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Avon Wood

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This small quiet park offers you the perfect setting for a peaceful and secluded holiday.
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Bassenthwaite Lakeside Lodges is part of our Wanderwood Lodge Holidays Collection, nestling on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake at the foot of dramatic Skiddaw Mountain.
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Blaithwaite Estate is a new edition to our specialist Wanderwood collection, based on a private estate of 250 acres within the heart of Cumbria and just a short distance to the Lake District National Park.
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Allithwaite has a great local pub serving good food and local ales which is located just 150 yards from the entrance to the park. It also has a small village shop and post office.
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Calthwaite Hall is uniquely set on the footprint of the barns used for a historic dairy farm and accompanying country house and gardens, this truly magical setting mixes historic country living with contemporary sophistication.
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Crake Valley

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Crake Valley is part of our exclusive Bouja Luxury Boutique Breaks Collection, enjoying a beautiful, elevated setting above Coniston Water and commanding views of the Old Man of Coniston and the lush surrounding fells.
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Situated in the lovely setting of Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, Fallbarrow Holiday Park offers a unique blend of tranquility and activity, making it an ideal destination for those looking to explore the Lake District.
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Fell End is a stunning, award-winning park that is located in an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty in the southern Lake District.
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Flusco Wood

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Flusco Wood is part of our exclusive Bouja Luxury Boutique Breaks Collection, nestling in beautiful woodland just 4½ miles from magnificent Ullswater.
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Hall More

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For those wishing to escape from it all and enjoy a quiet and peaceful break, then Hall More is the perfect location.
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The park is located in Bassenthwaite, Keswick, which is a small Lakeland village that has been voted the most peaceful place in the UK for staycations.
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Hillcroft Park is set in the beautiful Ullswater Valley in the Lake District National Park, sitting above the pretty lakeside village of Pooley Bridge and Lake Ullswater, a 5-minute walk from the park.
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Allow yourself to be immersed in the peaceful and tranquil environment of this award-winning Best in Britain Hillcroft Park has to offer.
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Escape to the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District and experience an unforgettable break at Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat, part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection.
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Lakeland Leisure Park, situated in the charming village of Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria.
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cumbria Park & Visitor Guide

Embark on a Cumbrian adventure where majestic landscapes meet vibrant culture. Scale the peaks of the Lake District, delve into the depths of Honister Slate Mine, or cruise on Windermere. Foodies, rejoice in local specialties like Cumberland sausage and sticky toffee pudding at bustling farmers' markets. For thrill-seekers, zip-lining through Grizedale Forest awaits. Did you know? The Lake District has more lakes than any other region in England. Opting for a family break at a UK holiday park here offers freedom; spacious accommodation with nature on your doorstep, and a plethora of activities to keep everyone entertained. It's a hassle-free base for your explorations.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Take Your 2024 Family Holiday Park Break in Cumbria?

Cumbria is a gem for family breaks, with its stunning Lake District and rich Roman history. It's not just about the serene lakes and fells; there's a vibrant cultural scene too. In 2024, look out for new attractions and updated facilities at parks. The county hosts various festivals, including the Keswick Mountain Festival, perfect for active families. Holiday parks here offer a contrast to hotels, with the freedom to roam and a connection to nature. Cumbria's uniqueness lies in its blend of adventure and tranquillity, ideal for creating family memories.

If you're visiting Cumbria with kids

Absolutely, Cumbria's a playground for kids. With outdoor adventures at every turn, they can explore castles, take boat trips on the lakes, and even meet Peter Rabbit at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. Holiday parks cater to families, with kids' clubs and activities that make the most of the natural surroundings.

  1. Weather-appropriate clothing – layers for changeable weather
  2. Sturdy walking shoes for exploring
  3. Swimwear for pool days
  4. Sunscreen and hats for protection
  5. Backpacks for day trips
  6. Entertainment for rainy days – books, games
  7. Camera or binoculars for wildlife spotting
  8. First aid kit for any scrapes

Pet Friendly Cumbria Adventures

Cumbria loves pets, with many holiday parks welcoming furry friends. You'll find pet-friendly pubs like The Dog and Partridge in Penrith, where your pup can rest by your feet as you dine. Remember to keep dogs on leads where livestock is present, and always scoop the poop. Some parks may have restrictions on certain breeds or sizes, so check ahead.

