Good ale, good conversation, and good entertainment; the recipe to a successful beer festival. Here in Cumbria we like to add our own ingredient – the stunning backdrop of the Lake District fells. Each year, numerous beer festivals are held around the county, bringing together locally and nationally produced ales, often in combination with live music and other fun events.

Looking for something to do for the 2017 May Day Bank Holiday weekend in the Lake District? From Morris Dancing to Mindfulness, with antiques, sausages, and print exhibitions in between, we have an action packed three day repose here in Cumbria, with events that will appeal to the whole family.

"Among the changing months, May stands confest / The sweetest, and in fairest colours dressed." So wrote Scottish poet James Thomson, and here in the Lake District, we’re inclined to agree. With May just around the corner we thought we would share with you some of the best reasons to come and visit England’s largest national park during this most splendid month.

Here in the Lake District we are celebrating because at last the season of Spring has emerged from its battle with Winter to rise victorious, bringing with it a sense of rejuvenation and hope. With Herdwick lambs frolicking in the low lands and spring flowers blooming all around, it really is one of the best times of year to visit the national park. This year, we have even more reason to celebrate, as many of the spring time blooms have arrived a little earlier than usual.