Wet-weather activities in the Lake District


We hope you will enjoy lots of fabulous sunny weather during your stay in the Lake District, but there are, of course, times when the sunshine just won't come out to play! So if you'd rather cosy up somewhere nice and warm than brave the elements, here are some fantastic ideas for places to go on a rainy day!

Cosy up by the fire in a Lakeland pub!

Wilson Arms Pub in the Lake DistrictWhere better to hide from a sudden downpour than a traditional Lakeland pub or inn?! Stop off for a leisurely lunch, and enjoy one of the many fantastic local ales the area has to offer! 

We recently listed some of our favourite pubs with cosy firesides here. And if you're on holiday with your pooch and wonder which pubs accept dogs, we've also compiled a list of our top 20 dog-friendly pubs in the Lake District!

Visit The Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite

Lake District Distillery in BassenthwaiteIf you want to transform a rainy day into an extra special day to remember, pay a visit to the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite! Once a Victorian cattle farm, the buildings here have been lovingly transformed into a world-class visitor attraction, and you can take a guided tour of the distillery process, experience a tutored tasting session, and finish off with lunch, afternoon tea or supper at the Bistro at the Distillery. Don't forget to stop by the shop for some gorgeous gift ideas too.

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Explore the Derwent Pencil Museum, Keswick

Pencil Museum in Keswick, Lake DistrictFollowing the discovery of graphite in the Borrowdale Valley in the 1500s, Keswick became home to a thriving cottage industry manufacturing pencils! The Cumberland Pencil Company started production in 1832, and the modern-day pencil museum stands on the site of the original Keswick factory. Enter the museum through a replica graphite mine, see one of the world's largest colour pencils (at almost 8 metres!), and stock up on some artist's goodies in the shop! Guests of Sally's Cottage can also get a buy-one-get-one-free offer on entry tickets. Contact the office after your booking for further details!

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Step back in time at Keswick Museum

Keswick Museum in the Lake DistrictThe Lake District has a fascinating geological, historical, industrial and literary past, and you can find out more on a visit to Keswick Museum. Just five minutes from the centre of Keswick, the museum is home to a variety of collections, and there's always something new to discover in its latest exhibitions, too!

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Seek out the Lake District's indoor climbing walls

King Kong Climbing Wall in Keswick in the Lake DistrictIf you're looking for somewhere the kids can let off steam, an indoor climbing wall is the perfect place to go! Kong Adventure (Keswick), Keswick Climbing Wall, Lakeland Climbing Centre (Kendal), and Ambleside Climbing Wall all have cafés, too, so if climbing isn't everyone's thing, there's somewhere to sit and relax in comfort - perhaps even with a slice of cake!

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Take a Jennings Brewery tour in Cockermouth

Jennings Brewery in CockermouthJennings has been brewing for almost 190 years now, and it produces a number of award-winning ales. Founded in the village of Lorton in 1828 by John Jennings, the brewery eventually moved to its present site in Cockermouth where you can take a tour and discover more about the history and brewing processes for yourself. Did you know, for instance, that Jennings uses pure Lakeland water drawn from its own well? Don't forget to stop by the shop for some samples to take home too!

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Spend the day at Rheged, near Penrith

Scafell Pike at Rheged Cinema in the Lake DistrictRheged is a great place to spend the day if you're on holiday with small children, as there's plenty to keep them entertained, including an indoor play area, children's activities, a giant cinema screen, live-streamed theatre, and events throughout the year. With a choice of three restaurants and cafés, you can enjoy a full meal or a simple snack, and there's a small selection of gift shops, a local food outlet, and an exhibition area to explore, too!

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Meet Peter Rabbit and his friends at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness-on-Windermere

The World of Beatrix Potter in BownessA must-see if you have young children, the World of Beatrix Potter is a wonderful experience for the whole family! Learn about Beatrix Potter in a 5-minute introductory film and marvel at the adorable characters and scenes that have been recreated here, including the inside of Mr McGregor's greenhouse and Jemima Puddle-Duck's woodland glade! Then stop for a bite to eat in the Beatrix Potter-themed tea room!

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Venture beneath the surface at The Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside, Newby Bridge

Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake DistrictThe perfect day out for those who love wildlife and the seashore, The Lakes Aquarium is host to creatures from the Lake District and around the world. It's also home to the world's first Virtual Dive Bell where, using state of the art technology, you'll come face to face with sharks and crocodiles - without the danger or the need to get wet!

You'll also get to experience the amazing underwater tunnel and see what lies beneath the waters of Windermere. Look out for feeding time, when the diving ducks leave the water's surface and dive deep in search of food! And talking of food... Round off your trip with a visit to Oscar's Café, where you can look along the lake and watch the boats come in!

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Take a nostalgic look at transport on a visit to The Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow

While in the South Lakes, car fans will definitely want to check out the Lakeland Motor Museum for a fascinating look at historic cars, motorcycles and bicycles. The museum is situated on the former Backbarrow Blue Mill site, which originally manufactured the laundering product known as Dolly Blue! There's also an exhibition dedicated to the life of legendary speed record breaker Donald Campbell. Stop off at neighbouring Café Ambio for great food in a lovely setting by the river.

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Enjoy the views from Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere

Blackwell Arts and Crafts House in WindermereWe absolutely love a visit to Blackwell on a cold, drizzly day! The house itself is an important example of architecture from the Arts and Crafts movement and the iconic White Drawing Room is a great vantage point from which to look out over Windermere - even if it is a little misty! The ever-changing exhibitions feature the creations of a variety of artists, and there's a lovely tearoom with great food, too.

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Even if you do encounter the rain during your time in the Lake District, we hope we have inspired you with ways to get out and still really enjoy your day!

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