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Lake district - around Coniston

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Coldcuppacoffee Tue 23-Aug-11 13:32:26

Can anyone recommend fun things to do for under 2s?
Are there any nice playgrounds near Coniston or nice (clean!) indoor place centres?

Many thanks for any replies - it will greatly help our holiday to arrive well prepared!

boomboommagee Wed 24-Aug-11 13:14:17

I live near coniston, and there are lots of things to do, but some will require getting in the car.

In around coniston: there is a small playground on the road that goes to the boat hire, there are also several walks around the village and up the fells-it is worth looking into a walk to the copper mines, but you might need a rugged buggy for that one. Also- i would take the steamer over to brantwood and walk the gardens there. Doubt two year olds would enjoy ruskin's house, but the gardens are lovely and good for a game of chase smile (the gardens also have fencing to keep lo out of the road).

Near coniston:
Check out the lakes aquarium in newby bridge, the motor museum in backbarrow, and playzone in ulverston for indoor fun

For outdoor there is a great park at fell foot on lake windermere, and loads of stone circles to explore.

Hope that helps your travel plans!

Coldcuppacoffee Wed 24-Aug-11 16:24:33

That's brilliant thanks so much!

HarrietJones Wed 24-Aug-11 16:29:32

Soft play at Ulverston about 20 mins away max. Can't pull up the page at the moment but it's called the zone.

swampster Wed 24-Aug-11 16:31:58

My two-(and-a-half)-year-old loved kayaking on the lake and dipping in the watter. And playing with twigs and stones.

boomboommagee Wed 24-Aug-11 16:35:27

Just remembered- it is a bit further away, but if your two year old is as obsessed with thomas as mine, there is the ravensglass/eskdale narrow gauge steam train. My very very active lo sat in complete awe the whole journey!

HarrietJones Wed 24-Aug-11 16:36:49

Or the Haverthwaite railway.

Coldcuppacoffee Tue 30-Aug-11 21:06:14

I went to Ravenglass as I child.
Could never make the journey without throwing up in the back of the car.
Never had a problem at any other time!

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