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Daff Fest 2017

This April Daff Fest returns to the Ullswater Valley for a second year. Enjoy a colourful series of that encourages everyone, both young and old, to delight in daffodils and enjoy spring time just as our local literary greats once did. From guided walks with Lake District National Park Rangers to garden tours, daffodil trails and a spot of theatre – there are plenty of reasons to visit England’s most beautiful lake over the next few weeks.

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ULLSWATER’S DAFF FEST 2017 WELCOMES GREEN-FINGERED ‘OLD HERBACEOUS’

On Fri 7 April, the eve of Ullswater’s second Daff Fest (8 – 30 April 2017), Pooley Bridge Village Hall welcomes local actor and Theatre by the Lake regular, Peter Macqueen (Enlightenment, The Lady of the Lake 2015) with his blooming marvellous one-man show, Old Herbaceous.

 

Pottering amongst the seeds and cuttings at the back of his ramshackle greenhouse in the garden of a Gloucestershire manor house is Herbert Pinnegar. Now in his twilight years, he’s full of memories and tales of a bygone era. In-between potting up and potting on, he recounts his journey from orphan boy to legendary head gardener ‘Old Herbaceous’ and tells of his friendship with the lady of the house, Mrs Charteris. Sown with seeds of gardening wisdom, this charming one man show is a love story – a humorous portrayal of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants.

 

Following sell-out runs at Theatre by the Lake in 2016, this is the first time that Old Herbaceous has come to the Ullswater Valley. It is also the first time the Ullswater Association has branched out to include theatre in the Daff Fest line up. Organisers hope that the combination of a pre-theatre dinner at 1863 followed by a performance of Old Herbacous literally across the road in the Parkin Memorial Hall will prove attractive to both locals and visitors alike. Pre-theatre dinner tickets are limited with just 16 remaining and all expected to sell well in advance of the evening itself.

 

Heather James, Chair of the Ullswater Association commented:

When we heard about ‘Old Herbaceous’ we just thought it was such a lovely fit for Daff Fest. We’re constantly trying to improve and expand the range of events during Daff Fest and very much hope that this will be the first of many theatre evenings to come.”

 

Timings:

6pm: Pre-theatre dinner served at 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

6.45pm: Doors open / Bar opens

7.30pm: Performance with one interval

Tickets cost £10 for theatre only and £30 for a two-course pre-theatre dinner at 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms in Pooley Bridge opposite the Parkin Memorial Hall.

 

The evening’s production is presented by the Ullswater Association and sponsored by 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms.  To find out how your business can get involved in 2017 and beyond please contact the Ullswater Association on marketing@ullswater.com

 

To book visit www.ullswater-daffodil.com  For full listings of all events taking place as part of Daff Fest 2017, please visit www.ullswater-daffodil.com

 

ENDS

 

For further information or images, please contact Sam Bunting
on 07866 492 891 or sam_bunting@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Notes to the Editor

 

  • Peter Macqueen is available for interview. To arrange a suitable time please contact Sam Bunting on 07866 492 891 or at sam_bunting@hotmail.com

 

  • Heather James and Sue Wallace from the Ullswater Association are available for interview. To arrange a suitable time please contact Sam Bunting on 07866 492 891 or at sam_bunting@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

The Dalemain Marmalade Festival

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 March

Get yourself to Penrith & Dalemain Mansion in majestic Cumbria on 18th & 19th March to help us celebrate the glory that is marmalade in all its brilliance. There will be demonstrations, talks, fun exhibitions and shows that will inspire you, your family and friends to take the nation’s marmalade to your heart.

A free ‘Orange Express’ Shuttle bus will operate between the venues. Please Note: You can arrive by car and park at each venue too.

Find out more…

Iconic lake to come alive with dramatic procession of fire & light

One of England’s most beautiful lakes is to host the new ‘Ullswater Droving’ event on the evening of Wednesday 26 October – complete with a procession of fire, masks and music which will take in a 8 mile sailing through the Lakeland nightscape.

Staged by the award-winning Eden Arts, this colourful new event will get underway with the unique spectacle of Newcastle-based street performers ‘Spark! jumping on board a traditional steamer at Glenridding. The illuminated drummers will combine light, sound and movement as they sail up the lake, arriving at Pooley Bridge just as darkness falls to meet a multitude of masked torch bearers.

As the procession winds its way through the historic village, Spark! will take to the main stage to entertain the crowds, where everyone can gather around the bonfire.

Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts, says, “We are very excited about this special one-off event to mark the recovery of flood-hit Ullswater. Taking place at half-term, this ‘mini-droving’ is great for all the family and will combine all the elements we love – light, colour, music, dressing up and above, plenty of fun. 

 

“The sight of the LED lit drummers arriving to a torch-lit procession will definitely be a special moment and it will be the perfect warm-up for Penrith’s main Winter Droving event, which takes place on 12 November.”

Rachel Bell, Group Marketing & Events Manager at Ullswater ‘Steamers’ says, “We are really looking forward to welcoming the new Ullswater Droving, it will be a fantastic display of colour and light and the perfect opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the valley during the half term break.”

The timetable for Wednesday 26 October includes:

  • 4.40pm – Short performance from Spark! Glenridding steamer jetty
  • 4.55pm – Spark! leave Glenridding on board Ullswater Steamers
  • 5.15pm – Torchbearers gather at Pooley Bridge steamer jetty for arrival of Spark!
  • 6.00pm – Torch procession begins, from jetty through Pooley Bridge

Fire torchbearers are being encouraged to wear animal masks or to dress as a drover/shepherd (with flat caps or a touch of tweed).  Register online as a masked torchbearer. Donations of £2 per fire torch are requested.

