St Bees Beach (34 miles)
St Bees Beach
The beach is a magnificent shingle with dozens of varieties of rock sloping down to good red sand. Safe for swimming but no lifeguard cover. Terrific new adventure playground too with play galleon and more!
Lytham St Annes Beach (43 miles)
Lytham St Annes
Lytham St Annes Beach
Donkey rides on the sand, a renovated Victorian Pier, children's playgrounds, Lytham's famous green windmill, cafes, ice cream parlours and municipal gardens: it's a place of irresistible old fashioned charm!
Ainsdale Beach (52 miles)
Sandy, dune backed bathing beach boasting the oldest iron built pier in the country, with a nature reserve adjacent. Village with facilities nearby.
Formby Beach (55 miles)
An unspoilt wilderness of a beach, run by the National Trust and with a nature reserve adjacent. Not the best choice if you're looking to swim etc., but lovely for exploring.
Predator Experience (6 miles)
Not a falconry centre, and are not open to causal visitors. They specialise in pre-booked interactive experiences for the adventurous of spirit, and those who are just fascinated by birds of prey!
Lakes Aquarium (7 miles)
See things that swim, things that fly and things that bite! Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit the lakes of the world, along with those a little closer to home- making it a captivating centrepiece to the Lake District. Walk through our incredible underwater tunnel, home of the breath taking diving ducks.
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis (11 miles)
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
is a unique and exciting blend of exotic wildlife and interactive 'hands-on' displays, which take you through 3,000 million years of evolution and follow the development of life on Earth - from magic molecules to mischeivous monkeys.
South Lakes Wild Animal Park (19 miles)
South Lakes Wild Animal Park
Prepare to be truly amazed with penguins, lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, kangaroos, lemurs, monkeys and much much more: you will not experience anything like this anywhere else in the UK!
Lake District Wildlife Park (28 miles)
Lake District Wildlife Park
Home to hundreds of friendly animals including traditional favorites, endangered species, birds of prey and reptiles. A great deal is under cover including play areas so rain need not spoil your visit!
Lake District Coast Aquarium (37 miles)
Lake District Coast Aquarium
A well stocked aquarium showcasing the Cumbrian coastline, plus cool adventure playground, radio controlled boats, 14 hole mini golf and educational displays in the Wild Solway Centre.
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park (6 miles)
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park
Plenty to do on this Childrens Farm with large and small Maize Mazes in the summer months plus the working farm with animals to see and to feed and plenty of other activities and fun inside and out.
Lakeland Motor Museum (9 miles)
Lakeland Motor Museum
A diverse and unique road transpost collection of some 30,000 exhibits is thoughtfully displayed, in fully DDA compliant state-of-the-art premises with a beautiful riverside setting.
Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum (10 miles)
Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum
Take a tour of Dove Cottage, home of Wordsworth, and take a look around the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery with special exhibitions and hands-on family activities.
Cumberland Pencil Museum (22 miles)
Cumberland Pencil Museum
Situated in the heart of the Lake District, it;¢ÂÂs a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. There'Âs a funky kids' art studio, the world's longest coloured pencil, and oodles of free events throughout the year too.
The Dock Museum (23 miles)
Barrow in Furness
The Dock Museum
explore the fascinating history of Barrow-in-Furness, and discover how it grew from a tiny 19th Century hamlet to the biggest iron and steel centre in the world, and a major ship-building force, in just 40 years + kids adventure playground.
The Rum Story (33 miles)
The Rum Story
Museum transporting you back to 1785 and the story of Rum, with sights, sounds and smells from its Caribbean origins, on the Slave Ships and to the shops and cottages it would have bought and consumed.
The Beacon (34 miles)
This is a large museum next to the harbour and has changing exhibitions and activities for children. Several floors to explore, with amazing views from the top. Discover the Sellafield Story; explore the history of the area, and more.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (38 miles)
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Discover, explore and enjoy award winning Tullie House, where historic collections, contemporary arts and family fun are brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.
Shap Swimming Pool (14 miles)
Shap Swimming Pool
They have a 25m and toddler pool, at just under 1,000 ft is England's highest heated open air swimming pool! They also have a small paddling pool, benches and picnic tables.
Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools (18 miles)
Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools
Two outdoor public heated pools, one for small people and the other a serious 20 metres long with a qualified lifeguard on duty. The pools are surrounded by half an acre of green space bordered by trees.
Dalton Leisure Centre (19 miles)
Dalton Leisure Centre
New Splash Zone features overhead tipping buckets, spray rails, giant spraying snake and interactive play panels with indoor swimming and more available too.
Greystoke and District Outdoor Pool (22 miles)
Greystoke and District Outdoor Pool
offers an open-air swimming pool, a football playing field and two children’s play areas. The open-air swimming pool opens May to September.
Swimming at the Park Leisure Centre (22 miles)
Barrow in Furness
Swimming at the Park Leisure Centre
Main and leisure pool plus 20m waterside, water cannons and wave machine! Special Obliterator session for 8 to 15 year olds at weekends! Loads of other activities on this site, too.
Lazonby Swimming Pool (28 miles)
Lazonby Swimming Pool
Seasonal 17m by 6m heated outdoor pool offering general swimming, water polo and swimming lessons. With solar powered showers, playing field
The Fun Factory Bowness (4 miles)
The Fun Factory Bowness
Loads of fun and exercise with all the modern classics like mega slide and ball lagoon with everything one would expect in between. Parties too and great views of Lake Windermere from the cafe.
