Things to see & do

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After school bushcraft

Tuesdays in September, 4-6pm for children of 4-14 years.

Meet us at the Footprint and we will go and play in the woods, learn some bushcraft skills and share a lovely meal by the campfire, before it's time for bed!

Woodland explorer week

Tues 26- Fri 29 August

Join us at St Catherine's wood for a four day woodland experience for 8 - 14 yr olds. An inspiring mix of bushcraft, greenwood carving, fire lighting, natural crafts, woodland games, shelter building, storytelling and adventure.

Don't miss

  • Soak up the views at Jenkyn's Field
  • Take a look inside quirky little Bridge House
  • Head up Queen Adelaide‚Äôs hill for stunning views over Windermere
  • Wander from Windermere to Troutbeck and explore Townend farmhouse
  • Relax with a picnic by the lake at Cockshott Point
  • Make yourself a wooden spoon at the Footprint
  • Marvel at the grand firs of Skelghyll woods

Take to the waters

Whether you fancy a kayak, canoe or a good old-fashioned rowing boat, there are plenty of ways to enjoy lake Windermere.

And with 18 islands to explore, you're sure to find something new each time.

Look out for...

The hungry caterpillar


On the march in August and September are caterpillars hatched from the eggs of moths and butterflies. They’re busy eating leaves ready to spend the winter as a chrysalis and hatch next year to start the cycle again.

Need a venue?

The Footprint, our beautiful straw-bale building, is available for hire.

Set in St Catherine's woodland close to Windermere, it makes a unique and inspirational venue for any kind of get-together.

Experience the Lakes

Keen to get outdoors but not sure where, when or how?

We love the places we get to work in within the Lakes and have plenty of ideas for fun and adventure in our valleys, lakes, hills and mountains.

Where next?

Allan Bank sits perched on a hill above Grasmere

Ambleside and Windermere are great places to explore from:

  • Head to Townend, our traditional farmhouse in Troutbeck
  • Go green: Jump on a ferry from Waterhead to Wray Castle and receive 10% off admission with this voucher.
  • Pop to Grasmere for a cup of tea and slice of cake at Allan Bank's new cafe