Never mind that autumn is the perhaps the most beautiful time of year in one of the UK’s most picturesque places, or that there are some wonderful activities and festivals happening in The Lake District this season; The Lakes is always a great place to visit for a multitude of reasons – and the more the merrier!
Whether you’re celebrating a family or class reunion, a birthday party or a wedding with all of your closest friends or taking part in an office retreat, The Lakes offers a host of activities and events that are perfect for celebrating these occasions. Here’s a look at just some of the things that you and your friends and family could do if you’re thinking about celebrating one of these events in The Lakes.
A Romantic Lake Cruise for Weddings or Anniversaries
What could be a more romantic way to celebrate a wedding or anniversary than a cruise on the biggest and most scenic lake in the district? Whether you’re thinking of getting married in the Lakes or celebrating your silver anniversary, hiring a private cruise on Lake Windermere will ensure a luxurious and unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones. With the ability to customise the cruise to your exact requirements, your charter will be a unique occasion with its own special character and ambience.
VIP Lake Tours allow you to arrange a luxury cruise for all celebrations, whether celebrating a birthday, corporate event, or something extra special like a proposal. With prices starting at £225 for up to 6 people, it’s the perfect way to make unforgettable memories.
By holding a private reception (or even a wedding ceremony) on a chartered cruise around Lake Windermere, you can make your special day even more special, enjoying all the breath-taking beauty of its surroundings. You and your guests can be welcomed onboard with a drink before enjoying the breath-taking moving vista of Cumbrian fells and mountains, accompanied by fine food, wine and entertainment.
However, a private lake cruise doesn’t have to be limited to a wedding or anniversary; this could also be a perfect event for a family or class reunion, or even a special birthday party.
Sailing on your Honeymoon
If you’re looking for a slightly more intimate but no less refined experience, sailing on your own chartered yacht could make for the perfect honeymoon. Whether you’re looking for an exhilarating, hands-on sailing experience or a more romantic, carefree getaway, where you can simply kick back and relax, your chartered yacht can be tailored to fit your wishes or the needs of your group.
Lakeland Adventures offer private yacht hire for single or multi-boat sailing around Lake Windermere, including all the comfort and amenities you’d find in your own home. They can customise your sailing experience to suit the preferences and needs of any couple or group, including refreshments and snacks.
You can spend the whole day sailing or drop anchor in one of the many picturesque bays, while you enjoy an on-deck picnic or a relaxing drink.
Prices start at as little as £60 for 4 people, making it an affordable way to celebrate your big event.
Hiking, Rock Climbing & Water Sports Galore
Perhaps you or your wedding party is looking for a little bit of excitement after the solemnity and refined luxury of your chartered yacht sailing or lake cruise; or if you’re celebrating a reunion or birthday with all of your best friends, maybe a bit of group adventure is called for. The Lake District is full of opportunities to head outdoors and get your adrenaline flowing. But none are perhaps better suited to large groups than the wide range of water sports that are on offer at Lake Windermere.
From kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, sailing and diving, Windermere offers something for everyone, with great facilities ideal for novices who don’t have their own equipment.
River Deep Mountain High offers rock climbing for as little as £44, gifting you the opportunity to experience climbing on rock, developing your confidence and technique through a series of short climbs in beautiful settings.
By far the easiest way of enjoying these various water sports, especially as a group, is to simply hire equipment. If your group is less experienced, you could also hire an outdoor adventure company to equip, organise, and chaperone your activity.
There are several outdoor adventure companies that also offer kayaking, canoeing activities for groups, in addition to a wide range of activities on land, including climbing, guided hill walks, mountain biking and archery. There is limitless hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking opportunities to suit all levels of experience, from the novice to the extreme sports nut. Whether you’re celebrating your birthday or a reunion – with your closest friends, family or both – the Lakes offer a range of outdoor activities for everyone.
For those seeking water sports, we have some fantastic water-based activities available directly from Windermere Marina Village. You can read more about these in our blog “Watersports Activities Available at Windermere Marina Village.”
For those who just want to soak in the beautiful lake district scenery, there are lots of different walks for you to enjoy – suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Check out some of our recommendations in our previous blog.
Food and Drink for All Occasions
Wedding, Birthday, anniversary or honeymoon, whichever occasion brings you to the Lake District, there are plenty of places to eat and drink – especially on Lake Windermere.
For relaxed dining with stunning views, Langdale Chase Hotel offers stunning panoramic views while eating and drinking. You can even pop in for some wonderful afternoon tea.
For something a little different, Porto Restaurant offers award winning dining in Bowness on Windermere. With the menu including dishes such as Lakeland Pheasant Supreme, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Baha in Bowness is perfect for those looking for a cocktail or two whilst they grab some food. Opening last year, the ‘super venue’ is spread over three floors, offering both delicious food, spectacular entertainment and delicious drinks.
Leisure Club, Spa and Luxury Living
After a long, fun-filled day of fun and adventure, what better way to unwind than a quick dip in our heated pool or relaxing soak in our jacuzzi? With an indoor 15m swimming pool; jacuzzi, sauna and steam room; fully-integrated cardio suite and over 30 exercise classes per week, our Choices Leisure Club will leave you spoilt for choice. As one of our guests at Windermere Marina, you get full complimentary access to this Leisure Club and use of all our facilities for the whole family.
Luckily, Windermere Marina Village is the perfect place for anyone searching for luxury group accommodation in Windermere. Depending on the size of your group we offer a variety of self-catered accommodation to suit your needs. Our Windward Townhouse 12 and Hawkshead Cottage can each sleep six people; Rydal Cottage and Windermere apartment 45 each sleep eight people; and Windermere apartment 43 can sleep up to ten people.
If you’ve been thinking about planning a group getaway there’s no better place to go than The Lakes this autumn – it truly has something for everyone! Simply choose your specific dates to check availability
Guests staying at our accommodation will also benefit from exclusive guest discounts to some of the Lake’s top adventure attractions – the majority which we have mentioned above. Please don’t hesitate to ask for more information on these on arrival.