Dog walking ideas in Cumbria

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Grizedale Forest 3-10 Woodland LA22 0QJ
Derwentwater Walk 10 Lake & hills CA12 5DJ
Tarn Hows 1.5-2 Lake & woodland LA22 0PP
Ennerdale Water 7.5 Remote lake CA23 3AS
Sizergh Castle 1.5-3 Gardens & estate LA8 8AE

Dining at the park, or heading out

Many holiday parks in Cumbria have on-site restaurants serving up hearty meals. The local cuisine includes Cumberland sausage, Kendal mint cake, and sticky toffee pudding. For a family-friendly pub, try The Pheasant in Bassenthwaite. Couples might enjoy the more intimate setting of L'Enclume in Cartmel, renowned for its innovative dishes.

Outdoor Family Adventures

Cumbria's outdoor centres, like Rookin House and Keswick Adventure Centre, offer activities from horse riding to ghyll scrambling. Watersports are huge here, with canoeing, sailing, and paddleboarding on the lakes. Prices vary, with family activities starting around £30 per person. Seasonal opening times often align with school holidays, but it's best to book in advance.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Westmorland Shopping Centre Shopping Centre High street brands LA9 4LR
Grasmere Gingerbread Shop Speciality Foods Local gingerbread LA22 9SW
Hawkshead Relish Company Delicatessen Artisan preserves LA22 0NZ
Rheged Centre Shopping & Entertainment Local crafts & gifts CA11 0DQ
Carlisle Farmers' Market Market Fresh local produce CA3 8JE

Top Parks for 2024 in Cumbria

Southerness, South West Scotland

Driving Distance: 1 hour 50 minutes (97.3 miles) | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Set against the backdrop of the Solway Coast, Southerness Holiday Park is a beachfront haven with a plethora of facilities including a heated indoor pool with flumes, an amusement arcade, and an adventure playground, making it an idyllic family retreat.

For the kids - Youngsters will be thrilled with the park's offerings, from splashing in the indoor heated pool with its exciting waterslide to exploring the adventure playground. The amusement arcade and mini-golf provide hours of fun, while the wildlife nature trail is perfect for little explorers.

What's on-site? The Coast Bar & Restaurant serves up tasty dishes, while Late Night Loaded is perfect for a quick takeaway. Scoops is a must-visit for dessert lovers. The Showbar offers fantastic live entertainment to end your day on a high note. On-site conveniences include a store, launderette, and free Wi-Fi in designated areas. The swimming pool area, with its flumes and activities, is a highlight for families.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the Mabie Farm Park (40 minutes drive), which costs around £8.50 for adults and £7.50 for children, offering animal encounters and play areas. Caerlaverock Castle (30 minutes drive) is another must-visit, with adult tickets around £6 and children at £3.60.

Accommodation options: Southerness provides a range of accommodation suited for couples, groups, and families. Options include the Solway View 2 bed lodge with sea views and the spacious Clyde caravan with an ensuite bath. For larger groups, the Spey caravan sleeps up to 8, though none of the accommodations are pet-friendly.


South Lakeland Leisure Village, Yorkshire

Driving Distance: 1 hour 10 minutes (49.8 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Some accommodations

About this park: South Lakeland Leisure Village is a luxurious five-star holiday park set in 43 acres of grounds, featuring a picturesque lake, leisure complex with an indoor pool, and a restaurant with an outdoor terrace, making it an opulent base for exploring the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

For the kids - Children can enjoy the leisure complex's indoor pool, while the surrounding area offers plenty of opportunities for family adventures in nature.

What's on-site? The leisure complex includes a steam room, gym, and beauty treatments for a relaxing experience. Dine at the on-site restaurant or enjoy the convenience of Wi-Fi and a launderette. The indoor pool is perfect for a swim regardless of the weather.

What's nearby? The park is ideally located for visiting the Lake District (20 minutes drive to Windermere) and the Yorkshire Dales (30 minutes drive to Ingleborough). Attractions such as the Lakeland Maze Farm Park (20 minutes drive, around £7 per person) offer fun for the whole family.

Accommodation options: Accommodations range from the traditional Arnside 05 lodge to the elevated Borwick Heights 06 with stunning views. For a luxury experience, choose Borwick Heights 10 with a hot tub. Pet-friendly options are available, such as Borwick Lakes 1, perfect for guests with dogs.


