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Things To Do & Days Out in Cumbria
Lakes Aquarium See things that swim, things that fly and things that bite! Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit the lakes of the world, along with those a little closer to home- making it a captivating centrepiece to the Lake District. Walk through our incredible underwater tunnel, home of the breath taking diving ducks.
South Lakes Wild Animal Park Prepare to be truly amazed with penguins, lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, kangaroos, lemurs, monkeys and much much more: you will not experience anything like this anywhere else in the UK!
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a unique and exciting blend of exotic wildlife and interactive 'hands-on' displays, which take you through 3,000 million years of evolution and follow the development of life on Earth - from magic molecules to mischeivous monkeys.
Lake District Wildlife Park Over 24 acres with over 100 species to visit, from from Anacondas to Zebras! A great deal is under cover including play areas so rain need not spoil your visit!
Lake District Coast Aquarium A well stocked aquarium showcasing the Cumbrian coastline, plus cool adventure playground, radio controlled boats, 14 hole mini golf and educational displays in the Wild Solway Centre.
Predator Experience Not a falconry centre, and are not open to causal visitors. They specialise in pre-booked interactive experiences for the adventurous of spirit, and those who are just fascinated by birds of prey!
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park Plenty to do on this Childrens Farm with large and small Maize Mazes in the summer months plus the working farm with animals to see and to feed and plenty of other activities and fun inside and out.
The Gincase Farm Park Farm Park made up of 16 paddocks where you can see and pet familiar, rare and unusual farm animals and poultry plus a huge Play Barn with Crazy Town soft play area, Blacksmiths Shop playhouse, an outdoor Playground, an Animal Barn, a pedal go-kart track, and motorised Quad Bike track.
Lakeland Motor Museum A diverse and unique road transpost collection of some 30,000 exhibits is thoughtfully displayed, in fully DDA compliant state-of-the-art premises with a beautiful riverside setting.
Cumberland Pencil Museum Situated in the heart of the Lake District, a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. Funky kids' art studio, the world's longest coloured pencil, and free events throughout the year.
The Dock Museum explore the fascinating history of Barrow-in-Furness, and discover how it grew from a tiny 19th Century hamlet to the biggest iron and steel centre in the world, and a major ship-building force, in just 40 years + kids adventure playground.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Discover, explore and enjoy award winning Tullie House, where historic collections, contemporary arts and family fun are brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.
Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum Take a tour of Dove Cottage, home of Wordsworth, and take a look around the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery with special exhibitions and hands-on family activities.
The Beacon This is a large museum next to the harbour and has changing exhibitions and activities for children. Several floors to explore, with amazing views from the top. Discover the Sellafield Story; explore the history of the area, and more.
The Rum Story Museum transporting you back to 1785 and the story of Rum, with sights, sounds and smells from its Caribbean origins, on the Slave Ships and to the shops and cottages it would have bought and consumed.
Cumbrias Museum of Military Life Telling the intertwined history of 300 years of British Infantry Regiments through state of the art audio/visual displays and dioramas including a WW1 trench. Find out what life was like for ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Swimming at the Park Leisure Centre Main and leisure pool plus 20m waterside, water cannons and wave machine! Special Obliterator session for 8 to 15 year olds at weekends! Loads of other activities on this site, too.
Greystoke and District Outdoor Pool offers an open air swimming pool, a football playing field and 2 children’s play areas. The open air swimming pool opens May to September.
Shap Swimming Pool They have a 25m and toddler pool, at just under 1,000 ft is England's highest heated open air swimming pool! They also have a small paddling pool, benches and picnic tables. Lovely!
Dalton Leisure Centre New Splash Zone features overhead tipping buckets, spray rails, giant spraying snake and interactive play panels with indoor swimming and more available too.
Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools Two outdoor public heated pools, one for small people and the other a serious 20 metres long with a qualified lifeguard on duty. The pools are surrounded by half an acre of green space bordered by trees.
Lazonby Swimming Pool Seasonal 17m by 6m heated outdoor pool offering general swimming, water polo and swimming lessons. With solar powered showers, playing field
Fuzzy Eds at the Owl and Pussycat The old Wacky's here is now a new indoor play area with loads of slides and traditional fun features plus dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant with kids' menu.
Magic Castle Adventure Playground An awesome multi level, medievally themed madhouse! Complete with comedy castle stonework, ramparts and ball moat, plus fun fort for the smalls: a really well themed adventure for your energetic mini monarchs!
The Custom House An indoor play area for 2 to 8s with laser zone for over 8s, plus gem digging game for all.
