Ullswater Daff Fest

Ullswater Daff Fest

Join us in Ullswater for a series of events around the Ullswater Valley that enables everyone, both young and old, to delight in daffodils just as our local literary greats once did. Walk in the footsteps of Wordsworth, try a Botanical art course, take a ‘teddies go free’ lake cruise, dine at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party or go for a journey on an Ullswater Daffodil Canoe Trail.

Take a walk

William Wordsworth’s inspiration for his famous poem ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ came after he saw a band of wild daffodils on the lakeshore while passing by Gowbarrow Park on 15 April 1802. Why not get out there and see for yourself why he was so inspired by Ullswater.

Guided walks with LDNP Volunteer Rangers

Journey with Ullswater Steamers from Glenridding to Aira Force before joining a National Park Volunteer Ranger on one of their engaging guided walks. The walks are free, and you get a half price boat trip on Ullswater Steamers.  No need to book just turn up. Find out more.

Guided walks with Martin, Head Gardener at Lowther Castle

Experience huge drifts of daffodils which form an outstanding sea of colour through the gardens at Lowther Castle. £10 per person, book online. Or call  01931 712192.

Go it alone with a Wordsworth Point trail map

Pick up a National Trust trail map from Aira Force shop, and take a walk from Aira Force through Glencoyne Park and along the lakeshore to see his famous ‘host of golden daffodils’ at Wordsworth Point. £1.50 each, all proceeds go towards buying native daffodil bulbs to plant this autumn.

Fun for all the family

On the hunt for things to do during the Easter holidays? Look no further, we have all you and your family need to have a hopping good time at Daff Fest in Ullswater.

Teddies Go Free with Ullswater Steamers

Grab your teddy and hop onto an Ullswater Steamer for a family adventure. Children aged 5-15 years travel free with their teddies from Fri 25 March – Sun 10 April (under 5s travel free throughout the year). Look out for special Teddy Bears wearing daffodils, hiding on the Teddy Trail Quiz at Aira Force! Find out more.

Teddies Go Free on Ullswater Steamers this Easter
An Ullswater Steamers Teddy

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Inn on the Lake

Spend a quirky afternoon at Inn on the Lake this Easter Monday with afternoon tea in the Orangery and an Easter treasure hunt Eggstravaganza for the children. Afternoon Tea £18.50/person. Children £8.95/person. Find out more.

Take to the water

Set sail on a Daffodil Canoe Trail from Aira Force with Reach Beyond Adventure, stopping at Wordsworth Point to see the daffodils and then over the lake to Norfolk Island before returning to Aira Force. £15/person. Find out more.

Daffodil Planting at Glenridding Green

Help Glenridding plant over 500 wild daffodils on the green on Sunday 3 April from 10am. Just turn up with a smile and a trowel and help Glenridding start to look beautiful again. Dress for the weather! More information call 017684 82351 or email info@catstycam.com

Get creative at a Quirky Workshop

Artists and poets have long been inspired by the beauty and power of nature in Ullswater, this valley has featured in the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey and William Gilpin just to name a few. The Greystoke Cycle Café are running a series of creative workshops this spring, all taking their inspiration from colourful blooms and local wildlife. Find out more.

Indulge in the finer things

See Ullswater at a relaxed and luxurious pace with afternoon tea and a picturesque cruise, or enjoy an afternoon of music from Harpist Alison Horn with Inn on the Lake and Ullswater Steamers.

Enjoy 10% off food in the Lounge, Orangery or Lake View Restaurant at Inn on the Lake throughout the festival period. Simply mention Daff Fest 2016 when ordering.Terms and conditions apply.

Treat yourself with a stay at Sharrow Bay Hotel where, throughout Daff Fest, you can book at weekday stay in the Gate Lodge rooms for just £100/night (usually £150/night). Monday – Thursday. Includes Bed and Breakfast, two people per room. More details.

Come and join us this spring for a blooming good time. Booking is essential for some activities, see the full events listings here; Ullswater Daff Fest (PDF / 0.7MB) download .