Draft release March 1, 2009 Western Lake District’s Good Eggs Lay On A Dozen Cracking Easter Experiences Good eggs in the Western Lake District have created a dozen cracking experiences for this Easter, highlighting why this truly chilled and tranquil part of the Lake District has some really hot stuff bubbling away under the surface. The twelve experiences take some beating when it comes to being quirky and unmatchable, but are just the tip of the iceberg in an area packed with things to do. Easter Experiences in the Western Lake District 1. See the world’s longest pencil at the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick (www.pencilmuseum.co.uk) 2. Present the weather at The Beacon, on Whitehaven harbourside (www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk) and explore five floors of maritime and mining history. 3. Visit Britain’s largest collection of Roman altars and the oldest collection of Roman artefacts in Britain, at one single site, at the Senhouse Museum in Maryport (www.senhousemuseum.co.uk) There’s also an Easter egg hunt every day over Easter. 4. Make Pace eggs and pastry fish in the 18th Century Georgian kitchen at Wordsworth House, in Cockermouth (April 10: www.wordsworthhouse.org.uk) 5. Watch out for the John Dory yawning at the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport (www.lakedistrict-coastaquarium.co.uk) 6. Enjoy a performance by the 2008 Fool of Muncaster, at Muncaster Castle’s Foolish Easter event (April 14: 1.30pm and 3.30pm: www.muncaster.co.uk) 7. See the only Canadian lynx in the UK at Trotter’s World, by Bassethwaite Lake (www.trottersworld.com) - and don’t forget to check out the Easter lambs and chicks. 8. Get a taste for life as a Roman soldier at the Romanus Britannicus event organised by Britain’s most picturesque steam railway, Ravenglass and Eskdale. (www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk) 9. Head to the osprey viewpoint at Dodd View, near Bassenthwaite Lake, to see if Cumbria’s ospreys have returned for the summer, or go to the Whinlatter Visitor Centre, in Whinlatter Forest – England’s only true mountain forest. (www.ospreywatch.co.uk) 10. Visit the last working slate mine in the country at Honister and tackle the thrilling Via Ferrata rock face climb (www.honister-slate- mine.co.uk) 11.Challenge everything Isaac Newton taught us in the anti-gravity room at Puzzling Place, Keswick – along with many more puzzles! (www.puzzling-place.co.uk) 12.Hunt down Easter eggs in a walled Bee Garden by visiting Mirehouse (www.mirehouse.com) and entering the Easter Quiz taking place on April 11 and 12). There are 150 eggs to be won, so happy hunting! For more information on where to stay in the Western Lake District, to make the most of this delightful dozen, visit www.western-lakedistrict.co.uk - ends - Press calls: Jane Hunt, Catapult PR, 01253 595558 – email@example.com Notes to Editors Pencil Museum, Keswick 017687 73626 (www.pencilmuseum.co.uk) Open 9.30am to 5pm. Adult admission £3. Children and seniors £1.50. Students £2. Family of 2 adults and 3 children £7.50. The Beacon, Whitehaven (www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk) Open 10am-4.30pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Adult admission £5. Concessions £4. Under 16s enter free with full paying adult. The Senhouse Museum, Maryport 01900 816168 (www.senhousemuseum.co.uk) Open every day between April 4 and 19 and then closed on Mondays during April – June period. Opening hours 10am – 5pm. Children’s workshops on April 7and 14. Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, 01900 820884 (www.wordsworthhouse.org.uk) Closed Sundays. Gift aid admission prices: Adults £5.90, children £2.90, Family of two adults and two children £14.70. Lake District Coast Aquarium, 01900 817760 (www.lakedistrict- coastaquarium.co.uk Open 10am-5pm. Admission costs £5.75 for an adult, £3.75 for a child, £4.75 for concessions. Family of two adults and two children pay £16.75 and one adult and two children £12.25. Under 4s enter for free. Muncaster, 01229 717614, (www.muncaster.co.uk) Easter admission costs £8.00 for an adult (to gardens, World Owl Centre and maze), £6 for a child and £26 for two adults and two children. Upgrades to include the castle, when open (Sunday to Friday) cost £2.50 for an adult, £1 for a child and £4 for a family of two adults and two children. Under 5s enter for free. Trotters World, 017687 76239 (www.trottersworld.com) Open 10am-5.30pm daily. Adult admission £6.95, children aged 3-14 £4.95 and under 3s free. Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, 01229 717171 (www.ravenglass- railway.co.uk) Osprey Watch, Dodd Wood (www.ospreywatch.co.uk) No charge for the viewpoint. Car parking at Dodd Wood £1 for an hour, £3 for up to 4 hours and £4 for over 4 hours. Open 10am to 5pm daily. Honister Slate Mine, 017687 77230 (www.honister-slate-mine.co.uk) Open daily, 9am-5pm. Via Ferrata costs £25 for an adult, £20 for a child aged 10-15, £85 for a family of two adults and two children. A 1.30 metre minimum height applies. Other mine tours available. Puzzling Place, 017687 75102 (www.puzzling-place.co.uk) Open daily 10am-6pm. Mirehouse, 017687 72287 (www.mirehouse.com) Gardens, playgrounds, lakeside walk and tearooms open daily 10am-5pm. House open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons 2pm-5pm. Admission for gardens is £3 for an adult and £1.50 for a child. Admission for house and gardens is £6 for an adult and £3 for a child. Under 4s enter free. Family ticket costs £17.