Things to do in the Northern Lakes this April…
Right on our doorstep there are dozens of events and activities for you get involved with during your stay at Underscar. Here are some highlights we’ve picked out.
For a comprehensive list of what’s on in Keswick and the surrounding area this month please visit: www.keswick.org/whats-on/events
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Keswick has another history full of murder, intrigue and tortured souls. From slate built houses to the surrounding lakes and fells this is an area steeped in legend and mystery. Follow “The Lady”… if you dare. Keswick Ghost Walks are written with an adult audience in mind but are broadly accessible to children 10 years and above. Please ensure that children are suitably clothed for the conditions.
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Missed by most people, the last mineral mine to be worked in the Lake District has been lovingly restored and cared for by volunteers. A guided tour allows you to explore the above-ground processing mill and associated remains – it’s as if the miners had just left for the day.
Once a hive of industry, the mining of lead, zinc and barites took place at Force Crag for over 200 years, ceasing in 1990. History, engineering, geology, archaeology and an awesome setting, Force Crag Mine has it all.
Meet at Force Crag Mine at the head of the Coledale Valley (Grid Ref 198 216) or, meet at the Noble Knott car park (see below) for a lift via National Trust transport. Once on site the tour takes place partly outside on rough ground and involves a walk up hill but it does not take you underground.
North Lakes Office National Trust
Starting at Croft House Farm Cafe this nature-themed trail will lead you through some spectacular countryside right on the shores of Buttermere. What wildlife will you spot? Use your eyes, ears, nose and hands to explore the natural world around you as you complete every activity, and don’t forget to claim your Cadbury chocolate prize at the end!
A little further afield…
Other events going on in and around the Lake District and Cumbria this April include:
Coniston Bluebird beef & ale pie, venison casserole, local lamb
Theatre by the Lake
Playing in April:
A beautiful double bill exploring illusion, love and the power of desire.
In the thrilling yet tender Some Kind of Love Story, a private detective is determined to expose a miscarriage of justice. But his fragile ex-lover seems to know more than she’s telling and as the pressure grows, reality and truth prove harder and harder to grasp.
Elegy for a Lady follows a conversation between a shopkeeper and a man searching for a gift for his dying mistress. Confidences and secrets are shared in an intimate exchange through which we question how well we ever really know the ones we love.
A poignant epitaph to Arthur Miller’s genius, Two-Way Mirror is often attributed to his tumultuous relationship with Marilyn Monroe.
‘They all love you! They are obsessed with you! And look at yourself; what have you done to deserve such adulation?’
William Wordsworth: poetic genius or irresponsible egotist? Theatre by the Lake’s world premiere production explores the man behind the myth.
It’s 1812 and all is not well in the Wordsworth household. Money is tight, the children are getting sick, and the wild and unpredictable Coleridge is stirring up trouble in London. But much to his sister Dorothy’s dismay, rather than penning his next poem and providing for his family, Wordsworth’s priorities seem to lie with repairing his relationship with Coleridge and currying favour with London’s elite.
Nicholas Pierpan’s vivid and passionate new play is a funny, moving and poignant portrait of a man torn between poetic ambitions and family duties. It features a distinguished cast including Olivier-award winning actor Joseph Mydell, John Sackville as Wordsworth and Emma Pallant as Dorothy.
William Wordsworth is a co-production with English Touring Theatre, one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England’s National Theatre of Touring. They work with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences across the UK and overseas.
Visit http://www.theatrebythelake.com/whats-on for tickets.
Brockhole on Windermere
A great family-focused centre with fun and activities suitable for all the family. They have a superb year-round programme of events. Here’s what’s on offer this April. For full event listings visit: www.brockhole.co.uk/whats-on/
The Easter Herdy hunt map is just £3.00 including a special little prize.
Start times include: 1 hour sessions at 10.15am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm
Come and have a go at the ancient sport of archery, located on the stunning shoreline of Windermere, England’s largest lake! Sessions at 10.15am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm. Please wear suitable footwear as the ground can be muddy and slippery. Age 7 and over. Adult supervision is required for children under 14 years old.
Just turn up!