The exclusive money-can’t-buy experiences and prizes for the Lake District Foundation Charity Auction are now available to view below.
If you would like to join us Friday 8 June at the Lodore Falls Hotel you can book your tickets here. PFK Auctioneers, one of the oldest auction houses in the region, will be running the bidding on the night and bidding will commence on the night of the auction. There are over 40 lots up for grabs all to raise funds to reinstate the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.
Lot 1 – A day on the Lake District Fells with Alan Hinkes OBE
An opportunity to head out into the Lake District fells with
Alan Hinkes OBE who is the first Briton to climb the world’s
highest mountains, the fourteen 8,000m peaks.
Lot 2 – A fell-running experience with Ricky Lightfoot
Join one of the top trail/mountain runners in the world for a run in the Lake District.
The former World Trail Running Champion from the Lake District, Ricky holds the record on several iconic races across the world including Mauritius, South Africa and the Scafell Pike. Bid for a fell running experience you’ll never forget.
Lot 3 – Adventure day with Sean Conway
Sean Conway is best known as the first and only man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain, oh and for his massive ginger beard! In 2016 he completed the world’s longest triathlon, a 4,200mile journey around the coast of Britain. Sean has just broken the World Record for cycling across Europe in under 25 days from Portugal to Russia. Join him for an adventure day in the Lake District and receive signed copies of his books.
Lot 4 – Day of Pinhole Photography in the Lakes with Henry Iddon
Spend the day with award winning local photographer Henry Iddon capturing shots across the Lake District using a pinhole camera and learning how to develop the images yourself. You’ll end the day with your own magnificent prints captured by you.
Lot 5 – 3 night holiday to Venice
Enjoy a fabulous 3 night self-catering break for 4 in central Venice. You’ll be staying in the heart of this romantic city, in an apartment overlooking a very quiet and private Corte (with its 14th century well), yet only minutes from the bustling Rialto Bridge and the Market.
Lot 6 – Lake District Pound
A collectors set of Lake District Pound notes with the same serial number, that number reflecting a key date in the history of our National Park. You could own the full set of Lake District Pound denominations – LD£1, LD£5, LD£10 & LD£20. Each of the denominations will have the same unique Serial Number: 1951. 1951 being the year the Lake District National Park was founded. This will be together with a ‘Lake District Pound Storybook 2018’ exquisitely produced on James Cropper paper and telling the story of the LD£ and the 2018 designs.
Lot 7 –VIP Bremont tour and luxury dinner, bed & breakfast stay in Henley
Bremont is an award-winning British company producing beautifully engineered chronometers at their headquarters in Henley on Thames, England.
The prize includes a VIP behind the scenes tour with Nick and Giles and dinner, bed and breakfast at the luxurious Hotel du Vin on the banks of the river Thames in Henley.
Lot 8 – Lake District National Park Field Team for the Day
The Lake District National Park’s Field Rangers are offering one full day of their time to assist you completing a big job in the garden, land or perhaps your farm? You aren’t bidding for a team to come and cut your grass for the day rather use their skills and expertise to help with something you can’t do, for example stone walling?!
Lot 9 –Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh behind the scenes tour and afternoon tea
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was founded in 1670 as a physic garden. It is now a world-renowned centre for plant science, horticulture and education and extends over four Gardens (Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan) boasting a rich living collection of plants. You could have an exclusive behind the scenes tour with the Curator of the Living Collections followed by conversation over a delightful afternoon tea.
Lot 10 – Alan Stones lithograph
Local Lake District artist, Alan Stones, is offering a framed original lithograph. The picture is called ‘Over the Fence’ – hand made in May 2018 at Alan Stones studio at Blencarn in a limited edition of 85. You’ll be able to view on the night and you’ll beabsolutely enchanted.
Lot 11 – Theatre by the Lake Package
Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is offering a special package for two. Enjoy tickets to any performance this summer season, exclusive VIP backstage tour and a three course dinner for two.
Lot 12 – Sail and dining experience on Lake Windermere with VIP Chauffeur travel
Enjoy a morning of indulgent luxury.
You will be picked up by your own private chauffeur, from Lakeside Travel Services VIP Chauffeur service, driven to your yacht on Windermere where you’ll set sail for an afternoon on the Lake and an enjoy a sumptuous lunch with wine on board. Your chauffeur will return you home after your excitement on the water.
Your sailing experience will be with Sail n Dine.
