The Lake District has very rich history if the matter concerns art and literature. Many very famous poets and writers lived there and were inspired by the beauty of the area.

Among them were so called Lake poets William Wordsworth, Hartley Coleridge, Robert Southey, the children’s author Beatrix Potter, and many famous English Artists, Sculptors, Actors, Playwrites and Musicians. Nowadays there’s Summer theatre performances in the Old Laundry Theatre. Lake District has its own distinctive sports such as fell running, hound trailing, and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. Sometimes celebrations are taking place at valley shows, where indigenous breeds of sheep and local crafts and foods are presented.

Attractions

Windermere Steamboat Museum

The Windermere Jetty is currently under construction. It replaces the old Steamboat Museum and is a nationally important collection of historic vessels.

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W: https;//windermerejetty.org T: +44 (0)15394 45565

Windermere Lake Cruises

The most popular attraction in Cumbria, and its easy to see why. Windermere is Englands largest lake, in the heart of the Lake District. The cruises go from Bowness pier. You can take the ‘Red Cruise’ north to Ambleside, with its hills, restaurants, shopping and roman fort , the Yellow cruise south to Lakeside and the Steam Railway and Motor museum, or get the ‘Freedom of the Lake’ and go to all ports.

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W: https://www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk T: +44 (0)15394 43360

The World of Beatrix Potter

The Lake District’s natural beauty and abundant wildlife inspired Beatrix Potter to write her much-loved stories. Come and explore this wonderful landscape where the tales are brought to life.

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W: https://www.hop-skip-jump.com T: 015394 88444

SailnDine Experience

A unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the English Lake District, sailing on Windermere combined with fine wines and first class food.
All from the comfort and luxury of a top of the range sailing yacht

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W: https://www.sailndine.co.uk T: 07976 214569

Ravensglass & Eskdale Steam Train

Steam journey from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, past seven request stops with a 1:40 gradient at times, en route to Dalegarth for ‘Boot Station’,

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W: https://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/ T: 01229 717171

Nature Trails

We can help with walks & scenic drive routes.

Hawkshead Brewery

Based in Staveley, this is a great small brewery with on-site beer hall, that serves food, and sometimes has entertainment. A number of signature ales including Hawkshead Bitter, Brodies Prime and the legendary NZPA.

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W: https://www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk/

Damson Day

Damson Day at Low Farm, Crosthwaite, 12th April

Coniston Country Fair

Coniston Country Fair Sunday 20th July

Activities

Windermere Lake Cruises

The most popular attraction in Cumbria, and its easy to see why. Windermere is Englands largest lake, in the heart of the Lake District. The cruises go from Bowness pier. You can take the ‘Red Cruise’ north to Ambleside, with its hills, restaurants, shopping and roman fort , the Yellow cruise south to Lakeside and the Steam Railway and Motor museum, or get the ‘Freedom of the Lake’ and go to all ports.

Click here for more info
W: https://www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk T: +44 (0)15394 43360

The Lake District Walker

Get a guided walking tour around Lake District and beyond. This is the perfect activity for any outdoor enthusiast, with walks of all levels. Also ghyll scrambling

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W: https://www.thelakedistrictwalker.co.uk T: 01900826291

The Burnside Spa

“The most relaxing spa development in the lakes”. With a leisure pool, two hot-tubs, steam-room, sauna, poolside bar, plus gym. Just two minutes from May Cottage.

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W: https://www.burnsidehotel.com

SailnDine Experience

A unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the English Lake District, sailing on Windermere combined with fine wines and first class food.
All from the comfort and luxury of a top of the range sailing yacht

Click here for more info
W: https://www.sailndine.co.uk T: 07976 214569

Ravensglass & Eskdale Steam Train

Steam journey from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, past seven request stops with a 1:40 gradient at times, en route to Dalegarth for ‘Boot Station’,

Click here for more info
W: https://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/ T: 01229 717171

PUSH – Bike Shop & Hire

More a gentleman’s clubhouse! Rider owned; Bespoke sales, service and repairs. Sponsors of Windermere Triathlon 2014; Have your hire bikes & helmets delivered to May Cottage!

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W: https://www.pushcartel.co.uk T: +44 (0)1539 431408

Nature Trails

We can help with walks & scenic drive routes.

Local Dining

Shahib’s

Good quality Indian restaurant, with a Bangladeshi focus. Excellent spicing. Try some of the specials.

Hawkshead Brewery

Based in Staveley, this is a great small brewery with on-site beer hall, that serves food, and sometimes has entertainment. A number of signature ales including Hawkshead Bitter, Brodies Prime and the legendary NZPA.

Click here for more info
W: https://www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk/

Seasonal Attractions

  • Windermere Christmas Lights

    Sat 1 Dec - Sat 1 Dec

    Parade from Windermere station, lights switch on and firework display. Starts 4pm

  • Wasdale Head Show & Shepherd’s Meet

    Sat 13 Oct - Sat 13 Oct

    Traditional shepherd’s meet with sheep showing, focussing on Herdwicks. With Fell running, Cumberland wresting, vintage machinery and “best beard”. As featured on Countryfile

  • Cartmel Horse Races

    Sat 25 May - Mon 26 Aug

    Cartmel Races 2019 – Whit Holiday – Meeting Saturday 25th May, Bank Holiday Monday 27th May and Wednesday 29th May evening; – The June Meeting – Friday 26th & Sunday 28th June; The Barbecue Meeting – Saturday 20th and Monday 22nd July; The August Bank Holiday – Meeting Saturday 24th August and Bank Holiday Monday 26th August

  • 1850’s Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Market

    Sat 24 Nov - Sun 25 Nov

    A full festival including free entertainment, period costume competition and Christmas light switch on