Montage of Lake District artwork by Dowdales School pupils
Montage of Lake District artwork by Dowdales School pupils

Things to do for families and children

Have fun in your National Park!

The Lake District is jam-packed with amazing adventures for tots to teenagers. We've many free or low-cost events, from street theatre to dragon boating, archery to canoeing. Take a look at our events calendar, check out the list of family-friendly events in 2014 or our summer 2014 page.

A great day out on the shores of Windermere

Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre (opens in new window) is perfect for a family day out.

Choose from (all links open in a new window):

Boating and biking escapades in Coniston

Hire a canoe, dinghy, rowing boat or electric boat and even bikes, electric bikes, tagalongs and bike trailers at Coniston Boating Centre (opens in new window).

Awesome days out

Check out some of our amazing attractions. If you book online through us, our commission goes towards keeping the National Park special.

Buses, trains and boats

Why not ditch the everyday car for a real journey of discovery involving buses, trains and even boats. Our public transport page has more details. Or take a look at the Great Walking and Cycling Made Easy routes which use public transport so you don't have to retrace your steps.

Child and buggy-friendly walks

We have more than 40 laidback Miles Without Stiles routes. Here are some highlights. Check out the links for maps and route guides:

Walking in Brockhole woods with buggies copyright Ben Barden
  • 4. Scout Scar near Kendal - see for miles and miles from the sea to the mountains!
  • 11. Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge in the Langdales - waterfalls, woods and refreshments at either end of the walk.
  • 13. Tarn Hows near Coniston - a circular walk round a beautiful tarn with views of mountains beyond and lots of woods to play in.
  • 36. Friar's Crag, Keswick - a circular route alongside Derwentwater with amazing views of the central mountains, lake shoreline and woods.

Best foot forward

Get some ideas for your own quests or check out the free family-friendly guided walks on offer in Walking with children.

Rainy days? Not a problem

There's loads going on Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre (opens in new window) including indoor exhibits, an undercover picnic area and an undercover traversing wall.

If you're hardy adventurers, at Coniston Boating Centre (opens in new window) the electric boats have covered cabins.

Why not book a rainy day attraction online?

A cruise or a bus ride is a great way to see the scenery without getting wet. Check out our public transport page.

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, open-air bus or boat. Please take a look at public transport page.

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.

Weather

To find out the current conditions, check out our Webcams page or for a forecast please look at Weatherline (opens in new window)

Heroes and heroines

Beatrix Potter's Squirrel Nutkin sailed on Derwentwater and Johnny Townmouse lived in Hawkshead. The Greendale of Postman Pat is here. If you time it right, you might be able to meet Thomas the Tank Engine at Ravenglass Railway (opens in new window).

Brockhole jetty

For Swallows and Amazons fans, the list goes on forever! Hike up Kanchenjunga himself - the Old Man of Coniston, take a look at Wild Cat Island, also known as Peel Island by taking a cruise or hiring a boat from Coniston Boating Centre (opens in new window). You might also want to check out the Islands of Windermere...

Ghosts and ghouls

There are some thrillingly atmospheric walks around. Will you risk a wander around haunted Claife Heights? Find out more in Ghosts and myths.

Useful links

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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