The Lake District is renowned for its perfect scenery, glorious Lakes and fantastic walks but we think it is the small, unique attractions that are slightly further off the beaten track that make this area a truly outstanding place to visit. We know that our guests love to come back to the Lake District time and time again so we thought we would highlight some of these quirkier attractions so that you can enjoy a different day out next time you stay at Whitbarrow Hotel.
The Upfront Theatre, Unthank
Our first choice would have to be The Upfront Theatre, located just off junction 41 on the M6 – and quirky is certainly a word that can be used to describe this wonderful puppet theatre! All the puppets used are handcrafted in the workshop, making them totally unique and the perfect characters for the puppet shows hosted at the theatre as well as at various events around the Lake District. Not only can you enjoy a unique performance at The Upfront Theatre, you can also find a beautiful gift or memento of your stay in the Lakes in the wonderfully quaint gallery and gift shop before enjoying some delicious food in the Vegetarian Café. It’s not hard to see why The Upfront Theatre and Gallery was awarded “The Readers Choice” Cultural Award from Cumbria Life Magazine in 2019 and it is certainly one of our favourite places to visit… in fact, we look forward to seeing you there!
The Puzzling Place, Keswick
The Puzzling Place definitely gives that ‘WOW’ factor and is a really fun day out when you are in Keswick. The Puzzling Place’s ‘World of Illusion’ takes the theme of illusion and really runs with it, with an ‘Antigravity Room’, ‘Hollogram Gallery’ and ‘Eyelusions Exhibition’ amongst others. This is a fascinating excursion in to the world of optical illusion and will leave you literally not believing your eyes!
The Rum Story, Whitehaven
Step back in time and discover the story of the UK Rum trade, from its roots in the Caribbean rainforest through the impact of American prohibition all the way to the process of rum making in the original bonded warehouses of the Jefferson family business in the port of Whitehaven. If you are a fan of rum then this is definitely the place for you, there is so much to learn and you may even get a sample or two!
A trip to any of these wonderful attractions is certain to include lots of smiles and laughter… and a day without laughter is a day wasted!
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