Activities

If you're looking for a treat to really make the most of a special occasion, we work with local Partners who'll deliver activities for your stay at our accommodation or at a nearby location.

Please note that the booking and delivery of the activity will be made directly with the Provider and Howgills Accommodation can not take any responsibility for this.

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Gin Making

Off-site activity

Make your own 70cl bottle of gin with multi international award-winning Goosnargh Gin.

As featured on The Hairy Bikers Go North, and ‘Experience of the Year Winners’ at the Lancashire Tourism Awards, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of botanicals at Goosnargh Gin’s gorgeous distillery at the base of Beacon Fell, on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, in order to produce a blend which reflects your personal taste. You’ll even come up with your very own name for your gin too, to finish your Goosnargh Gin School bottle label.

 

The experience lasts approximately three hours and is only available to smaller groups (max of 6 people per session).

 

Soft Play & Inflatables

On site activity at Howgills Barn only (due to space!)

Be entertained at your own fun zone.
With an array of Bouncy Castles and Inflatable Games everyone can jump, slide, dive and dance the day and night away. Items are available for toddlers, children, teens and adults too! Hardy Soft Play Hire will combine show-stopping inflatables for non-stop entertainment.

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Duck herding

On- site activity (at Howgills Barn only)

Working in pairs the guests take the ducks from the pen, through a tunnel, through a cross, up and down a slide and back into the pen. One person covers one side of the obstacle and the other person the opposite side.  The guests have to work together and be in the correct place to herd the ducks through the obstacles. A sheepdog will be in the background if help is required to gently move the ducks along or if an obstacle is missed she helps bring back the ducks for another attempt.   

It is a light hearted and fun activity. Guests enjoy both taking part and spectating as it can be very amusing to watch particularly if things don’t quite go to plan. 

 

Archery

On site activity

Following a short demonstration and safety briefing, participants will receive one-to-one tuition as they shoot their first arrows. Once they are shooting safely and confidently, participants will enjoy a series of practice rounds, before taking part in games and competitions.

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Ghyll Scrambling

Off-site activity

Enjoy a Howgills ghyll scramble in a secret canyon that provides you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of ancient fossils, jungle foliage, charging rapids and bubbling pools! This is a truly special place to get wet and wild with friends and family!  Not only that but on the walk in you will pass a spectacular 8m waterfall where we can finish with a final swim if you're keen!

4 x 4 off road driving

Off-site activity

With stunning views of Lake Windermere on the private Graythwaite Estate, this is the Lake District’s only purpose-built off-road course with instruction delivered by our qualified team. Suitable for first time drivers and seasoned pros alike. With an instructor in the passenger seat you’ll negotiate steep inclines, jaw dropping descents, epic leans and water crossings all with unrivalled views.

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Axe throwing

Off-site activity

Why not add axe throwing to your skills? 

Graythwaite Lakeland estate is the perfect location to learn something new or brush up on your target skills. 

For the more competitive of you, you'll progress to the competition with one of you being crowned ‘Top Axe Thrower’! 

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Water Sports

Off-site activity

Outdoor leaders Dan and Becki are both passionate Canoeists and Kayakers and have years of experience providing paddling experiences for all ages. All Canoe and Kayaking days are bespoke and they take pride in organising a day that fulfils your aspirations.

Kayaking & canoeing

Experience the Lake District from a different perspective - by boat! Canoeing and Kayaking trips designed around your interests, skill level and of course, the weather!

 

Both sessions cover the fundamental skills for controlling your craft and our safety top tips, before journeying further a field, progressing your skills and building your confidence through games and challenges on the way back! It's the perfect way to spend a family day out or splash around with friends or colleagues.

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Clay pigeon shooting

Off-site activity

Nestled in the heart of Graythwaite estate is a shooting site for first-timers and experienced shots alike. 

Following an introduction by an instructor, there’ll be a briefing on all-important safety and gun mounting before moving on to hitting clays. 1:1 tuition means we can make sure you individually get the most out of the session.

 

Graythwaite has a great track record for advancing novices through to consistently breaking a variety of targets.

Mountain biking

Off-site activity

Enjoy an action packed day out to cover all skill levels, each one offers their own unique experience. Whichever one you choose you are guaranteed to have a gripping day out on two wheels!

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Cocktail making

On-site activity

Simon will come out to the Barn and House and offers wine tasting or cocktail making workshops.  


Workshops and masterclasses can be themed or just pick your own favourites to learn. Some recent ones have been based on Tiki Rum drinks, Martinis, Classic 1920s cocktails and Molecular Mixology.
Tastings can be wine or gin-based but others available include Sherry, Fizz, Whisk(e)y, Saké, Rum and Tequila.

Wild Swimming

Off-site activity

Wondering what all the hype is about?  Why not book an outside 'wild swim' with Dan and Becki and enjoy the beautiful views as you submerge into the depths!

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Bush craft

On-site activity

Join Mere Mountains for a half or full day of bush crafting who run these activities at a variety of levels. The basic intro is popular: putting up a shelter, starting a fire with flint/steel, cooking up some basic food (pizza/pancakes). For the more adventurous we recommend a whole day of bushcraft skills where you will produce a meal on an open fire.

Rock climbing

Off-site activity

Whether you are a complete beginner or you've climbed before Becki and Dan will take you to some awe-inspiring Lake District crags to develop your Rock Climbing skills.

 

Our epic crags range from 5m - 15m high with a variety of routes for you to tackle during the session.

 

As we hike to the crag, with the stunning Lakeland fells as our backdrop you'll have a moment to take it all in whilst we set about rigging the routes that best suit your experience level and aspirations!

Safety is paramount and you'll be provided with all of the equipment, skills & support you need to enjoy this exhilarating sport.

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Geo Caching

On-site activity

Join Mere Mountains for Geocaching which is is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. We can't guarantee you'll find any gold bullion!

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