The Eden District in Cumbria has a wealth of events this upcoming May Day Bank Holiday weekend, it “may” be a terrible shame not to visit.
Starting today and running right through until May Day Monday is the Ride to Stride Walking Festival. Combining walk, talks and events that take place along the beautiful Settle to Carlisle railway line. The Settle to Appleby In Westmorland section is where the events are talking place, around 30 walks in fact, ranging in distance from 5 to 15 miles led by experienced and knowledgeable leaders. The talks cost just £3 per person to attend but the walks are free, fantastic.
During the weekend Rheged has a programme of events and screenings, see their website for details, http://www.rheged.com including Children’s Film Club and the Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition.
The weekend and name sake of this Bank Holiday, May Day on Monday is all go too. The always highly anticipated Penrith May Day Carnival, organised by the Penrith Lions, starts at 10.30am in the town centre and encompasses entertainments, dancing, music, stalls, a parade and vintage and classic cars. Fingers crossed for the continuation of this good weather as the programme is packed full of things to see and do for the whole family.
Each day would make an excellent day excursion and with the choice of days and events, that could be any of the days over the weekend. Looking to make the most of it and stay the weekend is still attainable with accommodation still available in the area. As mentioned previously, Appleby is on the Settle to Carlisle railway line so has events pertaining to the Ride to Stride Festival but it is also an excellent base for visiting the Eden District and the Eden Valley. Appleby Manor Hotel in the town has availability, a summer offer at the moment and caters for couples as well as families. It also has a choice of the restaurant or it’s bistro to dine in. The summer offer details can be found here http://www.applebymanor.co.uk/last-minute-breaks.
For the full list of whats on in Eden this Bank Holiday, visit the Eden Tourism website here http://www.visiteden.co.uk/
By Jenny Andrew