Vacationing in a group is great when everyone gets along, and nothing beats making those memories together. But sometimes - whether you're travelling with family, a group of friends, fellow students abroad, or even colleagues on a corporate retreat - people want different things out of a trip. This brings us to the UK's legendary Lake District and the surrounding region - together, a terrific place to find activities for just about anyone. With the range of things to do in this area, you and your group can fully enjoy a vacation together even gif different people do different things.
Check out these specific Lake District region travel activity ideas for when you finally have time to head off on a trip like this.
Lake District National Park
The "outdoorsy" people in the family or group will love exploring the boundless beauty of the actual Lake District National Park. No one will get to all 912 square miles, mind you, but from guided walks through natural areas
, to water sports in the lake themselves, there's outdoor activity to be had for everyone - young, old, adventurous, or relaxed. Brampton is a good place to stay if you're looking to arrange a trip primarily around the outdoors. You can find a B&B that will give you easy access to the rest of the region during your stay.
Casino in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
If you're staying in the Lake District area and need a break from nature (perhaps because you're tired from a hike, or you get a rainy day), the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne is just a little over an hour's drive away. There's plenty to do in a city like this, but if you're specifically looking for some indoor recreation, Newcastle is home to a host of enjoyable casinos. Despite the availability of online casino games
that have become very popular in the UK, casinos like The Gate, Aspers, and the Grosvenor have survived, and even thrived in recent years. So if you or anyone win your group are a fan of gaming tables, bars and restaurants, or even the in-person versions of those popular online slots, one of these places can make for a nice way to mix up your trip.
Isle of Man
The Isle of Man, located off the coast to the west of the Lake District National Park, is famous for its annual motorcycle race in June. But if extreme sports or large crowds aren't your favourite things (or you're just not there in June), you and your group can head over just to enjoy the sights as well. There are several castles on the Isle, including Castle Rushen, Peel Castle, and Bishopscourt. You can visit one or all of them if you plan accordingly, and for that matter this is even a good way to break up the group if people want to do different things. A day trip to the island for a castle tour may be a nice alternative, for instance, if others would prefer to venture to Newcastle, or take an ambitious hike through the park.
Back on the mainland, the Lake District is divided into five regional segments, and each has its own historic places to visit. One highlight, for anyone in the group who enjoys this sort of tourism, is the Dalemain Historic House in the Eastern Lake District. At this gorgeous, stately mansion (which may remind some of the Pemberly estate from Pride and Prejudice), you can take a tour of the property and gardens before enjoying a meal in the tearoom
. Another unique historical landmark in the area worth your time is the picturesque ruin of Shap Abbey. And for further historical tourism, in the Northern Lake District, you can visit the Castlerigg Stone Circle - a mysterious old monument, thousands of years old and reminiscent of Stonehenge. All in all, places like these can provide further activity in the area for anyone less inclined toward park adventures.
Hopefully the above ideas convey that the Lake District and the surrounding regions can make for an ideal vacation spot for a group of people with different interests. While there's plenty for everyone to enjoy together, there's also bound to be an activity just about everyone can find particular joy in.