Visiting the Lake District this half term with the kids? Check out our top ten list of things to do. These are all family friendly events and activities that will keep your little ones amused and occupied, and will hopefully wear them out by the end of the day.

1. Explore The Magical Station Gardens – Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

There is a fairy invasion taking place in the Lake District this half term, and the narrow gauge railway at Ravenglass has been targeted by the mischievous imps. Ravenglass and Dalegarth stations have been taken over by fairies, pixies and elves, transforming them into a magical wonderland. Children who dress up as fairies or pixies will get a free ride on the train when accompanied by a fee paying adult.

 

2. Away with the Fairies – Lowther Castle

Lowther Castle

Lowther Castle

On the other side of the Lake District, at Lowther Castle, near Penrith, the fairies continue their mischief, leaving mysterious clues to follow and trails to explore in the stunning castle grounds. Story-tellers will spin magical tales, and then your children can continue their adventure in the Lost Castle, a huge adventure playground.

 

3. Fairy & Dragon World – Hayes Garden World

Garden Fairies

The huge garden centre at Ambleside has been transformed into a mythical land where fairies and dragons roam. Children will have to complete a quest with various activities along the way, including racing dragon eggs and feeding a unicorn. This is a ticketed event that costs £10 for children and £2 for adults, and children will receive snacks, drinks and a gift bag. Advanced booking is essential.

 

4. Hire A Boat & Explore Derwent Water’s Islands

Derwent Water Boats

Boats for hire at Derwent Water

Arthur Ransome took a lot of inspiration from the Lake District when creating his Swallows and Amazons series of children’s novels. You can have your own Swallows and Amazon’s adventure on Derwent Water, where you can hire a boat and explore the four islands of the lake, with prices starting at just £8. Make sure you pack a picnic, and keep an eye out for the local wildlife.

 

5. Freely Explore A Mock-Gothic Castle – Wray Castle

Wray Castle

Wray Castle (acceleratorhams / Bigstockphoto.com)

Wray Castle, on the shores of Lake Windermere, is not your typical National Trust property, lacking in displays of antique furniture and art. Instead, the rooms have been stripped back and are filled with things for children to do, such as costumes for dressing up, craft items, and a soft play area. This is a very popular attraction for families with young children, who relish the opportunity to delve into a historical building without the usual stuffiness. Outside there are extensive gardens to explore, including a natural play trail.

 

6. Family Fun at the Rheged Centre – Penrith

Archery

Archery is one of the many activities available at the Rheged Centre

If the weather isn’t favourable then the Rheged Centre is a great alternative to the lakes and fells, especially if you have children to entertain. This half-term, children visiting the Rheged Centre can learn to climb on a climbing wall, attend a pottery painting workshop, follow clues to find a dragon, attend an archery or bushcraft course, make a kite, or join the spy academy! This is in addition to regular activities that include the soft play centre, the Lego wall, and the cinema. Some activities require advanced booking.

 

7. Sample the Delights at Taste Cumbria, Ulverston

Food Market

Cumbria’s popular food festival is coming to Ulverston over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. There will be around 60 local producers offering their goods, with cakes, cheeses, bread, chutneys, and more on offer to try and buy. This is a family friendly event, with activities for children to complete, as well as sweet treats to try.

 

8. Visit the Adventure Playground at Fell Foot – Lake Windermere

View of Lake Windermere from Gummers How

View of Lake Windermere from Gummers How

Fell Foot, on the southern shore of Windermere, is a large park owned and maintained by the National Trust. There is plenty to see and do here, so you can pack a picnic and enjoy an entire day exploring the grounds. There is an adventure playground for children, plus some large lawns where you can play a ball game. There’s an educational tree trail, and you can hire rowing boats to use on the lake.

 

9. Take Part in the Frivolity at Muncaster Castle Festival

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

Just outside of Ravenglass, Muncaster Castle is holding its annual festival that celebrates all things quaint and quirky. There is a jester’s tournament, where performers vie to become the Fool of Muncaster 2017. There’s a circus show, ukulele workshops, archery workshops, carving and sculpture displays, bouncy castles, and plenty of food and drink stalls to keep you refreshed. Book your tickets online to receive a 15% discount.

 

10. Explore the Lakes & Fells on a Family Friendly Walk

Panoramic views in Tarn Hows

Panoramic views of Tarn Hows

Get the whole family out exploring the Lake District this half term. We have walks suitable for all ages. Pushchair users will love the well-maintained paths of Tarn Hows, pre-schoolers will delight exploring the caves at Rydal and older children will relish the opportunity to complete their first fell, with Castle Crag being a favourite of many. Check out some of the other walks available here.