The Lake District Guide

Lake District Activities For Children

See also our gallery and exhibition listings, our theatre and cinema page, our music concerts and festivals page, and our monthly what's on guide.

There are so many things for children in the Lake District that it seems almost impossible for them not to have a good time! But here's our selection of the things that may appeal most to the younger members of the family! Click on the links to go down the page and find the relevant section.

Steam Trains and Boats

There are three steam trains in or near the Lakes: Lakeside and Haverthwaite, the Ravenglass and Eskdale, and the South Tynedale.

There are cruise ships on Windermere and Ullswater, and a genuine steam-powered boat on Coniston, and other steamers at the Windermere Jetty Maritime and Steamboat Museum.

There are also passenger boats on Coniston and traditional passenger launches on Derwentwater.

You can hire rowing boats on Grasmere,  Coniston  and Windermere.

Places To See

Some more favourite children's places in the Lakes - that's to say, the ones that aren't listed above or below - include:

Muncaster Castle

Sizergh Castle

Grizedale Forest Park

Brockholes Visitor Centre

Whinlatter Forest Park

Honister Slate Mine

Involving Animals

The South Lakes Safari Zoo

The Aquarium of the Lakes

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Lake District Wildlife park

Docker Park Farm

Lakeland Farm and Visitors Centre

The Ospreys at Whinlatter Forest Park

Get Physical and Have Fun

Go Ape, a high wire forest adventure in Grizedale Forest

Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter Exhibition, Bowness

Beatrix Potter's House House, near Hawkshead