Things To Do

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Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kendal

Abbot Hall was once the only listed building (Grade 1) in the lakes, except for the parish church, and a group of local people formed a trust to save it from demolition in the 1950s. The building is now fully restored and an art gallery is housed inside the building.

Ascents of Adventure – Windermere

This fabulous centre covers a wide range of outdoor pursuits in and around Windermere, and offers plenty of Lake District activities for lovers of outdoor pursuits such as rock climbing, scrambling and hill walking.

Abbott Lodge Ice Cream in Penrith

Abbott Lodge makes and sells the best ice cream in England, and this working dairy farm is set in stunning countryside near Penrith. Situated between the Eden Valley and the Northern Lake District, Abbott Lodge has many facilities, including a tea room, with a range of home-made cakes and local specialities and a play area for the kids. A large function room is also available for meetings and private parties.

Alhambra Cinema Keswick

The Alhambra Cinema at Keswick provides a great day out for all the family, and all the latest blockbuster films are shown in this traditional old Lake District building. Open seven days a week, the show also hosts Keswick Film Club between October and March every year.

The Aquarium of the Lakes Bowness

This award winning aquarium attracts crowds of visitors from all over the Lake District, and provides facilities and displays for the perfect family day out. Close to the other great facilities in Bowness, and with boutique hotels and guesthouses close by, the Aquarium of the Lakes enjoys a great location near the shores of Windermere.

The Beatrix Potter Attraction Bowness

Attracting visitors from all over the world, particularly Japan, the Beatrix Potter Attraction at Bowness is a must-see attraction for all the family. The Exhibition and display includes all 23 tales of Beatrix Potter, which are brought to life with the help of some excellent animation and acting. Children can meet Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, while enjoying a magical journey through their house and garden.

Brockhole Visitor Centre

Situated on the shores of Windermere, with free admission, though you have to pay for the car park, Brockhole Visitor Centre offers a wide range of interactive exhibitions, the Mawson gardens, an adventure playground, a shop, cafe and information centre. You can enjoy lake shore access, and catch a cruise to or from Waterhead (the northern end of the lake, a short distance from Ambleside).

Beatrix Potter Gallery Hawkshead

Once the office of Beatrix Potter´s husband, William Heelis, who was a solicitor, the Beatrix Potter Gallery is situated in Hawkshead. With fascinating displays of Potter´s early watercolours and sketches, and information about the life of the famous author, this is a must-visit attraction in the Lake District. This 17th Century building houses exhibitions, displays and also plenty of things for all the family to do.

Bowness-on-Windermere – Total Adventure

For lovers of the great outdoors, Total Adventure provides plenty of things to see and do, including canoeing, kayaking, abseiling, archery, canyoning, rock climbing, & zip wire! Great for families, team building, & group parties!

Troutbeck Bridge Swimming Pool at Windermere

Troutbeck is a family-friendly indoor swimming pool with gym in Windermere in the Lake District.

Beckstone´s Art Gallery near Penrith

With a world-wide reputation for displaying fine art and original paintings from contemporary artists, Beckstone´s Art Gallery near Penrith attracts visitors from all over England and beyond. This family-owned gallery and its informative staff make a visit to Beckstone´s a pleasurable experience.

Blackwell Art and Crafts House Bowness

Blackwell is known as being one of the finest houses of its kind in the UK, and it retains many of its original features. The intricate design of the interior, and the stained glass and decorative wall panels keep visitors flocking back to Blackwell to enjoy a fascinating exhibition of arts and crafts.

Brougham Hall Penrith

Brougham Hall was known as the Windsor of the North during the Victorian period, and was once home to the Lord Chancellor of England. Its situation meant that Brougham Hall lies half way between Windsor and Balmoral, and some of its more famous visitors included King Edward VII and the future King George V. Brougham became the subject of a massive restoration programme in 1985, when it was saved from dereliction.

Bowness-on-Windermere -Total Adventure at

For lovers of the great outdoors, Total Adventure provides plenty of things to see and do, including canoeing, kayaking, abseiling, archery, canyoning, rock climbing, & zip wire! Great for families, team building, & group parties!

