My Tourist Travels

What to do on a wet day in South Lakes?

Being fair weather walkers and not great shoppers, what to do on a wet day in South Lakes?

Happily for us we’d consulted the weather forecast so travelled to the southern end of the Lake District for the Easter weekend fully armed with a wet weather suggestion. ┬áThis had been tried, tested and recommended by friends, one of whom went armed with a book prepared to amuse herself while her husband looked round, only to find that the experience was enjoyable enough to make the book redundant. Praise indeed.

Waking to torrential rain on Easter Saturday as predicted, we headed, as planned for the Lakeland Motor Museum near Newby Bridge.

Lakeland Motor Museum



We had been warned that this would be busy, but were easily able to park in the large car park and there was no problem buying tickets or being able to see the exhibits once inside.

I particularly liked the old films of ‘traffic’ situated near the entrance. ┬áSo little traffic on the roads, but quite mesmerising to see that most of it was horse drawn vehicles.

What a great place. Light and airy with so many fabulous exhibits, it was definitely a good place to spend a few hours away from the rain.

Fire Engine


Cars at Lakeland Motor Museum


I have to admit that I’m not massively into cars, but was very impressed by these beauties and was quite taken with the thought of actually driving one one day. Complete with appropriate attire of course.

1934 Hillman Minx


I loved the fact that many of these cars included luggage racks, picnic hampers, thermos flasks, driving gloves and other such driving accessories. You really felt as though the occupants had just stepped away. There was plenty of personal information about the owners and history of the cars too.

We were amazed by the number of pedal cars and go karts on display.

Pedal cars


Many of these will have brought back memories for older visitors, as will the wide variety of car themed memorabilia on display. For example, I can remember my grandparents having one of these…

Car memorabilia


As we hail from the northwest it was nice to see old posters on display of Liverpool’s ‘Docker’s Umbrella’ and the Southport branch.

Liverpool Overhead Railway



What surprised us most about the Lakeland Motor Museum was how extensive the collection was. Not just cars, but motorbikes, planes, bicycles, pedal cars, memorabilia, clothes, film footage and more. All housed in a large, light and airy converted mill which didn’t seem crowded at all, not even when the afternoon rush began.


We also visited the very informative Campbell Bluebird Exhibition housed in a different building.

Punctuated by a visit to the gift shop and an excellent lunch in the museum’s Cafe Ambio we spent about 5 hours in total at the Lakeland Motor Museum. Admittedly, we didn’t have children in tow and so were able to take our time, but even a quicker visit would be well worth it. Highly recommended.

For further information see the Lakeland Motor Museum website.