Jennings Brewery

Founded in the village of Lorton just outside Cockermouth by John Jennings in 1828, the brewery moved to its current home in Cockermouth in 1874, when it outgrew its home-brewed origins. Regarded as a traditional brewer Jennings use only the finest ingredients and pure Lakeland water drawn from their own well in its beers. The brewery runs tours most days, that give a fascinating insight into the methods used in the brewing process. The best bit however is getting the chance to taste the range of beers that Jennings brews at their very best.

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Ullswater Steamers

Relax and let someone else do the driving as you take to the water with the award winning, Ulswater Steamers. Originally used, not only to carry passengers but provisions, mail and slate, the steamers now give visitors the chance to view Ulswaters stunning vistas while cruising the lake. The company has five different steamers each with their own personality, so no two journeys will be the same. Further details along with the timetables and fairs can be found on the Ulswater Steamers website.

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Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate mine is England's last remaining working slate mine, and its very first Via Ferrata. The mine has guided tours several times a day where visitors can see the slate being split using methods that have changed little in the past 300 years. The Via Ferrata or Iron Way is a system that has been used in the Alps for some considerable time, Today Honister's Via Ferrata is an adventure climbing system that uses a permanently fixed safety cable, allowing visitors the sensation of being exposed on a rock face as they traverse an old miners' route.

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The World of Beatrix Potter

Immerse yourself in the world of Beatrix Potter, meet Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and all their friends before enjoying afternoon tea in the unique Tailor of Gloucester Tea Room. The World of Beatrix Potter is a magical indoor recreation of her books, complete with the sights, sounds and smells. Visit Mr Tod in his underground home or stop by Mrs.Tiggy-winkle's kitchen. But be sure to take care as you enter Mr McGregor's greenhouse where the tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, brought to life in three dimensions.

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Wordsworth House

Nestled in the quiet market town of Cockermouth is Wordsworth House the family home and birthplace of William Wordsworth a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature. The house had a £1m revamp in 2003 by the National Trust who wanted it to return it to a more authentic 18th-centuary setting. The house now offers a lively and participative visit with hands-on activities and costumed living history.

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