The Lake District Guide

Your Guide to What's On In The English Lake District

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Ulverston Music Festival hopes some 'Divine Fire' will warm the Winter Nights!

Ulverston Music Festival announces its Winter Series, presenting five captivating concerts from November to March, all at Ulverston Parish Church, featuring our resident Steinway concert grand piano. Great music right on our doorstep, featuring international artists.

Julian Arp and Sacha Rattle will open the series performing a trio of trios, written for clarinet, cello and piano. Brahms and Beethoven you may know, but Frühling's beautifully melodic Clarinet Trio is a gem, waiting to be discovered.

In December, pianist Viv McLean and actress Susan Porrett come to Ulverston, to bring you Divine Fire. A compelling narration with Chopin, telling the story of Chopin’s relationship with the authoress George Sand, plus there'll be some mince pies to get you into the festive spirit!

In February, we welcome students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for a total immersion into Bach’s  ‘48’ Books I & II of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Each book is a ground-breaking compendium and designed to inspire and stretch keen keyboard students. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear some amazing piano from up and coming young international musicians. 

March brings a concert of passion and power, with Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata and Strauss' Violin Sonata. These will be performed by Anthony Hewitt and Roman Simović who led the London Symphony Orchestra in Simon Rattle’s Mahler 9 swan-song at this year’s Proms. 

Don't miss this chance to brighten up your winter with some magical classical performances!

For tickets and more information on all concerts, please see the website at   

Concert Dates & Times:

Anthony Hewitt and Friends

Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm at Ulverston Parish Church.

Anthony Hewitt, piano, Julian Arp, cello and Sacha Rattle, clarinet.

Divine Fire

Saturday 16th December at 7.30pm at Ulverston Parish Church

Viv McLean, piano

Susan Porrett, narrator

Bach 48


Book 1: Friday 9th February at 7pm at Ulverston Parish Church

Book 2: Saturday 10th February at 1pm at Ulverston Parish Church


Performed by students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Sonate Appassionate

Saturday 23 March 7.30pm at Ulverston Parish Church

Roman Simović   violin
Anthony Hewitt   piano


Go Ape! The UK’s No.1 Tree Top Adventure from The Forestry Commission!

Take to the trees, enjoy zip slides, rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings - all up to 120 feet above the forest floor for a spectacular, adrenalin pumping, comfort-zone-blasting, dose of exhilarating fun! Come and enjoy the views from the forest canopy!

Go Ape is three hours of tree top fun, an outdoor adventure in a lush, green forest with breathtaking scenery, using high wires, tricky crossings on walkways, bridges, ladders, tunnels, cables and wind-in-your-face zip wires!

Whatever your confidence and ability level, grab your tribe and head to Go Ape! It's for anyone who likes adventure -so whether it's a stag do, birthday party, corporate event or a great day out with the children, everyone can enjoy this amazing adventure!

Minimum Age - 10yrs Minimum Height - 1.4m (4 ft 7 inches) Maximum weight - 20.5 stones (130kg)

Opening Times
Daily, April to October (plus February and November weekends). Check website for details (or call the booking line on 0845 643 9215).

Click here for GREAT DAYS OUT AT GO APE! - Outdoor Adventure Activities - Prices: Adult - £30 Children (10-17) - £20

Guided walks available from Lodestar Mountain Activities!

For more information and to book a place please visit Lodestar Adventures

Lodestar Mountain Activities offers activities and adventures to suit the beginner and experienced walker alike. There are classic and not so well known routes, and all activities are carefully planned to make sure that there is always plenty to see and do and enjoy along the way, in addition to fantastic views of course (weather permitting)!

George Rowntree says: I started  Lodestar Adventure to help share my enjoyment and passion for walking, running, climbing and mountain biking with others. Holding the Mountain Leader, Mountain Bike Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor awards enables me to enjoy sharing this passion with others.

Why Not Do Something Different?

If you fancy trying something different on your holiday, Kendal Mountaineering Services provide bespoke activities and outdoor training courses in the English Lake District.

