As a parent, you’re always looking for fun and enriching experiences to challenge and entertain your children.
While there are a plethora of fun activities to try in summer, from camping to snorkelling, coming up with practical but engaging activities to try in autumn and winter can be a challenge.
This is why we have created a month-by-month activity guide so you always have the perfect activity in mind to try with your children no matter the weather.
As the start of the new year, January is the perfect time to embrace your inner dare-devil and try something new. While the weather might be on the frostier side, there are always exciting activities to try with your family. Here are our suggestions for a jam-packed January:
Climb the mine
An adrenaline-filled adventure deep inside the heart of a Lake District mountain, Climb the Mine is the only one of its type in England.
For children aged 8+, this activity takes you on a journey through the original underground mine workings to explore a secret world of hidden passages and magnificent cathedral-sized caverns where miners used to extract rock for roofing slates.
Complete with vertical climbs, rope-bridge crossings, steel ladder ascents, run-away zip line and Tarzan swing, this all-weather activity takes around 2.5 hours for £55 a person. Book your Climb the Mine activity today at Honister Slate!
February can be a difficult month to think of fun and exciting activities that don’t involve standing in the bitter cold for hours on end. Don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying engaging activities with your children – here are our suggestions for a fun February:
What better activity to try when it’s cold outside than laser tag! Laser tag is a great activity to get the whole family involved and promotes physical activity without needing to go out into the cold! Not only this but it teaches them some integral life skills and they won’t even know it’s happening.
Laser tag involves socialising, teamwork and communication skills so it’s the perfect activity to develop your children’s development while bonding with the family.
Whether you’re 6 or 60, try laser tag at Lakes Laser Tag in the Lake District for a super-fun February.
While the end of winter is in sight, March is often still slightly too chilly to engage in outdoor activities. Discover our ideas for a magical March:
Indoor climbing wall
There are so many benefits of indoor climbing walls for children. Not only can conquering a fear skyrocket your child’s confidence, but climbing can also improve coordination, awareness and problem-solving skills.
Try the indoor climbing wall at Kong Adventure for the perfect family day out.
Whether you’re breaking out of jail, escaping a lair, or being tasked with recovering a priceless stolen artefact, escape rooms feature interesting plots to keep you occupied.
The best part about an escape room experience is the thrill of solving puzzles as a team and finding your way out together.
If you have kids, escape rooms are an excellent excursion as they deliver valuable lessons in teamwork packaged in thrilling missions in a safe environment.
Cliff Hanger Rooms has a range of exciting missions to complete in their escape rooms and outdoor games.
As the sun is creeping in and the evenings are getting lighter, now is the perfect time to make the most of the brighter weather and indulge in some extraordinary experiences.
Here are our suggestions for an action-packed April:
Discover the picturesque views of the Lake District National Park with canyoning by abseiling down sheer faces and scrambling over rocks along the way in this magnificent mountainous landscape.
Ideal for anyone over the age of 10, this thrill-seeker experience is a great bonding experience to connect with family, engage in physical activity and explore the beautiful sights that the Lake District has to offer.
Canyoning is offered at Honister Slate and lasts approximately four hours.
Who doesn’t love a family evening of bowling – nibbling on pizza in between celebrating strikes and spares. Bowling is the perfect treat to get your family up and active while having fun.
There are lots of bowling alleys up and down the UK, so you are sure to find one near you.
Now in the peak of Spring, May is the perfect month to spring into action and try a new, daring experience.
Home to crisp mornings and gorgeous, golden, sunny days, May is the ideal time to admire picturesque views while enjoying an action-packed activity.
Here are our suggestions for a magnificent May:
Named so because you often can’t see the other side, edge your way across a gorge 1,000 feet above sea level on our infinity bridge, set in a spectacular industrial landscape.
If you’re looking to get your heart racing, push your boundaries or just have fun, the Infinity Bridge is the perfect choice.
For ages 8 years and up, discover the unique views of Honister pass and the hidden gems of the Lake District with the thrilling Infinity Bridge.
June is the start of the summer and the time to try some outdoor activities while soaking up the sun and reconnecting with nature.
Discover our exciting suggestions for a joyful June:
Via Ferrata Classic
Via Ferrata Classic is the original Award Winning experience suitable for most ages and abilities.
Using the original Miners’ track up the steep outer incline of Fleetwith Pike, the addition of a continuous cable made climbing this magnificent Lake District Mountain achievable and safe for everyone.
This breathtaking experience is an adrenaline rush with the essence of natural beauty.
For children aged 10 years+, this family-friendly, safe Via Ferrata Classic is available at Honister Slate for just £45 per person.
Continue the family fun with our exciting suggestions for a jolly June:
Get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience and test your head for heights.
Cross the famous Infinity bridge to get to your cliff camping adventure. Abseil down the side of the crag to approach your cosy corner for the evening.
This activity is not for the faint-hearted – you will spend the evening suspended 500ft above Honister pass dangling from Fleetwith pike in a luxury snug sleeping bag under the stars.
Wake up to one of the most impressive sunrises in the world followed by a delicious Borrowdale bacon buttie to finish this unique experience.
Cliff camping is available at Honister Slate for £500 for two people.
From beach days out to adrenaline-packed climbs, there are lots of activities to try in August. Here are just a few of our ideas for an adventurous August:
For adrenaline-junkies ages 10 years and up, the adrenaline pass is the gift that keeps on giving.
Start by crossing the famous INFINITY BRIDGE, 1000ft above the valley floor, tiptoe your way over the longest high wire bridge in Europe and finish with a tour deep into the mountain.
The Adrenaline Pass is available for £100 at Honister Slate.
While the temperature might be cooling down, the action-packed activities don’t have to stop. Here are our suggestions for a super September.
While September is the time for settling back into School, there are still lots of ways to keep your children engaged and amused on the weekends.
Why not try crazy golf? Crazy golf is a great last-minute activity which keeps your children moving and having fun. There are lots of crazy golf centres up and down the UK so you are sure to find one near you.
From trick-or-treating to pumpkin carving, October is rife with fun family activities to get your children engaged and enhance their social skills. Discover our ideas for an overjoyed October:
Pumpkin carving is the perfect spooky activity to try with your children in October. Not only does it help to improve concentration and ignite creativity, but it is also inexpensive and super fun!
Nurture your children this November with some educational, enriching activities:
What better way to teach your children about the wonders of the world than by taking them on a mine tour!
Try the exciting Mine Tours at Honister Slate to learn about the 450-million-year-old volcanic green slate and how it has been mined through the ages.
To wrap up a year of conquering fears and exploring new locations, try our December activities to push yourself one last time before the new year.
Via Ferrata Xtreme
Similar to the Via Ferrata activity but with added adrenaline, the Via Ferrata Xtreme boasts mountain edge exposure, vertical ladder climbs, overhang descent, a Burma bridge and a sky ladder to finish.
For children aged 10 years and over, the Via Ferrata Xtreme is available at Honister Slate for just £60 per person.
Honister Slate: Fun family activities and family days out
If you are looking for high adrenaline activities with breathtaking views for the whole family, then look no further than Honister Slate.
We offer a range of family adventure days like the ones listed above, so get in touch with a member of our friendly team here today for more information on our once-in-lifetime family experiences.