Over the Easter Holiday, we were invited to work with Cumbria Tourism to explore all that the Lake District has to offer for a family holiday. In this post we have reviewed 7 Places to Visit during a Family Holiday to the Lake District.
We stayed in a lovely cosy apartment, booked ourselves through Home Away, our default when looking for any self-catering accommodation.
Day 1 – The World of Beatrix Potter
Arriving late at night, we knew day one needed to be an easy day and so we headed straight over to The World of Beatrix Potter, where a family ticket had been arranged for us.
Taking between 35 mins and an hour, this family friendly attraction was perfect for our 3 year old (and our 9 year old enjoyed the treasure trail around the exhibition too…). As you arrive, you go into a small room to watch a short film about Beatrix Potter, containing lots of colourful illustrations from the world famous book and so it easily holds the attention of the little ones.
After this, you enter the exhibition, where a windy path (suitable for push chairs – except the little garden outside…) takes you through some of Beatrix Potter’s most well-known stories such as The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. For each story, there are some beautiful models, interactive screens as well as lots of miniature scenes at toddler level which can be illuminated with a button, something our little one really liked. There is a Virtual Walk towards the end of the exhibition, where you can watch a short film, see 360 panoramas of the Lake District and complete interactive puzzles and challenges. You also get a chance to take a photo on a green screen at the end (something we had to drag our children away from as there was a queue!) where you can get a photo with your favourite character (payable in the shop).
As with most attractions, we ended in the shop, take care to note that this marks the end of the exhibition so if you want to go back through again (or pick up any clues you have missed on the treasure trail!) you need to do this before you exit into the shop.
At this point, we had a pair of hungry children so we popped downstairs to the Tea Room. Here, you can choose from a variety of meals and snacks which are fairly reasonably priced (our children had a half jacket potato each for £3.50 and the portion was huge!). It does get rather busy in here but the service is relatively quick and so the tables clear frequently…however, if you have hungry children, you really are only a ‘hop, skip and a jump’ to the heart of Bowness where there are an abundance of eating places…
We took a wonder down to the lake and into a market that was on today, popping in and out of a few shops on the way (there are so many lovely shops but always much more relaxing to browse when child free!).
At this point, we needed coffee! We trekked back up into town and chose Monties, a cosy looking coffee shop on the high street with a small but good selection of cake (gluten free options – hurrah!) and incredibly child friendly staff who delighted our two with free lollipops! It was then time to head back to the holiday apartment to plan the rest of the week.
7 Places to Visit during a Family Holiday to the Lake District
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