Family Activities Lake District

Indoor and outdoor family adventures can be found all year round at Distant Horizons.  We are based 15 minutes from Penrith, the heart of Cumbria, and within the Eden Valley and Lake District, meaning we are easy to find and get to and also ideally located for all the fantastic activity venues the area has to offer.  So where ever you are in Cumbria treat your family to some outdoor, or indoor, activity fun for a memorable time.  For more information on specific activities click on the links below.   

Outdoor activities

Our Lake District family activities run all year round meaning whatever the weather there is always something to suit; from fair weather activities like gorge walking and cliff jumping, to all seasons activities such as canoe sailing and kayak tours.  

  • Kayak and canoe tours - Relax and watch the world go by whilst gliding along the lake, or test your nerves with some cliff jumping and abseiling
  • Ghyll scrambling - Climb and abseil waterfalls, go down shoots and slides and maybe even take in some scenery whilst you’re at it
  • Raft building - Can your family design a sink proof raft, or will those swimming lessons come to good use!
  • Rock climbing - Climb to dizzying heights and then abseiling back down in some of the most stunning locations in Cumbria
  • Bushcraft -  Light a fire, keep it going and feed yourselves with just a few basic ingredients prepared and cooked with from scratch.

Indoor activities

A definite winner when the weather isn't playing fair is our Ullswater indoor activity centre.  Mix and match our range of indoor family activities to create your ideal activity package.  We can assure you that being indoors in the Lake District doesn't mean the fun and adventure has to stop.  Our indoor activities include:

  • Climbing and abseiling - Lots of routes to try under one roof, and test your wits on our abseiling slab  
  • Archery - Perfect your aim on our indoor, or outdoor, archery range
  • Crate stack - Want to try something different?  How high can you get before your tower topples and leave you hanging

Activity video

Take a look at our activities in action in our family activity video.


We offer family friendly activity prices with indoor activities starting at £40 for an hour for up to a family of 4, and our outdoor activities start at £89 for a family of 3 for half day activity, or £155 for a full day.  If you want to do 2 half day activities but on different days we still only charge the full day price.

What is included?

  • TransportWe provide transport to the outdoor activities from our Ullswater estate, or if it reduces your traveling time we can meet you at a more suitable location.  If you are staying at one of the many Ullswater lake shore accommodation venues we can run our lake activities from there, meaning your family doesn't have to travel anywhere. 
  • Clothing and equipmentDepending on your activity we provide a range of technical clothing and equipment such as waterproofs, wetsuits, wellingtons, buoyancy aids and harnesses.  Each activity has slightly different requirements and details on what we provide for each activity can either be found on the individual activity page or when you book.  If you’re still not sure just ask.​

Activity and accommodation packages

Add some adventure to your Lake District holiday and take advantage of our activity and accommodation packages.   We provide self-catering accommodation in Ullswater for groups of up to 12 for 2 or more nights.  Take a look at our activity and accommodation package page for more details.

What if you’ve booked and the weather gets bad? 

Distant Horizons has been operating in the Lake District for over 20 years and our qualified instructors are dedicated to looking after your family on your activities and making sure you keep warm and happy in the worst conditions.  We very rarely have to cancel our activities as there’s generally somewhere suitable to continue with the planned activity.  However, if the weather really is too atrocious we will offer you an alternative activity that is more suited to the conditions, or, if we can, reschedule for another day. 

Come rain or shine we offer a wide range of family friendly Lake District activities and we make sure you have a safe, fun and memorable experience.  So leave it to us to provide personalised family adventures and activities in the Lake District whatever the weather.  Contact us on 017864 86465 or for a great family day out.  

"Thanks for organising such a great day for us.  It was one that will most certainly be permanently lodged in family memory."  

Paul (and Karen, Emily and Sophie)