It’s Autumn half term in the Lake District; maybe it’s raining, but let’s hope there’s glorious sunshine! Cross those fingers! Autumn is a fantastic time in the Lakes, with colour and dramatic landscapes all around, but we all know, that’s not always enough to keep the kids entertained. Luckily, the Lake District is full of exciting and entertaining experiences for the sprogs, whatever they’re into (even catching Pokemon is more fun here- I’m sure you can imagine!).
Here is a run down of our favourite Child-friendly Lake District activities for this half-term break. Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a blast!
Grizedale Forest, near Hawkshead
Autumn in Grizedale forest is absolutely spectacular. A forest walk, taking in the abundance of colour would be enough on its own. Add to it, the over-40 exciting and wondrous sculptures dotted around, and you’ve got yourself a magical childhood adventure! For the slightly older kids (and the big kids), there is a Go-Ape adventure; allowing you to swing through the tree-tops, and enjoy the Autumn on a whole different level- Literally.
Image from www.grizedalesculpture.org
Honister Slate Mine, Borrowdale
Honister Slate mine offers a variety of activities for people of all ages. If you’ve got yourself a nice day, the Via-Ferratta offers an experience not to be missed! Climb around the outside of the mine, attached to ropes and wires, while taking in the breath-taking views from the side of Fleetwith Pike. Otherwise, for younger folk, or on a rainy day; the mine offer inside tours, or even a ‘Climb in the Mine’ experience- which is thrilling to say the least.
Image from www.honister.com
Windermere Lake Cruises
Come rain or shine, Windermere Lake Cruises offer a wonderful cruise around Lake Windermere. Their boats offer both inside and open-top options, with a café on-board and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities en-route.
Lakes Aquarium, Windermere
A fantastic rainy-day option for the whole family. Lakes Aquarium is home to hundreds of creatures, both local to the Lake District, and from farther afield. Discover their underwater viewing station, where you can spot diving-ducks, otters, frogs and fish!
Image from www.lakesaquarium.co.uk
Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Train
What could be better than an exciting ride on a real, old-fashioned steam train! Ravenglass and Eskdale takes you on a seven mile journey, through some of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District National Park. With choices to hop off the train at any of the stations en-route, it’s the perfect rouse to get the family out on an ‘impromptu’ walk! Discover more steam trains in the Lake District HERE
Ullswater Steamers, Glenridding
Enjoy a peaceful glide across one of the Lake District’s most beautiful and tranquil Lakes on an Ullswater Steamer. A trip across the lake to Aira Force waterfall is one you shouldn’t pass up. This impressive waterfall is one of the most popular in the Lakes for a reason: read more about Lake District waterfalls HERE
World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness
Follow the stories and life of Beatrix Potter, in this fabulous, interactive attraction. Perfect for children with vivid imaginations, and a love of stories! Find out more about Beatrix Potter places to visit HERE
Image from www.hop-skip-jump.com
Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick
Let’s say, you get a lovely sunny day in the North Lakes… It does happen sometimes, honest! There’s no better place for a family excursion than Castlerigg Stone Circle, especially if you’re in the mood for a picnic with a view. Castlerigg is widely considered to be one of the oldest stone circles in Britain; older even, than Stonehenge. With the ability to walk around and interact with the stones, as well as the spectacular views over Keswick and the surrounding hills, Castlerigg will leave you and your family with lasting memories.
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