As well as the special events we often mention in our Blog or link to on our Facebook page, we have a few favourite things to do all year round.

Things to do; less than half an hours’ drive away;

Based as we are in the beautiful heartland of North Lancashire on the Lake District border, we’re blessed to have amazing scenery and fantastic nature walks all around us. Visit Lancashire have created a leaflet of great walks around Lancashire, Morecambe and across the Lune Valley which can be downloaded here.

You can easily visit the historical city of Lancaster, venture into the gorgeous Lake District or explore the wild beauty of Cumbria. In a region renowned for its culinary scene, museums and culture, you’ll find plenty to do when you visit your holiday home at Hawthorns.

Made famous by the classic film, Brief Encounter, Carnforth Station Visitor Centre is well worth a visit.

The iconic Art Deco Midland Hotel in Morecambe serves delicious afternoon tea and unbeatable cocktails in the Rotunda Bar. This sophisticated experience is not to be missed.

When the tide is out at Morecambe Bay, you can see over 120 square miles of sand that supports the unique way of life for the local fishing industry. While you are there, why not sample the famous Baxters potted Morecambe Bay Shrimps – a delicacy that has produced since 1880.

Take a relaxing and romantic canal trip on the Lancaster Canal and watch the world go by at a leisurely pace. Book your tickets online at http://www.budgietransport.co.uk/.

Arnside and Silverdale has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and if you want to spend some time stretching your legs within its splendour, there are some great walking routes. Here’s a great list of walks that have already been picked out.

Dentdale is a hidden gem of the southern Lakes, and the opportunities there for walking, cycling, or simply enjoying your time communing with nature are almost limitless.

Cartmel Racecourse runs race meets throughout the National Hunt season. Each one is a day out for all the family with plenty to keep you entertained between the races.

The town of Sedbergh is also not a long drive away, and as one of the Book Towns of England, it’s a bibliophile’s dream. You can easily lose an afternoon or more browsing the shelves of the various bookshops looking for obscure but captivating titles.

Enjoy the unspoilt market town of Kirkby Lonsdale and see Ruskin’s View.

On our doorstep is Leighton Moss, home of the elusive Bittern. RSPB Leighton Moss has become one of the best nature reserves to visit – it has regular sightseeing events, or you can plan a visit of your own.

If golf is for you, there are a number of great golf courses in and around Lancaster  see http://www.lancastergc.co.uk/ and in Morecambe http://morecambegolfclub.com/.

If you prefer fishing, you could spend a quiet, relaxing day fishing in the sea – http://www.sea-fishing.org/ or along the Lancaster Canal.

Cycling can be enjoyed along traffic free paths, such as Lancaster Canal towpath, Lancaster to Caton, Glasson Dock and Morecambe. Why not take in some fresh air on Morecambe promenade, you can cycle along there too!

Things to do; less than an hours’ drive away;

Being so close to the Forest of Bowland, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we also have to highlight this selection of great Bowland walks within easy reach of Park guests.

You can’t overlook the beauty of the Lake District either, simply a walkers’ paradise! Go Lakes  has some fantastic ideas for walks and for places to visit, from the well-known and famous to the little-known treasures that deserve a wider exposure.

Windermere is one of the most renowned areas of the Lake District and home to its largest lake. After a river cruise, why not stop at a local restaurant for lunch or dinner?

Cumbria is home to a number of picturesque villages and towns with their own unique characters and history.

Why not visit Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter. Hill Top is a 17th-century house in Near Sawrey near Hawkshead, Cumbria. It is an example of Lakeland vernacular architecture with random stone walls and slate roof, a great day out for all ages!

Near the village of Bentham are the famous Fairy Steps. Beloved of legend and steeped in real history to boot, this magical place is surrounded by beautiful woodland and boasts a challenge that few if any succeed in. Are you able to climb the steps without touching the sides? Legend has it that any who do will have their wishes come true.

Heading east brings you inexorably and inevitably to the village of Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, at the heart of Three Peaks Country. The walks and breath-taking views available here are well worth the trip and must be experienced to truly understand. Follow the Waterfalls Walk through woodland gorges and majestic waterfalls.

Wensleydale hosts a number of charming traditional villages, with stunning views wherever you turn. You can find walking routes, a variety of attractions, as well as a lively culinary scene.

Why not pay a visit to the South Lakes Wildlife Park or Leighton Hall  which hosts a variety of great events all year round. You can visit craft fairs, retro car rallies and classical musical proms.

If you find that you’ve visited all of the locations above, always remember – there are plenty of beautiful places near us, so you can always ask your neighbour (or us!) for recommendations or simply go exploring.