In 2009, the small historic town of Cockermouth was decimated by flooding that swept through West Cumbria. Businesses were inundated, residents lost their homes, and a few miles down the road in Workington, hero and police officer, Bill Barker, tragically lost his life trying to rescue others on a collapsed bridge. In 2010, after months of building works in the independent shops that dominated the town’s Main Street, businesses and community groups in Cockermouth came together to try and declare the town open for business once more. They decided to hold a food festival to celebrate everything that Cumbrian producers had to offer, and Taste Cumbria was formed.

Earlier this year it was announced that the Lake District had been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This prestigious award was given in recognition of the unique heritage and outstanding natural beauty of the area. It was an amazing achievement and it’s likely to bring more tourists to the area. However, for those just outside of the national park boundary, there is perhaps a more subdued atmosphere, as once again, attention is drawn away from Cumbria’s main towns.

Whether you go by the meteorological start date, or the astronomical start date, there is little doubt that that here in the Lake District, autumn has arrived. Already it is noticeably darker in the evenings, the air is slightly cooler, and Skiddaw is ablaze with purple heather. July and August might be the most popular time for tourists to visit this World Heritage Site, but we think autumn is better for so many reasons.

September is the month that connects the end of the summer with the start of Autumn. Here in the Lake District the weather turns cooler. The brambles that adorn the pathways around White Moss are coated in bulging blackberries. The Ospreys that nest above Bassenthwaite begin their arduous journey back towards Africa, and the ancient woodlands around Wasdale start to turn hues of yellow and brown. Children return to school, and the big summer events draw to a close, but you will still find that there is plenty to see and do this month.

Well, the weather might make it seem like summer has already ended but we still have the August bank holiday to look forward to. The extra day off for many people means that this is a popular weekend for events to take place. Here in the Lake District you won’t struggle to find something to do, instead, you will probably struggle to fit it all in!

This weekend is set to be the peak of the Perseid Meteor shower. Each year the earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. As the planet passes through the tail, debris from the comet hits the earth’s atmosphere, burning at very high temperatures. The result is a spectacular display of shooting stars. The show actually began in mid July, but thanks to the position of the planet, this weekend is when you are most likely to see this celestial display.

Okay, so the Lake District might have the World Heritage Status, the highest peaks, and the biggest lakes, but should you really stick to the national park boundary when you visit? If you do, you will be missing out on some of Britain’s most spectacular coastline. We might not have the weather of Bournemouth, or the surf of Cornwall, but don’t dismiss the west coast of Cumbria.

Hazy sunshine peeps through the cloud, geraniums and dahlias give dazzling displays of colour, and the hay bales are stacked neatly, ready for storage. Farmers across the Lake District are checking their flocks for the strongest, best looking, whilst the landscape is brimming with wildlife, taking advantage of summer’s bounty. August is the month for lazy days on the lake shore or for watching the golden sunset from the fell tops.

"School’s out for summer!" or at least it will be at the end of this week for children in England and Wales. If you have already booked a trip to the Lake District with your children this summer then we have some great ideas for you to do once you’re here. And, if you haven’t booked a trip, then read on, we might just convince you to make that booking.

Last Sunday, 9th July, it was announced that the Lake District had been awarded the prestigious status of being a Unesco World Heritage Site. This is the same status awarded to over 1000 sites across the world, including Yellowstone National Park in the USA, the Palace of Versailles in France, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The news was met with celebration across Cumbria and beyond – although some did raise fears of the possible impact on the natural landscape that any increase in tourism may have.