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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Lake District

With breath-taking scenery and stunning nature, you can't help but feel inspired to explore all the things to do in the Lake District.

The scenic backdrop to the glassy lakes might be all the attraction you need for a Lake District family day out, however if you’re looking for a way to encourage the children to explore a bit more then try the Bowness on Windermere Treasure Trail. Download or print your own map and then start solving clues and mysteries to find the treasure, uncovering secrets about the area as you go.

If you want to get out on the water the Windermere Quays offers private boat hire as well as family cruises if you just want to relax and take it all in, or hire a bike or canoe from Windermere Canoe, Kayak and Bike Hire to help you explore England’s longest lake.

Bring childhood characters to life at The Beatrix Potter Story, where you’ll meet Mrs. Tiggy Winkle and friends out in the beautiful countryside. Walk through Peter Rabbit’s Garden and see his fine new blue coat hanging up exactly where Mr. McGregor left it. There’s an activity sheet for children to fill out on the way round, a café and a gift shop to take home your favourite book or character.

If you’re looking for something at a slightly quicker pace then Go Ape Grizedale and Go Ape Tree Top Junior are just four miles away, at Treetop Nets you can wander amongst the treetops with no harness or try abseiling, scrambling or rock climbing at Crags Adventures.

Find your perfect day out

Churchtown Botanic Gardens5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Southport
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Churchtown Botanic Gardens These Gardens, located in scenic little Churchtown, have regulalry achieved a Green Flag Award for its excellence as a par...

MFA Bowl Burnley

  • Burnley
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

MFA Bowl Burnley Classic tenpin bowling is an all weather, all age family activity that is simple to play and fun to master, where even the youngest...

Caerlaverock Castle

  • Dumfries
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold. The castle's turbulent...

Only Foals and Horses Sanctuary

  • Oswaldtwistle
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

It may not be as funny as Del Boy spectacularly falling through the open bar, however there’s enough at the Only Foals and Horses Sanctuary to put a...

Earnsdale Farm Riding School

  • Darwen
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

BHS approvedEarnsdale Farm Riding School offer a variety of well mannered mounts for lessons, which are available from 4 years upwards in indoor scho...

Tiny Rockers3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Chorley
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Tiny Rockers for under 8s is a new one on us: a music themed soft play centre! From the tinkling the ivories on the keyboard slides to the musical mu...

Vindolanda

  • Hexham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Vindolanda and theRoman Army Museum bring history alive. Vindolanda is a fascinating Roman fort and civilian settlement lying just to the south of Ha...

Fuzzy Ed's Highfield Restaurant

  • Preston
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Looking for something relaxing to do with the kids? Look no further! At Fuzzy Ed's Highfield Restaurant, your under-12s will have an awesome ,action-...



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The Art Garden

  • Accrington
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Channel your inner Picasso at the Art Garden, where their lovely family-friendly atmosphere will get your creative juices flowing. Let the kids be as...

Hesketh Farm Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Skipton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, within 10 acres of greenery, is Hesketh Farm Park. This working farm has over 1,000 cattle, sheep and pigs. The...

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

  • Skipton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Travel between Embsay station, built in 1888, and the new award-winning station at Bolton Abbey. Your journey takes you through picturesque Yorkshire...

Hesketh Park4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Southport
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Hesketh Park is only a short walk away from Southport city centre, has had over £3 million pounds spent on it and it is free to visit, brilliant. Eve...

The Southport Treasure Trail

  • Southport
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Can you and the kids find the answers to the clues which will solve the Southport self guided Treasure Hunt themed Treasure Trail? As you follow the...

Playtown Southport4.2 out of 5 starstotal reviews(5)

  • Southport
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Playtown is the biggest play centre in Southport catering for children from 0 to 12 years. They have an exciting large play frame including a drop sl...

Rockcliffe Beach

  • Dalbeattie
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Discover this picturesque beach in South Scotland, Rockcliffe Beach is a great spot, not only for the family photos, but for little ones to explore a...

Tenpin Southport

  • Southport
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

The game of ten pin bowling has been a favourite for all ages for many years and with good reason! A truly sociable game that literally anyone can pl...

Vue Southport

  • Southport
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Who doesn't love a good film? Jump into movie magic at Vue Southport, where you’ll find all your favourites, from exciting action films to hilarious...

Bolton Abbey Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Bolton Abbey
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Fall down the rabbit hole into a world of elves and goblins on the Bolton Abbey Treasure Hunt Trail. It’s an adventure for kids who love all things f...

Bolton Abbey5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Skipton
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Bolton Abbey is a huge 30,000-acre estate where you can take a riverside walk, discover fantastical sculptures and explore the ruins of the 12th-cent...

Model Railway Village

  • Southport
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Since 1996 Southport Model Railway village has been attracting model train enthusiasts from all over the world. This spectacular Model Village consis...

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