The Easter holidays are nearly here and across Cumbria and the Lake District, our members have a whole host of fascinating activities taking place. Here is our top 12 ‘egg-citing’ family-friendly things to do this Easter holidays:
1. Steam weekends at Stott Park Bobbin Mill
At English Heritage’s Stott Park Bobbin Mill, near Newby Bridge, families can see the steam engine being fired up and experience the mill performing at full power over Easter weekend. Here you can gain a fascinating insight into working life in a mill that made millions of bobbins for the weaving and spinning industries. The Steam Weekend runs 15 – 17 April from 10.30am to 3.30pm and for more details click here.
2. Teddy Bears and kids go FREE at Muncaster Castle, Gardens, Hawk & Owl Centre
Teddies rule the roost at Muncaster over Easter weekend with free entry for every child with a teddy from 14 – 17 April inclusive. There will be children’s crafts, bouncy castles and trails to follow as well as the famous Muncaster Giant Easter Egg Hunt at 12.30 on Easter Sunday and Monday. Find out more here.
3. Go on an Easter Egg Hunt with the National Trust
Over Easter weekend families are encouraged to hunt for Cadbury Easter Eggs around various National Trust properties including Acorn Bank, Allan Bank, Hill Top, Sizergh, Townend and Wordsworth House. Taking place from 14-17 April there is small charge, plenty of family friendly activities and lots of chocolate to be found. Find out more here.
4. Explore the outdoors and get crafty at Brantwood
Get outside and enjoy the Spring sunshine by taking part in a fun trail to find hidden animals around the beautiful gardens at John Ruskin’s former home Brantwood, overlooking Coniston. There are also craft activities over Easter weekend using natural materials and inspired by the gardens. Admission included in the House or Garden ticket, find out more here.
5. Follow family friendly trail at Holehird Gardens
At Holehird Gardens near Windermere kids of all ages can take part in trails around the extensive gardens. There are 3 family trails to choose from and each child gets an attractive colour booklet (free of charge) with ideas for things to look for and spaces to record their findings. At the end, they can keep the booklet and can choose from a variety of stickers to record their visit. Admission to the gardens is free, but a donations suggested. Find out more here.
6. Skip the Light Fantastic at Blackwell House
From Sat 1 – Sat 22 April, Blackwell House, Bowness-on-Windermere will offer a host of family activities inspired by their Light Within exhibition. There will be a hands-on interactive space for families to experiment with light, colour and reflection. Visitors will be have the chance to manipulate projections on the walls and ceiling to gain an understanding of how lenses and light combine to produce images – from 19th century magic lanterns to today’s digital technology. Drop in any time between 10.30am and 5pm and the sessions are FREE with a paying adult. Find out more here.
7. Try archery or spot Herdy sheep at Brockhole – the Lake District Visitor Centre
Families can have a go at archery between 8th and 23 April, at Brockhole – the Lake District Visitor Centre, on Windermere. Children and adults alike can learn the ancient art of archery, having a go with their bow in one-hour sessions running five times a day. To book or get more information, click here.
Families can also enjoy hunting for Easter Herdys around the beautiful gardens of Brockhole to win a prize. Operating between 1-23 April, just pop into the Brockhole shop and pick up a trail sheet for £3 and start hunting, but remember they are very cheeky so will be hiding!
8. Take a guided walk at Dove Cottage
On the 11th April between 2 and 3pm, families with children under 12 are warmly invited to explore the area around Dove Cottage and visit places the Wordsworth family knew and wrote about. During the walk, children are encouraged to talk, draw and write about the plants and wildlife and the dramatic landscape of the Lake District. For more information click here.
9. Travel back in time at Carlisle Castle
This Easter weekend at Carlisle Castle, families can travel back in time and meet a character from the past as they crack clues around the castle. There’s a chocolate reward for successful adventurers and the mission is included in normal entry. Find out more here.
10 Win an Easter egg at Mirehouse & Gardens
There are 100 Easter eggs to be won from Easter Saturday onwards at Mirehouse and Gardens, near Keswick. To win an egg, families need to hunt around the Bee Gardens and woods to find clues to complete a secret Easter message. The Easter Egg quiz and hunt is included in the price of a gardens’ ticket and for more information click here.
11. Fly a kite at Birdoswald Roman Fort, Hadrian’s Wall
From 15 -17 April, families can get to grips with the art of kite flying at Birdoswald Roman on Hadrian’s Wall. Expert kite flyers will dazzle with their skills as they create a spectacle in the grounds of this ancient Roman Fort, with gigantic kites in flight and synchronised demonstrations to musi. There is also the chance to have a go at making your very own kite and try it out in the family flying area where there will be top tips on making it soar. The Kite Festival is included in normal admission and find out more here.
12. Get cooking at Townend, Troutbeck
On 6, 13 and 20 April families can go back in time for dinner and see what people used to eat in the 17th century. Using the The Brownes’ family recipe book, the kitchen at Townend Troutbeck, near Ambleside will be cooking up different dishes from meaty mince pies and macaroons to medicines. This demonstration is included in admission and find out more here.