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.
Lake District Visitors Centre (Brockhole)
Idyllically situated on the shores of Windermere, and admission is free, though you have to pay for the car park. There are interactive exhibitions, the Mawson gardens, an adventure playground, a shop, cafe and information centre. You can enjoy lake shore access, and catch a cruise to or from Waterhead (the northern end of the lake, a short distance from Ambleside). I haven't been for some years, so no doubt it's even better now; even then it was certainly a superb introduction to Lakeland life and culture.
- Daily 1 April - 29 Oct. Grounds - Please call for extended winter opening.
- Conveniently located on A591 between Windermere and Ambleside, or cruise from Waterhead, Ambleside. (Waterhead is the real end of Windermere, and it's just a short walk to Ambleside from there).
- 015394 46601
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis (Milnthorpe, near Kendal)
You can enjoy a fascinating journey through the animal kingdom from magic molecules to mischievous monkeys in this unique and award-winning wildlife centre. Exhibits, indoor and out, include sea life, butterfly and tropical halls, a host of hands-on displays and many rare and unusual species.
Lakes Supertours (From Windermere all over the Lakes)
If you want something a bit more personal and individual, try these "spectacular and informative" Lake District guided tours. You can try the full and half day tours, in luxury high-topped mini-coaches visiting lakes and mountain scenery and many of the Lakes' cultural attractions including Hill Top and Wordsworth's houses; and you can even incorporate lake cruises and steam train journeys.
- Operating every day throughout the year except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
- Lakes Supertours office: Lakes Hotel, 1 High Street, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1AF
- Just below Windermere Tourist Information Centre, 100 metres from the railway and the bus stations. Pick up service available.
- 015394 42751 & 88133 for detailed tours programme.
Levens Hall & Topiary Gardens (near Kendal)
As Levens is so near Sizergh castle, you could spoil yourself and see both houses in one day. This is an Elizabethan house, home of the Bagot family, containing Jacobean furniture, superb plasterwork and wonderful panelling. It has very impressive and enjoyable (and, as they rightfully claim, world-famous) Topiary Gardens, first laid out in 1694, with wonderful herbaceous borders and a fountain garden. You can enjoy home-made light lunches and teas. There's a tearoom, gift shop and plant centre. You only pay to go in the house and gardens. A Top Attraction!
Low Sizergh Barn, Farm Shop, Tea Room and Craft Gallery (near Kendal)
This little enterprise is one of my favourite places to go for superb quality organic food and drinks. I discovered them a few years ago, and I've been a fan ever since. They just have such good stuff, all year round, both fresh and cooked foods of the highest quality. You can enjoy a vast range of local (and some not so local) mouth-watering cheeses, fresh farm produce, cakes, sweets and biscuits, and find some truly delicious organic ready meals, ready prepared for you to take home.
They also have a trail around the organic dairy farm, and two galleries of gifts and crafts, and a tea room with a viewing gallery where you can watch the cows being milked around 3.45pm. If you're travelling to or from the Lakes, from Kendal to the M6, why not call in and see what they have to offer?
Most definitely A Top Attraction!
Highly recommended for good organic food, and delicious ice-cream!