Lot 13 – Bespoke 70’s Herdy
For those of you who haven’t come across Herdy. Let us take a moment to introduce you. Herdy design and create unique gifts, homeware and accessories that make you smile. Born in the English Lake District and inspired by the area’s loveable Herdwick sheep, they also support sustainable rural community and upland fell farming projects through the Herdy fund. Herdy have created a bespoke 70’s disco Herdy especially to help raise funds for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path!
Lot 14 – Fulton’s Bespoke Jewellery
Brian Fulton based in Keswick has over 35 years experience in the jewellery trade. Brian has become a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company for his contribution to the goldsmith and jewellery trade. Brian used to live in Threlkeld and commuted along the old railway path to Keswick. Brian has designed 3 bespoke bracelets to represent the bridges which were damaged during Storm Desmond, their old railway bridge numbers were 69, 71 and 73.
Lot 15 – Ultimate Whinlatter Forest Experience & lunch at The Cottage in the Wood
Did you know Whinlatter is England’s only true Mountain Forest? It’s home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play! The team at Whinlatter are giving you the chance to bid on a special prize for two…. A Discovery Pass for Whinlatter, afternoon tea at Siskins Café and Go Ape session (High Ropes or Segways) for two people plus a voucher for the Visitor Centre! Enjoy lunch for two as well at the fabulous Cottage in the Wood just by Whinlatter Forest.
Lot 16 – VIP tour of Lingholm Estate house and gardens and Champagne Afternoon Tea
Lingholm Estate is traditional country estate that lies at the heart of the Northern Lake District situated on the Western Shore of Derwentwater. Central to the Estate is a grand Grade II listed Victorian house, built in 1873 by the prominent Victorian Architect Alfred Waterhouse with expansive grounds and stunning gardens. The Estate is offering an exclusive VIP tour followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea for two.
Lot 17 – Hawkshead Relish Hamper
The Hawkshead Relish Company is an artisan producer of award winning preserves based in the historic village of Hawkshead in the heart of the English Lake District. The range of over 120 relishes, pickles and preserves are handmade in small batches using traditional open pans and locally sourced ingredients, without any artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives, all are free from nuts and gluten and suitable for vegetarians.
Get your hands on a tasty hamper not to be missed filled with Hawkshead Relish finest goodies!
Lot 18 – Lakes Distillery Package
The Lakes Distillery is located next to Bassenthwite Lake. The team are inviting you to bid on a tour of the Distillery, afternoon tea for two and a fabulous bottle for the summer – The Lakes Rhubarb and Rosehip Gin Liqueur.
Lot 19 –Wordsworth House and Garden entry and afternoon tea for a family of four
William Wordsworth ‘Daffodils’ poem beginning “I wander’d lonely as a cloud” is the quintessential Lake District poem. Born in Cockermouth, just north of the National Park, Wordsworth House and Garden was his childhood home. Wordsworth’s ‘Guide through the District of the Lakes’ published in 1820 sparked off the first beginnings of mass tourism to the area. Enjoy a tour of the house and gardens followed by afternoon tea
Lot 20 – Jennings Brewery case of the finest beer and hamper
Indulge in a case of Jennings beers – Cumberland Ale, Jennings Bitter, Sneck Lifter, Cocker Hoop and a hamper of tasty local produce. The Jennings beers are brewed with pure Lakeland, drawn from the brewery’s own well, and only the finest ingredients are added. The real art is in the brewing itself, where the Head Brewer and his team use their years of experience and traditional brewing methods to create a range of superb Lakeland Ales.
Lot 21 – European Garden Heritage Network
A special opportunity to experience a VIP tour of the Schloss Dyck Foundation located just outside Dussledorf in Germany and a luxury overnight stay with dinner at the Hotel Schloss Dyck on the grounds of the glorious stately home. Schloss Dyck is a dramatic moated castle which is regarded as one of the most important cultural monuments on the Lower Rhine. Built on four islands in the 17th century, the castle complex lies at the heart of the spacious park.
Lot 22 -Wordsworth’s Daffodil poem signed by Susan Wordsworth
Rydal Mount, in the heart of the English Lake District, was William Wordsworth’s best loved family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. The house, which was a focus for romantic literature, continues to be owned by the Wordsworth family and retains the feel of a lived in family home. We have a special opportunity to bid for a signed copy of Wordsworth’s Daffodil poem. The copy is signed by Susan Wordsworth the Great, Great, Great, Granddaughter of William Wordsworth.
Lot 23 – Booths Luxury Hamper
Delightfully indulgent, hand-picked and chosen with love, this charming afternoon tea hamper comes packed with our favourite tea-time treats. Enjoy an afternoon sipping fragrant Earl Grey tea and scrumptious strawberry and raspberry preserves from Rosebud, Bells finest fruit cake blended with seasoned spices and luxury chocolate chunk biscuits… perfect for dunking! A British tradition worth sharing with friends and loved ones.
