🌌Dark Skies 🌌

As the nights get darker and the days get shorter, we can take advantage more and more of the wonderful stargazing opportunities our county has to offer. In order to celebrate this, over the next two weeks, Cumbria Dark Skies Festival will be taking place, with a wide variety of events on offer to gaze at the stars!

Here are a few of our favourites from the list, but you can see the full line up here!


  • Dark Skies UV Rockpooling. 6-8pm, Monday 8 November 2021. Parton Beach, Parton, CA28 6NY. ‘The rockpools at Parton are full of weird and wonderful marine life and there is no better way to explore their world than when they are heading out hunting in the cover of darkness. Under the UV light we’ll see shimmering seaweeds, twinkling stinging cells and eerie luminescent prawns. And if we are lucky we may even see some of the rocky shore’s more elusive critters such as star fish, sea urchins and velvet swimming crabs.’ More here.


  •  Moonwatch with Eddington Astronomical Society. 6.30-9pm, Friday 12 November. Playing fields of Kirkbie Kendal School, Lound Road, Kendal, LA9 7EH. ‘Come along and see the moon through the telescopes of the Eddington Astronomy Society of Kendal. Members of the Astronomy Society will be on hand to explain what you are seeing to help you get the most out of your visit. You may be able to see the mountains and craters on the moon, the smooth lunar seas, maria, and notice the lack of craters which indicate they are younger than other regions. If you are lucky, you might even get to see evidence of ancient flowing lava and vast fault lines that indicate the moon was once geologically active and not the dead world we see today. It is also possible that you might be able to look at the planet Jupiter and see its cloud belts and several moons.’ More here.


  • Dark Sky Canoeing on Coniston Water. 3.15-6.15pm, Saturday 13 November 2021. Cost: £49.00 ‘The guided canoe tour will start in the daylight, giving you time to get to grips with paddling the canoe. We will find a secluded bay enjoy a hot brew and watch as the sun sets over the magnificent mountain scenery. Once the sun has set, we will continue our canoe journey stopping along the way to look up and marvel at the stars, identify some constellations and see the beauty of the Milky Way.’  More here.


Keep an eye out as there are still more events and details to be announced!


Remember, remember… 🎇

Bonfire night is just around the corner! A long time favourite for good reason, what better way to spend a cold autumn evening, than wrapping up warm and going to a bonfire and fireworks display. And it’s extra lovely to celebrate bonfire night in the Lake District with the mountains all around us.

This year Windermere Rugby Club, will be once again hosting their annual Bonfire Night celebration. A great event for all the family, it will be taking place on Saturday 6th November. Doors will open at 5.30pm, with the bonfire lit at 6.30pm and fireworks at 7pm. There will be hot food and drinks and live music, so lots of fun for everyone! Entry is £5 per person, £15 for a family.

There is limited capacity this year and entry will be done on a first come first serve basis, so make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment.

The rugby club is only a 15 minute walk away from us so is a perfect way to spend your bonfire night in the lakes! You can find more info on their Facebook event here.


🎃Troutbeck Pumpkin Festival🎃

With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with pumpkins! 🎃

Troutbeck is hosting a Pumpkin festival, which promises to be a great event for all the family. It’s been running for a week already but the festival is running until 31st October, meaning you’ve still got plenty of time to head down.

The festival is taking place in the football field in Troutbeck (LA23 1PB) and is open from 10am-5pm every day (except Mondays). Entry is free and there will be pumpkin carving and picking, face painting, barbecue and hog roast and lots of other refreshments. You can find out lots more on their Facebook page here. What a great way to celebrate Halloween! 👻🕸️🧛


Windermere in Bloom

We were very pleased to take part in this year’s ‘Windermere in Bloom’ competition- especially after last year had to be cancelled!- and very proud to have won the trophy for outstanding feature for floral display award.

Massive congratulations to our excellent gardener John who works so hard to make our gardens so beautiful!

We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful place and the displays residents and businesses put on for ‘Windermere in Bloom’ bring such lovely colour and joy to our environment throughout Bowness, Windermere and Troutbeck Bridge.


All Aboard: A boatiful evening!

On Wednesday night we enjoyed a fantastic trip on Windemere Lake Cruises’ newest boat the MV Swift, organized by LA23Net in one of their first in person networking events since the covid pandemic hit.

We were treated to a delicious dinner and a glass of fizz onboard the boat and were able to listen to Nigel Wilkinson, MD of Windemere Lake Cruises talk about the history of the Swift and also the way the pandemic has impacted the tourism industry over the last year and a half.

It was a real insight into how businesses in Cumbria have adapted to face the challenges that have been thrown at us since March 2020 from staff shortages to the uncertainty of re-opening in a pandemic to all the panic about supply shortages!

We also got to learn a bit more about the new boat, the Swift, and the building of it, which started in March 2019, with the boat taking it’s first passenger trip on the Lake in October 2020, making it the biggest boat to be launched on Lake Windermere in 80 years.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to the team at LA23Net for organizing such a fantastic and insightful evening and the crew onboard the Swift for such smooth sailing!

You can find out more about LA23Net (and their fantastic ability for boat-based puns!!) here and more about Windemere Lake Cruises here.




Kendal Torchlight Festival

This year Kendal Torchlight is hosting an incredible three day Gathering in the heart of Kendal, with the festivities starting tomorrow, Friday 24th September 2021.

