Halloween, autumn colours and a week off school – how are you planning on spending October half term this year?
Whether it’s attending a spooky skeleton parade or becoming a nature detective for the day, there’s a frighteningly good selection of things to do in the region.
We’ve put together the great big guide to half term in Cumbria and the Lake District, to keep the kids – and yourselves – entertained this October.
Who’s paw print? Who’s fur? Who’s feather? Which tree? If your child is into wildlife and nature, they’ll love this event at the Lake District Wildlife Park. To mark Cumbria Wildlife Week, there will become a nature detective for the day. Organisations such as the RSPB and the Wildlife Crime Prevention Unit will also be on hand to answer all of your questions.
Who says Beatrix Potter can’t be spooky? The beloved Lake District attraction will be hosting a free creepy craft day in its foyer on October 27. You’ll be creating spooktacular Halloween monsters in between exploring Tom Kitten’s garden trail.
Get crafty at Carlisle Cathedral, 27 and 28 October
Carlisle Cathedral invites families to get crafty this half-term with their Misericord Clay and Green Man Mask crafting sessions. You’ll draw inspiration from the incredible carvings of mythical beasts, birds and animals throughout the Cathedral building – and possibly learn a thing or two while you’re there.
Scarecrow Avenue is back for a second year this October. The Furness Youth Work Partnership set up this Halloween event last year to give children something to enjoy during the pandemic. This half term take a tour around the town to spot the creepiest scarecrows, and celebrate the creativity in the community.
Chrysalis Christmas Fair, 31 October
If you’re looking to get started on your Christmas shopping whilst supporting a vital local charity, then the Chrysalis Christmas Fair is for you. There will be lots of stalls with a variety of gifts for loved ones. This event will be held at The Greenhill Hotel near Wigton on October 31 between 10am-4pm.
Is it really Halloween if you don’t go out and pick your own pumpkin? Walby Farm Park, just outside Carlisle is a brilliant option for families with young children. As well as pumpkin picking, carving and indoor and outdoor play areas, there’s also lots of animals to meet.
The monster mash? Yes please! Halloween will be in full swing this weekend as Touchline Disco brings a family-friendly party to Barrow Market. Whether you’re dressed up as a wizard, witch or werewolf, there’ll be music and creepy crafts for all to enjoy. Children will also get free sweets – score!
Tullie House has got lots of activities going on during the October half-term that are perfect for families. They have craft sessions, bubbleology, and pumpkin carving throughout the week. It also marks the launch of their brand new gallery, Occupation: Cumbria Under Roman Rule, which explores life in Roman Carlisle.
If you’re in the Lake District area and fancy picking your own pumpkin – then Lakeland Maze is the spot for you. You’ll be able to size up and pick the pumpkin that will be the best canvas for your spooky creations. And, while you’re there, why not try to solve the maze?
Halloween week at Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, 23 – 31 October
When it comes to Halloween, Muncaster Castle knows how to get it right. With a variety of eerie events planned, including fire juggling shows, alchemy workshops, kids crafts in the ghostly grotto and axe throwing, Halloween week 2021 looks to be the best – and most haunted – yet.
A frighteningly good date for your diary this half term – a Halloween open day at Market Hall in Appleby. Not only will there be wickedly festive activities such as pumpkin carving, spooky crafts, and fancy dress but visitors are invited to take part in drop-in circus workshops.
There’ll be more monsters, more spookiness and more ghostly fun than ever before at Brockhole this year. Pick up your pumpkin passport, and take your pick of the 18 activities happening throughout the day. Then stick around for The Skeletons Parade that takes place every evening at 6pm.
Have you got a Harry Potter fan at home? Mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the very first film at Rheged this October by attending one of the special film screenings. As well as 20 minutes of new footage, ticket holders will also receive a Hogwarts letter complete with a ‘Marauders Map’ of Rheged, and the chance to take a selfie in Hogwarts Great Hall.
Get to know the Three Billy Pigs at the Upfront Theatre this half-term. This performance, which blends two classic children’s stories, is perfect for children aged three and over. Expect live music, beautifully crafted puppets, and an environmentally friendly message.
Discover the stories behind some of the weird and wonderful objects that the Senhouse Museum in Maryport has in its reserve collections. This temporary exhibition is in its final week – so be sure to pop along during the half term.