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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Actor Warwick Davis to show why Lake District is his favourite place in the world

Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis is set to show why the Lake District is his “favourite place in the world” next week, as part of a new ITV series about holidaying in Great Britain.

Warwick Davis photo
Warwick Davis

The actor and his family spent a weekend camping in Keswick for an episode of Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis, due to be screened on ITV on Friday, May 2.

As a keen ‘staycationer’, he attempts to show his wife and two children what the British holiday can provide that can’t be found in other parts of the world.

During his trip to the Lake District National Park, he tried his hand at ghyll scrambling down mountain streams, a brave move for someone who can’t swim.

Before he got kitted out in a wetsuit, the actor admitted he was having second thoughts but afterwards was pleased he had taken the plunge.

During the stay, he and his family visited The Pencil Museum in Keswick, which hosts exhibitions, including the world’s longest coloured pencil and a ‘secret pencil’ used by RAF pilots to guide them home safely during World War Two.

Alex Farthing, manager of The Pencil Museum, said: “We’ve had quite a few famous people visit the museum in the past, but perhaps none quite as famous as Warwick.

“It was terrific to welcome him and his family to Keswick, and get them involved with some fun activities for the programme.”

The family also enjoyed ferret racing and a ‘best stick’ competition at the Lakeland Country Fair, near Torver.

Warwick - who has also appeared in movies Jack the Giant Slayer and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - also took part in a Cumberland sausage making competition and was asked to referee a traditional Cumberland wrestling match.

The last stop of the tour was Penrith, where the family visited Long Meg and Her Daughters, a stone circle which is 100 metres across.

Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis will be shown on ITV at 8pm on Friday May 2.

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