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Family Days Out in Cumbria
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Lakes Aquarium
Ulverston
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
Dalton-in-Furness
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
Milnthorpe
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
Keswick
Lake District Wildlife Park Home to hundreds of friendly animals including traditional favorites, endangered species, birds of prey and reptiles. A great deal is under cover including play areas so rain need not spoil your visit!
Lake District Coast Aquarium
Maryport
Lake District Coast Aquarium 45 carefully themed and informative aquatic displays + Adventure playground, radio controlled boats and mini golf.
Predator Experience
Lake District
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!
Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary
Penrith
Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary We are a small family run zoo and animal rescue centre with a wide range of animals to see including donkeys, goats, raccoons, bats, free flying parrots, reptiles, meerkats, hedgehogs, chickens and much more. Cafe and kids' playground on site.
Walby Farm Park
Carlisle
Walby Farm Park is the all weather attraction near Hadrian's Wall! Cumbria's Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2013 . Just 4 miles from Carlisle, you'll find Cumbria's largest indoor play area, exciting outdoor play areas, lots of animal friends and a nature trail.
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park
Kendal
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
Silloth
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
Newby Bridge
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
Keswick
Cumberland Pencil Museum Situated in the heart of the Lake District, it;¢ÂÂs a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. There'Âs a funky kids' art studio, the world's longest coloured pencil, and oodles of free events throughout the year too.
The Dock Museum
Barrow in Furness
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
Carlisle
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
Grasmere
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
Whitehaven
The Beacon This is a large museum next to the harbour and has changing exhibitions and activities for children.
The Rum Story
Whitehaven
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.
The Park Leisure Centre
Barrow in Furness
The Park Leisure Centre The Park Leisure Centre has two pools, both heated to a warm 29 degrees C. The Main Pool is a 25m, six lane deck pool that ranges in depth from 0.9m to 2.0m. The Leisure Pool is free form with a wave machine, water Cannons and an exciting 20m water slide.
Keswick Leisure Pool
Keswick
Keswick Leisure Pool warm waters, wave machine and 'black hole' flume there is fun for all the family
Greystoke and District Outdoor Pool
Penrith
Greystoke and District Outdoor Pool offers an open-air swimming pool, a football playing field and two children’s play areas. The open-air swimming pool opens May to September.
Shap Swimming Pool
Penrith
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.
Dalton Leisure Centre
Dalton-In-Furness
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
Penrith
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
Penrith
Lazonby Swimming Pool Seasonal 17m by 6m heated outdoor pool offering general swimming, water polo and swimming lessons. With solar powered showers, playing field
Rustys Childrens Playcentre
Cockermouth
Rustys Childrens Playcentre Children's indoor softplay area - awaiting more details
Fuzzy Eds at the Owl and Pussycat
Barrow In Furness
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.
Billy Bears Fun Centre
Whitehaven
Billy Bears Fun Centre For under-sixes, climbing frames, bouncy castle, slides, cars, baby walkers. Small and friendly
Magic Castle Adventure Playground
Carlisle
Magic Castle Adventure Playground Under-fives have climbing frame, ball pond, rockers, sit-and-ride toys; five to 10-year-olds have large ball pool, two slides, a tunnel slide, climbing tunnels, rope bridge and bouncy castle
Rookies Adventure and Soft Play
Wigton
Rookies Adventure and Soft Play Soft adventure play with features like Aerial Runways, a 30 foot, three-lane astro Tiger Slide and super Ball Cannons. There is a separate Toddlers' Play Area with a great Toddler Car Track.
The Custom House
Barrow in Furness
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
Whitehaven
Jungle Jacks Located within Whitehaven Sports Centre. Bright, safe and colourful adventure soft play for under 10s. Creche also on site.
Rufty Tuftys
Ambleside
Rufty Tuftys A large, indoor play centre offering adventure, exercise, exploration and excitement for children in a clean, safe, stimulating environment.
Aztec Soft Play
Carlisle
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.
Pirates of Penrith
Penrith
Pirates of Penrith The play area offers a separate toddler section for the under threes; a sports court for those wanting to play ball and a two level pirate ship for more adventurous play-pirates.
Monkey Madhouse
Workington
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
Bowness on Windemere
The Fun Factory Bowness Soft play centre in the heart of Bowness. Watch your children have a great time whilst you relax in the lounge and enjoy the spectacular view over Lake Windermere.
Funtastic
Workington
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
Cockermouth
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.
Honister Slate Mine
Keswick
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
Alston
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.
The World of Beatrix Potter
Bowness-on-Windermere
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
Carlisle
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
Cockermouth
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
Ravenglass
Muncaster Castle 70 acre garden for the kids to run wild in. Win a prize if you answer the questions correctly in the indoor MeadowVole maze. Visit the World Owl Centre and get up close at the daily display. Interactive computer?s, playground, cafe shops and events programme. Historic Haunted Castle!
Lakeland Climbing Centre
Kendal
Lakeland Climbing Centre Get your first taste of climbing in their unique centre with it's great indoor wall, on one of our beginners courses, taster sessions or with an experienced friend. There are a wide range of regular sessions and clubs for young people from 6 years upwards.
Keswick Climbing and Activity Centre
Keswick
Keswick Climbing and Activity Centre An Indoor Climbing wall in the lake district catering for most ages and abilities. A great way to spend the day and tire the kids out. A wide range of things to do from Indoor Climbing and Archery to a wide range of Outdoor Activities. Set in a stunning location with a great view of the mountains. Lots of...
Climb 365
Lake District
