Destination Ambleside & Windermere for 2016 summer holidays

Whatever the weather, Ambleside and Windermere can engage, entertain and be the locations for enjoyment for families of all ages during the 2016 summer holidays.

Starting over in Windermere and The Lake District National Park Authority Visitor Centre at Brockhole which always has a diverse line up of events aimed at the whole family. This July and August enjoy everything from birdwatching to bushcraft and survival skills, guided bikes rides to weekly Wordsworth Wednesdays for tiny tots. A comprehensive details and a full schedule of events can be found at with some events and activities being free.

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This year is the year for any Beatrix Potter lover. This extremely talented and popular lady was born 150 years ago in July and Ambleside, Windermere and the surrounding villages and towns have events and activities on during July and into August to celebrate and mark her life. There’s film screening, exhibitions of her life and work both for children and adults with her botanical knowledge and creativity. There are tours, theatre productions and participation activitites, a schedule of all can be found via the National Trust here.

Thursday 28th July is where Ambleside is #theplacetobe. Ambleside Sports on its 200th year will be taking place on Rydal Park, just outside of Ambleside. This popular show has lots of traditional events such as Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, hound trails, cycling and fell races as well as trade stands, food, crafts and events especially for kids.

Look to the Rothay Garth Bed & Breakfast in Ambleside. Friendly and with private, off road parking, hearty breakfasts and both children and dog friendly too. Visit for more information and to check availability.