Author Archives: Alison Mason

Beer, snacks & Cumbrian tipples.


As the great granddaughter of a Kendal Innkeeper I thought it appropriate to share with you some local knowledge of fine Cumbrian hostelries, breweries & tipples.


Jennings Ales are brewed in the traditional way using their own well water. Enjoy a tour of the brewery between 12 noon & 2pm daily until the end of October to see these award winning ales being made. Visit the tearoom, have a look around the shop & pick up some intriguingly named Sneck Lifter or Cocker Hoop to enjoy during your holiday. Continue reading

Five pubs – five miles from Kendal

Five great pubs within a few miles of Kendal.

 7812-lThe Station Inn at Oxenholme’s opening times for food is Monday to Friday 12 to 2.30pm and 5pm to 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 to 9pm. The pub opens 11.30am to 11pm every day.

One of their most popular dishes is homemade ‘Steak n Blond Witch Ale Pie’ and customers love ‘Fish n Chunky Chips’ or home-made ‘Creamy Lasagne’ with Monty’s revenge garlic bread. Hard to choose the best. Continue reading

Places, pictures & people

Local exhibitions – Places, pictures & people

2015-MOLLI-Taste-of-Lakeland-HA Taste of Lakeland exhibition at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal begins on 6 March & runs to 7 September.

See how tastes have changed over the years and learn about the food traditions of the Lake District with this exhibition located on the Museum’s interesting street scene.


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2015 Cumbria Events

2015 Main Events in Cumbria


Spring Beer Festival, Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley

Friday March 6 – Sunday March 8; Beer festival featuring delicious drinks brewed by several different breweries.

Kendal Festival of Food

Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8; Two day celebration of food and drink with loads of locally sourced Cumbrian goodies. Continue reading

Dog Friendly Cumbria

doggy area Ashes Caravan ParkDog Friendly Cumbria

Caravan holiday with your dog

With our super little lawned doggy exercise area & miles of country footpaths right on the doorstep choosing to holiday at Ashes Caravan Park is a great option for long or short breaks with your dog. There is no extra charge for dogs & we normally accept up to two dogs with well-behaved owners! Continue reading

Penrith – Heart of Cumbria

Penrith – Heart of Cumbria
Known as ‘The Old Red Town’ because of the distinctive red sandstone that is characteristic of many of Penrith’s lovely old buildings. Penrith is a historic market town, having a rich heritage and is well worth visiting. The town has an interesting history and due to its position on the strategic route to & from Scotland it remains an important landmark.  Continue reading

Visit Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale

The market town of kirkbylonsdaleKirkby Lonsdale is a pleasant 15 minute drive away from Ashes Caravan Park & well worth a visit.

From New Hutton head to Old Hutton & travel on the B6254 passing through South Lakeland’s lovely low fells & keeping an eye out for pheasants along the way. Kitridding have a nice little farm shop here just look for the roadside sign. Call in & see what local produce they have or stop for a tasty ‘all-day-breakfast’. Continue reading