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Things to do!

The Lake District is one of the most beautiful corners of the England, and is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. When you wish to take a break from admiring the views or enjoying the country side there are also plenty of visitor attractions and places of interest to visit.

We have selected a few for your inspiration:

Historic Houses and Gardens

Sizergh Castle and Gardens near Kendal
A beautiful National Trust property set in magnificent grounds and gardens with walks around the estate, the castle has been lived in by the Strickland family for 700 years and boasts many unique Tudor carvings.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole
Located near Windermere with beautiful grounds, lakeshore access, children's adventure playground, café gift shop full disability access and plenty of parking. Various events throughout the year.
www.lakedistrict.gov.uk

Brantwood Coniston
The former home of John Ruskin, explore Brentwood's estate and gardens or experience contempory art at the Sevren Studio.
www.brantwood.org.uk

Hill Top near Sawery, Hawkshead
A delightful 17th century farm house were Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children's stories and were many of her beautiful treasures are on display.Beatrix Potter left Hill Top to the trust on her death on the understanding that it remained as it was when she was alive.

Holker Hall Gardens and Lakeland Motor Museum
Home to Lord and Lady Cavendish, the hall dates back to the early 16th century. One of the country's best loved stately homes Holker offers 125 acres of ward winning gardens, courtyard café, Cumbrain food hall, and picnic area and adventure playground.
www.holker-hall.co.uk

Leisure Activities

Go Ape
Set in Grizedale Forest 2 miles south of Hawkshead Go Ape is the ultimate in high wire adventure. Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip wire down to the ground!
www.goape.co.uk

Lakeland Sports

Our Traditional Lakeland Sports For over 200 years locals and visitors have enjoyed watching and participating in this traditional event, we are sure that this year will be no exception; the date for your diary is always the last Thursday in July each year. Attractions include trade stands, licensed marquee, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, guides and fell races, hound trails, children's races and much more!
For more information visit: www.amblesidesports.co.uk

Horse Riding:
Bigland Hall Equestrian Backbarrow
www.biglandhall.com

Country Lanes Cycle Hire
At Windermere railway station and Lakeside pier Newby Bridge.
www.countrylanes.co.uk

River Deep Mountain High
Outdoor activities and adventure sports in the Lake District from River Deep Mountain High.
River Deep Mountain High, Outdoor activities in the Lake District

Rufty Tufty's
Rufty Tufty's is a large play centre offering adventure exercise, exploration and excitement for children in a clean, safe stimulating environment right in the heart of the Lake District.
Rufty Tufty's is great for grown ups too with its comfy sofas, large screen televisions and large light and airy café serving coffees, drinks, homemade cakes and excellent value healthy meals. A trip to Rufty Tufty's is a treat for the whole family. Open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm.
Rufty Tufty's: Rothay Road, Ambleside, LA22 OEE. Tel 015394 39906.
Rufty Tuftys Children's Play Centre
Rufty Tuftys - Children's Play Centre

Fishing Lake District
Fishing: www.lakedistrictfishing.net

Lake District Watercolour Workshop.
Lake District Watercolour Workshop
11 - 14th May 2014.
www.plhobbs.co.uk

Local Attractions

Rheged Rheged:
A fantastic visitor attraction in Cumbria, just 15 minutes from Tebay serevices. An international award winning day out for all the family, with indoor and outdoor play, a pottery painting workshop, giant 3D cinema along with shops and cafes.
www.rheged.com
Discover Cumbria - rheged centre

The Armitt Collection:
Combining gallery, museum and library and is situated in Ambleside, discover the Lake District through its people art and literature.
www.thearmittcollection.com

Heaton Copper Studio Grasmere:
The gallery and art shop is a family run business, both Alfred Heaton Cooper and his son William Heaton Cooper's paintings and books have influenced the way the landscape of the Lake District is viewed over the years.
www.heatoncooper.co.uk

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop
Sarah Nelson's original celebrated delicious gingerbread is freshly baked here daily to a secret recipe. The cosy shop is tucked away in the corner of the church yard of St Oswald's church and dates back to 1854.
www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk

The Homes of Football
Ambleside Photographer Stuart Clarke has dedicated much of his life to capturing images of football grounds and fans across the world a permanent exhibition is on display in Ambleside.

Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum Grasmere
Home to the romantic poet William Wordsworth and his family and it here that many of his famous poems were written. The Wordsworth Trust was founded in 1891 to secure Dove Cottage. The trustees have built an award wining museum, opened in 1981, which together with the Wordsworth library houses one of the greatest collections of manuscripts, books and paintings relating to British romanticism.
www.wordsworth.org.uk

Hayes of Ambleside
Hayes Garden world is one of the largest garden centers in the north of England, run by the Hayes family for 200 years. Hayes offers a wealth of gardening and leisure products combined with exciting new ideas and attractive displays.
Order Garden Tables and chairs from: www.hayesgardenworld.co.uk

Levens Hall and Topiary Gardens
Originally a medieval Pele tower built by the Redman family of Redmayne. The tower was then incorporated into the main building in 1590 to provide a gentleman's residence. The gardens and topiary are world famous and are well worth a visit while in the English Lake District.
www.levenshall.co.uk

Windermere Lake Cruises
Steamers sail daily throughout the year between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside, enjoy a trip on the lake or stop off to visit other visitor attractions along the way.
www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

Fell Foot Park
www.nationaltrust.org

Lakeside Aquarium
Newby Bridge
www.aquariumofthelakes.co.uk

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway
www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

Beatrix Potter Attraction
Meet the delightful characters from the tales of Beatrix Potter, all brought to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lake District countryside. The Miss Potter room explores the life of Beatrix Potter with a film presentation, exhibits and a virtual walks display. The Taylor of Gloucester tea room is open daily as is the Peter Rabbit Emporium gift shop.
www.hop-skip-jump.com

The Wainwright SocietyThe Alfred Wainwright Society
Alfred Wainwright will always be known for his famous and written pictorial guides to the Lake District fells. His work has given inspiration to all true fell walkers for many years. The Alfred Wainwright Society's aim is to keep alive the things Wainwright promoted through his guide books which he named his 'labour of love'.
For more information www.wainwright.org.uk
The Wainwright Society

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