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Searching for picturesque but lively in evenings base

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Searching for picturesque but lively in evenings base

HI, we'll be enroute to Cotswolds late March-April and are looking for a 2 - 3 nights stop over in the Lake District (not necessarily in the same place each night).

We'd like to enjoy a little of the best scenery, history and villages but also stay where there are lively pubs in the evening ... just in case we strike it lucky and there is live music.

Any suggestions would be fabulous.

Many thanks

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1. Re: Searching for picturesque but lively in evenings base

First name that comes to mind is Hawkshead - midway between Windermere/Coniston. Some lovely quintessential English pubs, and a short ride on the ferry to livelier Wndermere . Heaps of History with the Beatrix Potter connection, and, well the scenery anywhere in the Lakes is awesome. I often liken it to the central plateau around Rotorua, But BETTER PUBS !!!!

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2. Re: Searching for picturesque but lively in evenings base

I think you should be fine in any of the main towns to be honest.

Keswick, Ambleside, Bowness/Windermere all have quite a few pubs.

You could stop over a night in Keswick and a night in or around Ambleside. That will give you very good access to the best that Lakeland has to offer.

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Live entertainment generally happens late week/weekends. Keswick will be your best option, but if you want some of the best scenery (and don't get me wrong-Keswick offers some of the best, especially looking down the lake from the town end - near the theatre by the lake, towards the jaws of borrowdale, is the best view) but if you'd like to experience "village" life, then Hawkshead (quite touristy, due to the Beatrix Potter links) or Coniston, which has a couple of really good pubs. The Black Bull, with it's own brewery out back & up the hill the Sun Hotel, with a nice bar attached, and as the weather has been quite good in May, there's a gorgeous outside seating area at the front of the Hotel. Take the steam gondola round the lake (coniston) and the boat trip round derwent water (keswick) is good aswell.

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4. Re: Searching for picturesque but lively in evenings base

Ambleside has Zefferellis - pizzeria and cinema, but also live jazz .

http://www.zeffirellis.com/livemusic

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5. Re: Searching for picturesque but lively in evenings base

It's worth bearing in mind that even in the smallest of Lakeland villages, the pub is the night life! In my opinion, the Lake District is all about being in the quietest most scenic areas possible by day, and then pop to the pub in the evening.

Small villages like Buttermere are absolutely stunning, surrounded by some of the tallest Peaks and right on the edge of a large lake. There are 2 pubs in the village (there's probably only about 5 houses!) but in the evening these become a hub of activity, people coming to fill themselves up after a long walk, huge servings of typical English 'pub grub' on offer and pints of local ale. One pub that comes to mind is The Fish. They stay full until at least 11pm, couples who want to be left alone have a choice of board games to play with but you'd generally be welcome to go and join in the conversation with other groups of walkers.

Another village is Great Langdale, which is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by peaks on all sides. Just round the corner you have the Britannia Inn. It's a bit busier than the Buttermere area as it's slightly more accessible, but the food is brilliant and on a warm evening the front garden of the pub will be full of people enjoying a pint.

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6. Re: Searching for picturesque but lively in evenings base

I would firstly choose Ambleside,then Keswick for evening entertainment.

I agree with Morgana"s post.

Keswick does have a cinema and a theatre by the lake.

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7. Re: Searching for picturesque but lively in evenings base

Just checked Zefferrellis ...live music on 30th! Yay the Gods are smiling on us!

Many thanks for all the-where-to-base-ourselves tips. Really helpful. Cheers

PS You're so right Pomkitanner ... UK pubs are heaps better than ours!

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