5 things to do with your little ones - whatever the weather!
5 things to do with your little ones whatever the weather!
The Lake District is famed for its beautiful scenery and breath-taking views, however as mum of a toddler it is not often I get to venture out anywhere, let alone up the fells. When I do go out it normally consists of somewhere child orientated with an indoor option as the Lake District is also notorious for its wet weather!
If you are planning a break in a Lake District holiday cottage with your young family I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 places you can enjoy whatever the weather, however I would say waterproofs and wellies are an essential to all Lake District visitors.
Lakes Aquarium Near Newby Bridge
The aquarium is situated on the south side of Lake Windermere you can find out about all the marine life in the lake as well as see sea turtles, otters, ray’s, and a colony of leaf cutter ants. It also features exhibits on the America’s, Tropical rainforest, Africa, and a seashore discovery zone including rockpools with crabs. My sons favourite feature is an underwater tunnel where you can see fish and ducks swimming above your head.
Grizedale Forrest in Hawkshead is has a fantastic walk full of sculptures and more recently has included Gruffalo spotting inspired by the popular books. Parents can download the app and head off on the trail to find this mysterious creature. It also includes Wild play adventure play grounds with slides climbing frames, water play, cargo nets and swings. If the rain gets too much you can also refuel in the café. Best of all entry to the forest is free however there is charges for car parking.
World of Beatrix Potter
Meet the popular childhood favourite Peter Rabbit and friends and explore the characters magical world in this beautifully designed exhibition. It includes a short introductory film a walk-through exhibition and various interactive exhibits. Older children will enjoy taking part in the Peter Rabbit activity trail. There is also Peter Rabbit tea parties throughout the year.
Brockhole Visitors Centre
Brockhole is located between Windermere and Ambleside and located on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere. Its features exhibitions, indoor play area for under 5’s and one of the best adventure playgrounds in the area. There are also various events at different times of year as well activities such as archery, pony trekking, bike hire, boat hire, trails, orienteering, tree top trek and nets which have an additional cost. The grounds and garden are perfect for a picnic and it’s great to have indoor option should the weather turn!
Fun Factory Bowness
So, this isn’t the most adventurous of activities however it is a personal favourite of mine to entertain little ones on the gloomiest of days and is perfect if like me your little one enjoys letting off steam. The Fun factory is set over 3 levels with tunnels, bridge’s and a ball pool. Parents can enjoy coffee and cake whilst looking out over Lake Windermere. As I say not a typical Lake District activity but one that can be enjoyed whatever the weather!
If you would like to visit with your family please check out some of our fantastic Lake District Self-catering Cottages, we have properties in Ambleside, Grasmere, Windermere and the Langdale area.