Troutbeck Bridge Swimming Pool at Windermere

Troutbeck is a family-friendly indoor swimming pool with gym in Windermere in the Lake District.

Carnegie Theatre Workington

The historic Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre in Workington is one of the most famous buildings in the town and it regular holds music and dance events, plus classes and courses. The community café is a popular meeting place within the Carnegie Theatre, and Monroe´s Bar offers live music and entertainment regularly.

Coniston Falconry Centre

If you are looking for a great way to entertain the family in the Lake District, look no further than the Coniston Falconry Centre. The centre is home to an array of magnificent birds of prey, and it offers a variety of hands-on experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Half day and full-day tickets are available.

Cookhouse Gallery – Bowness-on-Windermere

Offering a relaxed and informal art gallery in Bowness-on-Windermere, the Cookhouse Gallery boasts superb displays of high quality fine art prints.

Country Lanes Lake District – Windermere

Country Lanes offers quality cycle hire in the Lake District close to Lake Windermere. A wide range of bikes are available including full suspension and hybrid. Tours can be arranged.

Cumbria Balloons – Bowness-on-Windermere

Enjoy a thrilling hot air balloon flights in Windermere, and get a bird´s eye view of the Lake District. Early season deals are available, champagne trips offered and much more to make this an experience of a lifetime in Windermere.

Glebe Recreation Ground – Bowness-on-Windermere

The Glebe Recreation Ground in Bowness on Windermere offers a range of activities to suit all the family, including crazy golf / pitch and putt. Glebe is a great place to take the kids.

Cars of the Stars Motor Museum Keswick

Founded by Keswick painter and sculptor, Peter Nelson, the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum at Keswick has attracted visitors from all over England. This superb vehicle exhibition includes cars used by celebrities in films and on TV series which have been seen by millions.

Castlegate House Gallery Cockermouth

Displaying contemporary paintings, plus sculpture and ceramics from local and international artists, the Castlegate House Gallery at Cockermouth is one of the most visited galleries in the area. Famous local artists who display their work here include June Bennett, Percy Kelly and Sheila Fell.

The Coast Aquarium Maryport

Situated on the quayside at Maryport, the Coast Aquarium is one of the most visited attractions in the area, and a wide range of species of marine life from the Irish Sea are displayed here. Different species of fish and marine life are housed in themed and informative displays. The Aquarium provides a perfect day out for adults and children.

Coniston Launch at Coniston Water

Coniston Launch provides the best method of transport for exploring Coniston Water, and offers a wide choice of trips and boat rides to suit your requirements. Regular trips cover three circular routes on Coniston Water, and if you prefer to walk some of the way, you can hop on and off the boat at various mooring points along the way.

Coronation Hall Ulverston

This is one of the most famous buildings in Ulverston, with the largest capacity of any similar building in Cumbria. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of entertainment, including ballet, theatre and opera at Coronation Hall, and local arts are also performed here.

Cumberland Pencil Museum Keswick

Home of the world´s largest pencil, the Cumberland Pencil Museum was opened in what was a former pencil factory in 1916. Graphite was first discovered in the Seathwaite Mine over 350 years ago, and you can trace the history of the pencil, plus see how they are made today at the museum. This is a great trip for all the family.

Dairy Cottage Studio at Kirkby Lonsdale

William H Jones displays and exhibits his paintings at Dairy Cottage Studio. Jones was born in Lancashire in 1953, and has become known for his unique style of painting with watercolours, and he specialises in fine art.

Dalemain House and Gardens Ullswater

Dalemain House is located on the northern edge of the Lake District, and the famous house consists of Tudor and Medieval rooms and buildings which attract historians from all over the UK. A settlement has been evident at Dalemain since Saxon times, and the present day courtyard illustrates the defensive nature of the hamlet surrounding the pele tower.

Derwent Water Marina Keswick

Derwent Water Marina is a mecca for water-sports enthusiasts and fans of outdoor activities. Windsurfing, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and ghyll scrambling are all available at the Marina, and visitors can even hire a rowing boat if they want to explore the lake themselves.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum at Grasmere

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum at Grasmere are two of the most popular tourist attractions in the Lake District, and visitors flock to the house which was once the home of famous poet, William Wordsworth. A tour guide will explain the history of the house and the Wordsworth family connections with the Lake District. Many original features of the house are still the same, and many of the family´s possessions are still displayed.

