5 Things to Go-Do in The Lake District

We’ve been visiting the Lake District Cumbria since we were kids.  Apart from the STUNNING scenery, it has some great places to have fun, especially in the warmer months; here they are.

  1.  Visit Hawkshead.  Cute as you like, quaint streets, some good ole English cafe’s, pubs and visitor shops, it’s a good place to spend half a day.

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Poppy Red is a cafe/shop that has been there at least 10 maybe 15 years and is a must ⇓

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A car ferry runs from Hawskhead to Windermere and is a fun way to travel across the lake; we loved it when we were young and now our kids enjoy the same.

2.  Hire a wooden motor boat from Lake Windermere for an hour or two.  This is so much fun on a sunny day; take food and drink and just enjoy pootling along.  Blankets are a good idea as it can often be windy out on the open water.

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Photo credit: original by Simon Braithwaite

Photo credit: original by Simon Braithwaite

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3.  Explore the Treetops at Brockhole, (The Lake District Visitor Centre).  Positioned on the main road between Bowness and Ambleside there’s plenty of things to do for families looking for great activities.  We only recently discovered this place and really like it.  There’s a large shop, café, canoeing, bike hire, adventure playground, mini-golf and pony rides and all within stunning grounds.  Visit the Brockhole Website here for more info.

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4.  Spend the night or take afternoon tea at The Lakeside Hotel, Newby Bridge.  One of our most favourite places, it is five-star luxury for when you need it.  There’s a previous blog post all about it here.

5.  Explore Low Wray Castle.

This one I’m hesitant to add but based on my 8-year old enjoying it so much, it makes the cut!  Having being aware of it for years, this year we decided to go see what it was like.  The castle is a National Trust property and is stunning from the exterior – the views equally so, however, once in side we thought it a bit of a mixed bag.

Some rooms were mostly empty except a few artefacts, others were clearly sponsored and some were what you might expect to find – a more complete picture of castle life many years ago.  The best summation is perhaps that it comes across as being a work in progress.  There was clearly an attempt to engage kids with a room dedicated to colouring in crowns, a dressing up room and a whole wing fitted out as a Peter Rabbit experience.  Miss P loved dressing up and as we walked round thinking ‘what is this?!’ she said again and again how much fun it was.  Would recommend for a rainy day – it’d be interesting to see what others have found.

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Have fun whatever you get up to, till next week ~ OX.

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How To: Decorate an Easter Egg (the post I never thought I’d write!)

Spot the Real Egg

Normally I blog once a week (on a Thursday), and NOT about kids crafts… but the other night in a moment of total ‘lets get crafty’ spontaneity with my daughter, decided to photograph what we were doing and make a little tutorial out of it.  So this (points to above picture), is where we are headed in this little egg-decorating post … I never write these kinds of post.. but got very inspired by the colour and sparkles and thought it may just help a few of you with hours  of activity to fill over the Easter Holidays… so here goes… ready?

Gather your materials… brushes, eggs, paints, palette and decorations.  We didn’t have any of these things so had to buy it all but visited a local, cheap DIY place (Boyes) and got it all for £15 most of which we’ll use again and again. The eggs were 30p for the small and 70p for the large, so if you’re making gifts these work out at a really great price!  (if you get decorations to stick on, like these shown, try look for the ones pre-glued… saves time and mess!)

Squeeze out the paints you want to do the all-over colour in.  We used two coats of acrylic paint… they dried really quick so if you’re doing six eggs – the first will have dried by the time you’ve finished the last and you can then begin painting your second coat.

Start Painting!

Wait for your eggs to be completely dry.  Cheap brushes do tend to leave behind stray hairs (as this green egg shows!) so if you want your eggs ‘perfect’ you may want to use better quality brushes.

Ready for Decorating!

 

Paint on your decorative spots, stripes – zig-zags – whatever you like and add your decorative sparkly-bits.  My little buddy didn’t like the fact her brush produced odd-shaped spots so we used the end of a pencil to get nice round ones.

And you are finished!  These will make the cutest Easter gifts for friends, Grandparents, neighbours who you want to send a little something to without giving chocolate!  If you give it a go post your pictures to the OUR STYLE of LOVE Facebook Page and share those genius ideas of your own!

There will be a post next week but I imagine many of you will be out and about gadding so HAVE A VERY HAPPY EASTER! Olivia. x

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