Lot 24 – 4 Saturday night Concert Tickets to Keswick Mountain Festival
Keswick Mountain Festival has held back 4 tickets for Saturday 9th June concert with Mel C and The Farm. The tickets have now sold out so here’s your chance to get involved with the celebrations and support a superb cause!
Lot 25 – Heart Radio
Heart Radio is giving away a special prize for those budding radio presenters and super fans of the show. You could sit in on Heart drive time show, have a studio tour and walk away with fabulous merchandise!
Lot 26 -33 Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Oak Trees
We are planting 35 oak trees along the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.
The Lake District National Park is offering up a special opportunity to bid for 5 trees at a time.
We have 7 lots to offer 5 Oak Trees per lot. You’ll receive a plaque on the trees to thank you for your donation.
Lot 34 – Fell Top Assessor for the Day
From November to March three Mountaineers summit Helvellyn to monitor, record and report on the weather conditions. Helvellyn is one of the most dangerous mountains to climb especially in winter conditions. The Fell Top Assessors job is to ensure locals and visitors summit safely and provide a ‘boots on the ground’ report on conditions. You can experience what it’s like to be a Fell Top Assessor for the day, climb the mountain, and produce the report and take over the social media for the day.
Lot 35 – The Quirky Coach
Zoe Dawes, known as the Quirky Traveller, is a local lady who travellers the world writing awe-inspiring blogs and provides expert business coaching.
Zoe is offering a special business and life coaching session with a half day ‘walk n talk’ along the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.
Walking is good for your health; being outdoors helps you clear your mind, reflect, think differently, it gives you clarity and boosts creativity. You can decide what to get out of the session, an individual ‘walk n talk’ coaching session, team building or social ‘walk n talk’ whatever your preference Zoe is on hand to offer her expert advice for half a day.
Lot 36 – Two night luxury break at Smiths Hotel, Gretna Green
Carlisle Lake District Airport and Smith Hotel are offering a two night luxury stay in a Suite with full Scottish breakfast and a bottle of bubbles on arrival. The Smith Hotel is a superb 4 star accommodation, excellent 2 x AA rosette restaurant, an onsite beauty salon and just in case you were wondering, highly regarded as one of the very best wedding reception venues in the area.
Lot 37 –Monster Mile entries
The original and the best, Lakeland Monster Miles is the toughest both physically and technically of all the Adventure Cross events, offering a full take of the best of Lakeland riding, and is a great way to end your Cyclocross season.
Starting from Fitz Park in Keswick on 14 October, if you are up the challenge you’ve still got plenty of time to train, kindly sponsored by Rather Be Cycling and Sponsors Cycling Weekly and MBR.
Lot 38 – Sally’s Cottages Break & 12 month Cumbria Life Subscription
Sally’s Cottage is giving the opportunity to enjoy a midweek break at Rose Cottage in Lamplugh and Cumbria Life will help you unwind by offering a 12 month subscription.
Lot 39 – Exclusive John Lewis Hotel Break and afternoon Tea at The Gaddum
You are invited to enjoy a very special dinner, bed and breakfast experience at the John Lewis exclusive hotel in Ambleside. The hotel is normally reserved for John Lewis employees but they have generously opened their doors to help raise funds for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path. To make your mini break complete, Brockhole’s newly launched restaurant is offering an afternoon tea experience at The Gaddum Afternoon Tea.
Lot 40 – Another Place overnight adventure and family pass to Holker Hall & Gardens with afternoon tea
Another Place is the newest in the new collection of hotels designed to bring people together in exceptional locations. From the team behind Watergate Bay Hotel, Another Place on the shores of Ullswater is relaxed, convivial hotel from where you can explore the great outdoors. It’s a place for coming together round a table or fire pit, or for going it alone on a walk in the hills. It’s about days spent splashing about in the lake before drying out on a sofa with a book. It’s about the good things in life – having fun, eating well, letting go. Enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast and the next day head off to Holker Hall & Gardens for a day of fun and afternoon tea.
Lot 41 – Short break for 4 in one of the Lake District Award Winning Parks
Lake District Estates are inviting you to bid on a wonderful short break at one of their 4 award winning Parks in the Lake District.
Take your pick from Woodclose Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Waterfoot Park at Pooley Bridge or Hill of Oaks, or Newby Bridge Parks at Windermere.
Lot 42- Signed Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott poster