Solway Holiday Village, Cumbria

Driving Distance: 1 hour 30 minutes (73.8 miles) | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Solway Holiday Village, set on the Solway Firth coast, is a family-oriented park with an £8 million investment, featuring a heated indoor leisure pool with spa, a range of activities including a Bird of Prey Experience and Axe Throwing, and diverse dining options like the Borders Restaurant.

For the kids - Children can join the Kids' Club, enjoy the indoor play area, or engage in outdoor activities like Laser Tag. The park's entertainment programme is designed to keep the little ones delighted.

What's on-site? The park boasts licensed clubs, a lounge bar and bistro, and a restaurant, alongside a takeaway service. The indoor heated leisure pool with spa is a highlight, and there are also tennis courts, a launderette, and Wi-Fi access for convenience.

What's nearby? The Lake District National Park is just a short drive away, offering endless outdoor activities. The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction (around 1 hour 20 minutes drive, adult tickets £8, children £4) is a charming nearby family destination.

Accommodation options: From the Bronze 3 bedroom Caravan for larger groups to the cosy Classic 1 bedroom Chalet for couples, Solway offers a variety of accommodations, including pet-friendly and hot tub options, ensuring a comfortable stay for all guests.


Ocean Edge Holiday Park, Lancashire

Driving Distance: 1 hour 20 minutes (58.7 miles) | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? Some accommodations

About this park: Ocean Edge Holiday Park is a seafront property near Heysham with panoramic views of the Irish Sea, featuring an indoor heated pool and sauna, a range of sport and leisure activities, and family entertainment, making it an ideal coastal getaway.

For the kids - The park offers an indoor soft play area, an outdoor play area, and a multi-sports court, ensuring that children have plenty of options for fun and games.

What's on-site? The Showbar provides live entertainment, while The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant and the Fish & Chippery cater to all dining needs. The indoor heated pool and sauna are perfect for relaxation, and there's also a convenience store and launderette on-site.

What's nearby? Morecambe and Blackpool are close by for traditional seaside fun, and the Yorkshire Dales National Park is within easy reach for nature lovers (Ingleton Falls is about 45 minutes drive, with a £7 parking fee).

Accommodation options: Ocean Edge offers a variety of caravans, such as the St Annes for up to six guests and the pet-friendly Pilling Sands. The Formby caravan sleeps up to 8 and is ideal for larger families or groups.


Family Days Out In Cumbria

Cumbria, with its stunning landscapes and family-friendly attractions, is a fantastic destination for those staying at holiday parks in the region. From thrilling theme parks to educational museums, there's something to keep everyone entertained. Here are six top attractions to consider for your next family day out.

Lake District Wildlife Park

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £10.50, Children £8.50
  • Postcode: CA12 4RD
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

The Lake District Wildlife Park is a hit for animal lovers. You can get up close with over 100 species, from Anacondas to Zebras. Check out the bird of prey demonstrations and the play area for kids. The park is continually updating its exhibits, so there's often something new to see. To beat the crowds, try visiting on a weekday. Tip: Buy tickets online in advance to save time on arrival.

Phone number: 017687 76239 | Web: lakedistrictwildlifepark.co.uk


The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Prices: Adults £8.20, Children £4.20
  • Postcode: LA23 3BX
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Rayrigg Road car park

Step into the enchanting world of Peter Rabbit and friends at this magical attraction. It's perfect for young families and fans of Beatrix Potter's tales. The interactive exhibits and beautiful gardens are a delight. They've recently added a virtual reality experience that's a big hit. To avoid the busiest times, aim for an early morning or late afternoon visit. Don't miss the gift shop for exclusive Potter memorabilia.

Phone number: 015394 88444 | Web: hop-skip-jump.com


Treetop Trek Windermere

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, check website
  • Prices: From £22 for Treetop Trek
  • Postcode: LA23 1LJ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Brockhole Visitor Centre

For adventure seekers, Treetop Trek offers an exhilarating aerial journey through the trees. It's a blast for kids and adults alike. They've got new zip lines that are a must-try. The best time to visit is in the morning when it's less busy. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Booking in advance is recommended, especially during school holidays.

