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Things to do in the Lake District in Winter

Posted on 23rd January 2017 by Peter Durbin

Lake District Winter breaks can be filled with hours of treks up the snowy peaks and cosy catch-ups in traditional pubs. However, this is just the beginning. The Lake District has plenty more to offer visitors throughout winter so when you book your Lake District holiday cottage in the winter months, make sure you consider some of these fantastic things to do, you may find interesting our guides to 10 most interesting facts about Lake District.

Catch a Film in Exquisite Comfort in Ambleside

With a traditional and modern ambience, which creates a fantastic spot to while away a few hours, Zeffirellis in Ambleside combines a two-screen cinema and a jazz café. There is also an award-winning pizzeria so you can enjoy a film, settle in for something to eat and absorb the wonderful atmosphere.

Reminisce with Beatrix Potter

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

Stay Warm as you Climb at the King Kong Climbing Centre

A couple of hours at the King Kong Climbing Centre in Keswick is a great alternative to attempting any climbs in the great outdoors in the chilly and potentially dangerous winter conditions. Whilst the name may sound a little childish, the climbing options are fantastic. There are some advanced indoor climb options as well as a cave, an ice climb and a kids’ area so the whole family can enjoy it.

Go Back in Time at View Classic Steamboats in Windermere

Windermere Steamboat Museum gives you the chance to view some of the most famous water-vehicles of 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. See a range of steamboats, motor boats and more as you explore this attraction.

Dine at a Michelin Starred Restaurant

There is wide range of exceptional dining rooms and restaurants in the Lake District. In fact, it has recently become home to the highest concentration of Michelin stars outside of London. Restaurants such as the Gilpin Restaurant, The Samling and Forest Side provide the finest dining you’ll find in the area and a wonderful treat during your Winter break.

Travel Deep Underground at the 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 are a wonderful experience 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 hot home-cooked food when you’ve explored the house in full.

Wonder at the Great Outdoors on a Winter Walk

The Lake District is simply spectacular in the winter and a wintry walk is one way of seeing it in its full glory. Consider a walk up from Windermere to Orrest Head, for wonderful crisp views down across Windermere and also in every other direction. Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake also have a fantastic frosty feel at the height of winter, creating a unique and tranquil atmosphere for a gentle stroll.