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.
Bowness on Windermere Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
Bowness on Windermere Treasure Trail
Looking for a fun and interesting way to explore Cumbria? Don't just wander around aimlessly, do a Treasure Trail! These fun treasure hunts will teach you fascinating facts about the area and show you some beautiful scenery. Enjoy a fun family walk in the fresh air and solve an intriguing mystery at the...
The Fun Factory Bowness (< 1 mile)
Bowness on Windemere
The Fun Factory Bowness
Soft play centre in the heart of Bowness. Watch your children have a great time whilst you relax in the lounge and enjoy the spectacular view over Lake Windermere.
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.
Climb 365 (< 1 mile)
- offer family adventure days which are specifically designed around the ages, abilities and needs of your family
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 Trek (3 miles)
Family tree top fun with 35 exciting challenges to climb, fly, balance and swing your way through in an ancient woodland canopy. Discover views normally reserved for squirrels: awesome!
Treetop Nets (3 miles)
An amazing adventure in the treetops, with no need for a harness. Giant 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.
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.
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.
Go Ape Grizedale (4 miles)
Go Ape Grizedale
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
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.
Coniston Treasure Trail (6 miles)
Coniston Treasure Trail
is a fantastic way to explore the stunning countryside of Beatrix Potter whilst solving clues and enjoying a walk in the fresh air.
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.
Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum (7 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.
Lakeland Climbing Centre (7 miles)
Lakeland Climbing Centre
Get your first taste of climbing in their unique centre with it's great indoor wall, on one of our beginners courses, taster sessions or with an experienced friend. There are a wide range of regular sessions and clubs for young people from 6 years upwards.
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 +.
Curious About Kendal (8 miles)
Curious About Kendal
is a unique experience: two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family intrigued and amused. Answer clues and match pictures, whilst reading stories about this lovely Lake District town. Buy or download the booklet then explore in your own time.
Lakeland Motor Museum (8 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.
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 (10 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.
Ford Park (13 miles)
is a Park packed with fun things to do outdoors and indoors. 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 Miniature Village (13 miles)
Lakeland Miniature Village
Over 140 buildings made from local Coniston slate. Houses, farms and barns create the Lakeland landscape. Plus new Japanese Tea House overlooking our Japanese Garden.
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis (14 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 (14 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.
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.
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!
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
You can pet storybook farm animals, ride a horse and trap, pedal a mini tractor (size permitting!), lark about in a straw play barn and picnic by the paddocks. We also have a 4 storey soft play centre for toddlers to 12yr olds to enjoy.
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 (18 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.
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.
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!
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.
Keswick Treasure Trail (18 miles)
Keswick Treasure Trail
is a spy mission themed treasure hunt activity and is a fantastic way to explore Keswick whilst enjoying a fun walk in the fresh air.
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.
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!
Keswick Leisure Pool (19 miles)
Keswick Leisure Pool
warm waters, wave machine and 'black hole' flume there is fun for all the family
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)
Cumberland Pencil Museum (19 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.
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.
Abbott Lodge (19 miles)
Abbott Lodge is a working dairy farm which produces over 40 flavours of homemade Jersey ice cream. Visitors can also see Jersey Cows and calves in the nearby field and kids can have fun in the indoor and outdoor play areas.
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Lake District 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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