Family days out in the Lake District

Family days out in the Lake District

Later this week we are heading to the Lake District, with Grandma, on holiday. Looking at the forecast the weather looks like a real mixed bag. So I have been researching family days out in the Lake District and as sharing is caring here are my findings:-

  • Hilltop – J aged 9, my bookworm, has read every single Beatrix Potter book. Meaning there would be no way we could visit the Lake District without going to the home of Potter herself. Hilltop is the first memory I had of a National Trust day out as a child. When I visited many moons ago, it was lovely to see the actual veg garden where Peter Rabbit caused his fictional mischief. It’ll be lovely to relive this with my kids. 

    Lake District Hilltop
    Hilltop – Credit NT
  • Mirehouse – We are actually staying in Keswick so Mirehouse is very close. It looks like there is loads to do, with lovely gardens to explore, including a Bee garden and the playground looks cool (that is such a Mum phrase!). Mirehouse is a family run house and winner of Cumbria Tourism Awards 2017 – Visitor Attraction so definitely worth a visit. mirehouse
  • The World of Beatrix Potter – Unless you have had your head buried in the sand, I am sure your kids have raved about the recent Peter Rabbit film or the CBeebies TV series. So The World of Beatrix Potter will be great for all the Peter Rabbit fans in our family. It looks like a fun back day out. I have also stumbled across a great offer from PicNiq for up to 16% off. The offer includes a steam-train ride on a Victorian carriage and a lake cruise. Plus admission into the award-winning World of Beatrix Potter. 
  • Carlisle Castle – I’m sure it’s not just my kids that love to play knights. Carlisle Castle looks like it has loads to explore. Families can even explore the turret where Mary Queen of Scots was held captive. Also, there is the Cumbria Museum of Military Life on site. 
  • National Trust – Allan Bank and Grasmere – Allan Mere is home to many red squirrels. So I am sure the kids will love to spot them. It is set in woodland perfect for a family picnic, plus indoors they have an art room with drawing and painting supplies. 
    allan bank
    Red Squirrel at Allan Bank – Credit NT


  • And of course the many Lakes – you wouldn’t head to the Lake District without visiting a lake or two. There are so many to chose from across the 912 square miles. The largest lakes include Windermere, Derwentwater and Coniston Water. Not only are they beautiful to look at they are also full of fun, many offering cruises and watersports.
  • Not forgetting the Mountains too – so you never know if we are feeling energetic we may head up  Scafall or Skiddaw. 

I’m sure we will find many more places to explore while we are away. This is just for starters so if you have any other recommendations please share with us.

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