Things to See and Do

Whilst many people come to the Lakes for the extensive walking opportunities, following the Wainwrights Trails etc. We thought we’d offer a few suggestions for things to see and do for a change of pace.

Mountain Goat Tours: Mountain Goat organise guided tours all over the Lakes stopping off at local points of interest. 01539 445161

Lakes Aquarium: Great for all ages, an award winning attraction near Newby Bridge at the South End of Lake Windermere.. Come face to face with otters, sharks and piranhas and discover more about Lakes around the world. 01539 530153

Rheged: Learn about Cumbria’s dynamic history, from Ice Age to Stone Age, Romans to Dark Age’s. Watch some of Rheged’s giant movies (like Imax) in the environmentally friendly grass covered buildings, let the kids run off steam in the play areas & have a bite to eat in the café’s – a truly different day out. 01768 868000

Go Ape: Go Ape is an award winning high wire adventure course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slide’s. Kids why not challenge Dad & Mum to see who has nerves of steel. 0870 444 5562

Eskdale Railway (The Ratty): Lakeland’s spectacular steam railway, 7 miles of stunning scenery from the Lake District’s only coastal village to the grandeur of the Eskdale Valley. 01229 717171

Windermere Lake Cruises: A large fleet of modern & traditional launches & ‘steamers’, which operate the full length of Windermere, calling at Waterhead, Bowness and lakeside. 01539 443360

Wordsworth Museum: The quintessential Lakeland poet, visit Wordsworth’s home and discover (or re-discover) some of his great work. As a ‘living museum’ there’s always something going on throughout the year. 01539 435544

Zeffirellis Cinema: Voted best independent cinema in England. Zeffs has 5 screens showing both mainstream blockbusters & Art house foreign movies year round. Zeffs also boasts a very good vegetarian restaurant, which plays host to a regular Jazz night, which is not to be missed. Book a ‘meal deal’ and get the best cinema seats in the house! 01539 433845

Holehird Gardens: Leased by the Lakeland Horticultural society, the gardens are open to the public Year round. Kept entirely by volunteers (including my Mum) the gardens provide a beautiful setting to spend a quiet afternoon among the plants in any season. 01539 446008

Keswick Spa (Leisure Pool): Great for taking the kids on a day off from walking, Keswick Spa has a gently sloping pool and slide to keep you entertained. A small café serves refreshments as well. Bikes can be hired outside for a cycle down the old railway; it’s also a lovely place to walk. 01768 772760

Kankku: Off road driving adventure on the high trails of the Lake District, book as an individual or group or even with your own 4×4. Kankku have experienced instructors to get the most out of your driving. 01539 447414

High Adventure Balloon Flights: Take a flight over Cumbria in a hot air balloon. The flight will last an hour but the memories will last a lifetime! 01539 447599

Oxley’s & The Langdale Hotel’s beauty shop: If you feel like a day of indulgence why not treat yourself in one of the south lakes spa’s. In Ambleside try Oxleys @ the Salutation Hotel 01539 432385 or try the Langdale Estate’s Spa with its pool, steam rooms, gym and beauty treatments 01539 437502

Ambleside, Anoraks, Waterproofs, Boots & Stuff:

Ambleside is the Mecca of the fell-walking world; if you can’t buy it here it doesn’t exist!

Fred’s Bookshop: Forget Amazon, if its local info you want or to feel like Harry Potter shopping in Diagon Alley, spend some time in Fred’s. In it’s nooks and crannies, there’s sure to be something to tickle your fancy.

Hayes Garden World: For those with green fingers a visit to Hayes may be expensive, trading for over 150 years, Hayes can provide for all your gardening needs. It also has a super café overlooking the whole site with views towards the Lake and Loughrigg.

Hopefully this will provide a few ideas for days out while you’re here, if you do something on your trip that is worth being on this list, tell us and we’ll add it for others to enjoy.