Out & About

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in the Lake District celebrates everything about Beatrix Potter – the English author and illustrator who is best known for her imaginative children’s books, the most famous of all being the Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Windermere lake, at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, is the largest natural lake in both the Lake District and in England, and is fed by numerous rivers.

Brockhole, situated in 30 acres of gardens between Ambleside and Windermere, is the Lake District National Park Authority Visitor Centre. One of the most popular Windermere attractions, it has its own landing stage, tree top trek, boat and bike hire, shop, tea rooms.

The Forestry Commission visitor centre is set deep in the heart of the Grizedale Forest, near Hawkshead. Things to do and see include an exhibition space, gift shop, tearoom, adventure playground, picnic tables and mountain bike hire

One of the most popular things to do in Windermere, and the 16th most popular visitor attraction in the UK, is to take a boat trip on Windermere lake. “Steamers” and traditional launches run the full length of the lake, calling it at top Windermere attractions

Just 20 minutes drive from the west shore of Windermere lake is beautiful Coniston Water. Coniston launch runs boat trips on the lakes in 2 traditional wooden launches. A more peaceful, relaxed environment.

Also on Coniston Water is the beautiful Steam Yacht Gondola, the oldest steam yacht in the North of England. Take the full lake cruise or hop on and off at her 3 stops around the lake, which include Brantwood, and enjoy one of the walks from the piers

The all-weather Windermere visitor attraction holds a fascinating collection of 30,000 exhibits, including classic cars, motorbikes, bicycles, pedal cars & caravans and a display on the record-breaking Campbell family.

From diving ducks to piranha, the aquarium houses native aquatic wildlife and more exotic species. There’s also gift shop and a choice of restaurants. Located on Lakeside Pier where the boat and steam train trips call in.

Visitors can spend an entire day at Wray and it won’t be the traditional National Trust house you may be expecting. There is something here for everyone and it is a good base for a great day out. Perhaps linked with a walk down the lakeshore as well. There are also the extensive grounds to explore and there is a café with an amazing view, run by a National Trust tenant food producer.

You can wander the Castle’s elaborate hall, rooms with towers, turrets and arrow slots. The castle building room has new foam blocks and there is lots of dressing up, a countryside room, plus the newest addition to the castle, the Peter Rabbit Adventure.

Why come to the Lakes and be restricted as to where you can go. With so many different bodies of water to explore, LakeSUP gives you the freedom to take your board and paddle anywhere in the Lake District.

This stunning location in Grizedale Forest is the full monty of adventure with FIVE unrivalled experiences. Adrenaline junkies should head to the Treetop Challenge or Zip Trekking Adventure if seriously high-level tree-top crossings and incredible zip wire flights get your pulse quickening. There’s Treetop Adventure+ for older kids and teenagers and Treetop Adventure for the young would-be explorers. You can also hop on a Segway if you want to see the very best of the Lake District, with breath-taking views of Coniston Lake and mountains.