Brockhole, The Lake District

Brockhole, The Lake District

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.Brockhole


Brockhole 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.

Brockhole playground

Brockhole playground

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.

Brockhole soft play

Brockhole soft play

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.


Brockhole jetty

Brockhole sign

Brockhole treetop nets

Brockhole treetop nets

 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.
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  1. March 11, 2017 / 9:31 am

    It’s good the weather cleared up! We love the Lake District but I guess all those lakes mean it has to rain some of the time. A super day out, thanks for sharing with #CountryKids

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 3:11 pm

      Unfortunately it didn’t clear up this time. The sunny photos are from the year before. Yes you have to accept the rain in the lakes.

  2. March 11, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    It sounds like there is something here for all ages. I love the look of the outdoor play with the wooden houses and ropes to balance on the logs. Indoor soft play is a great option for when the rain gets too much, we have one at Coombe Mill for just such occasions and the kids love it. Wow the views in the sunshine are stunning, it really is a lottery in the UK on holiday, when the sun comes along there is nowhere I’d rather be, and if not we are well set up for wet weather options too!

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      Completely agree. We haven’t been abroad in 6 years. There is so much of the UK I’d like to see.

  3. March 11, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    I love the lakes although haven’t been for a good few years now. Seems so far to go for a break with N though. Looks like youhad a good time. #countrykids

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      We love it too and it’s only a good couple of hours from us.

  4. March 11, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    This looks like a fantastic place to take the kids, I’m pretty sure we walked past this when we stayed near Windermere, we’ll have to remember to visit there next time!

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      You must. There’s plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained.

  5. March 12, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    What a lovely place and it makes being out with the children much easier and enjoyable #countrykidsfun

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 3:19 pm

      It’s so much easier if the kids are happy.

  6. March 12, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    This looks great – we would love to visit the Lake District this year. Looks like there would be enough here to entertain our 5 year old son #countrykids

    • Claire
      March 12, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      He’d love it here.

    • Claire
      March 17, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you and it is.

  7. March 16, 2017 / 11:30 am

    We’ve never been to the lakes as a family and we really should! This place looks great, monkey would love the adventure playground. It’s good to know there’s somewhere inside too if the weather turns. Will put this on our list if we are local sometime. #CountryKids

    • Claire
      March 17, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Very useful to have an indoor bit especially in the lakes (it rains a lot).

  8. April 5, 2017 / 7:48 am

    Looks fantastic. The kids will love this!

    • Claire
      April 5, 2017 / 7:48 am

      They really will.

  9. Jeanie
    August 12, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    We like it here it’s a nice walk and a great little park but boy oh boy is the parking expensive these days! We called in on our way to Ambleside one day and were there for no more than 25 minutes and it cost £5 for parking. I think I’d prefer a fairer entrance fee than being unexpectedly stung on parking at least you’d know where you are then!

    • Claire
      August 13, 2017 / 10:49 am

      That is expensive for 25 minutes! Their website says parking is currently £3 for up to 2 hours and then 40p every 20 minutes afterwards, up to a maximum of £8. Perhaps they have taken notice of feedback and reduced the charges.

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