Cartmel PrioryThe Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Michael - Cartmel
Dating back to the 12th century, Cartmel Priory welcomes locals, tourists and pilgrims alike (Sunday service is 11am), as it has been doing for the last 800 years.
Founded in 1188 tours of the Priory are available, explaining developements over the years. The tour promises an enchanting journey including insights into the daily routine of life in a monastery in addition to stories of the battles with Henry VIII. Witches, a mermaid and a monkey also feature - if you are wondering how these are relevant to a tour of Cartmel Pirory...well you are just going to have to visit to find out......
Cartmel RacesThe delightful grounds of the Holker Hall Estate make an elegant Cartmel Races setting.
Races for 2011 start on the evening of Saturday 28th May 2011 with the North West Evening Mail Entertainment Night
The next event is the Bank Holiday Festival on Monday 30th May followed by the Burlington Veteran's Steeplechase Day on Wednesday 1st June.
Thursday 14th July is Barbecue Raceday and the evening of Thursday 25th August is Charity Race Night.
The last two events of the season are the Cartmel Cup Day on Saturday 27th August and finally enjoy August Bank Holiday at Cartmel races on Monday 29th August 2011.
Please check prices, times of admission and confirm dates of Cartmel Races here
Cartmel Village Shop - Sticky ToffeeCartmel is probably now as famous for its Sticky Toffee Pudding as for the its Priory and Races.
Sticky Toffee Pudding now features regularly on Dinner Party menus and certainly on Cumbrian Pub menus....and for a very good reason, too...it is, quite simply, delicious.
Our very own Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe is going to feature here, soon - I just want to make it one more time to double check all my measurements.
In the meantime if you are in Cartmel, then don't miss Cartmel Village ShopSticky Toffee Pudding - and for an additional treat why not purchase a jar of the extra sticky toffee sauce too?
Camping and Caravan Sites - Cartmel
Greaves Family Caravan and CampingA small family owned and maintained campsite in just 2.5 miles from Cartmel village on a working farm. Well behaved dogs and children are very welcome, however no single sex or large groups accepted. Greaves Farm is just 30 minutes from the motorway, ideal for those who want to explore the Southern Lakes without getting caught up in the crowds.
There are 20 mown, level grass pitchess, 12 with electric hook-ups (6amps).
The main touring park is spacious, and is beautifully situated in a 4 acre traditional Lakeland meadow. There is also a smaller paddock area with 2/3 pitches next to the static park orchard.
Greaves Farm has a 'Quiet Site Policy' from 10.30pm to 9.00am.
Further information on this small family campsite can be found here here.
Cartmel Camping and Caravan ParkWake up to views of Cartmel Priory and the gentle rolling Cartmel fells. Cartmel Camping and Caravan Site is set in 5 acres of tranquil land yet only a few minutes walk from the historic Priory Village of Cartmel. The site has two level, well draining tent fields and also accepts static caravans. (Please note that they are unable to accept touring caravans, motorhomes, transit vans or other similar commercial vehicles.)
Free hot showers and hot and cold washing up area. There are shaver points in the gents and 20p will work the hairdryers in the ladies.
Well behaved dogs (on lead) and children welcomed.
For season dates and current prices please head over to the Cartmel Camping and Caravan website.
Cartmel Self Catering Accommodation
Selected self catering properties in and around Cartmel
The Bread ShedFantastic freshly baked bread in Cartmel. Check today's specialty and opening times here.
Unsworth's Yard - Artisan Food Market - CartmelThe recently established Unsworth's Yard is a treasure trove of Artisan Goodies which local Cumbrian residents are lucky enough to have yearly access to - the rest of us foodies who are not quite as local should take a note of the market opening dates below and plan our visits accordingly!
Dates for 2011 - 10am - 4pm
Expect an impressive collection of local, good quality, food traders, perfect for those are self catering in the region.
Holy Well of CartmelWillow Water is sourced from the Holy Well of Cartmel, having first been discovered by the Augustinain Monks. It takes its name from the pre-historic forest of willow trees. The peat formed from the remains of this forest combine with a layer of limestone to create a unique geology giving Willow Water a special blend of minerals which include salicin and high levels of calcium.
L'enclumeAnother 'famous' for Cartmel is L'enclume. It is one of the handful of restaurants in the UK to be awarded five AA rosettes for excellence and Chef Mark Birchall, of L'Enclume won the prestigious 2011 Roux Scholarship.
Rooms are also available at this gastronomic Michelin starred restaurant.
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