What’s On: A Day at the Lake

One of the things I love the most about our country is the vast array of lakes it has.

There’s something particularly calming about a lake on a warm English summer day, watching the gentle ripples on the water from the lake side.

This May, A Day at the Lake comes to Rudyard Lake for three days of old fashioned, wholesome family fun. A fantastic way to get away from the every day and spend quality time together as a family on the helter skelter or the swingboats, have your breath taken away by the amazing tightrope act of the Bullzini family, or gather around to listen to some enthralling story telling.

A Day At The Lake - brass bands 1

There are a whole host of events, entertainments and performances on offer throughout the day, including:

  • A vintage market
  • Fairground attractions
  • Live music
  • Fresh food and drink stalls
  • Dry land synchronised swimming
  • Tightrope performances
  • and mermaids!

Bullzini Family credit Joe Clarke

Rudyard Lake is a Staffordshire beauty spot with an amazing past as one of the early examples of mass tourism in the UK. Known as “the Blackpool of the Potteries” the two and a half mile long lake is situated near Leek on the Staffordshire-Cheshire border. Designed by engineer John Rennie, work started in 1797 with completion 3 years later to supply water for the expanding canal system, a vital artery for the industrial revolution. It still supplies this water today under the management of The Canal & River Trust. The arrival of the North Staffordshire Railway in 1849 and excursion trains from Manchester and the Potteries led to it becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations of the time.

It is also the place Rudyard Kipling’s parents first met, and where they took the inspiration for their son’s name.

A Day At The Lake will be the first event of this scale at Rudyard Lake for over 100 years and marks the first Staffordshire Day on 1 May 2016 – a day of celebration of the heritage of Staffordshire to mark 1000 years since the county was first mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle.

A Day at the Lake is set to be an historic event and we’re very excited to be a part of it when we visit on the opening day of April 30th.

To be there yourself, head over to the A Day at the Lake website and grab your tickets while they’re still available.

Ticket prices are very reasonable at £14 per adult and £7 per child, with under 3’s going free.

*Disclaimer: we are being granted complementary access to A Day at the Lake for the purpose of a review.

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