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TV star votes Penrith high street best in Britain

Mel Giedroyc
As part of a campaign launched by the Daily Telegraph – Reinventing the High Street – Mel sung the praises of Penrith and said it had her favourite high street.
“My attachment to Penrith’s high street is part nostalgia,” she said. “My mum grew up in the northern Lakes and so I’ve been going to Penrith every summer since the year dot.
“Now, when I go back with my own children, I love the fact that Arnisons, the department store with more than a hint of Grace Brothers, is still there on Middlegate, and Grahams, the deli in Market Square, continues to serve you everything over the counter. But my reasons are not all sepia-tinted.”
She said Penrith had a tourist trade because of its proximity to the Lake District but was no “chocolate-boxey high street.”
“The red stone suggests something more practical and it retains a strong sense of its own identity that enables it to mix the old with the new and still stay real,” she added.
“There are chains and a Morrisons. Plus, it is a community place, with a real sense of local people getting on with things as the minutes slip by on the clock tower. It is resolutely normal, but it manages to make normal shopping feel as if it isn’t a chore.”

Lake District in Cumbria ranks as third most popular UK ‘staycation’ hotspot

The Lake District is the third most popular domestic holiday hotspot for UK residents, new figures have shown.

Despite the dismal weather and tight household budgets, 2013 is going to be a record year for the ‘staycation’ trend as 65 per cent of Britons opt to take their summer holiday at home this year.

The holiday report reveals that the Lake District, which came second last year, ranked third behind London and Edinburgh.

For the first time in five years, Cornwall has lost its crown as the nation’s top ‘staycation’ destination and dropped to fourth.

The figures show a significant increase on the past two years, when 41 per cent and 35 per cent of Britons respectively took a domestic break.

With the average trip costing Britons £399.28 this year – a £34.19 reduction from last year – it is estimated this investment will boost the UK tourism industry by £12bn – up £3.3bn from last year.

The findings have been revealed in a new holiday index by Travelodge.

The hotel chain’s fifth annual holiday report surveyed 3,000 British adults to investigate their summer holiday intentions.

It revealed that 42 per cent of these people are taking a week’s holiday in the UK this summer, 15 per cent are indulging in a two-week break on British shores, and a third are splitting their holidays over three short domestic breaks so they can visit a series of locations.

Grant Hearn, Travelodge CEO said: “The ‘staycation’ trend accelerating to record levels and boosting our economy by £12bn this year is a very welcome sign, and hopefully this is the start of our 2012 Olympics legacy gain.

“During 2012, our capital city was showcased in its true glory to all corners of the UK and the world, and it’s a great result that London has been crowned as the top ‘staycation’ destination for 2013.

“However we cannot rest on our laurels, as one of Britain’s biggest business sectors, the opportunity to grow is still great.

“We are not yet near to unlocking the true potential of our industry.”

A Free Fun Filled Day- Join Us!

A fun filled free day in aid of Kendal and South Lakes Centre for Independent Living “One Voice ” a Local Disability Charity based in Kendal.

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Highlights of the day include Kerri Leigh as Katy Perry, Local Star Search winner Sean Moore, there are plenty of inflatables for young and old, car boot sales, fun stalls, craft stalls and food stalls, an emergency vehicle stand and many many more activities for the whole family.

We are also hoping to have a 5 aside football tournament going on. We need teams for this, it will be £10 per team to enter with a discount offered to multiple teams from same company. There are prizes to be won, so dig out those football boots and gather your friends, family and colleagues! When you have a team in place, please let me know. The more the merrier, the better the competition, the more money we will raise :)

If you would like a stall for arts, crafts, for fun or a car boot please let me know in advance.

If any one could also put posters up for me in your place of work, would you also let me know.

Further Details Here

Competition Time – Win 2 Free Nights

Competition Time – 2 Free Nights to be won

On a positive note we announce our latest #GIVEAWAY:We are giving away a 2 NIGHT STAY IN OUR LUXURY 5 STAR DUKE OF PORTLAND HOUSE!

Our aim is to reach 8,000 likes on our facebook page, with your help! A lucky person will #WIN this #luxury stay once we hit our target!
 

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Duke of Portland Boathouse – Ullswater

Lambing Season Continues in the Lake District

Newborn Lamb resting after delivery

Saw this sight on the way to work – a newborn lamb still struggling to find its feet.

The lambs this year have been very staggered with some having grown quite big already, yet more are still being born. A nice sight especially when the birthing happens so near to the walkway.

Howrahs newborn lamb unable to stand yet
Newborn Lamb

Save 30% off 7 night bookings in June and July in these luxurious and spacious properties in Perthshire, Scotland

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Tay Views – sleeps 4

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Locherlour Mill Cottage – sleeps 2/4

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Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne buys Lake District lodge

The allure of the Lake District has proved too strong for Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne.

Duncan Bannatyne by Lake Windermere
Duncan Bannatyne by Lake Windermere – photo courtesy of in-cumbria

The popular entrepreneur, best known for appearing in the hit BBC television series Dragons’ Den, has a well-documented love of the Lakes. And after putting his villa in the south of France on the market, he opted to invest his money in a luxury holiday lodge on the shores of Windermere.

His frequent trips to Fallbarrow Park, near Bowness-on-Windermere, have been well-publicised and now the entrepreneur has taken the advice of his 11-year-old son Tom and bought a three-bedroom lodge at the five-star park.

Bannatyne has been visiting the park for the last 24 years. He said: “I brought my youngest, Tom to Fallbarrow last year for the first time and we were hiring lodges.

“So this year I gave him the choice of buying a lodge at Fallbarrow or a villa in the south of France and he chose Fallbarrow.

“If you’ve got a holiday home in France, you can’t really leave school on a Friday night and come back on a Sunday so he loves the fact that he can come here every weekend.”

The 64-year-old is not alone in shunning popular overseas resorts for holidays a little closer to home, with a reported 7.8 million people opting for a traditional British escape this summer.