• February half term is approaching, thinking about making family plans? We thought it was a good time to mention that at Ambleside Townhouse if you buy three of our Superior Rooms, you get the forth for free! Which is just perfect for families looking for a break in the Lake District, don’t you think?

    So if you are thinking about staying but are wondering how to entertain the kids….we have the answers! There are so many fantastic family activities to do in the area, here are a few that we would recommend.

    Brockhole Visitor Centre

    Only a 9 minute drive down the road from Ambleside Townhouse is the Brockhole. This visitor centre has endless entertainment for children and the whole family. You could take on Tree Top Trek, a high ropes course with 35 exciting challenges including aerial obstacles, rope bridges, wobbly logs and a zip wire. There are different Trek’s available suitable for 5 year olds to adults!

    Plus that’s not all, another of the numerous activities available at Brockhole is pony riding. Enjoy a gentle ride around the beautiful grounds, this activity is suitable for anyone aged 2 -70!

    The Predator Experience

    Are you an animal lover? Head to the Predator Experience, it is only a 30 minute drive from Ambleside Townhouse and set in the stunning landscape of the national park - you won’t be disappointed! Activities here are suitable for children aged 4 and above. You could learn how to handle and fly an eagle, or if you’re really brave….meet tarantulas and snakes and learn about biodiversity and how they catch their prey.

    Fell Foot Park

    We appreciate family holidays can be expensive - what’s great about the Lake District is that there is plenty of free family activities to do as well. One great free activity that we would recommend is a trip to Fell Foot Park at the southern tip of Windermere Lake. We are situated near the Northern tip so this is a great day out and opportunity to view the spectacle that is Lake Windermere from another view point.

    The park is very family friendly there is parking on site, it is suitable for pushchairs, has toilets, baby changing, and if you’ve chosen not to bring a packed lunch, there is a restaurant too. The breadth of open space is ideal for fun games like frisbee and rounders, there is even an adventure playground great for kids 2 -12 years. Plus, if you’re a water baby (despite the cold!) there is nothing stopping you paddling, swimming or boating from the Lake shore.

    Whether you have already booked, or are thinking about a stay, call our friendly team for advice or tips on where to go and what to do with family or friends. Many of our guests often feel spoilt for choice as there is just so much to do!

  • It may be cold we’ll admit! But the Lake District still has so much to offer through the winter months. You don’t necessarily need to source a mountaineering guide and crampons to enjoy the outdoors either. Thinking about staying with us? Here are a some of the accessible outdoor excursions enjoyable in the wintery Lake District.


    Light pollution across the UK means many of us don’t get to see the awe inspiring spectacle that is the stars! The Lake District National Park is a great place to gaze at the night’s sky in all its beauty - the rural location means light pollution is minimised. One popular spot to view the stars is Wasdale Head Car Park, surrounded by mountains and being situated in a valley means it is a great place to gaze on a moonless night. To make it even better, there pub nearby if you need a refreshment!

    Honister Slate Mine

    Honister Slate Mine is located at the head of Honister Pass in the Lake District, and is where the famous Westmorland Green Slate is produced. Honister offer a range of adventure pursuits for adults and children alike, including a variety of underground tours including a historical, ecological tour, perfect for those windy rainy wintery days! Safety helmets and lamps are provided, but you will want to go prepared with warm clothing. You can find out more about Honister here: https://honister.com/

    Tarn Hows

    Snow or no snow, there are some walks in the Lake District that remain very accessible for all ages and fitness levels. Tarn Hows is a short 15 minute drive from Lakes Lodge and offers a short walk that is just over a mile in distance. Situated in the low level hills it more protected from the elements and is a good option for a winter stroll, if needed an all terrain mobility scooter is available at Tarn Hows free of charge.

  • It is no secret that the best time of year to enjoy woodlands and forests is autumn. The multicoloured falling leaves create a magical scene, as if it does rain at least you’ve got a little bit of shelter! Planning to visit us this fall? Here is a selection of the finest Lake District woodlands.

    1. Craggy Woods
    Craggy Wood overlooks the picturesque village of Staveley which is a short 18 minute drive from Ambleside. This wood is dominated by huge beautiful Oak trees on steep slopes. A truly natural adventure playground, craggy woods has many dens and rope swings and ‘whomping willow’ like trees for children to enjoy. Plus being only a short walk from Staveley village you can always grab tea and cake afterwards at one of the lovely cafes in Staveley mill yard.

