With so much to do and see in the Lake District this summer 2018, why would you consider any other holiday destination?
Plus, grab a great deal this summer bank holiday on a beautiful Lake District cottage with our END OF SUMMER 20% DISCOUNT collection. Look out for the ‘children welcome’ and ‘paw print’ symbols for family and pet friendly properties.
This agricultural show has something for everybody and takes place in the stunning grounds of Lowther Castle. Enjoy sports events including angling and shooting, refuel at the mini food festival, browse the many stands and take part in crafts and lots of other fun activities.
Check out our guide to the top 3 beaches in the Lake District, choose one, then go and get a little sand between your toes.
Current shows include Jeeves & Wooster and Bold Girls. And from 9th August to 26 October you can see Sense and Sensibility.
The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway has a range of events planned for summer 2018 including Kids Free Friday and Driver for a Fiver.
An enduring family favourite, this attraction captures the heart and the imagination of all those who visit. This summer, you can take afternoon tea with Peter Rabbit too.
For motor enthusiasts, the Lakeland Motor Museum is a must-see. Crammed with classic cars, motorbikes and memorabilia it is one of the more unique places to visit in the Lake District.
Kendal hosts this spectacular arts festival. This year the installations and performances will celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act. So roll up, enjoy the show, participate and interact.
Summer 2018 will be remembered as ‘the hot one’. Browse the most popular river swimming spots and outdoor pools in the Lakes in this handy and informative blog post. Pick a spot and create some memories to talk about when home.
Summer is water sports here in the Lakes and Windermere is the perfect location. Choose from activities such as water skiing, stand-up paddle boarding and canoeing. For a quieter lake experience, Coniston is the place to head to.
An organised event with a range of distances to choose from and fantastic views to take in as you swim. Wetsuits may be required and so check in advance to avoid disappointment. This is a great spectator sport also on one of the most sublime picnic spots on Lake Windermere.
Super summer fun is to be had in the award-winning Whinlatter Forest Wild Play, where you’ll find 900-m long trail of adventure zones, including water play, gravel play, slides, climbing and more.
For couples, we’d highly recommend their Cumbrian Fish Supper Cruise, running over the summer. And for families, take advantage of ‘Kids Free Fridays’ running over the July and August school holidays.
Truly something for all the family here. Join the GoApe Tribe and experience the zip wire where a Guinness World Record was recently bagged by 106-year-old Jack!
Dress up, create your own magical spears and fairy wands and head into Hayes magical world of make-believe, running from 20th of July up until 9th Sept.
Be one of the first to while away hours over an indulgent Afternoon Tea at the Lake District’s newest restaurant, The Gaddum, overlooking Lake Windermere. Let the Micheline trained chefs wow you with food that matches the stunning views over Windermere form the Arts & Crafts building.
For newcomers to the North Lakes, Cat Bells (‘home of the wild cat’) is the most popular family fell climb. A relatively short climb gives some of the best views across the Lake District, giving little ones a birds-eye view of their holiday.
Choose from the famous life-size gem pit, the new fossil wall, dinosaur experience and a bead bar and ‘get a 3rd experience free this summer’.
Mind your head as you travel back in time to down a graphite mine in the Borrowdale Valley in the 1500’s, at Keswick’s famous Pencil Museum. Kids will get loads from the special KID’S GUIDE SIX WEEKS OF SUMMER and there are drawing events on throughout the summer months too, including 14th August where you can join a local artist to learn how to draw Magical Animals.
Running over the last weekend of the summer, 31st of Aug to the 2nd of September, this year’s South Lakes Bike fest in the village of Staveley promises to be wheely good fun – family rides, demonstrations and free skills sessions for all ages, wood-fired pizza, beer from Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery and Ice Cream from Duffins!
18th August is International Geocaching Day, so why not download the Geocaching App, discover some of the Lake District’s geocache locations and get hunting. Not only will you have the fun of the hunt, but you’ll also discover fascinating places in the Lake District along the way.
Tale Trails are free to download Story Walks designed for families. Ranging between 1-10km, choose a walk from popular locations such as Ullswater, the Eden Valley, Coniston and Keswick, and enjoy the story that guides little legs along.
The Lake District is home to several locally-made ice cream brands, so look one up during your visit. For families, we’d recommend a trip to Old Hall Farm, in the Rusland Valley nestled between Windermere and Coniston for a delicious Ice Cream Sunday, meet and feed the farm animals, butter making and a tractor ride.
This is a magical water experience that older kids with lots of imagination will love. Rowboats are limited to couples, or groups of 3 or 4 people and this is a very peaceful and quiet day trip where the handful of pretty boats are hired out on a first-come-first-served basis.
Turn out the lights and feel a chill in the air as you head to Cathedral Caverns in Langdale or Rydal Cave, Grasmere – these natural caves are great adventures for kids. Or explore the fun, new indoor caving tunnel experience, ‘Brave the Cave’, at Brockhole on Windermere. Take a journey beneath the waters of Lake Windermere and beyond at Lakes Aquarium, where kids under 3 are free this summer.