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.
A truly lovely place to explore, John Ruskin's house, estate and gardens probably are, as the trustees claim, the most beautifully situated house in the Lakes. There's a gallery, a jolly fine restaurant, and a bookshop - if you tire of finding out about this great social reformer and his life (which was, it has to be said, quite odd, at least in the later stages). Maybe not so good for the younger children, but certainly a wonderful place for the older ones and adults. A Top Attraction!
Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal)
The Brewery has something for everyone - theatre, dance and music events, free art exhibitions and all the latest films. The Green Room Restaurant, overlooking the garden, Vats Bar and Intro Cafe Bar, offers everything from snacks and pizzas to evening meals.
- 10.00-23.00 every day. Box Office: 1000 - 20.30 Mon-Sat, 11.00 - 20.30 Sun & Bank Holidays.
- Brewery Arts Centre, Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
- Near the centre of Kendal, signed off Highgate near the YHA, on the left of the one-way system. Parking for 60 cars.
- 01539 72513
Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery (Hawkshead)
The largest stocked lake in the North West. Catering for the National Competition team, casual anglers, beginners and children alike. You can get tuition as well if you're a novice. There's a shop where you can buy tackle and hire equipment, and, as you might expect, you can also buy the produce.
Fell Foot Country Park (near Newby Bridge, south end of Lake Windermere)
I remember rowing across from Lakeside to Fell Foot many times when I was a kid, and you know what? It's just as wonderful now as it was then. A bit more formal, maybe, since the National Trust became the business it now is, but there are still great views of the fells, and it really is a superb place for families to enjoy access to Windermere, with boat hire, a picnic area and an adventure play area. And if you happen to be there eat the right time, you'll see wonderful spring and early summer colour from the daffodils and rhododendrons.
Go Ape! High Ropes Forest Adventure (Grizedale)
Go Ape! is a challenging course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides of up to almost 60 feet above the forest floor. Ideal for families, friends and corporate groups, Go Ape! provides approximately 3 hours of fun, laughter and adventure. Pre-booking essential. If your kids are under 18, you have to go with them, so if you’re not the intrepid sort, get someone into high-wire daredevilry to accompany them. We've taken our young nephews along and they say it's ace!