Family friendly Lake District breaks: The Eden Valley

Article by Mike Dunbobbin

The Lake District really is nature’s playground and offers great value and flexibility to families. From water sports to walking, visitor attractions to street theatre, shops to festivals, there is a packed itinerary on offer!

Here are our top tips on planning a family friendly break in the Eden Valley:

Tip no.1: Book a family friendly hotelThe Appleby Manor Country House Hotel is ideally placed for families wanting to explore. The hotel offers easy access to the Northern Lake District and to the Yorkshire Dales, has a selection of family friendly accommodation including family rooms and adjoining rooms, and delivers on leisure facilities (full sized pool table, indoor swimming pool, table tennis, board games and putting green) for any rainy days.

You can choose from a range of holiday packages including Lake District Short Breaks and Last Minute Offers, and select Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, or Bed and Breakfast stays.

Tip no.2: Time your trip to fit with the best Lake District eventsHotels in the Lake District can get very busy during the peak visitor season, so plan well ahead if you want to stay at a particular time of year to avoid disappointment.In summer, the children will particularly enjoy the agricultural fairs that are held throughout the summer months in local towns and villages, the Windermere Air Show, Kendal’s Mintfest Street Art Festival, Potfest in the Park at Hutton in the Forest, Appleby Horse Fair, the Scarecrow Festival at Langwathby, and Appleby Town Carnival.

If your family has older teenagers and young adults, Appleby Manor Hotel is not only on the edge of the Lake District, it’s also a stone’s throw from the Kendal Calling Festival. Why not book a relaxing break and leave the festival goers to camp on site?

Tip no.3: Combine your activity planning with your bookingLake District hotels very often partner up with activity providers and the Appleby Manor is no exception. You can book activities at Rookin House Farm through the hotel.

An established adventure venue, it has offered a wide variety of outdoor activities for over 20 years. Family owned and operated, Rookin House has a strong focus on both fun and safety – children’s activities include lead pony rides, treks and pony club, family fishing pond, mini quad bikes, cub arts and more. And of course, there’s plenty on offer for Mum, Dad and Grandparents too.

Tip no.4: Come prepared for the weatherAsk any Lake District hotel owner about the weather and the answer will be ‘it’s changeable’. From glorious sunshine to sharp showers and storms, it’s better to be prepared, so do pack a lightweight waterproof to take on your day trips.

If you are taking to the fells with the children make sure they have adequate footwear, layers for the change in temperature as you get higher up, and a backpack for drinks and snacks to keep them fully charged during the outing!

To find out more about family friendly Lake District breaks at Appleby Manor Hotel visit their website.

For Family Friendly Hotels, visit Appleby Manor, a leading Lake District Hotel

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