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Action-packed Summer Holidays in the Lake District

With so much to do and see in the Lake District this summer 2018, why would you consider any other holiday destination?


  1. Visit Lowther Castle & Gardens and Lowther show – 11th and 12th August 2018
    Lowther Castle

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.


  1. Spend a day on the beach

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.


  1. Soak up some culture at Theatre by the Lake – Keswick
    Theatre by the Lake

Current shows include Jeeves & Wooster and Bold Girls. And from 9th August to 26 October you can see Sense and Sensibility.


  1. Take a trip on the narrow gauge steam railway – Ravenglass

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway has a range of events planned for summer, including Kids Free Friday and Driver for a Fiver.


  1. Visit The World of Beatrix Potter – Bowness-on-Windermere

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.


  1. Check out the 30,000 exhibits at the Lakeland Motor Museum – Backbarrow, Ulverston

    Lakeland Motor Museum

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.


  1. Experience Lakes Alive the family friendly arts show – 7th to 9th September

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.


  1. Cool off with a swim in a river or outdoor pool
    River Swim

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.


  1. Try your hand at water sports on Windermere

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.


  1. Take part in the Windermere Wild Swim at Fell Foot – 26th August 2018

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.


  1. Indulge in some fine dining

    Fine Dining in the Lakes

Many of the region’s best restaurants have bespoke summer menus not to be missed. Take a look at Fine Dining in the Lake District on the Lakelovers Gold website for more information.


  1. Lose yourself in 9 areas of Whinlatter Forest Wild Play
    Whinlatter Forest, Lake District

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.


  1. Relax while taking a scenic lake cruise with Ullswater Steamers
    Ullswater Steamers

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.


  1. Take to the canopies at Go Ape, Grizedale Forest – Hawkshead

    Go Ape Zipwire

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!


  1. Hayes Garden Centre – Ambleside

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.


  1. Afternoon Tea at The Gaddum – Windermere

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.


  1. Climb Cat Bells – Keswick
    Girl sits on Cat bells

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.


  1. Experience Rock Shop – Ambleside

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’.


  1. Derwent Pencil Museum – Keswick

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.


  1. South Lakes Bike Fest 2018 – Staveley

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!


  1. Geocache Hunt in the Lakes

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.


  1. Go on a Tale Trail Walk

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.


  1. Visit an Ice Cream Parlour

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.


  1. Seek Out Fairies at Faeryland – Grasmere

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.


  1. Brave a Cave

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.