Unplugged, informal and atmospheric music gigs in a remote mountain setting.
We started holding gigs here shortly after moved in a little over two years ago, partly because living in such a remote location, we missed seeing live music. We soon realised that this remote location and the fact that everyone, including the band, had to walk to get to the gig, made for a pretty special atmosphere. The acoustics of our traditional common room, with it’s low ceiling, turned out to be surprisingly good too.
Email email@example.com to book. Places are very limited so book early
Tickets are £26 including a bed in the hostel, or £22 for camping.
For more information, please visit www.skiddawhouse.co.uk/upcoming-events
We’ve got four gigs lined up for this season, so take your pick:
Elaine Davidson and Nick Jenkins – 27th July
mylittlebrother – 7th September (SOLD OUT)
Don’t Tell Suzy – 14th September
Paper Cranes – 4th and 5th October (5th is sold out)
Join the walk up to the hostel, Blencathra Centre carpark 11:30am Sunday 1st July
Join Friends of Skiddaw House to celebrating 30 years since Skiddaw House first opened its doors as a hostel. There will be a led walk to Skiddaw House from Threlkeld (meet outside the Blencathra centre at 11:30) or make your own way up the mountain. Join us for tea, cake, old photos and stories in celebration of 30 years since Skiddaw House opened as a hostel. A few speakers will give a short talk or read a poem. The hostel will be open between 1 – 3pm.
Skiddaw House was built as a Games Keeper lodge and Shepherds Cottage around 1860. In 1970 the last residents moved out and Skiddaw House began to decline until 1986 when it was leased by John Bothamley. After much effort and expense John Bothamley handed the lease of a full operating simple hostel over to YHA. The YHA continued to operated Skidddaw House hostel until problems with the lease in 2002. By 2006 the House was again empty and worn but, under an initiative started by Martin Webster (the YHA warden from 1992 to 2000) the House was reopened in April 2007 as an independent hostel, affiliated to the YHA. The old YHA “Friends of Skiddaw House” group was reformed and incorporated early in 2007 as Skiddaw House Foundation, a Registered Charity, with the declared aim of maintaining the House as a hostel in the long term whilst retaining the principles of the YHA. Come and visit this historic mountain side hostel. Stay here for a real escape from it all; real log fires, real ales, no roads and no wifi! There are many interesting and crowd-free routes up Skiddaw, Blencathra, Great Calva and High Pike from the hostel, as well as several pubs and cafes within walking distance. Skiddaw House is 3.5 miles from the nearest road but you don’t need to carry a heavy bag up here; there’s a shop selling everything you need to cook.
Put a visit to the UK’s highest hostel on your list of things to do this year
Put a visit to the UK’s highest hostel, Skiddaw House, on your list of things to do this year. In July we’ll be celebrating the 30th year since this former grouse-shooting lodge opened as a hostel for the first time. Keep an eye on our on our website for upcoming special events, including acoustic gigs, a murder mystery weekend and a singing workshop. Join us for the 30th birthday celebration on Saturday 1st July, with a led walk from Threlkeld to the hostel. Look out for upcoming events here.
You can hire the whole of Skiddaw House for a real winter escape. January – March 2017. 22 beds, wood-burning stoves, shop and bar on site and plenty of hot water bottles! Contact Suzy or Martin for details: firstname.lastname@example.org