Things to do with Kids in the Lake District & Cumbria
If your children are happy then everyone is happy and Cumbria’s Living Heritage members offer a range of activities for all ages from babies to teens. From hands-on museums, interactive trails and adventure playgrounds we have lots of ideas to keep your kids entertained which won’t break the bank.
You can discover the secrets of Castles, visit a World War 1 trench, draw, paint or write at creative workshops, play hide and seek in the grounds of a stately home, find fairies in a glen, get up close with owl, clamber through the trees and much more.
Find family-friendly things to do:
Abbot Hall Art Gallery (Kendal) – Creative activities and storytelling
Acorn Bank (Penrith) – National Trust garden and a monthly forest school for kids (last Sunday of the month)
Allan Bank (Grasmere) – Explore the grounds, walled garden, enjoy a picnic, listen to music or craft demonstrations
Armitt Museum and Library (Ambleside) – Hands on History family Saturdays and Beatrix Potter activities
Askham Hall (Penrith) – Animal trails, a children’s play area and café
Beatrix Potter Gallery (Hawkshead) – National Trust gallery of original artwork.
Birdoswald Roman Fort ( near Carlisle) – walk the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall and see what life was life for 800 Roman Soldiers who lived here
Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House (Bowness-on-Windermere) – Family activities include a dance night and story telling
Brantwood (Coniston) – Ruskin’s home includes a family fun trail around the woodland estate to find hidden garden and woodland creatures
Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre (Windermere) – Treetrop treks, adventure playground, bike and boat hire, mini-golf, pony rides, trails and more.
Brougham Castle (Penrith) – English Heritage castle with historical activities for kids
Carlisle Castle – English Heritage castle with historical activities for kids
Carlisle Cathedral – Free entry and I Spy for the children
Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life (Carlisle) – Educational activities
Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens (nr Penrith) – Family-friendly events and activities
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum (Grasmere) – Family activity room, walks, rhymes, tales for tots and family fun workshops
Furness Abbey (Barrow-in-Furness) – Medieval fairs and historical events
Grizedale Forest ( Hawkshead) – Family Trails, tree top trek, sculpture
Hill Top (Near Sawrey, Ambleside) – Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse
Holehird Gardens (Windermere) – 17 acres of hillside gardens
Holker Hall & Gardens (Nr Grange-over-Sands) – Gardens, labyrinth, activities and courtyard café
Hutton in the Forest Historic House and Gardens (Penrith) – Walled garden, woodland walk, festivals and shows
Kirklinton Hall and Gardens (nr Carlisle) – Fairies to find, streams to paddle in, a sand pit, a wendy house, swings and croquet; bric a brac and books; fairy gifts, and then there’s the pigs.
Lakeland Motor Museum (Newby Bridge) – Children’s quiz, café, shop and motoring icons
Lanercost Priory (nr Carlisle) – English Heritage property with historical activities for children
Levens Hall & Gardens (Kendal) – Home-made food, attractive gift shop, traction engines in steam on Sundays, play area and a variety of children’s activities.
Mirehouse & Gardens (nr Keswick) – Younger visitors can play in the Victorian nursery or follow the history trail and enjoy the woodland playgrounds.
Muncaster Castle (Ravenglass) – Gift shops, café, ancient church, playgrounds, MeadowVole Maze, woodland walks, hawk and owl centre and special events including Halloween.
Rum Story (Whitehaven) – fun exhibition transporting you from the streets of Whitehaven to the Caribbean. Children’s trails, cafe, gift shop and wet weather attraction.
The Ruskin Museum (Coniston) – For older children, interested in geology, archaeology, mining and mountain rescue, as well as the Bluebird and Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons.
Sizergh Castle (nr Kendal) – Sizergh has a fantastic range of events over the year for all the family.
Stott Park Bobbin Mill (Ulverston) – Activities including steam weekends
Swarthmoor Hall (Ulverston) – House tour, gardens, picnics and more.
Townend, Troutbeck ( nr Windermere) – House tour, family friendly events
Wordsworth House & Garden (Cockermouth) – Toys, dressing up clothes, books and games to enjoy. Down in the cellar, the household’s ghosts are waiting to tell their stories.