Jungle Jacks Located within Whitehaven Sports Centre. Bright, safe and colourful adventure soft play for under 10s. Creche also on site.
Aztec Soft Play Their 3D play frames have been expertly designed to meet the different needs of children from 0 to 12 years and offer a safe, healthy environment to play, develop and explore.
Monkey Madhouse A bright, colourful and safe environment for the kids to run themselves ragged on the custom equipment. Suitable for 0 to 10s, Height Restriction 1.40 metres.
The Fun Factory Bowness Loads of fun and exercise with all the modern classics like mega slide and ball lagoon with everything one would expect in between. Parties too and great views of Lake Windermere from the cafe.
Funtastic 10,000 square feet of play time, with ball cannons, a daring 9m slide, plus all the classic indoor play features.
Jordans Jungle Fun House Imaginative jungle themed indoor adventure play, with lifesize animal characters and tonnes of cool features to entertain and exhaust under 12s.
Play at Park Leisure Centre Play at the PlayMax adventure climbing maze with cool and unusual features like interactive musical hopscotch! The Youth Gym has junior sized and disability friendly equipment, plus WiiFit, interactive wall and sensory Inspiration suite for guests with disabilities. Loads more on site too!
Jungle Jacks Jungle themed adventure play with all the usual favourites to climb, slide, tunnel and swing through! Plus a great climbing wall and a swimming pool on same site.
Honister Slate Mine The tour shows the current workings of the mine and how a mixture of modern and traditional methods is still extracting the slate which was forming some 400 million years before dinosaurs, plus Award Winning miner climbing experiences.
Nenthead Mines Learn the history of mining and what follows after closure, with rare and intriguing plants springing up in the unusually metallic soils. Small museum with interactive displays, outdoor trails and guided tours down into the mine itself.
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum With above and below ground railway rides and tours, mineral panning, museum exhibits and impressive vintage machinery to look at, there's plenty for everyone to do. Open Easter through October.
The World of Beatrix Potter is a vibrant family attraction, bringing to life all 23 Beatrix Potter enchanting stories in a magical recreation of the beautiful Lake District countryside.
Carlisle Castle With a new exhibition, a programme of guided tours, a picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian's Wall, the castle makes for a full family day out. Plus Cumbria Military Museum.
Wordsworth House and Garden Step back in time at Wordsworth House and Garden, the C18th century home of poet William Wordsworth. Hands on rooms and fun for all the family.
Muncaster Castle 70 acre garden for the kids to run wild in. Hawk and Owl Centre with 2 brilliant daily flying displays. Indoor Meadowvole Maze, playground, cafe andÂ shops and events programme. Historic Haunted Castle!
Carlisle Cathedral A beautiful medieval cathedral with stunning stained glass windows, an amazing ceiling, plus some really cool little details to keep an eye out for. Friendly guides on hand to give you more information. Free to visit.
Furness Abbey Impressive ruins of an ancient abbey, includes much of east and west tower of church, plus cloisters and an ornate chapter house. Collection of rare stone effigies and a hoard of medieval treasure. Great place to go exploring with the family.
Wray Castle Fantastic fare for the imagination, a turret and tower style castle whose empty rooms are filled with period dress up supplies, mini castle building kits and the new Peter Rabbit Adventure rooms! Plus you can arrive by boat and explore the grounds too!
Lakeland Climbing Centre Over 5s will love the Crazy Club wall: featuring 12 kooky and tricky climbing challenges on a brightly coloured wall with moving grips and race the clock games!
Climb 365 - offer active family adventure days which are specifically designed around the ages, abilities and needs of your family, with minimum age 6 years. Pre arrangement required!
Ambleside Climbing Wall Indoor climbing for most ages and all abilities, specialising in bringing new climbers into the sport through expertly instructed Adult Taster Sessions and Super Fun Kidsâ Sessions. Situated in the Heart of the Lakes and at the Centre of Ambleside youâll never be stuck without something to do.
Cockermouth Sports Centre Offering junior sports courses, football courses, climbing, gymnastics, Sky High activity camp and swimming pool.
Eden Wall at Penrith Leisure Centre 8m leading walls (one overhanging by 1.5m) another with overhanging prow. An extension of Penrith's swimming pool and fitness centre rather than a climbing centre in its own right. Suitable for older children, but check in advance about age related restrictions.
Keswick Climbing Wall Boasting over 40 top rope climbs up to 8m high, plus large bouldering area. Parents get trained to belay so you can stay involved! Also offers outdoor sports sessions like kayaking. archery and high ropes course: loads!
