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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

Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum

  • Grasmere
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum will take you back to the era when Wordsworth was writing his poetry. Little has changed in the cottage and it...

Lakeland Climbing Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Kendal
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Whether they’re first-timers or seasoned pros, Lakeland Climbing Centre is a great way to get your kids active and up on the wall! Kids are free to g...

Pandemonium Pots

  • Kendal
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

For the perfect rainy day activity, or any day come to think of it, get crafty with paint and pottery at Pandemonium Pots. The idea is simple: you’ll...

Curious About Kendal

  • Kendal
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Curious About Kendal is a unique way to explore this bustling Cumbrian town. The two walks can be enjoyed separately, or joined together if you want...

Climb 365

  • Lake District
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Climb 365 offer family adventure days which are specifically designed around the ages, abilities and needs of your family. It allows you to design yo...

Lakeland Motor Museum4.5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Newby Bridge
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Little car enthusiasts will love exploring transport of the past at Lakeland Motor Museum. From futuristic vehicles to those of the 80’s there’s plen...

Live For Today Adventures Kendal

  • Kendal
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Live For Today Adventures at The Castle Green Hotel is an Outdoor Activity centre 5 minutes from Kendal. Do you ever worry that your children are alw...

Bigland Hall Equestrian

  • Backbarrow
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

BHS approvedBigland Hall Equestrian offer a variety of well mannered mounts for lessons, which are available for all ages, scenic hacks and cross cou...



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Lake District National Park

  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Love nature? You’re bound to spend days on end exploring Lake District National Park! With 912 square miles of stunning valleys, lakes, coastlines an...

Lakeland Maze Farm Park

  • Kendal
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

If you’re lucky enough to live near the Lake District, or you’re enjoying a holiday call in to Lakeland Maze Farm Park. Winner of the Maize Maze of t...

Ullswater Steamers

  • Glenridding
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Ullswater Steamers offer the perfect opportunity to explore the area. Referred to as the 'Dark Lake' in Arthurian legend, it is believed monsters use...

Ford Park

  • Ulverston
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Ford Park has nine acres of open space and is loaded with activities for children of all ages. The natural playground, surround by grassy mounds, has...

Fell End Nature Reserve

  • Milnthorpe
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Enjoy a good family day out in nature? Then Fell End Nature Reserve is a great place for you to visit! Go for a leisurely stroll through the reserve...

Lakeland Miniature Village

  • Grange-over-Sands
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Lakeland Miniature Village features over 100 buildings made from local Coniston slate, all of which have been carefully handcrafted with hand tools o...

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Milnthorpe
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Get up close with nature at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis. Venture through the tropical halls where bats, butterflies and birds fly freely, become a zookee...

Aira Force

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

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 o...

Leighton Hall

  • Carnforth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Leighton Hall near Carnforth, is the family home of the famous Gillow furniture making family. Famous for its' Objects d'art and stunning pieces of G...

Shap Swimming Pool

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Shap at just under 1,000 ft is England's highest heated open air swimming pool! Their volunteer run 16 metre community pool is open daily from May to...

Honister Slate Mine & Via Ferrata

  • Keswick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

Go overground, underground and simply get grubby at Honister Slate Mine & Via Ferrata. Your journey begins with a fully guided tour into the mine...

Greenlands Farm Village2 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Carnforth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Greenlands Farm Village is all about bringing people together to enjoy some of life's simple pleasures.  It is completely free to come and explore th...

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