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The best themed weekends in the Lake District

We have the best themed weekends in the Lake District for you. And they are all right here at Rydal Lodge for you to enjoy.

So whether your interest is art, photography, the outdoors, or just a weekend to die for, we have it all covered.

Learning to paint in our garden

Watercolour painting

One of the best themed weekends in the Lake District offers the chance to capture the remarkable landscape on your own canvas. Accomplished watercolour artist Ron Bailey will run a two-day course here  (September 30 – October 2) giving you instruction, and giving you confidence, to create your own work of Lakeland art. Ron finds this to be such an inspirational place to paint. He’s a talented artist and we were thrilled when he offered to come and share his skills with our visitors. He’s run several weekend sessions already. Book yours here: https://www.rydallodge.co.uk/themed-weekend-breaks/

Roe deer near Rydal. Photo by Ashley Cooper

Wildlife photography

Here’s a chance to explore the area around Rydal, Grasmere and beyond with the award-winning wildlife and landscape photographer, Ashley Cooper. He’s been all around the world, taking photos on every continent, and focussing especially on the impact and effects of climate change. His work was published in a lavish and much sought-after book, Images from a Warming Planet. And you can see his work on his website  http://www.globalwarmingimages.net.

Here in the Lakes he will take out both beginners and those with some experience who want to hone their skills. October 28-30. More details: https://www.rydallodge.co.uk/themed-weekend-breaks/

Murder Mystery

This is a weekend break to die for, where you will all be playing character parts in a murder plot. You’ll go out on a countryside search hunting for clues, and work as a team to decide who dunnit. Then you’ll get together over dinner to carry on detecting. There will be a prize for the winning team, and we’re starting the weekend with a wine tasting game to get you in the mood. Further details here https://www.rydallodge.co.uk/themed-weekend-breaks/ then email info@rydallodge.co.uk when you’re ready to book.

The writing hut, Rydal Mount

Poetry please

We work closely with Rydal Mount, the home of William Wordsworth, which is only a couple of minutes’ walk from here. So it seems perfect to share our love of Wordsworth’s poetry with you. This themed weekend will include a tour that follows in the footsteps of Wordsworth, across the Lake District. Among other places, this will take you to Dora’s Field, and to Ullswater, the two best places in the Lakes to see the daffodils that inspired Wordsworth. And of course there will be the chance to enjoy some of Wordsworth’s poetry in the house or gardens at Rydal Mount.  This one will be from March 31-April 2, next year, 2023, but we know it will be popular so email us now to book. info@outandaboutaroundrydallodgebandb


Pied wagtail: photo by Ashley Cooper

For this, one of the best themed weekends in the Lake District, we welcome back Ashley Cooper. He will take you out on a gentle stroll of around four miles to look for birds in the local woodland, and along the shores of the rivers and lakes. Ashley is out every day in this area with his camera and binoculars, so he really is the true expert. This break is aimed at novice birdwatchers who would like to learn more and improve their identification skills. It’s from April 21-23 next year, 2023. Email for more information and booking: info@outandaboutaroundrydallodgebandb

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