During the school holidays or for a surprise weekend away, why not let the Lake District provide the scenic setting for making some great family memories! We have some of the best family-friendly accommodation to make your home for a short break and plenty of great things to do to make you want to stay longer. From cottages and lodges or sleeping under the stars at a holiday park to trying out a Hobbit Hole or camping pod – the Lakes provides lots of fun and unique experiences!
// Outdoor Family Fun in the Lake District
Start your adventure in Swallows and Amazons style and head over to the Lake District locations that feature in the film of Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s book. Follow in the footsteps of the famous Swallows and Amazons characters and hire a kayak on Coniston or learn to sail with Glenridding Sailing Centre.
Whilst in Coniston enjoy a family fun trail around Brantwood’s enchanting woodland estate to discover hidden gardens and woodland creatures. The trails are available throughout the school holidays and are included in the admission price.
Learn about how woodland creatures live and their habitats in Brantwood‘s enchanting hidden gardens
If you are still hungry for the great outdoors then Grizedale Forest, in the heart of the Lake District, offers an unrivalled day out for all the family. Choose from a variety of walking and cycling trails as a unique way to discover over 40 stunning outdoor sculptures. Remember to make a pit stop at Grizedale Café, conveniently situated next to the outdoor adventure play area.
For a welcome burst of creativity, the quirky village of Grasmere offers a wealth of artistic gems just waiting to be discovered
Take a trip to the Heaton Cooper Studio in the centre of Grasmere and whilst exploring the gallery and the current exhibition, try searching for the wooden mice located at various points throughout the studio.
Before you leave check out the fantastic Heaton Cooper Studio art shop, filled with inspiring books, crafts and artist materials – perfect for budding artists!
During your Grasmere visit make a beeline for William Wordsworth’s inspirational home, Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum, where all accompanied children aged 16 and under go free. During the school holidays get stuck into their Family Events & Activities programme and enjoy hands-on learning in their Family Activity Room, fully equipped with toys, art and antique objects to explore. Dove Cottage’s family events are a great way to discover Wordsworth’s poems and the life of one of England’s greatest poets.
// More Family-friendly Places to Explore
// Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
// Allan Bank (National Trust), Grasmere
// Brockhole Visitor Centre, Windermere
// Wray Castle (National Trust), Windermere
// Family Favourite Places to Eat
For welcome opportunities to refuel when you’re out and about with the family and great places for evening meals, check out these delectable Lake District eateries:
Grizedale Café, Grizedale Forest, LA22 0QJ
The café offers a variety of hot meals and salads, kids’ meals, sandwiches, soups and cakes with a wide range of teas and coffees. There is also a range of takeaway snacks available from the ‘hatch’ if you don’t have time to sit down to eat and drink.
Brantwood Café, Coniston, LA21 8AD
Enjoy delicious food with spectacular views! Brantwood Café offers a family-friendly menu with a tempting range of freshly prepared snacks and light meals, homemade cakes and cookies. Head Chef, Simon Boden, creates delicious food using fresh ingredients and specialises in making his own bread to accompany his range of homemade soups, as well as baking a fabulous range of cakes.
Café at Brockhole on Windermere, LA23 1LJ
Sample Cumbrian cooking at its best in Brockhole’s café – with seating for 100 people and even more outdoor seating on the terrace overlooking Lake Windermere. Their full menu is available during school holidays, at other times they offer light snacks – including hot paninis, soup and sandwiches – as well as cakes and hot and cold drinks.
Tweedies Bar, Grasmere LA22 9SW
Tweedies Bar in Grasmere serves a variety of dishes for kids such as mini pie and mash or beans on toast, making it the perfect ending to the day after exploring one of the villages many attractions.
The Angel Inn, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BU
The Angel Inn is a great place to stop for a tasty evening meal for all to enjoy. Children and adults are welcomed with homemade meals, there are recommended options for 12 years and under and books and activity sheets available in the lounge for younger guests.
Lamplighter Dining Rooms, Windermere, LA23 1AF
Sample Sunday lunch with a difference at the Lamplighter Dining Rooms who believe that the British Sunday lunch is at the very heart of British family life and is the time for families & friends to get together and share great food and memories. With this in mind they have produced a menu offering the very best cuts of Lakeland meats that the area has to offer and serve this to you in the traditional style of the ‘Great British Sunday Lunch – Family Style’. The chosen cut is then served whole to your table along with the vegetable accompaniments and allows you to carve and serve yourselves, so everyone gets exactly what they want.
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