Half term is finally here! And after the easing of lockdown there are plenty of options locally for families including many attractions which are open again for the first time in months. Here are some of the highlights.
If you fancy taking on a challenge, why not head to the Oak Tree Animals’ Charity’s site in Wetheral and go on a woodland trail. Follow the clues to discover which spring baby animal is waiting for you at the end. It will be running throughout the half term week, trail sheets can be collected from the reception desk for £2.
Head to the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport and immerse the family in sea-life. The aquarium has more than 2000 residents and 75 displays packed full of creatures in all shapes and sizes in vibrant colours. They’re also running a special offer where you get a free game of crazy golf with every admission ticket bought. It’s a perfect way to lose a day.
Have a whale of a time at Tullie
If you’re looking for something that’s educational but still exciting for the children, then you should head to Tullie House to see their new exhibition: Driggsby, A Whales Tale. Whilst learning about Driggsby, the fin whale that washed ashore in west Cumbria, your children can find out more about plastic pollution and the life of a fin whale. It’s an immersive and interactive event that children will thoroughly enjoy. Children go free and your adult admission can be used again and again for 12 months – and that works out at under 20p a week.
Snail races and mud pies
It wouldn’t be a half-term list without including outdoorsy things that the kids can get stuck into. So, why not use the next week to tick off some of the things on the National Trust’s list of 50 things to do in the Lakes before you’re 11 ¾? It includes activities that can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Whether you’re watching the sunset, cloud watching, flying a kite, or going wellie wandering – there’s sure to be something on the list to keep you busy during the half term. Check out the list here
Fun on the Farm
There are activities aplenty at Walby Farm Park throughout the half term week that will tire your children out in no time. Race around on go-karts and pedal tractors, meet the animals in the barn, and play a round of wacky golf all in one day at Walby!
Muncaster Castle has got a wild few days planned as part of the Funcaster Festival from 30th May to June 1st. This wacky festival has got events and shows that all members of the family can enjoy. From axe throwing and willow craft to Stories in the Woods with Ian Douglas, Land Art, and Rag Tag Arts.
Visit Peter Rabbit
Discover the world of Peter Rabbit and other beloved Beatrix Potter characters at the World of Beatrix Potter. You can spend time in Jemima Puddleduck’s woodland glade, visit Peter Rabbit’s garden, and spot Squirrel Nutkin on his raft. If your child is a big reader, they’ll love this attraction.
Do you want your children to learn some new wilderness skills this half term? Then the Watchtree Nature Reserve Kids Club is for you. Your children will spend the day building dens, toasting marshmallows, hunting for minibeasts and going on a scavenger hunt around the nature reserve. Spaces are limited so book a space online!
Theatre fans should get down to Lowther Castle on Monday 31st May for a retelling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy: Romeo and Juliet. Cumbrian theatre troupe The Three Inch Fools will provide an entertaining evening of culture set in the beautiful grounds of Lowther Castle. Better yet, it’s free for children under 10!
Meet an alpaca
If you’re looking for something a bit different this half-term then look no further than Alpacaly Ever After. You can meet a herd of alpacas right here in Cumbria, and you can even go for a walk with one too! If you’re really lucky, you might get to meet the cutest new addition to the herd!