The Lake District is renowned for its natural beauty, but it’s also the UK’s biggest adventure playground, with a wealth of activities to suit everyone. At our Days Inn Kendal hotel, we’ve noticed this year in particular that more and more families are choosing to visit the Lake District for their annual holiday. With plenty to do outdoors and a number of exciting visitor attractions, the question is not what to do, but where to start!
Here are a few of our top picks for family days out in the Lake District:
With over 700 years of history, Sizergh Castle is a fantastic place to visit, giving both adults and children the chance to learn all about this magnificent estate and view a number of impressive collections. Explore the gardens, enjoy a freshly made cake in the café, build your own den or join in one of the events taking place at the castle this September.
Situated in the centre of Bowness-on-Winermere, the World of Beatrix Potter attraction brings to life all 23 of the Peter Rabbit tales. Meet all the charming characters and discover more about Beatrix herself. Take a stroll in the Peter Rabbit Garden, enjoy afternoon tea in the terrace, or browse the shop for unique gifts.
Situated in Dalton-in-Furness in Cumbria is the UK’s best wildlife conservation Zoo Park. See a variety of animals from the African lion and Amur tiger to the red kangaroo and black lemur. As well as this there are daily talks and feeding times, the miniature steam railway and an adventure playground.
The Pencil Museum, situated in Keswick, is a great all weather attraction, home to the first ever pencil! Kids will enjoy looking at the world’s longest colour pencil and being creative in the Art Studio whilst adults can marvel at the James Bond World War II pencil and learn more about the history behind the pencil.
Grizedale Forest really is the perfect family day out! Whether you’re an art lover, a wildlife enthusiast, a keen walker or an adventurous mountain biker, there’s something fun for everyone. There are over 60 sculptures to see within the forest, and the UK’s much loved Go Ape course brings an exhilarating tree top adventure. For younger children there is also a playground and picnic area.
Trotters World of Animals is situated near Keswick and is a beautiful 25 acre park brimming with wildlife. There are over 100 species from antelope and zebra to meerkat and monkey. As well as the animals, there is an indoor and outdoor play area, Birds of Prey flying displays and a number of talks and demonstrations.