Workington, Cockermouth and the Northern coast

Bank Mill Nurseries
Plant sales and nursery, nature reserve, butterfly house, reptilia, children's play area, ferret world, coffee shop, restuarant, animals and birds, picnic area. Mid-size attraction in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and next to Site of Special Scientific Interest. Wheelchair friendly. Opening times and admission details on website Children must be accompanied by adult in attractions. Beckfoot, Silloth-on-Solway CA7 4LF 01900 881340
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Senhouse Roman Museum
Roman military altar stones, Romano-British religious sculpture, children's activities, dramatic cliff site in former battery next to fort, N edge of Maryport at end of Promenade. The Battery, The Promenade, Maryport CA15 6JD. Small attraction. Opening and admission details on website or telephone 01900 816168
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Lake District Coast Aquariumm
Marine life of the Irish Sea in 50 themed displays, some gentle touching allowed. Also gift shop, cafe, aquablaster game, radio controlled boats. South Quay, Maryport CA15 8AB, part of docks and marina complex at south end of town. Fish feeding demonstrations. All details on websiteMid-size attraction but can be returned to all day with admission ticket. Also miniature golf, adventure playground (ages 5-15) and other attractions. 01900 817760
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The Gincase
Animal paddocks with rare breed farm animals and poultry, pets to stroke, outdoor play area, playbarn, walk-through aviary, art gallery, tea room, craft shop. Tea room, craft barn, gallery free. Admission details and opening times on website Small to mid-size attraction. 2.5miles S of Silloth, turn inland off B5300 at Beckfoot. Mawbray Hayrigg, Silloth. Wigton CA7 4LL 016973 32020, 016973 31443
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Walby Farm Park
National Farm Park attraction of the year 2010, Cumbria Tourism Award winner 2009. Outdoor play areas, trampolines, nature trail, off-road driving, farm animals and pets, plus county's largest indoor play area with 24ft demon drop slide, cafe, shop. Mid-size attraction. Crosby-on-Eden CA6 4QL 4 miles E of Carlisle turn off A689 to Walby 01228 573056
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High Head Sculpture Valley
Sculptures by Jonathan Stamper in natural woodland valley, art gallery, tea room, farm shop, play area, spa beauty treatments and therapies, woodland walks. Mid-size attraction. Opening and admission details on website or telephone 016974 73552 High Head Farm, Ivegill, Carlisle, CA4 0PJ on minor road 6 miles S of Carlisle, 2 miles SE of Stockdalewath, look for sculpture.
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Solway Coast Discovery Centre
Exhibition showing the environment, heritage, history and development of the Solway Coast over the past 10,000 years. Film of Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Art gallery, tourist information, shop. Small attraction. Liddell Street, Silloth-on-Solway CA7 4DD on N edge of town off Skinburness Road 016973 33055
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Wordsworth House and Garden
Poet's birthplace and childhood home in Cockermouth. Georgian townhouse, walled garden, hands-on activities. Watch the servants and help them with daily routine, family activities in school holidays. Small attraction. National Trust gift shop next door. Gift aid admission. Details on trust website or members' handbook. Main Street, Cockermouth CA13 9RX 01900 820884 (info line) 01900 824805 (office)
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Go Ape
Obstacle course through the tops of trees. Min age, height and max weight apply. Under 18s must be supervised by participating adult. Participants should be able to climb rope ladder. Whinlatter Forest Park, Braithwaite, near Keswick CA12 5TW. Off the A66 W of Keswick take B5292 and follow forest park visitor centre signs. Mid-size attraction. Book on 0845 643 9086 or click the link:-
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Jennings Brewery
Tours of traditional brewery which has its own pure water well, bar and shop. Tours for over 12s only. All details from website or telephone 01900 820362 Jennings Brewery, Castle Brewery, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9NE
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Trotters World of Animals
Collection of wild animals from all over the world in large open air complex. Play areas, picnic areas, birds of prey flying displays, handling certain animals. Mid-size attraction. Coalbeck Farm, Bassenthwaite CA12 4 RD follow brown tourist signs on A591 at N end of Bassenthwaite Lake. 017687 76239
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Osprey Watch
Ospreys, fish eating birds of prey with a nearly 5ft wing span, nesting in Lake District for past few years, viewpoints set up around Bassenthwaite Lake to watch them. Lower viewpoint (best place to start), see ospreys fishing over lake, as well as red squirrels and woodland birds. Staff and volunteers help visitors to reach the upper viewpoint, half-mile with steady climb. Upper viewpoint open 10.30am-4.30pm staffed by volunteers, telescopes available for viewing nest. Take binoculars. On sunny days visibility better in mornings. Viewpoint 3 miles N of Keswick off A591, follow signposts to Dodd Wood. Car parking opposite entrance to Mirehouse with viewpoint 15-20 minute walk uphill on gravel path, grid ref NY235281. For people with reduced mobility, access to old viewpoint by car can be made by phoning 017687 78469. Facebook and Twitter available. No charge for viewpoint. Small attraction. Car parking Osprey Bus from Keswick takes route round Bassenthwaite Lake to Whinlatter Exhibition and the Dodd Wood viewpoint.
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Whinlatter Forest Park
Visitor centre, cafe, shop, pay and display parking at visitor centre, 4 free car parks along the forest area, disabled toilets and parking, 8 waymarked walking trails, 2 children's walking trails, 3 high level walking trails, 1easy level walking trail, 4 picnic sites, 2 orienteering courses, Lake District Osprey Project Exhibition and live video, Altura mountain bike trail, bike hire. Visitor centre, shop, tearoom Mid-size attraction. Braithwaite, 3 miles NW of Keswick off Whinlatter Pass, B5292 CA12 5TW Grid Ref NY209245, 017687 78469
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