Does this sound familiar - the summer holidays are here, the kids need entertaining and you have completely run out of ideas? Well panic not, we can help. Bring the whole clan to Cumbria. There are tons of places geared up for the whole family. We’ve found three fantastic attractions that will appeal to adults and kids alike and you can do them all in a day.

Start your day at Walby farm park just outside Cumbria’s only city – Carlisle. (Satnav CA6 4QL)

Obviously, as it's a farm park, you can meet and pat the friendly animals, but there is so much more to see and do. You can take a tractor ride into the heart of the farm and witness red deer close up. When we visited, they were hiding in the long grass. The cows, however, are not camera shy!

Say Hello to the Cows at Walby Farm Park

There are indoor slides for the kids or big kids without fear! Plus, there is a play area too that will really sort out all the pent-up energy from the journey.

Kids play area at Walby Farm Park

Once we’ve finished at Walby Farm Park our next stop is Birdoswald Roman Fort, at Hadrian’s Wall – a UNESCO World Heritage site. (Satnav CA8 7DD). Its only 15 miles down the road and the journey through open countryside is absolutely stunning.

The kids may have built up a hunger after all that running around so this is perfect for a lunch spot. You can enjoy a hot meal in the café or take a picnic and enjoy views of the famous wall.

The history is fascinating here. Explore the remains of a Roman frontier set on the longest, continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall. The kids can learn in an interactive way. They can dress up and battle in Roman costume or have a wander around the museum which is designed with kids in mind. They can even build their own Roman fort from Lego.

Dress as a Roman soldier

Our next stop is Lowther Castle (Satnav CA10 2HH).

Lowther Castle

This ruined castle has been taken over by nature and is now the focal point of an impressive garden. There is so much space to wander and take in the scenery and admire the views of the Eden Valley. For the kids there is the Lost Castle – an extensive outdoor play area in the shape of a castle. There are loads of levels to explore plus areas to climb and swing from!

The Lost Castle at Lowther

From Lowther Castle you are just a stone’s throw from the market town of Penrith where you will find a wealth of places to eat after an action-packed day of adventures!




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