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.

Cumbria is big. Really big. It’s England’s third largest county after North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, whilst the Lake District national park is England’s largest, covering a whopping 912 square miles. However, don’t rule us out if you are planning a mini-break, as you can easily fit in some of the best sights in just 48 hours. This itinerary features low level walks that would suit most abilities. Here's our suggestion for your weekend away.

July sees that start of the school holidays and here in the Lake District the tourist season is in full swing. As a result, there is plenty to see and do this month, whether you are a food lover, a history enthusiast, a steam engine aficionado or an agricultural admirer. Check out this month’s top ten things to do.

As we say in Cumbria, it has been 'hoying it down lately', with the weather being so bad on the last day of the Keswick Mountain Festival that some events were cancelled. Alfred Wainwright may have said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing” but even if you have the best waterproofs money can buy, sometimes you do want a break from the never ending onslaught of the Cumbrian rain. If you are looking for inspiration for some rainy day fun, then check out our top ten all weather attractions.

Think of Cumbria and the Lake District and you might think about William Wordsworth or Lake Windermere. You might not necessarily think about world championships for gurning and lying, or the opportunity to be knighted by buying a round of drinks. Here we bring you some of the most fascinating facts about Cumbria and the Lake District.

June, the month when the trees are weighed down with rich hues of green leaves, the honeysuckle appears in hedgerows and the sweet sound of birdsong can be heard from dawn to dusk. June is a wonderful time in the Lake District. Butterflies float merrily amongst lowland flowers, with orchids and dog roses making a glorious appearance. On the 21st June, we hail midsummer when our northerly location gives us almost 18 hours of daylight.

Disappointed that you missed out on Kendal Calling tickets this year? The popular festival at Lowther Deer Park was an almost instant sell-out, and has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2006 when the festival featured local bands in the park in the centre of Kendal. Worry not, because you can still enjoy some fantastic live music in the amphitheatre of the Cumbrian fells, with a large number of music festivals taking place throughout the summer.