Tips for Bringing Kids on a Lake District Cottage Holiday
There is no doubt that travelling anywhere with kids can throw up some unexpected challenges. However, with a little forward planning and following our tips below, bringing young children along on your Lake District cottage holiday is not only possible, but will be a fun and relaxing experience for the whole family.
- Choose the Right Lake District Cottage
A holiday cottage is the perfect base for a young family as it gives you the space and flexibility to have the holiday you want, in your own time and in your own space. The Coppermines Cottages offer a true home from home and many of them have unique features that will suit different families. Fortunately, all the cottages are very well equipped, but there are some things you should look out for when travelling with young children.
- A family table where you can all get together to eat.
- Some outside space where you can let the little one’s roam and play.
- Practical aspects like washing machines so you can keep the family looking clean and tidy.
- Whether you want to be away from it all in an isolated cottage or close to a town, shop or pub so you can simply pop out if you run out of essentials.
- For extended family get togethers look for large properties or interconnecting ones to accommodate everyone comfortably.
The Coppermines offer a great range of cottages so you will be sure to find one that suits your whole family.
2. Make a Packing List
Lists, lists, lists are every busy families’ secret to success. You can search the internet for some packing lists created by other organised families and then you can simply add your own items to the end if this. Remember to include things like chargers for your equipment plus any needed for kids toys or equipment. Pack for any weather and include sunscreen and waterproofs for the whole family as the Lake District weather can be very changeable. Remember to pack some fun treats or favourite games or teddies to help settle your kids when they arrive.
3. Itinerary Planning
The lake district is a great place for families to visit with so many events and activities planned, if you are visiting in school holiday time it can get busy so we would advise having a good itinerary for the dates you are visiting and pre-booking if possible, anything that you would not want to miss. Along with many attractions including a huge number of National Trust properties there are also some great walks that are perfect for little legs and buggies.
4. Keep the Family Fed
One of the best ways to keep your family happy and cheerful is to make sure they are well fed with lots of snacks available in case you are out longer than you expected to be. The great thing about staying in a holiday cottage in the lake district is that you can prepare picnics and snacks in the cottage kitchen so you can take fresh items with your every day. It also means you can feed the small members of the family when they need to be fed and then have adult meals later in the evening when the young children have gone to bed.
Other top tips include trying to keep to your regular routine as much as possible, to take extra pairs of hands with you (normally in the shape of grandparents) so you can have some time off too and ensure that you have some rainy day activities planned so you are kept busy and happy whatever the weather.