February’s half term is fast approaching, and that means that you’re probably in search of activities and places to visit for you and your children. The Lake District is the perfect place to bring your family throughout the year, but there is something about the winter months which make the National Park a genuinely special place to visit.
In this article, we take a closer look at what families should consider doing during their visit to the Lake District in the February half term, giving a few of our suggestions on the best places to take your kids across the area.
Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre
Found on the shores of Lake Windermere, Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre is the perfect place to start your break in the Lake District. Whilst it may be a little too cold to get out on the water in February, there are plenty of other activities your family will want to get involved in, such as the winter wonderland trail across 30 acres of woodland and meadows. For the more adventurous, the adventure playground and Treetop Trek are ideal and sure to tire out even the most energetic of kids. The vast majority of the visitor centres are completely free to use, with just a few of the special activities incurring a charge.
There is always something going on at Brockhole Visitor Centre, so be sure to check in on their website regularly to see if there are any events going on during your visit to the Lake District. Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre is just a 10 minute drive away from Windermere Marina Village, so you can head back to your holiday apartment in Windermere to warm up after a long day exploring in a matter of minutes.
Lake District Wildlife Park
If you are willing to go a little further afield during your visit to the Lakes, we would definitely recommend heading up to Bassenthwaite to the Lake District Wildlife Park. Offering a fantastic day out for all ages, this attraction boasts the title of being the only wildlife park in North Cumbria. There are well over 100 different animal species within the wildlife park, and plenty of events and activities going on throughout the day, from a bird of prey flying display to otter and red panda feeding sessions.
It is worth noting that this attraction is around an hour away from Windermere Marina Village, so if you are looking to visit the wildlife park, we would suggest that you set off bright and early to make the most of your day at the park. You can purchase a family ticket for just £34 to visit the Lake District Wildlife, this allows 2 adults and 2 children to enter the park – you can also purchase individual tickets too.
The World Of Beatrix Potter
No things-to-do-in-the-Lake-District list would be complete without The World Of Beatrix Potter making an appearance! Probably the best known attraction in the Lake District, The World Of Beatrix Potter lies in the heart of Bowness-On-Windermere and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Taking your family through the history of Beatrix Potter and her ties to the Lake District, this attraction is perfect for children of all ages, giving a fantastic insight into Potter’s work in an interactive, interesting way.
Your family will journey through 8 areas during your visit, all specifically designed to highlight the various tales told by Potter throughout her life. During your visit, don’t forget to head for a spot of afternoon tea at the onsite café, your family won’t be disappointed! It’s also worth noting that there are often events going on at The World Of Beatrix Potter, so be sure to keep an eye out for these before you visit the Lakes.
Windermere Jetty Museum
The Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories has only recently opened its doors earlier in 2019 but is already attracting hordes of visitors thanks to the stunning experience the attraction boats. With interactive galleries for the children to enjoy, you and your family can learn more about the history of boats in the Lake District.
Not only can you experience the extensive gallery, but you can also take a Heritage boat trip as you can set sail on the Osprey, a fully-restored Edwardian steamboat. Along with this, there is a conservation workshop that highlights the work that goes into ensuring that each vessel is kept in top condition, and a model boating pond where families are encouraged to enjoy a picnic in serene surroundings.
If you are looking for the perfect place to stay during your visit in the half term, don’t hesitate to take a look at our luxury self accommodation in the Lake District. Offering your family plenty of space to relax in style, our accommodation is the perfect base for everyone to explore the Lake District.
If you would like to find out more about any of the accommodation we have on our website, why not get in touch with our friendly team? You can get in touch directly by calling us on 015394 46551, or you can use our simple online enquiry form to leave an enquiry and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.