Climb 365 - offer family adventure days which are specifically designed around the ages, abilities and needs of your family
Ambleside Climbing Wall
Ambleside
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.
Appleby Under 18s Climbing Facility
Appleby
Appleby Under 18s Climbing Facility They offer fun and social sessions, suitable for ages 3+, supervised by qualified instructors, where parents are welcome to join in the fun.
Cockermouth Sports Centre
Cockermouth
Cockermouth Sports Centre Offering junior sports courses, football courses, climbing, gymnastics, Sky High activity camp and swimming pool.
Eden Wall at Penrith Leisure Centre
Penrith
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 School Climbing Wall
Keswick
Keswick School Climbing Wall The brand new climbing wall has over 40 top rope climbs with a height of up to 8 metres, providing climbers of all abilities with every challenge they could want. There is a large bouldering area and new for this year is a huge 45 degree Woody.
Newton Rigg Sports and Wall
Penrith
Newton Rigg Sports and Wall 10m lead wall, top roping and bouldering, suitable for older kids with supervision, subject to an assessment and induction.
Climbing at Park Leisure Centre
Barrow In Furness
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
Carlisle
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.
Windermere Quays
Bowness-on-Windermere
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.
Go Ape Grizedale
Hawkshead
Go Ape Grizedale Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Go Ape Whinlatter
Keswick
Go Ape Whinlatter Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
LazerZone
Barrow in Furness
LazerZone The interactive LazerZone arena offers kids an exciting place to play where they will enjoy a multi level indoor maze with special effects and themed zones.
Eden Rock
Carlisle
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
Hawkshead
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
Keswick
Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground Public green space with parklands, playground and new BMX track, all free to everyone.
Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground
Keswick
Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground Public green space with parklands, playground and new BMX track, all free to everyone.
Eclipse Leisure Centre
Workington
Eclipse Leisure Centre Family friendly tenpin bowling plus laser tag, American themed Bar, video games and more.
AMF Carlisle
Carlisle
AMF Carlisle Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
West Coast Karting
Maryport
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.
Bowness on Windermere Treasure Trail
Bowness
Bowness on Windermere Treasure Trail Looking for a fun and interesting way to explore Cumbria? Don't just wander around aimlessly, do a Treasure Trail! These fun treasure hunts will teach you fascinating facts about the area and show you some beautiful scenery. Enjoy a fun family walk in the fresh air and solve an intriguing mystery at the...
Coniston Treasure Trail
Coniston
Coniston Treasure Trail is a fantastic way to explore the stunning countryside of Beatrix Potter whilst solving clues and enjoying a walk in the fresh air.
Keswick Treasure Trail
Keswick
Keswick Treasure Trail is a spy mission themed treasure hunt activity and is a fantastic way to explore Keswick whilst enjoying a fun walk in the fresh air.
Curious About Kendal
Kendal
Curious About Kendal is a unique experience: two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family intrigued and amused. Answer clues and match pictures, whilst reading stories about this lovely Lake District town. Buy or download the booklet then explore in your own time.
South Tynedale Railway
Alston
South Tynedale Railway 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
Ravenglass
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
Bowness
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.
Ullswater Steamers
Glenridding
Ullswater Steamers Lake cruises surrounded by some of the highest mountains and home to many different birds and animals. Come and sail with us and uncover our darkest secrets. Our Round The Lake ticket gives you time to explore, fish for tiddlers or play I spy with your free 'Sammy' guide onboard...
Solway Aviation Museum
Calisle
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.
Aira Force
Penrith
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
Brampton
Talkin Tarn Country Park Ancient woodland and gentle meadow intersected with easy access walking routes. A permanent orienteering course and numeracy trail are available for self led activities.
Whinlatter Mountain Forest
Keswick
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
Windemere
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
Ambleside
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
Carlisle
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
Ulverston
Ford Park is a Park packed with fun things to do outdoors and indoors. 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
Windermere
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
Keswick
Mirehouse A family run historic estate with strong literary connections, acres of house and grounds to explore and childrens activities including four adventure playgrounds and nature trails.
St Bees Beach
St Bees
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.
Crafty Monkeys
Penrith
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 our BRAND NEW craft is Building a Teddy Bear. All parties welcome - open to all ages and abilities. No need to book, but please call in advance if there are 5 or...
Lakeland Miniature Village
Grange-over-Sands
Lakeland Miniature Village Over 140 buildings made from local Coniston slate. Houses, farms and barns create the Lakeland landscape. Plus new Japanese Tea House overlooking our Japanese Garden.
Rheged
Penrith
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
Penrith
Abbott Lodge Abbott Lodge is a working dairy farm which produces over 40 flavours of homemade Jersey ice cream. Visitors can also see Jersey Cows and calves in the nearby field and kids can have fun in the indoor and outdoor play areas.
The Puzzling Place
Keswick
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
Kirkby Stephen
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
Backbarrow
Bigland Hall Equestrian BHS approved facility offering all weather lessons, Pony Club and horse or pony trekking specifically for beginners.
Cumbrian Heavy Horses
Millom
Cumbrian Heavy Horses BHS and TRSS approved, this is the UK's only specialised Heavy Horse Riding establishment. Farm Rides, Fell rides, beach and trail rides; beginners welcome but no lessons.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Cumbria with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.

Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed

So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Cumbria can enjoy the great day out as well.



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