There's always something to do in the Lake District and most are a stones throw from BEST WESTERN PLUS Castle Green Hotel.
Caption: Kendal Castle
Caption: Brewery Arts Centre
Caption: Mintfest - Annual Street Arts Festival
Kendal - the Auld Grey Town
Kendal is steeped in history being the traditional 'Gateway to the Lakes'.
The Castle which the hotel overlooks was the ancestral home of Katherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII. Now a ruin it provides a fantastic vantage point across the town and Lakeland Fells.
Kendal has, at various times, been an important centre for trade and commerce. It's traditional trade was wool reflected in the town's motto - Pannus mihi Panis - Wool is My Bread.
There is also a strong link with the footwear industry. Kendal being the home of the K Shoes brand before it merged with Clarks. The largest factory site now accommodates the new K Village shopping outlet.
Kendal is a thriving market town (Wednesdays & Saturdays) with many museums and two shopping centres featuring all the high street favourites.
The Brewery Arts Centre
The place to go for cinema, theatre, exhibitions, comedy and music. The centre has a fantastic reputation as being one of the area's prime venue and so hosts top names on a regular basis - Ardal O'Hanlon, Sean Hughes, Courtney Pine, John O'Farrell - with the majority staying over at the hotel too! See their website for current listings, www.breweryarts.co.uk.
Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Abbot Hall is one of Britain's finest small art galleries, with impressive collections from local and national artists as well as fantastic touring exhibitions. There's the George Romney collecion with some fantastic canvases, a wide selection of Turner and some fabulous guest exhibtions too all located in the hall which itself is stunning. www.abbothall.org.uk.
Museum of Lakeland Life
Situated next to Abbot Hall the museum takes you through a social history of the Lake District, recreated period rooms and their famous Swallows and Amazons collection. www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk.
The Town hosts four major festivals throughout the year - Kendal Festival of Food in March, Mintfest - a festival of street arts in August, Torchlight Carnival in September and Mountain Festival in November.
So there is plenty to see and do if you don't fancy stretching yourself too much, or straying too far from the hotel bar!