Eden Ostrich World at Langwathby Penrith

Eden Ostrich World is situated at Langwathby near Penrith, and it hosts a working farm and visitor centre. First opened to the public in 1998, Ostrich World has been popular ever since with families and tourists who flock to the area.

Fell Foot Park near Windermere

Situated at Fell Foot Country Park beside Lake Windermere, near Ulverston, and offering visitors plenty of picnic areas, children´s play areas and even rowing boat hire, Fell Foot Park is a haven for visiting families who want to explore the area in a safe and fun environment. The park also offers superb views over the Lakeland Fells.

Florence Mine Heritage Centre at Egremont

Situated at Egremont, Florence Mine was the last deep iron ore mine in Western Europe, and although iron ore was mined in the Lake District in the 1830´s the Florence Mine was not opened until 1898. Visitors to the centre can take an underground tour or stay above ground and learn about the history and the uses of iron ore in the Lake District and around the world.

Horse Riding in Windermere

Horse riding is another great way to combine sightseeing with some adventure, having fun pony trekking outdoors while taking in the beauty of the Lake District. There are a number of companies offering horse riding tours along a number of different trails winding through some of the most beautiful scenery in England.

Garden and Watermill Penrith

The Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill is situated at Temple, close to Penrith, and it belongs to the National Trust. England´s finest gardens with medicinal herbs growing and some of the finest orchards in the Lake District can be seen at Acorn Bank, along with a part-restored watermill and tearoom.

Go Ape at Grizedale Forest in the Lake District

Go Ape is literally a high wire forest adventure, where giant obstacle courses are built in the sky, above the forest canopy. Bridges, walkways, obstacle courses and tunnels are made of wood, rope and strong wire to create an adventure course like no other in the Lake District. Thrill-seekers are fitted with harnesses and helmets, and there is a 30 minute safety briefing before they are let out in the forest. The country´s longest zip line (426 metres) is also situated at Go Ape and there is no limit to the amount of fun to be had.

The Courthouse at Hawkshead

Hawkshead Courthouse was once a medieval farm which belonged to Furness Abbey and was owned by the whole of High Furness. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1537, the courthouse is the only part of the building to survive and it was handed to the National Trust in 1932.

Holker Hall and Gardens Grange over Sands

Hill Top is one of the most visited attractions in the Lake District, and it is the house where Beatrix Potter wrote most of her famous children´s tales. Most of the author´s original belongings and possessions are still displayed at Hill Top, and most things have been left the same. The house was left by Beatrix Potter to the National Trust, on the condition it was kept exactly as she left it, and opened to the public.

Home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, Holker Hall is situated close to Grange-over-Sands and Morecambe Bay. The gardens of Holker Hall merge into local parkland in a stunning part of the Lake District, and visitors are welcome to look around the house and gardens.

Home of John Ruskin Brantwood at Coniston Water.

Brantwood at Coniston Water is one of the most important houses in England. Once the home of John Ruskin, the house not only has great historical importance, but it is also a lively centre for contemporary arts. Over 30,000 visitors make the trip to Brantwood every year, and a wide range of activities and events are held in association with the late John Ruskin. John Ruskin was involved with the Arts and Crafts Movement, plus the foundation of the Welfare State and the National Trust.

Honister Slate Mine the Lake District

The Honister Slate Mine will transport you back in time to the days of early slate mining in the Lake District. This fascinating museum offers visitors the chance to explore the tunnels around Honister Pass, and enjoy the exhibitions and displays of slate mining and its history in the Lake District. Slate was first thought to have been mined from Honiston in the Roman period, and has been widely used ever since for the construction of houses in the Lake District.

Jennings Brewery Cockermouth

Jennings Brewery was first established in 1828 in the village of Lorton, and it moved to its current location in Cockermouth in 1874. The brewery is located in the shadow of Cockermouth Castle, where the rivers Derwent and Cocker merge, and it is well worth a visit.

