Family fun in the Lake District

There is a whole host of family friendly activities to do within the Lake District National Park – some you will have done before and some that you might consider trying for the very first time. Here’s our guide to the family fun you can have in the Lakes:

Not only is the Lake District National Park one of the most picturesque places you can visit in the UK, it’s also filled with things to do. When you are holidaying with all the family, or simply on a day out with the kids, having something to do is essential to ensure that the boredom (and the whining!) stays at bay.

There is a whole host of family friendly activities to do within the Lake District National Park – some you will have done before and some that you might consider trying for the very first time. Here’s our guide to the family fun you can have in the Lakes:

Brockhole on Windermere

Not only is Brockhole a great place to start your Lakes adventures, it’s also a place which is jammed back with activities. From archery and mini golf to pony rides and orienteering there is something for everyone no matter what their age or interests are. You’ll also find a shop and café on site if you want to stop for something to eat.

Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole on Windermere

As well as that, there are many facilities that enable you to explore the landscape, with both boat and bike hire available. Brockhole is located halfway between Windermere and Ambleside, so starting here puts you in a great location to continue on your adventures when you are finished. The centre is open every day from 10am – 5pm during the spring and summer, although we suggest you check before you travel.

Coniston Boating Centre

Rowing boats at Coniston

Well, it wouldn’t really be a trip to the Lakes if you didn’t get out on the water, would it? Coniston is one of the largest boating centres in the area so is a great place to visit if you fancy hiring a boat. There are all types of vessels to suit whatever your family is into, including motorboats, rowing boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and dinghies. You can hire them for up to one hour, up to two hours or up to four hours and you can book in advance online to ensure that you get the boat you are after.

In addition, the site also offers bike hire to explore the wonderful area around the water’s edge. The boating centre is located just outside the beautiful village of Coniston and is open from 10am – 5pm.

See where your favourite friends were imagined

Did you know that the Lake District is ‘home’ to some of children’s favourite characters? Why not go to visit some of their favourites!

How about seeing the inspiration for Postman Pat’s village of Greendale? The village of Longsleddale was inspiration for author John Cunliffe who lived in the area while he wrote the popular series.

Packhorse Bridge, Longsleddale

Sunset over Derwentwater

For fans of Beatrix Potter, visit Derwentwater to see where Squirrel Nutkin sailed and Hawkshead which was the home of Johnny Townmouse.

Finally, fans of Swallows and Amazons will be in their element at the Lakes. Visit Wild Cat Island, otherwise known as Peel Island - accessible by launching from Coniston Boat Centre – or climb Kanchenjunga, also known as Old Man of Coniston.

Get up high to admire the view

Swing through the trees with two amazing adventures which will show you the very best of the Lakes from a completely different perspective.

Tree Top Trek, based in Windermere, is a series of high-platform adventures for you to swing, climb and fly your way through. It’s suitable for ages five and up, and ideal for adults too.

Alternatively check out Tree Top Nets, also based in Windermere. Here you will find over 1500m2 of giant trampolines, slides, tunnels and walkways suspended high up in the trees! Suitable for ages 3+, a trip here is sure to wear out even the most energetic children!


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