On Saturday April 13th a very special and fruitful festival will be taking place, the much loved and now very famous annual Damson Day, a celebration to herald the arrival of the damson blossom – and spring in Westmorland.
Damson Day is held at Low Farm, Crosthwaite from 10.30am until 4.00pm organised by the Westmorland Damson Association. The association was set up to preserve this historic fruit that has been grown in Westmorland (now collectively named Cumbria) since the 1700’s. Enjoy food and craft stalls and demos, a children’s fair & activities, archery, a dog show, music and dancing and full refreshments naturally. The annual damson day brings visitors from far and wide and the trend for cooking with this tart fruit by top chefs now has made these little nuggets even more sough after. For more information on Damson Day visit, https://www.damsonday.co.uk/
The Lyth Valley contains rolling countryside, forests and pastoral delights and every now and again you stumble of a delightful little village. The Valley isn’t just famous for Damson’s, it is also a must go destination for foodies with some excellent places to eat and drink. Between Crosthwaite, Brigsteer and nearby Cartmel Fell are some of the best dining pubs in the north of England and all regular award winners and full of local, seasonal produce.
Accommodation for festival day can be found just down the road from the festival at the aptly named Damson Dene Hotel. They regularly have damson dishes on their menu as well as the famous Damson Gin. Choose one of the newly refurbished rooms with views across the grounds and the Lyth Valley. Visit https://www.damsondene.co.uk/ to book.