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“Plenty to do”

Brockhole on Windermere
Ranked #15 of 37 things to do in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Brockhole on Windermere offers activities to suit everyone, from toddlers to adventure seekers to those in search of an ultra-relaxing experience whilst enjoying their time in the Lake District. It's all here in one place, set against stunning mountain views on the shores of Windermere in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria. From family activities to glorious garden tours and seasonal events, there really is something for all ages. Why not explore 30 acres of beautiful historical gardens and grounds? Or picnic by the lakeshore and enjoy secret beaches with the family? If the children are feeling more adventurous they can swing or bounce through ancient woodland on Treetop Trek and Treetop Nets. Down by the lakeshore, you can hire kayaks and rowing boats, enjoy or catch the cruise boat across the lake, depending on the season. There's also archery, bike hire and mini golf on offer during the season. Don't forget to finish your day by taking in the stunning lake views offering stunning views towards the distant Langdale Pikes at the terrace café, while enjoying local ales and dishes. There's also a well-stocked gift shop and ever changing exhibition space to enjoy indoors.
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Our visit started with difficulty - not enough coins to pay the huge parking fees, so I phoned the pay-by-phone number, pressed various options, told a human being my numberplate and card number, then he said he would put me through for payment... and it hung up on me. Ten minutes of increasingly stroppy toddler and baby whilst I hung on the phone wasted. Luckily a friendly member of Brockhole staff saw how annoyed I was getting and came over to offer help - she said that they could sort it out up at the house. They did.
The day was much better from that point onwards. Plenty of free activities - we started with the soft play area which entertained both the 10 and 2 year-old. And the 38 year-old, to be honest. Lots of colouring sheets and quizzes scattered about, and even a couple of climbing walls. Then after a stroll through the nice big gift shop we found ourselves a nice table in the restaurant and ordered lunch - Brockhole burger and minute steak both went down very well, and the kids' food was good. Decent value.
The 10 year-old then had a great time in the big inflatable ball-on-water (he went to find out how much it was, and our bets of £12 and £10 were both way over the mark - it was a manageable £3).

A pleasant stroll around the buggy-friendly gardens was next and a chat to some ponies and their handlers, and we rounded off our day in the adventure playground.
Overall, Brockhole is a great place to let the kids burn off some energy, with plenty of facilities for the smallest one, so if you see the parking charge as more of an admission fee, it's only about £1 a head for us. (Your experience may vary of course depending on size of family and what you're after!)

Thank GemAimee
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

My family and friends visited here on the way back from other attractions in the south lakes.We like to see what is on offer because we have holiday cottages in the North Lakes and like to advise our guests what to see and do when visiting us.We paid for our ticket and spent about an hour looking round then left.About a week later we received a parking fine from parking eye saying we had not paid to park ,as I knew we had a ticket I went to look in the car and the ticket was still in the car.The ticket had one letter from the number plate printed wrongly .We complained to parking eye and did not have to pay the fine .This is a warning to other guests to keep their ticket if parking here for evidence.If you want a better experience I would visit Whinlatter Forest park and steer clear of parking eye.

7  Thank 241susan
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

The centre itself is interesting but it is the gardens and views across the lake that really make this stand out. Beware the car park charges though, higher than central London!

2  Thank morlandmonk
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed in cartmel and booked this while we were there. It was great fun and the two girls taking us around the track were funny and very helpful. I really enjoyed the day it is definitely worth a visit. My friend had a serious operation on her foot and leg not long ago and was worried but they let her go at the back and take her time. There was a lot to do there. Unfortunately nothing else was open when we went but there is a lot around to do so wouldn't mind going back when more is open.

Thank Rachel W
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

loads to do, activities available for extra costs, cafe available, lovely gardens and walks, close to the lake for trips to ambleside. great day out- just make sure you keep an eye out for the entrance, it's a long way in either direction before you can turn around especially if its busy!!

Thank Christine R
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