AFTER a busy Easter bank holiday weekend, it may have been easy to forget that Easter Monday was also April Fools’ Day and Cumbrians certainly rose to the challenge.

Haweswater RSPB nature reserve announced on social media that bears had been spotted in the reserve, which would be a serious rewilding coup.

They said: “Our landscape restoration work has been so successful that the first Brown Bear has returned to roam Wild Haweswater's forests once more.



“With this big fella around, if you're out and about this, remember to stick to public rights of way, keep dogs on leads and take your rubbish home with you.”

A sly means of delivering an important message!

Elsewhere, Roadchef ‘announced’ their plans to launch a ‘sail thru’ restaurant at Killington Lake services on the M6.

From kayaks and canoes to sailboats - Killington Lake's ‘Sail Thru’ was to be a place for sailors to ‘rest, refuel and recharge’ without having to leave their boats... but is sadly not to be.

Sticking with the boat theme, how about an Ullswater sailing centre opening a branch in a French Polynesian paradise? Perhaps more wishful thinking this one!

Some superb photoshop work by Armathwaite Hall hotel and spa seemed to snare a lot of people - the luxury destination took to socials to advertise its new 'crystal rooftop' suite.

The onion-like glass dome doesn't actually look too bad atop the historic hall... and think of the views!

The ever-popular Tipsy Tuk business also duped customers with their surprise ‘closing’ announcement.

In a social media post, Tipsy Tuk Cumbria said”: We are sad to announce that The Tipsy Tuk will no longer be serving great cocktails.

“We have been approached by the council requesting that we instead accept a contract to transport passengers along the main rail line due to recurrent rail strikes.

“We will now be called The Taxi Tuk and hope to be assistance for your everyday transport needs.”

Parkruns across the country had surprising news this morning. The Carlisle event announced it is going 'silent' as part of a new national scheme. No clapping, cheering or talking. "If there is anything you know you will be desperate to say then please bring it written on a piece of paper," they advised...

And this shocking news, about the Warnscale Head bothy being moved stone-by-stone over to New York, caught a few people out. The way it mimics the beats of social media outrage is very skilful!

Were you caught out by an April Fool?