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The spooks were out in force this Halloween!

Halloween Celebrations in Keswick

Was 2015 the year Britain went as crazy as the Americans over Halloween? It certainly seemed that way in Keswick, as spooks, vampires, witches and zombies were out in force, at our 3 Halloween parties. Halloween has been a major event in America since the 19th century and seems to be growing in popularity across the UK, as huge amounts of money is being spent on crazy costumes, decorations, nights out, parties and trick-or-treat gifts.

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Keswick Christmas Lights, BBC Children in Need and Late Night Shopping

BBC Children in Need event to take place in Keswick… An exciting party of music, entertainment, late-night shopping and the festive switch-on of the Christmas lights is being planned for the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal – North East & Cumbria Show extravaganza on Friday 13 November 2015 which is being broadcast live from Keswick.

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Hike & Bike with Lake District Hotels; Long Meg, her sisters and Captain Lacy – a walk through the valley of Eden

Long Meg and Lacy's Caves Walk

Since we have our own walking book (Hike & Bike with Lake District Hotels – available to buy in each of our hotels or online here) we thought we’d put it to some use and go exploring last weekend. With myself, husband, 10 month old baby, off-road buggy and two dogs packed into the car we set off for Little Salkeld, roughly 7 miles north east of Penrith on the search of a stone circle and some caves.

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Halloween is coming to town…

Halloween is coming to town...

Halloween is set to be a big annual event in Keswick this year with 3 of the town’s most popular venues hosting a Halloween party. Over the years Halloween has grown in popularity in the UK, due to the increasing quantity of ghoulish fancy dress outfits and grisly goods on offer, as well as US scary films and sitcoms, making the festival the third biggest money-spinning event in the UK calendar after Christmas and Easter.

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The Force is strong in Borrowdale…

Did you spot Derwentwater in the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? You would think we would have noticed TIE Fighters and X-Wings flying through the valley…

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October Recipe of the Month

Recipe of the Month October 2015

October’s recipe of the month comes from Dan Grimshaw, Head Chef at the Kings Arms Hotel. Dan has a passion for good recipes, and good quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy… the below recipe is really easy to prepare and works well in a slow cooker, making it the perfect dish for days when you don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen.

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Wedding inspiration with Lake District Hotels

Winter Wonderland Wedding Fayre

Winter wedding fayres with Lake District Hotels are the perfect way to get inspired, as you start to plan your special day…

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Exclusive Christmas Shopping Break with Lake District Hotels

Christmas Shopping Break with Lake District Hotels

With the festive season drawing ever closer, why not take advantage of our 2 night Christmas shopping break in the beautiful Lake District and enjoy a new relaxed way of finding Christmas presents for your loved ones, with high quality gifts at discounted prices… Make your Christmas shopping experience an unforgettable holiday, not a stressful chore.

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Lake District Hotels 2016 Calendar

Lake District Hotels 2016 Calendar

Throughout 2015 Lake District Hotels ran a competition to find the best photographs from the Northern Lake District, to produce our 2016 calendar. We received so many fantastic images it was hard to select the best 50, and even harder to narrow it down to just 12. To help make the final decision we asked award-winning landscape photographer Mark Littlejohn to judge the submitted images.

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Tiny Tapir number two is born at Lake District Wildlife Park

Tiny Tapir number two is born at Lake District Wildlife Park

The Lake District Wildlife Park near Keswick is proud to announce the birth of a tiny Brazilian Tapir (Tapirus Terrestris). Breeding Tapirs in captivity is difficult, but the park has managed to rear two babies in two years. This second tiny tot is now younger brother to Alves, born in September 2013. After a shaky start, he is now venturing out to explore more of his home.

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