Don’t the summer holidays just seem to fly by? No sooner have you got into the swing of arranging days out with the kids and discovering unique places to visit then it’s back to school and shopping for new shoes and preparing packed lunches! It can be heart-wrenching to get back into the routine of ushering the children out to school and getting ready for the winter months ahead. However, autumn needn’t be a time for gloom because the cooler months bring with them gentle walks, golden trees and cosy nights in tucked up with warming hot chocolate.
Back to School and Off Again…
Even with the hustle and bustle of getting back to school the October half term isn’t very far away, so there is every opportunity to begin planning for some quality family time. If you are looking for somewhere to fully take advantage of the natural beauty of the autumn months, the Lake District has a lot to recommend it, from stunning scenery to fascinating local attractions to visit during the day. This is true whether you are looking to explore the great outdoors or find a comfortable spot in which to relax and watch the world go by.
The Lake District is famous for forests, mountains and lakes, as well as its National Park, which was established in 1951 and currently covers an area of 2,362 square kilometres – meaning that there is plenty to discover, while out and about on family walks! The site was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during 2017, so you can be sure that a visit to the Lakes will introduce you and your family to a protected and much-loved natural wilderness.
The Great Outdoors
Naturally, the Lake District is a wonderful location for exploring some truly remarkable local scenery. If you are looking for a family-friendly destination that combines the majesty of the Lake District with the first-rate facilities of a family attraction, the Brockhole on Windermere Visitor Centre represents a fantastic venue with varied activities for the whole family. Active pursuits include everything from caving, boat hire and cycling to laser clay shooting and archery. More relaxed options include arts and crafts, exhibitions and garden tours with expert guides. There are also several places to enjoy a bite to eat or a refreshing drink, including the dog-friendly Brockhole Café and Lakeshore Café, situated right on the Windermere lake shore. You can even take advantage of several special spots that are designated specifically for picnics and BBQ’s, which will allow you to really get into the spirit of the great outdoors!
Local Heritage and More
The Lake District is also home to a wonderful selection of Castles and speciality museums that will enable you to enjoy a unique holiday experience, while learning more about the local area and its rich history. Wray Castle for example, is a charming Gothic Revival castle set on the shore of Lake Windermere boasting turrets, towers and attractive informal grounds. The castle is also home to the Peter Rabbit Adventure rooms, which promises hours of fun for younger visitors while grown-ups can take advantage of local art exhibitions and displays.
Other local attractions include the Stainmore Railway Company, which manages an fantastically restored collection of carriages, wagons and locomotives and World of Beatrix Potter, which brings the wonderful story of Peter Rabbit to life – so you are sure discover something to explore regardless of your interest.
The Lake District is famed for its rolling hills, lakes and crisp morning walks spent enjoying the vibrant colour of autumn before returning home to relax beside a roaring fire or cosied up with your favourite book. The Lakes are home to a fantastic selection of holiday cottages that are perfectly placed to allow you and your family to take full advantage of everything that this wonderful location has to offer, whether you are looking for a romantic escape for two, or a pet-friendly family getaway.
What will you be getting up to this October half term?