A Lake District Holiday In Coniston – What to expect

With the school summer holidays in full swing, it seems quite fitting and appropriate to talk about family friendly destinations, and there are plenty of ways to get to see the Lake District from London. It is the beginning of the school summer holidays and whether a family is looking at booking a holiday later in the year, for next year or even in fact, with the popularity of late bookings, it is possible this blog may influence a decision of where to stay during this 2013 school summer holiday.

A lot of parents will agree, despite not wanting to stay in a specific children’s resort, a family friendly destination is more than a good decision and adds to the enjoyment of the holiday for children and adults alike.


One such extremely family friendly destination is Coniston in the true heart of the English Lake District. This village and surrounding area has everything required for a family holiday from accommodation to food outlets to shops and activities……lots and lots of activities.

Starting with accommodation and this area has a fantastic choice of self catering cottages and properties as well as camping and caravanning sites. Each of these types of accommodation, as any parent will know, is the easiest and most practical when holidaying with children and also allows the family pet to go along too. Whether camping or staying in a cottage, there is typically outside space so even if the kids haven’t been tried out completely throughout the day, there’s a space for them to on site.

The standard of places to eat and drink in Coniston is, as the rest of the Lake District, very high. Anyone that has been to any of the other nearby locations such as Ambleside or Grasmere will know it is very hard to have a bad meal. Pubs are always popular in the Lake District with a great choice of food, often locally sourced, a great range of children’s meals and of course, for parents excellent liquid refreshment in the form of local real ales.

The real draw to Coniston is its location surrounded by some of the best scenery in the Lake District and the lake which is just a stone’s throw from the village. The lake has activities galore around it and on it including the steam yacht gondola where a different view of the lake and the fells such as the Coniston Old Man can be viewed. This is well worth a trip on and is a great activity whatever the weather. And there are many other activities on Coniston Water also endless paths for walking and other outdoor pursuits as well as the Ruskin Museum and Brantwood, the once home of John Ruskin so even some educational time can be included!

To some up Coniston, it really does have all the ingredients for a family holiday and most importantly, a family holiday that both the kids and parents will enjoy (and any 4 legged members of the family too!). Being smaller than Ambleside, Windermere and Keswick makes it very relaxing. It offers peace and tranquillity without being off the beaten track and with the endless activities.