We think family holidays in the Lake District should be packed full of adventures that live long in the memory. Making sure you’ve planned and booked the right activities to do with the kids can make all the difference. To make the most of your time in area we have compiled our list of child friendly attractions and things to do with kids in the Lake District.
White Platts Crazy Golf
Located just a couple of miles from our park is the wonderful White Platts crazy golf. Take on the 9 hole challenge. Set up a family competition or just play for fun. If you keen for more golf action you can take it to the next level and and swing your way around their mini golf course.
Become one of our Advantage Club members and get 10% off all family games at White Platt’s.
Spend a day getting up close with aquatic creatures of all shapes and sizes at Lakes Aquarium in Newby Bridge. Children of all ages will loves seeing the hundreds of amazing creatures here. They showcase local wildlife from around the Lake District including pike, pipefish and diving ducks. There are also more exotic species from around the world such as Oriental otters, tropical rainforest frogs and pufferfish.
Advantage Club members get 10% off tickets. If you have very young children then under threes go free!
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
All aboard! Take a step back in time and enjoy a steam powered ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Enjoy views from your carriage up to Lakeside and the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Ride the train to other Lakeside attractions like the Lakes Aquarium!
Children love this traditional transport experience. We think it is one of the best child friendly attractions in the Lake District. It’s one that they will be sure to talk about for many years. Advantage Club members get 10% off tickets.
Lakeland Motor Museum
Now located at Backbarrow, the Lakeland Motor Museum houses a collection of 30,000 exhibits. These include classic cars, motorbikes, bicycles, pedal cars and other motoring related items.
If your kids have an interest in anything motorised then this one should be on your must visit list. The varied collections on show can inspire young minds with transport, engineering and inventions held within vibrant displays of cultural and national heritage.
Become one of our Advantage Club members and get 10% off tickets.
Family Walks Are The Best!
The Lake District is of course renowned for the miles and miles of wonderful walks that can be enjoyed. However you don’t need to be an experienced mountaineer to enjoy some of the stunning walks the area has to offer. There are plenty of family friendly routes to explore.
Download our Advantage App to see some of our recommended local walks which include interactive route maps and written directions.
Here are a few other walking route suggestions.
This forested mountain park near Keswick has lots of superb walking and biking trails. There is rich wildlife to discover and a visitor centre. Whinlatter has unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. It is also home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. Perfect if your kids enjoy a bit of off-road biking.
There is free access to the many well thought out woodland tracks at Grizedale Forest. The walking routes boast unusual art installations to discover while you meander your way through the forest. These surprising points of interest help to keep children entertained during your family walk. Like Whinlatter there are a number of mountain bike routes if you prefer your fun on two wheels.
Not far from Skelwith Fold is the area of Low Wray. This predominantly National Trust owned land offers a variety of footpaths which weave their way around the area’s surrounding fields, woodlands and lakes. Head over to Wray Castle and you can wander through the grounds of the medieval castle and down to the shores of Windermere. There is also an adventure playground here in the woods which is great for allowing children to burn off some energy.
For more ideas take a look at Miles without stiles. They have loads more buggy and child friendly walks.
Grizedale Go Ape
For children who are up for a nerve gangling challenge why not book a high ropes session at Go Ape. Located in Grizedale Forest the tree top adventure course and zip wires are brilliant for getting an adreline rush whilst being surrounded by nature. There are activities are suitable here for kids starting at 1 metre tall so it’s really inclusive. Find out more about Go Ape.
Advantage Club partners – our members receive a 10% discount on all activities at Grizedale Go Ape (excluding Saturdays).
Lakeland Climbing Centre
If an inside activity for the kids is required during your visit to Cumbria then head over to the Lakeland Climbing Centre. It’s a perfect wet weather activity for children to do in the Lake District. The award winning attraction is one of the country’s largest indoor aerial adventure centres. It’s one of the most popular child friendly attractions in the area. It offers fun climbing and aerial activities for all the family from 5 years old to adults.
There are lots of great play parks situated at many of the attractions we’ve mentioned here. There are also many local council playgrounds dotted around the National Park. These are great for helping to burning off some energy of your little ones.
If you’re staying with us, children can enjoy our adventure playground which has a variety of equipment to suit most ages and abilities.
We hope this have given you plenty of ideas for things to do with your kids in the Lake District. We wish you and your family a great time discovering all the child friendly attractions which the area has to offer.