Climbing at Park Leisure Centre For proficient climbers only, age matters less than competency, and you must bring your own equipment. So we're guessing not under six!
The Sands Centre No posted lower age limit but competency is required. Up to 7m lead/toprope wals in curved resin with bolt-ons. Bendcrete moulded concrete bouldering section. 60 sq m of wall surface.
King Kong Climbing Centre A new climbing centre with several types of wall, including those for beginners to expert, plus an Ice Wall. Indoor Caving, Hard and Soft Play areas. Outdoor courses including Ghyll Scrambling and Outdoor Climbing available too.
Kendal Via Ferrata The premier Climbing Centre incorporates Kendal Wall, Kendal CrazyClimb and Skyline Indoor Aerial Adventure together with superb on site facilities - offering fun climbing and aerial activities for all the family from 5 years old to adults.
Live For Today Adventures Kendal is an Outdoor Activity provider with 3 sites across the UK. From Archery to High Ropes and everything in between, we offer a range of activities that are guaranteed to make you FEEL ALIVE!
Go Ape Grizedale The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Go Ape Whinlatter The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Eden Rock is an indoor climbing centre catering for kids' birthday parties and have kids' clubs running every day of the week. It doesn’t matter if they haven’t climbed before; our fully qualified instructors will supervise the whole session; so you can just sit back and enjoy a coffee.
Go Ape Tree Top Junior A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You'll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire.
Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground Public green space with parklands, playground and a cool new BMX track, all free to everyone! With loads of features and space to spare this is a fab and flexible day out with the kids!
Treetop Nets and Treetop Trek offer amazing adventures in the treetops, with no need for a harness. Giant netted trampolines, walkways and tunnels suspended above the ground. For ages 3 and up, so all the family can play!
The Bounce Factor Come enjoy the high of bouncing with our 4 bed Bungee Trampoline: try a black flip and somersault! Have fun in our Body Zorbs and have a game of tig or football and bounce off your friends!
Honister Via Ferrata Follow in the footsteps of world war soldiers and munitions men up a series of metal cables, rungs, ladders and bridges that will offer you sights only the birds usually get! Available in standard and extreme versions and 7 times higher than Big Ben!
Crags Adventures We provide outdoor activities to friends and families. Specialising in: Ghyll scrambling (involves sliding or jumping into a mountain stream and climbing waterfalls!); Abseiling (lowering yourself down a 120ft cliff) and Rock Climbing (climbing outdoors on real rock)!
Windermere Canoe Kayak and Bike Hire is a great way to enjoy adventure on England's longest lake!
The Jump Mania is a great way to get fit and have fun with all the family.
White Platts Recreation Ground White Platt’s Recreation Ground, found in the centre of Ambleside, has a range of outdoor sports facilities including 9 hole crazy golf course, mini pitch & putt & 3 large tennis courts!
Eclipse Leisure Centre Family friendly tenpin bowling plus laser tag, American themed Bar, video games and more.
AMF Carlisle offers 24 lanes of auto scored modern tenpin plus those handy ball ramps and gutter guards for the kids. Air conditioned!
West Coast Karting Karting is for anybody so long as you're aged 8 or above! They even have a kart dedicated for the disabled. Ideal for building coordination and confidence. Give your child the edge when older.
The Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail Let the kids get some fresh air and burn off their excess energy on the self guided Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail. Explore Keswick and try to crack the code by solving the answers to the clues along the route.
Curious About Kendal is a different way to explore this lively Cumbrian town, and to discover the people and events which have shaped it. Keep the whole family involved finding clues, reading stories, and matching pictures. Buy or download a booklet then explore in your own time.
Bowness on Windermere Treasure Trail There’s more to Bowness on Windermere than first meets the eye! Get out and explore it on this treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail and see what you can discover!
South Tynedale Railway Wonderfully preserved steam and diesel locomotives from Britain and overseas run between Alston Station (875 feet above sea level) and Kirkhaugh, following part of the old Haltwhistle to Alston branch line along the Tyne Valley in North East Cumbria.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Runs for seven-miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass through two of Lakeland's 'loveliest valleys' to Dalegarth station and visitor centre in Eskdale.
Windermere Lake Cruises Magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands as you sail by. A wide range of trip types available from 45 minutes up to 48 hours!
Ullswater Steamers Lake cruises surrounded by some of the highest mountains and home to many different birds and animals. Set sail with the kids and uncover secrets of the ‘Dark Lake’! Free activities to download online, plus Trail Maps available on site.
