Experience Cumbria

Endless opportunities for adventure can be found in all corners of Cumbria, with more than 120 miles of stunning coastline stretching from the Scottish Borders to Morecambe Bay, a peaceful slice of the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines, and over 2000 years of history wrapped up in Hadrian’s Wall.

If you are seeking a cracking last-minute Easter escape, then Cumbria is a must-visit!

Step back in time and discover Norman knights in an ancient castle, go on a great Easter quest around historic Roman ruins, have a sleepover with a Friesian pony or connect with the spectacular landscape and celebrate the spring colour on one of the many walking and cycling trails.

Discover the top 10 ways to have a fantastic Easter escapade:

Step back in time to 1100 with a Norman re-enactment at Appleby Castle

16 – 17 April

Appleby Castle
Witness history first-hand as a Norman re-enactment descends on the historic Appleby Castle for Easter weekend. Discover how knights were armed, learn about their brutal conquests, and enjoy medieval music, archery, sword fighting and traditional cookery as the encampment comes alive.

Embark on a legendary Easter quest around a historic Roman Fort
2 April – 24 April

Easter at Birdoswald

As part of Hadrian’s Wall 1900 celebrations: Intrepid explorers can search for hidden dragon eggs around the ancient ruins of Birdoswald Roman Fort and take part in traditional Easter games like egg rolling and the egg and spoon race.
Quest costs £1.50 in addition to the entry admission fee.


Have a sleepover with a Friesian Horse

Stable Stays

As seen on Jack Whitehall’s Travels with my Father – Spend the night in a unique self-catering stable shared with your new stablemates, a beautiful Friesian Horse and a cute miniature Shetland Pony. Relax in your bunk and feed your new sleepover pal some tasty Easter treats such as carrots and polos, or have a pamper session with the luxury grooming kit. £300 per night.


Celebrate Holi and welcome Spring at Barrow’s Festival of Colour
2 April 2022, 10am – 5pm

Festival of colour

The brand-new ‘Festival of Colour’ will light up the Cumbrian coastal town of Barrow, celebrating Holi with an explosion of South Asian inspired dance, music and food, plus the famous Holi colour-powder throwing event. The festival brings local communities and national artists together, including Preston Mela and SAMPAD.


Have a family Easter Egg Hunt at a haunted Castle
15 – 18 April 2022

Muncaster Castle

Celebrate Easter at the historic and haunted Muncaster Castle, a jewel in Cumbria’s Western Lake District. Chocolate lovers can take part in the Big Easter Egg Hunt taking place at 3pm each day or tour the gardens and castle along the special Easter Trail. Discover new life as the 77-acres of beautiful wild gardens come into bloom or unleash your creative side with free land art activities taking place all weekend.


Go riverside glamping in a Yurt

Glamping yurt

Get back to nature and spend Easter weekend glamping in a private yurt, located in the tranquil riverside woodland at The Black Swan, near Ravenstonedale. Relax in the evenings at The Black Swan’s two Rosette restaurant before settling in for the night under the glow of the stars. Yurts sleep 2-4 people, starting at £125 per night.


Enjoy fresh spring colour and a brand-new exhibition at Sizergh Castle
Guided walk: 27 April, 10.30 – 12.30
Exhibition open Wednesday – Sunday, 12.30 – 3.30pm

Sizergh Castle & Gardens

The medieval manor of Sizergh Castle, located near Kendal, is famed for its extraordinary 647-hectare woodland estate. Step into spring and view vibrant flora on a guided walk around the woodland. Then head back to the main House for a brand-new exhibition in the Tower Basement, with never seen before artefacts.
Exhibition entry is free for National Trust members, or £13 for adults/£6.50 for children. 


Meet the real Easter Bunny at Walby Farm Park
2 – 19 April

Walby Farm Park

The award-winning Walby Farm Park, near Carlisle, is celebrating Easter with a special guest appearance of none other than the Easter Bunny. In addition to the farm’s usual great attractions, visitors can meet the new baby lambs, while chocolate-seekers can enjoy the daily Easter egg hunts or head over to the chocolatiers kitchen to create their own treat to take home.