Kendal Museum

Home to one of England´s oldest museums, Kendal attracts visitors from all over the UK. The town is situated on the edge of the Lake District, and the museum was opened in 1796. Collections and displays include archaeology, history, geology and a natural history section. Temporary exhibitions are also changed regularly and there is plenty to see and do for all ages.

Kankku Off Road Driving – Windermere

Kankku offers a 4×4 offroad driving experience in the Lake District that you won´t find elsewhere. Rally team days are also offered. Corporate rates are available and families welcome.

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery

Situated in the Fitz Park area of Keswick, the museum and art gallery was built at the turn of the century, and the grand opening was in 1898. With the obvious additions of electric lighting and heating, plus a few extra touches here and there, the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery still retains many of its original features. Here you can learn more about Keswick and the Lake District, and also enjoy some incredible displays of art.

Lakeland Miniature Village at Grange over Sands

Lakeland Miniature Village has over 100 buildings, including farms, houses and barns which have all been created in local slate. Incredible Lakeland landscapes have also been cleverly recreated, and different water features are situated around the village. The Oriental Building offers visitors great views over the garden, plus a gift shop and tearoom.

Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre at Cockermouth

The Centre highlights the lives of the most famous residents of the Lake District – the Lakeland sheep. Nineteen different breeds can be seen and admired, and there is also a wonderful display of highly-trained sheepdogs corralling a flock of geese, plus a range of smaller animals, including chicks and lambs, depending on the season.

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis Milnthorpe

The Wildlife Oasis at Milnthorpe is home to exciting displays of exotic wildlife and a wide range of interactive displays to keep the kids happy. Covering 3,000 million years of evolution, the Oasis follows the development of life on earth, and offers visitors a vast range of exhibitions including information about threatened species.

Leighton Hall Carnforth

Leighton Hall is home of the Gillow furniture making family, and this country pile at Carnforth provides a great family attraction. Romantic Gothic towers and a stunning location combine to make this the perfect venue for a fairytale wedding, and amazing gardens attract visitors from all over the UK.

Levens Hall Kendal

Levens Hall is a Grade I listed building which dates from the 1690´s, and the original construction of a 1350 pele tower was built to deter Scottish border raiders. Visitors can look around the beautiful gardens and the interior of the house.

Little Salkeld Watermill near Penrith

Little Salkeld Watermill was restored in 1975, and is the only fully operation mill of its kind in the Lake District. The unique products made at Little Salkeld include biodynamic and organic stone-ground flours, which are milled using clean and self-renewing waterpower. Regular courses for the arts and breadmaking are also held at Little Salkeld.

Lonsdale Cinema Penrith

The Lonsdale Cinema at Penrith is open every evening, and screens all the blockbusters in a warm and friendly atmosphere. This is a great place to take the kids if it´s raining, or even when it´s not.

Maryport Maritime Museum

Maryport is known for its maritime past, and the museum is home to many artefacts and objects which illustrate the town´s rich nautical history. Paintings are also displayed to represent the coastal town of Maryport and its seafaring traditions. The museum was set up in 1974 and the collection is well worth a visit if you are in the area as the museum was totally refurbished in the 90´s and several artefacts were obtained on long-term loan to be used in the exhibition.

Mirehouse Historic House near Keswick

Enjoying a beautiful location in the centre of the north Lake District, Mirehouse Historic House near Keswick offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do, including the Rhodedendron Tunnel and the Walled Bee Garden. Mirehouse also had strong connections to Lord Tennyson and William Wordsworth, who were frequent visitors. The Sawmill Tearoom also offers visitors a delicious choice of Cumbrian cooking, including home-made desserts and cakes.

Muncaster Castle and Gardens at Ravenglass

Supposedly haunted, Muncaster Castle is one of the most beautiful houses in the western Lake District, and in addition to offering visitors the chance to see the house and gardens, the castle can also be hired for private parties and weddings. The backdrop is incredible with its stunning scenery and views of the fells, and the Pennington Family have lived at the house since 1208. It is well worth a trip to the house just to see the incredible gardens.

