This is our blog where we share news, information on South Lakeland events and short stories about life in Nibthwaite on the shores of Coniston water. If you would like to be kept informed please use the "Keep in Touch" form on the left of the page.

Husky Trips

Millom based Horse and Husky have 10 well trained huskies that are willing to pull you along to see the wonderful county of Cumbria! Their dogs are affectionate and will lick you at every opportunity. They have both steady dogs for beginners and speedy dogs for the more experienced. They are perfect for you as they will take you slowly to show you the country or they will speed you along so fast your hand will be on the brake the whole way!

Your experience of dry-land mushing can be either as a passenger with the dogs under control of an experienced musher or self-driven after appropriate tuition.

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Walking with Wolves

The Predator Experience, based in Ayside near Cartmel keep a Timber Wolf hybrid pack. Join them on a magical walk through the woodlands and forests.

Be part of the pack. Learn about social hierarchy within the pack and  canine communication. 

Their handlers will guide you through life with the instincts of a wolf. Discover evolution, physiology, social structure, communication and conservation of the wolf, and its vital role in fragile eco systems. Set aside myth and legend, walk foot by paw on an exhilarating journey in to the wild life of a wolf.

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Brantwood Concert Series

Former home of John Ruskin, Brantwood have a series of concerts and events running all year round. See for details.

Woods, Tarns & Gills Walk | Boxing Day

This free Lake District National Park Authority walk will take you through Guards Wood to Boon Crag and then via woods to Tarn Hows, returning down beautiful Tom Gill and Yewdale. Boots and lunch are essential and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome - no booking required.

Starts 10:30 am | 6.2 miles, 10.0 km | Free | Approx duration: 5 hrs

Grange Christmas Extravaganza | 14th December

The 3rd Grange-over-Sands Christmas Extravaganza takes place on Saturday 14th December 2013. The day will begin from noon and take place around Grange and in the car park on Kents Bank Road. There'll be Brass Bands, Carol Singing, Festive Foods, Christmas Market, Owls, Grange Has Got Talent Competition, Zumba Flash Mobs, Chuck Fish & Friends live evening entertainment, Raffle, Santa's Grotto and much more! Look out for the Christmas Picture Quiz in shops for your chance to win a Christmas hamper.

Hawkshead Christmas Fair | 30th Nov - 1st Dec

The annual Hawkshead Christmas Fair is a traditional family fair offering seasonal shopping and entertainment. There's free admission and all the picturesque alleys, squares and cobbled streets of Hawkshead village will be seasonally decorated. There'll be children's rides and visitors will be entertained by some great street entertainers including jugglers, stilt walkers and magicians.

Ulverston Dickensian Festival | 23rd - 24th November

The 15th annual Dickensian Christmas Festival takes place in Ulverston over the weekend of November 23rd and 24th 2013. It's one of the most popular Dickensian Festival events in the country and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Holker Winter Market | November 9th & 10th

Stock up on some local produce and artisan gifts as the Winter Market returns to Holker with over 40 stalls all showcasing the best produce on offer for the festive season. Start your Christmas shopping with a trip to the Holker Gift Shop, including the chance to buy some of exquisite decorations for Christmas. Holker BBQ, braziers, kids crafts and street entertainers.

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Coniston Adventure Team Challenge | 7th Sep 2013

The 11th Coniston Challenge involves a hike up 'The Old Man of Coniston' mountain, a bike ride around Grizedale Forest and a kayak journey across Coniston Water to raise money for Guide Dogs. There can be 4–6 members per team and success will be rewarded with individual medals and a goody bag for all finishers. In the evening you can celebrate your achievements with a meal, bar, entertainment, live band and disco.

The multi-sport team challenge tests the stamina and teamwork of all teams taking part, in one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District. For more information contact the organisers, the Guide Dogs Events Team, on 0845 6006787. A registration fee of £60 per team and a fundraising target of £2,500 per team is required.

Hawkshead Show | 20th August 2013

he annual Hawkshead Show has traditional craft and trade stands, horse classes, dog shows, sheep classes, stick classes, hound trailing, horticultural, floral art and homebaking. Refreshments available.

The main attraction is a sheepdog and duck driving display. Other classes and displays will include heavy horses, light horses, working hunter, shetland ponies, fell ponies, private driving, show jumping, mountain and moorland, terrier, fox hounds, hound trails, local sheep section and a wild bird display. Also industrial produce and baking, horticulture, floral art, children's pets and pet classes. There will also be a catering tent, trade stands and Made in Cumbria marquee.

Field open 7:30am | Admission: £2.00 - £6.00 (TBC)

Lakeland Country Fair at Torver | 18th August, 2013

The Lakeland Country Fair at Torver near Coniston is a traditional Cumbrian country fair with terriers, lurchers, foxhounds, beagles, novelty dog show, Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling, fell racing, childrens' sports, ferret racing, stick show, horn-blowing competition, displays of falconry and working horses, tug-of-war and a paragliding display. Children's entertainment will include swingboats, roundabout, donkey rides, climbing wall, mechanical rodeo bull and bouncy castle.

There'll also be many trade stands plus plenty of home-made refreshments with a bar and barbecue.

12:00noon - 5:30pm | Admission: Adults £5.00; (free car parking)