The buntings are out

As I went around Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere two days ago, I saw lots of bunting hanging from roofs and decorating shop windows. It is Jubilee weekend of course and some Lake District attractions have also taken the opportunity to encourage public celebrations of the Queen’s 60 years on her throne. I have already written about a few activities happening over Jubilee weekend, but I want to tell you more here about some of those events where buntings will (supposedly) play a key part in this show of support for the monarch.


A steamer awaits passengers by the pier at Glenridding, its image and surroundings perfectly reflected in the very still waters of tranquil Ullswater. (Photo courtesy of

On Jubilee day itself, 5th June, Ullswater Steamers will put on a Brass and Bunting celebration, where the public is exhorted to bring a picnic and dress to impress:

Lots of union jack bunting and The Penrith Town Band to stir your spirit. Say Hip Hip with us onboard and enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast her majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. £12.50 per person. Departs Glenridding 7 pm for a two hour cruise.

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Not to be outdone, The Cumberland Pencil Company will celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee on 3rd June with a bunting-clad marquee located in the grounds of the Pencil Museum, Keswick:

[W]e will be serving a selection of traditional Sunday lunch buffets, in the form of roast beef sandwiches with a dash of horseradish sauce, roast chicken baguettes with sage and onion stuffing and to finish, fruit scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

For more information please call The Pencil Museum on 017687 73626.


A Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway train going with a full head of steam. Doesn’t it look fun? (Photo courtesy of

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, located in Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, will be raising its metaphorical hat to the Queen with their Diamond Jubilee Brass and Bunting event on 5th June:

Passengers should have their hand flags at the ready as they board one of the heritage steam engines to journey from coastal Ravenglass to picturesque Dalegarth. One may think they have journeyed back to yesteryear as they arrive at Dalegarth Station to the rousing patriotic sounds of Egremont Town Band (who will be playing on the Platform throughout the day) and the sea of red, white and blue bunting! The smell of the engines completes this nostaligic journey back to the Golden Age!

At either end of the line, the Railway’s cafés will be serving up some scrumptious sovereign treats, including Diamond Jubilee Ice Cream and Traditional Afternoon Tea – a rather fitting way to celebrate this royal occasion!

This event is part of a scheduled service and rail enthusiasts should check the train timetable:

So here are just three more celebratory activities visitors may enjoy when they visit the Lake District this long Jubilee weekend. Try to spend at least three days in the Lakes during this period if you can as there are so many extra things to see and do over these few days. It is unlikely that you will manage to take part in everything that is going on as Jubilee events are taking place all over Cumbria, but I am sure you will have a great time picking the best festivities to enjoy!

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