The Lake District World Heritage site is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, particularly with families, so it’s not surprising that there are so many different possibilities for family days out in the region. Whether it’s exploring the great outdoors or places to hide indoors from some temperamental weather, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do. If you’re a little unsure where to begin, worry not, we’ve put together this brief guide to help you get started. Here are 10 great ideas for a family day out in the Lake District.
Whether it’s a steamer on Ullswater, or a Derwentwater cruise from the Keswick Launch, exploring the Lake District by water is a must for an unforgettable family experience. Both of these cruises stop off at brilliantly located jetties dotted around the lakes, which make for the starting points for some excellent walks. Alternatively, you can get more hands on and commandeer your own vessel – many of the lakes you visit in the region hire out kayaks and rowing boats, and you can even try your hand at sailing, too.
Lake District Wildlife Park
Home to more than 100 species of animal, this delightful 24 acre wildlife park in Bassenthwaite is only a few miles from Keswick, and just round the corner from our holiday park. The whole family will be enchanted by the charming animals, which include Brian, Europe’s oldest Lar gibbon, as well as lemurs, zebras, meerkats, mongooses, mandrills, lynx, red pandas and more. There are also fascinating reptiles, including Beauty the boa constrictor, and daily birds of prey displays. Kids will also love the indoor and outdoor play areas.