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Festival opens hidden National Trust places in Lake District

The annual Heritage Open Days festival is from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September Credit: National Trust

A weekend of free heritage events are happening at National Trust places across the Lake District as part of The annual Heritage Open Days festival. The sites include some not usually open to the public.

Activities range from a walk to a foghorn station at St Bees Head to tours of the double boathouse at Wray Castle. The private chapel belonging to the Strickland family at Sizergh Castle will also be opened to the public for one day only.

For locals, the festival weekend offers a new perspective on a place they know really well, and it gives visitors a highly unusual experience which might pique their interest and encourage them to come back again in the future."

– Suzi Bunting, Visitor Experience Officer, National Trust

The annual Heritage Open Days festival will take place from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September 2017.


Peter Rabbit 50p coin in circulation in the Lake District

Peter Rabbit 50p coin Credit: The Royal Mint

The World Of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere and National Trust in The Lakes are the first places in country you can receive a special Petter Rabbit 50p circulating coin in your change.

The coin has been created to mark Beatrix Potter's 150th anniversary, and will go into the tills in the Lake District on Easter weekend from Saturday 26 March 2016.

It is the first time a children's book character has appeared on a coin.

Where can you get one?

The coins will be going into the tills at the following attractions;

  • Hill Top
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead
  • Wray Castle in the Lake District
  • The World Of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere

When Beatrix Potter first published Peter Rabbit, back in 1902, the income from the sales of the book allowed her to buy Hill Top, in 1905, so it is fitting that the first coins will only be available in the Lake District.

– Royal Mint spokesperson

Victorian 'viewing station' opens over Windermere

The viewing station. Credit: ITV Border

One of the earliest tourist attractions in the Lake District has been re-opened to the public.

From as far back as 1770 a "viewing station" above the lake at Windermere was considered a must-see.

People would take in the views and enjoy dances as well.

It has now been restored by the National Trust.

I think they would have been amazed at the view and the open space that they would have come to see.

It's still wild here isn't it? Still a beautiful place."

– Elizabeth and Robert Corcoran


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