These weekends are very much about throwing yourself in to the Spice Spirit and helping out where needed especially cleaning up after meals and before we depart on the Monday morning.
We will be mucking in and cooking/organising breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday morning with a continental breakfast on the Monday morning. There will be one of Lauren's lovely buffets organised for our Friday night arrival and a BBQ for the Saturday night (subject to the weather) and a slap up meal on the Sunday night! We can pop in to the beautiful Ambleside village in search of a nice hostelry and if we are lucky some live music, though we are within walking distance of the village of Ambleside itself this is via small country lanes so you might want to factor in a taxi trip for getting back (or even there) as the roads can be busy.
Walking: being located in Ambleside there are plenty of options and our walk leader will pick the best walks based on the weather and conditions on the day.
Non Walkers: For the non walkers there is plenty going on within driving distance. The village itself offers plenty of attractions with lots of shops, tea-shops, outdoor clothing suppliers. Rydal Hall Gardens, Grizedale Forest, Windermere and plenty more to keep you interested. The Windermere lake ferry terminal at Waterhead Pier dates back to 1845. Today ferries can be taken to Bowness and Lakeside pier near Newby Bridge, Wray Castle and Brockhole Visitor Centre.
In the summer months you can take a horse drawn carriage from the centre of Ambleside for the 1 mile to Waterhead Pier. As well as the ferry and cruise services you can hire motor and rowing boats or feed the ducks and swans.
A short ferry ride from Waterhead is Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre. Set in 30 acres of gardens it offers boat hire, bike hire, tree top trek, laser clay shooting and archery as well as special events. Facilities are excellent, including plenty of places to eat and drink. Accessibility is very good.
Parking: there is plenty of onsite parking though we might need to block cars in if we are full on the weekend.
Full joining instructions will be sent out approximately 1 week ahead of the event.