A rainy day in the Lake District doesn’t have to mean that your holiday can’t still be packed full of exciting activities. Windermere and the surrounding areas have plenty of fun events, activities and venues which are sure to take your rainy day blues right away.
Here are just a few activities that are perfect for the whole family to take part in on a damp day in the Lake District.
The World of Beatrix Potter
Probably one of the most famous attractions in the Lake District, The World of Beatrix Potter is sure to brighten up even the rainiest day for the whole family.
The hour-long, self-guided tour is split into 8 separate areas and will take you on a magical journey through the world of Beatrix Potter. This particular section of the tour is best suited to children under the age of 8.
One of our personal favourites is Area 3 which plays host to The Peter Rabbit Garden; it really captures the essence of the world Beatrix Potter created and even includes the gooseberry bush and the net Peter Rabbit got stuck in when trying to escape Mr. McGregor.
Area 6 is a particular highlight for any children in your party, as you can take a virtual walk through Beatrix Potter’s countryside using a computer projection. You’ll experience 360-degree views and narration throughout this section of the tour, and there’s even a short film on The Tales of Mrs. Heelis to enjoy.
For the adults and older children in your group, Beatrix’s Hill Top House is a perfect for a rainy day in the Lakes. The house helped to inspire many of Beatrix Potter’s tales and the surrounding areas, rooms and contents all played a significant role in the fantastic books she produced.
Lakeland Motor Museum
This interesting museum is perfect for those who love anything to do with cars. Housing over 30,000 fascinating exhibits of road transport throughout the ages, you can explore the development of cycles, motorbikes, cars and automobilia.
Adult ticks cost just £7.95 when bought online, children tickets are priced at £4.75, and children under 5 are free.
There is even a café within the museum, so you don’t need to worry about packing your own food.
Hays Garden World
If you’re heading to the Lake District before Christmas, you simply must pay a visit to the Hays Garden World Christmas displays. You are sure to find an abundance of festive cheer as soon as you step foot in the garden centre, with magical ‘World of Christmas’ displays throughout. Hays Garden World is guaranteed to brighten up the even on the dullest of days with polar bears, penguins and, of course, reindeers aplenty.
You can also enjoy a light bite to eat in the Four Seasons Terrace Café, which boasts a wide variety of homemade meals including sandwiches, hot meals and plenty of sweet treats.
Windermere Lake Cruises
Heading off on a cruise around Lake Windermere is a fantastic and stunning way to enjoy a spot of rain during your stay in the Lake District. You are free to hop on any cruises from Bowness and can stop off at several locations around Lake Windermere, including Ambleside and Brockhole, amongst others. These fantastic cruises allow you to sit back and be ferried around the Lake District’s largest lake in style. We’d suggest a stop off in Ambleside, before hopping back on the ferry back to Bowness for a well-earned break in your luxury apartment at Windermere Marina.
If you’re looking for a more hands-on experience, you can also rent a self-drive boat. If you fancy yourself as a seafaring captain, this is most certainly your time to shine. There is plenty of fun to be had out on Lake Windermere, even when the weather is less than ideal.
The Royalty Cinema is Bowness is ideal for those who still want to enjoy a movie in a traditional cinema. Stepping into the Royalty Cinema is like stepping back in time – armed with ice cream and popcorn!
The cinema oozes charm and is the perfect option for a rainy day with the kids.
Did you know that the Royalty cinema is also known for its 1927Wurlitzer organ, the only one of its kind in a working cinema in Europe – fascinating!
Places to Eat and Drink
Enjoying all the Lake District has to offer can be tiring work, so finding somewhere to escape the rain and grab a bite to eat will be a welcome treat for the whole family. Here’s a few of our favourites:
If you love seafood, then Hooked is a must visit during your stay with us. This restaurant’s menu changes according to the season and is packed full of locally sourced seafood that is sure to cater to the tastes of the whole family. A particular highlight are the Morecambe Bay shrimps, a firm favourite among seafood lovers.
Looking for a meat lover’s heaven? Look no further than The Pig; as the name suggests this restaurant specialises in all things pork and serves some of the Lake’s finest juicy ribs, smoked pig and the extremely popular pig platter. Based in the heart of Windermere, this restaurant is the perfect place to refuel your party following a day filled with adventure.
The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant
After a full day of exploring what the Lake District has to offer, you can be forgiven for looking for a top-quality restaurant near your accommodation. Thankfully, Windermere Marina have a superb on-site restaurant with an abundance of choice for the whole family. The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant serve a full menu from 11.30am right through till 9pm and have a range of hearty main courses or lighter bites, depending on your preference.
Relax with Windermere Marina Village
There really is nothing better than simply staying in and enjoying some time with your loved ones. Our luxury self-catering accommodation in the Lake District is equipped with a TV, so why not enjoy some family film time in the warmth of your own apartment?
If you’re looking to unwind and enjoy a bit of relaxation, you could choose to spend some time at the Choices Health Club. As a guest of Windermere Marina, you get full complimentary access to the Leisure Club, and the whole family is free to use the fantastic facilities. You can choose to relax by the heated indoor pool, spend some time in the jacuzzi, sauna and steam room or even use the state-of-the-art gym, if you’re looking to keep in shape on a rainy day. All this is just a 10-minute drive away from Windermere Marina and free parking is included.
So now you’re armed with a whole host of activities that are perfect for those rainy Lake District days, all you need is one of our holiday apartments in the Lake District to kick-start your stunning getaway.