Book your School trip to the Lake District

The Lake District has great attractions for school children, whatever the weather. All the attractions below can be linked together, by combining a trip on the train and a boat, your group can have a full day of fun.

Lakes Aquarium


Lakes Aquarium offers a unique all weather experience for all ages combining education with fun delivered in an inspiring manner to keep your class entertained. Free guided tours with all groups.

Get up close to creatures from local environments including otters, ferocious pike, perch and arctic char plus those from Morecambe Bay including a wide array of rockpool creatures, flat fish, native sharks, lobsters and more! Visit the amazing tunnel, with giant carp and incredible diving ducks.

Plus discover those from further afield such as piranha, clown fish and the amazing leaf cutter ants.
Make a day of it and enjoy neighbouring attractions with a Windermere Lake Cruise or Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam train journey.

For more information, please visit our website or call 015395 30153.

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

railwayEstablished in 1973 The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is a family run business steaming into the heart of the Lake District. You will find a fleet of lovingly restored and maintained steam locomotives on site, available to view in our engine shed, where our team of volunteers work alongside permanent staff to protect and improve our railway. We are proud to boast 2 magnificent restored and working Fairburn Class 4 MT tank engines – the only remaining locos of this type to survive. Haverthwaite station is also home to restaurant, shop, woodland walk, children’s adventure playground.

20 minutes along 3.5 miles of scenic line to Lake Windermere, and onwards to Lake cruise and other attractions.

See our Schools and Education offers detailing our extensive FOC offering when booking a train journey or group package.

World of Beatrix Potter

bp We welcome school groups from nursery upwards and can tailor your visit to ensure that your group get the most from their experience. Beatrix Potter and her stories can be linked to many areas of the National Curriculum including Literacy, History, Geography, Art and Science. Topic work based around this amazing lady can provide a wealth of learning opportunities for pupils of all ages.

So whether you are focussing on Literacy, Art, History or Science, we have developed a host of useful resources to make learning effective and fun. All the information you might need to help you plan a visit can be found in our downloadable Learning Resource Pack. Plus in summer 2016 we have a new musical theatre show ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’ – why not combine a theatre & exhibition ticket? Please contact Stacey on for more information.

Brockhole on Windermere


Brockhole is the perfect place to get a taste of the Lake District and combine learning and fun. We offer a flexible learning service, enabling you to tailor-make an inspiring day for your pupils:

  • Workshops and learning sessions for primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.
  • Exhibition, film and quiz about the Lake District National Park
  • Stunning gardens and grounds providing the ideal outdoor learning environment
  • Adventure playground,
  • Opportunities for adding in Treetop Trek and Treetop Nets and boat trips on Windermere
  • Orienteering courses and trails in the grounds.

See our Brockhole learning pages or contact Ruth Suddaby, Learning Coordinator on 015394 46601.

Windermere Lake Cruises

lakeWindermere Lake Cruises is a leading tourist attraction operating in the heart of the Lake District sailing on England's largest lake. Steamers and Launches sail daily thoughout the year between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside with summer season connections for the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway, The Lake District Visitors Centre (Brockhole), Fell Foot Country Park, The Lakeland Motor Museum, Wray Castle and Ferry House for Hilltop and Hawkshead. Group visits range from a 30 minute single sail to a full day itinerary, guides travel free.

Coach parking is available at Bowness and Lakeside with drop off at Ambleside.

For more information, see Windermere Lake Cruises schools and groups or call 015394 43360.

Lakeland Motor Museum

museumThis unique collection of artefacts provides a great educational resource and can be used to build knowledge, skills and understanding enabling pupils to learn how the past is different to the present and to identify between ways of life at different times.

The museum is ideal for observation and comparison work and also demonstrates how, when and why advancements in technology have allowed for changes in materials, design and features, with similarities or striking differences so revealed.

Our quiz encourages engagement and stimulates learning as a fun challenge for children to seek exhibits and record their findings.

For more information, please see Lakeland Motor Museum schools and groups or call 015395 30400.