The Lake District is the perfect place for kids to explore and learn new things this summer holiday. With plenty of fun activities and places to visit, there’s never a dull moment. Here are some of the best places to go and fun things to do.
The World of Beatrix Potter
Step into the magical world of Beatrix Potter and discover the enchanting stories of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. The World of Beatrix Potter offers a unique and interactive experience for children of all ages.
Learn about the life and work of this celebrated author and illustrator, and explore her beautiful drawings and watercolours. Take a walk through the picturesque gardens and see the plants and wildlife that inspired her stories. Stop by the gift shop to pick up a souvenir or two, and enjoy a delicious meal or snack at the on-site cafe.
Whether you’re a lifelong fan of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit or are discovering her work for the first time, The World of Beatrix Potter is a must-visit destination in the Lake District.
The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Looking for a big adventure? Board the Railway and embark on a journey of discovery through the rugged beauty of the Lake District. Travel across the estuary, through the hills and visit The Ravenglass Railway Museum.
The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway offers fun for the whole family, with plenty of opportunities to explore and learn about this historic railway. Enjoy a picnic, spot wildlife or simply relax and soak up the views.
If your family enjoys a steam train journey, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, a 3.2-mile-long heritage railway is also a must-visit.
Brockhole on Windermere
With over 30 acres of stunning gardens and woodlands, Brockhole on Windermere is packed with adventure activities for kids of all ages. From ziplining to treetop treks, archery, krazy karts, mini golf and much more, The Lake District Visitor Centre is the perfect place for kids to try something new.
Located on Lake Windermere, Brockhole Lakeshore is the perfect place for boat hire and other watersports, including motor boats, rowing boats, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards.
The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
Get up close and personal with some of the most incredible creatures on the planet at the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis. Known as ‘the little zoo with lots to do!’, the Lake District attraction is a great place for kids to learn more about the conservation of big cats and other animals.
With its indoor and outdoor exhibits, including The Amazonian Gallery, Butterfly Hall and the Meerkat Playroom, Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is fun to explore during any weather conditions.
Lake District Wildlife Park
Open every day in the summer holidays, the Lake District Wildlife Park offers a unique experience. Adventure on foot through the 24 acres of parkland, getting up close and personal with over 100 species of wild, domestic and exotic animals, including zebras, wild boar and bird of prey!
Discover a range of wildlife experiences over the summer holidays, from Alpaca Walking to the Ultimate Animal Experience, where you can spend the day with meerkats, lemurs and the friendly Brazilian Tapirs at the Lake District Wildlife Park.
Bowness Bay Boat Hire
A boat trip across the beautiful Lake Windermere is a highlight for many families on holiday in the Lake District. Bowness Bay is a marina in Bowness on Windermere offering boat hire for all the family (up to six people).
There are also a range of bars and restaurants aligning the lake front allowing you to relax by the lake and take in the breathtaking views.
The stunning Wray Castle is a National Trust destination that’s fun for all of the family. Here, kids can dress up and play in historical rooms, and enjoy the enchanting woodland play area outside.
Wray Castle is a national trust property and parkland and a favourite spot for history enthusiasts and kids alike. Lowther Castle and its beautiful gardens are also a must-visit heritage attraction in the Lake District.
Lakes Aquarium is a fascinating destination for kids fascinated by marine life. From sharks to stingrays, jellyfish, crawfish, and much more. It’s also the perfect place to visit on a rainy day in the Lake District!
Lakes Aquarium is home to fish and other sea creatures from around the world, including snappy piranhas, as well as conserving inhabitants of the Lake District such as the Common Toad and Eurasian Minnow.
Located on the southern shore of Lake Windermere, Lakes Aquarium can be reached by boat or even train on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.
Lakeland Maze Farm Park
At Lakeland Maze Farm Park, you’ll find fun for the whole family! Say hello to the friendly petting animals, including goats, sheep, and rabbits.
The famous maize maze is a must-see attraction! Get lost in the twists and turns of the maze, and see if you can find your way out. It’s a great challenge for all ages.There’s also a fantastic outdoor play area at Lakeland Maze Farm Park, with plenty of space for kids to run around.
Book a Holiday Home near The Lake District National Park
If you’re staying at a Holgates Holiday Park in Cumbria, Lancashire or the Ribble Valley, you’re just a short drive away from Lake Windermere and the Lake District.
Whether your little ones would love to meet Peter Rabbit or would prefer a day at an outdoor adventure playground, the Lake District offers a fun, family day out for kids this summer holiday. Please note some attractions and activities may require advance booking.
Discover our range of Holgates Holiday Parks near the Lake District and book an unforgettable summer holiday for all the family.