A Day in Penrith
27 June 2021
Spend a day in Penrith in the Eden Valley, where there’s always something waiting to be discovered. Mouth-watering food, outdoor activities and acres of tranquil space will keep you at your best in the very place that inspired the great poet, William Wordsworth.
Just outside the town centre, try spending the morning at Cocklakes Farm Shop where you can purchase some wonderful Lakeland produce to take back home with you. Before you shop, try the Rod & Reel Tea Room, which opens every day from 9am. Try free range eggs and Cocklakes bacon on toast for £4.95 or visit Granny Dowbekin’s Tearooms for breakfast with the best views.
Penrith Leisure Centre has a swimming pool, indoor bowling and a climbing wall. In addition to the fitness gym, the Leisure Centre also has Jungle Jack’s Adventure Soft Play.
Arts & Crafts
Penrith is home to a little pottery studio that welcomes all levels of craftsmanship and you can take away your masterpieces on the day. For something grander, try Lowther Castle and Gardens. Learn about the estate’s tragic history and explore the secret gardens and walkways. Also, check out Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre when it comes to the Lowther grounds for a spectacular show.
All that activity is going to make you hungry, so head down to the Pot Place Garden Centre which has a traditional farm shop and lots of other horticultural products. The venue also has a tearoom with an excellent selection including a traditional afternoon tea. If you’d rather have something a little less refined then head to Angel Lane Chippie for award-winning fish and chips.
For your evening’s entertainment, we’d recommend the Rheged Centre, a grass roofed Lakeland heritage centre turned multiplex entertainment venue. It’s perfect for picking up your Grasmere Gingerbread and houses one of the region’s best loved cinemas, with 3D viewing and surround sound.
Head further south to Aira Force, a stunning network of waterfalls near Ullswater. Aira Force is looked after by the National Trust with spectacular walking routes. Seek out the plunge pools and climb higher for lake views to die for. You can also visit the Alpaca Centre which is free. You can view the alpacas in their paddock and head to the grander shop and gallery, where there is a wide variety of alpaca clothing, paintings, sculptures and wood turnings.
After an evening stroll through the high street, you’ll be ready for dinner. So, visit one of Penrith’s finest restaurant’s – Four and Twenty. It’s a modern place serving locally sourced food, and they’re great at it. Bear in mind they don’t open on Mondays and service starts at 6:30pm on the remaining days of the week.