It only seems five minutes since the school summer holidays and you’ve only just got your breath back from having to entertain them for 6 weeks and we find half-term creeping up on the horizon.

Luckily for you there is loads to entertain families in the Lake District, Cumbria this October half term so we’ve put together this handy list of some of our favourites.

Upfront Puppet Gallery Penrith
 

Family things to do in the Lake District, Cumbria this half term

Everyone loves a trip to the theatre but this is something a little different. As the name suggests the stars of the show are actually puppets. This shows are brilliantly entertaining for any age and feature scenery, costumes and music.

This half term the production is The Three Billy Pigs and is suitable for children 3 years and over. It blends two classic fairy tales – The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Head over to their website to book your tickets.
 

The Beacon Museum

Family things to do in the Lake District, Cumbria this half term

The Cumbrian Coast has a fascinating history. From Romans to Viking raiders and pirates. The area was also really important in the development of the Nuclear industry. The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven is an exciting interactive museum that allows you to soak up this fascinating history. Whilst you are there, head to the viewing gallery on the first floor for incredible views of the stunning Solway Coast.\
 

Lake District Wildlife Park

Family things to do in the Lake District, Cumbria this half term

You will not find a more beautiful location for a wildlife park with the majestic Lake District fells creating the dramatic backdrop. Here you will find over 100 species from Anaconda to Zebra, Mandrills and Meerkats to endangered species like Gibbons and Asian Fishing Cats.

If you fancy getting up-close you can book an experience to meet Meerkats, see Lemurs, go on a walk and view the Hawks or try your hand at being a keeper. Head to their website to book.
 

Lake District Coast Aquarium

Family things to do in the Lake District, Cumbria this half term

The kids will love a wander around this extensive aquarium. See up-close the collection of diverse wildlife from the Cumbrian Coast and right the way around the UK.

They also have a crazy golf course, remote controlled boats and the Shiver Me Timbers playpark.
 

Safari Zoo Dalton

Family things to do in the Lake District, Cumbria this half term

It's quite a surprise driving on the A590 towards Barrow and seeing Rhinos, Tigers, Giraffes, Lions and Bears roaming in the fields!

Safari Zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals. The Zoo actively plays a key role in breeding programmes for the most endangered species. A visit to Safari Zoo allows you to get close to these amazing animals. You can even become a keeper for the day or feed some of these beautiful creatures.
 

Lowther Castle

Family things to do in the Lake District, Cumbria this half term

The evocative ruins of Lowther Castle are set in acres of grounds and award-winning gardens. Deep within those grounds you will stumble across the Lost Castle – one of the largest adventure playgrounds in the country, designed to look like a castle. 

There are ramps and steps and a firepole and a maze of turrets, zipwires, walkways and slides. The kids will leave exhilarated and exhausted which makes for a quiet journey home!
 

Walby Farm Park

Family things to do in the Lake District, Cumbria this half term

Walby Farm Park near Carlisle is a fantastic day out for all the family. As the name suggests this place is based on the farm so you get to see the sheep, cows and even deer.

There is also a huge indoor play area equipped with giant slides. You can take a tractor ride, try a pedal go kart or reach for the stars on the trampoline.

This half term get the kids in the mood for Halloween with a spot of Pumpkin picking.
 

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Family things to do in the Lake District, Cumbria this half term

Birdoswald is a popular place to start exploring the fascinating history of Hadrian’s Wall. Alongside the River Irthing, here you will discover a Roman fort, turret and milecastle. The Birdoswald Visitor Centre is an interactive museum which the kids will love learning about the intriguing story of Birdoswald and the people who have lived there over the past 2,000 years.

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