Solway Aviation Museum A fascinating collection of aviation items from WW2 through to the 1960. Real aircraft you can climb aboard and explore. Learn what about the daily lives of children during WW2, and use our interactive computers to see and hear the story of Britain's Space programme.
Windermere Quays Marina on Windermere offering private boat hire, half day family cruises and with Quayside Kids Soft Play area within the restaurant for when you want to relax.
Stainmore Railway Company Ltd A heritage railway run by volunteers that operates at weekends and is free to visit. Events and operational days held throughout the year. Large range of really cool locomotives too see, plus 3 cats that have taken up residence!
Aira Force Probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, the main force falls 70 feet from below a stone footbridge. Aira Force provides a glimpse of a landscaped Victorian park with dramatic waterfalls, arboretum and rocks scenery.
Talkin Tarn Country Park Ancient woodland and gentle meadow intersected with easy access walking routes. A permanent orienteering course and numeracy trail are available too. A charming and simple excursion!
Whinlatter Mountain Forest Mountain bike trails, walking trails of varying difficulty, a high wires obstacle course and a super adventure playground with a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path!
Fell Foot Park Rowing boats and kayaks are available to hire plus you can paddle or swim in the lake, and the adventure playground offers fun for all ages. A great, family friendly location to play, explore and relax.
Grizedale Forest Waymarked walking and bike trails taking you to outstanding view across the fells scattered with it's famous outdoor sculptures and with a high wire adventure course and adventure playground also on site.
Bitts Park Putting Green and Crazy Golf, Maze, children's play areas and Pirate Ship sand play area. They also have a seasonal FunSplash water splash park and more so it's a proper day out.
Ford Park Explore the Nature Trail and Tree Trail, have a go at Orienteering on our entry level course or just enjoy our natural playground with zip wire and pendulum swing. Family activities every Wednesday during school holidays.
Brockhole Lake District Visitors Centre On the shores of Windermere this visitors centre has loads to do outdoors and indoors with an Adventure Playground for 5-14 year olds, a Treetop Trek and Predator Park wildlife experience, Indoor Soft Play and Creativity Space and extensive gardens and lakeshore.
Mirehouse is a historic estate with house and grounds to explore plus an amazing 4 separate playgrounds and oodles of nature trails! Epic!
Pennine Bridleway National Trail An opportunity for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to explore the ancient drover’s roads, packhorse routes and newly made bridleways between. Historic towns to visit, canals and craft workshops to explore, plus beautiful scenery to enjoy.
St Bees Beach The beach is a magnificent shingle with dozens of varieties of rock sloping down to good red sand. Safe for swimming but no lifeguard cover. Terrific new adventure playground too with play galleon and more!
Crafty Monkeys Come and have fun throwing paint and clay around in our pottery and craft studio! We have Potter's Wheels, Pottery painting, Mosiac making and facilities for Building a Teddy Bear too! All ages, abilities and parties welcome, no need to book unless there are more than 5 of you!
Lakeland Miniature Village Over 100 buildings made from local Coniston slate. Houses, farms and barns have been lovingly handcrafted to create the Lakeland landscape. If you know the Lake District you will recognise a number of the places!
Rheged Located in Europes largest grass covered building, children visiting Rheged can get creative in our pottery painting workshop or play in turrets and tunnels outdoor adventure playground. We have an indoor soft play area and the largest 3d cinema in the north west. There are childrens events every school...
Abbott Lodge Visit their livestock, play on their indoor and outdoor play areas and treat yourselves to one of their huge range of homemade ice creams! Best for under 8s.
The Puzzling Place A fascinating, fun and social excursion into the wonderful world of optical illusion, which will leave you, quite literally, not believing your eyes! Suitable for all ages, featuring anti gravity and hologram effects plus loads more.
Stone Trail Riding Centre BHS approved facility specialising in various lengths of highly scenic hacking and riding holidays. They do not provide lessons.
Bigland Hall Equestrian BHS approved facility offering all weather lessons, Pony Club and horse or pony trekking specifically for beginners starting at an amazing 2 years old!
Happy Hooves Riding Centre is a Highly commended BHS approved Riding Centre offering riding lessons, own a pony day and hacks.
LazerZone Over 8s are welcome to get stuck into the cool zero combat gaming with infra red laser guns, played in an atmospheric multi level arena packed with special effects! What are you still standing there for? Let's go!
Laser Quest Carlisle Exhilarating laser tag in a 21st century battle zone for ages 7 and up. Stalk your opponents through an exciting labyrinth in this futuristic game. Birthday party packages available.