LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR 11th ULLSWATER OUTDOOR FEST 2017

LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR 11th ULLSWATER OUTDOOR FEST 2017

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The line up for the Ullswater Outdoor Fest has been announced. Now in its 11th year, the 2017 festival runs from Sat 23 September – Sun 1 October. It promises nine days of guided walks, outdoor adventure and experiences, films and talks that celebrate the great outdoors in general and Ullswater in particular.

 

As ever, the backbone of the Ullswater Outdoor Festival is the Guided Walks by the Lake District National Park Rangers. The voluntary rangers have walked the hills for years and know the area, the people and the history like the back of their hand. Join one of their free guided walks and discover great new places, learn all about the natural history and get an expert insight into the Ullswater Valley. In 2017 there are a total of 12 guided walks along with a range of other activities and events at various locations in and around the valley.

 

NEW for 2017: THE ULLSWATER WAY TALKS

To complement a guided walk on the fells during Outdoor Fest, the Friends of the Ullswater Way have put together a series of talks that expand on the history, mystery and cultural importance of Ullswater and the wider Lake District. Held in village halls around the valley over five nights during the festival, audiences will be able to gain insight into a variety of subjects; from the modern history of the Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and the ancient history of the Lake District’s Ice Age origins, to the importance of our recently-awarded World Heritage Status – there’s something for all tastes and interests. All talks are free and tickets are available on the door on the night.

 

Friend of the Ullswater Way and talk organiser, Tim Clarke commented:

“For the first time the Friends of the Ullswater Way is able to give their full support to the Ullswater Association event and have organised a week’s set of evening talks which should whet the appetite of both visitors and locals, and give a deep insight to the rich cultural history of the region.”

 

Guided walks aside, local tourism businesses in the valley have pulled together to offer locals and visitors a range of activities and events to suit an array of interest and abilities.

From world premiere film evenings on Rheged’s IMAX-style cinema screen to village hall talks on prehistoric cup marks by leading Durham University academics, guided walks around the Ullswater Way to Nic’s Nordic Walks and live music at Inn on the Lake to opportunities to hone your navigation skills, there are plenty of reasons to get involved later in September.

 

The Ullswater Association has also managed to secure some funding from the Lake District National Park Communities Fund to run some free Outdoor Adventure taster sessions for local school children. Pupils from five schools in and around the valley will be able to choose a taster session from one of four activity providers during the week of Outdoor Fest including Ullswater Yacht Club, Rookin House, Reach Beyond Adventure and Distant Horizons

 

Sue Wallace from the Ullswter Association commented:

“We’re delighted that Ullswater Outdoor Fest 2017 promises to be another exciting line up of events showcasing the best the valley has to offer. We’re really hoping that both locals and visitors alike manage to make time to get out and enjoy some of the events going on or indeed just a walk with friends and family!”

 

The Ullswater Outdoor Fest runs from Sat 23 September – Sun 1 October at various locations all over the valley. To see the full festival line-up including details of how to book the activities and events on offer, visit www.ullswater-outdoor.com

 

ENDS

 

For further information or images, please contact Sam Bunting

 on 07866 492 891 or at marketing@ullswater.com

 

 

Notes to the Editor

  • Members of the Ullswater Association are available for interview and comment. Please contact Sam on 07866 492 891 or at sam_bunting@hotmail.com
  • A selection of images to accompany this article is available here:
  • The full line-up of Ullswater Outdoor Fest events are as follows:

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The Ullswater Outdoor Fest 2017

Sat 23 September – Sun 1 October

 

Join us for the Ullswater Outdoor Fest 2017 – nine days of guided walks, outdoor adventure and experiences, films and talks that celebrate the great outdoors in general and Ullswater in particular.  In 2017 there are a total of 12 guided walks along with a range of other activities and events at various locations in and around the valley.

 

For full details of the festival line-up, visit www.ullswater-outdoorfest.com

 

 

Friends of the Ullswater Way present

The Ullswater Way Talks 2017

 

A Short History of the Ullswater Steamers by Nick Smith

Mon 25 September, 7.30pm

Glenridding Village Hall

 

Patterns of movement:  mapping prehistoric cup marks across the Lake District landscape by Kate Sharpe, Durham University

Tue 26 September, 7.30pm

Watermillock Village Hall

 

From the Ice Age to the Romans: How humans shaped the Lake District landscape by Geoff Cowell

Wed 27 September, 7.30pm

Pooley Bridge Village Hall

 

Lake District and World Heritage Status, what does it mean for us? By Richard Leafe (CEO), LDNPA

Thu 28 September, 7pm

Inn on the Lake, Glenridding Suite

 

The History of the Greenside Mine, Glenridding by Warren Allison

Fri 29 September, 7.30pm

Glenridding Village Hall

 

 

All tickets FREE, available on the door on the night.
Donations to the Friends of the Ullswater Way welcome
For full details visit www.ullswater-outdoor.com

 

Guided Walks around Ullswater

Join a Lake District National Park volunteer ranger for a guided walk.

Sat 23 September: Ullswater Way – West NEW for 2017
Sat 23 September: Navigation Skills for Women NEW for 2017

Sun 24 September: Ullswater Way – East NEW for 2017
Mon 25 September: Martindale Deer Valley

Tue 26 September: Footsteps of Wordsworth

Wed 27 September: Catstycam by Red Tarn

Thu 28 September: Glenamara & Silver Bay

Fri 29 September: High Above Glencoyne

Sat 30 September: Helvellyn Avoiding the Ridges

Sat 30 September: Navigation – Practise Your Skills NEW for 2017

Sun 1 October: Pikewassa & High Street

Sun 1 October: Steamer, Dale & Fell

 

Live Music from Jimmy Brown

Sun 24 September, 12pm – 3pm

Rambler’s Bar, Inn on the Lake

Kick back and relax, Enjoy some traditional Lakeland food and local ales

to the sounds of live acoustic guitarist Jimmy Brown.

Free entry

 

Nic’s Nordic Walks

Mon 25 September, 9.30am

FREE 45 minute Nordic Walking Taste at Patterdale

To book: visit www.nicsnordicwalks.co.uk or call 07976 949488

 

Learn to Nordic Walk course around Ullswater

Wed 27 & Thu 28 September, 3-5pm

Basic, Hill & Speed Techniques starting from Patterdale – suitable for all ages & fitness levels. Leki Nordic walking poles provided

To book: visit www.nicsnordicwalks.co.uk or call 07976 949488

 

If you like Outdoor Fest, you may also be interested in these:

 

The 15th Wainwright Memorial Lecture by Clive Hutchby

Sat 7 October, 6pm
Tickets: Non-members £12, Society members £8

To book: www.rheged.com

 

 

Film Premiere with Terry Abraham and Alan Hinkes OBE

Alan Hinkes Obe – The First Briton To Climb The Worlds Highest Mountains (U)

Sat 14 October, 7.30pm (Encore: Sun 15 October, 2pm)
Rheged

Tickets: Adults £12, Concessions £10

To book: www.rheged.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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