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The Lake District , well known for its natural beauty and wide variety of outdoor activities, also offers a wealth of superb visitor attractions, festivals and events for all the family

Step back in time at one of South Lakeland's historic houses or fascinating museums, relax on a lake cruise or steam railway or follow in the footsteps of great literary characters like William Wordsworth , Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin who all lived in the Southern Lake District and whose homes you can visit.

Children can come face to face with animals from around the world at two wildlife centres, an aquarium and a sheep and wool centre or enjoy a magical indoor recreation of Beatrix Potter's famous characters. The whole family can explore deep underground in a slate mine too.

If you are looking for a souvenir of your visit, there are working potteries, photographic, art and craft galleries, design studios and plenty of other shopping opportunities, including an outlet centre in Kendal.

For those who want to get active, there's a climbing wall, leisure centre and a high wire adventure experience in Grizedale Forest!

These are just a few ideas for great days out in South Lakeland. Select any of the attractions in the list below for full details and enjoy what the area has to offer.

Windermere is a centre for watersports and climbing enthusiasts, but for the less adventurous visitor it also offers a multitude of charming shops, pubs and restaurants to relax away the day. Visit one of the many superb attractions, such as the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole and the Windermere Steamboat Museum.

There are walks to suit all abilities, ranging from shoreline strolls to energetic hikes up the fells, and the opportunities for outdoor activities are endless, from swimming and canoeing to water skiing and sailing.

At 10 and a half miles long and half a mile broad at its widest point, Windermere is England's largest lake. A trip aboard Windermere Lake Cruises allows you to enjoy the splendour of the scenery from a different perspective.