Trying to find a truly family-friendly holiday location can be a tough experience. From the thrills of Disneyland to the relaxation of Majorca, there are plenty of locations on offer – all of them with a pretty adventurous price tag attached!
Looking at the more budget-friendly options, if there are plenty of activities for the kids, the chances are that the destination is lacking in real entertainment for the adults and visa versa.
Interestingly, the real answer is closer than you might expect. Head up north to the beautiful town of Buttermere and you’ll find an affordable, family friendly holiday option right on your doorstep.
There’s such a broad range of accommodation options available to suit any budget in Buttermere, from Bed and Breakfasts to luxury hotels. Camping, for example, is a fun way of bonding with the family while cutting down on costly accommodation fees.
If the great outdoors can get a little too much after several nights in a sleeping bag, a country cottage might be more to your liking. If you’re concerned about the cold weather, these luxury rustic accommodation options come with quality double glazed windows and doors to keep the warmth in, like those produced by Safestyle.
Things to do with the kids
The Lake District has no shortage of things to do for the whole family. The outstanding scenery, filled with dramatic peaks and serene lakes, makes a wonderful backdrop for hiking.
There are also walks of varying difficulty to suit the fitness level of any member of the family. From the difficulty of Scarfell Pike to the easygoing slope at Cat Bells, hiking is a great holiday activity that helps to burn some extra calories, instead of gaining them.
A holiday in the Lake District is also a great opportunity to introduce the younger members of the family to activities they might not see back at home in the city. From fishing to canoeing, horse riding to bird watching, the Lake District is an outdoor-lover’s dream.
If the weather isn’t up to scratch, there’s no need to panic about school holiday boredom. Kids can stay entertained indoors with ten-pin bowling, laser quest, and the huge children’s playgrounds.
Things to do with the grown-ups
Luckily it’s not all about the younger members of the family! In the Lake District there’s plenty of fun available for the grown-ups too.
From award-winning dining experiences, abundant locally sourced produce, decadent day spa experiences and a range of arts and culture events, there’s no shortage of things to do. If the weather turns nasty, be sure to spoil yourself in one of the many boutique shopping options in the area.
Places to eat
There’s a reason Cumbria has earned the nickname of the Taste District.
From Michelin starred restaurants to family friendly pubs, the Lake District is a foodie’s idea of heaven.
It’s full to bursting with outstanding locally sourced culinary options, like beautiful local bakeries, tempting tearooms and pubs offering a range of real ales and hearty dinners.