At the Hawksmoor Guest House we love you being able to make the most of your stay so below you will find link with ideas of things to do in the Lake District, as well as links to popular Lake District events' websites.
1657 Chocolate House (Kendal)
1657 Chocolate House is a unique destination with a restaurant serving 20 chocolate drinks, 14 handmade gateaux and savouries served by traditionally dressed ladies. The shop has hundreds of handpicked chocolates and gifts. And you can learn about chocolate making, its history, and see an informative video. There are also special events including chocolate dipping and chocolate fondue feasts!
Abbott Hall Art Gallery (Kendal)
This is a superb gallery, which I really enjoy visiting. As they say, this elegant Georgian building does indeed provide a superb setting for its collection of fine art, which includes paintings by Kendal’s famous son (and society painter) George Romney, which fill the walls of rooms furnished by Gillows of Lancaster. Changing exhibitions complement the permanent collection of 18th, 19th and 20th century paintings and watercolours. There are pictures by Constable, Ruskin, Turner, Edward Lear and other lesser local artists. Since one of my relatives worked for Gillow's of Lancaster, the matchless furniture was of especial interest to me. There’s also a small modern art collection with a Hepworth.
Aquarium of the Lakes (Lakeside)
Like the Sea Life centres that have sprung up around Britain in the last few years, this aims to provide an educational focus rather than just pure entertainment - and there's no better way to get kids interested in conservation than to get them involved early in life with the animals that share our planet. So, here you can see pike, otters, British sharks and mammals including harvest mice, bank voles and brown rats. And there's a rather clever underwater tunnel featuring diving ducks. Special activities include a children's quiz trail and daily talks. A Top Attraction!
- All year: daily 09.00-18.00 (1700 in Winter) Last admission 1 hour earlier. Closed Christmas Day.
- From M6 junction 36, follow A590 to Newby Bridge and Lakeside and from Bowness/Windermere follow A592 to Newby Bridge and Lakeside.
- Aquarium of the Lakes, Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8AS
- 015395 3015
Beatrix Potter Gallery (Hawkshead)
Beatrix Potter's original artwork for her children's "tales" - and more. Each year a different aspect of Beatrix's work is featured - this year it's "The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher" for his 100th birthday. You can learn more about Beatrix's work and children can join in the fun with quiz sheets and goody bags, and there's a shop nearby. You can also browse around the beautiful village of Hawkshead (Wordsworth was at school here), which I thoroughly recommend. Have a look at the amazing crystals and artefacts on sale in Tiger's Eye, and meet the charming owner.
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House (Bowness)
This elegant Arts and Crafts Movement house and garden commands spectacular views across Lake Windermere. The restored furnished interiors include original features such as stained glass windows and carved oak panelling. Changing historical and contemporary exhibitions of the applied arts are held in the upper galleries. It's an amazing place, in the sense that such a perfect example of the Arts and Crafts movement should have survived so completely. A fascinating example of British art - and a tribute to the power of the industrialist who had it built.