Make tracks to Ravenglass for a nostalgic family day out

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Reconnect with family on a nostalgic steam-train journey onboard the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, which traverses from the coastal town of Ravenglass to the foot of England’s highest mountains at Dalegarth station. This Easter, the Railway is celebrating with an ‘Easter Line Quiz’, where families can hunt for hidden clues along the journey to claim their chocolate prize. Prebooking is recommended.


Indulge in local Cumbrian produce in the birthplace of a comedy legend
Saturday 16 April, 10am – 4pm

Laurel & Hardy Museum

Unwind with a little retail therapy at the bumper Coro Easter Market in Stan Laurel’s birthplace of Ulverston and pick up the finest ethically and locally sourced products that Cumbria has to offer. Indulge in delicious local Cumbrian produce and browse stunning creations such as hand-crafted ceramics, pottery, and woodwork. Free entry.


Looking for somewhere to stay?

Cumbria is the perfect place to reconnect with family and friends. Why not get the whole family together under one roof in a scenic B&B or cosy cottage? Shake off those winter blues and get back to nature at one of our unique glamping sites or indulge in some much needed pampering at a luxury spa hotel. Find your perfect place to stay here.

Lowther Castle

Looking for even more ways to experience Cumbria? Plan ahead and book one of our fantastic events happening across the county, from music festivals to delicious food festivals and everything in between!

Enjoy the vibrant spring colours at Lowther Castle, with 130 acres of romantic and ancient gardens that are just waiting to be explored. Kids will love learning about bees, honey, and hives as they follow the Easter Bee Trail through the gardens and work out clues along the way. The Easter Trail takes place from 2 – 17 April, and families must complete each clue to receive a buzzy Easter prize.

Head to the windswept shores of Cumbria’s West Coast and discover the magnificent Muncaster Castle at dusk on their exciting new wildlife safari. Venture into the rambling Muncaster Gardens and search for nocturnal wildlife such as wild deer, badgers, herons and owls, explore the native flora collections, and warm up around the campfire.

Or rock out at the Carlisle Country Music Festival, an exciting new 3-day festival that will bring Nashville sounds to the city of Carlisle, with the UK’s top country-music artists.


The Marmalade Festival at Dalemain

No visit to Cumbria is complete without indulging in our award-winning food scene. Discover fine Cumbrian produce and hand-made creations at Sedbergh’s monthly Artisan Market or head to Taste Cumbria Wigton for a busy food festival packed with cooking demonstrations, ‘Cake Off’s’, fairground rides and a delicious producer’s market.

Delight in the flavours of the world at the Carlisle International Easter Market, with a huge mix of authentic international food stalls, including global treats, street food and delicious deli items, plus unique art and crafts stalls.

Don’t miss Dalemain’s world-famous Original Marmalade Festival, one of Cumbria’s best and most quirky food festivals that celebrates the quintessential British custom of making marmalade, held at the stately Dalemain Mansion, near Penrith.


Cycling in Cumbria

Emerge from winter hibernation with a scenic spring cycle

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the crisp spring air and Cumbria’s beautiful landscape on two wheels, from exhilarating long-distance rides such as the Sea to Sea (C2C) or the brilliant 81-mile Bay Cycle Way that wraps around Morecambe Bay with stunning sea, sand and mountain views. If you are looking for a more gentle route, why not try the newly completed cycle path between Silloth and Allonby, taking in the beautiful Solway Coast?


Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival

Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival

Walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and celebrate the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall, with an incredible year-long festival of events taking place along the wall.

Experience live outdoor theatre and art installations, enjoy family-friendly activities and walk through a city of light in Carlisle. There are hundreds of ways to mark the impressive milestone of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit notable sites including Senhouse Roman MuseumBirdoswald Roman Fort and Lanercost Priory. Explore the fascinating stories of the Roman Empire during Hadrian’s reign at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, with two new exhibitions; To the Edges of Empire and Uncovering Roman Carlisle, which feature fantastic collections of important Roman objects.

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