As the rules ease slightly, slowly but surely life returns, albeit to a slightly ‘new normal’. Whilst the government’s plan is open more indoor venues from the 17th of May, this, of course, greatly depends on the situation and whether or not it’s safe to proceed with this next step. Please bear this in mind when making your plans and be flexible as 2020 has taught us that nothing is set in stone!

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May at the Rheged Centre, Penrith

May at the Rheged Centre, Penrith

The Rheged Centre is re-opening on the 17th of May with safety measures in place for social distancing at their exhibition, cinema, and cafe. The Great Print Exhibition 6 is free to attend and will take place from 9am to 5.30pm with a reduced amount of visitors in the gallery. Whilst the event is free, booking is highly encouraged due to the reduced amount of visitors allowed in the gallery at any one time.

A new 100-seat cafe will also be opening and includes a pizza oven and a juice bar. Check out the new exciting menu here. Please visit the official Rheged Centre for further information.

May at Muncaster Castle & Gardens

May at Muncaster Castle & Gardens

The gardens are currently open at Muncaster Castle, as well as the cafe for take-away refreshments and the Hawk & Owl Centre. Should the government give the go-ahead, they hope to re-introduce their flying Bird Displays from the 17th of May onwards. Keep your eye on the official website for further updates as and when they are announced.

Rock Climbing & Navigation Courses

Rock Climbing & Navigation Courses

More Than Mountains are offering courses in the month of May for those wishing to learn some navigation skills or how to rock climb. Group sizes are limited to adhere to social distancing.

  • Beginners’ Navigation (Keswick): 22nd May, 2021 | £50 - A one day map reading course for beginners based in the Lake District
  • Beginners’ Rock Climbing (Langdale): 1st May, 2021 | £50 - This course is ideal for anyone who has never climbed or has only climbed indoors
  • Introduction to Rock Climbing (Langdale): 1st & 2nd May, 2021 | £95 - This two-day course is ideal for those who have never rock climbed

Cowshed Creative Courses

Cowshed Creative Courses

The Cowshed Creative is back at it with fun courses available in person toward the end of May. Of course, this all depends on the government’s plan to re-open, so should everything go to plan come the 17th of May, the crafters will come together to craft once again!

For further information and to book, please visit Cowshed Creative.

  • Spring Flower Collage: Short Art & Craft Course: 17 May 2021, 10-12:30 | £30 (includes tea & biscuits) - Create a beautiful spring flower collage
  • Monoprint with Gelli plates: 21 May 2021, 10-16:30 | £75 (includes lunch) - Learn all about Gelli printmaking and make a collection of your own prints
  • Enamel Jewellery Workshop: 22 May 2021, 10-16:30 | £75 (includes lunch) - Learn how to make enamel jewellery and create a number of pieces to take home
  • Spinner Ring – Silver Jewellery: 23 May 2021, 10-16:30 | £75 (includes lunch) - Create a unique, handmade piece of jewellery
  • Birds in Spring Collage: Short Art & Craft Course: 25 May 2021, 10-12:30 | £30 (includes tea & biscuits) - Create a spring bird collage
  • Understanding Your Camera Workshop: 26 May 2021, 10-16:30 | £75 (includes lunch) - Perfect for the budding photographer who would like to learn a bit more about how to use their camera more effectively
  • Water Colour Portraiture Course: 28 May 2021, 10-16:30 | £75 (includes lunch) - Learn how to paint a portrait using watercolours
  • Stylish Tote Bags: 29 May 2021, 10-16:30 | £70 (includes lunch) - Create a stylish tote bag

Online Poetry Sessions & Woodland Explorations at the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere

Online Poetry Sessions & Woodland Explorations at the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere

The Wordsworth Museum offers online poetry courses for people of all ages throughout the month of May, which allows poetry enthusiasts to meet and exchange thoughts and ideas. Have a look at the website for official times and prices.

And, for kids 5 and under, Little Wanderers in the Woodland allows your little ones to get outside, explore and use their imaginations. Tickets are just £4 per family with a maximum of 6 families at any one time with 4 people per family. Each themed morning involves songs, stories and play-based learning inspired by Wordsworth’s poetry. You can book on their official website.

Outdoor Activities with Path to Adventure

Outdoor Activities with Path to Adventure

Path to Adventure offers a great range of outdoor activities, including: Ghyll Scrambling, Canoeing, Abseiling, Bushcraft, Rock Climbing, Guided Walks, Scrambling & Archery. So, whether you’re a total beginner or want to improve your skills, Path to Adventure offers a great range of services and expertise to tailor your experience. Check out their official site for times and prices.

Walk with Alpacas in the Lake District

Walk with Alpacas in the Lake District

Have you ever dreamed of hanging out with an alpaca ? If so, this might be just for you! Alpacaly Ever After offers a leisurely stroll with their alpaca crew for around £35 per person. And, if you just want to meet them, it’s around £15 for an adult and £7 for children (and free for children under 4). Locations and dates vary, so please visit Alpacaly Ever After for the alpaca lowdown.

White Water Rafting in the Lake District

White Water Rafting in the Lake District

Ever fancied a bit of white water rafting? Lake District White Water Rafting has worked hard to ensure they are following social distancing protocols, so are now allowing families of up to 5 people from the same social bubble to join in on an adventure. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay a total of about £100-200 for a few hours of epic white water action with your entire family. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Discover Blencathra & Bannerdale

Discover Blencathra & Bannerdale

For those who fancy a guided fell walk that covers a lot of ground in one day, check out this guided walk to discover Blencathra and Bannerdale on Sunday the 9th of May for £35 per person. The walk lasts anywhere from 6 to 8 hours and covers approximately 9 miles in distance. They rate it as a "3 out of 5" difficulty level so only people with a good level of fitness should join this walk. The walk begins at 8:45am and ends around 4pm.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Train Rides Resume

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Train Rides Resume

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, also known as La’al Ratty, will be operating at a limited capacity for families wanting to take a train ride from the 27th of April onwards. You can book tickets online for dates up until the 21st of June. Additionally, they hope to re-open the museum on the 17th of May, but this will, of course, depend on whether or not the government can proceed safely with re-opening indoor spaces at that time.

Hutton on the Forest Plant & Food Fair

Hutton on the Forest Plant & Food Fair

On Sunday, May 23rd from 10am to 4pm Hutton-in-the-Forest are hosting a Plant & Food Fair. The event brings together food producers and plant nurseries from across Cumbria and the North West for a fun family-friendly day out and takes place at Hutton-in-the-Forest, a historic house and garden just off J41 of the M6. The event is in line with Covid regulations and is entirely outdoors. 

The Cloisters Tearoom will also be open, selling delicious teas and lunches. There will also be lectures from Cumbria Wildlife and Penrith Beekeepers, as well as Head Gardener at Hutton-in-the-Forest, Ben Houston. The event costs £7 for adults and children go free.