9 things to do with children in the Lake District

9 things to do with children in the Lake District

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


We enjoyed a trip on a Windermere lake cruise last year but you can also go on boat trips on Coniston, Derwent water or Ullswater.

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

Wray castle

October half term lake district


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.

Allan Bank

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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    • October 20, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Great. I hope you find it useful.

  1. October 17, 2017 / 8:34 am

    The Lake District is so pretty. But I haven’t got round to taking my toddler yet. Thank you for pointing out buggy friendly walks – I always try to find them wherever we are on holiday. #familytraveltips

    • October 20, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      It’s always handy to know where you can take a buggy.

  2. October 18, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    It’s ages since we last went to the Lake District. It’s such a beautiful part of the world, so much to do there for all the family.

    • October 20, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      It’s stunning and yes there is plenty to do.

  3. October 19, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    I’d love to go to Beatrix Potter world, the area just looks so pretty for walks and woods x

    • October 20, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      It is stunning.

  4. October 19, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Beatrix Potter World and I think my girls would too! The adventure playground looks a lot of fun for my active small people! ‪#familytraveltips‬

    • October 20, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      The adventure playgrounds at grizedale abd brockhole are both amazing.

  5. October 19, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    This is a really useful post. We’ve not been yet as a family but hopefully soon. I’d like to go to Beatrix potter before Jamie gets too old for it. There’s plenty here I didn’t know about, thanks

    • October 20, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you found it useful.

  6. October 19, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I’ve always loved the Lake District, but have to admit I’ve never taken my own children there. Oh the shame! I know! I’ve pinned your pin as a reminder that we must go there soon!

    • October 20, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      I’m sure you’ve taken them plenty of other great places.

  7. October 20, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I absolutely love the lakes but I haven’t been up there since having Luke (he’s now 4!) so I’ll definitely save this and take a look next time I go. I think I need to plan a visit 🙂

    • Claire
      October 24, 2017 / 11:46 pm

      You do. It’s great for kids too.

  8. October 20, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    I’m originally from Cumbria so loving this idea list. The Rheged centre is beautiful and the pencil museum is a must.

    • Claire
      October 24, 2017 / 11:47 pm

      You are very lucky to have grown up here. We are hoping to visit the pencil museum this week.

  9. Rachel @ The Daisy Pages
    October 20, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    I love this list. We’re lucky enough to live in the area and Brockhole is one of our favourite places to visit with the kids. There’s so much to do there. Nice post 🙂

    • October 20, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you. You are very lucky to live in this area.

  10. October 20, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    What a great list, whenever I think of the Lakes, I always think about taking a really lovely, peaceful boat trip, so I’m glad you’ve included that!

    • Claire
      October 24, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      Definitely. The boat trips are lovely.

  11. October 21, 2017 / 6:12 am

    Love this comprehensive list! We haven’t been to the Lakes with our little one yet but this has certainly given me the inspo to go! We spent a few days in Grasmere a couple of months before D arrived and found THE best Indian restaurant in Windermere. I’ve been threatening to return ever since!

    • Claire
      October 24, 2017 / 11:49 pm

      Thank you. Grasmere is lovely.

  12. October 21, 2017 / 6:55 am

    We love how they dressed up Wray Castle for Halloween! We’d like to visit Grizedale forest as there looks like so much to see and do! #CountryKids x

    • Claire
      October 24, 2017 / 11:50 pm

      It was great last year. They really got into the Halloween spirit.

  13. October 21, 2017 / 7:36 am

    I’ve not visited the Lakes since I was a young child myself. It always looks so beautiful and there is so much to do there. October must be really pretty in all the places you suggest with the leaves turning colour. I’d really like to try one of the lake cruises, it must be such a wonderful way to take in the scenery and I know my kids would love to try Go Ape in the woods. Have a lovely half term holiday there.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  14. October 21, 2017 / 9:16 am

    what a great guide. covering all ages and abilities with free stuff as well as paid, indoors and out.
    But you would not get me into the castle with those eight legged creatures hanging there……even skipped past the picture as quick as I could……”shudder”

  15. October 21, 2017 / 11:35 am

    It all looks so beautiful, I’ve always envied my cousins’ lifestyle growing up in the Lakes. Sadly, I’ve never been, but I’d love to visit over the next few years and do some of these things with my daughter. We adore Beatrix Potter! #CountryKids

  16. October 22, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Wray Castle looks amazing! I love Halloween and it looks like they have decorated the property spectacularly! #countrykids

  17. October 22, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    I’ve only done 2 of these things and one of those was go for a walk! I’ve been to the Lakes lots but he last was with the OH so we had specific places we wante to visit. #countrykids

  18. October 24, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    What a wonderful round-up of things for kids to do in the Lake District. Wray Castle and Beatrix Potter World are both on my list of places I’d like to visit with the girls one day. The Miles without Stiles page sounds really useful – we always need to find buggy friendly routes when walking with the girls so will have to remember this if we visit the Lake District 🙂 #countrykids

  19. October 24, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    What a great round up, some lovely looking places to visit. Love how they had decorated Wray Castle for Halloween. I would love to do Beatrix Potter World 🙂 #countrykids

  20. October 25, 2017 / 9:45 am

    We did a few of these things while there but deemed somethings out of the question because of the girls ages. Hubby has already voiced his intentions to go back. #CountryKids

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      You must. There are somethings better for older children.

      • November 16, 2017 / 3:08 pm

        Popping back via #bloggerpinparty

  21. October 25, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    For someone that lives a stones throw away from the lakes we’ve not done hardly any of these! Tarn how’s is beautiful, I think it’s one of the few we’ve done. Haverthwaite Railway is quite good if you make it there. South lakes animal park too. These are more on our destinations!! #countrykids

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you for the recommendation. Tarn hows is stunning.

  22. October 26, 2017 / 6:26 am

    I keep thinking about trying out the Lake District as it’s but somewhere we have taken the kids yet. Love the sound of Beatrix Potter world will have to look into that. Thank you for the ideas #Countrykids

    • Claire
      October 26, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      It’s great for kids. So much to do.

  23. October 29, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Oh, isn’t the Lake District beautiful? I haven’t been with the children yet but we did have a wonderful weekend there before we had them. These are brilliant tips for things to do, I hope you had a lovely week there. I particularly like the look of the Rheged Centre, love the fact it has indoor and outdoor play. National Trust properties are always a good call as well, they are our go-to.
    Thanks for linking up to #FamilyTravelTips

  24. October 29, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    I love this! The lake district is so beautiful and there is so much to do there. Beatrix potter world is such a lovely day out, and we really enjoyed our day on the Ullswater Steamers this time. Fab post 🙂

  25. November 2, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    We’ve been dying to go to the Lakes for ages and never got round to it! I’ve pinned this for next year – we WILL go! #Bloggerspinparty

  26. November 2, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    So many great places to visit and things to do, it would be hard to chose just one or two. I’d love to visit the Lake District with our son as it’s an area of the UK I’ve never had the chance to go to. I’d really like to visit Wray Castle, my son would just love it there! #bloggerpinparty

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      We love it there.

  27. February 4, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Great article Claire!

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