Museum of Lakeland Life at Kendal

The award-winning Museum of Lakeland Life at Kendal is one of the most visited attractions in the Lake District. Illustrating early life of residents in the Lake District, with informative displays and exhibitions, the museum brings to life the early days of Cumbria with recreated period rooms and workshops which show how people once lived and worked in the region, in a time before machinery existed.

Nichol End Marine Portinscale Keswick

Providing one of the most stunning Lakeland settings in Cumbria, Nichol End Marine is located in a sheltered harbour at the northern end of Derwentwater near Keswick. Attracting water-sports fans from all over the UK, families, groups and individuals can enjoy some of the best outdoor facilities available at Nichol End Marine.

Platty + Derwentwater Keswick

Platty + is a family run business on the shores of Derwentwater, and the centre offers water sports to experts and beginners. All types of water sports tuition is given, plus a wide range of facilities are offered, while experienced members of staff ensure high levels of safety standards are maintained.

Pinfold Gallery – Bowness-on-Windermere

This is an exciting contemporary art gallery in Bowness on Windermere exhibiting paintings, jewellery and furnishings. Artwork is also available to buy.

Plaza Cinema Workington

All the latest blockbusters are screened daily at the Plaza Cinema, Workington, plus every Wednesday the cinema offers less mainstream films including independent drama, documentary, foreign language and digitally re-mastered classics.

Priory and Buddhist Temple at Morecambe Bay

The Priory and Buddhist Temple, incorporating the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre offers visitors the chance to learn more about the

teachings of Buddhism, and also provides a peaceful environment in which to do it. The centre welcomes all visitors, whether they have any understanding of Buddhism or not, and a year-round programme of meditation classes, courses and retreats keeps visitors coming back to this peaceful retreat in the Lake District.

Quayside Kids – Bowness-on-Windermere

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Quayside Kids is a friendly and affordable children´s indoor play centre near Lake Windermere. Coffee and sandwiches are available. Private parties are catered for, and this is a great place to take the kids if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

The Ravensdale and Eskdale Railway runs through some of the most beautiful countryside in the Lake District. The railway runs for 7 miles and terminates at Dalegarth for Boot Station, which is where you will find the visitor centre. Trains run regularly between 21st March and 1st November, and also at weekends during winter, throughout the Christmas holidays and February half term.

Royalty Cinema Bowness

The Royalty Cinema was built in 1926, and is one of the most visited cinemas in the area. Bowness is situated virtually on the shores of Windermere, and along with a host of other attractions, places to go and things to do, The Royalty Cinema has stood the test of time. With three screens for the latest releases and also screenings of less commercial films, this is a great place to take the kids.

RSPB Nature Reserve at Leighton Moss

If you enjoy watching birds and wildlife, a trip to Leighton Moss is a must. This RSPB nature reserve is home to the largest reed bed in north-west England, and a range of special species of birds frequent the area, including: breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. Several different species of butterflies can also be seen at Leighton Moss, plus a range of wildlife and occasionally, deer.

Ruskin Museum Coniston

The Ruskin Museum was founded by John Ruskin´s former secretary, W.G Collingwood, who was also a local artist. John Ruskin was an art critic and social thinker, and the museum celebrates his life and work. Exhibits also cover subjects relating to the history of the Lake District, including copper and slate mining, farming and a special exhibition dedicated to the life of Donald Campbell who lost his life on Coniston Water in 1967 while attempting to break the speed record.

Rydal Mount home of William Wordsworth near Ambleside

Rydal Mount is one of the most visited attractions in the Lake District. The house dates back to the 16th Century and was once home to William Wordsworth and his family. The Wordsworth´s hosted many parties at the house, and many original pieces of furniture and personal effects still remain, along with several portraits and possessions.

St Martin’s Church – Bowness-on-Windermere

St Martin´s is a beautiful church in Windermere which is open to visitors on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings. Churchyard is open at all times.

Stalwart at Rookin House Centre Penrith If you are visiting the Lake District with adventure in mind, amaze your passengers and surprise yourself as you take a trip on an amphibious all-terrain army vehicle. Experience first-hand what this awesome vehicle is capable of. Each trip includes one person to drive (must hold a driving license) and loads of passengers. The Stalwart offers the ultimate all- terrain drive.

