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Blog: Rainy Day Activities

14 February 2012

A hop Skip and Jump

Caption: Hop, skip and a Jump

Situated in Bowness on Windermere about 8 miles from the Britannia Inn. This well established attraction is open all year round except Christmas Day.  

"Our attraction includes all 23 Tales by Beatrix Potter, brought to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells. So you can meet Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s garden, discover Jemima Puddle-duck in the woodland glade and visit Mrs. Tiggy-winkle in her kitchen.

The Miss Potter Room explores the life of Beatrix Potter with a unique Virtual Walks display, short film presentation and innovative exhibits about Beatrix Potter and her pioneering life.

You can also browse through the Beatrix Potter Shop with its comprehensive range of Peter Rabbit gifts.

Perhaps you might also enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the unique Tailor of Gloucester Tea Room or outdoors on the garden terrace, where you can enjoy The Enchanting World of Beatrix Potter sculpture, unveiled in the presence of Renée Zellweger.

So whoever your favourite characters are, it's only a hop, skip and jump to meet Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck, Mrs Tiggy-winkle, Tom Kitten and many more, in the magical World of Beatrix Potter" 

By Paul Fry, 14 February 2012 – 0 comments

14 February 2012

A Steaming Day Train and Boat

The Steamer Teal Train at Haverthwaite Lakeland Motot Museum

If you are looking for a great family days sightseeing in rain or shine then this is an awesoime day out. 

Travel to Ambleside and park at waterhead car park and take a Windermere Lake Steamer from Waterhead Pier to Brockhole and visit the Nation Park Visitors Centre.

Taking to the Steamer again you can sail to Bowness and onto Lakeside travelling over the deep parts of of the Lake at 64m. 

At Lakeside you can join the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway for s steam train ride to Haverthwaite. Returning to Lakeside for a visit to the only Aquarium in the Lakes.

At Haverthwaite you can also visit the Lakeland Motor Museum, just a twenty minute walk along the River Leven, takes you to one of the newest Museums in the Lakes.

Over 30,000 exhibits including cars, motorcycles, and associated parifinalia.  There is a Cambell Bluebird Exhibition and a display of Isle of Man TT bikes.

Before retuning on the 10 mile steamer trip back to Ambleside, stopping off in Bowness on the way back for a beer or some shopping.


By Paul Fry, 14 February 2012 – 0 comments

14 February 2012

Brockhole- Lake District Visitors Centre

images of Brockhole

Situated six miles from the Britannia on the east coast of Windermere about half way between Ambleside and Windermere.

Vast car park provides ample space to park even on the busiest days. Entrance is Free to exhibitions, gardens and grounds of this late 19th Century ex family home. Built by wealthy silk imports and designed by architect Dan Gibson.

 The gardens are part of this listed site with views over Windermere and back up Langdale over the Britannia to the Langdale Pikes in the distance.

 The cafe serves a variety of hot and cold drinks and meals.

You can reach Brockhole by Car on the Windermere - ambleside road 1.5miles south of Ambleside or via Windermere Lake Crusies


By Paul Fry, 14 February 2012 – 0 comments
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