Family Fun in The Lake District

Family Fun in The Lake District

Back in October we had a family holiday in the Lake District, we spent a week in a gorgeous cottage in Ambleside. Aria was only eight months at the time meaning that all activities had to be pushchair friendly and of course, entertaining for us adults. Walking up mountains in the rain just doesn’t appeal to Spencer and I, and the pushchair gave us the perfect excuse to avoid the glorious hills of the Lake District and seek out alternative activities.

family fun in the lake district - windermere lake at sunset

From the get go this was always going to be a very chilled out holiday, we had a lovely cottage for a week and had plans of cosying up indoors to avoid the wet and cold October weather. That being said we still wanted to get out and explore the area, it is a very long way for us to travel so isn’t somewhere that we’re likely to re-visit anytime soon.

Our cottage was very close to Rydal Mount Gardens and Hall, home of William Wordsworth, the gardens were looking amazing in bright, Autumnal colours so it would have been rude not to go and explore.

Rydal mount gardens home of william wordsworth

The gardens were huge, with something different around every corner including small waterfalls, statues, spectacular views and scenery. I would love to re-visit the gardens throughout the year to see how stunning they look with various flowers including bluebells and daffodils.

Rydal Mount Gardens Ambleside Lake District in October red trees
family in front of waterfall at rydal gardens lake district ambleside

We drove into Ambleside to take a boat trip into Bowness, Bowness is a beautiful town and the boat ride is lovely, there are so many amazing views to take in along the way. The boat wasn’t accessible with a pushchair but we were able to collapse it to get on and off and put it back up on the boat if we wanted to, there was plenty of room.

Ambleside to Bowness boat trip Lake District Bowness Pier

We booked the cruise for a day that ended up being very misty and were worried that we would miss out on the views, but we needn’t have, the mist just made the beautiful views look dramatic, granted we couldn’t see everything but what we could see looked beautiful and breathtaking.

Ambleside to Bowness river cruise in the Lake District on a foggy, misty day

Last but by no means least we visited Beatrix Potter World, you can see my full review of the Beatrix Potter Attraction here, but, in short, we loved it. It was great for all ages and enjoyable whether you are a fan of Beatrix Potter or not.


So, there you have it, relaxing aside that is what we got up to while in the Lake District on a family holiday.


Have you been before? If so, what attractions do you recommend?


  1. July 2, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    We love the Lake District and stay in Windermere every September. We visited the Beatrix Potter attraction last time and Brockholes. There's also an amazing café we go to every year for afternoon tea x

  2. July 5, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I love going away in October especially in a cottage where you can just cosy up. One of our very first holidays as a family was to Windermere, and I remember going to a great country park which lead down to the lake x

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