Brockhole is another family friendly destination in The Lake District that we love to visit. We visited last October whilst we were on a Windemere lake cruise. After spending the morning in Wray castle, Brockhole was supposed to be a great place to let F run off some energy. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side and it was very wet. We were prepared for the weather (after all there wouldn’t be any lakes if it didn’t rain frequently) so we did still spend some time in the adventure playground.
The adventure playground is fantastic for all ages. Their website recommends it is suitable from age 5 – 14 but we first took F when she was 2 and a half and there was still things for her to enjoy supervised in the under 7s area. For example, she has loved this little wooden house on both visits.
Once the rain got too much for us and E (who was only 4 months at the time) needed feeding, we headed to the visitors centre. We also visit Brockhole the year before, when the weather was much kinder to us, so I have included a few photos from that visit so you can get a better feel for the place.
In the visitors center, we let F enjoy the soft play area (which is free) and is perfect for under 5’s. F loved spending time in here and we enjoyed a break from the rain.
We didn’t explore the grounds as much on this visit due to the weather. On our first visit, the year before, we walked around the site including along the edge of lake Windermere. It’s a lovely walk and very easy with a pushchair.
Our top tips for visiting Brockhole with young children:
- Picnics are welcome and there are plenty of picnic tables, including some sheltered ones.
- The visitors centre has a cafe, gift shop, an exhibition featuring aerial photos and the history of the lakes and a free soft play area for under 5s.
- There are baby changing facilities in the visitors centre along with toilets. There are also toilets down near the lake.
- The grounds are very accessible. There are sign posts to advise alternative routes in the few areas where wheelchairs or prams/pushchairs would struggle.
- Entry is free if you arrive via one of the Windermere lake boats. If you arrive by car there is a pay on exit car park.
- There are lots of other activities I have not mentioned for older kids. Such as treetop treks, archery, pony rides, boat hire, mini golf, bike hire. You could easily spend a full day here.
- Check their website for further details and to see if there is an event on when you plan to visit. They often have additional events on (free or for an additional cost) which might be of interest to you.