Things to do and see in and around Cumbria and the Lake District

The Lakes Distillery is a driving force behind a revolution of 'new world' whisky distilleries. As an English distillery based in the heart of the Lake District, our contemporary family of brands have to speak for themselves. Our signature spirit, the Lakes Malt, will not be released for general sale until 2018. But we don't stop at malt spirit.  

Find out more about our award winning family of spirits:

  • The one and only British Isles blended whisky, the ONE. 
  • The Lakes Gin, the only gin with true Cumbrian provenance.
  • The Lakes Vodka - the only vodka produced in the Lake District


Stuck for day out ideas? Take a trip to England's only true Mountain Forest which, luckily enough, also homes a high ropes adventure. Go Ape Whinlatter might just be the answer to your day out dreams! This is one of the highest Tree Top Adventures in the country, sitting at 360m above sea level. At that kind of altitude zip wires feel especially fast, particularly as you fly far above the waters of the Lake District! Over five areas challenge yourself to Tarzan swings, rope ladders and more. You can even find your way to the forest floor and try out a Forest Segway Adventure.

The World of Beatrix Potter is a vibrant family attraction, bringing to life all 23 enchanting stories in a magical recreation of the beautiful Lake District countryside. The exhibition features favourite characters from the famous books including Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggy-winkle, and the outdoor Peter Rabbit Garden offers visitors a timeless view of Mr. McGregor's vegetable patch. Kids can enjoy a free activity sheet whilst grownups absorb themselves in Miss Potter’s history in the fascinating virtual world and interactive area. With a superb character-themed family friendly cafe and a world-famous gift shop, all generations of visitors can experience a little bit of Beatrix Potter magic, whatever the weather!

With the backdrop of the Skiddaw massif journey on foot around the 24 acres of parkland visiting over 100 species of wild and domestic animals cared for in this beautiful setting by their qualified and highly motivated keepers.A range of engaging presentations take place daily bringing you closer to many of the park’s favourites.  Take a look at Tripadvisor for all the latest reviews.With conservation at the heart of our ethos we actively support three charities and as BIAZA members we participate in six endangered species programmes.  Please see section on conservation.  We also jointly manage two SSSI sites on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Whinlatter is England's only true mountain forest. Rising 1000ft above sea level, the forest and visitor centre provides a whole range of outdoor activities for everyone. 
Start at the visitor centre where the staff will give information and help plan your day. Enjoy some retail therapy in the forest shop or sample the home made food at Siskins café,
eating out on the balcony whilst viewing the woods, red squirrels and woodland birds

Local Pubs and shops



Oddfellows Arms Public house

The Old Smithy Tea room, Caldbeck


Hesket Newmarket:

The Old Crown Public house

Hesket Newmarket Brewery



Bridge End Inn Public house, Dalston – Tel: 01228710161

Blue Bell Inn Public house – Tel: 01228712061

Dalston Fryer Fish and chip shop – Tel :01228712862

The Country Kitchen tea room/coffee shop

Co-operative foods Store

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