This year’s event will provide a safe space for visitors to enjoy an alternative take on the annual tradition, whilst also being part of the Great Big Green Week, highlighting the need to address the climate emergency and species extinction.

This year’s Gathering will host walking parades, music, dance and theatre performances, fire sculptures, fun activities and much more over the weekend with the event kicking off on Friday with the Friday night procession to Abbot Hall Park for the grand opening ceremony where the Fire Garden will be lit and the lanterns illuminated so you can enjoy the garden at night. There will be a range of performances and workshops throughout the weekend. You can find out more here.


Windermere Jetty Museum shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize

Well done to the team up at Windemere Jetty Museum who have been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, one of the most coveted architectural prizes in the country, given to the architect of the building thought to be the most significant of the year for the evolution of architecture and the built environment.

The museum, which was created for Lakeland Arts, was also named North West Building of the Year by RIBA. No museum building has won the Stirling Prize this century, making the nomination even more impressive!

The building has been praised for it’s connection to the landscape in which it is built, with the judges saying: ‘the building’s important relationship to the lake, and its setting in the National Park, is reflected in exemplary strategies for water, land use and ecology. The building touches the earth lightly and sits comfortably in its setting. New landscaping complements the existing and is designed to enhance biodiversity; water use has been minimised and sustainable drainage strategies implemented.’

The winner will be announced on 14th October.

What a great time to go and visit Windemere Jetty Museum! The Museum and café are open daily from 10am-5pm. Find out more here.


Our MacMillan Coffee Morning is Back!

We are delighted to be holding our MacMillan Coffee Morning
again this year.

The event will take place here, at the hotel on Friday 24th September 2021 11.30am until 1.30pm

Burn How Hotel, Back Belsfield Road,
Bowness on Windermere, LA23 3HH.

On the day we will be offering lots of delicious cakes, tea, coffee and a raffle.

If you are staying in the hotel or just in the area,
please come along and join us.

For those of you who can’t make the event we have a treat
in store for you too.

We are holding a virtual raffle to win this lovely Marks and Spencer afternoon tea selection.

Ultimate Afternoon Tea Selection | M&S (marksandspencer.com)

To enter our virtual raffle simply click on the link below and donate:


A donation of £5 will buy one ticket to the virtual raffle.

Once you have donated please drop us a line info@burnhow.co.uk with your details to be entered into the prize draw.
Please donate by the 25th September 2021 to be entered.

We would like to thank you for your continued support to MacMillan Cancer Support.


Edible England

As we celebrate this year’s heritage open days theme of ‘Edible England’ we’ve rounded up our top picks of food and drink to try whilst you’re in the Lake District.

1..Grasmere gingerbread: Victorian cook Sarah Nelson invented Grasmere Gingerbread® in 1854 in the English Lake District village from where it gets its name. A unique, spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake, its reputation quickly spread and it is now enjoyed by food lovers all over the world. You can try it for yourself at The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop in Grasmere.

2. Hawkshead Brewery: Award winning beer from the Lakes. Our favourites include The Windemere Pale and the Lakeland Gold. They also do brewery tours everyday at 1pm.

3. Sticky Toffee Pudding: Well known as a delicious Lake District dessert, you can’t leave the Lakes without trying some! There’s been lots of debate over who invented this, but one thing is clear: it’s a favourite for a reason! You can try it in Cartmel, in the village shop or on our own dessert menu right here at the Burn How!

4. The Lakes Distillery: Nestled in the north Lakes, near Bassenthwaite Lake, the Lakes Distillery makes some of the best Gin, vodka and whiskey, inspired by the beautiful nature that surrounds us. You can try all of these in our bar!

5. Hawkshead relish: The Hawkshead relish company have been creating delicious chutneys, jams and sauces for about 20 years, right here in the Lake District. You can find them stocked at many shops across the Lakes, including here in Bowness, at Love the Lakes, Taylors of Bowness and Huttons of the Lake District. Our favourites include Damson Chutney and Beetroot and horseradish chutney (used in our very own kitchen!)

6. And finally: no list of Lake district food would be complete without Kendal Mint Cake. World famous, and made just on our doorstep in Kendal, this energy bar is loved by mountaineers everywhere. Kendal Mint Cake was written into history on May 29th 1953 when it was carried on the first successful summit of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sirdar Tenzing. Definitely one to try on your trip to the lakes!

Which of these have you tried? You can find more about the Edible England events taking place across the country here.



The Tour of Britain is returning to Cumbria!

The tour of Britain is returning to Cumbria! Cyclists will be setting off from Carlisle castle today for stage 6 of the tour, which will see them travel down through the Lakes before heading east towards Gateshead.

From Carlisle, riders will head south via Dalston before entering the Lake District and going alongside Ullswater, England’s second largest lake. After passing through Pooley Bridge, riders will head over to Penrith, starting the eight kilometre climb of Hartside, before heading across through the Pennines and over to the Angel of the North in Gateshead.

This is the 10th time that Cumbria has hosted the Tour of Britain, with Cumbria City Council hoping to inspire people to take up cycling, promoting health benefits for young and old alike.

You can see the full route map, and maybe spot some of the competitors here. 

Feeling inspired? Cumbria is a great place for cycling, with hundreds of trails across the Lakes. You can hire bikes up by Windemere railway station and follow some of their suggested routes by going into store or following the link here. 


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