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Dog Friendly Cumbria

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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

Cumbria Country Fairs and Agricultural Shows

As the days get longer and the weather warms up what could be nicer than spending the day at a country fair or an agricultural show in Cumbria?

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Dogs, local food, kite flying, sheep shearing, country crafts & stalls – something for everyone. Relatively new as shows go but it’s always really busy  – a grand day out.

31st May & 1st June 2014



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Traditional large show in the north of the county and a real celebration of all things food and farming. Set off early & join the queue to get parked.

14th June 2014


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Events in Spring 2014

Looking ahead here are just some of the great events that are definitely worth visiting this spring. There’s always something interesting going on in Cumbria, The Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales.

Marmalade Festival

Marmalade aficionados are in for a treat at Dalemain when who else but Paddington Bear is a patron of these prestigious awards. A celebration jam packed with all things marmalade and much more at the Dalemain Marmalade Festival on Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 March.

A varied and interesting programme of events are planned including a Food Fair, speciality foods, Cookery Demonstrations in the private kitchen at Dalemain, crafts, live music, Paddington Bear,  treasure hunt in the historic and award winning gardens, archery, 1914 War Exhibition, Ullswater Steamers Cruises on Lake Ullswater, Laithwaite’s wine tasting demonstrations, Mackays marmalade tasting, over 200 competition marmalades to taste with freshly made toast served by The Girl Guides, meet the WI judges, marmalade shop including Artisan Award Winners.

New for this year is the Marmalade Run on the Saturday morning! Refreshments hot food, home-made soup, cakes and of course marmalade and more marmalade in the beautiful surroundings of Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens.


Ask a Farmer at Kendal Food Festival

Ask a Farmer at Kendal Food Festival

Kendal Festival of Food takes place on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 March and invites you to taste the very best of England’s North Country. Two days of treats including food demonstrations from top local chefs, tutored tastings, talks and pop-up restaurants from a whole host of Cumbrian chefs and artisans and a few famous faces too. ‘Ask a Farmer’ is back with a Farm to Fork roadshow.


Damson Day

Damson Day in the beautiful Lyth Valley

The Lyth Valley hosts the Damson Day Country Fair on Saturday 12 April. Of course it’s much too early for damsons but the Westmorland Damson Association invite you to celebrate the beautiful damson blossom which should be in full bloom. There will be local crafts, entertainment and refreshments too.



Walks will be led from stations along the line

ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line.It’s a week-long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley. The Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival starts on Tuesday 29 April, is made up of lots of events & activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders. Speakers will share their local knowledge and love of the area, and the pubs will be buzzing with music and song.

ride2stride is for everyone who loves the Yorkshire Dales. Whether you travel to an event by train, live along the line or book your holiday to take advantage of the festival, we’re sure you’ll have a great time.


Printfest 2014 will take place on Saturday 3 May & Sunday 4 May 2014 from 10am to 5pm with Printfest 2014artwork exhibited from more than 40 national and international artists. The lovely town of Ulverston comes alive with artists and their work.

Printfest is the UK’s only artist led printmaking festival. It celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011 and is dedicated to the exhibition and sale of contemporary prints. It offers the opportunity to view and purchase art works, meet the artists and find out more about printmaking.


Freerange Comedy Festival

The Freerange Comedy Festival has fantastic comedians, sketch shows and comedy theatre performing at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and at venues around the South Lakeland, as well as performing on mountain tops or out on the lakes themselves. From Monday 12 to 18 May be amused by famous comedians such as Omid Djalili, Lucy Porter, Paul Chowdhry and co-host of The Xtra Factor Matt Richardson.

 So now you need to make plans, book your tickets and here’s where you can do this!

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards

Kendal  Festival of Food

Damson Day Country Fair

The Settle to Carlisle walking festival

Printfest 2014

Freerange Comedy Festival

Booking your touring holidays for 2014

Winter in New Hutton

Winter in the countryside

Although some of us choose to go on a touring holiday with our caravan or motorhome for 12 months of the year it’s not for everyone. With dark nights, wind, rain and the possibility of snow or icy conditions to me caravanning in the winter looses most of its appeal. Seems like a far better idea to put your feet up in front of a roaring fire, cuppa in hand and make plans for the coming season.


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Gone are the days when you needed to send off for a new holiday brochure or ring up for this year’s prices and then eagerly wait for the sound of them dropping though you letter box. All good parks have websites, all the information you need will be at your finger-tips and if it isn’t you can contact them easily via email even if the park owners have jetted off to sunnier climes! (I can recommend this option).

And if you are new to touring can I give you a tip? Book early for Bank Holidays! Popular sites get booked quite quickly and you will struggle to find anywhere decent at the last minute.

If you only ever book ‘Club Sites’ make a change this year and try some quality independent parks. We usually use 4 or 5 star touring parks and always read reviews before we book.

Caravan Park

Enjoy touring with your caravan


So have fun planning your 2014 holidays – they will soon be here.