Fathers Day - Sunday 19th June
Published: Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Written by: Ann Woolley
Whether you are planning a cosy cottage for two or a stay with all the family we have a range of luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District just right for your party. The majority of our cottages are also dog friendly so there is no need to leave any member of the family behind.
There are plenty of activities to choose from for Fathers’ day in the area, many of which offer gift vouchers – so that is a present sorted too!
Lakeland Motor Museum
The museum houses over 30,000 exhibits including classic cars and motorbikes, Campbell Bluebird displays and scenes recreating the history of motoring and also of local industries.
Combined tickets are available for arrival in style by water – join the boat at Bowness for the cruise to Lakeside.
Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway
Combined tickets are also available for the Motor museum and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Steam trains run daily between Lakeside and Haverthwaite to the south of Windermere.
At the station there is a signal box, water tower, engine shed and footbridge to stand and take in the scene. You can even book to be a goods train driver for the day. For accommodation nearby choose one of our holiday cottages in Ambleside or Clappersgate.
You can take the train or boat to visit Lakes Aquarium at Lakeside. There are daily informative talks, an underwater tunnel to watch the diving ducks and otters, and a marine tank with sharks other sealife. The centre also has marmoset monkeys and rainforest reptiles and creepy crawlies.
Ravendale & Eskdale Steam Railway
All aboard the L’Al Ratty for steam enthusiasts for seven miles of lovely views on a 15’’ gauge track. There are four locomotives in regular action which take you past the bottom of Scafell Pike; reputedly one of Alfred Wainright’s favourites.
Stay in one of our Little Langdale cottages, Broughton or Duddon Valley for ease of access to this western area.
Rock on Windermere
The normally tranquil air will be electrified with live music being played at different venues around Windermere on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June. The line up includes Status Quo. Tickets can be booked online.
This is a craft brewery producing traditional real ale with a modern twist. Actually based in Staveley rather than Hawkshead, the brewery run tours on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a pint or two halves and a film included in the ticket price. Or just have lunch and sample the beers from the beer hall which is open 7 days a week.
If your taste is more for spirits, the Lakes Distillery near Brassenthwaite produce malt whisky, gin and vodka from the converted stone built barns of a former model farm. Tours are available to see the distillery in action and sample the spirits.
There are also exciting choices for Dads who like adrenaline-fueled activities.
Climbing Walls - Ambleside & Kendal
Ambleside Wall has a 35 foot climbing wall based on a real limestone crag with tuition available. There is also a bouldering wall with 45 different routes being regularly rotated.
For expert climbers and novices alike, the Kendal centre boasts the longest climbing wall in the UK, crazyclimb and Skyjump, the Skyline indoor aerial adventure and toolbox where you can practice various climbing techniques and equipment.
Paintballing, bush craft, canoeing, waterfall climbing, orienteering and gorge scrabbling. In fact name an outdoor activity and Adventure 21 are almost bound to have it covered. Contact the company directly to organise an event if you do not see what you want advertised on their website.
Gift vouchers can be bought for a tandem skydive experience as seen on BBC Secret Britain when Ellie Harrington had a whole new perspective on the Lake District’s spectacular views. Skydive Northwest has over 40 years of parachuting expertise and specialist planes to take you up for the 15,000 foot drop. You will be strapped to a qualified instructor who will deal with the technical aspects of the jump; all you need do is enjoy the scenery and speed rush.
If you have a head for heights you can take a guided climb up the vertiginous Fleetwith Pike to the summit at over 2,000 feet. There are different experiences available from the classic, using fixed cables and iron ladders, the Xtreme which includes ‘skywalking’ and the andrenaline-inducing ‘infinity bridge’. You are guaranteed amazing birds-eye views over the Honister Pass whichever you choose.
These are just a few of the exciting activities available in the Lakes but we should not forget the fantastic walking, cycling and climbing opportunities here too. If you are looking for a self catering Lake District cottage please browse our website or ring one of our friendly members of staff for help with your choices.