Grasmere Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee

I always feel proud of Grasmere, but never more so than this morning. On my early morning walk there was a sign saying “use side entrance of church” so I did!.

Jubilee Party St Oswald’s Church

In all the years I have been here, I have never seen such a sight. The interior of St Oswald’s Church was all decked out for a Jubilee Party.

Jubilee at St Oswald’s Grasmere

The lucky children of Grasmere School were having a “street party” inside the church. Something they would no doubt remember for a long time. Each child’s name was made into a crown, and the scene was set.

Let’s Celebrate

That got me thinking. Why not photograph more of the businesses that had made an effort for the Jubilee. So here we go. All credit to the following for making things so nice for our visitors.

Potted Out Cafe Grasmere

Potted Out Cafe had the flags flying over their door, and also these displays in their plant pots. Well they are part of the Garden Centre after all!

National Trust Information Centre

All Red, White and Blue in the Information Centre Window.

Jubilee Gingerbread Shop

I think Sarah Nelson would have been very proud of the display the present family members had made of the Gingerbread Shop.

Gingerbread Shop Celebrates

Next up, The Wordsworth Hotel.

Wordsworth Hotel Grasmere

Nearly got lead astray at this point as I could see everyone in the Hotel restaurant tucking into their breakfasts, which looked delicious!

Baldry’s Tearoom Grasmere

Luckily Baldry’s Tearoom was shut, as they have the most yummy cakes you can imagine.

Heidi’s Grasmere

The flags were flying at Heidi’s Cafe. A great place to stock up on a packed lunch for your walk.

Red Lion Hotel Grasmere

One of the oldest buildings in Grasmere. The Red Lion Hotel.

Attic Shop Grasmere

And the newest shop, just opened in a new home. Attic, full of wonderful gifts.

Heaton Cooper Studio Grasmere

Loved the Heaton Cooper Studio window. Obviously making the most of the fact that we also have the Olympic Torch passing through the village as well.

Herdy Shop Grasmere

Everyone’s favourite the totally cute Herdy shop.

Beck Allans

A great base in the centre of the village. Beck Allans holiday cottages and Bed and Breakfast.

The Storytellers Garden Grasmere

I suppose it was inevitable that the Storyteller Laureate of Great Britain would have the flags flying.

Story Teller Laureate Taffy Thomas

And guess what! Storyteller Taffy was at home. Full of tales of the events he was holding over the Jubilee holiday. In his newly spruced up garden, and as part of the Tales and Trails season, which take in walks to Helm Crag and Rydal Water.

Jubilee fairy

He was also telling me about an event he is appearing at, at the newly re-opened Allan Bank. An evening of fairy stories and music for mid summer. Sounded great.

Grasmere Church

So there you have it. A little insight into Grasmere life. With events planned all over the 4 day holiday, it’s a great place to be. Hog roast, sports, concerts in the church and a beautifully decorated village. What more could you ask.

Finally, come rain or shine, I spotted these in an outdoor shop in the centre of the village. You too can be patriotic come rain or shine!

British Wellys

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012

Grasmere Village Jubilee

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7 responses to “Grasmere Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee”

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says :

    I could live here happily ever after !
    Thank you for sharing your world with me
    Beautiful and fun photos
    I will make a point when I visit England again to visit the Storytellers Garden,
    looks wonderfully enchanting
    I hope you have a great time on y’all’s Jubilee Celebration

    Take Care

    • cragchris says :

      Thanks, the storytellers garden is magical. How lucky are we to have the first ever Storyteller Laureate of Great Britain living in our village 🙂


      • LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says :

        NOW I will have to visit!
        I will look him up …I love storytellers
        every village and town needs a Bard….
        Thanks again

  2. Zoë Dawes says :

    Delightful coverage of the Jubilee celebrations Chris. We were there last weekend and the bunting was still up for the race and no doubt will stay up till the Olympic Torch comes by. What a great year for Grasmere!

    • cragchris says :

      Thank you. Yes for such a little village there is a lot going on this year. It will be very exciting to see the Olympic Torch coming through the centre of the village. Can’t wait! 🙂

  3. Simon Wood says :

    I didn’t realise that Grasmere stopped at Heaton Cooper Studio – loads of effort was put up by the shops & bistro that make up Oakbank and by Oak Bank Hotel, then there was the village hall even Broadgate Meadow!!

    • cragchris says :

      Delightful as it would be to have unlimited time to wander the village taking photos for my personal blog, unfortunately it’s not possible. As in this case I want to record something before I forget, and usually this is before I go to work. Roll on retirement! The Grasmere WI also did a wonderful blog about the Jubilee proceedings which was based around the village hall which you probably saw. This week I was interviewed by BBC Radio Cumbria for the Mike Zeller Show. The interview about my love for Grasmere took place on Broadgate. I hope you managed to hear it. It was great to get the chance to promote our beautiful village to a wider audience. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

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