The Fun Factory Bowness (< 1 mile)
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.
Windermere Quays (< 1 mile)
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.
The World of Beatrix Potter (< 1 mile)
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.
Predator Experience (3 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!
Brockhole Lake District Visitors Centre (3 miles)
Brockhole Lake District Visitors Centre
On the shores of Windermere this visitors centre has loads to do outdoors and indoors with an Adventure Playground for 5-14 year olds, a Treetop Trek and Predator Park wildlife experience, Indoor Soft Play and Creativity Space and extensive gardens and lakeshore.
Treetop Nets (3 miles)
and Treetop Trek offer amazing adventures in the treetops, with no need for a harness. Giant netted trampolines, walkways and tunnels suspended above the ground. For ages 3 and up, so all the family can play!
Grizedale Forest (3 miles)
Waymarked walking and bike trails taking you to outstanding view across the fells scattered with it's famous outdoor sculptures and with a high wire adventure course and adventure playground also on site.
Go Ape Grizedale (4 miles)
Go Ape Grizedale
The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Go Ape Tree Top Junior (4 miles)
Go Ape Tree Top Junior
A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You'll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire.
Windermere Lake Cruises (4 miles)
Windermere Lake Cruises
Magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands as you sail by. A wide range of trip types available from 45 minutes up to 48 hours!
Rufty Tuftys (5 miles)
A large, indoor play centre offering adventure, exercise, exploration and excitement for children in a clean, safe, stimulating environment.
Ambleside Climbing Wall (5 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.
Lakes Aquarium (6 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.
Fell Foot Park (6 miles)
Fell Foot Park
Rowing boats and kayaks are available to hire plus you can paddle or swim in the lake, and the adventure playground offers fun for all ages. A great, family friendly location to play, explore and relax.
Kendal Via Ferrata (7 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 (7 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!
Curious About Kendal (7 miles)
Curious About Kendal
is a different way to explore this lively Cumbrian town, and to discover the people and events which have shaped it. Keep the whole family involved finding clues, reading stories, and matching pictures. Buy or download a booklet then explore in your own time.
Lakeland Motor Museum (7 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.
Climb 365 (8 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!
Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum (8 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.
Bigland Hall Equestrian (9 miles)
Bigland Hall Equestrian
BHS approved facility offering all weather lessons, Pony Club and horse or pony trekking specifically for beginners.
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park (9 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 Miniature Village (13 miles)
Lakeland Miniature Village
Over 100 buildings made from local Coniston slate. Houses, farms and barns have been lovingly handcrafted to create the Lakeland landscape. If you know the Lake District you will recognise a number of the places!
Ford Park (13 miles)
Explore the Nature Trail and Tree Trail, have a go at Orienteering on our entry level course or just enjoy our natural playground with zip wire and pendulum swing. Family activities every Wednesday during school holidays.
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis (13 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.
Honister Slate Mine (15 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.
Leighton Hall (15 miles)
is a place where the whole family can relax. House Tour, Falconry Demonstrations, Tea rooms. Children’s favourites: sandpit dig, caterpillar maze, tree faces and dens in the garden. In August there is a free teddy bear hunt too!
Aira Force (15 miles)
Probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, the main force falls 70 feet from below a stone footbridge. Aira Force provides a glimpse of a landscaped Victorian park with dramatic waterfalls, arboretum and rocks scenery.
Shap Swimming Pool (15 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.
Greenlands Farm Village (16 miles)
Greenlands Farm Village
Pet storybook farm animals, ride a horse and trap, pedal a mini tractor, lark about in a straw play barn and picnic by the paddocks. We have a soft play centre for toddlers to 12 year olds to enjoy too!
The Play Barn (16 miles)
The Play Barn
is a 4 level adventure play facility tucked inside Greenlands Farm, with an above average baby zone, enormous separated main frame linked with aerial rope bridges, Bouncy Castle special sessions and of course the rest of the farmyard too!
Cumbrian Heavy Horses (16 miles)
Cumbrian Heavy Horses
BHS and TRSS approved, this is the UK's only specialised Heavy Horse Riding establishment. Farm Rides, Fell rides, beach and trail rides; beginners welcome but no lessons.
South Lakes Wild Animal Park (17 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!
The Scarborough Spa Express (17 miles)
The Scarborough Spa Express
What better way to enjoy the region's beautiful countryside and visit the historic city of York or the seaside town of Scarborough, than by travelling aboard a vintage steam hauled train? Classic and comfortable with huge windows and refreshment carriage on every train. Loads of trip types available.
Dalton Leisure Centre (18 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.
Docker Park Farm (18 miles)
Docker Park Farm
Friendly farm plus indoor play barn and outdoor adventure play, go karts and ride ons, bouncy castle and more.
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum (18 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.
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.
Keswick Climbing Wall (18 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!
Muncaster Castle (19 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!
The Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail (19 miles)
The Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Let the kids get some fresh air and burn off their excess energy on the self guided Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail. Explore Keswick and try to crack the code by solving the answers to the clues along the route.
King Kong Climbing Centre (19 miles)
King Kong Climbing Centre
A new climbing centre with several types of wall, including those for beginners to expert, plus an Ice Wall. Indoor Caving, Hard and Soft Play areas. Outdoor courses including Ghyll Scrambling and Outdoor Climbing available too.
The Puzzling Place (19 miles)
The Puzzling Place
A fascinating, fun and social excursion into the wonderful world of optical illusion, which will leave you, quite literally, not believing your eyes! Suitable for all ages, featuring anti gravity and hologram effects plus loads more.
Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground (19 miles)
Furness Abbey (19 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.
Cumberland Pencil Museum (19 miles)
Cumberland Pencil Museum
Situated in the heart of the Lake District, a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. Funky kids' art studio, the world's longest coloured pencil, and free events throughout the year.
Happy Mount Park (20 miles)
Happy Mount Park
Fantastic family friendly park that is open all year and free to visit with a Splash Park open in the summer. Play areas, woodland walks, and loads of activites to enjoy, including trampolines, adventure golf and putting, and traditional roundabout.
Abbott Lodge (20 miles)
Visit their livestock, play on their indoor and outdoor play areas and treat yourselves to one of their huge range of homemade ice creams! Best for under 8s.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (20 miles)
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Runs for seven-miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass through two of Lakeland's 'loveliest valleys' to Dalegarth station and visitor centre in Eskdale.
Wacky Warehouse - Station Promenade (20 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Station Promenade
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone also offering led arts and crafts sessions and birthday parties, attached to a family restaurant.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Bowness-On-Windermere 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
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