20 ways to get fit with your family


National Fitness Day is the biggest nationwide celebration of physical activity and fitness in the UK.

Throughout Wednesday September 7, people across the country will be finding fun ways to keep fit.

Want to get involved? Here are 20 great ideas for ways to get fit with your family, brought to you by our Go Active campaign.

1. Join the Roman Army

Could you hack it in Roman Britain? Head to Birdoswald Roman Fort this summer and find out, with a variety of hands on activities from games to drills.

2. Learn to climb at Kendal Wall

Enjoy a crazy climb at Lakeland Climbing Centre, with experienced instructors helping you to tackle 12 different climbing walls.

3. Go on a Llama Trek

Get to know a friendly llama with the Llama Karma Cafe just outside Penrith. Experienced guides will give you an insight into the animal’s life as you lead them on a mini trek.

4. Visit Fell Foot Park

Sitting on the southern tip of Lake Windermere, Fell Foot Park is a great place for families to visit, with an adventure playground to tempt any daring child and an annual stone skimming competition.

5. Play crazy golf

Show off your crazy golf skills at Hope Park in Keswick, which has a fantastic pitch set in their beautiful gardens between the town and Derwentwater. You can have a go racing remote controlled boats too!

6. Go Ape

Experience an exciting forest adventure which will see you fly down zip-wires, leap off a Tarzan Swing and tackle tree top crossings.

7. Battle conkers

A long fought battle across Cumbrian playgrounds. Raid the fallen conkers at The Ings woodland by Derwent Water, Wray Castle or Little Langdale, and start your own conker league.

8. Swim in a lake

Take a swim round one of Cumbria’s many incredible lakes - Rydal Water and Crummock Water are particular favourites amongst locals.

9. Do the Sizergh Trail

The wild play trail at Sizergh will test your balance, strength, stamina and mind as you follow the path through the woods, completing puzzles and obstacles on the way.

10. Wrestle at the Egremont Crab Fair

Learn all about Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling at the Egremont Crab Fair! One of the most unique fairs in the world, you can also enjoy watching the World Gurning Championships, where competitors must pull the ugliest face to win.

11. Complete the Maize Maze

Every summer Lakeland Maze Farm Park near Kendal opens its maize maze up to the public. How fast can you make it through?

12. Go butterfly spotting

If you are looking for butterflies then look no further than Arnside Knott. In early summer the place comes alive with the most spectacular show of a fantastic range of butterflies - take a camera!

13. Build a raft

Spend a day like Bear Grylls and learn to build a raft at the YMCA Lakeside on the shores of Lake Windermere.

14. Go on a pony trek

Explore the lake district on horseback with Spoon Hall. Suitable for ages 7 and up, the experienced guides and friendly ponies will make for a memorable trip.

15. Row across Windermere

You can rent a rowboat with Windermere Lake Cruises. Explore the lake under your own steam at your own leisure - great for a sunny day.

16. Build a sandcastle

Unleash your inner architect at the sandy, award-winning Seacote beach. You can even go for a dip in the sea if it’s warm enough!

17. Embark on a Laser Quest

With locations in Carlisle and Barrow, young kids can enjoy the neon playground, while kids aged 7+ can strap on a laser gun and zap their enemies in a thrilling game of laser tag.

18. Walk around Talkin Tarn

Talkin Tarn has been popular for over 200 years, with its gentle stroll around the beautiful lake. Afterwards, you can feed the ducks, or try another flavour of Lakes Ice Cream in the onsite cafe.

19. Try a Tree-top trek

Challenge your nerve as you swing, balance and climb your way through an ancient treetop canopy, at Brockhole, near Windermere.

20. Learn to sail

Explore the Lake District just like the Swallows and Amazons, learning to sail with Glenridding Sailing Centre. Soon you’ll be a master of the water!

Go Active in Cumbria is the News and Star's campaign, encouraging people in Cumbria to get more involved in activities.

To get involved and find out more ways you can get active in Cumbria, click here and sign up to our Go Active newsletter

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