Things to see & do
Get the wow factor this summer at our amazing places and spaces across the North West. We’ve new exhibitions, blooming gardens, 50 things adventures and much more. Try; hopping on a boat across Lake Windermere to Wray Castle, enjoying the change of scenery at Aira Force, walking the coastal reserve at Speke Hall or taking up a new sport at Lyme Park.
Picnics in paradise
Want to dine al fresco? Here’s our top three picnic spots in the North West.
- Lyme Park - you’re sure to find a spot with 1,400 acres to choose from. You may only have the deer for company.
- Wray Castle - eat in style within the grounds of this mock-gothic castle, or by the shores of Lake Windermere.
- Alderley Edge - look no further for a view of Cheshire, simply stunning countryside.
50 things to do before you’re 11¾
If you’re under 11¾, see what 50 things is all about. Here’s a few of our favourites:
- Fly a kite on Cage Hill at Lyme Park
- Explore inside a tree at Wray Castle
- Go stone skimming at Fell Foot
- Make a grass trumpet at Sizergh
- Jump over waves at Formby
- Go on a barefoot walk at Hare Hill
Dreaming of a summer escape? We make a stay in the Lakes easy.
If you want to access the high fells, try sleeping under canvas at Wasdale. To camp in style (and right near our pub) try glamping in a pod at Great Langdale. If it’s a cottage view you fancy, try staying on the edge of Lake Windermere. We’ve options to suit all different groups and budgets.
The Stamford Military Hospital
During the First World War, Dunham Massey became a military hospital, becoming a sanctuary from the trenches for almost 300 soldiers. To mark the centenary, we’ve embarked upon a dramatic transformation turning this country house into The Stamford Military Hospital.
Heroes of Adventure
Brand-new exhibition, throwing light on what life was like during the First World War at Quarry Bank, Styal.
Quirky kitchen café at Allan Bank
Quite different to our traditional tea rooms, this is a warm and homely kitchen where you can sit at the big refectory table and help yourself to sandwiches, soup, cakes, snacks and drinks.
On holiday with Beatrix Potter
If you’re holidaying in the Lakes this summer, why not compare your trip with Beatrix’s? Over at the Beatrix Potter Gallery.
Manchester Snowdrop City
13 - 21 September
This September to mark 100 years since the First World War, we will be working with people in and around Manchester to plant over 100,000 snowdrops across the city. Find out more about the project and how you can get involved.
Fancy relaxing with something delicious to eat? Try:
- an Edwardian high tea at Lyme Park
- afternoon tea in the stables tea-room or restaurant at Speke Hall
- cream or high tea at Mrs Dale's Pantry, Little Moreton Hall
- Victorian high tea at Rufford Old Hall
- an award-winning afternoon tea at Dunham Massey
We set 4 families the challenge of 4 outdoor adventures at 4 of our places. Watch out for the Gorton family on a bug hunt, the Talbot family with Mr Tibbles, the Gaughan family plus deer, and the Kirby and Long families enjoying a spot of archery. All at Quarry Bank, Dunham Massey, Tatton Park and Lyme Park. Where's your favourite place for a family day out? We'd love to see your photos on Facebook or Twitter.