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4 Top Family Things To Do In Newby Bridge

lakeside to bowness lake cruises

I was soooo looking forward to our weekend break away, I’d been planning to have a night away with my hubby for his birthday for quite some time and I really love The Lakes, but I’ve never explored Newby Bridge so I’m searching for all the best deals , like you do! when I came across a great deal for The Knoll, and came up with 4 top family things to do in Newby Bridge.

It’s location was perfect! and as we were only staying for one night I wanted to fit as much in as I could, keeping everything crossed the weather would be kind to us. Now we were ready to go! 🙂

The Lakeland Motor Museum

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As we arrived at Newby Bridge we were far too early to check in, as I was up at the crack of dawn sooo excited for our road trip you’d think it was my birthday! anyway we didn’t wait round we headed straight for our 1st port of call The Lakeland Motor Museum, probably one of the largest collections of motor memorabilia in the UK. As my hubby loves anything to do with cars and motorbikes I knew he’d love it here my only concern was that I could keep our little man from touching everything in sight and stop him climbing into all of the beautifully displayed cars!

lakeland motor museum


This place was so much more than a museum with over 30,000 exhibits to feast your eyes on from classic cars, motorbikes, pedal cars & cycles to period shop displays with historic female fashion it was stepping back in time looking through the shop windows there was something for everyone to enjoy. As you walk passed all the classic cars and motorbikes it gives you a real sense of how motoring has changed over the years and there really are some weird and wonderful contraptions that you can’t believed people actually travelled round in that way, just wish you could actually have a go in them, how much fun would that be!

4 top things to do in newby bridge lakeland motor museum


James was fascinated with all the displays, as he loves cars as much as his daddy, and luckily he couldn’t break into these display cabinet’s! I have to say James did really well walking round I think there was so much to look at that we could keep him easily distracted just before he was about to try and climb in a classic car we quickly escorted him to the next display, Yay! Not only were there plenty to see on the floor when you looked up there was an old plane and hot air balloon with mannequins in to which  James was mesmerised, loads of fun things to see and keep little ones amused.

4 top things to do as a family in newby bridge


campbell bluebird newby bridge


Luckily this model was only a replica! at the Campbell Bluebird Exhibition, which is in a different building to the museum, and is a great tribute to Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell racing career. Walking to the exhibition James could run round to his hearts content and look at some early models of caravans and play in a giant tyre on the way!

For more information and discount prices here’s a link to their website,

After we had checked in and quickly dropped our bags off we headed straight down to Lakeside pier, where you can park the car 10 hours for £4, and take a lovely cruise on Lake Windermere to Bowness. The fare is £11.30 return for each adult and under 5’s travel free but you can make it cheaper if you book 1 or 2 attractions there’s more information on their website with cruises and timetable in this link,  

The Lake Cruises

lakeside windermere lake cruises


lakeside to bowness lake cruises


The Windermere cruise is a must when getting from one place to another in the Lake District. It’s a great way to travel and take in all the beautiful scenery up and down the lake, watching the wildlife and the boats is so relaxing. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating and refreshments are served on board. The lakeside to Bowness cruise is a 90 minute round cruise but it’s great to jump off the other end and explore beautiful Bowness then return later, each cruise gives commentary on the local history and points of interest surrounding Windermere. James loved it!

bowness on winderemere


There’s always lots of wildlife to capture your little ones attention James absolutely loved watching the geese, ducks and swan’s all along the water front. There’s lots to see and do in Bowness-on-Windermere, from boat tours to visiting Beatrix Potter World, your never stuck for places to eat or drink or seeing lovely gift and speciality shops all near the water front and the town is only a few minutes walk. There’s always something going on, James spotted the fun fair and quickly headed straight towards it.

fun fair at windermere on bowness


This was James first visit to a fun fair and hook a duck with his daddy to win a prize, aww his little face was priceless think daddy enjoyed it to!

fun fair bowness on windermere


fun fair in bowness on windermere


After a fun filled afternoon and managing to keep James busy when the heavens opened.  We headed back into the town to check out Bowness-on-Windermere speciality shops, and bought a few items to sample ie, lots of local homemade fudge! we also picked up a beautiful little Peter Rabbit pencil, which ended up being a show stopper when James kept putting it up his nose to amuse all the visitors whilst waiting in the queue on our return to Lakeside, he thought it was hilarious! 🙂

The Knoll Newby bridge


After such a busy day it was lovely to return to our beautiful little country house for something to eat and drink enjoying the peace and quiet of its location. We had two food platters, meat and fish, they were delicious and plenty for three. The staff were so friendly and couldn’t do enough for us.  James was shattered and didn’t take long before he was tucked up fast asleep.

the knoll newby bridge


Here’s James helping with the tea’s!  After we had all filled our boots, the breakfast was amazing cooked to perfection! We headed back down to the Lakeside pier for day two, Lakes Aquarium and travelling on a stream train to Haverthwaite station.

