If you are considering a holiday closer to home this summer, you will want to go somewhere that sparkles in the Great British sunshine. You will want to go somewhere that has plenty to do to keep the whole family happy and has the most beautiful scenery it will take your breath away; the Lake District is waiting for you.
The Lake District has plenty to offer to families wanting to make memories and enjoy quality family time but it’s best to plan ahead to make the most of your time in the Lakes as there’s so much you’ll want to cram in.
Here’s my top ten places to visit
- Discover the enchanting tale of Peter Rabbit as you visit Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse Hill Top. The farmhouse is just as she left it, filled with inspiration with a garden full of stories. Tickets cannot be booked in advance so get there early to avoid the queues.
- A trip to the Lake District is not complete without a visit to the UK’s largest lake, Lake Windermere. Jump on board a scenic boat trip and sail around the 18 islands on the lake stretching over 14 kilometres. Don’t forget your camera as you’ll want to capture the true beauty of the Lake.
- For a fun day out, the South Lakes Safari Zoo is a great way to keep the little ones entertained. See Big Cats up close and hand feed the Penguins and the Giraffes. Children under the age of 15 get in free with adults paying the full admission fee.
- Travel back in time aboard the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway as you are transported along the historic branch line seeing the views from the carriages pulled by the steam locomotives. A must see for any transport enthusiast.
- Hire a bike and explore Whinlatter Forest with its unique childrens play areas which include the Whinlatter WildPlay trail a must for every little explorer.
Image Source: Laura Drummond
- A visit to Wray Castle will delight any historian. Steeped in history, the turrets and towers will enchant youngsters as will the dressing up and castle building spaces. There’s plenty to do outside too with rope swings and family friendly gardens.
- Discover the woodland trails at Grizedale where you’ll the UK’s first forest for sculpture. The sculptures often change to suit the forest’s changing environment but wonderful to see and experience.
- If you want to see and explore the full beauty of the Lake District, pack your walking boots and book a guided walking tour to see the hills and fells in all its glory. Lakeland Walks and Talks offers a low-level introduction to fell walking suitable for all abilities around Grasmere.
Image Source: Lakeland Walks and Talks
- If it happens to rain, The Puzzling Place in Keswick will keep the family entertained (and dry!) as they attempt to solve puzzles and brain teasers. Discover the Anti-Gravity Room and the Eyelusions Exhibit to see where reality and illusion mix.
- The Lake District is best enjoyed with a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Chesters by the River serve the best home baked goods from cakes, pastries and bread along with jams, chutneys and pickles. All products are sourced locally making a visit a real Cumbrian treat.
After a busy day in the Lakes, head back to your home from home, Lakes Cottage Holidays, and relax. Why not enjoy a home cooked meal with the family around the dining table, fill the evening with family board games and snooze the night away in a comfy bed ready to explore the rest of the delights that the Lake District has to offer.
Disclaimer: This is a PR Collaboration and huge thanks to Lakeland Walks and Talks, Laura Drummond and Claire Miller for allowing me to use their beautiful photographs of the Lake District. Thanks extended to friends of Life According to MrsShilts for their ideas on where to visit in the Lake District.