7 of the best fun family attractions in the Lake District
PUBLISHED: 10:28 12 May 2015 | UPDATED: 22:57 21 October 2015
From pottery to cooking, Peter Rabbit to exotic wild animals, there’s plenty to see and do in the Lakes with the family /p>
The World of Beatrix Potter
An interactive exhibit telling the story of Beatrix Potter’s writing and her importance to Lakeland conservation, this attraction is a magical adventure for children and brings their favourite characters to life. Afterwards, grab a cup of tea and cake in the themed café and children can tuck into a Peter Rabbit picnic basket.
Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BX Tel: 0844 504 1233, www.hop-skip-jump.com
South Lakes Safari Zoo
At South Lakes Safari Zoo, visitors have the opportunity to get as close as possible to experiencing the sights and sounds of over 1,000 rarest and endangered animals. For an extra special visit, why not book a family animal encounters day, where you can join the keepers on a behind the scenes personal encounter with an animal or group of animals of your choice.
South Lakes Safari Zoo, Dalton-In-Furness, LA15 8JR Tel: 01229 466086, www.southlakessafarizoo.com
Crafty Monkeys, Penrith
This craft studio in Penrith is popular with all ages and families. Have fun getting messy with the potter’s wheel, create a mosaic or secure memories of little ones with a keepsake of a hand or footprint in clay. With a range of take home in the day or fire and glaze options, there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy at Crafty Monkeys.
Corney Square, Penrith CA11 7PX Tel: 01768 398975, www.craftymonkeys.org
Keswick Adventure Centre
The perfect day out for a family who love being active, Keswick Adventure Centre offers a range of activities from ghyll scrambling, canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, raft building and mountain biking. From a single activity through to a full week of outdoor adventure, activities can be tailored to suit all ages and experience.
Keswick Adventure Centre, Brundholme Road, Keswick, CA12 4NL Tel: 017687 75687, www.keswickadventurecentre.co.uk
World Owl Centre
Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass
The World Owl Centre is located within the gardens of Muncaster Castle. Entry to this is included in your gardens ticket and here you can see a diverse range of owls, large and small, fierce and friendly. Don’t miss ‘meet the birds’, daily at 2.30pm to find out more about these fascinating creature or watch the daily Wild Heron feed at 4pm.
Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, CA18 1RQ Tel: 01229 717 614, www.muncaster.co.uk/world-owl-centre
If you want something a bit different, why not book on to a children’s cookery course at Lucy Cooks, a friendly cookery school situated in Staveley Mill Yard? Throughout the year they hold a variety of family-friendly classes including an Easter themed cookery day or a ‘Cool 4 Kids’ Kitchen Capers course where young hands can develop their skills.
Mill Yard, Staveley, Nr. Kendal, LA8 9LR Tel: 015394 32288, www.lucycooks.co.uk
Lakeland Maze Farm Park
The Lakeland maize maze, which is open from July to September, is hugely popular with visitors and was one of the first maize mazes to open in the north of England in 2004. In the farm park, which is open each weekend and during the holidays from April, and you can experience tractor rides around the farm and have chances to meet and feed the animals in the pet barn.
Lakeland Maze Farm Park, Raines Hall, Sedgwick, Kendal, LA8 0JH Tel: 015395 61760, www.lakelandmaze.co.uk