come away to the Lake District and enjoy a peaceful break away from the hustle and bustle of crowds and traffic during this busy public holiday weekend if you wish. There is so much to see and you can enjoy the quietude of woods and lakes with only your own thoughts for company.

Hike into the hills, walk hidden footpaths, hire a water vessel to float on a tranquil lake, follow a waterfall, take a scenic drive – and use your imagination to fly away from the drudge of the daily grind if only for a while. Take a deep breath, calm your thoughts and rejoice in the beauty around you. You, too, are a part of that beauty, for you are God’s beloved creation.

Enjoy a little solitude by a tranquil lake to rejuvenate your spirit. This is Crummock Water, where row boats are also available for hire. (Photo courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

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