What to do on a rainy day …
We can all feel that summer has definitely gone and autumn is here, and (without being a kill joy) winter will soon be around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying Cumbria and the Lake District and all it has to offer.
Here are our top 5 activities for a cold and rainy across the county:
Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow:
Okay, cars may not be to everyone’s interest, but walking around the pristine museum you can’t help but marvel and that old and the new, the history of the local area and the appreciation and love so evidently put into it.
With some 30,000 exhibits assembled over a period of almost 50 years it is thoughtfully displayed alongside many non-motoring additions, with everything from racing cars to TT motorbikes, penny farthing bicycles to Donald Campbell Blue Bird replicas. There’s history about Backbarrow and the ‘Dolly Blue’ industry, a 1930’s mock car garage and all set in part of the original slate building.
Lakeland Motor Museum, Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8TA,
King Kong Climbing Centre, Keswick:
The Keswick based indoor climbing facility boasts one of the only indoor ice climbing walls in England, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
With over 20 years experience building climbing walls and combined instructor experience of over 50 years – there’s a climbing experience to suit everyone’s needs; whether you’re a family looking for fun, a beginner looking to learn or expert looking for a challenge King Kong Climbing Centre will have a wall, course or instructor for you.
The all-weather centre offers a range of climbing walls, varying in height, angles and overhangs as well as bouldering walls, indoor caving, ice climbing a hard play kid’s area and a café.
Heads Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5EZ,
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle:
There’s always something new going on at Tullie House, so there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied on an unpleasant day in Carlisle City Centre. With considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences. It also boasts a wide range of exhibitions and events, brought together in one impressive museum and gallery.
A fusion of old and new awaits you, the beautiful Old Tullie House, a classical Grade One Listed Jacobean building to the Border Galleries, full of interactive displays hands-on exhibits and even games: fire a Roman weapon, climb our life-sized section of Hadrian’s Wall or visit the badgers’ sett!
And for those older visitors a changing programme of temporary exhibitions compliments the permanent displays; contemporary arts are featured in the purpose-built Art Gallery, and exhibitions inspired by the museums own collections or the local community appear in the Special Exhibitions Gallery upstairs.
Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP,
The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven:
Situated on Whitehaven’s historic harbourside, the museum traces the social, industrial and maritime heritage of the area, using local characters, audio-visual displays and fascinating museum pieces.
The museum now features the Sellafield Story and looks at how West Cumbria supported the war effort and, afterwards, how new technology was pioneered right here to give the UK a nuclear deterrent. The museum also exhibits artefacts and historic evidence outlining Copeland’s explansive history from the settling of the Norse to the romans and how Whitehaven was transformed from a small fishing hamlet to one of the most important ports in the country by the influential Lowther family.
West Strand, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7LY,
Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside:
The Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit creatures from the lakes of the world along with those a littlecloser to home too. From marmoset monkeys and British sharks and rays to otters and diving ducks, as well as a collection of Lake Windermere’s most iconic – the Artic Char.
This fish was one of the first to enter the lakes after the last ice age and has evolved and survived the test of time. As a glacial fish, it seeks out the coldest water within the lakes in which it lives, typically the deepest waters. For this reason it is seldom seen by the general public.
Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8AS,