We all know that entertaining the little ones of the world, is often met by a dramatic eye roll and shifting of stance. While their minds maybe fabulously small sponges, it is increasingly difficult to capture their attention and keep it. We need to be savvy in our choice of activities and keep them boredom-free. Southlakes Safari Zoo, is a beautifully fascinating place to spend your family day out. Hosting an amusing display of the happiest animals, we share our planet with, roaming in natural surroundings. Walk amongst the zoo keepers and join in feeding time experiences, throughout your time there. Southlakes is home to proud big cats, quirky giraffes, cheeky monkeys and nosy kangaroos.
To satisfy both young and not so young minds, take a trip into The World of Beatrix Potter. Happily, potter in her shiny shoes, alongside her beloved animals and the wonderful world she created. Feast your eyes upon Jemima Puddleduck’s woodland glade, Mr Tod’s underground home, Peter Rabbit’s garden adventure, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s kitchen, Jeremy Fisher’s lily-pad boat, Mr McGregor’s greenhouse and finish off at the shop to snap up a piece of Potter magic, to take home with you. The fun does not stop when the exhibition stops, gather up your flock for afternoon-tea in their quaintly quirky tearoom. Then settle down and enjoy the home comforts back at Holmthwaite, where there are even more family memories to be had.
For the daring of youngsters, head to Brockhole on Windermere for action packed zip-wire joy. We love this venue for this age group, as it has a little bit of everything. The younger children can skip to the adventure playgroup by the lake or the indoor play facilities, while the eldest head to the tree tops for zip wires and nets, pull back their bows on the grounds or walk amongst the darkness in the mysterious cave. There is also a café with luscious Lakeland views, serving scrummy food of local produce and ice cream that will light up their faces.
If they get a crazy kick for heights, then maybe a satisfyingly knee-knocking visit to Ambleside Adventure’s Climbing Wall might suffice? This adrenaline fix offers various levels of ability for all ages, with both in and outdoor walls for them to grab and pull on. So, whatever the weather decides you can decide which wall to experience. You can brave the wall or watch your little ones safely elevate and climb, in the comforts of the Altitude Café. Just remember to dust off those tell-tale crumbs once they are done! You can peek at the Ambleside Peak shop, where you will find plenty a waterproof delight and woolly knits to kit yourself out with. Ambleside Adventure is situated in the heart of this picture-perfect village, so fill your time in beautiful boutiques and lanes full of English charm.
Location: Newby Bridge
Children love to explore and encounter new things. Gone are the days of stately homes, from a bygone time, with spam sandwiches and cartons of orange juice. Back then we had this utterly unique way of draining all fun out of family trips, faster than you can say ‘yawn’. Let us be less mind-numbingly mundane and more irresistibly interesting, by taking a trip to The Lakes Aquarium. I mean, what child does not want to feast their eyes upon ducks, fish, otters, frogs and tortoises? Even the slimiest of creatures will get a giggle! Plan a full day out here, as there is a gargantuan meaty mix of things to do and see, that ensures laughter and amusement for all.
There is always such a sense of adventure, when man meets horse and the exciting unpredictability it brings. Bigland Hall Equine is home to such activities as pony trekking, pony rides, lessons, day trail rides and fell rides. An unconventional day trip out, that will enable you to view the idyllic Lakeland views on horseback. Embrace the smiles this excursion brings, when you all saddle up and breathe in the fresh air, amongst lush bridle paths and the River Leven, running through the valley. The fell rides are offered to eleven-year old’s and older, with open terrain journeys and sporadic canters with pleasant views of Morcambe Bay. It is advised to plan and book in advance, to avoid disappointment and ensure that your whole family is in on the adventurous adventure.
Find the optimum rush at Jump Rush Trampoline Park. With a whole world of soft and bouncy ricochets, you will be spoilt for things to spring yourself from. Children of this age will be brilliantly blown away with this unique day out, as their legs and arms star out and gigantic chuckles fly in the air. It is an hour or so drive from the cottage, but well worth the trip, when legs and bums hit trampoline and you have many a memorable photo of the day. They have the traditional individual trampolines, but also some rather quirky zones to have a dabble at. Try the Ninja Zone, for an obstacle course of dreams and then maybe head to the Dodgeball Zone, for a modern twist on a classic American game. Then there is the Airbag Zone, where you can leap into the unknown (or their airbags!) and the Battle Beams, where balancing meets combat. There are many more territories depending on strength, age and leg length, but rest assured the whole family is sure to get a rush from this place. Book to plan your visit, that is bespoke for you and your family.
Take a trip over to Grizedale’s Go Ape and set your baboons free to roam and rip through the array of treetop obstacles. As the trees reach for the skies, your children can glide down the alpine zip wire, ponder on bosun’s chair and throw themselves off Tarzan’s swing. You can join in the ape action or wave howdy-do from the woodland floor underneath, with a steady heart. The bold and brave juniors can explore amongst wooden bridges and tackle crossed wires. A heart pumping expedition for all the family to enjoy and scramble through. Or maybe see the lush green forest here, from a Segway experience. As you roll along the paths, stop now and then to acknowledge the voluptuous views of Coniston lake framed with mountains. Finish off with tales from the skies, at The Courtyard Café, munching on their fabulously famous flapjack and hot chocolate.
Sitting sweetly next to the shores of Windermere, is Glebe Park. Home to the tricksy and terrific pitch and putt, crazy golf, nine-hole mini golf course and tennis courts. A perfect setting for swinging golf clubs, hitting tennis balls and snorts after crazy golf near-misses. Take in the Lakeland backdrop from the golf course, and wave at the hustling and bustling view of the village, at your feet. Find exciting escapism with your clan and delve into a delicious picnic on the Glebe Hill, and maybe a few licks of an ice-cream too from the famous Kimi’s Gelato. It is there you will find colour, taste and something a little bit unique, that will ultimately put smiles on faces!
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