Dreaming of taking a dive into the Lake District? Us too!
Famous for its rugged mountains, gorgeous glacial lakes and charming villages, a Lake District family holiday is the stuff of dreams. From chilling in Lake Windermere to keeping it cosy in your heated swimming pool, we’ve got everything you need to make a splash in these amazing Lake District digs with swimming pools.
- Parkdean Resorts White Cross Bay
- Haven Lakeland
- Parkdean Resorts Regent Bay
- Parkdean Resorts Ocean Edge
- Haven Cala Gran
1. Parkdean Resorts White Cross Bay
Holiday park location: Windermere, Cumbria
Best for: Spectacular views right by Lake Windermere
Kick back and enjoy the view from the shores of Lake Windermere with this idyllic lakeside accommodation. The Lake District is your back (and front) garden from here, so you can spend more time taking it all in for a stress-free, perfect holiday.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of exceptional activities and facilities on-site, not to mention a heated indoor swimming pool of course. If you can tear yourself away, there’s plenty more to explore nearby. Take a walk or drive to the village of Ambleside just a few miles off, where you can see the unique 17th-century Bridge House teetering above a bumbling brook. If you wanted, you could carry on around the lake a bit further to find the impressive, 19th-century Wray Castle. If you’re feeling peckish, pop into the castle’s cafe for a treat and enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Windermere.
When you make it back to your home away from home, you can toast to what a good time you’re having in the beer garden or the family lounge bar before getting comfy in your luxury lodge or caravan accommodation for the night.
Facilities: After all the walking and sightseeing you’ll be doing throughout scenic Cumbria, the brand new spa facilities on site will be a treat for any overworked muscles. Unwind with the steam room and a nice soak in the whirlpool. You could even snag a lodge with your own private hot tub (if that sounds good, you might want to take a look at these 10 Best Lake District Hot Tub Holidays). No doubt after that, you’ll be ready to gear back up and do it all over again the next day. Boasting great views and reviews, a stay in one of the comfortable caravans or lodges available at this Lake District holiday park will be one for the books.
2. Haven Lakeland
Holiday park location: Flookburgh, Cumbria
Best for: Stunning lakeside caravan accommodation
Peaks, pools and lakes – oh my! A magical Lake District holiday is waiting for you at Haven Lakeland.
Set atop a flat plain on Morecambe Bay and only a 20-minute drive from the Lake District national park, it’s a perfect place to get stuck into all that beautiful Cumbria has to offer. With heated outdoor and indoor swimming pools available, this holiday home should have you heading for the water in any weather. There’s also a watersports and activity lake on site where you can have a gentle paddle in a canoe or show off your kayaking skills.
Just a stone’s throw away from the park, the lodges and caravans are perfectly situated to make the most of your holiday in the Lake District area. Pop up to Ullswater, a gorgeous nine-mile mountainous lake in Penrith, and set sail in a sailboat! Or if you’re feeling up to it, get your fill of Cumbria’s mountainous icon, Scafell Pike, and try to summit England’s tallest peak.
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Facilities: Alongside the top-notch swimming pools, Haven Lakeland is jam-packed with activities for the whole family. Hit the tennis courts and test out your swing! Or if putting is more your style, go wild with the on-site crazy golf. The Marina Bar and Stage, Haven Lakeland’s state-of-the-art entertainment venue, will make an encore worthy ending to your fun-filled days in the Lake District. With accessible and pet-friendly caravans, there are great options here for everyone.
3. Parkdean Resorts Regent Bay
Holiday park location: Morecambe, Lancashire
Best for: A fun-filled activity holiday close to the Lake District
Booking fun lakeside holidays away is a walk in the park at this gorgeous destination. Located near the lakes and walking distance from Morecambe Bay, you won’t have to stray far from your caravan for a good view and a great time. This popular park gets consistent rave reviews for its excellent location and amenities, so gear up for a jam-packed holiday and make the most of your time in the area.
When you’re not kicking back by the pool, do go chasing waterfalls in the scenic ancient woodlands of the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail or the stunning Aira Force waterfall in Ullswater. A stroll over the ancient stone bridges through landscaped hunting grounds may have you running home for pen and ink, as this Penrith park is famous for inspiring the well-known 19th-century poet, Wordsworth.
