Easter in the Lake District
Easter is the perfect time to visit the Lake District. Not only does the beautiful Lakeland scenery come to life in the springtime, but there are plenty of family-friendly activities taking place in the area’s top attractions. The Lake District is also the former home of Beatrix Potter and birthplace of the world’s most famous literary rabbit, so there is also a fantastic Easter treasure trail which offers participants the chance to win some top prizes.
Here are some of the top things to see and do in the Lake District this Easter.
Daffodils on the Ullswater Way | Throughout March and April
If you’re visiting the Lake District over the Easter period, it’s well worth heading over to Ullswater to see the famous daffodils which inspired Wordsworth’s 1802 poem, ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’. One of the best ways to explore the area is by walking The Ullswater Way – a 20 mile route which takes you the whole way round “England’s most beautiful lake”. You can begin the route at any starting point and hop on a boat or open top bus if you would prefer to just walk the shorter sections.
Wordsworth House and Garden | From 24th March
There are also lots of things to see and do at Wordsworth’s childhood home over Easter. In addition to exploring the beautiful house and gardens, you can also visit Where Poppies Blow – a moving exhibition which commemorates the end of the First World War and celebrates the role of nature in sustaining soldiers in battle. There will also be the opportunity to learn Dorothy Wordsworth’s secrets and how she helped inspire the modern conservation movement in a new live exhibit, A Passionate Nature.
20th Cumbria Easter Rally | 31st March – 1st April
The Cumbria Easter Rally is now one of the largest commercial vehicle rallies in the country, and receives thousands of visitors each year. Free to attend, the rally features over 250 commercial working vehicles from the last century across seven locations – all of which are connected by a regular classic bus service. There are also plenty of stalls to browse and even an Edwardian fairground!
Where is Peter Rabbit? Treasure Trail | 4th April
The annual Peter Rabbit treasure trail is an exciting Easter activity which is perfect for all ages. Now in its 10th year, the trail spans across the Lake District, and treasure hunters are tasked with finding one of 100 special ceramic eggs using the Treasure Trail mobile app. Entry is just £5, with proceeds going to WaterAid, and there are top prizes up for grabs, including overnight stays, entry to top local attractions, and tickets to the upcoming theatre show Where is Peter Rabbit?’, which is playing in the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness.
Derwent Island House open day | 12th April
If you’re looking for a cultural outing with a difference, why not sign up for the upcoming Derwent Island House open day? You can take to the water and paddle across a short stretch of Derwent Water in a canoe before enjoying a 45 minute guided tour of Pocklington’s Georgian house and exploring the gardens and grounds. There are only five open days throughout the year and this mini adventure is the perfect way to learn about the history of the lake and experience some amazing views.
Activities at Whitbarrow | From 1st April
If you’re staying at Whitbarrow this Easter, there are plenty of activities to get involved in without even leaving the resort. From Easter egg hunts and craft sessions for children to bushcraft skills and team problem solving challenges, there really is something for everyone. Take a look at what’s on at Whitbarrow this Easter to find out more about our activities and information on how to book.
*Featured photo by Antonio Ron