Pop along to Promart in Grange over Sands

It’s the first of this year’s award winning Promart festivals taking place on Sunday April 26th. This is the largest open air arts and crafts fair in the North West of England and after their winter break, the famous prom at Grange Over sands will be full of over 70 stalls of original artwork, sculpture, crafts, jewellery and more.

2015 is the twelfth season and 10th year of Promart which has continued to grow in size and attendance during this time. Promart will be held on the last Sunday of each month until September.

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Promart – Grange over Sands

Far more than just stalls, this free to attend event has the backdrop of the delightful Victorian town of Grange over Sands behind it, views of Morecambe Bay and live music being played through the day.

Make it a double arts fest and head to the Grange Institute also on the last Sunday of each month for Canvas & Thread, the decorative arts fair. Enjoy admiring various types of artwork as well as workshops and tutor sessions with the artists with themes such as textiles, beading and painting.

The architecture within Grange, fells surrounding it and light from Morecambe Bay has long been a place of inspiration for artists and this is shown in the amount of local talent seen at Promart.

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Ducks Haven holiday cottage in Cartmel

Grange over Sands is a lovely place to spend a weekend with the nearby village of Cartmel also worth visiting. The choice of places top eat and drink in Cartmel makes it the ideal base when visiting Promart. The Lakeland Cottage Company offer a choice of holiday cottages in Cartmel either available for a 3 night weekend break or the full week. You’ll probably bump into owners John and Claire whilst walking around Promart, John having been a still life photographer and Clare an art buyer.

By Jenny Andrew

The best of British Blues performing in Bowness this weekend

Expect an even bigger line up with even bigger names at the fourth Bowness Bay Blues Weekend this weekend 27 – 29 March. Three days of the very best of British Blues bands and performers and billed to be an even greater event than 2014.

Only in its fourth year, Bowness Bay Blues may be seemed to be one of the newer music festivals to take place in the Lake District, and that is most definitely the fact, but this 3 day even has gained high recognition right from the off. It’s continuation to grow and attract more and even bigger names has highlighted the festival further in its field.

Well who could not fail to be bursting with musical creativity and joy at playing or attending a music festival in Bowness on Windermere with most of the venues being a stone’s throw from Lake Windermere? For Blues fans then it must be one of, if not the best location in the UK with the backdrop of the Lake and fells. Even if you’re just up in the area for walking or a weekend break, it really would be a crying shame not to attend at least one of the venues.

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Whats on and where at Bowness Bay Blues

Headliners for the 2015 festival are, David Migden & The Twisted Roots, an exciting electric five-piece, performing original material in a genre-busting crossover of rock, blues and twisted American roots. The Laurence Jones Band, fronted by a brilliant young guitarist who has been likened to Robin Trower and called ‘The Future of the Blues’ and Northsyde, a unique band, with a grooving combination of rock, funk and a serious nod to the blues.

Attending and supporting this festival also means supporting local charities. Last year a massive £6000 was raised through ticket sales, sponsorship and donations for Automated External Defibrillators for the Windermere First Responders Team along with other charities supported by the Rotary Club of Windermere.

Find accommodation for the weekend out of the hustle and bustle up in Windermere village at Applegarth Villa where dinner, bed and breakfast rates start at £210 per room based on 2 sharing.