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For great days out and cultural adventures… discover our Lakes Culture itineraries!
The spectacular landscape of the Lake District has been a huge influence on some of England’s best known and well loved writers.
This Autumn from 18 to 20 September in Grizedale Forest we invite you to abandon the city and join us in the Lake District for an exhilarating, and illuminating retreat.
The first-ever pencil was made at Keswick – from graphite mined nearby. The pencil industry continues there today – and Derwent pencils are used across the world. At the town’s Cumberland Pencil Museum you’ll discover lots of pencil-related stuff – including how to improve your observation and drawing skills.
A stroll from Ambleside up the long drive to Rydal Hall will take you along a sculpture trail through beautiful gardens and woodland. Marvel at the unique permanent outdoor exhibition of textile sculptures in Britain, alongside those in wood, metal and stone.
We’re starting at the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley with a British-style tapas lunch in the Beer Hall: how do you fancy Yorkshire pudding filled with local beef braised in Brodie’s Prime and horseradish sauce or perhaps bitter-battered plaice goujons and tartare sauce?
Cultural adventures by bike and boat! Search for sculptures and stories in the scenic Grizedale Forest and enjoy adventures by kayak on Coniston Water, with a memorable trip over to ‘Wild Cat Island’.
If you haven’t been there yet, you should drop into Beatrix Potter’s world-famous Hill Top farmhouse near Hawkshead, bought from the proceedings of her first book ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’, and also the inspiring Armitt Museum in Ambleside.
You’ve probably seen the Wordsworth houses in the central Lakes – so perhaps it’s time to stretch beyond the fells to the Georgian town of Cockermouth, and visit the house where William and Dorothy were born.
Enjoy a day of arts and culture in a creative Lakeland town… Kendal’s often bypassed en route to the more spectacular scenery beyond. But it’s the kind of town that rewards a day’s wandering, with little planned.