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Graythwaite Hall Gardens
Newby Bridge
Graythwaite Hall Gardens

"A spring garden landscaped by Thomas Mawson in partnership with Dan Gibson and Knill Freeman in 1895"

In a wooded valley of 12 acres exhibiting an extensive collection of rhododendrons and azaleas.

The Dutch Garden and Rose Garden are typical of the period and visitors can explore paths through lawns and woodland to gain contrasting views of their surroundings.

Towering above are some impressive trees, now giants sheltering smaller ornamentals and the Dogs cemetery and arboretum are havens of peace.

Graythwaite Hall,
LA12 8BA
Tel: 015395 31333

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis


"A unique and exciting blend of exotic wildlife and interactive 'hands-on' displays"

Exhibits range from chameleons to computers, from fossils to fossas and include some of the world's most threatened species which are kept here as part of international breeding programmes.

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis,

Tel: 015395 63027

Fitz Park


"One of the most attractive urban parks in the United Kingdom for over 100 years"

Only five minutes stroll from The Moot Hall in Keswick’s busy town centre, the broad sweep of Fitz Park offers residents and visitors rest and recreation in a splendid setting.

The smaller Upper Park has bowling and tennis facilities set among formal shrubberies and specimen trees. Lower Park is an impressive large open space dominated by mature trees and with views beyond to three thousand foot Skiddaw.

Bordered by the River Greta, the whole Park creates an oasis in a busy world. /fitz.html

Stagshaw Garden


"Created by the late Cubby Acland"

Within the woodland garden you will find a excellent collection of shrubs that includes rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias, embothriums and and ericaceous trees.

National Trust
LA22 0HE
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Lake District Coast Aquarium

"The best collection of native sea life in Cumbria"

An award winning, privately owned, medium sized aquarium which secialises in native British aquatic life and has 20 years experience of running public aquariums.

The Lake District Coast Aquarium,
South Quay
CA15 8AB
Tel: 01900 817760
Fax: 01900 817760

Acorn Bank

"Ancient oaks and the high enclosing walls of this delightful garden keep out the extremes of the Cumbrian climate, resulting in a spectacular display of shrubs, roses and herbaceous borders"

Sheltered orchards contain a variety of traditional fruit trees and the famous herb garden is the largest collection of medicinal and culinary plants in the North.

A circular woodland walk runs along Crowdundle Beck to Acorn Bank watermill, which although under restoration is open to visitors. The house is not open to the public.

Acorn Bank,
Temple Sowerby,
Near Penrith,
CA10 1SP
Tel: 017683 61893

Farfield Mill


Arts and heritage centre"

Located on four levels, with over 20 artists working in open studios.

Four large galleries, changing exhibition programme, working Victorian looms (working most days), craft shop and excellent home made food in the cafe.

Farfield Mill,
Garsdale Road,
LA10 5LW
Tel: 01539 621958

Cartmel Show
Cartmel Show

"The most comprehensive and picturesque show in the North"

Always a firm favourite with both visitors and locals.

Held on the first Wednesday in August and offers a profusion of family entertainment packed into the picturesque parkland setting of Cartmel Racecourse.

Cartmel Racecourse,
LA11 6QF

Show Secretary
Tel: 01524 733615



Theatre by the Lake

South Lakes Wild Animal Park

"They don't just talk about conservation, they do it!"

The North's leading zoo park is a unique safari on foot with many animals wandering free in natural surroundings.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park,
Dalton in Furness,
LA15 8JR,
Tel: 01229 466086
Fax: 01229 461310

Kendal Leisure Centre

"A warm welcome awaits visitors"

Facilities include a multipurpose sports hall/theatre, squash courts, fitness room, main and learner pools, sauna/solarium suite, bar lounge and cafe plus lots of free car parking.

Comprehensive range of holiday activities and special Monster Inflatable sessions in the pool.

Kendal Leisure Centre,
Burton Road,
Tel: 01539 729702

Fell Foot Park
Newby Bridge

"A Victorian park, restored to its former glory"

Offering substantial access to the lakeshore of Windermere, where there are leisure facilities in season.

Fine picnic areas and rowing boat hire make this property particularly rewarding for families.

Spring and early summer bring impressive displays of daffodils, followed by rhododendrons, and there are magnificent views of the Lakeland fells.

Fell Foot Park,
Newby Bridge,
LA12 8NN
Tel: 015395 31273
Fax: 015395 39926

Red Man's Way

"Red Man's Way and Miners Sculpture"

Red Man's Way is a recreational path running the length of Barrow's slag bank site in an area formerly occupied by the Hindpool Iron and Steel works.

In the 1870's this was the biggest Bessemer steel production plant in the world and employed over 5000 men.

The processes involved in the iron and steel industry often left the men covered in red dust.
Lake District Wildlife Park

"Home to hundreds of friendly animals"

Meet birds of prey, primates, reptiles and many other animals including popular pets in a beautiful location surrounded by lakes and mountains.

Lake District Wildlife Park,
Coalbeck Farm,
CA12 4RD
Tel: 017687 76239


Hope Park

"Enjoyed by many thousands of people every year"

Hope Park, strategically located between town centre and lake, was donated to the town in 1925 by Sir Percy Hope. The land was previously an area for the grazing of horses which were used to transport charabancs from Keswick Railway Station to the various hotels in the town.

The Park was opened as a golf course on the 27th May 1927 by Mr J H Taylor, who was the British Golf Champion at that time.

After the death of Sir Percy Hope OBE in 1974 the Hope Park Charitable Trust took over the running of the park in his memory. This magnificent park gives pleasure to all who enjoy its quiet areas and who take delight in watching the seasons change. /hope.html

Holme Open Farm


"Traditional Dales working farm"

Holme Open Farm welcomes school visits and families, with tours of the farm giving children chance to touch, hold and feed as many different types of animal as possible.

Holding and bottle feeding baby lambs is really exciting; stroking the goats and kids and sometimes being nibbled by them produces shrieks of laughter!

And feeding the tiny chicks and holding them amuses even the most timid of children.

The ducks, geese, pigs, pony and kittens are also there for everyone to meet.

Holme Open Farm,
LA10 5ET
Tel: 01539 620654

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