With the holiday season in full swing we have got plenty to keep the kids entertained and lots of quieter places to hide out if you want to avoid the crowds.

Want to burn off some energy, then why not try one of four high ropes courses at Grizedale Forest, Whinlatter Forest or Brockhole Visitor Centre. Whizz through the trees high off the ground on zip wires, tarzan swings and obstacles, you’ll have a great view and an even better adrenaline rush! For those that need a safety net with their excitement then Brockhole also has a trampoline, slides and tunnels course that threads its way through an ancient oak tree canopy completely surrounded by a three metre wall of netting.

If you have any energy left after all that swinging about, then there are loads more things to do; from cycling and sculpture trails at Grizedale, to watching wildlife and riding a segway through the forest at Whinlatter, and boat hire, pony rides and mini golf at Brockhole.

If you have never tried the sport of Via Ferrata, which originated in the Italian Dolomites during the First World War, then you don’t have to go any further than our very own Honister Slate Mine. Different to traditional rock climbing, you still get the excitement of being exposed on the rock while taking in the views as you make your way higher and higher up Fleetwith Pike. It’s well worth a go and great for all the family.

If the legs need a more laid back day out then how about a stroll around an art gallery or beautiful gardens? Follow in the footsteps of William Wordsworth at his former home, Rydal Mount, with five acres of gardens to explore overlooking Windermere and Rydal Water. For a day of culture and relaxation head to Grasmere and visit Allan Bank where you can wander around the historical house, play a board game, put your feet up with a cuppa or disappear into the surrounding woodlands to follow a trail and find the perfect picnic spot. Your four legged friends are also welcome, even with their muddy paws!

If you venture to Kendal, on the southern edge of the Lake District, the award winning Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry will keep you busy. Discover the history of Cumbrian life, lost Lakeland trades and even try on period costumes to transport yourself back in time.

If all that leaves you too tired for your picnic, you can always treat yourself at one of the attractions’ cafes, but with so much to do you won’t be sitting still for long!

Have a look at more ideas for your holiday and days out in the Lake District or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest news and details of offers and discounts.

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