As you may have read at the start of the week when I discussed why I find family breaks away so important, last week we spent a few days in the Lake District for half term. We stayed in a lovely holiday park called Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat, and we managed to fit a fair bit in.
Packing for a break in the UK is always a struggle, you never know what the weather is going to be like. Before we went I added a few bits to my summer wardrobe, making sure to head over to Groupon to check their latest offers first.
Here’s what we got up to during our five day stay…
Visited the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
I last visited the lake district back when Cameron was under a year old – it was one of my first trips away as a parent, and I absolutely loved taking him around the Beatrix Potter Attraction, so it was first on our list this time round.
We made the decision to leave in the early hours of the morning, as we live around six hours away, which meant we arrived in Windermere just as the attraction was opening.
Ticket prices weren’t too bad (£22 for a family ticket, with Benjamin free of charge), but we walked around the whole thing in under an hour, so this is something to consider if you’re planning on making a day of it.
Carly, in particular, loved looking around at the models of the characters from the Beatrix Potter books, and there was a nice little interactive area halfway through with puzzles and an electronic colouring screen.
The shop is stocked full of merchandise, as you would imagine. There are some reasonably priced souvenirs, but the cuddly toys are ridiculously overpriced in my opinion (£20 for a medium size plush fox, for example).
Hired a Rowing Boat
After the Beatrix Potter attraction, we wanted to spend some time outside as the weather was so nice. We decided to hire a boat, and opted for a rowing boat as the queue was much shorter for this than for a power boat.
I can’t row to save my life, so Ed did all the hard work whilst me and the children enjoyed the views.
We chose to leave Benjamin on the shore with my mum and nan as he would have most definitely tried to escape overboard! It was lovely and quite reasonably priced at £16 for an hour for the two of us (kids went free).
Picnicked by the lakes
Throughout the week we headed to a few of the local lakes, and enjoyed picnics overlooking the beautiful views.
Rather than buying food out, we would pack a lunch at the lodge before we headed out, which made it a budget friendly day out.
After spending time down by the lakes, we would then head into the nearby town and enjoy ice creams. It was lovely!
Explored a Waterfall and Stone Circle
There are lots of wonderful things to do and see in the local area. On one of the days we headed over to Aira Force, which is part of the national trust. The kids had great fun hiking around the waterfall (Ed, not so much as he had to keep carrying the push chair, my advice is to take a carrier if you are going with young children).
Another day we headed over to the stone circle at Castlerigg. The views were absolutely breathtaking from here, and it was hands down one of my favourite parts of the trip (and a complete afterthought).
Be aware that parking is fairly limited at both these places, and although it is possible, and advised on the website, to walk to the standing stones from Keswick town centre, the road is pretty steep and a little dangerous, so it may be best to avoid if anybody in your party struggles with their mobility.
Went to the Lake Distict Wildlife Park
On our last full day, we headed over to the Lake District Wildlife Park. Carly and Benjamin both love animals, and it is located only a few minutes drive away from where we were staying.
Tickets are priced at £34 for a family of four (Benjamin was free as an under two), and there are lots of animals to see during your visit.
Carly especially liked seeing the lemurs as she recognised them from one of her favourite films, Madagascar!
We have been to a few different farms and wildlife parks before, but this one had some animals we hadn’t seen before including zebras, red pandas and water bison.
There was a small outside play area, which the children enjoyed playing in after our picnic, and a zebra print vehicle that all three children absolutely loved sitting in and pretending to drive (the only issue was trying to get them back off of it when we had to go).
There were displays, and the opportunity to pay an additional fee to handle the animals, but we decided not to do this. There was also an on-site cafe with an extensive, and fairly reasonably priced menu, but we brought our own food with us for a picnic.
We had a lovely trip to the lake district and found it to be the perfect place to visit for our family with lots to see and do without breaking the bank.
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