5 Precious October Half Term Activities
A price cannot put be on time off with the family. Quite simply, it is precious. And a week in a luxurious Lake District cottage means no jet lag, guarantee of a good local pub and tranquillity like no other.
Autumn has also arrived, here in the Lake District. The swooping valleys are turning from green to gold. Conkers are falling and pumpkins are ready for picking. This is a beautiful time of year to visit the Lakes and the school half-term is a brilliant opportunity to spend quality time with the kids soaking up healthy fresh air.
Here is our pick of 5 activities to enjoy on a family holiday in the Lake District this October.
- Horseback Hack
Whether you’re a horsey family or wouldn’t know your dressage from your side-saddle, horse riding for all abilities is a great sociable activity.
For horse-loving families, a hack across the ancient fell routes once used by pack ponies is a real treat. Cumbria has more bridleways than any other county in the UK and the terrain in the Lake District is more varied too, offering riders a mix of trekking experiences.
Experienced riding families will enjoy the unforgettable experience of a beach canter on a majestic shire horse with Millom’s Heavy Horses or a Black Horses experience in Cartmel. For families wanting to try something new, Lakeland Pony Treks in Troutbeck, Grizedale Riding Centre and Park Foot Trekking in Howtown, off Ullswater offer fun experiences for varying levels.
- Treetop Trampolining
Who doesn’t love trampolining! So, you’ve enjoyed a bottle of wine, or two, the night before as you relax into enjoying the half-term holiday. Well, who would have known that the G-Force effect of trampolining actually acts as a detoxer! Yes, as well as acting a superb low-impact cardio workout, the immune system is strengthened by as much as 5 times because rebounding forces toxins out of cells and as you are mid-flights, nutrients are moved into cells. Plus, it’s so much fun. At Brockhole on Windermere’s Treetop Nets, you can enjoy 1,500 metres of giant trampolines, slides and tunnel nets all suspended in the canopy 9 metres high. The minimum age is 3-years and after 2-hours you’ll be ready for a relaxing Lakeland ale!
- SUP Sportsmanship
Now, this water-based activity is best for families with older kids and great for A-levellers taking a year out or ‘microgapping’ before starting university. Also, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) is more fun in a large group, so the more the merrier. You may have tried bodyboarding during your beach holiday and parents may hark back to canoeing and raft building in the Lakes “when they were kids”, but this is an altogether new water sport, which is what makes it so great for this half term. We’d recommend Total Adventure who have 3 locations on quiet parts of Lake Windermere. You don’t need any equipment as it can all be hired. For large groups of 8 or more you can have a go on a Giant SUP!
- Digital Discovery
If a holiday to the Lakes is a regular thing in your family and you want to keep things interesting for kids that are getting to that age where they get bored easily, then this is for you. GeoCaching is a good way of re-discovering parts of the Lake District that you’ve been to a “zillion” times before.
Using GPS satellite-smart devices, join a digital treasure trail where you’ll discover places and things right on your doorstep that you never knew existed. Download the Geocaching app on your smartphones or for even more fun buy the hand-held devices from an outdoor shop. Just make sure you check for being weatherproof (rain) and long battery life and always take OS maps with you too.
Each little cache has a description, which is where the adage “every day is a learning day” comes in. In fact, as these caches are created by local people, visitors find themselves learning things they never knew about areas they’ve been visiting for years. Start off by using the cache attributes to find one that suits you party. For example, a difficulty rating is given, alongside terrain as well as ‘dogs allowed’ and suitable for bikes and ‘available in winter’. Look out for caches where ‘extra tools are needed’, just as tweezers!
A popular one is located at Townend, south of Lake Windermere.
- Family spa day
A swimming pool is likely a priority when booking a half-term holiday, and it still can be with a UK cottage break too. Days spent around a pool, dipping in and out of luxurious spa facilities and enjoying a relaxing glass of sparkles as the family enjoys the tranquillity of a Lake District spa are simply perfect. Many of the region’s spas are set in beautiful estate’s, designed to take advantage of the Lake District’s famous mountain and lake views and where a walk in the fresh air is guaranteed to rejuvenate.
Feeling like it is time to whisk the family away for October half term? Browse our collection of luxurious Lake District cottages and take advantage of our 5 star cottages with hot tubs, games rooms, bike storage and leisure club access.