5 minutes with Liz Duncan

Liz Duncan outside Castle Green Hotel in Kendal Castle Green Hotel in Kendal The Castle Green Hotel team at the Kendal Torchlight Carnival

Introducing 5 minutes with… Liz Duncan..

Who is… Marketing Manager at Castle Green Hotel, Kendal’s only 4 star Hotel and 2 AA rosette awarded restaurant.

Tell us more… Castle Green Hotel plays a part in the majority of Kendal festivals whether it be sponsorship, discounted rates for festival guests and speakers or getting involved ourselves. We are proud to be foundation sponsors for Kendal’s Mintfest and delighted that it will be returning, in some form, for 2016.

We believe that you should support your local community in any way you can. We already employ local people, buy local produce and use local suppliers where possible, but we also commit some of our marketing budget into events that give our guests more reasons to come and stay and therefore support our wider local economy too.

Why is this special to you… Here at Castle Green Hotel we enjoy telling our guests about the various attractions, walks, scenery and events held throughout Kendal and the Lakes. There is always something going on and we delight in letting them into our secret places and getting their feedback when they return. We love getting involved too! This year we have exhibited at Kendal Food Festival and the Westmorland County Show and entered Kendal’s Torchlight Carnival for the first time in our history.

What can audiences expect…  We have such a varied calendar of festivals from comic arts at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival to street performers, adventure specialists with the Kendal Mountain Festival and two days of foodie heaven with March’s Food Festival – and that’s before you’ve travelled in to the Lakes!

If you could name only 3 unmissable cultural hot spots or events in the Lakes – what would they be…

Kendal Food Festival is a must, great stalls, fantastic produce and a wealth of knowledge from great Lake District Chefs. I love walking around Grizedale Forest with my two boys spotting the various sculptures through the trees, and they have the most amazing scones in their tea room. We’re also keen visitors to The Brewery Arts Centre, with plenty of great theatre and music to keep us going through the year.

In a nutshell how would you describe the cultural offer in the Lakes… It’s not just Lakes and fells! Yes we have some of the biggest names (Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth) but the George Romney paintings at Kendal’s Abbot Hall Art Gallery and John Ruskin’s house at Brantwood are equally fantastic – I’m a big fan of ‘off the beaten track’!

And after a cultural adventure in the Lakes, where would be your ideal place to eat or stay… Castle Green, of course!

And we just have to ask.. if you could choose one view in the Lakes where would that be… The top of Gummer’s How overlooking Windermere – easy to get to but I could stay sat there for hours!

Gummer's How, Windermere (photo by Dave Willis, Cumbria Tourism)
Gummer’s How, Windermere (photo by Dave Willis, Cumbria Tourism)

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