    2. Skelgyhll Woods
    Skelgyhll Woods are right on our doorstep, only a short walk from Ambleside pier. This ancient woodland sits above the lake and town. What’s great about this walk is Jenkin’s Cragg view point, a picturesque spot offering delightful views of the lake. Interestingly Skelgyhll Woods is home to the tallest Grand Fir tree in England. See if you can spot it! Plus if you’re peckish afterwards, why not pop into our sister hotel The Regent Hotel for lunch? They serve fresh, delicious seasonal dishes.

    3. Rayrigg Woods
    Rayrigg Wood is a hidden gem! It is accessible via a small path between Windermere and Bowness, approximately a 15 minute drive from Ambleside. Rayrigg woods is stunning at this time of year and really does feel like untouched natural beauty. There is a stream that runs alongside the pathway adding to the tranquility. This is a great place to enjoy with family and friends and if you have the energy to walk all the way through the wood it will be worth it! Rayrigg Wyke’s viewpoint is the reward at the far end.

  • Here at Lakes Lodge we welcome families and we even have a book three, get one free offer on our superior rooms so you can enjoy your family holiday for less. We know how much organising is involved in family trips away, so to help we’ve put together a list of top three attractions that are nearby and ideal for families.

    1. Brockole Visitor Centre

    Brockole visitor centre is a fantastic place for family fun and is a short 5 minute drive from Lakes Lodge. They have a whole host of activities entertaining for adults and children alike.

    You can ‘Brave the Cave’, suitable for children 5+ the activity includes completing challenges in the cave, retrieving cave paintings and finding your way in the dark!

    The adventure playground is free and has activities suitable for all ages. The playground includes a picnic area, so a great place to enjoy a spot of lunch.

    There is also, rafting, archery, bike hire, lazer clay shooting, boat hire, kayak tours, pony rides and much more! It is certainly worth having a look at their website to see what you fancy, so much choice!

    2. The World of Beatrix Potter

    The World of Beatrix Potter is a top tourist attraction for families, and is a short 12 minute drive from Lakes Lodge.

    You can look forward to a self guided tour of the exhibition and garden. Throughout summer there is a live theatre show called ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’, which is great entertainment for the kids, this show is running until September 2nd!

    There is also a fantastic gift shop, a lovely tea room to relax in.

    3. Go Ape at Whinlatter Forest

    Whinlatter is England’s only mountain forest, and it is a great place for walking and cycling with views across Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater. It is a stunning 40 minute scenic drive from Lakes Lodge.

    Fantastic for all the family, Whinlatter is home to outdoor activity centre, Go Ape. The Tree-Top adventure is suitable for those over 10 years, it is a high ropes course that includes a variety of obstacles and a free-fall Tarzan swing!

  • Ambleside is the perfect destination to be at the foot of the fells.

    Spending your days, with a map in hand, exhaustingly exploring the infamous South Lakes by foot, boat or bike. Daily rewards are required! Especially after a long hard day in the fresh air.

    Here are our top 3 recommendations to enjoy your evenings in Ambleside.

    Table 22
    For a end of holiday treat, special occasion or private party Table 22 is the perfect place for you.
    With stunning lake views and a variety of locally sourced lovingly created dishes from traditional, vegetarian to pan-asian catering for everyone’s craving.

    Not to be missed is their bespoke-made toffee apple ice cream handmade - literally - for dinners to enjoy by Handmade Ice Cream Company in Ulverston.

    The private dinner space is unique to Ambleside, catering for up to 16 people and offering tailor made menus to suit your celebration.

    Food served until 9pm daily. Waterhead Bay, LA22 0ES

    The Priest Hole Restaurant
    Based inside Kesick Old Hall, one of Ambleside oldest buildings. With original features in tow, this makes for a memorable evening serving traditional Cumbrian food locally sourced and perfectly matched with wines and locally brewed ales and beers.

    With August soon to arrive, the outside terrace for alfresco dining will be the perfect place to the sunset evenings.

    Food served until 9pm daily. Dog friendly on the outside terrace.
    Church Street, LA22 0BU

    Based in the heart of Ambleside, a vegetarian restaurant influenced by simple mediterranean ingredients. Producing organic wholesome delights with a contemporary flair.

    Extend the date night with an evening film? As this restaurant has a cinema attached, showing the latest blockbuster and avant-garde films offering all dinners a movie meal deal.

    Food served until 10pm daily. Compston Road, LA22 9AD

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