A brilliant choice for burning off excess energy either on foot or by cycling on the safe forest bike trails. Organised activities during Half Term include building your own bird house to take home with you. There is a lovely café too. Whinlatter is also the home of Go Ape where you can swing through the trees like a monkey! This activity is open to anyone over the age of 10 who likes an adrenaline rush. The high wire activity course climbs through the trees finishing with a long zip wire
World of Beatrix Potter
A great wet weather option for guests staying in our Windermere or Ambleside cottages. Children can enjoy filling in the activity booklet or painting a ceramic figurine and adults will secretly love stepping into the pages of their favourite childhood stories in the larger than life exhibition.
Lakeland Motor Museum
This is a fascinating all weather attraction in the picturesque Leven Valley, close to the southern tip of Windermere. There is a diverse collection of unique road transport – vintage cars, motorbikes and bicycles and also modern and iconic vehicles. The museum is entirely wheelchair and pushchair friend with accessible toilets and level entrances.
The extensive gardens here are perfect running around whilst adults can appreciate the beautiful snowdrops which have just come into bloom. As part of the National Trust’s project ’50 things to do before you are 11 and 3/4’, kids can tick off three things by building a den, finding the geocache and climb a huge hill!
Walby Farm Park
There is plenty on at Walby, at the head of the Eden valley. As well as meeting all the animals, there are activities indoors for children to take part in – cake & biscuit icing, magic shows, fun fair rides and a farm themed dress up day.
Honister Slate Mine
The slate mine is set into the side of some dramatic mountain scenery. As well as the slate mine tour deep into the hillside you can try out the UK’s first and only operating Via Ferrata, climbing over 2000 feet.
The weather is not always kind so a back up plan is a good idea. There are some brilliant climbing walls in Keswick, Ambleside and Carlisle, all of which cater for children with mini harnesses, shoes, helmets and specially trained instructors.