Easter Break Ideas in the Lake District

14 March 2023


Whilst the Lake District is a stunning place to visit all year round, when it comes to catching the area at its best light, March through June can often be the most beautiful. Watching over the lakes as the sun rises and falls behind the stunning landscapes the area offers is a bucket list moment anyone should look to achieve. The best time to do this is during the Easter period. At this time of year, the sun is making itself known at a more reasonable hour, offering more time to the beginning of your day, enough to catch a morning hike before breakfast if you visit towards May and June time.

From April time, the entire district also starts coming to life, with no more winter dormant views. A beautiful array of colours returns to the area, along with a buzz of activities again. Throughout winter, many visitors centres go into slight hibernation to preserve themselves in quieter months. However, come March, their doors open again to welcome you to a world of history, culture and intriguing facts about the beauty of the Lake District. So, if you intend on making the trip to our luxury cottages in the lake district, we thought we would help make the visit more memorable with a collection of things to do in the Lake District area.

derwent lake

Keep Busy with the National Trust Sites

If you are looking to discover something new or would like to broaden your experience of the Lake District’s history, there is no better way to do this than with a National Trust site. There are ample historic homes and places of interest to spark the curiosity of all ages. So whether you want to get to know William Wordsworth and his childhood home or venture around the historical gardens of Sizergh Castle, you can rely on the National Trust to provide a range of events and activities within their stately homes, manors and castles throughout the Lake District area.

Getting back to nature during your visit to the Lake District is made easy with the help of the Lake District National Trust. Whatever sparks your curiosity or excitement, the National Trust can offer activities from bird watching to beautiful walks suitable for all the family. In addition, they host events across the entire district, taking advantage of the stunning sights the Lake District offers. The Trust also has an extensive profile of areas of natural beauty and can offer access to an array of stunning scenery and landscapes. So if you hope to catch a view or two, you can find many within the National Trust parks. One particular walk, covering Borrowdale and Derwent Water, offers beautiful Lakeland landscapes and spectacular scenery around Derwent waters with an accessible path to Frair’s Grag and Bowder Stone.

Potter Around with Peter Rabbit

It’s no secret that the entire world of Beatrix potter originates in the beautiful backdrop of the lake district, which is why little peter rabbit has many connections in the area. Last year marked the 120th anniversary of the bunny getting his very own story and brought thousands of people to the lake district on a Peter Rabit adventure. So, if you have a small kiddie or two, creating your peter rabbit exploration could be the perfect way to make this Easter a little more magical.

peter rabbit at windermere

There are many ways to hop onto your bunny experience, but the World of Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness is the most obvious place to begin. You can get to know the character, explore Peter Rabbit’s garden or even experience the sounds and smells that inspired the author. Another place to visit on your bunny adventure is Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Gardens. Beatrix Potter spent ten summers on holiday at the Lingholm estuary between 1885 and 1907, where her creativity took advantage of the stunning gardens. The infamous Mr McGregor’s garden was credited and inspired by the parks, and you can visit these and understand why this location was the perfect setting for her furry friends. Many attractions in the Lake District with Beatrix Potter connections would make a great adventure for any family, so don’t forget to add Wray Castle, Hill Top Cottage, and Beatrix Potter Gallery and discover all their connections to the beautiful Peter Rabit.

Brockhole Visitors Centre

If excitement for the family is what you are looking for this Easter break whilst visiting the Lake District, we highly recommend taking a trip to Brockhole Visitor Centre. When looking for adventure, getting back to nature and an abundance of fun activities, there is plenty to keep the whole family busy all day. Although many of their activities do remain open throughout winter, it is much more enjoyable in the spring and summer months when the risk of downpours and cold breezes is minimised (not eliminated, just minimised).

child playing in tree

The visitor’s centre, located near Windermere, also hosts many themed activities for Easter, including their Golden Bunny Easter Egg Hunt. Children (and adults) can explore the grounds in search of the golden bunny. Once you find the golden bunny, you can take a picture with the character and show it to the staff in the visitor’s centre to claim your prize. At just £4pp, it’s a brilliant game for the whole family to enjoy while enjoying the Brockhole grounds' beauty.

Fill Your Tums with Local Delicacy

The lake District offers very varied pastures, which provide a home for an array of vegetation and stock which can only be found in this area. So, whether you have a sweet tooth or looking for a signature dish to fill your tums at the end of the day, the Lake District has all you will need. There are many Michelin-Starred restaurants to visit in the Lake District, where you can enjoy the cosy aesthetic of a countryside pub or dine in luxury in one of the stately homes with a five-star restaurant overlooking the Lakeside. For example, The Bluebird Café sits on the edge of Coniston Waters and will provide an exquisite dish with a view. Many restaurants across the Lake District will offer specialist menus and dishes for Easter, so if you plan to dine out, we recommend booking a table in advance as these are usually very popular.

honey and bread

However, if you are looking for a cure to a sweet tooth whilst perhaps visiting our romantic cottages in the Lake District with a hot tub, there are many original factories which still produce local goods and foods. The most famous town for this is by far Grasmere. Offering the delicious Grasmere gingerbread, often described as the best gingerbread in the world, you could take a trip out to pick up a supply to enjoy amongst the bubbles of the hot tub or even as a gift for a loved one at home.

Where to Stay in the Lake District

Regarding luxury holidays, we can provide all you need with our self-catering holiday cottages. We have many accommodation options across the local area, from our plentiful group accommodation in the Lake District to our laid-back dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District. So whatever your family looks like, we will have a holiday home that will provide the perfect base for memories that will last until the end of time.

We want to make your Lake District stay nothing but luxurious. If we are not available to book your last-minute Easter break this year, why not plan ahead? Check out our many properties for the chance to experience the Easter holidays in the Lake District 2024, and for any questions, you can speak to us directly by enquiring online.

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