At our Agnes and Cat shop in Windermere we meet hundreds of lovely holiday makers who are looking for recommendations on where to go, where to eat, what to see and what to do! So we thought that it’d be a good idea to create a little guide of our top places to go whilst visiting the Lakes!
- Are you with your kids? If so then we’d recommend visiting Brockhole. As a family we used to go all the time when the kids were younger. Its a cheap & fun day out for all the family (as long as its not raining). It has a HUGE adventure playground which has lots of picnic benches around it for Mum & Dad to sit and relax on whilst the kids can go wild on the playground, releasing all of that excess holiday excitement. Its situated around Lake Windermere & has a car park for if you’re driving. We would also suggest taking a picnic but there also is a cafe. If the adventure playground doesn’t excite you then there are other things such as: pony rides, mini golf, exhibitions, boat hire and bike hire for the day. But during summer on a nice day it WILL be busy so get there early for a parking space!
- If you haven’t already, pop down to Bowness-on-Windermere which is 1.2 miles from Windermere down a hill. It has a nice array of shops and also has a few boat rides! You can either go on a motor boat, a rowing boat or a cruise. We would recommend going on the Windermere Lake cruise to Ambleside! Ambleside is a pretty little town and is nice to mooch about in. However you can even get the cruise to Brockhole and back if you fancy it. Cruise prices for adults are around £10 each but if you’re a family of 2 adults and 3 children the price is around £30.
- The next little town you should visit is Grasmere. Its famous for its Grasmere Gingerbread! We’ve found with the gingerbread, you’re either going to love it or hate it but its definitely something you should try out when visiting the Lakes. Grasmere is perfect if you want to go for a walk and see some countryside as is truly beautiful.
- For the more adventurous visitors we suggest you check out Go Ape. Its perfect if you’re with teenagers who would get bored sight seeing. However they do have a miniature Go Ape for younger kids. You may have to book in advance in the high season but its a fun day out (if you’re not scared of heights). There are many locations in the Lakes that Go Ape is at but Grizedale Forest is the closest to Windermere. Go Ape also provides a Segway experience where you can Segway through the forest!
- If you’re looking for somewhere to eat during the night around Windermere then we would recommend: El Porton, Wild & Co or Riva.
- If you’re wanting something during the day or a quick coffee & cake stop then we would extremely recommend Homeground. If you’ve visited our shop before then you will know how much we LOVE this place. The food is impeccable and we cannot fault it one bit. We would strongly recommend the donuts too… And the cake… And the coffee… Did we already mention the donuts?
- If theatres your thing then pop to Keswick and visit the Theatre by the Lake. It has some cracking shows.
We hope you have a fabulous visit in the Lakes!