This company has an established record of offering memorable and – at the same time - value for money experiences of all kinds to suit all ages and abilities – in every area of the Lake District. They offer anything from a half day of activities to a full day depending on what you want to do. All the courses are tailor made to suit your requirements – and this is probably their unique selling point. Moreover, they will design a suitable program for all ages, and all sizes of groups. All people - from individuals to large groups - are welcome, and discounts apply to groups booking above the minimum numbers. What they offer is as follows:

Half day activities (£45 per person, minimum 2 people)

Half day activities can be combined to make a multi-activity day.

Canoeing, Kayaking, Ghyll scrambling, Canyoning, Abseiling, Introduction to rock climbing, Orienteering, Team building events.

Full day activities (Price depending on activity – minimum £70 per person. Minimum group size - 2 people)

Caving days – introductory (level 1trip), Caving days – advanced (level 2 trip), Lake District Classic Rock Multi-pitch climbing days (guided), Guided Lake District Classic Scrambles, Guided mountain walking days, Winter skills days, Hen days, Stag days, Corporate Events.

Outdoor skills training courses (prices start at £75 per person, per day - depending on course.

(One on one tuition is available for outdoor skills training courses. Prices start at £135.00 per day.)

Navigation skills training courses (1 or 2 day courses), Introduction to rock climbing, Learning to lead rock climbing, Improvised rescue techniques for rock climbers, Learning to lead scrambling course, Winter skills courses (2 days), Winter climbing days.

To make a booking or find out more, please contact or phone 01539 737332 or mobile 07761 483364. Additional information can be found at where you can also see what they’ve been up to on their Blog!

New and Different Things To Do!

All inclusive guided mountain biking and walking short breaks and weekends away throughout the UK.

After 10 years of successful group guiding in the UK, Andrew and Rick launched gr8trails. They offer all inclusive guided mountain biking and walking short breaks and weekends away, in various parts of the UK. Their slogan is "bringing adventure to everyone", no matter what their age, experience or ability.

They offer a full experience to prospective customers; food and accommodation, transport, fully organized and guided activities, all tailor made to their own requirements, in the Peak District, the Lake District, North Wales and Glen Coe or the Scottish Borders.

They encourage young and old people alike to experience the Great British outdoors and benefit from the social experiences that come from outdoor activities. Here's more information:

gr8trails offers all inclusive guided mountain biking and walking short breaks and weekends away throughout the UK. Our short break and weekend destinations include the stunning Lake District with dramatic mountains, endless lakes and wooded forests. We choose from a wide selection of quality accommodation to suit your needs. gr8trails founders, Rick and Adrian are passionate about the outdoors, with over 10 years of successful group guiding in the UK. Whatever your inspiration, your ability or experience, contact us to tailor make your perfect break.

Phone: 07786 343990 Email: or see the website:

Lake District Singing

Our regular choir Lakeland Voices practices every week in Kendal and then goes into the Lake District to singing by waterfalls, on the fellside, in vast Lakeland cavern and round the fires of country pubs.

Visitors are invited to join us on our walks - and also to learn our songs at special events in the Lake District.

We rent stunning accommodation for our groups (like the Black Sail Youth Hostel and Elterwater Youth Hostel - or the luxury cottages in the village of Dent for our Folk Carols festival) - and also provide very low cost alternatives with camps and a vehicle to carry our bags - my wife Lucia, who is a cordon bleu chef, prepares all the food for our groups catering for both vegetarians and meat eaters - and also several special diets like dairy and gluten intolerance too.

There are photos of the Lake District and our singing groups on my Facebook photos page.

And although we cater both for those who are on a budget and those who prefer more luxury we can arrange special tailor made tours of the Lake District for visiting choirs - like we did for Candy Verney's* choir from the south of England Sounding it Out last year when we arranged for them to meet our local singers, to sing on the Lady of the Lake Ullswater steamer, and in concerts alongside our local choirs.

All the details are on our website. You might also like to see videos of singers and visiting choirs at

With very best wishes,
David, Lucia and Anika Burbidge

*Candy Verney helps people find their voice on singing holidays. Over the course a few days or a week or two, she offers a chance to enjoy a singing holiday in England, a singing holiday in Scotland, or a singing holiday in Wales.


Try some delicious Lakeland recipes - or submit your own for our readers to try.

Full Lakeland recipe details here!