PLACES TO VISIT
In this section we have included places you need to walk to, places of natural interest, hosted venues, and some fab shopping.
Please note that we don't receive any commissions from the places we have been to see or the shops and suppliers we use.
Paula and Ollie have created such lovely surroundings for their contemporary art gallery. The gallery is housed in a 200 year old Cumbrian bank barn, and has been a major attraction in the Lake District for many years, selling paintings - both original and prints - as well as exhibiting jewellery, wood turning, sculptures, furniture, glassware, pottery , photographs, beadwork, silk scarves greetings cards and books. The exhibition area changes every month, showcasing a larger range of work from individual artists. I loved the fact that you can sit surrounded by these amazing items and enjoy the teashop. It's a very relaxing place, with a very restful atmosphere.
The Cheese Deli - have to say that I'm a complete cheese fiend so I love popping in here - the staff are really knowledgeable in helping you choose what type of local cheese you want to buy and you can also get some amazing cheese biscuits and chutneys, beers and jams as well. They do a fab hamper service so you can pick and choose what you want to go in your hamper - or leave it to them to fill to your budget - and then pre-pay and choose when you want it delivered.
The Soap Co, Keswick - this is where we get our smellies from for our rooms. The shop has a wide range of soaps, lotions, bath bombs and truffles and the staff are simply lovely. I love popping in here to see what the latest displays are over Valentines, Mothers Day, Easter, and of course for Christmas.
Keswick Market - this is every Saturday (apart from when it's blowing a hooley!) and also on Thursday's from end February onwards. Opportunity to buy some local honey, cakes, clothing, bakery etc. And sometimes there is a little owl you can go and see and hold on your wrist - so adorable
The Derwent Pencil Museum - home of the worlds first pencil. Discover their secret WW2 pencils with hidden maps, see one of the largest colour pencils in the world measuring almost 8 metres, The Queen's diamond Jubilee pencil and miniature pencil sculptures. And then you can buy your own Derwent pencils in the shop.
Keswick Museum & Art Gallery - founded in 1873, extended in 1905 to include The Art Gallery, and renovated and reopened in 2014. Awarded Best Small Visitor Attraction in 2015 at the Cumbria Tourism Awards, and Museum of the Year at the Cumbria Life Culture Awards. Run by the community, for the community and visitors, the army of volunteers are very welcoming. Home to three sets of Musical Stones which you can play, and a range of collections including geology, industrial history, and the Mountain Heritage Trust. The cafe overlooks the park and is run by Cafe West seven days a week, run by West House who provide support services and training to people with disabilities.
A really spectacular spot for a theatre. The restaurant and cafe attached to it is lovely, and dog-friendly,. Perfect for a bowl of soup after a walk, or a light meal before the theatre. We have been to see a show and have now become 'Friends of Theatre by the Lake', as we hope to see more. 'Beauty and The Beast' as a thriller at Christmas was a very clever production. Several guests have stayed specifically in order to go to the Theatre. Very clever productions where the cast have several roles, across one or two plays in the same week. Can't wait to see some more this year.
A charming trip around Derwentwater for about an hour. Have been several times with visiting friends. And you can take the dog with you. You can choose to go around the whole lake in one go, or get on and off at several points and walk back to Keswick, depending on how far you want to walk and if the little piers are open. The vessel is a traditional wooden launch and clearly well maintained. A great way to see the scenery and landscape from another perspective.
'Quite simply the best gingerbread in the world' is how they describe themselves and they're not wrong! Simply gawjus. It's not a traditional gingerbread or ginger biscuit. Just yummy. Definitely worth a stop by, and you can also pick up some other yummies like rum butter, chocolates, fudges, conserves etc. The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop nestles beside St Oswald’s Churchyard and The Wordsworth Hotel in the heart of Grasmere village in the Lake District, Cumbria. There are approximately four free car parking spaces outside the shop but waiting times are limited. Only guide dogs are allowed into the shop - which is tiny - so you're advised to remove your rucksack before you go in
Muncaster Castle is about 1 hours drive from Maple Bank and we think it's a day-trip. Your visit can include three flying displays: owls, birds of prey and wild herons. The owls display has all sizes, including a little baby owl that lives in burrows and hops along the ground to larger owls who swoop in, so best to remain seated. The Birds of Prey display includes eagles, vultures and even the wild kites very often join in. The finale is set to music and is quite magical. The wild herons are attracted by a free meal! A lovely location. Beautiful gardens that you can walk around in. Child's play area. Dog-friendly.