Half-term Halloween fun!
Half-term 22 - 30 October 2011
The Lake District is just one giant playground for all the family - from toddlers to teenagers. We've loads of fantastic treats this autumn!
First time here?
Take our Beginners tour which gives you a snapshot of England's largest National Park. Once you're here our friendly Information Centres are a great place to start with help, advice and lots of goodies to buy.
Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre
Come for a taste of the Lakes at Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre (opens in new window), overlooking Windermere. All links open in a new window:
- Play come rain or shine in the adventure playground, inside soft play area and undercover traversing wall.
- Gardens with lots of space to run around in!
- Cafe and shop packed with a mouthwatering selection of tasty meals, treats and lovely gifts
- Watersports run until the end of October. Taster sessions for just £12
- What's On at Brockhole - a week jam-packed with of great events and sessions for the family
- Exhibitions including touch-screen computer games and cannibal crayfish.
- Pushchair and wheelchair access
Coniston Boating Centre
Aye aye Cap'n! Bring along your crew for a fantastic adventure on the water.
- Boat hire - including electric self-drive boats, rowing boats, canoes and kayaks. Bookable online.
- Sailing courses and lessons
- Bike hire at Coniston Boating Centre including tagalongs, trailers and electric bikes.
Things to do across the National Park
Lots of events and guided walks
Take your pick from meeting real-life owls to a guided walk through atmospheric Elterwater:
- Events run by the National Park - many free
- Three easy grade guided walks - free
- Special events for families and children - many free
- Keswick - places to go
- Coniston attractions
- Windermere - Things to do and Windermere - Places to go
- Miles without Stiles - 41 self-guided short walks ideal for buggies and little legs
- Historical places to visit
- Lakes Days Out - reviews for children by local schoolchildren (opens in new window)
- Go Lakes attractions search (opens in new window)
The journey's half the fun
Cumbria County Council bus timetables (opens in new window) have some good suggestions. The #555 and #599 are particularly scenic.
Rainy days? Not a problem
There's loads going on in the dry at Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre (opens in new window) including indoor exhibits, an undercover picnic area and our new undercover traversing wall.
If you're hardy adventurers, at Coniston Boating Centre the electric boats have covered cabins.
And you can always stock up on some free colouring-in sheets from our Discovery zone.
There's nowhere quite like the Lake District anywhere in the world! Find out about:
- Ghosts and myths - some of our spooks could give the Harry Potter villains a run for their money...
- Famous writers like Arthur Ransome and Postman Pat's creator
- Quirky characters such as the caveman of Borrowdale and the fair maid of Buttermere
- Food and drink like Cumberland sausage and Grasmere gingerbread. Why not try them all during your trip?
- Traditions - heard of houndtrailing? Rushbearing? And Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling beats sumo any day!