Time to plan some half term fun

We’ve safely navigated the first six weeks of school and it’s time for a well earned break.

The scenery in the Lake District in autumn is breathtaking. The beautiful colours as the leaves change and their reflections in the water are not to be missed. For some, a chance to take a walk in the fresh air and revel in the landscape will be enough to recharge the batteries, for others we’ve compiled a list of half-term activities that may keep the little ones (and big ones) occupied.

Let us tell you a Cumbrian secret . . .

Did you know Cumbria has a fantastic independent farm shop stocking over 70 local producers? The Farmshop and Kitchen at Tebay Services just north of Junction 38 of the M6 is the perfect place to pick up treats for the onward journey or thank yous for those left at home. With a restaurant, butchery, deli, and patisserie it’s a destination in itself. 

Windermere Lake Cruises new vessel

Windermere Lake Cruises have started lake trials of MV Swift, the largest vessel to launch on the lake in 80 years. This 300 seater vessel boasts three decks and has been designed slightly shorter in length so it can access smaller jetties leading to more flexibility for visitors. Windermere Lake Cruises are hopeful their new addition to the fleet will be ready to accept passengers on lake Windermere later this autumn - so fingers crossed for half-term.

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Adventure activities in the Lake District

For adventure seekers we’re spoilt for choice with high rope activities from Treetop nets and Treetop trek based at Brockhole, Windermere, Go Ape at Grizedale Forest and Via Ferrata at Honister for those who want to take it to the extreme. Honister also has a 300 year old slate mine that you can tour or even climb - perfect for wet days. All provide a great experience to get the heart racing and the ultimate school holiday activity to brag about back in the playground or office! Decide which one is best for you -

Lakes Distillery the half-term activity for Mum and Dad!

For an adult treat, you may need to ‘sell’ to the kids, a visit to Lakes Distillery is well worth it. Within a short drive from Keswick and within 150 yards of the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, you can really immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the distillery itself. You may have done distillery tours before, but in how many can you taste whisky, gin and vodka at the end? In addition to their standard tour they’ve just introduced a whisky and chocolate pairing option for this year - the stuff dreams are made of if you’re on an adults only trip!

Whatever you want to do there are plenty of things to do throughout the Lake District National Park from the young, family friendly to those suitable for teens and adults.

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