Our daughter Emme is nearly 3 and many of the guests staying at Lake View are children of all ages. So, we know that long walks and lazy pub lunches aren’t the most child-friendly of activities. Here is a list of great things to do with children to help any families visiting the Lake District keep their little ones happy!
Emme and Bruce exploring Grasmere lakeshore
- Allan Bank, Grasmere
This is a National Trust house with a difference. Briefly the home of Wordsworth, Allan Bank is now a very laid back open house. It has a well-equipped play-room and lovely art room where you and any budding Beatrix Potter’s can practice painting the stunning views, even on rainy days. The grounds are also excellent for children of all ages, with a nature trial to follow, Peter Rabbit’s house to find and a large woodland to scramble in and explore.
The art room at Allan Bank
2. Grasmere Riverside Walk
This gentle, fifteen minute meander (depending on the length of your legs!) takes you through Grasmere, but is totally pedestrian and buggy friendly. The walk takes you along the River Rothay to the park, where the big playing field and swings provide plenty of scope for running around and having fun. Find the start of the path by the toilets in the coach / car park on Stock Lane as you come into the village. (Find more details and other buggy friendly routes on the Miles without Stiles website.
A short drive from Grasmere towards Windermere, the Brockhole Visitor Centre has loads of activities taking place all year round. With a super adventure play-ground, treetop nets, a nice walk along the river and a good café, it’s a reliable choice for families with children of any age.
4. The Wordsworth Museum
Perhaps not somewhere you would expect to be good for families, but this museum is great for children of all ages. There is a fantastic family room with toys to entertain children from two to ten. They provide a rucksack full of interesting activities when children are exploring the main museum. Plus they host and organise wonderful events throughout the year, which are fun and involve a bit of learning too!
The Family Room at the Wordsworth Musuem
5. The Ambleside Rock Shop
A fun way to divert children who have grown weary of shopping in Ambleside. This awesome shop has a rock pit and loads of cool things to look at (and buy!) The upstairs even has a Dinosaur experience that will leave young explorers enraptured.
6. Rydal Caves
Most of the walk to these man-made caves is buggy friendly, but there a few rocky bits. If you can manage the occasional bit of carrying smaller children, it's well worth it for the wonder that awaits. The biggest of these caves is sure to have everyone’s jaws hitting the floor. One of our favourite day trips, especially followed by a late lunch at the Badger Bar! Find detailed instructions and map for this walk on our blog post Rydal Cave.
7. Row, row, row your boat
Hire one of the pretty rowing boats from the Faeryland Tea and Coffee Shop and enjoy an hour or two messing about on the lake. All of the boats have their own name and Grasmere lake is perfect for exploring by water. Grown-ups might enjoy the varied bird life, whilst young ones can make like Swallows and Amazons! After all that fun, Faeryland has a great selection of teas plus some tempting sweet treats to reboot energy levels.
The pretty rowing boats at the Faeryland Tea and Coffee shop
As for diversions back at base camp, the grounds of our Grasmere bed and breakfast provide plenty of opportunities for entertaining children. Stroll to Grasmere lake-shore, say hello to our pigs, or try to find our big green bus tucked away in the gardens. If there's no one staying in it you could always pretend to be the driver! We also have plenty of games to borrow, and with Smart TVs in every room, there is plenty to do inside on wet days.
We love to hear about other things to do in the area, so please get in touch if you know of fun places to go in the Lake District with children.