An Autumn Family Day Out In The Lakes: Itinerary
12 September 2019
Are you heading off to the Lakes for a day out? Perhaps you and the family have a weekend planned? All you need to do is put your order to the met office for flurries of sunshine and you have the perfect base for the best family day out. The Lake District is the ideal location for a break in autumn because it has something for everyone – and for every kind of weather. However, with so much to do, where do you start, and what could a typical Autumn family day out look like?
We have outlined a day itinerary for you and the family which is sure to entertain everyone. Get the bags packed, wellies on and prepare for a fun-filled day in the stunning Lake District.
Wake-Up Call – 7am
With your fully equipped kitchen in your holiday home, why not start the day right, with a full-cooked breakfast for everyone. Make sure to do the supermarket run the night before (there is a Tesco a short drive away if you forgot!) to stock up on fresh juices, sausages, eggs and all the other requests you’ve had. Why not also opt for background radio instead of morning TV to make for a more engaging and conversational breakfast time?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With a hearty and nutritious cooked breakfast, you will set the day off on the right foot, ensuring that everyone is full of energy, ready for adventure and exploring. Not only does staying in and cooking breakfast make for extra time in PJs and together as a family, but it can be turned into a fully engaging experience by getting everyone involved.
Refreshing Morning Walk – 8:30 am
One of the many great benefits of the Lakes and the specific location of our South Lakeland Leisure Village is that it makes for a perfect exploring base. Not only this, but the network of canals spurting off from every direction makes for a great walk with the whole family. Why not put your wellies on and venture out for a quick stroll on the canal, see the boats, wildlife and kick up some autumn leaves? Click here for some local canal walks.
If you don’t fancy too much exploring, or the weather isn’t too amazing, why not just have a refreshing stroll around the villages own lake. By doing this, you can brush off that full feeling from a hearty breakfast and wake up with a much-needed dose of Lake District fresh air. Now is time to turn up the adventure-notch!
9:30 am – In The Car – 3 mins – Greenlands Farm Village
(Or, why not walk? It will take just over 20 minutes, but is a main road so be careful if you do)
This fun family day out is sure to kill a few hours, with something for every type of Lancashire day (or weather!). First of all, you and the kids can have a real, hands-on experience meeting the animals in the open farm. There’s pygmy goats, pigs, reptiles, bunnies, guinea pigs and much more.
The kids can have a donkey ride, feel the lambs and play around on the tractors, then retreat to the play barn where they can happily swing, slide and climb their way through the obstacles. Whilst you are here, be sure to explore the retail village and all the fabulous local businesses and you could even treat you and the family to a snack or lunch at ‘Wellies Cafe’. There is also a farm shop where you could pick up some amazing local meats, cheese and wine for the evening dinner.
Find out more about Greenlands Farm Village, including opening times, charges and more on their website here.
12:30 pm – Take a Breath
The kids (and you!) may be tired after running about Greenlands, so it may be best to relax for a while, eat some lunch or grab a snack and take a breather. Why not retreat to your holiday home, caravan or even camping pod, play a board game or even catch some zzz’s.
1:30pm – The Main Event
Action-Packed Option – If the family is still full of energy and are raring to get adventurous, then why not jump in the car and head to Go Ape. In around 50 minutes you can be in the middle of a magical forest, ready to take on any of the five experiences they offer. Adrenaline junkies can take on the Treetop Challenge or Zip Trekking Adventure, or for a more leisurely and scenic option, why not hop on a segway and explore the forest? Check out their summer savings and more here.
Once you’ve landed back on your feet, there is a great cafe and play area zone where you can all take a minute after all that excitement!
Lighter Option – Not everyone is up for an adrenaline-packed day! We know all families are different, so as a perfect alternative, you could head to Morecambe, a nearby seaside town with plenty to do! From classic arcades and candyfloss to vintage cafes and fish and chips, you won’t be short of things to do. The trampoline park, Jump Rush, will entertain for hours, and just a short work is the bowling alley, Soul Bowl which has everything from fussball to pool and more. When all else fails, why not change a couple of pounds into 2p’s and let the kids loose on the arcade machines?
Regular events are held most weeks, so if you are lucky, there may even be an event on at the time of your visit. For more things to do in the sunny seaside town of Morecambe, simply click here.
6:00 pm – Unwind After a Long Day
Wow, what a day! Now it’s time to grab some food and relax. Why not take advantage of the award-winning restaurant at our sites with a pick of some amazing food. Serving traditional British dishes as well as Indian, Italian, Mediterranean and more, there is something for everyone. Parents can enjoy a refreshing beverage and you can discuss what is on tomorrow’s agenda. When the evening is done, retreat to your warm holiday cabin or lodge, draw the curtains to and get cosy for the night.
What does tomorrow call for? Sailing on the lake? Fishing? A swim in the pool? Or perhaps another jam-packed, fun-filled day out? There is so much to do in The Lakes, it’s impossible to fit it all in one day – even in a week!
When you’re out and about exploring the magic of the Lakes, make sure you’ve got the best accommodation to retreat back to. After a long day of excitement, a comfortable and cosy lodge is ideal. Our holiday parks in the Lake District are situated perfectly for those looking to get stuck into the millions of activities that the area has to offer for families in Autumn.