Rufty Tuftys (8 miles)
A large, indoor play centre offering adventure, exercise, exploration and excitement for children in a clean, safe, stimulating environment.
Play at Park Leisure Centre (22 miles)
Barrow in Furness
Play at Park Leisure Centre
Play at the PlayMax adventure climbing maze with cool and unusual features like interactive musical hopscotch! The Youth Gym has junior sized and disability friendly equipment, plus WiiFit, interactive wall and sensory Inspiration suite for guests with disabilities. Loads more on site too!
The Custom House (23 miles)
Barrow in Furness
The Custom House
An indoor play area for 2 to 8s with laser zone for over 8s, plus gem digging game for all.
Fuzzy Eds at the Owl and Pussycat (23 miles)
Barrow In Furness
Fuzzy Eds at the Owl and Pussycat
The old Wacky's here is now a new indoor play area with loads of slides and traditional fun features plus dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant with kids' menu.
Jordans Jungle Fun House (30 miles)
Jordans Jungle Fun House
Imaginative jungle themed indoor adventure play, with lifesize animal characters and tonnes of cool features to entertain and exhaust under 12s.
Jungle Jacks (33 miles)
Located within Whitehaven Sports Centre. Bright, safe and colourful adventure soft play for under 10s. Creche also on site.
Funtastic (35 miles)
10,000 square feet of play time, with ball cannons, a daring 9m slide, plus all the classic indoor play features.
Monkey Madhouse (36 miles)
A bright, colourful and safe environment for the kids to run themselves ragged on the custom equipment. Suitable for 0 to 10s, Height Restriction 1.40 metres.
Magic Castle Adventure Playground (37 miles)
Magic Castle Adventure Playground
An awesome multi level, medievally themed madhouse! Complete with comedy castle stonework, ramparts and ball moat, plus fun fort for the smalls: a really well themed adventure for your energetic mini monarchs!
Aztec Soft Play (37 miles)
Aztec Soft Play
Their 3D play frames have been expertly designed to meet the different needs of children from 0 to 12 years and offer a safe, healthy environment to play, develop and explore.
Honister Slate Mine (18 miles)
Honister Slate Mine
The tour shows the current workings of the mine and how a mixture of modern and traditional methods is still extracting the slate which was forming some 400 million years before dinosaurs, plus Award Winning miner climbing experiences.
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum (20 miles)
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum
With above and below ground railway rides and tours, mineral panning, museum exhibits and impressive vintage machinery to look at, there's plenty for everyone to do. Open Easter through October.
Nenthead Mines (36 miles)
Learn the history of mining and what follows after closure, with rare and intriguing plants springing up in the unusually metallic soils. Small museum with interactive displays, outdoor trails and guided tours down into the mine itself.
The World of Beatrix Potter (4 miles)
The World of Beatrix Potter
- is a vibrant family attraction, bringing to life all 23 Beatrix Potter enchanting stories in a magical recreation of the beautiful Lake District countryside.
Furness Abbey (21 miles)
Barrow in Furness
Impressive ruins of an ancient abbey, includes much of east and west tower of church, plus cloisters and an ornate chapter house. Collection of rare stone effigies and a hoard of medieval treasure. Great place to go exploring with the family.
Muncaster Castle (22 miles)
70 acre garden for the kids to run wild in. Win a prize if you answer the questions correctly in the indoor MeadowVole maze. Visit the World Owl Centre and get up close at the daily display. Interactive computers, playground, cafeÂ shops and events programme. Historic Haunted Castle!
Wordsworth House and Garden (31 miles)
Wordsworth House and Garden
Step back in time at Wordsworth House and Garden, the C18th century home of poet William Wordsworth. Hands on rooms and fun for all the family.
Carlisle Cathedral (38 miles)
A beautiful medieval cathedral with stunning stained glass windows, an amazing ceiling, plus some really cool little details to keep an eye out for. Friendly guides on hand to give you more information. Free to visit.
Carlisle Castle (38 miles)
With a new exhibition, a programme of guided tours, a picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian's Wall, the castle makes for a full family day out. Plus Cumbria Military Museum.
Climb 365 (3 miles)
offer active family adventure days which are specifically designed around the ages, abilities and needs of your family, with minimum age 6 years. Pre arrangement required!
Kendal Via Ferrata (4 miles)
Kendal Via Ferrata
is an indoor, aerial adventure. Following a cable, the adventurer navigates physical and mental climbing challenges whilst always staying attached to the cable. Suitable for older children aged 10 +.
Lakeland Climbing Centre (4 miles)
Lakeland Climbing Centre
Over 5s will love the Crazy Club wall: featuring 12 kooky and tricky climbing challenges on a brightly coloured wall with moving grips and race the clock games!
Windermere Quays (4 miles)
Marina on Windermere offering private boat hire, half day family cruises and with Quayside Kids Soft Play area within the restaurant for when you want to relax.
Ambleside Climbing Wall (8 miles)
Ambleside Climbing Wall
Indoor climbing for most ages and all abilities, specialising in bringing new climbers into the sport through expertly instructed Adult Taster Sessions and Super Fun Kidsâ Sessions. Situated in the Heart of the Lakes and at the Centre of Ambleside youâll never be stuck without something to do.
Keswick Climbing Wall (21 miles)
Keswick Climbing Wall
Boasting over 40 top rope climbs up to 8m high, plus large bouldering area. Parents get trained to belay so you can stay involved! Also offers outdoor sports sessions like kayaking. archery and high ropes course: loads!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Crook with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Cumbria can enjoy the great day out as well.
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