Explore the Swan & the local area

For big and small adventures

What's on at the Swan?

Here at the Swan, we’re so much more than a place to sleep. We’re family friendly for a start, and for that reason, it’s important to us that every member of the family feels at home when they visit.

We’re based in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and we want to show that off – our grounds are home to a whole host of exciting activities for the family to enjoy on a short break to the Lake District. Our adventure play park is perfect for little ones to let their imaginations run wild, and our nature trail is the ideal opportunity to get the whole family experiencing the great outdoors. 

10 things to do in the Lakes in Autumn/Winter

Take a leaf out of our book and visit the Lakes during autumn & winter. Check our top 10 reasons to visit to help you make the most of your stay.

In our opinion, the Christmas Markets are the best thing about winter at the Lakes! With bubbling mulled wine, festive music and more gift ideas than you can shake a turkey at, a short break in the Lake District has an abundance of options for you.

And don’t forget, we do Christmas really well too. Why not join us for December dinner and dancing, a 3-course lunch with Santa for the little ones, or an extra special Christmas day meal?

A slice of local locomotive history  

A visit to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without a ride on a world-famous Cumbrian steam train. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway runs right past us, with the starting point of Haverthwaite station just a five-minute drive from the hotel. Here you can soak up the atmosphere of a working steam station before hopping into a comfortable carriage for a leisurely journey.

The voyage takes you via the beautiful lake and river scenes of the Leven Valley, right to the most southern tip of Lake Windermere. You can also buy a combined ticket, which includes a cruise across the lake. And the best bit? There’s a great tea room at the end of the line (take our word for it!).

Beatrix Potter & The Lake District

The Lake District’s natural beauty and abundant wildlife inspired Beatrix Potter to write her much-loved stories. Explore the wonderful landscape where the tales are brought to life.

Fell Foot National Trust

Visit the beautiful Lakeshore park with stunning mountain views. Relax and soak up the atmosphere of this idyllic location, or take part in a range of activities, fun for all the family. 

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Friday night, movie night

We understand that sometimes the fresh air can take it out of the little ones (and teenage ones!), which is why we host movie nights for the kids every Friday night – giving you a chance to enjoy home cooked food in our unashamedly homely pub, the Swan Inn, or something a little more polished at the River Room restaurant.

Depending on who's watching, past screenings have featured: 

  • Monsters Inc
  • The Incredibles
  • The Swan Princess
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • Ice Age
  • The Jungle Book
  • Ghostbusters
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Minions
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Finding Dory
  • Zootropolis
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Grizedale Forest

A trip to the Lake District wouldn't be complete without a visit to Grizedale Forest. Situated right in the heart of the Lake District Grizdale offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.

Discover walking & cycling trails or simply find a quiet spot to set up a picnic, admire the wildlife and relax...

There are many events happening at Grizedale throughout the year, from 'Gruffalo-Spotting' to adventure races, trail runs and car rallies.

Go Ape

Swing around in the trees. Great fun for those with a sense of adventure. 

Holker Hall

Visit the magnificent home of the Cavendish Family. 

Cartmel Races


A small family friendly race course in the pretty village of Cartmel. Races run throughout the summer and are a great family day out.

Levens Hall

A treat for gardeners. Visit the world famous topiary gardens. 

Par for the course

Regarded as one of the finest courses in Cumbria, Windermere Golf Club is unique with the most incredible scenery. Great fore all levels and abilities. 

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The Swan Hotel & Spa
Newby Bridge, Cumbria
LA12 8NB United Kingdom

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