Rainy Day Attractions:

Rheged – Penrith Tel: 01768 868000
An award winning family indoor day out. Named after Cumbria’s Celtic Kingdom, Rheged’s attractions include a cinema screen the size of 6 double decker buses. The problem with this excellent wet day venue is that it gets VERY busy, so if you are going, make sure you are there early.

 

The Puzzling Place – Keswick Tel: 017687 75102
The Puzzling Place is a Tourist Attraction that opened to the public in Museum Square, Keswick on the 7th of July 2001. It is the product of two years work by local brothers Tim and Andrew. Their aim was to open a gallery style exhibition that was different to anything experienced before, both in content and the relaxed, informal ambiance of the place that couples education with the elements of fun and surprise.

 

Penrith Swimming Pool Tel: 01768 863450
In case you were not wet enough. Climbing wall here as well. Make sure you ask for a parking voucher at reception.

 

Penrith Cinema Tel: 01768 862400
Four screens showing the current films.

 

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction– Bowness Tel: 015394 88444
Hop down the road to Bowness and see Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and all their friends at the definitive Beatrix Potter Attraction in the English Lake District.

 

Windermere Steamboats and Museum– Windermere Tel: 015394 45565
Windermere Steamboats & Museum offers a unique and historic collection of Steam and Motor Boats, Steam Launch Trips, Shop and Refreshments, “Swallows and Amazons” Exhibition and a Model Boats boat pond with frequent demonstrations.

Honister Slate Mines – Honister Tel: 017687 77230
A great day out. A fully guided underground tour into the mine itself is available several times a day, detailing the history and spectacular features of the mine.

 

Aquarium of the Lakes – Lakeside Windermere Tel: 015935 30153
More than 30 spectacular, naturally-themed habitats bring the natural history of the Lake District vividly to life. Enjoy close encounters with hundreds of amazing creatures including trout, eels, pike, perch, giant crabs, rays and many more.

 

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway – Lakeside Windermere Tel: 015395 31594
Travel through time in the Lake District – ride on the train and help to preserve steam on one of the last Furness railway branch lines.

Pencil Museum– Keswick Tel: 017687 73626
Journey through the history of pencils and pencil making, with in depth information on such topics as: the History of Graphite Mining in Borrowdale, including a replica of Seathwaite Graphite Mine, Machinery Displays, Video Shows of Pencil Making & Artistic techniques, Children’s Drawing Corner and free Competition, Brass Rubbings, Artists’ Workshops.

 

The Lakeland Plastics Shop – Bowness Tel: 015394 88100
Visit the recession beating Lakeland Plastics shop for a spot of retail therapy. Discover kitchen gadgets that you never even knew existed! The cafe upstairs is fairly good

The Lake District Coast Aquarium – Maryport The new-look Lake District Coast Aquarium, has opened a new extension, the Wild Solway Centre, which is currently housing a shark exhibition and film. Other exhibits include fish and invertebrates in 50 displays and fish feeding demonstrations. It costs £5.75 for adults and £3.75 for children.

 

Dubwaite Silver Meadows – Keswick Well, it is a wetland nature reserve, which makes this new centre a perfect trip for a drizzly day. At the north end of Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick, this new centre has 70 acres of reserves teeming with native birds and wildlife. No wellies needed – you can make your way round on the eco-friendly boardwalk made from recycled plastic.

 

Peter Rabbit Garden at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness At the new Peter Rabbit Naturally Better Garden you can jump into the scene of one of Potter’s famous stories. Shelter in the green house and potting shed if it’s too wet, then nip outside in a dry window to explore the gooseberry bushes, fruit trees and rows of radishes, lettuce and carrots (the plant varieties adhere strictly to those familiar to Beatrix Potter). The rest of the attraction is indoors. It costs £6.75 for adults, £3.50 for children.

 

Theatre by the Lake– Lakeside, Keswick This stunning theatre, with views over Derwentwater, Borrowdale and the Western Fells, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in style. It has a host of summer productions this year.