Phone number: 015394 47186 | Web: treetoptrek.co.uk


Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

  • Opening Times: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Prices: Adults £16.50, Children £8.20
  • Postcode: CA18 1SW
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site at Ravenglass station

All aboard for a scenic journey on one of England's oldest and longest narrow-gauge railways. The steam engines and beautiful countryside views are a hit with train enthusiasts and families. They've recently added a new play area at Dalegarth station. For a quieter ride, consider the late afternoon trains. And here's a tip: you can save with a family ticket if you're travelling in a group.

Phone number: 01229 717171 | Web: ravenglass-railway.co.uk


Walby Farm Park

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £10.95, Children £9.95
  • Postcode: CA6 4QL
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Walby Farm Park is a fantastic day out for families, especially those with younger children. There's an animal barn, outdoor play areas, and even a JCB dig zone. They've recently introduced a new indoor play area, which is great for rainy days. To get the most out of your visit, check the schedule for feeding times and demonstrations. And remember, the farm can be muddy, so bring boots!

Phone number: 01228 573056 | Web: walbyfarmpark.co.uk


The Puzzling Place

  • Opening Times: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £3.75, Children £2.75
  • Postcode: CA12 5DZ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Central Car Park

If you're up for a mind-bending experience, The Puzzling Place is a unique attraction with interactive optical illusions and puzzles. It's a blast for kids and adults who enjoy a challenge. They've recently added new exhibits that are sure to amaze. The best time to visit is during the morning to avoid the afternoon rush. Tip: Some of the illusions make for great photos, so have your camera ready!

Phone number: 017687 75102 | Web: puzzlingplace.co.uk


When planning your trip to Cumbria, consider these attractions as must-visits to create lasting memories with your family. And if you're looking for accommodation, the holiday parks in Cumbria offer a comfortable and convenient base to explore all that this beautiful region has to offer.

FAQs

This is our first stay on a holiday park, what will it be like?

Expect a blend of outdoor adventure and home comforts. Many holiday parks in Cumbria, like Center Parcs Whinfell Forest or Stanwix Park, offer a range of accommodations from cosy caravans to luxury lodges, often with on-site amenities like pools, playgrounds, and restaurants. They're family-friendly and set in scenic locations, perfect for exploring the Lake District.

What should I pack when visiting Cumbria?

Pack for all weathers – Cumbria can be unpredictable! Include waterproofs, walking boots for Lake District treks, and layers for chilly evenings. Don't forget swimwear for the park's pool and a camera for those stunning views. If you're self-catering, check what's provided in your accommodation to avoid doubling up on essentials.

Is Cumbria a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely, Cumbria is a year-round destination. Off-season, you'll enjoy fewer crowds and the same stunning landscapes dusted with snow or bursting with autumn colours. Many holiday parks, like Lakeland Leisure Park, offer indoor facilities, making them great even when the weather doesn't cooperate.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, if your accommodation includes a hot tub, it will be thoroughly cleaned and balanced before you check in. Parks like White Cross Bay pride themselves on their cleanliness standards. Always check the park's policy for hot tub use to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many holiday parks in Cumbria are pet-friendly, understanding that dogs are part of the family. Places like Haven Lakeland welcome furry friends, but always check any restrictions or additional fees. Remember to bring your pet's bed and bowls to keep them comfy during your stay.

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

Booking activities can usually be done online or at the park's reception. For popular activities at places like Tattershall Lakes Country Park, it's wise to book ahead, especially during peak times. Some activities might be walk-in, but why risk missing out?

What are the dining options within the holiday parks?

You'll find a variety of dining options, from fast food to sit-down restaurants. For example, White Cross Bay has a restaurant with a view of Lake Windermere. Many parks also have convenience stores for self-catering. Check ahead for opening times and whether you need to book tables.

Are there any discounts for local attractions?

Yes, holiday parks often have partnerships with local attractions. Ask at reception for any discount vouchers. Places like Center Parcs Whinfell Forest might offer deals for nearby wildlife parks or adventure activities, helping you save a bit while exploring.

What's the best way to explore the surrounding areas?

Renting a car gives you the most freedom, but there are also local buses and organised tours. Parks like Stanwix Park can provide timetables and advice. For a unique experience, try a boat tour on the lakes or hire a bike to hit the trails.

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