Greenland’s Farm Village
Lots of animals for the kids to see and they have a lovely cafe ( amazing ice cream for the kids) you can reserve a table for lunch. Play barn is currently closed due to current regulations but there is their version of build a bear - soft toys and clothing very reasonably priced. There is also a farm shop selling fresh produce and some nice wines. Prebooking required to enter the farm. www.greenlandsfarmvillage.co.uk
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis which is only 3 miles away. Small, well-kept wildlife park with some beautiful snow leopards along with many other exhibits. A great place to visit with the kids. This also has a good cafe. Currently Restricted entry numbers so pre-booking essential. www.wildlifeoasis.co.uk
Leighton Hall is a nice afternoon out. Lots of little walks that the kids will like, they have a caterpillar maze, woodland walk and big outdoor play area. www.leightonhall.co.uk
Brockhole on Windermere
Another great day out the children. Lots of activities on offer, treetop trek, zip wire, archery, crazy bugs, mini golf and boat hire. Prebooking required. www.brockhole.co.uk
Windermere has plenty of speciality shops and many cafes, pubs and restaurants. Take a sightseeing cruise from Bowness-on-Windermere. Various trips available. www.windermere-lakelandcruises.co.uk
Alternatively hire a self-drive boat. All safety equipment and life jackets provided. The kids will have great fun taking the wheel and being captain. Take a picnic and the dog ( if your best friend is holidaying with you).
If you are in Windermere for the day then you can get on the ferry across Far Sawrey (a bit of a novelty for the kids on the ferry!) and there is a lovely pub called Cuckoo Brow Inn just up the hill from where you get off the ferry. The food is lovely, nice place for an evening meal and family-friendly. www.cuckoobrow.co.uk
There is also ‘The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction’ which celebrates everything about Beatrix Potter. Step into a magical world and feel as if you are walking through the pages of the little books. Some great photos to be got with the kids.
If you have taken the car over on the ferry a short drive from the ferry terminal will bring you to Hawkshead. It is an attractive pedestrianised village with a good selection of gift shops, tea room and pubs. Two excellent family and dog-friendly pubs are the Queen’s Head and Kings Arms which also has outdoor seating. www.kingsarmshawkshead.co.uk
South Lakes Safari Zoo is in Barrow-in-Furnace has a wide range of animals on a large 51-acre site. There is also a huge adventure playground for the children to enjoy. There is Timor’s plaice of Savannah’s takeaway from when you’re feeling hungry.
Numbers are restricted with allocated entry time slots being given so prebooking is essential.
Morecambe is a 10-minute drive away with a long promenade and sandy beach. There are 3 children’s playgrounds dotted along the front to let the kids work off some energy.
Closer to home is the Beetham Garden Centre which sells homeware and gifts as well as the expected plants. There is a lovely Garden Cafe, the food is really good. There is some outdoor seating where your four-legged friend can accompany you.