Family Friendly Fun for February Half Term
With a veritable playground of lakes, mighty hills and ancient woodlands to explore from our doorstep there’s plenty to keep young and old entertained in the Lake District. The wonderful walks, stunning scenery and miles of cycle paths are a given, so we’ve pulled together a list of some of our other favourite haunts to keep the whole family happy this half term, come rain or shine.
The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction
He may have been created over 100 years ago just down the road in Near Sawrey but 2018 is once again the year of Peter Rabbit as he and his friends are brought to life in cinemas up and down the country this March. And where better to whet your appetite for the big screen premiere than at The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere? Take time to explore a magical world in which the sights and sounds of Miss Potter’s much-loved characters are brought to life – an enthralling day out for the young and the young at heart.
Now owned by the National Trust, Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s 17th century farmhouse, is the spiritual birthplace of her much-loved children’s stories and provides a veritable time capsule of her life and the inspiration behind her tales. Explore the garden and the house, full of her most precious things, and discover her deep connection to the Lakeland landscape. And if you’re still desperate for more Potter, why not follow the Beatrix Potter trail https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beatrix-potter-gallery-and-hawkshead/documents/beatrix-potter-lake-district-trail.pdf
Located in the heart of the Lakes, between Coniston and Windermere, Grizedale Forest offers something for everyone – thrill seekers and scenic strollers alike. Follow the miles of waymarked paths on foot or bike, discover a forest sculpture trail or hire an all-terrain Segway to take in the fabulous views across the lakes and mountains. If you’re craving high adrenaline adventure then head over to the Go Ape Tree Top course to tackle the zip-wires and high ropes Tarzan-style.
Heaton Cooper Studio
In Grasmere village you’ll find this much-loved gallery, home to the work of the Heaton Cooper artistic dynasty whose painting and books have influenced the landscape view of the Lake District for many generations. Children and adults will find plenty to occupy themselves here with regular workshops, specialist art supplies, a children’s gallery and a rather fine café.
The Puzzling Place
In nearby Keswick you’ll find a world of optical illusions and brain teasers to puzzle and frustrate you! The Puzzling Place, home to an ‘Anti-gravity Room’, ‘Ames Room’, ‘Hologram Gallery’ and ‘Eyelusions Exhibition’ is a fascinating excursion into the wonderful world of optical illusion, which will leave you quite literally, not believing your eyes!
Between Ambleside and Windermere, Brockhole is the National Park Visitor Centre where you’ll find 30 acres of magnificent gardens ready to explore. Take a lake cruise from the Brockhole jetty, play a round of mini golf or try your hand at archery or pony riding. With caving, all-weather play, orienteering and cycling on-site there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. Children over 5 years can try the 35 treetop challenges including aerial rope bridges and wobbly logs and a fabulous 250 metre triple zip down to the shoreline. Or if you’re happier on terra firma, there’s always an exhibition to view, a lovely gift shop and a restaurant/tea room.
Reopening on 10th February after its annual winter closure, Allen Bank isn’t your typical National Trust experience. Only partially decorated, with no gift shop or café (though you can grab a cup of tea) it’s a refreshingly simple place to soak up the sights of Grasmere. There are secret hideaways, such as the Victorian viewing tunnel and it’s the perfect place to picnic, paint or draw – the scenery which once inspired William Wordsworth is stunning.
Windermere Lake Cruises
With a wide choice of trips ranging from 45 minutes to 3 hours in duration, or even a whole day’s cruise, a lake cruise is fantastic way to see the fabulous Lakeland scenery. Combine a cruise with a local attraction such as the Lakeland Aquarium or Motor Museum or choose one of the many beautiful walks near to Windermere and the lake shore that are within easy reach of the piers and cruises.
Of course we’ve barely scratched the surface with this list and if you have more ideas that you’d like to share with us please do get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org