 

Ullswater SteamersTake a tour of arguably the most beautiful lake in the country.

 

Appleby Swimming Pool, 017683 51212. The leisure centre, located by the River Eden, offers swimming lessons, Aquafit classes and sessions for all. The newly refurbished fitness gym is fully equipped for an effective workout.

 

Courtyard Gallery Appleby, 017683 51638. Housed in a 17th century Granary. Courtyard Gallery has a changing display of original paintings and etchings, which can be viewed in a relaxed atmosphere. Coffee, tea and home made cakes can be enjoyed whilst browsing.

 

High Cup Nick Winery, Keisley (4 miles from Appleby) 017683 53714 Cumbria’s’ only vineyard. Producing fruit wines, tasting, sales and light refreshments.

 

Kennedy’s Chocolate factory and cafe, Orton 01539 62478101539 624781. Kennedys Fine Chocolates is a small family handmade chocolate making company based in the village of Orton, midway between Kendal and Penrith, in Cumbria.

Crafty MonkeysCorney Square,  Penrith CA11 7PX  07595901977. Crafty Monkeys is a pottery and crafts studio in the heart of Penrith.

 

Abbot Lodge Jersey Ice cream farm– indoor and outdoor play area, Melkinthorpe Penrith 01931712720.

 

Redbarn Art Gallery, Melkinthorpe 01931 71240401931 712404. One of the most exciting galleries in the North West exhibiting the work of quality British and European Art with exhibitions changing every six (6) weeks.

 

The Hidden Corner Antiques, and tea shop Long Marton 01768361344. The Hidden Corner lies on the outskirts of the village of Long Marton approximately 3 miles from Appleby in the beautiful Eden Valley. Specialising in antique furniture, the Hidden Corner is in a unique position to display and store these larger items in our recently restored barn. Our aim is for quality, rather than quantity.

 

Penrith and Eden Museum, Penrith 01768865105. The Penrith Museum, along with the Tourist Information Centre, is located in the historical Robinson’s School, built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and altered in 1670. The Museum houses information and displays on the history, geology, and archaeology of Penrith and the Eden Valley. Among the exhibits are pottery from the Plumpton Roman fort, Maughanby ‘cup and ring’ stones, and a Skelton village medieval carnival. Exhibitions of historical and contemporary art are presented in the gallery area, added in the 1990’s.

 

Upfront Puppet theatre and Gallery, near Hutton-in-the-Forest Penrith 017684 84538. The gallery presents a changing programme of exhibitions every six weeks. It is the home of the “Upfront Cumbrian Artists Open” which takes place every January and February, exhibiting selected work from all over Cumbria.

 

Beckstones fine art Gallery, Greystoke Penrith 01768483601. Established in the 1970s, Beckstones Art Gallery has earned a reputation around the world for exhibiting high quality original paintings by a hand-picked selection of some of the finest contemporary artists in the United Kingdom. Our painstakingly chosen artists cover a wide and varied spectrum of styles, media and subject matter, but all have one essential ingredient in common – they all paint to a very high standard.

Hutton in the Forest Historical House, Hutton 01768484449. Welcome to Hutton-in-the-Forest, this ancient and historic Cumbrian house.

 

Dalemain Historical House Ullswater, 01768486223. Dalemain, near Ullswater in the Lake District, is a haven of tranquillity. Come and take some time out from the hectic stress of every day life, and spend a while strolling through the house and gardens in this peaceful corner of the Lake District.

 

Walby Farm Park, Looking for things to do or places to visit in the Lake District & Cumbria? For children’s days out in Cumbria, Hadrian’s Wall or South-West Scotland Walby Farm Park has it all! Enjoy a family day out at Walby Farm Park!

 

Quickly Workshops, www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/ 01768483984. More fabulous days dedicated to crafts, heritage skills, cookery, art, bees, bikes, bush craft, textiles sculpture & more.