Surf the Turf – Bowness-on-Windermere Surf the Turf is a mountain-boarding centre in Windermere. Helmets, pads and boards available for hire. Beginners welcome. Some discounts available.

Swimming in Windermere

There are several great places to swim at Windermere, and you can swim from almost any shore where there is public access, but beware, the water is very cold. Just west of Windermere town you will find Millerground. From Bowness take the A592 north, past the Steamboat Museum and into a Park and Ride car park. Follow the footpath to the lake. Beware of boats heading for the public landing stages and always stay within the marked area. Red Nab at Windermere is also a popular place to swim.

Sellafield Visitor Centre

Sellafield Visitor Centre once attracted over 1,000 people a day, but with its popularity in decline, it is now open as a conference facility, used for business meetings and events. A small part of the centre at Sellafield is still open to the public but only at selected times. The closest Lake District towns to Sellafield are Whitehaven and Barrow-in-Furness.

Senhouse Roman Museum at Maryport

Situated high up on the cliffs overlooking the Solway Firth near Maryport, this award winning museum enjoys a spectacular location. The Roman fort close by was founded on the orders of the emperor, Trajan, and completely rebuilt during the reign of Hadrian two thousand years ago. If you are interested in the Roman era in the Lake District, and you want to see one of the biggest displays of artefacts from Roman times, this museum is a must-visit attraction.

Sizergh Castle and Garden Kendal

Sizergh Castle and Garden near Kendal offers visitors the chance to see the stunning gardens and house. The estate was extended during Elizabethan times, and it is surrounded by rich gardens and estates amid beautiful Lake District countryside. Oak-panelled rooms and an inlaid chamber, plus a range of portraits and high quality furniture can be seen in the main house, which is still home to the Strickland family, who have owned the estate since the Middle Ages.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park Dalton in Furness

South Lakes Wild Animal Park is a must if you are visiting the Lake District with your family. Many species of animals can be seen, including the African Lion, the black-footed penguin, baboons, hippos and giraffes. Species from all around the world are housed at the Park, and informative guides will answer any questions.

Stagshaw Garden Ambleside

Staghsaw Gardens are steep and wooded, and most famous for their flowering shrubs, rhododendrons and camellias. Skelghyll Woods are right next door to the garden, so take your time to explore the area, and enjoy the views.

Steam Yacht Gondola Coniston Water

The steam yacht gondola is an elegant vessel which provides a wonderful and nostalgic sailing experience for everyone who jumps aboard. The original gondola was launched in 1859, and the present-day vessel transports travellers back in time to the Victorian era, when the Lake District first began attracting tourists. The beautiful backdrop of the Coniston Fells provides one of the highlights of a trip to Coniston Water.

Swarthmoor Hall

Swarthmoor Hall is situated on the outskirts of Ulverston, and this 16th Century manor house is famous for George Fox, and the foundation of Quakerism in the Lake District. Swarthmoor Hall was built around 1586 by George Fell, a local lawyer. On his death it passed to his son, Thomas Fell, who moved here in 1634 with his wife Margaret, then only 18.

The Armitt Collection Ambleside

The Armitt Collection brings together a gallery, museum and library, and it offers visitors a real insight into the Lake District. Bringing together art and entertainment, the Armitt is situated in Ambleside, and brings together all that is good about the Lake District and its people.

The Brewery Arts Centre Kendal

The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal is an arts complex with a difference, and the centre presents a year-round programme of theatre, music and exhibitions, plus a range of amateur art and crafts workshops.

The Heaton Cooper Studio Grasmere

The Heaton Cooper Studio is a fine art gallery which is situated in the beautiful village of Grasmere in the heart of the Lake District. First established by artist, Alfred Heaton Cooper in 1905, the present gallery was built by his artist son, William Heaton Cooper in 1938. The family´s paintings and books have influenced the way the Lake District is viewed, and visitors can see a fine exhibition of paintings on display.

The Old Laundry Theatre Bowness

Famous in the Lake District and situated in Bowness, the Old Laundry Theatre enjoys a great location, and hosts a lively annual season of music, theatre, comedy and film. Opened in 1992 by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, the Old Laundry Theatre is run by Bowness Theatre Festival Ltd, and also enjoys financial and practical support from The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, which shares the premises.

