Friday, 20 January 2017

Family Bundle pt2 - Itinerary Ideas

Holiday booked off work  
Accommodation confirmed

Number of activity sessions decided on

Great stuff. That's all you need to get booked in with us. And if you haven't already done so, it's time to decide which activities you want.

But what kind of itinerary will suit your family?

In my mind, most families fall into one of 5 basic categories. You've got...

  1. The All Weather Family - Queries about the weather generally get the response of, "Why did we buy all those waterproofs if we're not going to use them? It's only a bit of rain. The ducks don't mind, why should we?" I can almost hear my own mothers voice.
  2. The Fair Weather Family - Not at all adverse to a spot of outdoor fun, given the right conditions. What's the weather going to do tomorrow? Rain. Hmmm. Let's check again in a few hours. Maybe we'll go next week. What's on in the Cinema?
  3. The Competitive Family - Parents and children alike vying for the winners crown with everything they do. No challenge is frowned upon, and the first to yawn at the end of the day has to make the brews.
  4. The Age Gap Family - The teenager vs the infant. How do you please them both and still have a wonderful family holiday without splitting your time constantly between soft-play centres and Topshop?
  5. The Urban Family - This family love the idea of getting out into the coutry and experiencing The Great Outdoors, but when faced with the realities of the sights, smells and openness of the place, realise they were not quite as mentally prepared as they'd hoped.

I'm sure we could delve further into the spectrum of The Family (Marlon Brando voice), but from the hundreds we've spoken to and arranged activities with, I'd say that's a fairly accurate breakdown.

So, what category do you fall into, and what combination of activities is going to make your family holiday the best you've had in years?
We have a range of activities to suit children from as young as 6 years old. All the activities we offer are suitable for total beginners, and if you've got some prior experience, we've always got a way of adding more challenge.
We thought it would be useful to show some Family Bundle itinerary examples, to give you an idea of how you can fit activities into a week long holiday.


4 session Bundle with children aged 6+:
Hot chocolate stop in Stickle Ghyll
  • Monday - ½ day Canoe
  • Tuesday - ½ day Archery
  • Wednesday - Day off to explore, or just chill
  • Thursday - ½ day Rock Climbing
  • Friday - ½  day Gorge Walk

"We loved all three activities for different reasons. Emma was a calm teacher and combined attention to safety with fun very nicely for our group of kids and adults. Johan was a similarly calm, careful and encouraging guide for our canoeing and gorge-walking. We had a great time, from the archery Holiday Game to the beautiful gorge and swimming into a waterfall (!) to the fantastic day on Coniston. Everything felt like a facilitated family day out rather than a forced 'activity', and we felt you both managed to please children and adults- no easy feat!
Thank you so much for 2 lovely days. We hope to return."

 6 session Bundle with children age 10+:
View from Pike O'Blisco on the Climbing Adventure Day
  • Monday - Climbing Adventure Day
  • Tuesday - ½ day Mountain Biking
  • Wednesday - Day off to explore, or just chill
  • Thursday - Swallows and Amazons Canoeing day
  • Friday - ½ day Gorge Walk

"We really enjoyed the activities and would highly recommend for anyone looking to see the sights of the lakes and have some fun/adventure!"

8 session Bundle with children age 12+:
Overlooking Coniston Water from the Biking route
Monday – ½ day Mountain Biking
Tuesday – Scramble and Abseil Adventure Day
Wednesday – Swallows and Amazons Canoeing day
Thursday – ½ day Climbing
Friday – ½ day Archery and ½ day Gorge Walk

"We just wanted to write to say thank you all so much for a fantastic week of activities; we have all come away having had a wonderful time on each of the different adventures you organised.
Each of the 3 leaders we met (Will, Emma and Johan) were great, taking the time to talk with each of the people on the event and getting to know us all individually so you could cater for us (both in terms of physical food - hot chocolate or not - and level of difficulty) as appropriate. It was all much appreciated and added to our enjoyment!"

 Of course, these are just examples, and you can do as few or as many activities as you feel will give the right balance to your family.  

If you're not sure what will work, we're happy to chat options over if you need advice. Just get in touch with us at or on 015935 28666.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Family Bundle pt1 - Holiday Fun!

It may only be January, but it's never too early to start thinking about what you're going to do with the kids during the holiday's.


Over the years, the stay-cation has become the norm for families looking for great fun without great expense or travel hassle. Admittedly we don't have the most reliable summer weather, but the Lake District is known throughout the world as an area of outstanding natural beauty. So why not make the most of what's on your doorstep and have an amazing activity holiday at home this year?


Now, I realise that for some the travel time means you could almost get to Florida within the time it takes to drive here, but who really needs soaring temperatures, white beaches, pina-colada's and a talking mouse to have fun? Nahh! Sounds boooooring. Get that car packed - without worrying about baggage allowance penalties!

"Ok, Florida is out and the Lakes are in. Woohoo! What are the options?" 

Our Family Bundle is available throughout the various school holdays, and is an ever popular option. Whether you are a small family looking for fun with others, or a larger group looking for activities that will suit everyone from your 6yr old, to Grandma, we've got something for you.

Gorge walking is not just for the young ones!

Your Family Bundle can be booked with us whether you choose to stay in our family friendly bunkhouse, or your own preferred location - lots of ideas can be found on our websites accommodation page. For the least travelling during the week we recommend staying in or near Coniston, but anywhere in the South Lakes is within a 30 minute drive of our venues.
And in our usual fashion, we've made sure it's as simple as possible to get booked in with us.

You can do up to two activities a day and you can decide exactly which activities you wish to do before or after you’ve made the booking; we are happy to advise good options. We can then arrange your activity itinerary for you using our expert knowledge of the locations and activities. We will also put you with other families with children of a similar age where possible.

"But we have an adrenaline junkie teenager and an 8 year old who needs a confidence boost. How do we keep them both happy?"
We've thought of that too. Within the bundle package you can split the family for some activities so that the older ones can do some more adventurous stuff, and you can also book a different number of sessions for different members of the family e.g. 3 people at 6 sessions and 2 people at 4 sessions.

As always we will try to be a flexible as possible in order to bring you the best experience.

All important hot-choc stop on our Gorge Walking Adventure Day

And of course, it's not just activities we offer these days. We also have our very own bunkhouse accommodation for families to stay in that can be added to the bundle.
Lowick School Bunkhouse

Lowick School Bunkhouse is set in the beautiful rural setting of Lowick which is only 9 miles from Coniston and 6 miles from Ulverston. It has 20 beds in 3 rooms (2 x 8 + 1 x 4) plus a lounge with table football & wood-burning stove, kitchen dining room, great views of the mountains, an outdoor area with campfire and more!

It is a fantastic location for walking, biking and watersports.  Grizedale forest and the Coniston Mountains are really near and there are some great walks either from the door or within 10mins drive.  Coniston Water, where we provide our lake based activities is also only 10mins away.

Families can book a 4 night stay with 2 activities from as little as £464 for 2 adults and 2 children! 
"This all looks amazing! How do we book?"
It's simple. All you need to do is follow these steps:
  1. Book accommodation
  2. Decide how many activity sessions you would like to do during your stay
  3. Book in with us with your dates, no. of people and no. of sessions. You can tell us the activities you want to do as well, if you have decided.  To book we require a 25% deposit by cheque or card, plus contact details. You can book over the phone,via our websites secure online booking system, or we can send you a form.
  4. Then around 6 weeks/a month in advance we will finalise which activities you want to do, which days of the week etc.
  5. The balance is then due 2 weeks in advance.

If you would like more information or to get a specific quote for your Family Bundle, please call us on 015395 28666, or email