It only seems five minutes since Christmas, but the half term holiday is already upon us! If you’re visiting with your kids, we’ve got plenty to entertain you - from animal farms and zoos, to museums and playgrounds! Here are a few of our top picks for family friendly activities in the Lake District, Cumbria this half term.

Half term in hte Lake District, Cumbria

See what’s on in Barrow in Furness

Head to Barrow-in-Furness to discover a rich history and heritage, with plenty for families to enjoy. A coastal walk along the beach is a great way for kids to blow off some steam, followed by a visit to the Dock Museum for free entry and a fascinating look at the area’s heritage. 

Animal lovers will enjoy a trip to the Safari Zoo, which is home to animals like rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions. You can even become a keeper for the day, or feed some of these amazing animals! Plus, if you book online, you can enjoy half price tickets this half term. 

Hadrian's Wall

Discover Carlisle & Hadrian’s Wall

The city of Carlisle is a brilliant place to stay, with great places to eat, drink, and explore. Nearby, a number of family friendly attractions await.

Walby Farm Park is a great day out for all the family. See sheep, cows and deer - the park’s “Lambing Live” events take place during the February half term, offering the chance to learn more about lambing season. There’s also a huge indoor play area to enjoy…great for wet weather days!

2022 sees Hadrian’s Wall turn 1900 years old, and there are plenty of events taking place across the wall for all to enjoy at the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival. Explore Roman forts like Birdoswald, which is a great place to start exploring the fascinating history of the Wall. Its Visitor Centre includes an interactive museum, where kids will love learning about the Romans who once lived here. 

Dark Skies in the Lake District, Cumbria

The Cumbria Dark Skies Festival 

This half term, the Dark Skies Festival returns to the Lake District, Cumbria, offering a chance to explore the heavens. There are plenty of family-friendly star gazing events taking place throughout the festival, from fun photography workshops to night time walks. Children will love learning about the stars of the night sky - check out the full programme of events here, and be sure to book ahead to avoid missing out.

The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven

Explore the Coast 

From Romans to Viking raiders and pirates, the Cumbrian Coast has a fascinating history, with plenty of tales to tell. Discover some of them at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven: an interactive museum packed with fascinating exhibitions, and a viewing gallery offering incredible views of the stunning Solway Coast. 

Further up the coast, the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport is a must for its fascinating collection of diverse wildlife from around the Cumbrian coast and across the UK. There’s also a crazy golf course, remote controlled boats and the 'Shiver Me Timbers' play park.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

On the western coast, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is a great choice for family fun. One of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, kids will love travelling on the traditional steam train, as the stunning landscapes of the Lake District, Cumbria, pass by. This half term, kids go free when they bring their best teddy bears too!

Lowther Castle

Visit a Castle

Pretend to be royalty at one of our impressive castles. On the west coast, Muncaster Castle is a beautiful castle and gardens, with a hawk and owl centre open on weekends during February.

Near Penrith, the impressive ruins of Lowther Castle are set amidst acres of grounds and award-winning gardens. Deep within the grounds, discover the Lost Castle adventure playground: one of the largest in the country, with a maze of turrets, zipwires, walkways and slides. 

Eden Valley

Explore the Eden Valley

In the north-east, the Eden Valley and North Pennines are a stunning place to visit, packed with charming towns and villages; and an abundance of great family-friendly activities! Appleby -in-Westmorland is packed with history, while Alston is said to be the highest market town in England!

Head to Kirkby Stephen to discover a market town with a difference: look up, and you just might see some colourful, free flying macaws! There’s also a bustling cafe scene and a strong visual arts scene, not to mention the stunning landscapes which surround the town - great for family walks on dry days.

Are you planning to visit us this half term? Book your activities ahead to avoid missing out. We hope you have a wonderful time!




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