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What You Need to Know About Raising Your Child in Cumbria

Whether you’re an expecting parent or you have a big family, if you’re thinking about moving to an area in which you can raise your children around culture, history, green spaces, and fun activities, then Cumbria is a great place to settle down in.

An official study, conducted by the Office of National Statistics, showcases that Barrow-in-Furness is the second happiest area to live in Cumbria alongside Copeland, with an index of 7.7 out of 10.

Cumbria has an active plan set in place between 2016-2019 to provide all resident children with the best possible start in their lives. From children’s physical and mental well-being to their safety and access to education to prevent poverty, Cumbria wants all children to meet their full potential. And what better place to live in than one dedicated to the future generation?

Alongside a wide range of schools and transportation for residents of all ages, Cumbria has many fun activity centres and historic buildings to provide both an educational and fun day out. From the first moment you become a parent until your children are all grown up, there is plenty to do in Cumbria.

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Schools in Cumbria

With a long list of schools in Cumbria, you are sure to find primary, secondary, and academy schools, as well as nurseries, special schools, and many other educational facilities that can meet your children’s requirements. You can find a wide range of school data about every region in Cumbria on the county’s website.

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Transportation in Cumbria

Cumbria offers a wide range of public transportation options that you can take advantage of to reach the rest of the UK. From buses to rail and ferries, you will always feel connected regardless of which area of Cumbria you decide to live in. Cumbria also offers a range of schools and post-16 transport to ensure that children have proper transportation during school. In addition, there are active travel initiatives to promote the use of sustainable transportation with young people, which includes walking and cycling.

You can easily plan your journey to places such as The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere. From Barrow-in-Furness, for example, a bus ride on Bus 6 with three minutes of walking would get you to The World of Beatrix Potter in approximately one hour and seven minutes. From Ulverston, a simple 40-minute ride on Bus 6 would get you there.

The Lake District is also in a central location in Cumbria, providing approximately 912 square miles of stunning landscapes and beautiful, historic buildings that will provide hours of entertainment and education for the entire family. You could reach the Lake District from Barrow-in-Furness in approximately two to three hours by taking a couple of buses, such as Bus 6 and Bus 559. From Ulverston, you could take between one to two hours by taking Buses 6 and 555, for example.

What to See and Do in Cumbria

There are also plenty of activity centres and beautiful spaces for you to visit with your children. From the Lakeland Miniature Village in Grange-over-Sands, the Lakes Aquarium in Ulverston, and Dalton Leisure Centre in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria has much to see and explore.

Whether you’re expecting your first baby, or your family has a few little ones already, you’re sure to find entertaining activities that the entire family will enjoy.

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Go Ape, Cumbria

Providing endless fun for little ones over one metre tall, or 3’3”, and for adults who are also sure to love an active day outside, Go Ape has several locations with fun-filled activities.

Junior courses involve trailblazing, obstacles, canopy exploring, zip wires, and more. Schools and parties are also welcome, which ensures that your children have fun days out with their friends through school.

Their locations in Grizedale and Whinlatter provide two amazing sites in Cumbria for you to visit.

Ford Park, Ulverston

Ford Park in Ulverston is comprised of nine acres of green space, including gardens, woodland, fields, and Grade II listed buildings.

With a natural playground, an entry-level orienteering course, a nature trail, and a butterfly mound, you and your family will have plenty of stunning, green scenery to enjoy. The local café also provides a resting stop for tired little ones to enjoy a spot of lunch.

Fuzzy Eds Funhouse at the Owl and Pussycat (Barrow-in-Furness)

Having both an indoor and an outdoor playground for children up to 12 years old, Fuzzy Eds Funhouse at the Owl and Pussycat serves delicious food and drink alongside a fantastic child-safe amusement area.

The restaurant also has the Fuzzoids, which are a group of fuzzy monsters who come from the plant Fuzz and provide hours of entertainment for the children. With a baby area for children aged 0-4 years old and another area for children aged 5-12 years old, both you and your kids will love to relax and have fun at Fuzzy’s.

 

The Park Leisure Centre, Barrow-in-Furness

Perfect for both adults and children alike, The Park Leisure Centre combines fun and health with activities for babies to teens and with fitness and gym sections for adults. You can enjoy a state-of-the-art space dedicated to fitness while your children bounce in the PlayMax, visit the Pirate Cove Splash Zone, and stay healthy at the Club Max Gym.

 

Wray Castle, Ambleside

Located partly on the shoreline of Windermere Lake, Wray Castle has belonged to the National Trust since 1929. This Victorian neo-gothic castle was built in 1840 for James Dawson, a retired surgeon from Liverpool.

In 1905, Beatrix Potter bought a small farm in the Claife area where the castle is located, Hill Top, with the royalties from her first book The Tales of Peter Rabbit. Her connection with the castle started in 1882 when she was 16 and stayed on the premises on a family holiday.

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