Some useful links to websites with local information:

Melbreak Communities for all that’s going on in Lorton, Loweswater and Buttermere.
Cockermouth for a complete listing of local attractions and events.
The National Trust in the Lake District
Wordsworth’s childhood home  in Cockermouth owned by the National Trust.
Honister Slate Mine above Buttermere, including the Via Ferrata scramble.
Lake District Wildlife Park by Bassenthwaite lake.
Bradleys Riding centre near Ennerdale for horse riding on the fells.
Cockermouth Golf Club near Bassenthwaite if you fancy a round.
Bassenthwaite Ospreys, news and webcam giving info about the latest comings and goings.
Save our Squirrels, local project to protect Red Squirrels.
Watchtree Nature Reserve near Carlisle.
West Cumbria Rivers Trust for all things aquatic in the area.
Trip Advisor for advice on hotels, B&Bs, etc