Rainy Day Activities in the Lake District Rainy Day Activities in the Lake District

Rainy Day Activities in the Lake District

We are all too aware that the weather can take a turn for the worse and leave you scrambling to make alternative plans. Don’t let the Great British weather put a dampener on your visit to the rainy day activities in The Lake District. There is so much to see and do, whatever the weather, you’ll be spoilt for choice during your stay at Hawthorns Caravan Park.

Here’s just some of our favourite rainy day activities in the Lakes…

The Lakes Distillery

Take a guided tour of The Lakes Distillery and find out how their award-winning whiskey, gin and vodka is produced. Head behind the scenes and learn more about the head whiskey makers unconventional methods and how Lakeland water is crucial to achieving the perfect blend. At the end of the tour you will have a chance to sample 3 spirits and purchase an array of delicious products to take home.



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Lakeland Motor Museum

Lakeland Motor Museum is a must visit for any motoring enthusiasts thanks to its vast array of vehicles on display. There are over 30,000 exhibits to explore, which showcase some of the finest examples from all eras of motoring, including pedal cars and caravans! The museum is thought to house the biggest collection of Automobilia in the UK as well as full scale replica of the Bluebird car.

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Enjoy a visit to Lakeland Motor Museum. Photo credit: Lynn Rainard on Flickr / (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine has played an integral role in the slate industry for over a century, extracting Westmorland green slate for use around the world. Today, the slate mine is one of the premier tourist attractions in the Lake District, providing an educational and exhilarating day out that the whole family will enjoy. Take a guided tour underground and listen to miners’ stories as special effects and mock explosions create a realistic environment. For adrenaline junkies, the Via Terratta provides the ultimate test, allowing you to climb the disused track to the top of Fleetwith Pike.



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Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Hop on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway for a scenic train ride around the lakes. The steam locomotive provides stunning views of the Lakeland countryside and the opportunity to learn more about this bygone form of transport. Enthusiasts will love the ‘Engine Shed’, which houses an impressive collection of steam and diesel locomotives. If you’re feeling peckish, the Station Tea Room is the perfect place to enjoy a homemade cake!

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Steam train returning to Haverthwaite from Lakeside. Photo credit: Bernard Bibby

Muncaster Castle

Take a step back in time at Muncaster Castle and explore hundreds of years of history. Walk through the beautifully furnished state rooms and see first-hand the opulent furniture and beautiful artwork that has adorned the walls of this family home for over 900 years. During your visit be sure to listen to the audio tour to find out more about the castle’s colourful history, including tales of ghosts and haunted rooms. There is also a Hawk and Owl Centre on site, where you can see beautiful birds of prey.

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Walks and waterfalls

Don’t let a bit of rain deter you from exploring the lakes and discovering the stunning scenery for which the Lake District is renowned. Wrap up warm, don your waterproof coat and wellies and head out with a sense of adventure in search of spectacular views. Why not take this opportunity to visit the beautiful waterfalls dotted around the Lake District. With increased rainfall they’ll be even more impressive!

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Lake Windermere Cruise

Take to the water to experience the sheer scale of Lake Windermere, the largest lake in the UK. Choose one of the many cruise routes around the lake to marvel at the mountains and the many wooded islands located within. On some routes you can even see historical houses, gardens and castles. You can combine your boat trip with a visit to a range of attractions.

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Cruising Windermere. Photo credit: Lynn Rainard on Flickr / (CC BY-SA 2.0)

We hope you enjoy all of the activities in the Lake District, and don’t allow those rainy days to put you off!


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