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.
High Head Sculpture Valley– Near Carlisle High Head Sculpture Valley is an extraordinary display of life-sized wood, stone, iron and bronze sculptures in a wooded valley. If it gets too wet outside, there’s an art gallery that has temporary exhibitions and classes, plus a tearoom, farm shop and a spa, with treatments from £20 an hour.
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.