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3rd January 2020

Things to do in the Lake District in Winter

Fill your getaway to the Lake District during winter months with plenty of things to do, from sledging down snowy peaks to catch-ups in cosy Cumbrian pubs – and that’s just the beginning.

This stunning corner of the country has plenty more to offer visitors when the colder weather arrives. So, if you’re joining us for a stay in on of our Lake District holiday cottages this winter, make sure you consider some of these things to do when it’s cold outside.

Catch a Film in  Comfort in Ambleside

Zeffirellis in Ambleside combines a five-screen cinema with a daytime cafe and jazz bar and is an independent establishment that supports new and emerging talents within the world of film and the arts. There is also an award-winning pizzeria and vegetarian restaurant onsite, so you can settle in front of the screen with a slice and absorb some of the best of the entertainment world.

Reminisce with Beatrix Potter

Head out to Bowness and meet all of your favourite childhood characters. The Beatrix Potter Attraction brings you face to face with your fondest memories of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and all the other wonderful and whimsical characters. It’s an award-winner, too and very popular with families and dedicated Potter fans.

Climb like King Kong

A couple of hours at the King Kong Climbing Centre in Keswick is a great alternative to attempting any chilly adventures in the great outdoors and whilst the name may sound on the childish side, the options are for everyone. There are some advanced indoor climbs for the adrenaline junkie, a cave and ice climb for those intrepid explorers amongst us and a kids’ zone to keep little climbers entertained.

Go Back in Time in Windermere

Windermere Steamboat Museum offers you the chance to discover some of the most famous water-vehicles from the local area. A unique and historic story tells of how the Windermere Steamboats came about, their popularity and how their design and engineering changed over the years. Spot a range of steamboats, motor boats and more as you explore this maritime attraction.

Dine at a Michelin Starred Restaurant

There is an exceptional array of Michelin star dining across the Lake District. In fact, it is home to the highest concentration of Michelin stars outside of London. With restaurants such as L’Enclume (which hold two Michelin stars) and the Forest Side Hotel providing some of the finest dining you’ll find in the region and a wonderful treat during your winter break.

Travel Deep Underground at Honister Slate Mines

Still operational and the only one of their kind, Honister Slate Mines provide a fascinating live-action display of how modern mining works. Visiting the mines includes a guided tour underground deep into the mine itself and the chance to engage with knowledgeable and experienced tour guides who can answer practically any question that comes to mind. Particularly atmospheric in the winter and a truly one-of-a-kind experience, Honister Mines is fun for visitors of all ages.

Embrace English History at Dalemain Mansion

A Grade II listed mansion in Penrith, Dalemain is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the whole of the Lake District and perhaps the whole of the North of England. Visitors can explore the beautiful landscaped gardens, historic parkland and wonder at over four centuries of unique architecture. The Medieval Teamroom also offers winter warmers and other home-cooked treats for when you’ve explored the house in full.

Marvel at the Great Outdoors on a Winter Walk

The Lake District is simply spectacular during the winter months and a frost covered ramble is one way of experiencing the scenery it in all its glory. Consider a walk from Windermere to Orrest Head for wonderfully crisp views out across the Lake (and in every other direction). While Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake offer a frosty ambience at the height of winter, creating a unique and tranquil atmosphere for a gentle stroll.

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