Posts Tagged ‘ Cumbria ’

For a domestic break at Christmas head to…

Dec 13th, 2017 | By

The destinations tend to be in the north of England, areas which are more prone to snow or chillier weather than places in the south.

Saturday snippets: 28th October 2017

Oct 28th, 2017 | By

Greater protection for air passengers, Ryanair’s baggage policy and new museum about dogs occupy some of Adrian’s thoughts this week.

More to see on the La’al Ratty

Jun 25th, 2017 | By

A star attraction will be the steam locomotive ‘Katie’ which ran at Ravenglass in 1916 and has just been restored to working condition for the first time since the 1920s.

Routes to Resilience

Nov 20th, 2016 | By
panoramic view of the Lake District

This is the rather pretentious name that has given by the government to its plans to support those areas of Cumbria flooded last winter.

What’s hot: November 2016

Oct 31st, 2016 | By

Just About Travel tells you what’s hot (and what’s not) in the travel world

Saturday snippets: 9th of July 2016

Jul 9th, 2016 | By

What do elephants, Beatrix Potter, Durham Cathedral and Elizabethan theatre in France have in common? They are all in Adrian’s column this week

Saturday snippets: 30th April 2016

Apr 30th, 2016 | By

Adrian finds that Hawaii isn’t promoting to visitors but to its own locals and Brazil hosts an exhibition in London t remind us that there is more to the country than just the Olympic Games.

J’accuse Cumbria

Mar 1st, 2016 | By

Today is St David’s Day, a Welsh day of significance where daffodils, leeks and sheep take centre stage in the celebrations. But not this year. It has been ruined by Cumbria and I accuse Cumbria of sheep rustling.


Feb 4th, 2016 | By

Parts of Cumbria, Lacashire, Yorkshire and Scotland were flooded before and after Christmas. Most parts weren’t. Will we holiday tere this half-term and Easter?

Where the experts holiday: Lewis Clarke, Antartic adventurer

Mar 21st, 2014 | By

The youngest person to ski to the South Pole on Alaska, adventure, Croatia and camping in Cumbria

Saturday snippets – 2 November 2013

Nov 2nd, 2013 | By

This week, stories about a wallaby, the demilitarized zone in South Korea, the second female Lord Mayor of London, petrol-head attractions and food forgeries attract Adrian’s pen!

Take it outside

Apr 11th, 2013 | By

With temperatures hitting a comparatively balmy 12 degrees Celsius (!) this week, it seems that spring is finally here. We look at how to get your culture fix al fresco style

England’s top coastal experiences

Feb 17th, 2013 | By

As an island England has more than its fair share of coastline and the national tourist board’s new Coastal Escapes campaign sets out to celebrate it, from quaint Victorian promenades and secret coves to surfers’ hotspots and long sandy stretches. Read on for the low-down on England’s top coastal experiences…

No lanes, no chlorine, just the great outdoors

Jan 18th, 2013 | By

It’s official, England has gone wild swimming crazy. From TV shows and books to charity competitions, it seems we can’t get enough of outdoor swimming spots

Christmas gifts that keep on giving

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By

ake pity on relatives who have continued to muster enthusiasm for hastily bought and wrapped autobiographies and luxury bathing gift sets year after year. Show them you care and go the extra mile in 2012 with presents guaranteed not to sit and gather dust

England’s star is set to rise in 2013

Nov 20th, 2012 | By

The Kent Marshes and a Berkshire stately home star alongside Helena Bonham Carter in Great Expectations, due for release on 30 November 2012. This is just one of a series of star turns for England

New Year, new you

Nov 11th, 2012 | By

Bonfire Night has been and gone and Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner. Fed up of making annual pledges to eliminate bad habits only to return to your old ways six weeks later?

The best of UK autumn colours

Sep 21st, 2012 | By

It’s an autumn rainbow of colours and you don’t have to fork out hundreds of pounds on a plane ticket to New England to be dazzled by this much-loved season.Right on our doorstep is a wealth of woodlands, parklands, forests and gardens which all come alive in spectacular fashion every autumn

St George’s Day and the volunteers of Kirkby Stephen

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By

On this, the day we celebrate what Englishness means, this year in tourism, could be the year of the volunteer.
Cumbria was particularly hit by cutbacks in tourism but what happened? The people of Kirkby Stephen didn’t just accept it they set up a community group to run the tourism services in the town.

At your service

Sep 12th, 2010 | By

Motorway service stations have, over the years, gained a justified reputation for offering poor quality service at inflated prices. Regardless of the operating chain, the food in the cafeteria is the same, the gifts and publications in the shop show little variation and the prices reflect the almost monopoly market in which they operate.

But as with many aspects of travel, there are hidden gems. And one of these is Tebay motorway service area on the M6 in Cumbria.

Send A Postcard

Apr 12th, 2010 | By

Postcards are the traditional way of letting friends and family know about your holiday. Some are newsy, some are just to show off the exotic place you’ve been to. The familiar ending, “wish you were here,” has adorned postcards for over a century and now there are postcard fairs where you can pay quite a few pounds for some of the rarer cards.
As the internet and mobile phones have changed the way lots of us lead our lives, the number of postcards sent by holidaymakers has dropped. We send e-mails and text messages now saying what a lovely time we’re having baking under the sun on the Algarve, Torquay or Ibiza.
But Cumbria is fighting back by launching a new campaign called “Wish you were here”

Had Enough of Snow?

Jan 8th, 2010 | By

If some of the ski holiday companies are to be believed some of us have got so enamoured of the white stuff that we are “inundating” (their word not mine) companies with enquiries about skiing holidays.
Can this be true? Haven’t they seen enough of the stuff? Have they forgotten already the need for clearing paths and roadways, waiting for non-existent trains and buses to get to work, delayed flights to take them to ski resorts and no milk in the villages because the delivery trucks can’t get through.

Cumbria and Dubai

Nov 29th, 2009 | By

In the last week or so both Cumbria and Dubai have been hit by disasters of different sorts. As you will all know, Cumbria has been hit by some of the worst floods in memory and Dubai by a financial crisis which few thought would ever happen. Both are heavily dependent on tourism and both have been quick to say that both are open for business.

Gurning and Crab Apples

Sep 16th, 2009 | By

742 years ago, the local lord of the manor drove a cart through Egremont in Cumbria. It was laden with crab apples and he offered them to the poor. Was this an insult or a gift? Unless you make crab apple jelly with them they are pretty sour as I can testify from the tree that hangs over my garden from the neighbouring churchyard.