boy and dog in fells above lake district

May Half Term Holidays in the Lake District

May half term the perfect time of year to enjoy a family camping, glamping or caravan holiday in the Lake District.

Park Cliffe Camping and Caravan Park is set in an idyllic location overlooking Windermere. May half term is, in our opinion, one of the best times of year to enjoy a family holiday in the Lake District. The weather is mild, The Lakes are carpeted with flowers and attractions are open – without the crowds of summer.

family holiday breakfast at lake district

Family May Half Term Holidays in the Lake District

The May half term is an ideal time to enjoy a family holiday in the Lake District.

We have a range of children’s play facilities on-site, including an extensive adventure playground, and indoor facilities like air hockey, table football, table tennis and a selection of games machines.

Out and about, there’s plenty of things to do for children in the Lake District. We highly recommend a visit to the Grizedale Forest and Visitor Centre. Deep in the forest past Windermere you’ll find a range of outdoor activities for the family. Navigate through woodland terrain on a Segway Trek or face your fears on the Tree Top Adventure. You could also bring your own mountain bikes to explore the forest or simply enjoy a relaxing walk around the many woodland trails here.

Days out with Toddlers and Younger Children

For those with younger children, we recommend visiting Lakeland Maze Farm Park, which is also situated nice and close to Park Cliffe. Here, you can have fun exploring the Maize Maze and allow your children get up close with various farm animals, such as sheep, alpacas, donkeys, rabbits and goats. Some of which can be fed and handled in the petting zoo!

Check out our things to do planner, which offers a host of brilliant local activities to help plan your next family day out in the Lake District.

family friendly activities

Spectacular Lakeland scenery

The Lake District boasts some of the most spectacular views in the UK. Situated in Windemere-on-Bowness, Park Cliffe is ideally positioned to discover natural beauty spots whichever direction you decide to explore beyond our caravan park.

We are extremely lucky to be located just a stone’s throw from Lake Windermere – Britain’s largest lake and one of the regions’ crown jewels. Here, you can witness some of the best views in Cumbria. To the North you’ll see the central fells, and the wooded shoreline to the South. Lake Windermere is a very popular beauty spot with our guests, who frequently visit to enjoy a range of activities like watersports, bike rides, hikes and wildlife watching here.

Whether you’d prefer to enjoy the stunning Cumbrian scenery from a Paddleboard on Britain’s largest lake, or from a higher altitude via the West Shore Walk, you’re be sure to fall in love with the dramatic views of the area during a visit in may half term.

Pictured: Windermere Jetty

Lake District Lake Windermere Jetty

Animals and Wildlife

With temperatures rising, bluebells carpeting the woodland floors and flowers blooming across the Lakes in May, you’ll be able to look out for an array of animals and wildlife when visiting.

The Lake District is home to the largest population of Red Squirrels in the UK, which are frequently found at Dodd Wood, Ennerdale Woodland and Whinlatter Forest!

If you are visiting the Lake District in May half term, you’ll have the chance to see the latest generation of Herdwick sheep, before they are taken up up the fells in the latter part of the year. Herdwick Sheep have made the Lake District their home for hundreds of years.

Other rare species that can be found in May include the Otter, Red and Roe Deer, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey and Kingfishers.

red squirrel
Wildlife Watching Holidays in the Lake District

The Lake District is very popular with wildlife watching enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

There are a number of wildlife experiences in the Lake District, which are nearby to Park Cliffe. After trying to catch a glimpse of a rare species, either in a hide or on a hike, you’ll find the perfect base to return to at Park Cliffe. Our comfy accommodation and plentiful facilities will ensure you have a comfy stay and everything you need to recharge your body, before heading back out to discover more wildlife the following day.

We particularly recommend John Temple’s Cumbria, who offer wildlife tours between Crummock Water and Bassenthwaite; and Predator Experience, who have a more unique offering of encountering Wolves and Red Foxes. However, there are a host of brilliant providers in the area that provide fantastic wildlife experiences in Cumbria.

Learn more about wildlife watching in the Lake District.

Windermere holiday park

Park Cliffe is the perfect base from which to explore the local area, during a May half term holiday in the Lake District. After a busy day exploring the vast local area and working up an appetite, you’ll find the perfect place to rest and recuperate at Park Cliffe Camping and Caravan Park.

Choose to stay in our camping pods, static caravans, shepherd hut or bring your tent or tourer to Park Cliffe. Our range of accommodation ensures you’ll find your perfect way to stay at our caravan park in the Lake District.

With the temperatures rising in May, you’ll love spending the evening enjoying a drink or dining al fresco as the sun sets in you private accommodation. All of our static caravans come with an enclosed decking area with a picnic bench, and our glamping accommodation also have decking areas.

Park Cliffe Bar Lake District

The Fellside Bar is the perfect place to relax after a long day exploring the Lake District. We also serve breakfast here – so make sure you enjoy some much needed morning nourishment before heading out for the day! (seasonal hours apply)

We also have an on-site licensed shop that sells groceries and camping and caravanning paraphernalia.

Finally, we have modern shower facilities at park Cliffe. The shower block boasts underfloor heating, free hot water, hand dryers and a ladies’ vanity area.

There really is everything you need to enjoy a May half term holiday in the Lake District.

Dog-friendly holidays in the Lake District

Planning a trip away in May but aren’t sure what to do with your dog? Bring them!

A staycation in the Lake District is a great way of holidaying with your pet- and we love dogs at Park Cliffe.

We are proud to be regarded as one of the best dog friendly holiday parks in the Lake District. We allows dogs in a number of our wooden glamping pods, pet-friendly static caravans and all of our camping, touring and motorhome pitches.

Dog Friendly Camping Lake District

We hope we’ve inspired you to book a May half term holiday in the Lake District this year. With family activities, stunning beauty spots and rare animal species in bucket loads, you’ll regret booking a staycation anywhere else.

Find out see why we’re regarded as one of the best holiday parks in the Lake District.

Book your May half term stay at Park Cliffe Camping & Caravan Park today!


aerial view park cliffe