Shoes left on a rock by Windermere copyright Thomas Beecham

Summer 2014 in the Lake District

Coming to the Lake District this summer? Enjoy lakeshore adventures, join a family-friendly event or take to the water... you choose!

Cumbrian school holiday dates: Saturday 19 July - Tuesday 2 September 2014

First time here?

Take our Beginners taster for a snapshot of England's largest National Park. You can browse and book accommodation online too.

Whether you want to get active, explore our heritage or have a car-free tour, there are lots of attractions bookable online.

Once you're here our Information Centres are a great place to start with help from our friendly advisers.

Free or low-cost events across the National Park

Choose from circus fun, canoeing and lovely guided ambles around some gorgeous spots. For all the details and to book online, check out the events and guided walks calendar.

Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre

Start your lakeland adventure at Brockhole. Whether you are 7 or 70 there is always something new to discover. Here's a taster of just some of the family events and activities in store:

What's on in August

More things to do at Brockhole

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  • For children - adventure playground, woodland trails, Beatrix Potter trail, inside soft play area and undercover traversing wall.
  • Treetop Trek - aerial adventure for 5 year olds and up. Pre-booking recommended.
  • Treetop Nets - new! Giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels for 3 year olds and up. Pre-booking recommended.
  • Every day - boat hire, Water Walkerz and bike hire
  • Weekends and school holidays - pony rides
  • Challenge your friends and family to mini-golf
  • Enjoy tasty good-value food and drink in our terrace cafĂ© and soak up the gorgeous views across Windermere.
  • Pushchair and wheelchair access so all the family can enjoy themselves.

Coniston Boating Centre

Aye aye Cap'n! Bring along your crew for a fantastic adventure on the water. Open 10am - 5pm every day. Last hire 4pm.

  • Boat hire (opens in new window) - electric self-drive boats, kayaks or rowing boats.
  • Bike hire (opens in new window) - mountain bikes or electric bikes and tagalongs. Cycle helmets and locks included.

Inspiring ideas

Rainy day ideas

There's lots to do at Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre (opens in new window) if it's Jemima Puddleduck weather - including including indoor exhibits, cafe, shop, indoor soft play area and our undercover traversing wall.

If you're hardy adventurers, at Coniston Boating Centre the electric boats have covered cabins.

There are lots of other rainy day attractions. And you can always stock up on some free colouring-in sheets from our Discovery zone.

The journey's half the fun

Have a great day out by bike, bus or boat. Please take a look at Great Walking and Cycling made easy.

Cumbria County Council bus timetables (opens in new window) have some good suggestions. The #555 and #599 are particularly scenic.

Call of nature

Toilet locations and baby change facilities are listed on our Public toilets page. Many are located near our car parks.


Take a look at our Webcams page for current conditions. For a forecast, check out Lake District Weatherline (opens in new window)

Country shows and festivals

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Need holiday accommodation?

Cottage near Coniston - copyright Charlie Hedley

We've cosy holiday cottages, quirky boutique hotels, friendly bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels!

Our commission goes towards keeping the National Park special: Browse and book accommodation online here