location - things to do
There are many activities to do locally from walking and cycling to visiting these local attractions;
www.brantwood.org.uk Brantwood House
Former home of John Ruskin. Brantwood is the most beautifully situated house in the Lake District. Brantwood is both a treasure house of historical importance and a lively centre of contemporary arts and the environment, welcoming in the region of 30,000 visitors a year. Brantwood is open to the public all year.
www.ruskinmuseum.com Ruskin Museum, Coniston, Cumbria.
NEW BLUEBIRD WING' - extension to The Ruskin Museum, Expected to open late 2009 prior to the expected return of Bluebird K7 in late 2010 / early 2011
www.bluebird-electric.net Donald Campbell
Donald Campbell, who along with his father set a number of water speed world records on Coniston Water. Bluebird boat and body found and retrieved in May 2001. Remains finally buried in St. Andrew’s Church, Coniston, Cumbria, 12th September 2001.
www.hop-skip-jump.com The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere
The attraction includes all 23 Tales by Beatrix Potter, brought to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells. So you can meet Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s garden, discover Jemima Puddle-duck in the woodland glade and visit Mrs. Tiggy-winkle in her kitchen.
www.lakesaquarium.co.uk Aquarium of the Lakes
The Lakes Aquarium is top of the list of where to go and what to do in the Lake District. Visit us on the tranquil shore of Windermere for a great family day out.
www.lakesiderailway.co.uk The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
Welcome to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway here in the picturesque Leven Valley at the southern end of Windermere.
www.laurel-and-hardy.co.uk Laurel and Hardy Museum
Located in Ulverston, the birthplace of Stan Laurel, this museum chronicles the life and career of this great film comedy team.
www.breweryarts.co.uk Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal is a hub of creativity in the small South Lakes town. From humble beginnings as a small theatre, the centre now has a 450 capacity music venue, three cinemas, visual arts and photographic galleries, a drama studio, art and crafts workshops, darkroom facilities, playgroup and meeting rooms, a great restaurant, the famous Vats Bar, an art-house cinema and Warehouse Café and a fantastic theatre seating 260.
www.visitcumbria.com St. Oswald's Church, Grasmere
The 13th century nave holds several memorials, including several to the Le Fleming family of Rydal Hall, but the one most people come to see is that of William Wordsworth.
In 1850 William caught a cold on a country walk, and he died on 23 April, St George's day, 80 years after his birth. He and Mary who died 9 years later have a simple tombstone in the churchyard of St Oswald's Church, now one of the most visited literary shrines in the world.
www.rydalmount.co.uk Rydal Mount, Grasmere
This was Wordsworth's best loved family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. It was here that he wrote many of his poems, revised and improved much of his earlier works and published the final version of his most famous poem 'Daffodils'.
www.wordsworth.org.uk Dove Cottage, Grasmere
A fascinating guided tour of Dove Cottage. Admission into the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery (there are written and audio guides to guide you around).
www.abbothall.org.uk Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
Abbot Hall is an exquisite gallery in the north west of England on the edge of the Lake District. Works of art can be enjoyed in this beautiful Georgian villa, drawn both from its important collections and the changing series of exhibitions.
www.kendalmuseum.org.uk Kendal Museum, Kendal
Founded in 1796, Kendal Museum's fascinating collections include local Archaeology, History, Geology and Natural History from around the globe.
www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk Windermere Lake Cruises
Welcome to Windermere Lake Cruises - the most popular attraction in Cumbria. Windermere is England's largest lake, in the heart of the Lake District. We offer cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours - or you can even spend all day on and around the lake with our fantastic 'Freedom of the Lake'.
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