With beautiful green scenery, lots of family activities to do and being only a short stop away from the Lake District park, Barrow is definitely one of England’s hidden treasures. If you’re looking to take your family somewhere new, or perhaps live locally to Barrow-in-Furness and are planning a weekend outing, then read on to find out what the best activities for families in Barrow are.
The Dock Museum, without a doubt, is a must-see attraction if you’re visiting Barrow. Not only is it free admission for all ages, but it has lots to do for families! With exciting galleries showcasing the history of the town, quizzes (with prizes too) for children and all of the necessary facilities – a visit to The Dock Museum is great for families with children of all ages.
Provided the weather is good, the kids can also let loose on the sea themed playground outside. Being located on the coast, you can also take a 30 minute walk along the Walney Channel and take advantage of the beaches on sunnier days!
Boasting 45 acres of land, the award winning Barrow Park is another favourite for family outings in Barrow. On weather-permitting days, a trip to Barrow is great as you can take the whole family (and the dog) for a short walk in the picturesque park.
While Barrow Park is renowned for its breathtaking views and peaceful atmosphere, there are also often events running, from Junior Parkruns to Model Railway Children’s Rides. There’s something to do for everyone in the family at Barrow Park.
For a more unique family activity, then a trip to Piel Island is a must whether you’re a tourist or not. Piel Island is located in Morecambe Bay, on the tip of the Furness Peninsula in Cumbria. With a population of 10 people, a guided walk to Piel Island will leave you astonished at the hidden treasures of Piel Island, its picturesque scenery and wildlife.
Piel Island is only accessible by a small ferry from Roa Island, but once you’re there you can visit the castle or even go camping with the family. There is also a pub on the small island when you’re in need of some refreshments and food!
Home to over 1,000 of the rarest and most endangered species on the planet, South Lakes Safari Zoo is a fun yet educational day out for all of the family. The animals are in unique, natural environments and allow you to get as close as possible to watch the animals.
The zoo also offers pre-booked experiences for children, where they can become a keeper for the day and learn everything about the animals. With every facility needed on site, a trip to South Lakes Safari Zoo is a must for families.
The Urban Extreme, the first indoor skating park in Cumbria, is a great option to consider for the more adventure-seeking characters. You can bring along your own skateboard, scooter or even BMX to the site and let loose on the ramps. Alternatively, you can hire equipment at a cheap rate on-site for you and your kids.
Urban Extreme is especially one to consider if you want a more active outing, and is great to visit no matter the weather.
Priding themselves on being a family-friendly venue, the Forum Theatre in Barrow-in-Furness is a popular local attraction. There is always something on, from international stars to local dance groups, for families to come and see.
They also have lots of family-friendly facilities on-site – from spacious theatres accessible for pushchairs as well as a Café with lots of children’s games and tables.
Without a doubt, it is worth visiting Barrow. Voted number 1 in the UK for its National Heritage, there is always something new to learn and see in Barrow for young ones. There are also lots of activities, regardless of the weather, to do with young or older children inside or outdoors in the beautiful scenery.