Wow Go! – 10 Things to do in the Lake District

Arguably Britain’s most picturesque tourist hot-spot, the Lake District has long captivated travellers with its potent combination of breath-taking scenery, quaint villages and outdoorsy adventures. But if navigating through the extensive selection of activities and events on offer is threatening to kill your holiday-mood have no fear, we’re here to show you just how fun holidays in the Lake District can be:

 

1 – Country Shows and Festivals

If there’s one thing Britain knows how to do it’s put on a good festival, but whilst the rest of the revellers suffer the mud in the Isle of Wight we’ll be heading to the Keswick Beer Festival, a veritable paradise for beer lovers where you can sample an artisan brew (or 2…) whilst taking in live music and (hopefully!) catching some rays. Alternatively why not try something different and check out Kitefest where you’ll find everything from incredible kiting displays to a climbing wall and golf driving range.

 

2 – Visit Lake Windermere

As much as we advocate getting off the tourist trail, there are some things that are undeniably worth joining the masses for. Case in point: Lake Windermere – Measuring 10.5 miles in length, Britain’s largest natural lake is a must-visit whether you want fancy a Lake Windermere boat trip, get the adrenalin pumping on a jet-ski or capture photos from the safety of terra firma!

 

3 – Get Crafty

With our rather unseasonable climate no British break would be complete without a rainy day back-up! A unanimous hit on Trip Advisor, Crafty Monkeys is the perfect day out for big and little kids alike. Unleash your inner creativity on a pottery wheel, get decorative on your Chardonnay glass or funk up the garden with some new plant pots, all safe in the knowledge that the clearing up won’t fall to you!

 

4 – Take to the Skies (sort of!)

Get the adrenalin pumping and the palms sweating with a day out at Treetoptrek where an exhilarating course of swings, rope bridges, wobbly logs and zip wires awaits. Oh and did we mention it was set at between 4-17 metres above ground? Ideal for those seeking Lake District activities.

 

5 – Take a Trip Back in Time

From Peter Rabbit to Jemima Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter’s iconic fictional characters are bought to life through digital exhibits and interactive games at The World of Beatrix Potter. Perfect if you’ve got young kids (or just want a walk down memory lane!) the true magic lies in the award-winning tea room!

 

6 – Dine out

All that fresh air and endless walking is bound to cause a hearty appetite – and whether on a budget or blow-out break, no holiday is complete without dining out in style. If pennies are tight head to The Watermill, the only working watermill left in Cumbria that boats an award-winning café not to mention a host of breads, cakes and scones made from its own ground organic flour. Wanting to splash the cash? Head to L’Enclume, the brainchild of innovative chef Simon Rogan, where you can indulge in pure unrestricted foodie heaven. For other ideas click here to check-out The Telegraph’s guide to the Cumbrian food scene.

 

7 – Don Your Hiking Boots

With experts constantly extolling the health benefits of fresh air, who are we to argue with a gentle stroll? Especially when it comes for free! Whether you’re an exercise-phobe or fitness fanatic you’ll find a route to suit you in this comprehensive
guide to walking trails through The Lake District.

 

8 – Relax in Style

Us Wowcher girls love a bit of pampering, and whilst The Lake District’s idyllic views may be a treat for the eyes there’s nothing like a massage to restore tranquillity to the rest of the body! Check out the Blue Fish Spa: for decadent treatments sure to put the spring back into your step.

 

9 – Time for a Culture-Fix

No holiday is complete without a museum visit for your obligatory culture-fix, and whether its steam-boats, pencils, poets or mining that gets you hot under the collar, The Lake District’s extensive selection of quirky heritage hot-spots won’t fail to impress and surprise. Click here for a list of the best.

 

10 – Get Snap-Happy

Half the fun of going on holiday is boring friends and family with evidence for weeks to come! So whether you’re equipped with the latest DSLR or simply love nothing more than getting creative on Instagram there’s no better backdrop for creative photography than The Lake District. So why not grab a picnic and hit as many of these 10 photographic locations as you can. Enjoy!