Are you looking for things to do in the lake district with children? We are going to be on holiday there this half term and I know from experience that it is a popular destination for families in October. I thought I’d put together a list of all the events that I have found are going on and a few other suggestions of places to visit with the family anytime.
1. Visit Brockhole
We’ve visited Brockhole a couple of time. You can find my full review here – Brockhole, the Lake District. There are lots of things to do including a fantastic playground, treetop nets and treks, boat and bike hire. This half-term they have lots of activities on offer like zombie archery, spooky face painting and a ghosts and ghouls trail. See their website for full details of dates, times and prices.
2. Enjoy a boat trip on one of the lakes
3. Spend time in the woods
We love Grizedale forest but there are plenty more forests and woodland to explore. At Grizedale forest there is plenty for all the family to do, segway hire, go ape, a fantastic adventure playgroup and lots of woodlands to explore. There are sculptures throughout the forest too which we love to spot. This half term there are also craft activities on Tuesday in the Yan. See their website for more information.
4. Visit the Rheged centre
The Rheged centre is somewhere we visited several years ago before we had children. It has a cafe, shops, both indoor soft play and an outdoor playground as well as an exhibition space and a cinema. There is lots going on for families this October half term too. I particularly like the sound of professor pumpernickel’s Halloween science show, a Halloween disco and the theatre production of the ugly duckling. Visit their website for full details.
5. Go for a walk
You really are spoilt for choice in the lake district. There are walks for all abilities. From climbing a mountain to easier routes suitable for pushchairs. Our favourite buggy friendly walk is Tarn Hows. This year I’d like to explore Rydale water. For more buggy friendly walks in the lakes visit Miles without stiles.
6. Visit Beatrix Potter world
This is another place we haven’t been yet but it looks perfect for young children and fans of Beatrix Potter. Find out more on their website. On Monday 23rd October they also have a free craft activity on in the foyer between 10 am and 4 pm.
7. Visit Keswick museum in Fitz park
We’ve visited Fitz park a couple of times now. It’s perfect for little ones. There’s lots of space to run around in and a great playground which includes lots of sand. We’ve never visited the Keswick museum & art gallery, other than to a Halloween craft session last year but it won museum of the year in 2015. They have similar Halloween craft activities on again this year (Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th), see their website for full details.
8. Visit the pencil museum
Another option for a rainy day in Keswick is the pencil museum. Again we’ve not visited before but this year they have a circus drawing event on Thursday 26th which sounds lots of fun. Find full details on their website.
9. Visit a National Trust property
We visited Wray castle for the first time last October. It’s a mock-Gothic castle which has been filled with lots of things for kids to do. Our favourite rooms are the Peter Rabbit themed rooms but there are plenty more areas to explore. You can read my full review of it in my post – Wray castle, child-friendly National Trust. We didn’t get the chance to explore the outdoor areas last year but I have heard good things about them. Last October they had Halloween activities on such as broom making. There is nothing on their website yet but you never know. If they do put workshops on I’d recommend arriving early as the booked up fast and we missed out last year.
We’ve not visited this one before but it’s on our list for this year after seeing Hannah, from Make, Do and Push write about how much she loves it. For October half term they have a woodland pumpkin trail outside and inside they have a playroom, dressing up, board games and an art room. For full details see their website.
Another National Trust property we will be visiting for the first time. As well as what looks like an amazing woodland play trail, they also have some activities on for half-term. There is a Halloween children’s garden trail on daily and on the 28th and 29th there is pumpkin carving on (charges apply). See their website for full details.
So there you have my suggestions of lots of things to do in the lake district with children. If you have a favourite place to take children in the lakes I’d love to know especially if it’s suitable for under 5s. Please leave me a comment below.
All details are correct as of 13th October 2017. Events can change at short notice so please check the website of your chosen event for up to date opening times, admission prices and planned events.
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