The Lake District – Top Tips for Enjoying a Break with Babies & Toddlers

Fantastic for foodies, the Lake District is more often considered an ideal location for a romantic break but can be fantastic for family holidays too.

Baby-Friendly Boltholes has handpicked a collection of stylish cottages, inns and small hotels that are exceptionally child-friendly and well equipped for families with babies and toddlers here but what family-friendly days out can be had in the Lakes?

There’s only so much enthusiasm even the most well behaved of babies and toddlers can have for the region’s spectacular scenery, so we’ve put together some great tips on how to have the best family holiday in the Lake District.

Top of any list of family-friendly things to do with kids in the Lake District has to be The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere. Ensure mini guests are primed with plenty of Potter’s bedtime stories before hand and watch their little faces light up at the character displays and activity trail. It also makes a great wet weather retreat with a great café serving kids afternoon teas.

Rain or shine, a family-friendly boat trip is always fun. The Ullswater Steamers offer indoor and outdoor seating and has a lovely trip to the very impressive Aria Falls – best attempted with baby carriers as the walk from the pier to the falls is a bit arduous on little legs.

Animal attractions always have great appeal for families with toddlers and the South Lakes Safari Zoo has massive enclosures and allows guests to interact with many of them, apart from the big cats! Visitors young and old can even hand-feed giraffes and kangaroos. There’s also a toddler-friendly adventure playground. For fishy fans, the Lakes Aquarium near Newby Bridge offers a fabulous insight into what inhabits the Lakes and little ones never tire of toddling through the underwater tunnel with fish and ducks floating above them

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