Visiting The Lake District in April is a chance to enjoy the slightly warmer weather and the optimal time for seeing many of the plants and trees coming into bloom. There may be April showers but as you’ll see from our event selection below, there is plenty to do indoors as well as out. Below is a closer look at just some of the events you won’t want to miss this April during your stay at our Lake District cottages.
Being Human at Base Camp arrives at The Rheged Centre
Arriving at the Rheged Centre on 29th April, Begin Human at Base Camp is a brand-new exhibition about the experiences of the first ever artist in residence at the Everest Base Camp. In April 2016 Derek Eland took on this role and spent his time living in the temporary base camp community with 1000 others as they prepared themselves for climbing the summit. The exhibition is excitingly starting at the Rheged Centre but will be going around the world and incorporates handwritten accounts from the people at Base Camp as well as photography, social media and videos. Together it tells the story of Eland’s time as the artist in residence in the unique Base Camp location.
Last Chance to see The Mechanicals at The Beacon Museum
The Mechanicals at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven will be leaving at the end of April so it’s your last chance to pop by and see the impressive range of automata. The Mechanicals shows off a range of fun and witty automata as well as hands-on exhibits which allow you to get to grips with how automata work and understand the science behind the art. The figures are involved in all manner of fun activities and are more than worth a visit.
Fairy and Dragon World is Back at Hayes Garden World
Opened for the summer on April 1st and sticking around every weekend until October, Fairy and Dragon World is a fun family attraction at Hayes Garden World in Ambleside. The attraction has been voted the Best Garden Centre Attraction and this is the first year they’re bringing dragons into the mix alongside the fairies. Take your time to explore the enchanted forest, complete with fairy doors and look out for wands and dragon eggs. Unicorn Meadow is also a fantastic spot, with the chance to feed the unicorn. A fun day out for all the family Fairy and Dragon World provides hours of fun.
Celebrate Hiking at Ulverston WalkFest
2017 marks the 18th year of Ulverston WalkFest and it brings an annual celebration of fantastic walks and hikes around the area. The festival takes place from 22nd April until 1st May and incorporates over 30 activities and walks offering something for people of all experiences. There are many new walks included on the WalkFest schedule for 2017 with an archaeological theme to many of them, showing off the rich mining background of the area.
Enjoy the 6th Kirkby Lonsdale Beer and Music Festival
Kirkby Lonsdale Beer and Music Festival is a celebration of all things local and in 2017 it’s celebrating its sixth year. It’s taking place from 28th until 30th April and will showcase local bands, with over 30 signed up, as well as offering fantastic local ales and beers. A traditional ale bar will operate from one of the on-site marquees and there will be a wide range of 15 traditional and fruit ciders, as well as the many ales.