The Lakes Aquarium

lakes aquarium newby bridge


As we arrived at Lakes Aquarium we couldn’t have timed it any better, it was feeding time for Olly and Lucy, two beautiful otters. James loved that he could watch them eat, there was also an underground tunnel which you could see the otters run through, James couldn’t take his eyes off them they were very friendly little otters. After their feeds we carried on walking through the aquarium to discover rock pools filled with star fish, hemit crabs and lots more just pick up a magnifying glass and explore.

lakes aquarium newby bridge


lakes aquarium newby bridge


This is a great place to visit for all the family I would recommend you visit if you’re staying in Newby Bridge, especially when its pouring down it will keep your little ones busy for a couple of hours, there’s lots of different fish and creatures, and a seating area inside where the kids can sit and colour or make some crafty stencils of crabs and different fish right next to the rock pools. Really child friendly James could see most fish through the glass displays, or climb up to view the rock pools, which was great! For more info here’s a link on prices and opening times 

The Lakeside & Haverthwaithe Railway

lakeside & Haverthwaite railway



the lakeside and haverthwaite railway newby bridge


For all you Harry Potter enthusiasts this was like stepping on the Hogwarts express, or as near in real life that you could. It was brilliant! we actually sat in an old carriage and shut the door, like in the Harry Potter films it was like stepping back in time listening to the real stream engine chugging along. In reality we were travelling to Haverthwaite station which has a picnic area, woodland play area, an engine shed where you can walk round, a gift shop with lots of Thomas the tank merchandise, and a station restaurant which serves afternoon tea. Unfortunately little man was shattered and fell fast asleep on the journey so we enjoyed our coffee’s relaxed and enjoyed people watching at the station before returning back to Lakeside. Here’s a link for more info on train times and upcoming events

lakeside & haverhwaite station newby bridge


Here’s My Top 4 Things To Do As A Family In Newby Bridge

1, Lakeland Motor Museum

2,  Windermere Lake Cruises

3, Lakes Aquarium

4, The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

I hope if you’re heading to the Lake District and stay in Newby Bridge my Top 4 things to do will help keep you and your family entertained whilst exploring some of the most beautiful countryside in the U.K. Enjoy your family days out this summer whatever you are up too! 🙂


Mandy x


Mandy J McDonald

Author: Mandy J McDonald

A UK Family Lifestyle & Days Out Blogger – Sharing our mini family adventures & my love for all home and garden inspirations with lots of tips & tricks!!!

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8 Comment

  1. Reply
    Sarah Christie
    August 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Aw I love the Lakes but have never been to Newby Bridge I don’t think? Such a fab post with loads of tips and I love the photo of James asleep it is so so cute Mandy xx

    1. Mandy J McDonald
      Mandy J McDonald
      August 18, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Aww thanks Sarah it’s a beautiful place to visit not as busy as most areas in the lakes and loads of things to do! We definitely kept little man busy haha xxxxxx

  2. Reply
    Katie Mulford
    September 26, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve never been to the Lake District but it’s on my list. Looks like you had an amazing time! #ExplorerKids linky

    1. Mandy J McDonald
      Mandy J McDonald
      September 26, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks Katy we had a fab time! 🙂 It’s a great place to visit there’s loads to see and do all round the Lakes! xx

  3. Reply
    Sarah Stockley
    September 27, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I have never been up that way before (southern softie) but I would totally love to – it looks beautiful. Sarah #ExplorerKids

    1. Mandy J McDonald
      Mandy J McDonald
      October 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      🙂 It’s a beautiful place Sarah you would love it, there’s loads of places to explore with the little ones and you can wander off into the lakes and not see a soul in certain places it’s such a beautiful place xxxx

  4. Reply
    October 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful time. P.s. your little one has the cutest hair!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us. My apology for the delay in commenting. I hope you can forgive me! xx #ExplorerKids

    1. Mandy J McDonald
      Mandy J McDonald
      October 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Aww no worries Su I know you’re a very busy lady love your link up #ExplorerKids and yes we had a fab time and thanks I love his hair too! 🙂 xxxx

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