New discount pass options are available - see the www.freedomofthelakedistrict.co.uk website, makes visiting lots of atractions cheaper no matter how long you are visiting the lakes for.

 The Lake District National Park Authority holds guided walks of all difficulty and duration levels for free (though donations are welcome). Young children can usually still handle most of the guided walks designated ‘Easy’, but rangers suggest saving more strenuous tours for children 11 years of age or older. If none of the walks sound appealing, there are also bus and ferry tours offered by various organizations that highlight regional attractions. Various “Safari” programs in Grizedale Forest Park, for example, take guests on minibus tours of Cumbria’s sculptural or floral attractions. The Cumbria Wildlife Trust also has special children-friendly programs for exploring lake shores, moss nature reserves and rivers in the region.

There is a playground at the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole, which also has picnic grounds and a gift shop. Children may also want to see one of the gardens around the Lake District, which not only have many species of plants but is also home to birds and other types of wildlife.

The numerous crafts and county fairs during the summer are sure to have plenty of things to entertain the entire family, and even horse shows often have pony rides available.

Around Halloween, the moors around Cumbria come alive with Halloween festivities. Grizedale Forest Park, in particular, has indoor activities for children of all ages. There is an admission fee and guests are urged to reserve places early.

For a great family day out visit Muncaster - there really is something for everyone, beauifual castle, 70 acres of gardens, play grounds, indoor MeadowVole maze where children can win a prize if they get the questions correct. the world owl trust has its stunning collection of owls open to the public with 40 species from tiny pygmy owls to huge eagle owls, you can get to learn more at the daily meet the birds display. they have a lovely cafe and gifts shops with something for everyone. the great yearly events programme is scheduled for the school holidays so there is always something to keep the children entertained! www.muncaster.co.uk