Lake District Holiday – August 2019
Over the course of the summer holidays, I took a bit of time away from my blog and social media, opting to spend time with the kids during their school holidays but also enjoying some time away from home. After our adventures in Blackpool at the start of the holidays we went on the enjoy a family holiday in the Lake District.
We just love the Lake District and to holiday there twice in one year you’d think we’d be getting bored of the place but we’re really not! There is so much to see, so many different places to visit and it looks so much different with each visit.
Our Week in The Lake District
Our previous visit at Easter saw us enjoy some very unseasonably fantastic weather, higher than average temperatures and back to back sunshine throughout most of the week. A completely different picture to what happened on our holiday during the middle of the 6-week summer break, we had lower than seasonable temperatures and spent most of the week dodging rain showers. But that all said we still had a fantastic week.
As always we chose to holiday at Parkdean Resorts Fallbarrow Holiday Park, based in Bowness-On-Windermere the location is just perfect for walking from the park, into town (without having to fight for parking) and venturing further afield with the help of the fantastic public transport service provided nearby.
Here’s what we got up to;
The Day Before
During the first week of the kid’s summer break, it was mine and my husband’s 11th Wedding Anniversary. We enjoyed a belated wedding anniversary evening alone, leaving the kids with my parents in Lancashire whilst we headed over to Last Drop Village for a night away, involving Spa, a treatment, amazing evening meal an overnight stay and gorgeous breakfast the following morning.
I was last at Last Drop Village back in February for a Mums Night Off, I just love this spa and everything it offers. What’s even better is that they also feature on Wowcher and our package only cost £150 for the night!
After collecting the kids from my parents in the morning we only had a short drive of an hour before we were in the Lake District. We decided to make the most of our short journey by visiting a nearby National Trust property, Sizergh Castle.
Sadly the inside of the castle was closed that day but we made the most of being able to walk around the property, taking in the grounds and completing a small challenge with the kids. We then completed our journey and arrived in Bowness-On-Windermere.
We love adventuring, getting out and about and visiting new places. One of the fantastic things about the Lake District is that you can visit time and time again and there is always something new to do and see. Today was certainly one of those days, and we did it all whilst out walking in the local area to our holiday park. We ventured down to the Windermere Ferry on foot, crossed the lake and visited the Claife Viewing Station then spending some time visiting the surrounding areas on foot before returning. A fantastic couple of hours spent exploring.
At our holiday park, it’s hard not to make new friends, and on our previous holiday, we became good friends with the entertainment trouper, Chay. Chay has been at Fallbarrow Park since March this year and he’d still never ventured far on his days off, as it happened today was his day off so we invited him out with us for the day to see some of the local areas. Sadly the weather didn’t keep up its part of the bargain so we had to seek indoor entertainment. First up we visited Wray Castle, another National Trust property in the area before heading over to Hayes Garden World to visit their Summer Holiday attraction, Fairy World’s Ever-Changing Forest.
The evening was spent back at the holiday park, enjoying the evening playing games, eating pizza and drinking way too much Gin.
After waking up and nursing a slightly sore head from the night before we discovered the weather and made a turn for the better and was forecast to be a lovely day. This prompted us to make the most of the weather and head outdoors. This time we visited South Lakes Safari Zoo over near Barrow-In-Furness. You can find the review for this attraction here, but needless to say, we enjoyed a great day here.
Well the good weather didn’t hang around for long, Friday saw the return of the awful weather and it spent all day raining, only letting up in the evening!
Thankfully we had pre-empted this day of bad weather keeping an eye on the weather forecast so we booked us into an indoor attraction for the morning at a Chocolate Factory in Hawkshead (again review can be found here).
Afterwards, we headed over to the Beatrix Potter Gallery, again in Hawkshead before heading back to the holiday park for a late lunch.
The afternoon and evening were spent with friends who’d arrived to spend the weekend with us after meeting them on our holiday at Easter. The kids all get on so well and so do the adults, which is a bonus!
During our previous holiday at Easter, we discovered Rydal Cave, a short drive from Bowness-On-Windermere and a good walk up a hill to this fantastic cave. Our friends had never known about this cave nor visited it so we decided to show them it. Armed with some snacks and all the kid’s water shoes we set out. The weather was slightly better today, we were dodging showers rather than one continuous downpour which made for a lovely outing.
At the cave the kids made light work of playing in the caves cool water but they didn’t let it stop them.
Then we headed off to a nearby tea room for some lunch before heading back to the holiday park for some fun in Lake Windermere with a kayak our friends brought with them before enjoying a fun evening with them toasting marshmallows and chatting.
Today would be our last full day and after the week of adventures, being on the go and fun we woke up on Sunday morning feeling rather lethargic so we decided to take a lazy morning. Late morning we took a small trip over to Windermere to a cafe Sam was eager to try out for some lunch and have a walk around. In the afternoon though Chay had a couple of hours off work so was eager to spend some time with us and our friends, we all decided a game of cricket was required. I’d not played Cricket since secondary school so it was good to play the sport again and great to see the kids, big and small enjoy a fun outing.
We all woke up feeling rather glum this morning, we really don’t like our going home days, I don’t think anyone does really. But we tried to leave in good spirits, not wanting to spoil our fantastic week away. After checking out and saying goodbye to friends we would be leaving behind we headed over to White Scar Caves with our friends who came over to spend the weekend with us (another review can be found here).
Then it was hometime, another fantastic Lake District holiday over and done. Again we look forward to our next visit, exploring new places as well as visiting our favourite places too.
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