The Quaker Tapestry Kendal

This modern tapestry was an international community project which explored three centuries of social history within 77 fascinating panels, and is situated in Kendal.

The Rum Story Whitehaven

The Rum story is situated in an original shop which was built in 1785, and the attraction also includes authentic courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses which belong to the Jefferson family. This is the perfect place to take the family as it provides all-weather entertainment. You can travel through a recreated tropical rainforest, an African village and a slave ship before visiting Cumbrian cottages and a Cooper´s workshop. This is one of the best attractions in the Lake District and should not be missed.

Theatre by the Lake at Keswick

The Theatre by the Lake enjoys one of the best locations of any theatre in England. Situated close to the shores of Derwentwater, on the edge of Keswick, the theatre offers excellent entertainment, drama and humorous productions in a sought after location.

Thornthwaite Galleries near Keswick

Thornthwaite Galleries near Keswick is a contemporary art gallery with exhibits from many local artists. Thornthwaite was a country gallery for over 35 years, and a centre of excellence for artists wanting to exhibit their work. Changing exhibitions keep visitors coming back to the Galleries, and they enjoy one of the best locations in the lakes.

Townend near Troutbeck Ambleside

Townend is a traditional 17th-century Lake District stone and slate house, and the former home of a wealthy farming family. This classic Lakeland home shows visitors how to make rugs, and they can also meet the current owner of the house, who is the latest in a long line of farmers to live here.

Ullswater Steamers

Two of the most famous Ullswater Steamers are: ‘My Raven’ and ‘My Lady of the Lake.’ The two 19th Century steamers were converted to oil engines, and used for cruising on Ullswater, one of the most beautiful of the English Lakes. Steamer services began operating on the lake in 1859, and carried mail, provisions and passengers around the lake. ´Raven´ was built in 1889 and the ´Lady of the Lake´ was launched in 1877. Both vessels were converted to diesel engines in the 1930s, and the smaller ´MV Lady Dorothy´ was first launched in 2001. This is a perfect way to explore Ullswater.

Whitehaven Civic Hall

Whitehaven Civic Hall is a popular and well known entertainment venue in the Lake District, and it provides a great location for wedding receptions, dinners and private parties. Over 600 people can be accommodated in the Solway Hall standing or 400 seated, and many large functions and events are held here.

Windermere Lake Cruises

There is no better way to explore Windermere than by enjoying a Windermere Lake Cruise. This is one of the best ways to explore the longest lake in England at your own pace, and you can either stay onboard for a full tour or hop off at different points along the way and enjoy a walk along the shores of Windermere.

Wordsworth House at Cockermouth

Wordsworth House reopened in 2004, and as home of the Wordsworth family in the 1770´s the attraction has been cleverly redesigned to show a living history of the author´s life in the Lake District. Wordsworth House offers visitors plenty of hands-on activities, and the garden, which overlooks the River Derwent, has been restored to its former 18th Century glory, when it was the playground of the young Wordsworth family.

Wheelhouse Club – Bowness-on-Windermere

The Wheelhouse is a lively nightclub and bar in the Lake District near Windermere.

Windermere Canoe Kayak at Ferry Nab

Canoeing and kayaking tuition centre in Windermere, also offering sit on top hire and bike hire. Wetsuits are available to hire.

Windermere Golf Club at Cleabarrow

Windermere Golf Course offers great golf and stunning views of the Lake District. Visitors are welcome, and some 2 for 1 offers are available. The superb clubhouse also boasts a snooker room.

Windermere Steamboat Museum – Windermere

The Steamboat Museum in Windermere exhibits historic boats including Beatrix Potter’s rowing boat. Vintage steamboat rides are also offered and the museum provides a great family day out with plenty to see and do for the kids.

Windermere -The Mountain Goat

The Mountain Goat is a Lake District tours company based in Windermere offering a range of day trips, short breaks and holidays throughout the Lake District and also Nationwide. With experienced tour guides, you can discover interesting facts about the history and culture of the Lake District, and look around some of the most famous attractions