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.
Muncaster Castle (Ravenglass)
Like so many historic country houses, Muncaster's owners have developed entertaining diversions to keep the estate together. Here you can see owls and herons, and a very entertaining meadow vole maze. In addition, you can check out claims that the historic castle is haunted, and enjoy the Himalayan Gardens and the World Owl Centre (actually, it's great - don't miss it!)
Owl display daily 14.30. Herons feed 16.30. Winter evening magic - Darkest Muncaster Saturday & Sunday from 26 Oct to 25 Mar. Starts 16.00 (or dusk). Closed Jan.
Museum of Lakeland Life at Abbot Hall (Kendal)
The museum shows how our Cumbrian ancestors worked, lived and entertained themselves for the last 200 years. Or so says the brochure. In fact, this museum is like many others around the country which try to give a flavour of local life by constructing mocked-up scenes of life in the area. These scenes do work well: you certainly gain a sense of how our ancestors lived and worked. Again, children - especially those of a more curious nature - will find it all very entertaining. The exhibits include reconstructions of a Victorian street scene, with pharmacy, toy shop and market stall. To continue the theme of reverence for local authors started in the Museum Of Natural History and Archaeology, there's a re-creation of Arthur Ransome's study.
This works less well. The commentary is innocently amusing; and the main appeal of the man for most people was his books for children, not his personal history, which only historians and dedicated fans will find of much interest (he supported the Bolsheviks during the Russian revolution and married Trotsky's secretary). Anyway, those of us who enjoyed the "Swallows and Amazons" series as children may find it interesting. All in all, Abbot Hall is a fascinating place for all the family, and there's much to intrigue and amuse the children. A Top Attraction!
Museum of Natural History and Archaeology (Kendal)
The Kendal Museums (see also below) form a pretty comprehensive tableau of Lakeland life and history with a few bizarre additions like a collection of mounted animals hunted by British military officers in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Peter Hall and Son Furniture Workshop (Staveley, near Kendal)
This fascinating workshop is well worth a visit from anyone who appreciates true quality craftsmanship. You can see skilled designers and craftspeople creating exceptional furniture and home interiors. You can watch the craftsmen at work from the viewing gallery, and see more of the products in the showroom.
- Throughout the year Monday - Friday 0900-170Q Saturday 1000-1300 (showroom only). Closed Sunday and Bank Holidays.
- Peter Hall & Son Ltd, Danes Road, Staveley, Nr Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9PL
- Between Windermere and Kendal just off A591 at Windermere end of Staveley. Follow tourist signs.
- 01539 82163
Quaker Tapestry Exhibition Centre (Kendal)
Now this is absolutely fascinating for anyone interested in either Quakers or Tapestry. As the promotional material says, you can see colourful embroidery from 15 countries, showing 350 years of social history within 77 modern tapestry panels. Family facilities include: multi-lingual personal audio guides and large screen video, costume, shop, garden, and tearooms.
- Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00, April - Dec. Tearooms: all year. Saturdays to pre-booked groups only. Closed Bank Holidays.
- Friends' Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4BH, England, UK
- Friends Meeting House in Kendal town centre. Entrances on Stramongate and New Road, facing river.
- 01539 722975