Cumbria – Leon’s favourite places

Recently our friends Ruth and Bob went to Cumbria with daughter Anna and her 4 year old ‘Mayhem’ Leon.
They visited a few kiddie friendly places and these are the ones Leon liked best.

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
Leon adored this. First lunch in the cafe, where children can select items to fill their Peter Rabbit basket and eat surrounded by models of various characters, then in to the experience itself.

We followed a winding path past beautifully constructed little tableaux of scenes from the stories. Leon ran backward and forward several times through this, discovering more details each time. Half way round is Mr McGregor’s garden, with stairs to run up and down and explore.

As it was a weekday in term time, there were few other children, but, to our surprise, a lot of unacompanied adults, especially Japanese tourists, all photographing themselves in front of the various scenes. At the end there is a display about Beatrix Potter’s life and various interactive computer activites. Magical!


Where: The Old Laundry, Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3BX 
Admission: Under 2 FREE, family tickets, 1 year freedom pass for a family
Website: www.hop-skip-jump.com

Lake District Wildlife Park
“Over 100 species of exotic animals live at this 25-acre park with an on-site cafe and a play area.”

Staff are very friendly and there are animal encounters scheduled throughout the day. We watched the birds of prey display and the ringtailed lemurs climbing all over their keeper as she attempted to feed them.

Leon was disappointed that there were no dinosaurs, but settled for feeding the donkeys. He loved the play area, but tried to line up with a departing school party, who nearly acquired a new class-mate!


Where: Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4RD
Admission: under 3 FREE -concessions – family tickets 
Website: www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.co.uk

The Puzzling Place

“a unique attraction hidden away in the heart of Keswick”

Leon enjoyed this, especially the anti-gravity room, Spiderman room and Ames room, but did not understand many of the illusions, which are probably more suitable for older children. We adults thought it was great though.

the puzzling place 2

Amazing how your brain can be tricked – The Ames Room

Where: Museum Square, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DZ 
Admission: Shop and puzzle area FREE –
admission charge to The World of Illusions – Under 5’s FREE – Concessions , Family ticket
Website: www.puzzlingplace.co.uk


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