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Top 5 Things to do With Kids in The Lake District

If you are considering a campervan hire holiday this year, The Lake District offers so many opportunities to make amazing family memories. At 5 hours from London its bit far for a weekend jaunt but with the Half term and Easter holidays approaching we have picked out some of the best things to keep the kids (and the big kids) amused on a longer trip to the lakes.

If 5 hours behind the wheel is too long in one stint. Traveling by camper means you can break up the journey with a cost effective overnight stop on the way. Just pop up the roof, get the sleeping bags out, fire up the onboard diesel heater and enjoy your toasty warm and cosy home on wheels. In the morning after a nice cuppa and some breakfast, break camp and get back on the road to arrive at your final destination feeling fresh and ready for action!

Brockhole has a variety of outdoor (covered) activities on offer, water sports, boat hire, an adventure playground and grounds to explore- this place has all bases covered!

If you fancy exploring Windermere at your own pace on your very own motor boat contact Windermere Lake Cruises. You can hire a boat from Bowness Beach and explore Lake Windermere, with no previous boating experience necessary.

This beautiful forest can be explored via foot, on two wheels, or by horseback. Along the way keep your eyes peeled for sculptures which are scattered throughout the forest. There are also Go Ape courses in the forest if you are feeling energetic.

You can meet Alpacas at The Lakes Distillery, walk with Alpacas at Whinlatter Forest and if you are a big fan of Llamas how about a full day trekking over 2,000ft surrounded by the beauty of the Lake District World Heritage Site with a Llama in tow!

Home to one of the largest collections of UK freshwater fish, a range of Marine life including Rays and British sharks and other more unusual creatures such as seahorses, clownfish and Asian Short clawed otters- this really isn't your average aquarium by a long shot! Be sure to enjoy the panoramic views of Lake Windermere from Oscar's or 1872 cafe which serves a delicious menu.

Now onto campsites, we have carefully chosen two campsites- one which will be more suited to the laid back/rustic campers and the other will appeal more to campers who like to have creature comforts to hand….

If you are looking for a rustic, authentic camping experience this is the campsite for you. They take a very relaxed approach with a first come first served basis so there is no need to book ahead all they ask is that new arrivals come between 2pm- 8pm. There are no set pitches so you are able to pick your own spot out of a possible 200! Camping is basic with no Wi-Fi or electric hook up on site but there are hot showers, toilets, a washing up area, bins and a corner shop in the village- a 10 minute walk away. This is very much a back-to-nature campsite, ideal if you have older children or teenagers who love hiking, climbing or take to the hills on mountain bikes.

The facilities here are tremendous; electric hook up, hot showers, mini-market, children's play area, an extensive Country Club entertainment complex including a bar and restaurant and even internet access. Park Foot campsite is only five minutes walk from the heart of the picturesque village of Pooley Bridge which boasts three pubs, a newsagent and a post office.

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