If scenic musings aren’t quite your thing, why not try hitting the rides at one of Britain’s largest amusement parks, Blackpool Pleasure Beach? After a rollercoaster of a year, you deserve a ride on a real one! While you’re in town, any animal lovers in the family will be keen to check out the wildlife at Blackpool Zoo. Or for a more hands-on experience, head over to the Bowland Wild Boar Park, where you can feed a variety of furry friends.
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Facilities: There are pet-friendly and easy access units to provide caravan and lodge accommodation suited to every customer. The kiddos will be having fun rain or shine with the indoor swimming pool and the multiple play area facilities. Whether your little ones are 2, 3 or 13, there are many activities on site that are great for all ages. Don’t worry, the grownups won’t miss out either! After a dip in the pool, you can unwind with a dreamy, steamy sauna session. Then, why not get all dolled up for a sensational evening of live entertainment in the family cabaret lounge? Parkdean Resorts Regent Bay has everything you need and more for an unforgettable Lake District holiday.
4. Parkdean Resorts Ocean Edge
Holiday park location: Morecambe, Lancashire
Best for: A seaside base to explore the Lake District
Can’t decide between a sandy beach or the picturesque peaks of Cumbria? Well, search no further, because this accommodation has it all.
On average, it takes about thirty minutes to drive to the Lake District national park from here. It may not be lakeside accommodation, but it is still next to a pretty sizable body of water. With quick access to the beach, Cumbria’s stunning lakes and a heated indoor swimming pool and sauna, you can enjoy a Lake District holiday with a bit of everything.
To experience some Lake District “city-life,” hit the shops in the popular town of Keswick, or fill your day with a long stroll around Lake Windermere back to the quaint village of Ambleside. If you’re looking to hang around on the coast for the day, the seaside village of Heysham would be a treat to see, along with the superb Morecambe Bay. Silverdale Cove, full of scenic walking paths, caves and rock pools, is also quite near and not to be missed – so grab an ice cream in Silverdale village and get walking!
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Facilities: Parkdean Resorts Ocean Edge has all the excellent facilities and good reviews you would expect from Parkdean Resorts holiday parks. There are plenty of caravans and lodge options available for accommodation, with tons going on to keep every customer entertained. Dine-in at the Boathouse Bar & Restaurant, or soak up the hot summer sun in the Beer Garden. Afterwards, hit the Showbar for some evening entertainment, and get your game on at the amusement arcade. For a unique Lake District holiday combined with coastal delights, this would be an excellent place to stay.
5. Haven Cala Gran
Holiday park location: Fleetwood, Lancashire
Best for: A kids-friendly family holiday close to Blackpool and the lakes
There is so much to do and see at Haven Cala Gran, you are sure to have an amazing time. Near to Blackpool, Fleetwood Beach and sprawling countryside, holidays here are like a breath of fresh air. Located 45 miles from the Lake District, it’s a bit of a commute to the national park, but the drive is gorgeous. So take the scenic route, and see all that Cumbria has to offer on your Lake District holiday.
Known for being a close-knit and neighbourly park, this is a perfect choice for a family caravan holiday. The kids will have a blast with the indoor pool’s waterslide, and any little ones are sure to love the outdoor Splash Zone too. If you or the kids still can’t get enough of the water after all the pool time and lake trips, you can slide into a fun day out at the near-by Sandcastle Waterpark.
Being located so close to Blackpool means that Blackpool Pleasure Beach theme park is easy access for you too! Home to the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land and tons of rides, a trip here might just be the cherry on top of your perfect family holiday.
Facilities: As is standard with a Haven holiday, you’ll have many park facilities to make the most of. There are two food and drink venues to dine in on-site, as well as a Live Lounge with evening entertainment. For the brave-hearted, you can take the Leap of Faith, go bungee trampolining or scale the climbing wall. You’ll probably be tuckered out after all that though, so why not recharge with a relaxing trip to the steam room and sauna – you’ve earned it! As the saying goes, the customer is always right, and the popular review says that this holiday park is great.
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Find Your Perfect Lake District Holiday and Much More
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