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10 Activities The Whole Family Can Enjoy In The Lake District

28 November 2017

Family Walking in the Lakes

The Lake District is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK, drawing around 16 million tourists annually to the region.

And, with so much to see and do, it’s little wonder why. With stunning scenery, challenging hikes, abounding culture, and outdoor adventures galore, there’s something for everyone in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

So, what can you do with little ones travelling in tow?

Here, we’ve found 10 of the best Lake District family activities, from treetop escapades to literary delights.

Read on to find out more!


Brockhole Visitor Centre

For lots of activities in one, head to this attraction on the shores of Lake Windermere. You’ll find beautiful gardens and a historical house to explore. Boat hires on the lake, archery, treetop adventures and ‘Brave the Cave’, a unique caving experience for kids and adults alike.

And, whilst your little ones are off exploring, there’s a chance for parents to buy some local wares in the shop. Or just kick back and relax in the on-site cafe.




There are lots of boat hires available throughout the Lake District so you’re sure to find a chance to try your sea legs (or lake legs!).

Whether you choose to explore Coniston Water, Lake Windermere, Ullswater or Derwentwater, a trip out on a boat is a great way to entertain the whole family and see the Lake District from a new angle.

For more information about boat hire, visit this page.


Go Ape

This popular activity has two locations in the Lake District, Grizedale Forest and Whinlatter Forest, and is suited for most ages.

With Go Ape Junior for kids and the option of a Segway trip or zip-wire activity for the less adventurous among the family, this daring adventure will get hearts racing and legs moving, all amongst the beauty of two wonderful forests.


Hill walking

lake district family activities - hill walking

Of course, a trip to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without a spot of walking as the area is renowned for its trails. However, most people think that hill walking the Lakes is reserved solely for adults.

Whilst it’s not advised to take your little ones up Scafell Pike, there are plenty of family-friendly walks throughout the area. Just check out this page for some suggestions.


Lakes Aquarium

Unfortunately, good weather isn’t always guaranteed with the Lake District and it’s best to have some indoor activities as a backup plan!

The Lakes Aquarium is a great choice as there’s something for the whole family. You can marvel at the sting-rays, get up close to a starfish, and even get to watch the otters being fed, which will entertain both little ones and parents.


World of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter was a beloved children’s author and kids will love getting to know more about her fantastical characters.

At this award-winning tourist attraction, you can explore her world, the inspirations behind her books, and see some wonderful 3D displays of famous scenes.

After you’ve finished the museum, you can then get a spot of lunch at the cafe.


Honister Slate Mine

This is another attraction for the thrill-seekers amongst us, boasting a number of intrepid activities. Home to the Via Ferrata and the Via Ferrata Xtreme, these scrambling adventures follow the original path of miners up to the top of the mountain.

For the less adventurous and the younger members of the family, you can also find tours of the mine and its interesting history.


Muncaster Castle

lake district family activities - muncaster castle

This castle offers a great day out for all the family and is full of different activities. You can explore the gardens and castle itself, as well as learn more about different birds of prey at the hawk and owl centre.

There are also lots of shows to enjoy whilst you’re there. Including a falconry display and the feeding of the herons.

And, for younger children, the Meadowvale Maze and the play area will keep them entertained for hours.


Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

This historical railway is great fun for all the family. Boasting seven miles of stunning scenery up to the foot of England’s highest mountains. The railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in the country. It is locally know as ‘La’al Ratty’, or ‘little railway.’

When traversing the track, see if you can spot the abundant squirrels, buzzards, and greylag geese. Opt for the open top carriages to get the best view of the Lakes. One of the best Lake District family activities.


Mountain biking

For those looking for a bit of physical activity, head to the trails and enjoy a bit of mountain biking on your visit.

Grizedale Forest and Whinlatter Forest have some great tracks suitable for all ages. There are lots of independent routes dotted throughout the area.

Check out this guide for more information.


Hopefully, this has given you some inspiration for your next trip,and for Lake District family activities. And, if you’re looking for some accommodation, you can find out more details about our Lake District Holiday Parks here.