The Ullswater Droving is a flood recovery event funded by Eden District Council, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership. Thanks to The Lions, Ullswater Steamers, the Ullswater Association and Fellbites Café in Glenridding.

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

For media enquiries including images and interviews, please contact: Heather Sewell, 07795 487003 / hsewell@cumbriatourism.org

 

Eden Arts is a charitable arts organisation (charity no. 1139215) based in the Eden District, Cumbria, and funded by Eden District Council, Arts Council England and The Big Lottery. Eden Arts promotes, invents, dreams and cooks up all sorts of creative projects from commissions to participatory to gigs and cinema.  www.edenarts.co.uk

Chef Phil’s Gooseberry Jam

If you’ve enjoyed a meal with us recently, you may have tried Chef Phil’s gooseberry jam. These blackcurrant-like berries are in abundance at this time of year and thanks to our local, domestic gardeners who supply us with the fruits of their labour, Phil has to get creative to make sure he uses all the produce that comes his way.

So gooseberry jam has been making a regular appearance on the menu over the last few weeks, alongside his delicious chicken liver pate. But you could enjoy it at home with a slice of mature cheddar cheese.

Anyway, we thought you might like the recipe – enjoy!

 

Ingredients: 
1kg Dessert Gooseberries
1kg Caster Sugar
Juice of 1 Lemon
50ml Damson Gin
Method:
 
  1. First, sterilise your jars by washing thoroughly in very hot soapy water. Rinse in very hot water then put on a baking sheet in a 140C/fan 120C/gas 1 oven until completely dry.
  2. Put 2 or 3 small saucers in the freezer (these will be used to test the setting later on)
  3. Place the gooseberries, lemon juice, sugar and 50ml damson gin in a large wide pan. Bring to a  simmer for 15 minutes until the fruit is very soft and pulpy.
  4. Stir over a gentle heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so the jam doesn’t catch. The jam will start to turn a deep-red hue as it cooks.
  5. Spoon a little jam onto a chilled saucer, leave to cool then run your finger through it. If it’s ready it will wrinkle up. If this doesn’t happen boil for another 5 minutes then keep testing and boiling until it does.
  6. Do a final skim on the finished jam then pour into the sterilised jars and seal. Store in a cool dark place – the jam will be good for up to 6 months. Keep in the fridge once opened
 
Tip: Dessert gooseberries are sweeter than the traditional green gooseberry and have a high pectin content, so there is no need for preserving sugar for this recipe

The Ullswater Way opens

From Waterfalls to Wainwright – there’s a new way to explore Ullswater

Communities and businesses around the Lake District’s Ullswater Valley are celebrating the launch of a brand new walking route – the Ullswater Way – around what many believe to be England’s most beautiful lake. The new, 20-mile walking route connects the spectacular scenery along the shores of Ullswater with the picturesque villages and attractions, meaning visitors can enjoy even more of this special corner of the Lake District.

Eric Robson Opens the New Ullswater Way
Eric Robson Opens the New Ullswater Way

Following the floods in December, people in the Ullswater area of the Lake District have been working hard to get reconnected and let people know how they are ‘open for business’. This has been particularly important in areas like Glenridding and Pooley Bridge where the flood damage made headline news across the country.
The creation of a promoted circular route around Ullswater has long been an ambition of the community, so the opportunity was seized and a partnership project was put into action between local people and Lake District National Park, the National Trust, the Ullswater Association, Eden District Council, Ullswater Steamers, and See More Cumbria with additional funding from the Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust.

Suzy Hankin, Area Ranger for the Lake District National Park, said: “The Ullswater Way is a fantastic example of people working in partnership on a project that will hopefully give the local economy a much needed boost. Ullswater remains a popular corner of the Lake District, yet people tend to explore it in pockets rather than connecting their journey. The community around Ullswater wanted to encourage visitors to enjoy the valley’s iconic scenery on foot, but to also utilise links to the public transport network, and hopefully give people a reason to stay for longer.

Walking the Ullswater Way at Gowbarrow Copyright Val Corbett
“Although there were already existing walking routes in the area, there wasn’t a fully connected route around the lake. So we have been working with local people, businesses and landowners to improve access, including a new 2.5km public right of way, and the installation of new waymarkers, fingerposts and gates to make it easier for people to navigate on the ground.”
The Ullswater Way crosses sections of open fell and farm land, offering visitors stunning views, as well as the path Wainwright described as ‘the most beautiful and rewarding walk in Lakeland’. The route also includes a new section of footpath near Maiden Castle, once the site of an Iron Age Hill fort it now offers spectacular views of the Ullswater Valley, as well as views to the Pennines to the East and Blencathra to the west.

Ullswater Way
New Ullswater way-marker

Jim Walker, from Ullswater Steamers, and Chair of the working group said: “Ullswater is famous for its stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains – from kayaking to climbing Helvellyn and from the spectacular waterfalls at Aira Force to simply enjoying the local hospitality. The Ullswater Way now means long distance walkers can now walk round the full 20 mile route, and those who want to explore at a more leisurely pace can break up the journey by including a trip on the historic Ullswater Steamers or open top bus.”