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Family Holidays in Cumbria

The Lake District, Cumbria is a great place for a fun-filled family UK holiday. There are so many places to see and things to do that will keep the whole family occupied. 

The Lake District is famous for it's spectacular landscape and scenery, and camping is an exciting way for the kids to experience the great outdoors.

If you are planning a family get together, a self catering break or holiday lodge may be perfect for you.

Where to stay?

Whatever type of acccommodation you are looking for, we have it covered:

  • Family-Friendly Hotels and Guest Houses
  • Self-catering cottages and lodges
  • Camping, Glamping and Caravanning

Use the search facility below to choose your ideal place to stay, then book via our easy to use online booking service. Don't forget to look out for the many FairBooking places to stay - guaranteeing you the best price and a better deal for the destination.

Search Family Accommodation

Search a great range of family-friendly accommodation here in the Lake District, Cumbria. Use the search grid below to enter your dates of arrival and choose from a great array of places to stay.
 
 
 

Family events

There are always loads of great things happening to entertain you and your family. Check out the family fun events below, which are taking place across the county.
©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Billie Buzzard’s wild garden trail

Grasmere

Thu 2 May - Fri 18 Oct 2019

Billie Buzzard is soaring overhead, floating on the breeze and watching all the comings and goings of the Allan Bank woodland garden. Can you find all the creatures that Billie Buzzard can see? Solve all the clues to win your prize.

©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Samuel Whiskers’ children’s trail

Sawrey

Wed 22 May - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Search for Samuel Whiskers and his ratty friends around Hill Top house and seek out hedgehogs in the garden as you follow the trail.

©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Plants, poisons and potions trail

Kendal

Sat 25 May - Sun 1 Sep 2019

Beware, the past is full of surprises... Follow this family trail to find out which medicines of the past were really rather dangerous. Cecilia Strickland took hemlock for her ailments, but little did she know it was actually poisoning her!

Children's Saturday Art Clubs 4 & 5 week courses

Children's Saturday Art Clubs 4 & 5 week courses

Kendal

Sat 8 Jun - Sat 6 Jul 2019

This creative artist-led club will take children aged 7-12 years on a colourful journey into the gallery. Each course, running from 4 to 5 weeks every Saturday, will begin by taking inspiration from our exhibitions to develop their own art

©National Trust Images/Jonathan McMeekin

Pastimes from the past

Cockermouth

Sun 23 Jun 2019

Think outside the Xbox and try your hand at some of the indoor and outdoor games William and Dorothy Wordsworth would have enjoyed.

©National Trust Images/Jonathan McMeekin

Pastimes from the past

Cockermouth

Sun 30 Jun 2019

Think outside the Xbox and try your hand at some of the indoor and outdoor games William and Dorothy Wordsworth would have enjoyed.

©National Trust Images/Jonathan McMeekin

Pastimes from the past

Cockermouth

Sun 7 Jul 2019

Think outside the Xbox and try your hand at some of the indoor and outdoor games William and Dorothy Wordsworth would have enjoyed.

©National Trust Images/Jonathan McMeekin

Pastimes from the past

Cockermouth

Sun 14 Jul 2019

Think outside the Xbox and try your hand at some of the indoor and outdoor games William and Dorothy Wordsworth would have enjoyed.

©National Trust Images/Jonathan McMeekin

Pastimes from the past

Cockermouth

Sat 20 - Sun 21 Jul 2019

Think outside the Xbox and try your hand at some of the indoor and outdoor games William and Dorothy Wordsworth would have enjoyed.

©National Trust Images/Jonathan McMeekin

Become a rock artist

Cockermouth

Mon 22 Jul 2019

Get crafty with rocks and pens as you follow in the footsteps of the Lakes’ earliest inhabitants and decorate a pebble to tell a personal story.

Craft Activity

Family Activity Days

Hawkshead

Tue 23 Jul 2019

Family Activities at Grizedale

Wild Wednesday

Wild Wednesdays

Keswick

Wed 24 Jul 2019

Wild Wednesday Events

©National Trust Images/Jonathan McMeekin

Become a natural artist

Cockermouth

Wed 24 Jul 2019

Let nature awaken your creativity and have fun making a piece of wild art from found objects or create a poem out of stones.

©National Trust Images/Jonathan McMeekin

Walk on the wild side

Cockermouth

Thu 25 Jul 2019

Join a costumed servant on a fun, family-friendly garden tour to taste flowers, touch bugs and discover how to turn your own outside space into a wildlife haven.

©National Trust Images/Jonathan McMeekin

Pastimes from the past

Cockermouth

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Jul 2019

Think outside the Xbox and try your hand at some of the indoor and outdoor games William and Dorothy Wordsworth would have enjoyed.

Fun Day

Harrington Family Fun Day

Workington

Sat 27 Jul 2019

Join us inside our marquee at Harrington Marina for a FREE superhero themed family fun day. There will be lots to do for the whole family including crafts, face painting, storytelling, and more.

Summer Sing! The Magical Music Tree

Summer Sing! - The Magical Music Tree

Whitehaven

Mon 29 Jul - Fri 2 Aug 2019

July sees the return of Rosehill’s Summer Sing!, which is bigger and better this year! We present The Magical Music Tree in partnership with Mahogany Opera.

©National Trust Images/Jonathan McMeekin

Become a rock artist

Cockermouth

Mon 29 Jul 2019

Get crafty with rocks and pens as you follow in the footsteps of the Lakes’ earliest inhabitants and decorate a pebble to tell a personal story.

Craft Activity

Family Activity Days

Hawkshead

Tue 30 Jul 2019

Family Activities at Grizedale

Wild Wednesday

Wild Wednesdays

Keswick

Wed 31 Jul 2019

Wild Wednesday Events

 

Family activities

There are loads of activities in the Lake District and Cumbria that are sure to keep the whole family happy. Whatever the age, there are attractions and activities that will suit.

A trip to the World of Beatrix Potter attraction at Bowness, or the new Children's Chocolate Factory at Hawkshead is great  for kids of any age.

Adventurous older kids amongst us will love a quad biking, Go-karting or Segway experience. If you're seeking adventurous thrills, how about Go-Ape in Grizedale Forest and Whinlatter, and Infinity Bridge at Honister Slate Mine.

For the less sunny days, there are lots of indoor activities to keep the family happy, including swimming pools, museums, theatres and art galleries.

Search and browse family activities below:

 

Follow a young family as they prepare for a fun-filled Lake District holiday:

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